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The New York Islanders Move Into First Place With A Win Over The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Barry Trotz waved to the adoring fans at Capital One Arena as they stood to applaud him, saluted the Capitals’ bench (with Alex Ovechkin leaning over to ask how he liked the video tribute) and then touched his heart during the first-period appreciation of his four seasons in Washington, culminating with the Stanley Cup celebration last June.

Then the Islanders put on a defensive clinic — keeping the shots to the outside and limiting the rebounds as a real homage to Trotz’s coaching skills — and beat Washington, 2-0, on Friday night to vault over the Capitals and into the Metropolitan Division lead.

“It was sort of an identity game for us,” said Trotz, who made his first return to Washington with the Isles. “We just talk about climbing. It just happens the Caps were the next team in front of us. Two weeks ago, we were talking about Buffalo and other teams like Montreal. I said just keep climbing and don’t look up. The guys have been good.”

The Islanders received third-period goals by Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck and 19 saves from Thomas Greiss, who notched his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

Coupled with the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the visiting Canadiens, the Islanders are a point ahead of Columbus and Washington.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Wings Come Out On The Short End In Loss To Calgary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There’s been a lot of losses this season — and the Red Wings will surely have more these last couple months — but this was a particular galling one.

Twice the Wings had leads in the third period, and for stretches Friday they outplayed the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames, only to ultimately lose 6-4.

This was fun hockey, a throwback, wide-open game to an era of hockey played long ago.

But the Wings would have simply enjoyed to have won, with a lot less fireworks.

BOX SCORE: Flames 6, Red Wings 4

The Wings led 4-3 at 8:35 of the third period when Dylan Larkin — who had one of his best games of the season — scored his 20th goal, and second of the game.

The Wings appeared to have control. But Calgary struck quickly and thoroughly, tying the score and regaining the lead on one special-teams sequence.


Below, watch the game highlights and post-game interviews.

added 10:31am, Larkin and Blashill in two separate videos below.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

FLORIDA 3, Toronto 1

Montreal 4, COLUMBUS 1

NY Islanders 2, WASHINGTON 0

Ottawa 4, CAROLINA 1

CALGARY 6, Detroit 4

Pittsburgh 3, ARIZONA 2 (OT)

VANCOUVER 4, Buffalo 3

NHL Morning Skate – Jan. 19, 2019

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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Calgary Flames

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Entertaining game but a tough game to lose.

Still a learning process but overall you have to see some of the positives.

Larkin was great, team battled the whole game but lapses hurt them.

I thought the Wings would win with game when taking the lead at the midway point of the 3rd, but give Calgary credit for the comeback.

Calgary wins 6-4.

Goals and stats are below.

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Video- Welcome Back To Washington Barry Trotz

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Well deserved.


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Start The Road Trip With A Win

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Remember the times when we did this western Canada thing at least two times a year, then throw in a playoff series here and there?

Now only one trip a year and I won't even mention the playoffs because in order for that to happen, it would be the Stanley Cup Final.

Tonight's game- start the trip off right boys then head to Vancouver with 2 points in your back pocket.

Comment away.

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Video- Ryan Johansen Suspended Two Games

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Previewing Tonight’s Game Against Calgary

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Helene St. James previews tonight's game and watch Bill Peters talk about the matchup.


added 3:46pm, Below via the Flames, watch Mike Green and Jeff Blashill before the game tonight.

added 4:00pm, and below, just Jeff Blashill.

added 4:08pm, Mike Green below too.

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Video- The State Of The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Fox SportsDetroit's YouTube page,

General manager Ken Holland sits down with our Ken Daniels and talks about everything from scouting to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.


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Afternoon Line- Eric Duhatschek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sometimes, a change of scenery is exactly what a player needs, especially if he’s grown stale in an organization that’s also lost patience with him. We’re seeing that more and more in the NHL these days – GMs willing to make what appear to be lateral trades, hoping that a change in scenery breathes new life and energy into a player.

-Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic where you can read more (paid) on recent trades plus other topics.

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