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Brodeur has 691 wins, Luongo reached 448 last night.
from CBS Boston,
The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss the current state of the team, and said the B’s don’t have many options when it comes to shaking things up.
“I don’t know about a shakeup. It’s just the reality of where they are. They have a lot of good, young players, who if they hit their projections they should be pretty good players in a couple of years,” said Shinzawa, noting prospects such as Charlie McAvoy, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jeremy Lauzon. “But by then, where are you? Where is [Patrice] Bergeron in his career? Where is [David] Krejci in his career?”
Shinzawa warns fans against hoping too much for a big trade, which just doesn’t happen very often in the current NHL.
“It’s so hard for teams to make trades because of cap issues and because of parity and expansion,” he explained. “If you look at this roster, it’s just not as good as where it was before. They still haven’t replaced [Dougie] Hamilton. They’ll never replace what they traded away in [Tyler] Seguin. They have no [Milan] Lucic or [Johnny] Boychuck, pieces that made the Bruins what they were: A robust, legitimate top-place contender. You haven’t recycled and refreshed the roster to the point where they can be competitive with Columbus and Pittsburgh. They are who they are in terms of fighting for that final playoff spot and might miss it for the third season in a row. That’s the reality.”
from Henrik Lundqvist at The Players' Tribune,
Dear eight-year-old Henrik,
Tomorrow, the direction of your life is going to change.
For the past two years, you have loved to ice skate. First, you skated on the little sand pit that your Kindergarten teachers froze over in the winter. Then, once you got really brave, you skated on the frozen ponds of Åre, the tiny skiing village where you live. Well, it’s not tiny to you now, but just wait, because life is going to take you to some very interesting places, and that journey starts tomorrow.
Tomorrow, you’ll get to play organized hockey for the first time at a real rink. You and your twin brother, Joel, won’t be able to contain your excitement. Your poor mom … settle down, please.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Roberto Luongo had been tied with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk on the NHL’s all-time win list for almost three weeks.
Monday night, Luongo finally got sole possession of fifth.
Luongo looked terrific as he backstopped the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the host New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
“I wasn’t too worried about it, I just wanted to get some wins,” Luongo said. “Obviously our goal is to make the playoffs and that’s where my focus is — 100 percent. The rest will take care of itself.”
The victory was No. 448 for Luongo — who had not been in the personal win column since Dec. 20 against the visiting Sabres.
from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,
The game was well in hand by the time Alex Ovechkin made his mark, but his goal couldn’t have come at a more poetic time. His power-play strike lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 lead, the score by which they beat the Montreal Canadiens, but it also moved him into a tie with Maurice “Rocket” Richard for 29th on the all-time goal-scoring list with 544 career goals.
Richard’s jersey No. 9 hangs from the rafters in Bell Centre, and Ovechkin has won the goal-scoring title named after the Montreal legend six times.
“Makes for a good story, eh?” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said.
“Ovi’s big on those big moments,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said.
Below, watch Ovechkin talk about tying Richard...
2016-17 SEASON REACHES THE HALFWAY POINT
The 2016-17 season reaches the halfway point (615 GP) during Tuesday’s seven-game slate. A look at some of the highlights thus far (through 611 GP), compiled with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau:
* 298 games (48.8%) have featured one-goal margins. Another 56 have been decided by two following an empty-net goal (combined, 57.9%).
* 265 games (43.4%) have seen a team overcome a deficit (at any point in the contest) to win, including 63 instances in which the winning team mounted a multi-goal comeback victory.
* 55 games (9.0%) have seen a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including 18 in the last 60 seconds.
* 39 games (6.4%) have seen a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including seven in the last 60 seconds.
Three minutes of NHL highlights from the past week.
from Steven Marcus of Newsday,
John Tavares is not looking to escape the woes surrounding the Islanders. Rather, he reaffirmed his commitment to remain with the organization despite the opportunity to test free agency after the 2017-18 season.
“I think for myself, I’ve always shown and talked about my commitment here,’’ said the four-time All-Star, who signed a six-year, $33-million extension in 2011, on Monday at Northwell Health Ice Center. “Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we’ve done. Obviously, this [low] point’s been disappointing.’’
The Islanders, who have played 38 games, are last in the Eastern Conference. Tavares has only 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) and has scored two goals in the last 11 games.
“For myself, I know that I have not been to the level that I expect of myself and the standard that I want to be at,’’ he said. “[I keep] trying to improve and get better. I need to be counted on more, to be more of a difference-maker.’’
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Everybody makes mistakes. And, boy, did Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli make a Monster of a mistake with Jonas Gustavsson.
You could also say he made another by keeping his 18-year-old fourth overall pick in the draft, Jesse Puljujarvi, here playing minuscule minutes or not playing at all.
The GM, who is way ahead on points with the trade deadline acquisition of Pat Maroon alone, much less the half dozen other good moves he’s made, finally made a mid-course correction by waving the holey goalie and shipping the not-yet-ready-for-prime-time Finn to the farm.
Score both as ‘It’s about time’ moves.
Lets start with Gustavsson.
from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The door opened once again and Brian Propp entered, bringing in a chilly blast reminiscent of his Saskatchewan boyhood home. He is 57 now and looks as unassuming as ever, a 5-foot-9 Everyman with a broad, open face and fading traces of freckles across his cheekbones. He stopped and began to sign his name for the orderly line of fans that formed when he was still halfway across the parking lot. The fans chattered excitedly with him and studied him as he bent to the task, but it's likely no one even noticed that Propp was signing with his left hand.
"He took the time to teach himself to do that," former teammate Mark Howe said. "It doesn't surprise me. That's who Brian Propp is."
Sixteen months ago, Propp was vacationing in Annapolis, Md., with his wife and two children when he awoke with a searing headache. He tried to get out of bed for aspirin, but the right side of his body was paralyzed and he collapsed to the floor, breaking two teeth in the fall. This healthy, active man who never lost a tooth in 30 years of playing hockey, including 15 in the NHL, was bleeding on the floor, the victim of a massive stroke.
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