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NEW YORK (March 20, 2017) – Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 19.
2 1/2 minutes long...
All in slow motion.
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
“They [basically] have nine guys up from the AHL,” Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said. “They played a very simple and effective game. We responded in spurts, but I thought we would’ve gone to the net a little more.”
For the first time this season, Rowe and his players were talking about playing for pride as they remain six points behind idle Toronto for the final wild-card playoff berth with 11 games remaining. They’d also have to leap over the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay.
“[Playing for pride is] the mentality we’re going to have to have the rest of the way,” Rowe added. “We’re not mathematically eliminated, but we’re in a hole for sure.”
more on the loss to the Penguins...
via Bo Hamby of LA Kings Insider,
Doughty, on the hit he took from Matthew Tkachuk in the first period:
He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid. To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don’t know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. I can’t tell you for sure, so I’m not going to really say if I think anything should happen, but whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it’s going to hurt for a little bit.
Doughty, on whether Tkachuk’s hit was the result of anything earlier in that shift:
It’s just that every game I’ve played against him basically, me and him get after it a little bit. Obviously, partially that’s my fault, too, because I like to get under peoples’ skin, too. He’s a young guy in the league, and I don’t think he necessarily meant to hurt me or anything like that, but he did.
Watch the elbow from Tkachuk below...
via the Denver Post,
Colorado coach Jared Bednar challenged the play, and video replays appeared to show Toews was offside before he later scored, but officials upheld the call after a lengthy review and the Blackhawks were within 3-2.
“I don’t necessarily understand it, but it’s a tag-up rule,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “It wasn’t on his stick. That is what it is. For me, it’s 3-2, nine-and-a-half minutes to go, that gives them a little life. It’s what we do after that that bothers me.”
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, “I thought it was the right call. It doesn’t trigger the offside until he touches the puck. Johnny (Toews) gets his skate back on time, right at probably the same time as we touch it. You can say it was a tie. That’s the Minnesota play.”
Quenneville was referring to a similar play in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime win over the Wild on Feb 8. In that game, Quenneville used his coach’s challenge after J.P. Parise scored in the second period for the Wild, arguing that Parise was offside on the sequence leading to the goal. After a long review, officials said the evidence was inconclusive and let the goal stand.
Watch it play out below...
Home Team in Caps
Columbus 4, NEW JERSEY 1
PITTSBURGH 4, Florida 0
WINNIPEG 5, Minnesota 4
CHICAGO 6, Colorado 3
PHILADELPHIA 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
MONTREAL 4, Ottawa 1
CALGARY 5, Los Angeles 2
BLACKHAWKS CLINCH NINTH CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
The Blackhawks scored five unanswered goals in the third period – including three in a span of 34 seconds – to become the first Western Conference team to clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their ninth consecutive postseason appearance and 62nd in franchise history.
* Elias notes that Chicago’s three markers in 34 seconds were the third-fastest trio of goals scored in franchise history, behind 21 seconds (March 23, 1952 at NYR) and 30 seconds (Oct. 15, 1983 at TOR).
* The Blackhawks (47-20-5, 99 points) extended their win streak to five games and increased their lead to seven points atop the Western Conference and Central Division standings. Chicago also moved within a point of reaching the 100-point plateau for the fourth straight season.
* Jonathan Toews (2-0—2) has reached the 20-goal mark in each of his first 10 NHL seasons. Elias notes that Toews became the sixth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11), Denis Savard (10) and Patrick Kane (10).
* Elias adds that Toews also joined Savard (1980-81 to 1989-90) and Kane (2007-08 to 2016-17) as the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.
The Wild went down 4-0 to the Jets today, then the Minnesota scored 4 in the second period to tie the score.
Winnipeg scored the only goal in the 3rd period to win 5-4.
Boudreau after the Wild lost their 5th game in a row.
from Mark Narducci of Philly.com,
Giroux has never used injuries as an excuse, but when he was asked Sunday how difficult it was to get past the injury mentally and physically, he opened up somewhat.
"When you try to make plays you used to make and can't really make them, it is frustrating and confusing," Giroux said. "When you start getting the confidence back, you know you can make those plays you just go out there and make it happen."
The hip injury was more difficult to overcome.
"I think when you don't think about that kind of stuff, you go out and play the game, but when it is in the back of your mind and you are really not thinking about the game and mostly thinking about your hip or whatever, I think it is important to kind of focus on the right things," he said.
"Even if you don't feel good out there, you have to find the right way to be strong mentally."
Giroux entered Sunday with 14 goals and 37 assists, with a minus-17 rating.
And Patric Hornqvist goal.
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