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by Paul on 03/06/14 at 10:16 AM ET
TRADE DEADLINE RECAP
NHL clubs made 20 trades involving 38 players prior to Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Click here for a full list.
Among the more the notable deals:
* The Rangers acquired forward Martin St. Louis from the Lightning in exchange for forward Ryan Callahan, a 2014 conditional 2nd-round pick and a 2015 1st-round pick.
* The Canadiens acquired forward Thomas Vanek and a 2014 conditional 5th-round pick from the Islanders in exchange for forward Sebastian Collberg and a 2014 conditional 2nd-round pick.
* The Kings acquired forward Marian Gaborik from the Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, a 2014 or 2015 2nd-round pick and a conditional 3rd-round pick.
* The Wild acquired forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick from the Sabres in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell, a 2014 2nd-round pick and a 2016 2nd-round pick.
* The Capitals acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 3rd-round pick from the Sabres in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla.
* The Red Wings acquired forward David Legwand from the Predators in exchange for forwards Patrick Eaves and Calle Jarnkrok as well as a 2014 conditional 3rd-round pick.
* The Senators acquired forward Ales Hemsky from the Oilers in exchange for a 2014 5th-round pick and a 2015 3rd-round pick.
* The Devils acquired forward Tuomo Ruutu from the Hurricanes in exchange for forward Andrei Loktionov and a 2017 conditional 3rd-round pick.
* The Bruins acquired defenseman Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers in exchange for a 2014 3rd-round pick.
* The Stars acquired goaltender Tim Thomas from the Panthers in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis.
* The Avalanche acquired goaltender Reto Berra from the Flames in exchange for a 2014 2nd-round pick.
* The Penguins acquired forward Lee Stempniak from the Flames in exchange for a 2014 3rd-round pick.
REMINDER: LATEST “NHL REVEALED” DEBUTS TONIGHT ON CBC
The latest episode of “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” debuts on CBC tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET. The episode features players returning from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to reunite as teammates as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the recently-completed 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.
Click here for a recap.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., RDS2, CSN-DC, NESN
Los Angeles @ Winnipeg, 7:00 p.m., CBC, FS-W
Buffalo @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, SUN
Colorado @ Detroit, 8:00 p.m., NHLN-US, ALT, FS-D
Columbus @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., FS-O, CSN-CH
St. Louis @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., FS-MW, FS-TN
Vancouver @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., SNET-P, FS-SW
Montreal @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, FS-A PLUS
NY Islanders @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., MSG PLUS, SNET-W
Pittsburgh @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, ROOT, CSN-CA
RED WINGS TO RETIRE LIDSTROM’S JERSEY
The Red Wings will retire defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey prior to their game against the Avalanche, which will be broadcast live on NHLN-US. Lidstrom spent his entire 20-season career in the Motor City, capturing the Stanley Cup four times and winning the Norris Trophy as the League’s best defenseman seven times. He never missed the playoffs during his career and in 2002 became the first European-born captain to win the Stanley Cup.
“I’ve been looking up to the rafters a long time and seeing those names,” Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s still surreal that my name’s going to be going up there, too, and it’s a tremendous honor to have my name up there as well.”
PENGUINS MAKE FIRST VISIT TO SAN JOSE SINCE 2011
The Penguins battle the Sharks on NBCSN in the team’s first trip to SAP Center since Nov. 3, 2011, a 4-3 shootout victory by San Jose. The Sharks have won 10 consecutive meetings with the Penguins in San Jose, with Pittsburgh’s last win in Northern California coming Oct. 22, 1997 (5-2). The Penguins, however, won the clubs’ first matchup of 2013-14, scoring a 5-1 decision Dec. 5 at CONSOL Energy Center.
(Home Teams in Caps)
Toronto 3, NY RANGERS 2 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA 6, Washington 4
CALGARY 4, Ottawa 1
Montreal 4, ANAHEIM 3 (SO)
BOZAK POWERS MAPLE LEAFS PAST RANGERS
The Maple Leafs surrendered two shorthanded goals on the same power play for the second time in less than a week, but Tyler Bozak scored his second of the game at 1:51 of overtime to help the team snap a three-game skid.
* With the win, the Maple Leafs (33-23-8, 74 points) leapfrogged the idle Lightning (34-23-5, 73 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division.
* Bozak also scored on a second-period penalty shot. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the third player in NHL history to record a regular-season overtime goal after scoring on a penalty shot in the same game. The other players to do so were Ducks forward Steve Thomas (April 1, 2003 at NSH) and Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival (Dec. 17, 2008 at LA).
* Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves to improve to 3-0-2 in his past five outings. He has recorded 35 or more saves 17 times this season, going 12-3-2 in those contests.
* Phil Kessel picked up the primary assist on Bozak’s overtime winner. He now has 13-19—32 over his past 19 games.
GIROUX, VORACEK LIFT FLYERS
Claude Giroux (2-1—3) posted his second consecutive three-point game and Jakub Voracek (2-0—2) added his fourth multi-goal game of the season to power the Flyers to their seventh victory in their last eight outings.
* With the win, the Flyers (33-24-6, 72 points) moved two points ahead of the Rangers (33-26-4, 70 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division and three points ahead of the Blue Jackets (32-25-5, 69 points) for the final Wild Card berth in the Eastern Conference.
* Giroux has 9-9—18 over his last 11 outings and is tied for sixth in the NHL (with Patrick Kane) with 23-41—64 in 63 games this season.
* Andrew MacDonald collected an assist, logged a +2 rating and blocked three shots in his Flyers debut.
TOKARSKI HELPS CANADIENS EDGE DUCKS
Making his first NHL appearance since March 19, 2012, Dustin Tokarski recorded a career-high 39 saves – and denied 4-of-6 shootout attempts – to backstop the Canadiens to their sixth victory in their last eight games (6-1-1).
* Max Pacioretty reached the 30-goal plateau for the second time in his NHL career (55 GP). He scored a career-high 33 goals in 2011-12 (79 GP).
* The Canadiens improved to 5-3 in shootouts this season. Andrei Markov scored his third career game-deciding goal, improving to 5-for-13 (38.5%) all-time in the tiebreaker.
ORTIO, GRANLUND PICK UP FIRSTS FOR FLAMES
Joni Ortio made 30 saves for his first NHL victory and Markus Granlund scored his first NHL goal to lead the Flames to their second win in their last three games.
* Sean Monahan collected two helpers for the first multi-assist game of his career. He ranks eighth among rookies with 18-10—28 in 55 games this season.
* Paul Byron scored his second career game-winning goal and first since Nov. 18, 2011 (vs. CHI).
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his League-leading 44th goal of the season and 18th via the power play . . . Martin St. Louis recorded three shots on goal and logged 20:11 of playing time in his Rangers debut . . . Senators forward Kyle Turris reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career . . . Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom hit the 50-assist mark for the fourth time in his career . . . The Rangers scored two shorthanded goals in 79 seconds, their fastest pair of shorthanded goals since Feb. 21, 1981, when Don Maloney scored two such goals in a 34-second span against the Capitals (Elias) . . . Capitals forward Troy Brouwer recorded his 200th career point . . . Flames forward Corban Knight made his NHL debut . . . The Jets signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a four-year contract extension . . . The Senators inked defenseman Chris Phillips to a two-year contract extension . . . With newly-acquired goaltender Viktor Fasth not yet in town, Canadian women’s goaltender Shannon Szabados stepped in to practice with the Oilers.
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