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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
CALGARY 5, NY Islanders 2
PITTSBURGH 4, Buffalo 3
Columbus 3, NEW JERSEY 0
MINNESOTA 3, San Jose 1
Vancouver 2, ANAHEIM 1
St. Louis 3, COLORADO 0
Carolina 2, ARIZONA 1
The Blue Jackets (41-17-6, 88 points) and Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points) each earned victories to remain tied – in terms of points – for second place in the Metropolitan Division, seven points back of the League-leading Capitals (44-13-7, 95 points):
Sergei Bobrovsky (20 saves) earned his second consecutive shutout to help Columbus improve to 6-2-1 in its last nine games. Bobrovsky (34-13-4, 2.09 GAA, .929 SV%, 5 SO), who matched a career-high with his fifth shutout of the campaign, established a new Blue Jackets franchise record for wins in a season, surpassing the previous mark set by Steve Mason in 2008-09.

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Go Canada Go

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The official Hockey Day in Canada was held on Feb. 18. It apparently took another two weeks for this country’s NHL franchises to truly celebrate the occasion.

Fourteen days after the nation’s passion for the sport was embraced in a coast-to-coast love-in, Canadian NHL teams went a perfect 5-0 on Saturday, outscoring opponents by a combined goal total of 21-10.

With the trade deadline mercifully in the rear-view mirror, those results certainly can be viewed as a rallying point as teams kick off the stretch drive in the quest of post-season berths. And when it comes to Canadian teams, what a difference 11 months makes.

As of Monday, the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames will find themselves sitting in playoff spots while the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets will be within two points of one.


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Another Bad Game For The Colorado Avalanche

from Kirk Penton at the Denver Post,

As far as starts go, Saturday night’s was a horrendous one for the Avalanche. Again.

The middle and the end weren’t much better for the NHL’s worst team, but the beginning was particularly putrid.

Host Winnipeg scored three goals in the first 10 minutes and cruised to an easy 6-1 victory.

“We came out not ready to play,” veteran Avs defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. “At one point, you gotta start showing some pride. … It’s just embarrassing.”


Watch head coach Jared Bedna at his post game press conference below...

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The Stumbling New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the past three weeks represent what we’re going to get from the Rangers the rest of the season, then it will be crossover-and-out in the first round of the playoffs.

Because neither the effort nor execution has been anywhere near good enough over this stretch of nine games, through which the Blueshirts have been limited to two goals or fewer eight times in going 4-4-1 while being outscored 25-17....

Coach Alain Vigneault was fuming following the club’s fourth straight loss at home (0-3-1), the last three of which came in regulation to Columbus, Washington and Montreal by an aggregate 15-6. Henrik Lundqvist, very good early, but later victimized on a pair of softies, talked about will. Derek Stepan, who turned in another unacceptable performance in going through his 20th straight game without a goal, talked about getting back to work.

If there is more will, maybe the Rangers will find the way to create an attack and spend some time in the offensive end of the ice, but this horses-for-courses team has been forced onto a muddy track, their signature time-and-space game eliminated by opponents who seem to have it all figured out.

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Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner Recap

Saturday Headlines topics include- Steve Ott in Montreal, Alex Burrows, contract extension for Paul Maurice on hold, the GM meetings and the Bill Peters/Eddie Lack relationship.

Watch at Sportsnet.

On Coach's Corner, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked about how players should hold their stick while on the bench, backup goaltenders, Alex Burrows, the Calgary Flames and a few mor topics.

You can watch it at Sportsnet.

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Videos- A Sit Down With John Tortorella, McDavid Skill And Kucherov Impresses

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

John Tortorella speaks with Christine Simpson about his past mistakes as a coach and how he has approached his opportunity in Columbus.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Colorado 1
BOSTON 3, New Jersey 2
Montreal 4, NY RANGERS 1
Tampa Bay 2, BUFFALO 1 (SO)
Dallas 2, FLORIDA 1
OTTAWA 3, Columbus 2
WASHINGTON 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Chicago 5, NASHVILLE 3
Vancouver 4, LOS ANGELES 3
EDMONTON 4, Detroit 3
The Capitals (44-13-7, 95 points) and Blackhawks (42-18-5, 89 points) each earned wins to extend and establish record-setting streaks, respectively:
* The Capitals trailed for only 81 seconds before tying the game, setting the stage for Nicklas Backstrom to score in overtime to extend Washington’s franchise-record home win and point streaks to 15 and 17 games (16-0-1), respectively. Backstrom reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight season and for the fourth time in his 10-year NHL career.
* Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby (30 saves) improved to 19-0-2 in his past 21 decisions dating to Dec. 29 to move within one of matching the longest such run of his career and within two of equaling the franchise record. After tying an NHL record with 48 victories last season, Holtby now shares the League lead with 34 wins in 2016-17.

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A Few Hockey Topics

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- So now that Major League Baseball has adopted a 30-second time limit for managers to ask for video review and a two-minute time limit (with certain, as yet unidentified, exceptions), is it not time for the NHL to adopt similar limits pertaining to the coach’s challenges?

The offside challenge has become a mockery, resulting in routine delays of six minutes or more with linesmen struggling to decipher the undecipherable. If 90 seconds-to-2 minutes isn’t enough time to provide indisputable evidence to overturn a call, then it should stand. That applies to goaltender interference, as well.

And no, it is not about “always getting it right,” because if it were, then, a) everything, including delay of game, would be reviewable; and, b) teams wouldn’t lose their right to a second challenge if their initial one was unsuccessful.

The offside challenge is as fatally flawed a concept as the in-the-crease rule. Just wait until Lindy Ruff is leading a “No offside … no offside” chant.

- The Panthers are honoring Olli Jokinen before Tuesday night’s match in Florida against the Rangers. Jokinen will warm up for the ceremony by skating circles in the corner.

more topics...

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Video- Bad Pass Of The Night

No Blake Comeau...


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Will Have A Busy Summer

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning has an estimated $18 million in cap space next season, according to the cap website capfriendly.com. But is that enough to sign pending restricted free agents Drouin and forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat this summer?

"It depends on the type of contracts that we sign," Yzerman said. "The terms of their contracts that will affect the cap number."

Some other contract-cutting moves will need to be done to fit all three deals under the cap, plus a veteran backup goalie and the long-needed top-four defenseman. That's why it wouldn't be surprising to see Johnson, Drouin or Palat packaged in a draft or summer deal for that defenseman. You wonder if any of the three was involved in the deal that Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk nixed with the Lightning in January.

I still think the Lightning and the defensemen-rich Predators — teams that scouted each other heavily leading up to the deadline — could circle back before the draft. 


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