Sabres-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:48:49 PST)
The Ottawa Senators have gone to shootouts in three straight games - the last two on back-to-back nights - and only have four points to show for it. They may want to avoid another tiebreaker against the Buffalo Sabres as the teams close out a home-and-home set at Ottawa on Thursday night. The Senators (12-14-6) fell 2-1 to the Sabres on Tuesday, losing in a 10-round shootout after failing to capitalize on a disallowed Buffalo goal in the second period. Milan Michalek broke a nine-game goal drought in the first for Ottawa, but rookie Zemgus Girgensons responded in the second - when Buffalo held an 18-9 shots advantage.
Senators' Cowen suspended 2 games (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:45:50 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen was suspended for two games by the NHL on Wednesday for a hit to the head against Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons.
Sens' Cowen suspended two games for hit (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:00:29 PST)
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen was suspended two games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons during Tuesday night's game.
Jared Cowen suspended two games for head hit on Zemgus Girgensons (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:52:00 PST)
One wonders which loss the Ottawa Senators are more embarrassed about: the 2-1 defeat at the hands of the 30th-place Sabres on Tuesday night, or the loss of Jared Cowen, who was suspended two games on Wednesday after a hit to the head of Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons during the game.
Since it was just Buffalo's seventh win of the year, we'll guess the former. But this hit's no good either, as Brendan Shanahan explains.
Even though Girgensons remained in the game, scoring the 10th-round shootout winner, you had to know there was no way Cowen was escaping supplemental discipline again -- not after he already got the benefit of the doubt on the hit that turned Pavel Datsyuk into a fisherman for two weeks.
And not after such an obvious headshot.
No wonder it took the NHL less than a day to render their decision and turn the video around. Heck, they still probably put too much effort into this video. (It's clear from Shanahan's inflection on "Zemgus Girgensons" that he spent some time practicing that the pronunciation there. I'd have pronounced it "a Buffalo forward")
"After closing in from Girgensons's right, Cowen drives his left shoulder in Girgeons's head, making it the main point of contact," Shanahan says. "This is not a full body check."
There's little else here. Girgensons makes no sudden movement; Cowen just takes a bad route on the hit. And for that, he earns repeat offender status and two games in a suit without pay.
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Cowen gets two-game suspension for hit on Girgensons (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:30:39 PST)
"This is not a full body check in which contact to the head was unavoidable," ruled Brendan Shanahan.
Skate Update: Did missed practice hurt Flyers? (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:05:09 PST)
Imagine if he had been a hockey player under Craig Berube, whose first couple weeks on the job saw him skate the living daylights out of the Flyers. Wednesdays morning skate at United Center was optional and brief because of the back-to-back games the Flyers have this week.Yet there remains a feeling around this club that had the Flyers not had a cancelled practice in Dallas (ice storm fallout) and a ridiculous early-morning skate in Ottawa because of a lack of ice availability, they might have played better against both the Stars and Senators. The Flyers lost in Dallas and got a point in a shootout loss in Ottawa. Thats five points in five games, but the Flyers have actually lost ground in the standings they are three points out of a playoff spot.When the trip began, they were two points behind the Rangers for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division.
More NHL hearings: Jared Cowen of Senators, Richard Panik of Lightning face suspensions (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:38:46 PST)
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen needs a time out.
His elbow that concussed Pavel Datsyuk last month was seen by the NHL Department of Player Safety as “a natural reflex for a defenseman” and not a “predator-like elbow.” Essentially, they gave Cowen the benefit of the doubt on a play that injured one of the Red Wings’ star players.
Cowen squandered that reprieve on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, with a head shot on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons in the third period. Girgensons remained in the game, and there wasn’t a penalty, but Cowen has a Department of Player Safety hearing on Wednesday for this hit (found at 1:15 of the following video, via Kukla’s Korner ):
No question that the head is the principle point of contact there.
Meanwhile, t he NHL will also have a hearing for Richard Panik of the Tampa Bay Lightning, for crushing Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner along the boards in the Caps’ shootout win. He was given a 5-minute major:
Rather blatant, rather reckless, given Alzner’s distance from the boards.
We’d expect this one to earn Panik two games, as that’s been the going rate for boarding calls. As for Cowen, no less than three games would be a surprise, given the warning we imagine he received after the Datsyuk “reflex.”
NHL schedules hearings for Lightning’s Panik, Sens’ Cowen (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:43:06 PST)
Both players might be suspended for their actions last 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.
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.
Coyotes stop skid with win vs. Avalanche (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:40:38 PST)
DENVER -- The Phoenix Coyotes are struggling to keep guys healthy. Fortunately for them, the Colorado Avalanche are struggling to score. Center Antoine Vermette scored two goals, right winger Jordan Szwarz added a goal and the Coyotes beat the Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night. Goaltender Thomas Greiss, who got the start when No. 1 goalie Mike Smith became ill, made 29 saves for the Coyotes, who stopped a two-game skid.
Sabres edge Senators in shootout 2-1 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:07:08 PST)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Ryan Miller came up big for the Buffalo Sabres again.
Coyotes 3, Avalanche 1 (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:40:41 PST)
DENVER -- Center Antoine Vermette scored two goals, right winger Jordan Szwarz added a goal, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Tuesday night. Goaltender Thomas Greiss made 29 saves for the Coyotes, who stopped a two-game skid. Left winger Patrick Bordeleau had the only goal for Colorado, which lost for the third time in four games. Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 shots.
Girgensons rewarded as Sabres edge Senators (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:40:38 PST)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons continues to impress with his work ethic and attitude on the ice. The 19-year-old center was rewarded for those efforts Tuesday night when he led the Sabres to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators. "He's getting rewarded for his work," Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. Girgensons ended a back-and-forth shootout that was tied at three goals apiece with a smooth backhand deke, tucking the puck between Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner's left pad and the right post.
Sabres 2, Senators 1 (SO) (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:30:33 PST)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons scored in the 10th round of the shootout and also scored in regulation to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night. The shootout was tied at three goals apiece before Girgensons beat Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner with a backhand deke and tucked the puck inside of the right post. Ottawa's 10th shooter, right winger Erik Condra, then saw his wrist shot stopped by Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. Buffalo (7-22-2) ended a three-game losing streak.
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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Ray Emery on return to Chicago: I am 'past that' (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:17:13 PST)
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Ray Emery has been through it before:Play in one city, establish yourself, go to another, do the same. When Emery got to Chicago late Monday night after the Flyers' shootout loss to the Senators, he was coming back as a hero -- aguy who helped Chicago win a Stanley Cup last season thanks to his sensational play in the first half of the season.
Without Lecavalier, more Flyers must contribute (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:24:31 PST)
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Head coach Craig Berube said it three times on Monday. And that the Flyers have players here good enough to make up for Vinny Lecavaliers absence if they raise their level of their play. One such player is Jakub Voracek, who has been up front and honest that he needs to do better than his season total of 13 points. If the Flyers are going to survive a month or so without Lecavalier, who has a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, Voracek is one of those players Berube is referring to when he refers to a veteran who has to pick it up.
Flyers Notes: Couturier fights Turris -- and wins (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:09:42 PST)
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Heres something you dont see very often: Sean Couturier in a fight.On Monday, he fought with Senators forward Kyle Turris.It was the fourth fight in Turris NHL career but the first ever for Couturier, who won.It was in the middle of the action and I got caught [up] in the emotions, Couturier said of his first period altercation. It just happened.Asked how it felt to have an NHL fight, he turned a shade of red.It was all right, Couturier said. I think I did a good job. Ill stick to playing hockey.Couturier is one of the few players still wearing his Movember beard. ...
Phillips hopes to extend career, re-sign with Senators (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:16:18 PST)
Playing at least one more season would likely make him Ottawa's all-time games leader.
Voracek puts 12-game goal drought to an end (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:59:02 PST)
His power-play goal (second of the season) in the second period against the Senators ended a 12-game goal drought for him on Monday night. Alas, the Flyers still lost to the Senators, 5-4, in a shootout (see story). It was a good feeling, Voracek said. Voracek now has 13 points.
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. ...
NHL Three Stars: Perry, MacArthur score twice; Lack blanks Hurricanes (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:39:45 PST)
It's my sincere hope that these guys met at the game and just sat together after realizing they were a complete set.
No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Perry reached 20 goals on the season with two in the Ducks' 5-2 rout of the hapless New York Islanders, who are definitely about to fire their coach. Perry's goal with two seconds remaining in the second period was a thing of beauty. It also pushed his goal streak to 6 games.
No. 2 Star: Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks
Lack was perfect in his first NHL home start, stopping all 31 shots he faced for his first career shutout in the Canucks' 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Senators-Sabres Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:21:27 PST)
The Ottawa Senators haven't been winning consistently of late, but a home-and-home series against the scuffling Buffalo Sabres might help them generate some momentum. The Senators will try to earn back-to-back victories for the first time in a month by adding to their recent success against the Sabres on Tuesday night. Jason Spezza was the only player to score in the extra session - the team's only conversion in 13 shootout attempts - in a 5-4 victory against Philadelphia, and Clarke MacArthur had a pair of goals in regulation. "It's about time," goaltender Craig Anderson said.
NHL-Highlights of Monday's National Hockey League games
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:09:55 PST)
(Adds later games) Dec 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Hockey League games. - - - Penguins 2, Blue Jackets 1 Receiving goals from the NHL's two leading scorers, centers Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins skated past the Columbus Blue Jackets. Malkin, who missed the previous two games due to a lower-body injury, opened the scoring in the second period before Crosby put Pittsburgh up 2-0 in the third with his 16th goal of the season. Marc Andre-Fleury made 32 saves for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins (21-10-1). ...
Senators' Spezza scores SO winner vs. Flyers (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:05:44 PST)
Jason Spezza always believed he could score in the shootout. The Ottawa Senators star then proved it to the Philadelphia Flyers. Spezza scored the winning goal in the tiebreaker to lift the Senators over the Flyers 5-4 on Monday night. The Senators snapped a five-game skid at home, ''I'd been good in the shootout historically,'' Spezza said.
Senators defeat Flyers in shootout (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:30:28 PST)
OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza repaid the faith shown in him by coach Paul MacLean Monday night at Canadian Tire Centre. Blanked on four previous shootout tries this year, Spezza scored the only goal in the tiebreaker against the Philadelphia Flyers, giving Ottawa a 5-4 victory that snapped its home losing streak at five games. Goalie Craig Anderson took care of the rest, stopping all three shots in the shootout. The Senators (11-14-5) are now 1-4 in shootouts while the Flyers (13-14-2) fell to 1-2 in shootouts.
Senators 5, Flyers 4 (SO) (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:30:26 PST)
OTTAWA -- Center Jason Spezza scored the only goal in a shootout, and goalie Craig Anderson stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker as the Ottawa Senators outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Monday night at Canadian Tire Center. The Senators (11-14-5) snapped their home ice losing streak at five games, and they won in a shootout for the first time in five tries this season. The Flyers (13-14-2) fell to 1-2 in shootouts. Winger Clarke MacArthur scored two goals for the Senators, and center Kyle Turris and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch added goals.
Spezza, MacArthur boost Sens against Flyers (NBC Sports)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:51:02 PST)
Ottawa wins shootout by slim margin.
Instant Replay: Senators 5, Flyers 4 (SO) (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:24:17 PST)
OTTAWA -- Well, the best the Flyers can hope for now is to finish with barely a winning record onthis key December road trip.