NHL-Highlights of Friday's NHL games
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:30:31 PST)
Feb 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey League games on Friday: Capitals 2, Oilers 1 Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as Washington defeated Edmonton Friday night for their 13th consecutive home victory. Braden Holtby had 30 saves for the Capitals, who have won two in a row overall. Leon Draisaitl scored Edmonton's lone goal. The Oilers had won four of the previous five games. Hurricanes 3, Senators 0 Eddie Lack recorded his first victory since October by stopping 34 shots as Carolina defeated Ottawa at PNC Arena. ...
NHL Three Stars: Dallas overcome bye-week curse; Lack shuts out Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:29:02 PST)
Dallas Stars’ Radek Faksa (12), Jamie Oleksiak (5) and Lauri Korpikoski (38) celebrate after Korpikoski scores against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Dallas. The Stars were in their first game after their bye-week and seemed determined to buck the losing tradition of most other teams coming out of the bye.
Johnson leads Flames past Panthers 4-2 for 3rd straight (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:44:10 PST)
The Calgary Flames are having a successful road trip, while the Florida Panthers are struggling at home. Chad Johnson made 36 saves during his first start in five games to lead the Flames past the Panthers 4-2 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory and fourth in five games. Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund, Deryk Engelland and Troy Brouwer had the goals for the Flames, who scored three straight in less than five minutes midway through the first period.
Lack gets 9th career shutout, Hurricanes beat Senators 3-0 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:43:05 PST)
Eddie Lack spent a lot of time this season watching his Carolina Hurricanes teammates play while he dealt with concussion issues. Lack, making his sixth start of the season, stopped 34 shots for his ninth career shutout to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory over the Senators on Friday night. Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Viktor Stalberg scored, and Phillip Di Giuseppe had two assists to help Carolina snap a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and move out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
Rangers aim to keep road dominance vs. Devils (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:30:30 PST)
The surging New York Rangers cross the Hudson River looking to maintain their standing as the league's top road team on Saturday when they face off with the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Following a 2-1 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday, the Rangers (39-19-2) lead the NHL with 20 road victories this season, the third time in four seasons under head coach Alain Vigneault that New York has won that many away from home. Excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, the Rangers have won 20 or more road contests in six of the last seven seasons, including a franchise record 28 under Vigneault in 2014-15.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:59:11 PST)
The Anaheim Ducks made a move to beef up their offense on Friday, acquiring forward Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars. Eaves is in the midst of a career season, tying for Dallas' team lead with 21 goals. Anaheim sent a conditional second-round pick to the Stars in exchange for Eaves.
Is the NHL standings format screwing up the playoffs? (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:55:15 PST)
No one likes the NHL standings. OK, mediocre teams who have played more games than the teams they’re chasing, so it looks like they’re closer to the wild card than they actually are, they like the standings. Which in turn means the NHL likes the standings, because then Winnipeg Jets fans still think they’re in the thick of the wild card race on Feb. 24.
Hurricanes looking ahead entering tilt versus Senators (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:41:09 PST)
This was supposed to be the stretch where the Carolina Hurricanes inched back into the playoff picture, with a five-game homestand and several games in hand on all the teams they were chasing. Instead, with three straight losses at PNC Arena heading into Friday night's game against Ottawa, the Hurricanes executed the first of what may be a series of moves leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, dealing defenseman Ron Hainsey to Pittsburgh for a minor leaguer and a second-round draft pick. "It is a situation I've seen too many times here," said All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk, who was Hainsey's playing partner along the blue line.
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.
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. ...
Undermanned Senators sweep Devils, Anderson makes 29 saves (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:57:11 PST)
The Ottawa Senators were without three top forwards Tuesday night, so they had to make up for it with defense and goaltending. Craig Anderson made 29 saves and the Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Tuesday night to stay within two points of Montreal in the race for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa was without Mark Stone (22 goals), Mike Hoffman (19 goals) and Bobby Ryan (12 goals) after all three were injured over the weekend.
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.
Jets defenseman Trouba banned two games for head blow
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:03:12 PST)
New York (AFP) - Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was suspended for two games by the National Hockey League on Monday for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.
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.
Rookies Laine, Matthews on display as Jets visit Leafs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:33:38 PST)
Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs will provide an interesting sub-plot when their teams meet Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. Adding to the intrigue is that Matthews was the first pick overall in the 2016 NHL draft and Laine was the second. Laine is a heck of a player and Winnipeg has got a real good team.
Jets' Trouba suspended 2 games for hit on Senators' Stone (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:26:04 PST)
The NHL has suspended Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba for two games for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone. Stone had just made a pass in the Winnipeg zone when Trouba hit him with an open-ice elbow to the head.
Jacob Trouba given 2-game suspension for hit on Mark Stone (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:13:09 PST)
Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets will sit for two games after he was suspended for his hit on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone Sunday evening.
Ryan's bad injury luck; Strader's return broadcast (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:37:54 PST)
• Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan could miss over a month with a possible broken right index finger. • After missing the first 59 games of the 2016-17 campaign while battling through different forms of treatment for bile duct cancer, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader returned to the broadcast booth Saturday and called his first game of the season.
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.
NHL-Highlights of Sunday's NHL games
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:49:57 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Sunday: Blackhawks, Sabres 1 Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to help lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Kane reached 20 goals on the season, making him the first American-born player to ever score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons, according to STATS, LLC. Ryan Hartman, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blackhawks, who dominated the Sabres from start to finish. Scott Darling made 25 saves.
NHL Three Stars: Drouin’s shift, Gibson’s shutout (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:26:38 PST)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
Hellebuyck makes 32 saves, Jets hold off Senators 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:55:03 PST)
After watching three more players get hurt in Sunday's defeat, Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher labeled his team's injury situation a disaster. Josh Morrissey scored early in the third period to give Winnipeg a two-goal lead, and the Jets held on for a 3-2 victory over the Senators. Already without forward Bobby Ryan because of an injured finger, Ottawa lost three more key forwards against Winnipeg: Mike Hoffman, Tommy Wingels and Mark Stone.
Should Jacob Trouba be suspended for this Mark Stone hit? (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:36:38 PST)
Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators began the 2016-17 season recovering from a concussion. He’s gone on to be an integral part of their surprising surge in the Atlantic Division: 21 goals and 25 assists in 55 games, entering their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Stone was in a prove position after dishing the puck.
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.
Skidding Hurricanes look for turnaround against Maple Leafs (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:27:56 PST)
The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't have picked a worst time for their offense to hit the skids. After battling back into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference last month, the Hurricanes have now lost three straight heading into Sunday night's game against Toronto -- one of a handful of teams Carolina is chasing for a final wild-card spot. The Hurricanes, seven points out of a playoff spot with 28 games remaining, have scored just three total goals in the recent losing streak -- including losses to the two worst defensive teams in the league -- Dallas and Colorado.