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NHL Short Notes

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* Alex Ovechkin became both the second-youngest and second-fastest player to join the NHL's 700-goal club. The only player to reach the 700-goal mark at a younger age or in fewer games than Ovechkin (age 34, 1,144 GP) is all-time goals leader Wayne Gretzky (age 29, 886 GP)

* Forty-two-year-old emergency backup goaltender David Ayres came in relief for the Hurricanes and became the oldest goaltender in League history to win his NHL deut

* The Canucks and Coyotes erupted for nine and seven goals, respectively, en route to victories over the Bruins and Lightning – the top two teams in the NHL this season.

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Video- Brian Burke On The Emergency Goalie And Behind The Scenes At The Trade Deadline

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via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke gives his thoughts on the Maple Leafs loss to emergency backup goalie David Ayres, and why he thinks the league needs to have higher quality goalies on reserve for similar situations.


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Why Jeff Blashill Remains Behind The Bench

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill is doing what Steve Yzerman expects, and that is why the Detroit Red Wings have not made a change behind the bench even as they have descended to the bottom of the NHL standings....

“The one thing with Steve is, Steve does whatever Steve thinks is right,” Blashill said Friday. “When we talked last summer, he was clear to me to make sure that we keep holding our players accountable and we make our young players, specifically, better, but really the whole team. That was the message. It wasn’t necessarily going to be judged on wins and losses, it was going to be judged on those things.

“Steve is real clear about what he expects and I get good feedback from him in terms of where we stand.”

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Video- If You Took A Night Off From Hockey Tonight Carolina/Toronto

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This is what you missed.

A 42 year-old emergency goalie, David Ayres, became the oldest goalie to win a game in his debut.



added 10:50pm, Watch from in the Canes room below.

added 11:05pm, Below, watch Craig Button on the Leafs.

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Video- Evening Line - David Ayres

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added 10:12pm, Below, Ayres speaks with Fox Sports Carolinas.

added 11:19pm, Below, Ayres in post-game media scrum.

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Video- Saturday Headlines And Kelly Hrudey On David Ayres In Goal

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The panel discussed Toronto's defense, the emergency goalie David Ayres and mentioned numerous names and possible trades.

videos via Sportsnet,



Below, watch Hrudey on emergency goalie Ayres.

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Video- In Goal For The Carolina Hurricanes Is

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Detroit Players Trying To Stay Focused

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

For the veteran Green, it's not his first rodeo so he just goes about his business as normal.

"After being through it many times, it's obviously an odd experience but if you play for a long time, you get used to it," Green said after Saturday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "It's part of the business. Obviously with the relationships, it makes it difficult.

"For me, no, it's not a distraction. I mean, you worry about day to day in this league. Obviously, anything can happen but it's not something I stew over too much."

Forward Luke Glendening says focusing on the immediate task at hand -- Sunday's game against Calgary -- is the only thing to do.

"You can only control what you can control, so you just got o show up and keep doing your job to the best of your ability," Glendening said. "You're here until they tell you something different, so that's the way you got to approach it."

For Wings coach Jeff Blashill, he knows this time of year can be tricky.

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One Man’s Opinion

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If the world was a perfect place, Henrik Lundqvist would be traded to Colorado on Monday and go on to lead the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup.

It would be his only Stanley Cup win.

If only the world was just a little more perfect …

Odds are, Lundqvist isn’t going anywhere and his final days with the New York Rangers will play out rather uncomfortably, just as they are playing out now.

- Best player in the NHL nobody talks enough about: Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers. He’s fourth in scoring, first in even-strength scoring, first in plus-minus among forwards. He’d be a Hart Trophy favourite if he played for a team heading to the playoffs.

- Years ago coaches would privately wonder if Phil Kessel’s lack of training would eventually catch up to his immense skill. Kessel is 32 and playing this season like he’s at the end. He scored 82 and 92 points the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. He has 35 this season and has two years left on his contract … Kessel was drafted by Boston, 5th overall in 2006. After taking Milan Lucic in the second round, the Bruins selected this undersized winger in the third round. His name: Brad Marchand. Has anyone ever had a better draft than that?

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Topics Of The Day

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Well, just seven more years to go for the Sabres on that Jeff Skinner contract at $9 million per. And is this the summer in Buffalo that ownership/upper management takes at peek at a possible boffo return for Jack Eichel, who will have six years at $10 million per remaining on his contract after the 23-year-old captain’s sixth straight playoff miss since joining the NHL as the second-overall behind Connor McDavid in 2015? Or is the player who will request a move?

- So in New Jersey, how much of it was, A) Cory Schneider; B) John Hynes; C) Taylor Hall?

- Finally, once again, presenting Jere-ME Roenick, another one who just never got it — not when he acted as an enemy within as an NHLPA union member through the 2004-05 lockout, not when he got the gig at NBC, not when he posts on social media.

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