NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:05:48 PST)
Feb 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey League games on Thursday: Predators 4, Avalanche 2 Filip Forsberg's torrid week continued Thursday night. The Nashville Predators' right winger registered his second straight hat trick, lifting his team to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena. Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators, while Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each bagged two assists. Pekka Rinne stopped 20 shots to earn the win as the Predators swept the season series from Colorado (16-40-3) 5-0-0. ...
NHL Three Stars: Forsberg gets tricky in second straight game (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:47:20 PST)
After posting three goals in a 6-5 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Forsberg had another three goals in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The last player to score a hat trick in consecutive games was Alex Burrows (Jan. 5-7, 2010).
Rangers outlast Maple Leafs for 2-1 win in shootout (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:40:23 PST)
Mika Zibanejad helped the New York Rangers continue their strong play in February. Zibanejad scored the shootout winner and the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and J.T. Miller scored the game-tying goal in the third period for the Rangers, who improved to 8-1-1 this month.
Beauvillier, Greiss lead Islanders to 3-0 win over Canadiens (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:57:11 PST)
It was a big night for rookie Anthony Beauvillier and the New York Islanders. Beauvillier scored in the first period, Thomas Greiss had stopped 24 shots for his third shutout of the season, and the Islanders beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday night. The 19-year-old Beauvillier, who grew up in nearby Sorel-Tracy, had a large group of family and friends on hand for his first game in Montreal.
Lazar's trade market; Boudreau's Wild results (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:36:44 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. • A fan craving a beer at a Toronto Maple Leafs game. • The Minnesota Wild hired Bruce Boudreau to push the team to the next level.
Canadiens host Islanders, eye rare win streak (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:25:10 PST)
When the Montreal Canadiens take to the ice Thursday night, they'll try to realize a feat they haven't been able to pull off in nearly two months: Win consecutive games. After picking up their first victory under new coach Claude Julien on Tuesday, the Canadiens look for back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game win streak in the first week of January when they host the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. "It's a great feeling, but I think overall it's a great feeling for the whole team," Julien said after his team's 3-2 shootout win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers aim to get power play on track in Toronto (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:56:47 PST)
The New York Rangers will continue their attempt to get their power play working when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday. "There's no doubt that we've got some adjustments to make," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. It has not stopped the Rangers (38-19-2).
Hockey at NY Toy Fair 2017: Rods, knees and stuffed Auston Matthews (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:02:27 PST)
Toy Fair is the annual trade show where toymakers large and small converge to show off their best sellers and innovative ideas. It’s also like “Shark Tank” if “Shark Tank” was only the parts with the optimistic pitches and not the parts where Kevin O’Leary asks you to throw yourself into a volcano for inventing a line of gourmet animal crackers. As I wandered the aisles on the final day of the 2017 event, I had but one mission: Find hockey stuff.
NHL Three Stars: Toews' hat trick; Gaudreau's four assists; Leafs top Jets (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:40:30 PST)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:37:30 PST)
Feb 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games: Blackhawks 5, Wild 3 All three forwards on the Blackhawks' top line scored on Tuesday as Chicago sent a message that the Central Division race might not be over yet. By beating the Wild 5-3, Chicago pulled within five points of Minnesota, which still sits atop the division. Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick, Richard Panik scored in the second period, and Nick Schmaltz got in on the fun in the third as the Blackhawks improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight. ...
Byron lifts Canadiens past Rangers in shootout (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:15:26 PST)
Carey Price gave the Montreal Canadiens a much-needed win. Price made 28 saves and Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens. The Canadiens, who started the season 13-1-1, are trying to fend off Ottawa for the lead in the Atlantic Division.
Carey Price has eventful evening in Habs' win at Rangers (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:38:43 PST)
Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens pauses as his mask is knocked off during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 21, 2017 in New York City. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had an eventful evening in a 3-2 shootout win at the New York Rangers on Tuesday. First, Price left his team’s pre-game warm-up early with three minutes left in the session after taking a high shot near his left shoulder from forward Paul Byron.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:04:26 PST)
The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled center Frederik Gauthier and placed center Mitch Marner on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 15 with an upper-body injury on Tuesday. Gauthier, 21, has two goals and an assist in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season. The 21st-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft had one goal and five assists in 26 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
Canes acquire Ulf Samuelsson's son in trade with Montreal (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:27:29 PST)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired the son of former NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade of minor leaguers.
Claude Julien trying not to overwhelm Canadiens (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:54:10 PST)
It’s not a voice Max Pacioretty is used to hearing yet. “My first four years, I had like nine different coaches as a pro,” said the Montreal Canadiens captain. Now he has Claude Julien, who replaced Michel Therrien as head coach last week.
Short-handed Senators attempt to regroup vs. Devils (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:56:45 PST)
When the Ottawa Senators face off with the New Jersey Devils for the second time in less than a week Tuesday night at the Prudential Center, their lineup could have a distinctly different look. Since their 3-0 win in New Jersey on Thursday, the Senators (31-20-6) lost right wing Bobby Ryan to a finger injury that will keep him sidelined for an indefinite period. Then, they had three more forwards injured in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Julien: better defense, puck possession, will improve Habs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:33:19 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens skated hard, battled and worked, and that's just how new coach Claude Julien wants the practices to be. Julien finally got to put the Canadiens through a full workout with no distractions on Monday. Julien, who replaced Michel Therrien last week, will be seeking his first victory since returning to Montreal when the Canadiens face the Rangers in New York on Tuesday night.
Possible playoff preview when Canadiens visit Rangers (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:08:49 PST)
When the Montreal Canadiens visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, it could be a preview of a first-round series in this season's playoffs. Despite the teams playing in different divisions and the Rangers having a better record than the Canadiens, the teams are on a collision course with Montreal leading its division and New York in the top wild-card spot. The Rangers can still gain ground in the Metropolitan and the Canadiens have to right their ship but this matchup is looming for mid-April.
What We Learned: Why Bruce Boudreau might be the best coach alive (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:08:19 PST)
It is generally accepted that Mike Babcock, or maybe Joel Quenneville, is the best coach in the NHL. You see all the success they’ve had for years and years, getting winning hockey out of good or even great teams despite immense pressure. The idea there, obviously, is that Boudreau does more with less.
Rangers slip past Capitals for 2-1 win (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:47:39 PST)
Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers handled the challenge of facing one of the league's top teams. Mats Zuccarello scored a third-period goal and Lundqvist made 31 saves in the New York Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Ryan McDonagh scored in the first period for New York, which has won seven of eight overall and five in a row at home.
Bye-week curse has NHL at a loss (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:06:23 PST)
The NHL instituted bye-weeks this season as a kickback to the players, in exchange for their agreeing to skate their hung-over asses off in a 3-on-3 All-Star Game tournament format. But the byes are also for the sake of player safety in the regular season, although there’s been some debate about that.
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:30:34 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Saturday: Jets 3, Canadiens 2 Winnipeg scored two third-period goals to break a 1-1 tie and spoil Claude Julien's first game as Montreal's coach. Julien had been hired by the Canadiens on Tuesday after being fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine both scored in the third period for Winnipeg.
Jets aim to fly past Senators (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:13:12 PST)
The Ottawa Senators might want to ask their dads to hang around a little longer. The Senators return home Sunday to face the Winnipeg Jets (27-29-5), who lent them a helping hand by defeating the Canadiens 3-1 Saturday afternoon. The Jets have their noses pressed up against the glass as they look in at the Western Conference playoff picture.
NHL Three Stars: Stone's 5-spot for Sens; Roussel nets first hat trick (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:06:43 PST)
Ottawa Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) and right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrate a goal by Chris Wideman (not shown) during third period NHL hockey action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 18 2017. Stone had a career night during Ottawa’s 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Bruins visit Sharks after taking break (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:33:12 PST)
Replacing Claude Julien with Bruce Cassidy behind the bench paid immediate dividends for the Boston Bruins. The Bruins, coming off an extended break, open the California portion of a four-game road trip against Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks as the Pacific Division leaders look to get back on track at home. Julien, the all-time wins leader of the Original Six club and a Stanley Cup winner, was fired by the Bruins on Feb. 7 and replaced with Cassidy, an assistant under Julien who previously spent five seasons coaching Boston's top farm team.
Nazem Kadri's bank shot goal goes off Ryan Dzingel's head (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:00:33 PST)
Ryan Dzingel’s Saturday night was going pretty good. Late in the second period, he showed off his defensive game after he made a diving clear with his glove as a puck squirted through Craig Anderson and traveled dangerously through the Senators’ crease. Mike Hoffman and Derick Brassard scored 54 seconds apart early in the third period en route to a 6-3 victory, moving them to within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.
Jets spoil Julien's Canadiens return with 3-1 victory (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:56:35 PST)
Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets spoiled Claude Julien's return to Montreal. Laine and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and an assist, leading the Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday. ''We knew we were going to have everything thrown at us in the first period,'' Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.
Max Domi learning painful lessons about NHL fighting (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:15:33 PST)
Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi was frustrated as he waited for his surgically repaired hand to heal earlier this season. Also the process of working his way back to 100 percent was both new and challenging for the 21-year-old Domi.
Habs start Julien era vs. Jets (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:22:08 PST)
As the work week drew to a close, the Montreal Canadiens were just getting started on theirs, and everything that was old was new again. A few minutes after all the players and assistant coaches stepped on the ice for the team's first practice coming out of its bye week, out stepped Claude Julien, wearing a Canadiens track suit and gear for the first time since January 2006. "It was a really strong practice coming off a break," said Max Pacioretty.