Bruins-Oilers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:04:53 PST)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was seven the last time the Edmonton Oilers beat the Boston Bruins. The 20-year-old Oilers center will try to help end his team's 10-game skid against the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins on Thursday night in Edmonton. The Bruins' surge since early last month is hardly a surprise, but the Oilers' recent outstanding play has been unexpected. Boston (21-8-2) has gone 13-3-1 in its last 17 games, knocking off Calgary 2-1 on Tuesday.
Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 11 (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:51:17 PST)
* The video of Zdeno Chara and his Bruins teammates directing Jarome Iginla to take a couple of victory laps in Calgary last night in his return to the Saddledome.* James Neal says hes sorry for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head. Well, hes sort of sorry anyway.* Time may be running out to save Jack Capuanos job on Long Island, but hes not out the door yet, according to the New York Post.* Ilya Kovalchuk says that the female accuser of Semyon Varlamov wants a green card, and PHTs Mike Halford described the blow-by-blow. ...
LaFontaine taking time on GM search; Frozen Four sites announced; Brassard’s ‘sore butt’ (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:14:48 PST)
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Via Nick Graff , here, in the wild, is the Reading Royals' ugly Christmas jersey which they'll wear on Saturday. So, so glorious.
• Pat LaFontaine won't name a new GM for the Sabres until after the new year. Added to his candidate list is LA Kings co-director of scouting Mike Futa. [ Die By the Blade ]
• Having already lost Marc Staal this week, the Rangers took another blow Tuesday night with the news that captain Ryan Callahan will miss the next 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain. [ ESPN New York ]
• The next four Frozen Four host sites have been announced. Congrats, Boston (2015), Tampa (2016), Chicago (2017) and St. Paul (2018). [ USCHO ]
• Have no fear, Rangers fans, Derick Brassard is OK; he just has a "sore butt," according to Alain Vigneault. We've all been there. [ @KatieStrangESPN ]
Dallas Stars: Is Tyler Seguin Elite? (Yahoo Contributor Network)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:02:00 PST)
COMMENTARY | Is Tyler Seguin Elite? Well you certainly don't get asked to pose nude for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue unless you're an elite NHL player. Happily though for Stars fans, Tyler Seguin's talents cover more than just the modeling line. Along with linemate Jamie Benn he makes up one of the most potent offensive duos in the league.
On the 'D'-fence: Fowler finally rewarding owners (NHL)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:00:00 PST)
Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man insider all season long.
Haggerty: Iginla's perfect trip back to Calgary (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:40:47 PST)
Before his homecoming to Calgary, Jarome Iginla admitted with a smile that he had circled Dec. 10 on the calendar when the NHL regular season schedule came out. Similar to the pure, unconditional love that Ray Bourque received when he came back to Boston as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Iginla was given the returning hero treatment at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a 2-1 win for the Bruins over his former Calgary Flames team.
'Hits & Misses': Iginla honored in Calgary (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:34:27 PST)
Heres another round of Hits and Misses from Bostons 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Jarome Iginlas first return home since being traded away from his longtime NHL employer last spring. *The Calgary Flames organization rolled out the red carpet for the best player that ever put on a Flames jersey, and celebrated his 16 years of service with the kind of understated, classy style youd expect from an NHL team. It wasnt overdone or contrived, but instead focused on Jarome Iginlas roots in the community and the intense love between the fan base and a player that scored over 500 goals in a Flames uniform. *Zdeno Charas decision to bring the entire Bs team to the bench to watch Iginla be celebrated as the games No. 3 star and then prod Iginla into taking two postgame victory laps at the Saddledome was something special.
Bruins top Flames 2-1 as Iginla returns to Calgary (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:30:00 PST)
Two goals in 98 seconds erased two bad periods of hockey by the Boston Bruins and made Jarome Iginla a winner in his return to Calgary. After soaking up extended cheers before and after the game, Iginla said the experience was more than he could have hoped for. ''Honestly, coming back, part of you is looking forward to it and then you just want to get through it,'' the former Flames captain said. I really enjoyed it all.'' David Krejci scored on the power play at 13:49 of the third, Reilly Smith put Boston ahead moments later and the Bruins rallied to beat the Flames 2-1 on Tuesday night.
NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:02:29 PST)
(Adds late games) Dec 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games. - - - Kings 6, Canadiens 0 Los Angeles goaltender Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout, and centers Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and an assist to help the Kings snap Montreal's five-game winning streak. The 23-year-old rookie Jones made 30 saves overall, after also blanking the New York Islanders on Saturday, to win his third straight start as Los Angeles (20-7-4) extended its winning streak to four. Montreal (19-10-3) goalie Carey Price allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was pulled for the first time in 25 starts this season.
Oilers slip past Hurricanes 5-4 in OT (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:51:09 PST)
Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was just happy his team won on Tuesday. Jordan Eberle scored in overtime and the Oilers earned a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Oilers had led 4-1 at one point, but allowed the Hurricanes back into the game. Carolina's Justin Faulk took a penalty early in the overtime for a hit from behind on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Talking Points: Bruins 2, Flames 1 (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:47:06 PST)
GOLD STAR: David Krejci stepped up with injuries ravaging the Bruins, and paid the price getting to the front of the net to score the game-tying power play goal in the third period. BLACK EYE: Joe Colborne wasnt horrendous in his 14:36 of ice time, but he made a couple of costly mistakes in the third period with the game on the line. He shot a puck over the glass for a Calgary delay of game penalty that led to David Krejcis power play goal, and then lost a puck battle with Ryan Spooner along the boards that led directly to Reilly Smiths game-winning goal. Colborne is now a couple of teams removed from being a first round pick with the Bruins, and Jumbo Joe had a rough night against the team that drafted and developed him.
NHL Three Stars: Ovechkin scores four; another shutout for Kings’ Jones (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:32:55 PST)
No. 1 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin finished just about halfway to an Ovechtrick versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring a whopping four goals in the Capitals 6-5 shootout win. Nicklas Backstrom was in on all 5 Capitals' goals, scoring one himself and adding 4 assists. We already shared Ovi's fourth , so here's the hat trick goal:
No. 2 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings haven't allowed a first-period goal since November 2nd, but they didn't allow a second or third-period goal either in their 6-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Jones made 31 saves for the shutout, his second in a row.
No. 3 Star: Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Dubinsky had a four-point night in the Jackets' 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils, but after Ovechkin's four-goal game, one goal and 3 assists is like yawn .
Honorable mention: It took 10 shootout rounds, but the Buffalo Sabres got past the Ottawa Senators, 2-1 … Rich Clune scored his first of the season as the Nashville Predators beat the New York Rangers, 4-1 … The Florida Panthers stormed back from down two versus the Detroit Red Wings to win 3-2 in a shootout… Kevin Shattenkirk scored the powerplay winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1 … Patrick Sharp scored twice in the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-2 drubbing of the Dallas Stars. His first goal came on an incredible pass from Duncan Keith:
… The Boston Bruins scored twice in the final 7 minutes to come from behind and beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 , spoiling Jarome Iginla night … After squandering a three-goal lead versus the Carolina Hurricanes, Jordan Eberle's powerplay goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 5-4 win and saved the night... … Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1 . Check out Patrick Roy on Vermette's second:
A lot happened Tuesday night, but Roy's Hulk-mad reaction juxtaposed with another classic Mike Haynes no-sell may be my favourite moment of the evening.
Did You Know? The New York Islanders finally ended their 10-game losing streak, coming from behind to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout.
Dishonorable mention: Come on, Florida … Carey Price was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 16 shots, but it wasn't really his fault. The Canadiens were bad, bad, bad in this one… The Flames just couldn't hold on to their one-goal lead versus the Bruins. And the night started so well… Fortunately, the Oilers blew an even bigger lead, I think in some sort of show of Albertan solidarity.
Iginla returns to Calgary, Bruins leave with victory (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:30:22 PST)
CALGARY, Alberta -- For fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome, it was all about saluting an old Flame. Jarome Iginla might have been held off the scoresheet, but the longtime Calgary Flames captain and current Boston Bruins right winger did leave with a smile on his face as his squad rallied for Tuesday's 2-1 victory in his return to the city he called home for so long. Bruins center David Krejci and left winger Reilly Smith scored in a 98-second span in the third period as Boston (21-8-2) stormed back after a slow start, while Iginla received a standing ovation before the opening faceoff and another after being named the third star of the night. Right winger Jiri Hudler had the lone goal for the Flames (11-15-4).
Bruins 2, Flames 1 (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:30:25 PST)
CALGARY, Alberta -- For fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome, it was all about saluting an old Flame. Jarome Iginla might have been held off the scoresheet, but the longtime Calgary Flames captain and current Boston Bruins right winger did leave with a smile on his face as his squad rallied for Tuesday's 2-1 victory in his return to the city he called home for so long. Bruins center David Krejci and left winger Reilly Smith scored in a 98-second span in the third period for Boston (21-8-2), while goaltender Tuukka Rask made several key saves to keep the Flames from building a bigger lead.
Video: Flames fans welcome Iginla back (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:25:44 PST)
His Bruins beat Calgary 2-1 on Tuesday.
Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Flames (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:45:59 PST)
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Calgary Flames locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes at the Saddledome. 1) Here is the full pregame ceremony welcoming Jarome Iginla back to Calgary. 2) Tuukka Rask holding the Bruins in during the first period with 11 saves. He made four saves during a Calgary power play when Mark Giordano and Lee Stempniak both enjoyed great chances, and the Bruins PK was scrambling just a little bit.
Flames honor former captain Jarome Iginla (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:20:59 PST)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Jarome Iginla received an extended standing ovation before the opening faceoff of his first game back in Calgary since his trade last season.
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Iginla returns; Islanders look to end skid in San Jose (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:47:59 PST)
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "Matt Carkner #7 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Anaheim Ducks on December 9, 2013 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California."
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Preview: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Nashville Predators at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET
Preview: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Iggy comes home. Jarome Iginla returns to Calgary for the first time since he was traded at last year's deadline. He doesn't plan to get emotional, but that's easier said than done when you're an old dad: "As you get older, and maybe it's the kids, but maybe get a little more emotional."
2. Stephen Weiss also comes home, but no one really cares. It's his first game back in Florida since he… yeah, no one cares.
3. Raanta the treetops, Raanta the sky. Corey Crawford is out for 3 weeks. All hail Antti Raanta! Raanta won his last start, helping to end the Blackhawks' three-game losing streak. Can he continue to keep the team afloat until Crawford returns?
4. Do closed-door meetings work? Because the struggling Rangers, who have lost three straight at home, just had one. I love closed-door meetings. Whenever a team is struggling, they go into a room and shut the door, and… what? Purpose to try harder to win regularly? If these meetings really worked, the players should just close the door more often. If they win, expect the meeting to get a lot of love, although it might have something to do with the Predators' current struggles. They've dropped five in a row.
5. Islanders would like to win, please and thank you. The New York Islanders' losing streaks -- both road and overall -- hit double digits Monday night with their 10th straight loss versus the Anaheim Ducks. Now, with their morale at an all-time low, they face the San Jose Sharks, in San Jose, on the second night of a back-to-back. They picked a bad time to lose 10 in a row, is what I'm saying.
Bold Prediction : Islanders lose in a rout.
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Bruins-Flames preview: Welcome back, Jarome (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:49:46 PST)
It wont be easy for the Bruins as they go through Western Canada missing six of their regular players in the lineup. The latest body to drop was Daniel Paille being lost to an upper body injury suffered Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that necessitated the call to Providence for Nick Johnson as an emergency re-call.
Eriksson (concussion) placed on injured reserve (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:29:24 PST)
The Bruins made corresponding moves based upon the massive number of injuries and the flu bug that have beset the Bruins, and the first one was to place concussed winger Loui Eriksson on injured reserve. The move will keep Eriksson out through this weekend at the very least, meaning he will miss at least three games with his second concussion suffered in the last two months. Eriksson was last seen slowly skating off the TD Garden ice in the first period of Saturdays win over the Penguins when he was smoked by a Brooks Orpik shot on the first shift of the game -- a sequence that set up the rest of the ugliness that ensued in the first period. The Bruins officially announced the call-up of Providence Bruins forward Nick Johnson along with moving Eriksson to IR, and the former UVM standout is expected to be in Calgary for Tuesday nights game against the Flames.
Get your game notes: Predators at Rangers (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:49:25 PST)
When Nashville loses, it loses big.
Report: Johnson called up to the Bruins (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:57:36 PST)
The flu bug has hit the Bruins and Calgary Flames over the last two days as the Bs get ready for Jarome Iginlas homecoming at the Saddledome in Cowtown, and it would appear at least one Bs player may miss the game. Providence Journal hockey scribe Mark Divver is reporting that veteran NHL journeyman forward Nick Johnson has been called up to the Bruins, and is on his way to Calgary in time for tonights tilt vs. the Flames.
Thornton’s hearing set for Friday (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:47:43 PST)
Facing a lengthy suspension.
Iginla preps for ‘special’ Calgary homecoming (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:30:22 PST)
He spent 16 years with and played over 600 games for the Flames.
Jarome Iginla’s bittersweet homecoming to Calgary (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:21:43 PST)
There are different types of homecomings in the National Hockey League, although many share the same DNA:
A hero returns to the city and the team with which he was synonymous, wearing enemy colors. Some fans jeer his decision to leave, provided it was his decision; if not, it’s ownership that gets the jeers. But unless the split was perilously acrimonious, there will be acknowledgement that the player’s dedication was appreciated, his efforts respected, his legacy celebrated with cheers from the crowd.
Jarome Iginla’s return to Calgary on Tuesday night will enter the pantheon inhabited by Wayne Gretzky’s return to Edmonton and Ray Bourque’s first game back in Boston, not only in magnitude but in decibel levels.
No player outside of Lanny McDonald comes close to Iginla’s status as “Mr. Flame,” embodying the virtues – leadership, sacrifice, unparalleled aptitude for the game – that fans beg their star players to have.
The face of the franchise was a smiling warrior, right through the press conference announcing his trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which he approved last March.
Players that green light trades, or request them, aren’t always welcomed back with balloons and streamers. Gretzky was famously concerned that Edmonton Oilers fans would boo him for taking Janet to Los Angeles; instead, they cheered him for over four minutes before the national anthem. Bourque was a bit more certain his reaction would be positive in Boston back in 2001, and the sold-out FleetCenter responded with pregame roars and chants of “Ray! Ray!’ during the game.
Bourque’s departure was, perhaps, the closest to Iginla’s in motivation and impact. “If I was going to leave here, I wanted the best opportunity to try to win,” said Iginla during his farewell presser in March, and Bourque was of the same mindset. These were two proud men, two steadfast men, two men so loyal to the only organizations they’d known as NHL players that they were the last men on the Titanic.
As Michael Farber wrote in Sports Illustrated, after Bourque was traded to the Colorado Avalanche:
“If any player could resist the siren call of the Cup, if anyone could spot the narcissism lurking behind the popular conceit that noble veterans—the Marinos, the Barkleys, the Bourques—deserve a championship, it was he. But he was 39 and human and playing for a team that had won only eight games since Thanksgiving.”
Like Bourque, Iginla saw the sands in his career hourglass slipping through while watching his team slip into a prolonged rebuild. So he asked for a trade, GM Jay Feaster granted that wish, traded him to Boston, Iginla didn’t want to go there, and then traded him to Pittsburgh, where the Penguins failed in the playoffs, leading him to sign with Boston.
(Most of these homecomings don’t require a flowchart to trace the course of the conquering hero’s return, but so be it.)
Like with Bourque, the Flames fans get it. Iginla might have overstayed his welcome, but management didn’t exactly have the spine to deal him at the appropriate time , deluding themselves into thinking Calgary was a contender rather than a franchise in need of a wrecking ball. Whatever the case, it’s not as if Iginla left the Flames in a cloud of animosity. The Calgary Herald cover on the day after the trade captured it best:
Iginla returns to Calgary as a member of a Stanley Cup contender in the Bruins, facing a Flames team that squandered an early tease for a 11-14-4 record, just three points ahead of that disaster in Edmonton.
When Bourque left Boston, fans wished him well, but were understandably morose when he finally raised the Cup wearing the swooshing ‘A’ rather than the ‘Spoked-B’. He was forever a Bruin, masquerading in another team’s sweater. But it was in Colorado where he achieved what he couldn’t in two decades with Boston. And the Bruins fans who waited with him were left still waiting.
One imagines the same scenario if Iginla hoists the Cup with the Bruins eventually. It nearly happened in Calgary in 2004. It wasn’t going to happen again in Calgary until well after Iginla hung up his skates. To see him finally win the Chalice as a Bruin would elicit that singular mix of appreciation and envy that’s comes after a bittersweet split; dreams of career-spanning tenure and dramatic sendoffs replaced by the reality that Iginla will likely end his career wearing something other than the Flaming 'C'.
But that’s why Iginla made the difficult, life-changing decision to leave Calgary -- for a chance to win. As Bourque told the Calgary Sun in March:
“For me, I always thought I was (happy) and I’d never leave. But you know, I left something pretty special and never thought I’d do it. For me, it was always about treating people the way I wanted to be treated — doing it the right way and working hard and being a good teammate and respecting the game and respecting everything around it.
“If you do things the right way, how can things go wrong? I think it was shown when I came back to Boston people appreciated how things were done.”
Flames fans will show the same appreciation to Iginla on Tuesday night. Because he represented them and their city with class. Because he remained loyal to the organization to the poignant end. Because he’s Jarome Iginla, and Calgary will always be his home.
Battered Bruins hoping Boychuk returns tonight (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:58:09 PST)
If he's not available, the Bruins will need to call up a defenseman.
Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: B's take top spot (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:00:02 PST)
The holiday roster freeze is just around the corner for the NHL, so were not anticipating too many changes in the current natural order of things in the Eastern and Western Conference. Younger teams off to hot starts like the Colorado Avalanche are coming back to earth a little bit while still looking like a playoff team, and Eastern Conference teams in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Boston are beginning to prove theyre the only ones worth a damn. ...
Bruins-Flames Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:31:58 PST)
After 16-plus seasons with the Flames, Jarome Iginla is enjoying his first trip back to Calgary. The six-time All-Star, though, wants to make sure Boston leaves with two points in hand. Iginla faces his former team for the first time as the Bruins go for a third consecutive win Tuesday night against the Flames. Calgary's all-time leader in goals (525) and points (1,095), Iginla waived his no-trade clause in March for a chance to join Pittsburgh and compete for the Stanley Cup.
Skinner, Hall, Luongo named 'Three Stars' (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:20:29 PST)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week on Monday. Skinner had two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals last Tuesday and had his first career hat trick in a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday. He had one assist in a 6-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last Tuesday before getting his fourth career hat trick plus an assist in an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
Rookie Scoring (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:06:00 PST)
Torey Krug and Eric Gelinas lead the way in rookie power play scoring. Read more in The Power Play Report.