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via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The defenceman who had the toughest night was Jeff Petry. He was minus-2 when he was rocked by a hard check from Jamie Benn late in the second period. Petry left the game with an upper-body injury. Therrien said he didn’t know the severity of the injury, but it’s unlikely Petry will dress for the coming games Monday in Nashville and Tuesday in Minnesota.
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks were treated to one heck of a point streak by Hart Trophy front-runner Patrick Kane.
On Thursday night, they'll get to see a winger on the visiting Edmonton Oilers who is putting together a special season of his own.
"He's been tremendous for us," Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday when asked about Taylor Hall's season. "He's been the catalyst."
Fourth in league scoring with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 32 games, the 24-year-old Hall is on pace for a career season, helping carry his team through key injuries, including one to rookie phenom Connor McDavid.
"One of the best power skaters in the game," a rival Western Conference scout said of Hall. "Good hands plus good playmaking abilities, obviously can score goals. But his first couple of seasons, lots of us were worried about him getting hurt badly because he kept his head down. He's learning, though, and will continue to get better. A real exciting player to watch."
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers beat back the Bruins on Boston’s own turf for the first time in 19 years, back to that Nov. 7, 1996, night when winger Mariusz Czerkawski had a hat trick and Taylor Hall was four years old. But the Oilers stole their sixth straight win with their 3-2 overtime victory Monday night.
Goalie Cam Talbot made 36 saves over the last 40 minutes of regulation to give the Oilers their first six-game win streak in three years. Coach Todd McLellan seemed to feel there was plenty of room for improvement in many areas of play outside the goalie crease, even after the win.
“Never in doubt?” asked a reporter to kick off the coach’s post-game presser.
“Yeah,” said McLellan, starting to laugh.
“We’re a smart group of players but we know we stole one here.
“The wins are what it’s about but I’m still about how we perform and get things done,” he said. “This doesn’t feel like a real good win for us.”
Watch the game highlights below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers’ vaunted structure was nothing more than a house of cards on Friday in a 7-5 defeat on Glen Sather Night, which seemed a throwback to the bad old days early in the millennium when Slats was behind the bench on Broadway.
The Blueshirts are crashing, their season-long deficiencies in the defensive zone, most specifically in coverage in front of their own net, the primary factor in their fourth (1-3-1) in the past five games and seventh defeat (2-6-1) in the past nine matches with the final game of this three-game trip up Saturday in Calgary.
“This has to be rectified right now,” Dan Girardi said after a nightmarish performance. “I really don’t have any explanation for this.
“We kept making mistakes, we kept coming back and then we made more mistakes. It got away from us.”
Game highlights are below...
Videos of the ceremony are below...
(Edmonton, AB) – Glen Sather’s customary spot in the Rexall Place pressbox was the start of what was to be a legendary night for a legendary figure in the history of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Glen Sather was greeted by a lengthy standing ovation from almost 17,000 fans, as his banner was raised to the hallowed rafters at Rexall Place, where it assumed its rightful spot among the other Oilers legends’ banners that had been previously raised.
“I had bought our longtime head scout, Barry Fraser, a Cartier watch for $3,000, even though it was really a $7,000 watch. One of the [owners] called me and said, ‘We can’t be wasting money on that.’
“The next morning I called them and told them they could stick the team up their ass. “[Twenty-six, actually 37] owners, with everybody telling me what to do and how to do it.”
-Glen Sather when he decided to leave the Edmonton Oilers. More on Sather by Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
It’s just over 3,200 kilometres from Rexall Place to Madison Square Garden.
Different country and certainly a very different city.
At first blush, there appears to be little in common between the capital of Alberta and the business capital of the world.
Except there is this hockey thing. A love of puck for a hardcore group of fans. Rabid Rangers pride and loyal Oilers faithful, these fans are as passionate and vocal as any. The Oilers have won five Stanley Cups, the Rangers four.
Another real bond exists between these clubs that has left a lasting impression on both NHL franchises for over 50 years: Glen Sather.
The longtime coach, general manager and executive will be honoured by the Oilers with a banner raising at Rexall Place on Friday ahead of Edmonton's game against the Rangers.
via a press release from the Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have placed defenceman Mark Fayne on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
When do you know on a goalie? When does a good month become a great season, and a No. 2 morphs into a No. 1 you can count on?
They are stewing on that in Edmonton this week, where upstart Swede Anders Nilsson — whose father was both a Stockholm cop and Djurgarden goalie — has rolled into town on a one-year, $1 million deal and stapled Cam Talbot’s butt to the Oilers’ bench.
Suddenly, Nilsson has started nine of the last 10 Oilers games, and has a save percentage of .922. He hasn’t given up more than two goals in any of his last five starts, and his save percentage in those games is .951.
Big guy (6-foot-5, 225 lbs), big numbers. But does he have a big future?
“He’s kind of got that Pekka Rinne look to him,” mused his head coach, Todd McLellan.
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