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Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube must’ve said something to Dustin Byfuglien after the Flyers beat the Jets in OT, prompting the big Jets defenceman to get up in his face.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Galvanized by Zepp’s long and winding road, the Flyers put together an equally improbable two-goal rally and stunned the Jets, 4-3, in overtime to deliver him a win.
Zepp, 33, became the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut since 1926. He compared the experience to climbing Mount Everest.
"I think that’s the beauty of sports," Streit said. "Everywhere you look, there’s always exceptions to the rule. Some guys make it to the NHL at 18 or 19 years old and some guys have to stick with it and work a lot harder. I think it’s important. Guys like him never lose sight of their goal. They always believe in themselves."
Most players in Zepp’s skates, even with the comfortable pay in Europe, would have quit long ago. There were 98 players taken ahead of him in the 1999 NHL Draft. Only five of them are still in the NHL this season: Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Martin Havlat, Jordan Leopold and Chris Kelly.
His story resonated with every player in the Flyers’ locker room - from young to old, from entitled to hungry, from role player to star.
Hollywood-type storylines don’t usually go over very well in NHL dressing rooms. Players today are usually immune to the narrative in their sterile bubble.
more and watch the game highlights below...
"Not a great effort, all the way around. I'm not going to say we were content and [were thinking], 'Let's just get home.'
"I know we've been on the road 13 of the last 15 days — that doesn't hold anything. That bar's pretty high on our team and when you don't get what you reach for, you get pretty upset."
-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after a 6-2 loss to Ottawa. More on the game from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night. Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic.
A little longer video below, but not as easy to see the hit.
via a Winnipeg Jets release...
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, previously acquired by Winnipeg at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Harrison, 32, is a veteran of 337 NHL games spread over 10 professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs & Carolina Hurricanes. The Oshawa, ON native entered the NHL with the Maple Leafs during the 2005-06 season. Harrison has accumulated 70 points (21G, 49A) and 337 penalty minutes during his NHL career. He set offensive career-highs with the Hurricanes in 2011-12, recording nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Harrison was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Jacob Trouba on IR retroactive to Dec. 14/14.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenseman Jay Harrison. The pick was previously acquired by Winnipeg from Ottawa.
“We thank Jay for his time with the Hurricanes,” said Francis. “He represented our organization with class and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
Paul Maurice announced defenseman Mark Stuart is out until February with a lower-body injury.
This via Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Stuart got into a fight Tuesday night late in the third period with Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers. Deslauriers rocked Stuart with two hard punches to the head that knocked Stuart down and he left the ice in obvious discomfort. The game ended with Stuart still serving a fighting major and he never did return.
Here is the fight...
That makes four defensemen out for the Jets, Trouba, Bogosian, Enstrom and now Stuart.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Jets are now down three of their top defencemen; Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Jacob Trouba.
Cheveldayoff has proven effective in the patience game, but this may be the time for him to be more forceful.
The Jets need help on the blue-line and short of finding an out-of-work free agent, it will fall to Cheveldayoff to manufacture a trade. No one should expect a blockbuster, or for Winnipeg to overpay.
Giving more than fair market value would be foolish and this team hasn't shown it's worthy of the GM paying a heavy price to get them over the top.
There is, however, something to be said for rewarding these players for what they've accomplished to date this season.
This group has done all coach Paul Maurice has asked of them. They've adopted a defence-first style and they've played for one another.
Now they need some help. They need a booster shot only Cheveldayoff can deliver.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
...Ryan Getzlaf's goal should have been disallowed once Tim Jackman initiated contact with Jets goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson inside his crease area. Even though Jackman's skates were outside the goal crease, his right elbow intruded significantly inside the blue paint and made solid contact with Hutchinson's head...
Most fans will probably agree that video review is badly needed to make accurate decisions on this very difficult call. For three seasons now I have lobbied that a monitor be placed in the penalty box for the referees to implement video review in an effort to make the correct decision. Through the use of video, the on-ice officials would then have the same advantage as the rest of the hockey world to review a potentially controversial goal.
Watch the goal below...
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
“I’m very proud of our captain, the fight that he had,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. “I’m not saying it was for fighting. But he showed a lot of character out there. And we cannot lose a game where your captain does that. We have to find a way to win.”
more on the fight...
First the Winnipeg broadcast...
Below, the Colorado broadcast...
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