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Austin Watson Reinstated

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 18, 2019) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program.

Watson’s care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.

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Video- Behind The Scenes Of A Buffalo Sabres Broadcast

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Video- Bl, Bloop, Bloopers

Sportsnet style.


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How Could It Not Be A Goal?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

But whenever Vancouver fans think of Sunday’s game, it won’t be for Schaller scoring a deuce or Josh Leivo sniping the shootout winner. It will be for rookie Elias Pettersson being denied a second-period goal when Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin foiled Pettersson on a second-period penalty shot by throwing his stick straight into the Swede’s feet.

Despite clear wording in the NHL rulebook that a goal should have been awarded automatically on Khudobin’s stick toss, referees Justin St. Pierre and Tim Peel, positioned on each side of the net with unobstructed side views of the play, called nothing except a save.

When Canucks coach Travis Green, after watching replays, disbelievingly asked St. Pierre before the ensuing faceoff why it wasn’t a goal, the referee shrugged and made a motion with his hand apparently demonstrating that Khudobin poke-checked Pettersson.

Before we proceed further, let’s make something clear: the Canucks are not going to the playoffs, haven’t won enough games to deserve to go, and are again in garbage time when blown calls – for and against them – hardly matter.

But blown calls should matter to the NHL, and this one was embarrassing. Not quite as embarrassing as former referee Denis Morel allowing Winnipeg Jet Nelson Emerson to catch a puck behind the Chicago net, carry it to the post and drop it with his hand over the goal-line for a game-winning goal during the 1993 season. But it wasn’t far off.


Missed it, watch the play here.

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Video- Why Evgeni Malkin Is Listed As Week-To-Week

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Afternoon Line- Mike Babcock



added 2:16pm, below, watch Babcock after practice today.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 18, 2019) – New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss, Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brendan Perlini and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 17.

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When Toronto’s Backup Goalie Speaks

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

So, after getting blown out by a very good Belleville squad on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday in prime time, their fourth consecutive soft effort before a partisan crowd, one could see how a spurt of raw Garret Sparks honesty could rankle those with more seniority.

“We need more emotion from everybody. We need people to get angry. We need people to step up and get mad and take it personally,” said the backup goalie, after appearing in all three of the week’s losses and giving up nine of the Leafs’ 23 goals allowed during the span....

“It’s been challenging. Me and Fred both have been trying to make saves for this team — that’s all we ever try to do. We know we’re missing some guys [Jake Gardiner, Travis Dermott, Kasperi Kapanen], but we also have some pretty good players in the lineup in their place, so we’re not going to use that as an excuse.”

The backup goalie’s comments struck a nerve for a fan base beginning to panic and a franchise that insists it’s not.

“A little adversity never hurt anyone” would be the organization’s message of choice to the public.

Had, say, Auston Matthews or John Tavares or Morgan Rielly demanded more passion, the echo might ring a little differently.

Any reporter who tweeted Sparks’ headline comments got ratio’d to Trumpian levels. A significant portion of Leafs Nation would rather the first-year full-timer stop the pucks than the presses.


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Ben Bishop’s Season

from Josh Lile of the Dallas News,

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop is having arguably the best season of his solid career. His .933 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average are both high water marks in a career that has already made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy (awarded to the league's top net minder) twice.

A third nomination this year, which seems like a forgone conclusion at this point, would put Bishop in some special company. He would become the 12th goalie since 1981 (when voting for the award became a thing) to be a finalist three times. Carey Price could also join this list with a nomination.

Every goalie since 1981 who has been nominated four times has won the trophy at least once. Only Miika Kipprusoff has picked up the trophy among the soon-to-be foursome who have three nominations. Roberto Luongo, Curtis Joseph, and potentially Ben Bishop have (or never will in the case of the other two) won the award.

Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the two most likely to win the hardware at this point.


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Video- 6 1/2 Minutes Of Slow Motion Action In The NHL

From the past week in the NHL.


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