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from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,
So does Leipold think the pieces are in place for a legitimate Stanley Cup run?
“Who knows?” said Leipold. “They could be. I’ve seen things from this team that I’ve never seen from this team before. …. We have to continue to build on that. This could be the year.”...
Leipold, who bought the team in January 2008, is as happy as he’s ever been, and rightfully so as his team has as good a chance as any to hoist the Stanley Cup.
“It’s been crazy fun,” Leipold said. “Things have gone so well. … It’s been a fun ride so far.”
And should the Wild come up short this season, Leipold is confident in the foundation that’s in place for prolonged success.
“I feel like the window is open,” he said. “I feel like it’s open for a number of years going forward. I like the direction our team is going. We are going to be in this for a long time.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens were beaten at their own game as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.
“We weren’t sharp coming through the neutral zone and we fed their transition,” defenceman Jeff Petry said. “They play a fast transition game and you can’t give them the puck and have them coming at full speed through the neutral zone. That’s a tough thing to handle.”...
“The level of competition was not there,” said Therrien.
“We played a really good hockey team, the Stanley Cup champion. To have a chance, against a team like that, you have to compete. The focus wasn’t there tonight.”...
Goaltender Carey Price has given up three or more goals in eight of his last 10 starts and was a tad testy when asked if teams were targeting his blocker side.
Below, watch Price when asked about his 'blocker side' and catch the game highlights too.
added 7:55am, oops, posted this in the wrong section of KK, need more coffee.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Considering where the Red Wings were early in this game, they’ll take the end result with absolute glee.
What a comeback. The Red Wings rallied from two three-goal first period deficits Wednesday to defeat the Boston Bruins 6-5 in a shootout....
With the victory, the Red Wings (20-19-6) crept to within six points of second-place Boston (23-19-6) in the Atlantic Division.
And after that awful opening 20 minutes, the Red Wings loved the way the entire evening ended up.
“It’s disappointing to give them a point, we wanted to come out of here with two points and them have none,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “But given the start, it was a big two points compared to none.
“We said at the beginning of the game if we wanted to finish in front of them we have to beat them. We found a way to beat them.”
Below, Brendan Savage of Mlive with a game story and also watch extended game highlights...
Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Arizona 3
Pittsburgh 4, MONTREAL 1
DETROIT 6, Boston 5 (SO)
EDMONTON 4, Florida 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, LOS ANGELES 2
McDAVID NETS LATE OVERTIME GOAL IN OILERS’ FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
The Panthers registered three straight goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, but Jordan Eberle tied the game with 2:59 remaining in regulation and Connor McDavid (1-2—3) scored with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Oilers to their fourth straight win (all at home).
* McDavid registered his seventh three-point game of the season to increase his lead atop the NHL scoring race (15-39—54 in 47 GP) and eclipse 100 career points (31-71—102 in 92 GP).
* Elias notes that McDavid (92 GP) became the fourth-fastest active player to record 100 career points, behind Alex Ovechkin (77 GP), Sidney Crosby (80 GP) and Evgeni Malkin (89 GP). Only two players in Oilers history have accomplished the feat in fewer games: Wayne Gretzky (61 GP) and Blair MacDonald (85 GP).
* McDavid, who faced the Panthers for the first time in his career, has collected at least one point against all but two NHL teams he has played (CAR and TBL).
TSN's RIck Westhead discusses the NHL's denial of CTE with Scott Parker and Dani Probert:
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
“Here we go,” he said while approaching the waiting throng of television cameras and reporters.
The pressure is instantly on Weight, 45, a Stanley Cup winner with Carolina in 2006 who started his career with the Rangers and finished it with the Islanders in 2011. Since then, Weight had been an assistant under Capuano, who led the team to the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.
But with the squad enduring an inconsistent first half, squandering leads and losing games late, General Manager Garth Snow made the coaching switch, putting Weight in charge on an interim basis.
“When it comes down to it, we have to play better,” said Weight, a native of Warren, Mich., who served as the captain of the Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers during his 19-year playing career. “I’ll just be standing a little more to the right on the bench. Guys have to play better, and I’m going to let them know when they’re not.”
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a fractured finger suffered in last night's 4-3 loss to New Jersey.
Brodin, 23 (7/12/93), has tallied 16 points (3-13=16) including five power-play points in 43 games with Minnesota this season. He has already surpassed his point and assist totals from last season and owns a career-high two game-winning goals. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, ranks second on the team in blocked shots (68) and third in TOI/game at 19:46. Brodin has collected 70 points (18-52=70) and a plus-21 rating in 306 career NHL contests with the Wild.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
With six weeks to go until the NHL’s 2017 Trade Deadline, here’s an early look at each team’s needs, wants and wishes:
Top priority: Future assets
Scoop: GM Tim Murray has been one of the trade deadline’s biggest sellers over the past few years and he likely will be again this season. Buffalo has extra second and third-round picks this June to show for it. They can probably add to that total with pending UFAs Cody Franson and Brian Gionta. Maybe another team can rehab pending RFA Zemgus Girgensons into the 30-point scorer he was two seasons ago.
Top priority: Shed salary
Scoop: The lights are likely to go down at Joe Louis Arena for the final time this spring without a Stanley Cup playoff appearance for the first time since 1990. Detroit already has $68 million committed for next season, plus they need to re-sign RFAs Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. Keeping Tomas Vanek not only doesn’t help for the long-term future but only complicates the cap crunch.
Top priority: Walking the tightrope
Scoop: The Blues gambled last year and let David Backes and Troy Brouwer walk for nothing on July 1. They need to get something before Kevin Shattenkirk does the same. The difficulty is in finding a fit that won’t do a disservice to the Blues’ current crop, even if they aren’t as strong as in years past.
the rest of the NHL teams...
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- When it comes to Paul Maurice, my thoughts are this: 2017–18 is the final year of his current contract and I do believe it was always Winnipeg’s plan to discuss an extension with him after the season. Sometimes, the ground shifts underneath our feet, throwing our best-laid plans out the window. In a perfect world, that’s what I think the Jets would still like to do. The organization is loyal and patient. They gave Claude Noel a longer rope than most other teams would have, and you always look for patterns in behaviour.
One of the reasons I think Winnipeg likes Maurice: He plays their young players. The Jets want to know what they have. It’s not always easy to find coaches comfortable with that, especially since being a bench boss is not exactly a stable profession.
- A year ago, it’s unlikely Shane Doan would have thought about waiving his no-move protection. Finishing his career with one franchise was very important to him (and I suspect still is). What changed? The Coyotes would like to see someone else grab the mantle of leadership, recognizing even he cannot play forever.
Monday in Edmonton, Arizona had five power plays. Doan did not get time on the first four. It’s not hard to see where this is going, and the team is losing. That’s why his outlook is different. He’ll have to accept a depth role, but I could see three of the California teams taking a look. As Doan said himself, “It’s going to have to be a perfect situation.”
more includes some trade talk too...
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