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The New York Islanders Need A Spark Badly

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from Greg Joyce of the New York Post,

The Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals to race past the Islanders, on the ice and in the standings, with a 4-1 win Tuesday at Barclays Center.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” left wing Anders Lee said. “We gotta find some kind of spark, some kind of life, some kind of energy. It’s gotta change. Just more of the same, it’s disappointing.”...

The crowd of 10,232 had been restless for most of the night, but after Atkinson’s goal — he beat Jason Chimera to the net to finish off a one-timer — and through the rest of the third period, they’d had enough. Chants of “Snow must go” grew louder, calling for the ouster of longtime general manager Garth Snow.

They may have been even angrier had they heard coach Doug Weight’s postgame comments, as he hoped for a better atmosphere against the Rangers on Thursday at Barclays.

“[We’ll] have a real exciting, hopefully, little more exciting building than it was today from the start, on Thursday,” Weight said.

For the second time in 10 days, the Islanders allowed the Blue Jackets to take 26 shots on goal in the first period. Halak stopped each of those Tuesday, but could not turn away all 51 by the end of the night.


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Video- Goals Of The Week

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A little more than 6 1/2 minutes in length.

Sportsnet style.


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Video Morning Line- Joe Quenneville

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The Blackhawks dropped their seventh game in a row.



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The St. Louis Blues Had A Three Goal Lead Midway Through The Third Period, Then…

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from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Whether the Blues ultimately catch the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division remains to be seen. But with the games starting to dwindle before playoff time, the Blues may be dreading the point they yielded late to the defending Western Conference champions Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

Playing in a building where the Preds rarely lose, the Blues were rolling along with a 3-0 lead with the meter running in the third period. But the lead and a chance for a statement victory was swept away in a bitter 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators.

After two goals by Nashville's Austin Watson over a 75-second span tied the game at 3-3 late in the third period, Filip Forsberg sent the crowd of 17,221 home happy on a penalty shot in one minute 19 seconds into overtime. Jaden Schwartz was the player whistled for the infraction -- tripping -- that gave Forsberg the shot.


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Wings Continue To Work Hard

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Consecutive victories moved the Detroit Red Wings up a bit in the Eastern Conference standings, but realistically, it doesn't get them any closer to a playoff spot.

It would still take an epic run over the final one-third of the season for this team to qualify.

That's why the front office is prepared to move some players by the trade deadline, if it is able. And whatever happens in the seven games leading up to Feb. 26 isn't likely to change that decision.

But some players, following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Little Caesars Arena, said they hope they can play well enough over the next 12 days to keep the band together.

"As long as we keep working hard, doing things the right way and getting results, maybe we can force management's hand because, honestly, we do have a great group of guys in here and we all really enjoy going out there and competing for ourselves," Jimmy Howard said. "So, we kind of want to flip the switch here."


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Videos- What You May Have Missed From Last Night

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Brad Marchand being Brad Marchand.



from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post on a Dustin Byfuglien slash...

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Video- The Best From Last Night In The NHL

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Exactly five minutes long.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 5, Calgary 2

BUFFALO 5, Tampa Bay 3

Columbus 4, NY ISLANDERS 1

New Jersey 5, PHILADELPHIA 4 (SO)

PITTSBURGH 6, Ottawa 3

CAROLINA 7, Los Angeles 3

DETROIT 2, Anaheim 1

NASHVILLE 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)

MINNESOTA 3, NY Rangers 2

WINNIPEG 4, Washington 3 (OT)

VEGAS 5, Chicago 2

Arizona 2, SAN JOSE 1



Eight of 12 games contested on Tuesday featured at least seven combined goals (including shootout-deciding goals), boosting the average per game this season to 5.91 (874 GP). The last season to feature a higher goals per game average was 2005-06 (6.17).

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Men’s Olympic Hockey On Wednesday

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Both games start at 7:10am ET.

Slovakia vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia

Slovenia vs. USA

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Recap- Wings/Ducks

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The Wings were badly outplayed in the 1st period with Anaheim getting off 15 shots while Detroit had 5.  But a bad giveaway by Kevin Bieksa lead to the only goal of the period by Dylan Larkin.

Shots after two periods, Ducks 21, Wings 13.  Only goal of the period from Frans Nielsen.

3rd period the Ducks scored with under four minute to go and that is how the game ended.

Shots 33 for Anaheim, 16 for Detroit.

Goals and Detroit stats are below.

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