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Posted 16 February 2016 - 12:39 AM
Posted 16 February 2016 - 03:02 AM
Pards, brave ka for opening a thread about hockey. Lol!
I don't follow it anymore. The last great generation that I followed was that of Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemiueux, Fedorov, and all those great teams at that time - the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings. Of course, nandun ako before that, the time of Gretzky, Bobby Orr and all those great Boston Bruins teams.
Good luck on this thread, and I hope madaming mag-post, para update naman ako. Cheers!
Thanks....the likes of Mario Lemiueux, Fedorov and Jagr may have long been over....but a new breed of ice heroes emerge.
The likes of Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles), Jonathan Toews (Chicago) and others lead the way for the league to reach greater heights.
Anyway, here's a throwback....the Chicago Blackhawks getting the Stanley Cup (NHL Stanley Cup 2015)
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 03:17 AM
Alex Ovechkin....scores 500th NHL goal
(43rd man and the 5th fastest player to achieve this feat.)
Highlights....courtesy of the NHL
Posted 16 February 2016 - 12:51 PM
Stars win fourth straight, top Predators in OT Janmark scores in OT, also has assist
by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent
NASHVILLE -- Mattias Janmark's goal 3:49 into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.
Dallas (37-15-5) won their fourth straight game.
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Full report on the website.
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 16 February 2016 - 12:51 PM.
Posted 16 February 2016 - 01:34 PM
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Florida Panthers hold off Penguins 2-1 in shootout
By George Richards
The Panthers were clinging to a thin thread Monday night, hoping the one-goal advantage picked up in the first period would be enough to beat a dangerous Pittsburgh team.
As anyone could have predicted, it was not.
No, the Penguins tied things up with 3:19 remaining before the Panthers prevailed 2-1 in a five-round shootout at BB&T Center.
The victory was especially sweet for the Panthers, a team outscored 10-3 in two weekend losses coach Gerard Gallant described as “pathetic.”
With a retooled lineup because of a variety of injuries, Gallant was singing a different tune Monday.
“It was a good game against a real good team,’’ said Gallant, whose team had lost its previous two games to Pittsburgh in overtime. “Every time we play them it’s a battle. We finally got on the winning side. We finally got the two points — and we needed them.”
The Panthers opened the scoring in the first period when Nick Bjugstad redirected a long pass from Alex Petrovic and beat Marc-Andre Fleury.
Florida had few prime-scoring chances as it appeared to play a prevent-style through much of the second and third with its Band-Aid lineup, yet had a few opportunities and failed to cash in.
The Penguins, who came back to beat the Panthers over a week ago despite trailing 2-0 late in the third, tied things up Monday when Chris Kunitz’s shot just got past the out stretched glove of backup goalie Al Montoya.
Montoya was strong in net once more for the Panthers, perhaps earning another start Thursday when San Jose comes to town.
Filling in for Roberto Luongo, Montoya stopped 31 shots — including four in overtime before stopping the final four shots in the shootout.
Full article can be seen on the website
Posted 16 February 2016 - 01:43 PM
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N.Y.I. 4, Detroit 1: Red Wings cool off, drop matinee
Helene St. James - Detroit Free Press
NEW YORK -- A sloppy performance left the Detroit Red Wings without points for the first time in six games.
They lost, 4-1, to the New York Islanders in a matinee today at the Barclays Center. After a solid defensive stretch, the Wings have allowed nine goals the last two games.
The Wings have beaten the Islanders twice the past three weeks but this time allowed three goals in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk scored in the third period as the Wings avoided what would have been their first shutout of the season.
The game began about 18 hours after the Wings had wrapped up a victory over the Boston Bruins at home. There wasn't much pace on either side at the start, and the Wings had just two shots on net when they went on a power play eight minutes into the game. Dylan Larkin used a wrist shot to force a save from Thomas Greiss but, otherwise, the Wings didn't make anything happen.
Gustav Nyquist fired a shot that got by Greiss, only to clank off the left goal post as the Wings got their legs going. Brendan Smith blocked a shot during an Islanders power play to help limit New York to eight shots on net in the first period.
Jimmy Howard got the start and made a save on John Tavares early in the second period, as the Islanders surged in shots. Darren Helm went to the penalty box at 5:53, and the Wings faced a second penalty k*ll. Tavares had two quick chances, both turned away by Howard.
Some handy stickwork by Brock Nelson put the Wings in a hole midway through the game. Nelson batted Ryan Strome's pass out of the air, got a stick on the puck and fired a shot that went in off Howard's glove. That the Wings were the ones who had played the day before became more and more evident in the second period, which saw them get outshot and take a third penalty when Datsyuk was called for delay of game.
The Islanders used the power play to double their lead, with Josh Bailey snapping in Johnny Boychuk's rebound at 14:57. The Wings got a second power play the last minute of the period. Marek Zidlicky, a trade-day acquisition by the Wings a year ago, made it 3-0 a little more than a minute later, when he crashed in from the blue line and beat Howard with a backhand. Howard had no help from teammates on the last two goals, with Xavier Oeullet, especially, having a couple of rough shifts.
The Wings began the third period with a minute left on a power play but made no use of it. They got another power play when Nelson was called for closing his hand on the puck at 6:19, but Abdelkader was called for using his stick to push Howard's stick back to him at 6:52.
A turnover by the Islanders led to Datsyuk sniping the puck at 9:31, but that wasn't enough to stir the Wings to better play. Horrible defensive coverage left Strome free to convert on a no-look pass by Tavares at 12:14.
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 01:54 PM
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Blackhawks stop slide with 7-2 victory over Maple Leafs
CHICAGO (AP) -- The sellout crowd chanted ''M-V-P! M-V-P!'' and Patrick Kane cracked a wry grin.
It was a sweet ending to a difficult homestand for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kane had a goal and three assists, and the Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
''We've been, I don't want to say struggling offensively, but we've been waiting for a game like this,'' Kane said.
Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Artemi Panarin and Teuvo Teravainen each had a power-play goal, helping Chicago salvage the finale of a lackluster four-game homestand. It was the Blackhawks' first game since they lost Marian Hossa to a left leg injury, likely sidelining the veteran forward for a couple of weeks.
''It was good that we got something positive leaving here,'' coach Joel Quenneville said.
Scott Darling got the start in place of a resting Corey Crawford and made 35 saves, including an outstanding sprawling stop on Nick Spaling in the second period. Two of Darling's six wins this season have come against lowly Toronto.
Mark Arcobello broke up Darling's bid for his second career shutout with a rebound goal with 8:54 remaining. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau added a power-play goal and James Reimer had 25 saves for the Maple Leafs, who closed out a 1-4 road trip.
''Just forget it. We got tattooed, that's the bottom line,'' Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.
Goals by Brandon Mashinter, Shaw and Seabrook staked Chicago to a 3-0 lead through two periods, and the Blackhawks blew it open with an impressive flurry in the third. Beginning with Panarin's 19th goal of the season, the defending Stanley Cup champions scored on four of six shots.
Kane made it 5-0 with his 34th of the season, sending a wrist shot past Reimer on the stick side. Teravainen then stopped a 17-game scoring drought with his 10th of the season, and defenseman Viktor Svedberg converted a big slap shot from the low slot at 10:20.
Full report at the website http://sports.yahoo....01178--nhl.html
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 16 February 2016 - 01:55 PM.
Posted 16 February 2016 - 02:02 PM
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Santorelli helps Ducks defeat Flames Anaheim improves to 9-1-1 in past 11 games
by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent
CALGARY -- Considered longshots before the Christmas break, the Anaheim Ducks moved two points closer to first place in the Pacific Division with a 6-4 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.
Mike Santorelli scored twice and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for the Ducks, who remained in second place in the division but pulled to within five points of the first place Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks have gone 16-4-2 since the Christmas break.
"It's a little better atmosphere. We're having fun," Perry said. "Everybody knows their role, everybody's playing their role and everyone's doing the right things. It's working out right now. You just want to get in the playoffs. It doesn't matter where you are. Just get into the playoffs."
"There's still a lot of games to play but we've got to go on a streak obviously," Flames forward Mikael Backlund said. "If we can manage to do that, we'll be right in the mix but we've got to find a way to get some wins and get on a roll pretty quickly."
Perry helped the Ducks rally from a 3-2 deficit after the first period. Flames starter Jonas Hiller made the initial save on a shot by Cam Fowler from the point, but Perry kicked the rebound from his skate to his stick before tucking the puck across the goal line to tie the game 3-3 at 2:15 of the second.
Vatanen gave Anaheim the lead 1:05 later with the Ducks' third power-play goal of the game.
It's the third time in three games the Flames have allowed three power play goals. Calgary's penalty k*ll is ranked 30th at 73.4 percent.
"It's really frustrating," Backlund said. "We were doing so much better after Christmas and we were trying to build on it. It's tough to have so many penalties the last two games and today and not be able to k*ll them."
Hiller was pulled after making 13 saves on 17 shots and was replaced by Joni Ortio (nine saves) in the second period.
"It seemed like every shot would bounce off skates, shin pads, and get in the net," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "I thought I'd try to turn the game around, shake things up a little bit and get some momentum out of the change. Sometimes it works but tonight it didn't."
Rackell extended Anaheim's lead at 12:18. Perry curled deep in the Calgary zone before finding Rackell at the top of the circle, who beat Ortio with a wrist shot from 36 feet to put the Ducks up 5-3.
Hudler, with his second of the game, pulled Calgary within one with 6.5 seconds remaining in the second, swatting a rebound from Sean Monahan's wrist shot from the slot behind Andersen.
Santorelli restored the two-goal lead 51 seconds into the third with his second of the game to make it 6-4 after Ortio made the initial save off a shot from Josh Manson.
"I was fortunate," Santorelli said. "I just got the rebound. [Manson] made a great play and luckily it went over the goalie. It's always nice when you have a couple goal lead on a team. It takes off a little bit of the pressure. They still had their chances. We shut it down."
Andersen made 13 saves in the third to preserve the win.
Full report at https://www.nhl.com/...0?tid=278508006
Posted 16 February 2016 - 02:12 PM
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Six Coyotes score in win Arizona has season high in goals against Canadiens
by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent
It was a season high for goals for the Coyotes, and their most since a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 3, 2015.
Arizona has 58 points, two more than it had all of last season and four behind the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche for one of two wild cards into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Arizona goalie Louis Domingue made 17 saves, and the Coyotes need him to go the distance.
Down to one NHL goalie after backup Anders Lindback was injured in an off-ice activity before warmups, they went to their emergency goalie list and called Nathan Schoenfeld, the son of New York Rangers senior vice president Jim Schoenfeld, as a replacement.
The 31-year-old father got to the arena about 30 minutes before the game, signed a one-day amateur tryout contract and was on the bench for the American and Canadian national anthems.
The Coyotes got off to another quick start, and Hanzal was in the middle of things.
At 4:47, Duclair set up Michael Stone for a shot from the right point that Hanzal deflected down and past Condon to open the scoring. Hanzal's ninth goal of the season was his third in the past four games.
Montreal got the goal back less than five minutes later. Jacob De La Rose carried the puck behind the Arizona net and slipped a pass to Weise, who put the puck past Domingue at 9:02. Weise's goal was his 13th of the season but second since Dec. 28.
The Coyotes regained the lead on the power play after Montreal's David Desharnais was called for tripping Domingue behind the net. Condon made the save on Ekman-Larsson's shot from the point, but Hanzal outmuscled Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin for the puck and pushed it across the slot to Duclair, who scored into a half-open net. Duclair's 16 goals are fifth among NHL rookies.
The score stayed 2-1 until the second period, when Montreal defenseman Greg Pateryn opened a cut on Arizona rookie forward Max Domi's nose with a cross-check to the head. Pateryn was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct, but not before Domi scrambled to his feet and earned a double minor for roughing.
Each team scored a goal at 4-on-4. Richardson stuffed an Ekman-Larsson feed around and by Condon at 8:04, and Gallagher answered for Montreal 2:02 later with a long shot from outside the right circle that trickled through Domingue's pad to cut Arizona's lead to 3-2.
But 12 seconds after Domi exited the penalty box, he set up Ekman-Larsson at the top of the circles for a wrist shot through a Duclair screen that hit off the crossbar and went in at 11:52. Ekman-Larsson's 16 goals are second among NHL defensemen, trailing the 18 of Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks.
Connauton capped off the wild second period at 15:38, finishing a setup from Kyle Chipchura with a shot off the near post to make it 5-2. It was the first goal with Arizona for Connauton, who was claimed off waivers from Columbus on Jan. 13.
Vermette completed the scoring with a backhand shot off a Mikkel Boedker feed 4:19 into the third period.
Posted 16 February 2016 - 03:09 PM
Behind the lens of a GoPro cam....on the ice.
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Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 16 February 2016 - 03:10 PM.
Posted 16 February 2016 - 04:43 PM
I am a die hard Minnesota Wild fan, though I also like the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets; the Chicago Blackhawks is my "bandwagon" team! We've been shitting the bed for the last several weeks leading to the firing of Mike Yeo! Now they have an interim coach (John Torchetti, who until recently was the coach of the MN Wild's farm team, Iowa Wild of the AHL). They just turned it around beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on a road game. It remains to be seen if this coaching change really is the catalyst needed for the Minnesota Wild to turn around!
But seriously, Minnesota and ALL the Canadian teams are struggling at the moment! What's wrong guys?! I hope you all can turn it around cuz the NHL playoffs is frankly no fun without all the genuinely hockey crazed markets participating!
Posted 16 February 2016 - 06:44 PM
Last time I was into hockey... when the Red Wings were on top LOL
Posted 17 February 2016 - 12:34 PM
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Hurricanes' power play seals triumph over Jets
Jordan Staal, Riley Nash score to snap Winnipeg's road winning streak
Playing without their All-Star defenceman and starting goaltender, the Carolina Hurricanes had to rely on strong special teams to grind out a victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Jordan Staal and Riley Nash had power-play goals, and backup goalie Eddie Lack had 20 saves in a 2-1 win Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes, 8-1-3 at home since late December, are two points out of the No. 8 playoff position in the Eastern Conference. They killed off three first-period penalties and four overall against Winnipeg, which had won in each of its past five visits to Raleigh.
Carolina played its third game without All-Star defenceman Justin Faulk and their first full game without starting goalie Cam Ward. Ward left with an injury in the second period of Saturday's win over the New York Islanders, and Lack took his place in net.
Lack faced just four shots in each of the first two periods before turning away 12 of 13 as Winnipeg put on the pressure in the third.
"I thought (Lack) got better and better," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "When you get an opportunity, you better capitalize on it, right?"
Lack, who said he was suffering from the flu, called the defence in front of him "unbelievable."
"Defensively, we have nothing to complain about right now," said Lack, who improved to 5-2 in his career against Winnipeg.
Carolina outshot Winnipeg 29-21, including 25-8 at one point early in the third period. Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves for Winnipeg.
Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg with 13:08 remaining, getting credit for a deflection of Jacob Trouba's drive.
Jordan Staal gave Carolina the lead at 10:33 of the first with his 13th goal of the season. On a power play, he gathered a deflection to the left of the net and backhanded a bouncing puck over Pavelec, off the goalie's right leg and into the net.
The goal tied Staal for the team lead in points.
Nash scored on a play similar to Staal's goal, tapping in a deflection in front of Pavelec on a power play midway through the second period.
"It fell at his feet, and I tried to whack it," Nash said. "He tried to dive on it, and it opened up the five-hole."
Peters said Nash has been valuable and versatile on special teams and on a line with Jay McClement and Chris Terry.
"He's been in and out of the lineup, and now that he's in, it looks like that that line wants to stay together and give us valuable minutes," Peters said.
Elias Lindholm assisted on both goals for Carolina.
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 17 February 2016 - 12:35 PM.
Posted 17 February 2016 - 12:42 PM
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Eriksson lifts Bruins over Blue Jackets Bergeron scores in return, Marchand has seven-game goal streak ended
by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent
COLUMBUS -- Loui Eriksson, in his 700th NHL game, scored 33 seconds into overtime and the Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
Eriksson scored his 20th goal this season with an easy tap-in off a pass to the side of the crease from defenseman Torey Krug.
Bergeron scored and Brad Marchand had his seven-game goal streak ended.
Columbus (23-28-7) is 4-0-2 in its past six games.
Alexander Wennberg scored on a penalty shot, the first of his career and Columbus' first this season, at 9:54 of the first period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. He skated in, slowed down then roofed a backhander for his sixth goal this season.
Rask had better fortune three minutes later when he used his blocker to deny a shorthanded breakaway by Brandon Saad.
Bergeron scored unassisted at 14:28 to tie the game at 1-1. Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones tried to chip the puck out of the zone, but Bergeron gloved it and fired a shot under the right arm of Korpisalo.
Boston plays the fifth of a season-long six-game road trip Thursday at the Nashville Predators. Columbus completes a five-game homestand Friday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 17 February 2016 - 12:43 PM.
Posted 17 February 2016 - 12:48 PM
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Senators edge Sabres in 2-1 shootout win
Anderson made a huge save on Sabres rookie Jack Eichel with 15 seconds remaining in overtime to force the shootout.
The Sabres were without Evander Kane as he was suspended for the game after missing practice Monday.
The Senators rewarded fans who braved poor road conditions to make it to the game by offering 50 percent off an upcoming game and a free ticket to those who were unable to attend due to the weather. Nearly 20 inches of snow fell in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Tied 1-1 after two periods, Ottawa had a strong third period, but the Senators were unable to beat Lehner and were forced to overtime.
Anderson was a key reason the game remained tied after 40 minutes as Buffalo outshot Ottawa 18-9 in the second. He made a number of big saves to keep the Senators in the game.
Ottawa gave up the first goal as Eichel made a brilliant behind the back pass to Moulson, who beat Anderson short side at 6:01 of the first.
The Senators tied the game just over a minute later as Dzingel whacked away at a rebound and got it past Lehner for his first NHL goal.
Nick Paul made his NHL debut, he was the sixth player to do so this season for Ottawa.
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 17 February 2016 - 12:49 PM.
Posted 17 February 2016 - 01:00 PM
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Shattenkirk's OT goal puts Blues past Stars 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 1:11 of overtime and Brian Elliott had another strong game in net for the St. Louis Blues, who ended the Dallas Stars' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.
Jaden Schwartz got the other goal for the Blues on a fluke when a dump-in bounced off referee Kelly Sutherland's ankle at 12 seconds of the second period. The Blues have won five of six against the Central Division-leading Stars, who won in overtime at Nashville on Monday.
Elliott made his 15th consecutive start, a career high, and had 17 saves. The Stars were held to a season-low for shots.
Mattias Janmark tied it late in regulation for Dallas. Janmark has scored in three straight games including the game-winner in overtime Monday.
Lehtonen scrambled back to the goal late after venturing out to field the puck behind the net on the goal by Schwartz.
Janmark tied it with 6:34 remaining on a shot from the side of the net after Valeri Nichushkin flubbed a shot that trickled between the legs of a defender and wide.
The Blues killed off four power plays in the scoreless first period, allowing just three shots. The Stars had no shots at even strength.
Dallas was strong on the penalty k*ll in the second period, thwarting 1:09 of St. Louis' two-man advantage to keep it a one-goal game.
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 17 February 2016 - 01:01 PM.
Posted 17 February 2016 - 01:19 PM
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Flyers vs. Devils recap: Third period outburst keeps Philadelphia in the playoff picture
It was a big game in the playoff race led by a big third period.
here's something extremely fun about the Flyers playing in New Jersey, even when they lose. I think it might be that there are always something like five different raucous "Let's Go Flyers!" chants every time there's a game at Prudential Center. And it's even more fun when that's the refrain that drowns out the organ player at the end of a solid Flyers win and a dominant Flyers third period in Newark.
Look, the Flyers didn't play a perfect game tonight by any means. Often when you play against a stingy defensive team like the Devils, it's far from perfect. And when you're a team that's as offensively flawed as the Flyers, that can be an overall ugly combination. Tonight though, the Flyers hung with it ... particularly early when they needed to weather a game that was up and down and back and around, in large part thanks to some questionable officiating.
It started off though, frankly, with a lot of bullshit from Radko Gudas. I argued last week that even if the letter of the law indicated that he was innocent of a dirty hit in the Buffalo game, he still deserved a suspension because of just how reckless he was on that play. He lived up to it again tonight, taking a match penalty for an ugly elbow to the head on Bobby Farnham. That subsequent power play led to a New Jersey goal, and it sure felt like we might get another game like we had the other day in Philadelphia: a Devils-controlled, low-scoring contest.
Ahh, but then, Shayne Gostisbehere. He not only extended his point streak to thirteen games, but he scored a beautiful game-tying goal over the shoulder of Cory Schneider that made me want to go do dirty things to my sheets. (That's a ghost joke.)
Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers the lead with a power play goal midway through the second -- one that Ghost probably deserved another assist on thanks to a beautiful keep at the blue line on the play. But he didn't get one because tertiary assists are not a thing. Ah well. In any event, the Flyers entered the third period up 2-1, and the floodgates open up from there.
Jordin Tootoo opened up the scoring midway through, tying it at 2-2 (lol). And then Wayne Simmonds, and then 50 seconds later Nick Cousins. And then a deep breath. And then Kyle Palmieri kept it weird with a Devils goal, and then Ryan White kept it 100 with a Flyers goal.
All told, this turned out to be the ugliest defensive effort for the Devils all year, and the second time in four games in which the Flyers scored more than five goals. The third period explosion gave them hope that this season is still alive -- and yeah, despite a Carolina win tonight, the Flyers are only four points out of the final playoff spot in the East as of this writing.
This was a very important win in the playoff picture, and it was fun to celebrate it in our little home away from home up there Newark.
Posted 17 February 2016 - 01:23 PM
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Grubauer guides Capitals past Kings Washington goalie makes 39 saves; Kuznetsov scores
by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent
2/16/16: Evgeny Kuznetsov stuffs home the feed at the side of the net to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead late in the 3rd period
WASHINGTON -- Philipp Grubauer rebounded from a poor start last week by making 39 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center on Tuesday.
"It was a transition for me this year, getting back-to-back games and maybe not seeing as many pucks," Grubauer said. "I need to develop some consistency in my game and that was a good start."
The 24-year-old hadn't started since a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Feb. 2. He last played Saturday after Braden Holtby was pulled after two periods in a 4-3 loss at the Dallas Stars.
"[Grubauer] has been good all year," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "I don't have any doubts with what he could do and that's why he got this game."
"I thought gradually, throughout the game, we got better, because we had to," Capitals forward Justin Williams said. "They got the better of the play. They were outshooting us, outplaying us, outbattling us. Slowly, in the third period, we started to take things over, and things started to move a bit in our direction. You know, we said it on the bench: We were getting stronger and they were fading a bit."
Forward Anze Kopitar scored a shorthanded goal, and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Kings in his return from a lower-body injury that caused him to miss three games. Los Angeles (33-20-3) is 2-3-0 on its seven-game road trip.
"The goalies made some big saves," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "We couldn't get that second one. But we had lots of good opportunities. The last five minutes you were just trusting the guys that you have on the ice, and we probably got caught with some inexperience on the back end on that last goal."
Kopitar scored at 16:43 of the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. He skated from the blue line and scored a sharp-angle goal on Grubauer's stick side.
"This is a group that's been together for a long time and knows how to win," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We've got to bear down on our chances. That's the difference tonight. We had some really good looks, and they've got to go in the back of the net for us, especially when we have a 1-0 goal. If we can find a way to get that next goal, that game is probably a lot different. They kind of poured it on in the third and as a result they got the goals they needed."
Burakovsky tied it 1-1 with 49 seconds remaining in the second period when he deflected defenseman Dmitry Orlov's pass for his 12th of the season. Burakovsky has 16 points in his past 14 games and a point in 12 of his past 14.
"I was just trying to crash the net and obviously it was a sick pass from Orlov and he just hit my stick," Burakovsky said. "The only thing I had to do was hold my stick on the ice."
Kuznetsov scored with 2:02 remaining in the third period to make it 2-1. Williams sent a behind-the-net pass to him at the goal mouth for his 16th goal of the season and first since Jan. 14.
"If you listen to Justin on the bench, what he says to his linemates and the guys on the bench, he finds a way to pull people into the fight and he does it by example," Trotz said. "He finds a way to get things done and that's his talent."
Chimera made it 3-1 with an empty-net goal with 8.6 seconds remaining.
"We're in the situation where we need to find points," Brown said. "There's definitely areas we can improve on, so that's something we need to focus on in practice tomorrow is those things. They're not huge adjustments we need to make, but it's the little things this time of year that are hugely important."
Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik played his first game since Nov. 10. He missed 40 games with a lower-body injury. Orpik had a secondary assist on Burakovsky's second-period goal; he has four points this season.
"Past the first couple of shifts, it was just getting used to the speed again," Oprik said. "It was pretty good. Obviously, a really good opponent to come back against, so that wasn't easy, but it's good."
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 17 February 2016 - 01:25 PM.
Posted 17 February 2016 - 01:28 PM
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Sharks beat Lightning
By Curtis Pashelka
Updated: 02/16/2016 08:35:22 PM PST
Goalie Martin Jones took care of the rest, finishing with 27 saves — including eight in the third period.
The Sharks got even strength goals from Ward and Pavelski within a span of 4:51 in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
Ward took a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and his shot from above the circles got through a partial screen from Marleau and past Bishop to tie the game 1-1 just 1:43 into the second. It was Vlasic's eighth straight game with an assist, tying a franchise record held by Brent Burns.
Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 17 February 2016 - 01:28 PM.
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