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The NHL Top 100 players of all-time will be announced tonight and you can watch it beginning at 9:30pm ET on NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVAS.
The NHL All-Stars Skills Competiiton is tomorrow at 7:00pm ET on NBCSN, Sportsnet, CBC and TVAS.
The NHL All-Star game is Sunday at 3:30pm ET on NBC, Sportsnet, CBC and TVAS.
I will be posting here and there over the next three days and also will be re-charging my mind and body.
Feel free to leave your Top 10 NHL Players of all-time in the comments, could be interesting to see who you come up with.
I will add mine sometime today too.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Now a British resident whose exposure to the NHL is limited to morning highlights, the former Flames enforcer took to Twitter after seeing Gaudreau leveled earlier this week by the Leafs’ Leo Komarov.
“How bad does Johnny want a guy on the team to stick up for him? Poor little guy,” wrote McGrattan, quickly adding an addendum. “Back in the day, we would send Komarov back to Russia with a broken face eating ketchup sandwiches.”
Okay, a step back.
This is not a piece suggesting the speedier and more skilled game of today is worse off due to the disappearance of frontier justice-servers like McGrattan. Gaudreau did, after all, snap out of a lengthy scoring funk with an overtime winner Thursday night over the host Ottawa Senators that was his first goal in 12 games.
What it does point out is that the role toughness plays in protecting players of Gaudreau’s size and ilk is very real and is having a significant impact on the way Gaudreau has played this year.
While many wonder whether the weight of a new contract or some personal issues are chiefly responsible for his struggles, it says here teams figured out the best way to neutralize him is to physically abuse his 159-pound frame every chance they get.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
There’s Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer (2,857 points).
There’s Martin Brodeur, who accrued the most victories of any goalie (691) in the NHL's first century of existence.
And last — but certainly not least — is Scotty Bowman, who has more wins (1,244) than any NHL coach.
Interestingly, their all-star team selections significantly varied, to say the least....
GOALIES — Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante
DEFENCEMEN — Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey, Nicklas Lidstrom, Eddie Shore
FORWARDS — Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau
In Bowman's own words:
“It’s so hard ... I can’t narrow it down.
“The easiest one is on defence. Orr, Harvey — Eddie Shore, I didn’t see him play but I know what people told me about him -— and Lidstrom. I don’t think anyone would argue about those four. Those are mine.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Tim Murray and Terry Pegula stood in the press box and said the puck went in. Ryan O’Reilly, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen crowded around a TV outside the dressing room and watched the puck hop across the goal line. Buffalo’s coaches looked at numerous angles from their office and saw multiple pucks go in.
The Sabres know what the replays showed. What they knew and what they could prove were two different things.
The only conclusive evidence was they lost a game they felt they won and went into the All-Star break feeling angry and cheated.
“Frustrating more than anything that the game’s not decided by the players,” center Jack Eichel said after Thursday’s crazy 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Watch the play below...
Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 4, Pittsburgh 3
Washington 5, NEW JERSEY 2
NY ISLANDERS 3, Montreal 1
PHILADELPHIA 2, Toronto 1
Los Angeles 3, CAROLINA 0
Calgary 3, OTTAWA 2 (OT)
FLORIDA 2, Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
NASHVILLE 4, Columbus 3
MINNESOTA 5, St. Louis 1
Winnipeg 5, CHICAGO 3
DALLAS 4, Buffalo 3
ARIZONA 3, Vancouver 0
Edmonton 4, SAN JOSE 1
MULTI-GOAL OUTINGS POWER CLUBS BEFORE ALL-STAR BREAK
Several clubs secured victories on the final night before the NHL All-Star break via multi-goal performances:
* Evgeny Kuznetsov (2-0—2) registered his first multi-goal game of the season to help the League-leading Capitals (33-10-6, 72 points) improve to 13-1-1 in their last 15 contests.
* Andrej Sekera (2-0—2) registered his second career multi-goal game (also Nov. 21, 2013 w/ CAR) as the Oilers extended their point streak to eight contests (7-0-1). Connor McDavid (3-6—9) and Leon Draisaitl (3-5—8) each extended their point streak to six games.
* Brad Marchand (2-0—2) scored to reach the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season and added a second marker to help the Bruins improve to 5-0-1 in their last six home games vs. PIT dating to Nov. 25, 2013 (PIT: 1-4-1).
* Andrew Ladd (2-0—2) ended a six-game goalless drought to help the Islanders extend their point streak to six contests (5-0-1). The Islanders earned their first win vs. MTL since Dec. 23, 2014, snapping a seven-game slide (0-7-0).
* Craig Smith (2-0—2) halted an eight-game goalless drought and Harry Zolnierczyk scored his first goal since Feb. 5, 2014 (w/ PIT) to help the Predators extend their point streak to five games (4-0-1).
* The Stars scored four consecutive goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit and snap a three-game slide (0-1-2), including two by Patrick Sharp (2-0—2).
Is pressure growing on the Penguins to find a new home for Marc-Andre Fleury? Could Matt Duchene be on his way out of Colorado? How will the Flyers handle their situation in net moving forward? The Insiders have the latest on these and more.
watch at TSN...
from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
So the Canadiens need help if they want to do some damage in the post-season. The big trade talking points this week are Martin Hanzal and Matt Duchene. Both are apparently available and there’s no question either of them would most definitely make the Habs a better team....
If you take off your rose-coloured glasses for a second, you’d have to admit he’s an upgrade on Tomas Plekanec who may be in our good books at the moment because he scored a shorthanded goal against Calgary on Tuesday but is, sadly, but a shadow of his former self. Worse, he simply cannot compete in the playoffs any more and I don’t know about you but I like the idea of a centre with a bit of size (and skill) for our post-season run.
Duchene looks even better than Hanzal. He has 15 goals and 29 points so far this season and he put 30 pucks in the net last season. The million-dollar question is – what is Avs boss Joe Sakic gonna be asking in returning for his hot centre? Many actually believe it’s not such a big deal to lose McCarron ‘cause he really hasn’t proven he can make it in the big leagues. But are you willing to give up D star-of-the-future Mikhail Sergachev in return for a centre who can give you 30 goals right now?
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella has returned to Columbus due to a family emergency that will cause him to miss tonight's game at Nashville, as well as this weekend's 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game®.
Assistant coaches Brad Larsen and Brad Shaw will handle coaching duties for the Blue Jackets in Tortorella's absence.
"Regrettably, there is a personal matter that requires my immediate attention that will force me to leave the team temporarily and miss the All-Star Game in Los Angeles," Tortorella said. "This decision was not made lightly as representing the Columbus Blue Jackets is something I am very proud of, but it is the right decision for my family and I. I appreciate the support of our organization and the National Hockey League and my hope is to be back with the team next week."
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