NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Patrick Kane found the score sheet to register his second 10-game point streak of the season and become the 90th player in NHL history to collect 1,000 regular-season points. * Sidney Crosby factored on two of four unanswered Penguins goals to lead Pittsburgh to its third three-goal comeback win of 2019-20 (also Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27, 2019 vs. VAN). * In his first game back with the Hurricanes after signing a one-year contract with the club on Jan. 7, Justin Williams helped Carolina climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Video- Patrick Kane Now Has 1000 Points In The NHL
Patrick Kane (31 years, 61 days) became the youngest U.S. player to reach 1,000 career regular-season points, eclipsing Jeremy Roenick (32 years, 13 days) who spent eight seasons with the @NHLBlackhawks from 1988-89 to 1995-96. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Mne1TH6bvF — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 20, 2020 Video below.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News on all the losing with the Detroit teams but I am just going to try to highlight the Wings. We knew it’d be bad. We signed up for bad. But at some point, a pointed question: How long before it’s bad enough to do something about it? The Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons have been in various stages of rebuilds for about four years.... If you happen to coach in Detroit right now, you can’t win. Also, you can’t lose. Because the Wings and Tigers are in full teardowns, Jeff Blashill and Ron Gardenhire get some slack, despite historically awful records.... The Wings have the worst record in the NHL, by far, and will have the best shot at the No. 1 pick. Blashill is 148-178-51 in five seasons, incredibly the third-longest-tenured coach in the ax-happy NHL. He’s on the thinnest ice, pun intended, although Steve Yzerman has strongly supported him. It’s not just that the Wings’ well-compensated veterans — Frans Nielsen, Jimmy Howard, Mike Green, Justin Abdelkader, etc. — have failed, it’s that the touted young players — Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou — have either been hurt or stagnant. Gerard Gallant, recently fired by Las Vegas, could be the next guy in charge, whenever that is.... The lack of urgency to fire coaches here is not about management being lazy, detached or cheap (although we can revisit those charges). It’s about owners — Chris Ilitch, Tom Gores, Martha Ford — who have mapped out plans of patience and aren’t ready to blow their covers with showy firings.... Would Scotty Bowman or Mike Babcock win more games with these Wings, who have lots of injuries, no defensemen and no goaltending? Not before their heads exploded (literally!).... ’m not letting the coaches off the hook. (Yes you are!) (No I’m not!) I’m suggesting talent acquisition is a much larger issue than talent development.... That’s where Blashill, 46, has to show more, and you wonder if a few young players have stopped getting the message. It wouldn’t be a surprise, considering they’ve heard his voice since he coached some of them in Grand Rapids. more
Williams Returns, Gets Shootout Goal in Hurricanes’ Win
RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Williams returned to the lineup and scored in the shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes over the New York Islanders 2-1 Sunday. James Reimer stopped six shots in the tiebreaker for Carolina, the last against Anders Lee to lock up the win. Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen also scored in the […]
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Bjorkstrand Scores Twice, Rallies Blue Jackets Over Rangers 2-1
NEW YORK — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his second goal of the game with 26.5 seconds left to lift Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 2-1 Sunday night for their fifth straight win. Bjorkstrand was playing for the first time after 13 games with an oblique injury. He tied it 6:08 into the third […]
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Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2
CHICAGO — Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win. Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone with 5:46 left. The All-Star winger […]
THW’s Goalie News: Unstoppable Merzlikins, Stalock’s Lockdown
It was just over two weeks ago that the Goalie News covered the first win of Elvis Merzlikins’ NHL career. Now, we’ll talk about him as the hottest goalie on the planet. Plus, the Minnesota Wild got a shutout, but not from the usual source. Merzlikins is Unbeatable When Joonas Korpisalo suffered a serious injury, […]
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Capitals Strike the Right Deal With Backstrom
There are certain molds of players in the NHL that are quite rare and hard to come by. A franchise goaltender, or an elite D-man make great examples. But there’s another staple for every team that will always remain a focal point — the versatile, two-way center. Nicklas Backstrom is just that and was rewarded […]
Kings’ Stadium Series Jerseys Harness Los Angeles’ Aviation History
There is something utterly fascinating about flight and what it has meant to U.S. history and the protection of our land from coast to coast. It’s easy to picture those early pilots with goggles and a scarf fluttering off to the side in the wind as well as those who came later and braved the […]
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No. 14 Sun Devils Continue Strong Season, Sweep RIT
On Saturday night at in Tempe, AZ, the Arizona State Sun Devils erased an early 3-1 deficit and came from behind to defeat the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers by a score of 5-3 at Oceanside Ice Arena. The win was the Sun Devils’ 15th of the year, and brings their record to 15-8-3 […]
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Jared Bednar Has Been Where Jeff Blashill Is
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Jared Bednar is sympathetic toward coach Jeff Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings — by far the NHL’s worst team. It wasn’t that long ago when Bednar coached “that” team. In 2016-17, Bednar’s first season behind the Avalanche’s bench, Colorado finished with league/franchise lows in victories (22) and points (48). It was the league’s worst season since the Atlanta Thrashers won just 14 games in 1999-2000. The Red Wings take a league-low 12 wins and 28 points in Monday’s matinee against Colorado at the Pepsi Center and are on pace for just 47 points. “It’s horrible. Pure misery,” Bednar of coaching the NHL’s worst team. “The morale in your room, you’re trying to get guys back in the right mental state to go win your next game, and there’s a lot of nights where you play hard, do everything you can, (but) you maybe just don’t have the horses to win the games.” continued
Canucks News & Rumors: Horvat, Pettersson, Hughes & Markstrom
As the Vancouver Canucks move into the All-Star break, they’ve accomplished something few hockey people – or even their most optimistic fans – might have predicted. They’re in first place in the Pacific Division. Their 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 18 moved the team one point over the team’s four closest […]
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Flyers: Getting to Know Tyler Pitlick
When Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher traded for forward Tyler Pitlick, he was bringing in a tough, rugged, bottom-six forward who could also contribute point-wise every so often. Rugged toughness is something that has been in the DNA of the Flyers for pretty much their entire existence. They weren’t called the Broad Street Bullies […]
5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs 6-2 Loss to Blackhawks
It was a rough night on Saturday for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their faithful fanbase, as the team was handed yet another blowout loss at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks jumped ahead to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and didn’t look back, finishing the game 6-2 and leaving […]
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Rangers’ Top 5 Moments Against Rivals of the Past Decade
It is difficult to determine exactly what causes teams to become rivals. In this list, I consider all of the teams in the same division as the New York Rangers before the NHL made changes to the divisions in 2013-14 rivals. These teams included the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, and New York […]
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The Defensemen Society
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet, Dan Hamhuis is seated on the baseline of a slightly busted semi-circle. The 16-year NHLer is one of seven Nashville Predators defencemen participating in a group chat about all aspects of the position they play. It’s early December, post-practice, and backwards hats, hoodies and athleisure rule the day. The sweaty jerseys and socks have been whisked away, equipment staff are busy toiling in other areas of the team facility and the dressing room has pretty much cleared out apart from the blue-liners when Hamhuis, speaking to the idea that defencemen belong to their own little tribe, suggests that if he walked into a room full of hockey players he didn’t know, he’d eventually be able to sort out who else is part of the brotherhood without having to ask. “I think there’s a personality thing,” Hamhuis says. “I don’t want to blanket it, but I think you kind of can.” He opens it up to the room: “What do you guys think?” Ryan Ellis, plunked on a chair facing Hamhuis, senses his opportunity. “It’s like we’re more win-oriented,” he says, igniting a round of chuckles. That’s not exactly how Hamhuis was framing things, but you can see why the joke plays well. Whether it’s a bunch of blueliners skating in today’s green-light game or retired guys from more staid eras past, you don’t have to probe very hard to discover a common pride. “You’re not out to get goals and points as much as forwards,” says Hamhuis. “We’re more under-the-radar kind of guys, doing things that maybe don’t get the glory.” continued
Rust, Johnson Help Pittsburgh Rally Past Bruins 4-3
PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson and Bryan Rust scored third-period goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday. Pittsburgh trailed 3-0 in the first period before scoring four unanswered goals. Johnson scored a short-handed goal and Rust added his 21st of the season. Dominik Simon and Teddy Blueger also scored […]
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Stars Fans Make Case for Coaching Change
Saturday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild gave Dallas Stars fans looking for a reason to dismiss coach Rick Bowness plenty of ammunition. The Stars were outclassed in every phase of the game as the Wild cruised to a 7-0 victory. It was the first game with defenseman Miro Heiskanen missing after an injury. Most […]
Thornton & Marleau Still Going Strong, Four Decades Later
23 years ago, the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks had the first two picks in the 1997 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. It was a draft that turned out high-end NHL talent and the success from the top-two picks is still being felt in 2020. The Bruins used […]
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NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Carolina Hurricanes are expected to get Justin Williams back. How is he feeling about his return? Did one NHL scribe release accurate terms for Zack Kassian’s potential new deal in Edmonton? Is a former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman trying to work his way into a management role with the […]
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Surging Oilers Beat Coyotes: 4 Questions Worth Asking Now
As the Edmonton Oilers head into their bye week and then the All-Star break, the 7-3 victory for the Oilers has the team feeling pretty good about their current run. 6-1-1 in their last eight, they’re now in a playoff spot and just a couple points out of first place in the Pacific Division. That […]
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Key Takeaways From Rangers’ 3-2 Win Over Islanders
Heading into Thursday night, the New York Rangers were coming off of an impressive 6-2 victory against their long-time rivals the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Just three days later, the two squads were scheduled to meet again, but this time it was at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Rangers were […]
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Video- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Practice In Detroit
A little over 6 minutes to watch. Coach Blashill looks ahead to tomorrow's matchup against the Colorado Avalanche following today's practice at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena. #RedWings pic.twitter.com/YFd8le8Kk0 — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 19, 2020
Compete Level Up, Power Play Remains Cold
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, If you’re going to lose, don’t go down without a battle. That has been the message from Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. His team lost again Saturday, 4-1 to the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena, but Blashill was glad players competed and scrapped in a chippy, physical, penalty-filled game. “It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” Blashill said. “I’m 100 percent good with that. We could have had ourselves a line brawl and it would have been even better. “I’m just kidding.” The problem, nothing new, was the Red Wings’ failure to capitalize on the power play, going 0 for 7, wasting more than 12 minutes on the man-advantage. They squandered Jimmy Howard’s second solid outing in as many nights, a 34-save performance. continued from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Columbus Blue Jackets Remain Hot
from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com, The Blue Jackets ran their hot streak to 14-2-4 in the last 20 games with a 5-0 win against New Jersey on Saturday night in Nationwide Arena.... Quote of the Game Head coach John Tortorella: "That score at the end of the second period could have been lopsided the other way. We had one guy play. As a team, we played the first six minutes and then we watched Elvis play for the rest of the first period and the rest of the second period. We played better in the third ... but don't kid ourselves on how this team played. We were not good, and Elvis deserves a tremendous amount of credit as far as finding our way tonight." CBJ Notables - Merzlikins was superb yet again, finishing with a career-high 41 saves -- including 21 in the first period -- on the way to his fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games. - Atkinson continued to be on fire, notching his second and third goals in two games since returning from injury while adding an assist. He has eight goals in his last 10 games, 40 career game-winning goals and 16 games of at least three points in his CBJ tenure. - Wennberg had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-2-5). He has a 3-6-9 line in his last 10 contests. more
NHL Short Notes
HREE HARD LAPS * Alex Ovechkin scored his second hat trick in as many games to move ahead of Mario Lemieux (690) and into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. * Elvis Merzlikins became the seventh rookie goaltender in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to register three shutouts in a span of four starts. * Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik became the first rookie to 20 goals in 2019-20, while his 14 tallies since Dec. 1 trail only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (18) among all players in that span.
Wings Are Practicing Before Flying To Denver
via Ansar Khan tweet, RedWings rare practice after back-to-back nights, due to early game Mon. at @Avalanche (3 ET). Lines: Bertuzzi-Larkin-Zadina Erne-Glendening-Fabbri Abdelkader-Ehn-Smith Helm-Perlini Filppula, injured, and Nielsen not skating. Nemeth-Green Ericsson-Hronek Biega-Bowey No Daley
Video- Corey Perry Being Corey Perry
Alex Stalock on Corey Perry incident late with the #mnwild up 6 goals pic.twitter.com/KknfhgX9r5 — Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) January 19, 2020 Watch the play below in two versions, one edited for langiage, the other one raw.
Maple Leafs, Hurricanes Fighting For Their Playoff Lives
The end of January is coming into sight. With that comes the fun part of the season for fans. With the NHL’s Trade Deadline only 36 days away, teams start the process of seeing what they might do come Feb 24. For some teams, it’s easy to know what they’re going to do. The Red […]
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Canucks Use 4-1 Win Over Sharks to Move Into First Place in Pacific Division
VANCOUVER — It was a good way for the Vancouver Canucks to head into the NHL All-Star break.
Tanner Pearson scored on the power play and had an assist as the Canucks outshot the San Jose Sharks 39-18 during a 4-1 victory Saturday night.
The win was the...
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Gerard Gallant On His Firing And His Future
from Jason Simmons of the Journal Pioneer, Gerard (Turk) Gallant admits he never saw the Vegas Golden Knights’ coaching change coming... “I was quite surprised actually when it happened,” Gallant told the Journal Pioneer on Saturday night. “You don’t see something coming like that when you have 2 ½ years in. “I was disappointed and surprised, but I understand the hockey business and things have to change sometimes. They made a tough decision and I’m sure it was tough on them, but that’s the way hockey is.”... “I’m far from done,” said Gallant, 56. “I enjoy coaching. “If an opportunity comes up I will definitely look at it – myself and Mike. Mike is a big part of what I do too and sometimes people forget about the assistant coaches. read on
The First Place Vancouver Canucks
from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet, It has been a jaw-dropping news week in British Columbia. Harry (the Royal formerly known as Prince) could move to the West Coast with his wife, rare snowfall ended rain’s winning streak, the Vancouver Canucks moved atop the Pacific Division, and the Supreme Court ruled the provincial government can’t restrict what flows here by pipeline from Alberta. Shocking but true: the Canucks lead the Pacific Division heading into their National Hockey League bye week. The Canucks! And it’s not fake news. The Canucks, who have lost more games over the last four years than anyone other than the Buffalo Sabres, beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Saturday to move alone atop the tightest division in hockey. Actually, they didn’t just beat the Sharks but dominated them. Shots were 27-7 after 40 minutes. continued Catch the game highlights below.
The Lightning Should Pursue Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev
As the Tampa Bay Lightning approached free agency in 2019, it was clear that they needed to add goaltending depth to their organization. Due to players not working out with the organization, the Lightning had no depth at the position, leaving them with only Andrei Vasilevskiy and Louis Domingue. To rectify this, general manager Julien […]
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Islanders’ Last Week Key to Season Success
The New York Islanders played a slew of games this week. In the dying seconds of the last game against the New York Rangers, the Islanders shot themselves in the foot and depressingly lost both matchups. Even though the Derick Brassard cross-checking penalty was a questionable call at best, the Isles should not have been […]
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