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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful hand surgery, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Penguins head team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas of the UPMC Sports Medicine team performed the surgery.
Maatta is expected to be out of the lineup for six weeks, after injuring his left hand in Thursday's game against Winnipeg.
from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
I’ll throw out another query at you. Did the players give up on Therrien? Is that what happened? Is that why the kindly ol’ coach was fired even though his record during the past five years was 194-121-37 and his team was still sitting in the No. 1 spot in the NHL’s Atlantic Division?
If the Habs players did indeed stop playing for their coach, then maybe all is right in the world for Canadiens fans and, beginning Saturday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets, Nos Glorieux will go right back to their winning ways. But if in fact they didn’t give up, if au contraire they were still giving their 110 per cent for Mike T, then we — meaning Marc Bergevin, Julien, and all of us who care about the team — have a problem on our hands.
Because no players got fired this week — sadly enough. Phillip Danault is still your No. 1 centre — or maybe the No. 2 guy down the middle if the new bench boss decides Alex Galchenyuk gets the top-centre gig. Andrew Shaw presumably hasn’t become a smarter hockey player since Tuesday.
So which scenario is it? Were they throwing games to oust the coach or are they simply a not-very-good team? I know, neither scenario is particularly great.
Harrington has more tweets on this topic, mostly Sabres related...
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
It’s probably not a coincidence that when Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins last week, ending the longest tenure in the league, his exit overlapped with a rare moment in recent Bruins history. For the first eight of Julien’s 10 seasons with the Bruins, the team’s save percentage was never worse than seventh-best in the league. Four times it ranked No. 1. Three times Boston boasted the Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top netminder in Tim Thomas (twice) and Tuukka Rask. And yet Julien was only fired this year, with Boston’s goaltenders combining for one of the league’s bottom-10 save percentages.
There’s little doubt Ken Hitchcock, dismissed by the St. Louis Blues a couple of weeks back, was also a victim of a puck-stopping stoppage. It’s not like Hitchcock, known for grinding his skaters into dust, was any easier on his lineup in previous seasons. But last season the Blues happened to have the NHL’s best save percentage, and he had a job. This year the Blues ranked third-worst in the category, and on Feb. 1 Hitchcock was fired.
“A lot of times you are as good as your goaltending,” is how Dave Cameron, then the coach of the Ottawa Senators, once explained it.
It’s an NHL truism that head coaches don’t often say out loud. And perhaps in part on account of such vocation-exposing statements, Cameron, who spoke it in 2014, is no longer a member of the NHL coaching fraternity. (Cameron was fired by the Senators in April, when team owner Eugene Melnyk pointed to the way Cameron deployed his goaltenders while explaining the reasoning for the axing.)
It’s not the first nor last time a coach’s fate has been tied to the impossible-to-predict ups and downs of NHL goaltending.
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 4, NY Rangers 2
Ottawa 3, NEW JERSEY 0
PITTSBURGH 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT)
BUFFALO 2, Colorado 0
ST. LOUIS 4, Vancouver 3
MINNESOTA 3, Dallas 1
EDMONTON 6, Philadelphia 3
Arizona 5, LOS ANGELES 3
CROSBY BECOMES FASTEST ACTIVE PLAYER TO REACH 1,000 POINTS
Sidney Crosby collected 1-2—3 to become the 86th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points, capping the night with the overtime winner as the Penguins extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).
* Crosby (369-633—1,002) recorded his 1,000th NHL point while playing in his 757th career game to become the fastest active player to reach the milestone – six games fewer than Jaromir Jagr (763 GP) – and the 12th-fastest in League history.
* Crosby became the eighth active player to record 1,000 career points and the third to hit the mark this season, following Alex Ovechkin on Jan. 11 and Henrik Sedin on Jan. 20. He also became the third player to register 1,000 career points with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (690-1,033—1,723) and Jagr (439-640—1,079).
* Crosby, who registered at least three points for the 118th time in his career, has averaged 1.32 points per game since beginning his career in 2005-06. Elias notes that only four players in NHL history scored at a higher rate (min. 500 GP): Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39).
* Elias notes that Crosby (29 years, 193 days) became the second-youngest active player at the time of his 1,000th career point, behind Jagr (28 years, 319 days) on Dec. 30, 2000.
Milan Lucic two for slashing, Brandon Manning two for embellishment.
Two minute interference call on Malkin plus two for roughing in the dust up.
Crosby's 1000 point comes via an assist.
Video is below...
NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2017) – Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette has been automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 7:33 of the third period. Vermette was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Watch the incident below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Blueshirts are talented and resolute enough to win regularly when they get the goaltending they expect from Henrik Lundqvist. There is no doubt about it. This is a nice team.
But nice hockey gets you only so far in the playoffs, and so does tic-tac-toe hockey that is dependent on time and space. If Gorton is going to rent a top-six, better the GM find an abrasive personality than a pure-skill winger.
Which brings us to the semi-notorious Alexandre Burrows, the soon-to-be 35-year-old who spent much of his career in Vancouver playing with and riding shotgun for the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) while Vigneault was behind the bench. This season, he most often has played with talented young studs Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.
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