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OVECHKIN’S 4 GOALS, BACKSTROM’S 5 POINTS POWER CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin scored four goals, including the tying marker with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and Nicklas Backstrom recorded 1-4—5 to help the Capitals erase an early three-goal deficit and pick up their fifth victory in their past six games.
* Ovechkin scored four goals for the third time in his career and first time since the 2007-08 season (Dec. 29 at Ottawa, Jan. 31 vs. Montreal). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other active players who have registered more than one four-goal game in the regular season are Marian Gaborik and Teemu Selanne, each with two such performances.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
“I’m not quite sure we have the personnel to play the type of game I’d like to play, which is more offensive-oriented,” the new coach said after the Blueshirts had been limited to one goal (or less) for the 12th time in 32 games. “It’s a challenge scoring goals — I’m not saying we won’t get there — but right now it’s a big challenge, so we have to be [more] defense-minded.
“My job is to coach, analyze the personnel we have and put a system in place that best suits them,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do now.”
The Rangers have no identifiable characteristic. Their work ethic was somewhat better in this one, but not exemplary.
“At the end of the day, the job wasn’t done,” said Rick Nash, who got the lone Rangers’ goal. “We all know what we have to do, but we need to do it with more desperation.
“We weren’t good enough to get the job done.”
They’re not especially skilled and they don’t have the size or strength to impose their physical will on anyone. Their search for a post-Tortorella identity has been fruitless thus far.
Ovechkin now has 26 goals in 31 games.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
On that issue, the league feels its relationship with the players continues to grow stronger.
“There’s no doubt our ongoing relationship with the players' association is more regular and uniform that it has been in my memory,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday after the board meeting wrapped up. "We deal with them on all the issues associated with the game. We work through issues. Sometimes we don’t always agree, surprise, surprise. I think we have a strong working foundation and hopefully that will continue [to] improve in time.”
Then Bettman, standing next to Daly, said:
“I’d like to add to that that if you think that we went through a period where we had five different executive directors of the union in a relatively brief period of time. There is stability now in the union and that is a positive, not just for the players and the union; that’s a positive for us because you can’t build a strong working relationship based on trust when the cast of characters is changing every few months. So the strength and stability of the union, I think, is important as we try to accomplish the things we want to do moving forward.”
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Stepehn Whyno of the CP at Yahoo writes about the small-market teams...
Last night I posted the tribute video the Calgary Flames did for Jarome Iginla's return and here is how it unfolded on the ice.
added 10:29am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.
At 18:02 of the third period, Cowen came across the ice to hit Girgensons as he entered the Ottawa zone. No penalty was called on the play. Girgensons remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Also via NHL.com,
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
At 16:31 of the second period, Panik hit Alzner in the neutral zone, driving him into the boards. Alzner remained down briefly, but returned to the game in the third period. Panik was assessed a five-minute major for boarding on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Below, scroll to the 1:15 mark to see the Cowen hit (first video) and the 2nd video is the Panik hit...
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Already down one of their top defensemen, the New York Rangers were dealt another colossal blow in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Captain Ryan Callahan left the game with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Callahan sustained the injury while attempting to deliver a hit in the first period and did not return to the game. This makes the third injury that has sidelined the gritty winger so far this season.
Callahan, 28, missed the season opener with a shoulder injury -- he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum over the summer -- and sat out seven games with a broken thumb suffered in mid-October.
Watch how Callahan suffered the injury..
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers put up what looked like a piece of plywood after a piece of plexiglass broke behind the Red Wings net in the third period.
The 'plywood' was actually a piece of plexiglass with its protective backing still affixed.
According to a Panthers spokesman, the original piece of replacement glass broke on its way to the ice and the 'third string' piece wasn't fully ready to go.
Another piece - minus the paper backing - was put up before the overtime.
This reminds me of a time long ago. I was watching on TV the Wings playing Chicago in the old Chicago Stadium probably sometime in the mid 1960s.
A piece of glass broke and the crew actually dropped two replacement pieces and then realized they were out of stock.
What to do? Well they took apart a chain link dog cage used to keep security dogs in, rigged it up to fit and boom, the game continues, after an hour and five minute delay.
Watch a video below of the covered plexiglass at the BB&T Center last night.
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 15:30 of the second period in the Senators/Sabres game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Ottawa net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had a delayed hi-sticking penalty against Ottawa's Jason Spezza therefore the play was stopped as soon as any Ottawa player gained possession/control of the puck. According to Rule 15.1 "When the team to be penalized gains control of the puck, the Referee will blow his whistle to stop play and impose the penalty on the offending player." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands. No goal Buffalo.
Watch the no-goal below...
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