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from Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com,
As Di Giusseppe came off the right boards and skated through the circle, Viktor Stalberg cut to the net from the end boards to create a screen in front of Ben Bishop. On his way through the crease, Stalberg appeared to clip Bishop’s stick just before the puck went through Bishop’s pads for the winning goal.
The play was reviewed by the officiating crew, but stood up to give the Hurricanes the extra point. Cooper was not happy the play was allowed to stand.
“It's called incidental contact,’’ Cooper said. “He kicks the stick between Bishop's legs, and the puck goes right there. He wasn't given a chance to make the save. He didn't. I'm blown away.’’
Cooper continued, “Once they make the call, there are no take bakes. But I’m just mystified. I don’t get it.’’
more on the Tampa Bay 1-0 OT loss to Carolina and while there, check out the new site from Erlendsson too.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
In a scoreless second period with the energetic Gustavsson and the quieter-in-the-net Dubnyk matching saves, the Oilers had to play the last seven minutes without Connor McDavid. One of the NHL’s concussion spotters in the building, or perhaps the NHL’s War Room crew watching on TV back in Toronto, decided McDavid didn’t look quite right after he was clipped by Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon’s stick and the Oiler captain’s face appeared to hit the ice.
The Oilers bench expressed surprise when zebra T.J. Luxmore skated over to tell McDavid he had to go to the dressing room to be checked out. He had played 12:14 until that point and the Oilers missed out on him as they had nine seconds of a 5-on-3 when Nate Prosser cleared the puck into the netting, then a full two minutes when they managed nothing in the 1-1 game.
Prosser had knocked McDavid down earlier in the second frame with McDavid’s lid coming off. Milan Lucic gave Prosser a “don’t do that” slash after a fairly harmless check and got a penalty.
more on the Oiles 2-1 OT loss to the Wild...
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Home Team in Caps
Montreal 5, LOS ANGELES 4 (SO)
CAROLINA 1, Tampa Bay 0 (OT)
Philadelphia 4, NASHVILLE 2
Detroit 4, NY ISLANDERS 3 (OT)
Winnipeg 2, CHICAGO 1
CALGARY 8, Anaheim 3
Minnesota 2, EDMONTON 1 (OT)
GAUDREAU SPARKS FLAMES OFFENSE IN RETURN TO LINEUP
Johnny Gaudreau (1-1—2) scored 2:09 into his return from a 10-game absence and the Flames later scored seven straight goals – including five in a span of 6:04 during the second period – en route to their third straight win and to an 8-3-1 mark in their past 12 games.
* Sam Bennett, Alex Chiasson and Matt Stajan each posted 1-2—3 for the Flames, who scored at least eight goals in a game for the first time since March 22, 2014 at EDM (8-1 W). It was their first eight-goal game on home ice since March 1, 2000 (8-2 W vs. PIT).
* The Flames scored five goals in a period for the first time since 2010-11 when they achieved the feat twice. Sunday, however, marked the first time that the Flames scored at least five goals in one period on home ice since Nov. 3, 2001 (five in first period of 6-2 W vs. MTL).
* Troy Brouwer (1-1—2), Chiasson and Stajan combined for three goals in 87 seconds, the fastest trio of goals by Flames players since Dec. 16, 2010 (3 in 0:57 vs. TOR). The franchise record for quickest three goals is 36 seconds, established on Feb. 13, 1993 vs. SJS.
from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
Whatever the trouble involved with NHL participation in the Olympics, it is baffling that the league is officially skeptical about the benefits that follow from having its players involved. Having the best hockey players in the world showcased at the world’s biggest sporting event, in a tournament that offers the best version of the game, an embarrassment of speed and skill, is a clear advertisement for the merits of the world’s best hockey league, even if the NHL shield is not formally a part of the proceedings.
That’s such an obvious statement that it feels silly to even write it, but we’re doing so here because the NHL does not seem to agree.
The NHL’s popularity is highly regional and its national exposure rises and falls in accordance with the size of the markets that make deep playoff runs. Chicago-Boston had strong ratings for a Stanley Cup Finals in 2013; last year’s Pittsburgh-San Jose match-up did not. The same is even true in hockey-mad Canada, where playoff ratings fell off a cliff last spring when zero Canadian teams made the tournament.
International play, though, is the one time when hockey transcends that regional bias and becomes a national-level event. Bettman can roll his eyes at the prospect of Olympic hockey being broadcast at odd times in North America because of the time difference with Pyeongchang, but the interest in Olympic hockey swelled in Sochi 2014, which was hardly time-zone friendly.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- It was no surprise the NHL Players’ Association rejected the offer to extend the collective bargaining agreement for three years in exchange for the green light to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. So, what happens next? “The players want to go and the owners don’t want to go so that’s where it stands,” a league executive Saturday. While it would be easy for the NHL to simply turn the page and reject the idea of going, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has already declared he’s heading over to play for Russia anyway. If Capitals owner Ted Leonsis doesn’t stand in Ovechkin’s way then look out. You have to worry about the domino effect if that happens. What if Connor McDavid tells Oilers owner Darryl Katz he wants to suit up for Team Canada and there’s no stopping him? This has the potential to get ugly if a resolution isn’t reached.
- Two coaches executives believe are on the hot seat at the moment: Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice and Buffalo’s Dan Bylsma. Sooner or later both have to start getting better results. The Jets should be in a playoff position in the West while the Sabres haven’t been healthy but they should have a better record.
- Trying to make a deal isn’t easy which is a familiar complaint the last few years. “It’s the same old thing,” a league executive told your correspondent Saturday. “The standings are so tight, nobody’s out of it and there’s so much parity that it’s hard to make a trade. It’s really no different than other years.”
The HNIC panel runs through the biggest stories in hockey, touching on the Gerard Gallant firing and shooting down Max Pacioretty trade rumours.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
From Nov. 23 on, the Avalanche and Denver Nuggets have combined to lose eight consecutive games at the Pepsi Center, with the asterisk and small print that one defeat — the Avalanche’s to Vancouver on Nov. 26 — came in a shootout, meaning it salvaged a point in the NHL standings.
The Avalanche, in fact, pulled off the difficult feat of going winless (0-4-1) in a five-game homestand, finishing it off with a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday — on “Star Wars Night.”
There was other bad news for the Avalanche, when defenseman Erik Johnson didn’t come back out to the bench for the third period, and after the game Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Johnson had suffered a broken fibula and would be out six to eight weeks.
read on for more on the game...
Home Team in Caps
Boston 2, BUFFALO 1
NY RANGERS 4, Carolina 2
PHILADELPHIA 3, Chicago 1
New Jersey 5, NASHVILLE 4 (OT)
VANCOUVER 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Winnipeg 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)
OTTAWA 2, Florida 0
TAMPA BAY 2, Washington 1 (SO)
PITTSBURGH 5, Detroit 3
Columbus 3, ARIZONA 2 (SO)
Dallas 3, COLORADO 0
EDMONTON 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
LAINE GRABS SHARE OF GOAL-SCORING LEAD
Patrik Laine (1-1—2) scored his 16th goal of the season and set up Bryan Little’s overtime winner as the Jets snapped a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1) and improved to 3-1-0 in their last four overall.
* Laine, who has scored in three consecutive games (4-1—5), moved into a tie with Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead with 16 goals this season (27 GP) and paces all rookies with 16-7—23.
from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,
Don Cherry sounded off on the decision and how Gallant was dismissed by the team.
"I've been involved a long time in hockey," Cherry started. "I’ve seen bad firings, I’ve been fired myself. I thought in Colorado it was rather bad. I have never seen anything like this. This is the worst firing in the history of (the NHL).
"They fired the guy after the game, the players are sitting on the bus. It was a great headline I saw ‘dumped at the curb.’
Images of Gallant catching a cab himself after the game went viral on social media and led to attacks against the Panthers for how they prepared for the firing. Gallant wanted to clear up any wrongdoing by the Panthers on that front to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Thursday, telling Friedman that he just wanted to get out of there and not wait for the car service the organization had called for.
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from Brenda Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
How about the notion of John Tavares in a Canadiens jersey? There is all kinds of media chatter that the New York Islanders star is potentially on the trading block given the Isles’ mediocre start and for some reason — most likely the invention of the Loafs-obsessed Toronto hockey media mob — the Maple Leafs are most frequently mentioned as a potential destination for Tavares.
But why not Montreal? Bergevin would have to give up something big to land a guy who scored over 30 goals in each of his last two seasons. So how about giving New York a guy who’s scored over 30 goals in four of his last five seasons?
Exactly. Max Pacioretty for Tavares, with presumably Montreal throwing in someone else to sweeten the deal. Patch is having a sad-sack season, but maybe what he needs is a change of scenery to kick him out of his funk. The one thing for sure is that it’s not clicking for him here and hasn’t for a while.
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