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THIRD-PERIOD RALLY POWERS DUCKS IN FREEWAY FACE-OFF
Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Ducks scored four unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaking marker by Corey Perry with 8:39 remaining in regulation – to pick up their fourth victory in their past five contests.
* At 39-17-7 (85 points), the Ducks moved within four points of the idle Predators (41-14-7, 89 points) for first place in the NHL standings. Nashville, however, holds one game in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker (NSH: 35, ANA: 31).
* The Ducks improved to 7-0-2 in their past nine regular-season meetings with the Kings dating to Dec. 3, 2013, including a 3-0-1 mark in 2014-15. They conclude their season series on March 18 at Honda Center.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Center Brandon Dubinsky and left wing Matt Calvert will miss today's game against the New Jersey Devils in Nationwide Arena after being diagnosed with concussions. They are listed by the club as being out indefinitely.
Dubinsky had just scored a goal early in Thursday's loss to Montreal when he was undercut by Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert and sent crashing into the end boards. He landed awkwardly on his neck and did a half-somersault before tumbling to the ice.
Watch how Dubinsky suffered the concussion below...
Here is the schedule with start times for the games today.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The veteran bench boss lit into Lehtonen for the second time this season, and with newfound furry after a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado. Now, you can say Ruff was talking about the goaltending problem in general with this team (the back-ups are 2-12-0 on the season), but this dagger was clearly pointed at Lehtonen.
“I know this is hard, but the goaltending performance doesn’t match the effort of the team,” Ruff said. “You need goaltending. It’s as simple as that. There’s nights that he has to steal games, there’s nights where he has to out-perform the other guy. Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that’s where the frustration is.”
To Ruff, there is logic there. His team allowed just seven shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, and Lehtonen still let in a soft goal. In fact, the Stars battled back to take a 3-1 lead early in the third period, and all Lehtonen had to do was weather the expected storm. It happens to all teams who hold a lead _ they simply are going to be outshot, and the goalie has to hold on and get the win....
And that has to be somewhere in Ruff’s brain when he’s watching these meltdowns - he has to wonder if his goalie has a loose wire, if he simply can’t handle pressure.
Maybe he’s testing him now to see how he responds. Maybe this is needed before the team makes a big decision in the summer.
But, if you ask me, Lehtonen isn’t good with extreme emotion .
Lots of Oilers fans wonder how a team with such a weak defence can afford to let Jeff Petry go. They’re right — he’s going to leave a big hole next year. But last summer, when the time came to sign Petry long-term, his game wasn’t deserving of the commitment. Sure, he was the best guy on a poor defence, but in my opinion, someone will be having buyer’s remorse on Petry at this time next year, when he signs for four years and $18-19 million.
The key to the negotiations though, is that Petry wanted to go to UFA. There haven’t been any talks leading up to the deadline. The player simply wants to exercise his rights, play the field, and make a choice on a new team come July 1. It isn’t always a GM’s mistake when a player leaves. Sometimes the player, in this case an American-born player married to an American girl, wants to head south.
It’s no more complicated than that.
-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more NHL topics.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Just 12 months ago, well-known stars like Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Marian Gaborik, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak, Marty St. Louis and Ryan Callahan all changed addresses within five days of the National Hockey League trade deadline.
This time around, we’re supposed to get excited about the Antoine Vermettes, David Clarksons and Andrej Sekeras of the world either having already been moved or potentially being swapped? Really?
What a downer, man.
From sizzle to fizzle in just one year. Unless there still are a few under-the-radar blockbusters in the making, that will be the story of the 2015 trade deadline.
That’s not meant to be disrespectful to Vermette and the other players mentioned, who are by all means quality NHLers. At the same time, no one can argue the “wow” factor is missing this time around, much to the chagrin of the television networks which may end up having more analysts during trade deadline day than the actual number of bodies involved in swaps.
Why the lack of big names?
Hope Brad Marchand is OK after this....
And Corey Perry once again being Corey Perry,
The Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere is making quite the claim this morning:
How much clout do three Stanley Cup rings bring, even it's been 12 years since the last championship?
Enough, NJ Media Advance has learned, that Lou Lamoriello will remain the Devils' general manager, even if the team misses the playoffs for a third straight season and for the fourth time in five years.
Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have enough faith in Lamoriello's ability to return the Devils to Stanley Cup contenders that he will keep his position despite the belief by some critics that it's time to move on.
Both owners refused interview requests for this story, but people in the Devils organization familiar with their thinking say Lamoriello will stay on. Those people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the club's front office personnel.
Via CBS Sports' Chris Peters, one Tweet spiced up a rather dull--by imminent-trade-deadline standards--Friday by a significant margin:
I'm not sure why the Patrick Kane-less Blackhawks would want to rid themselves of Sharp unless it was strictly due to his $5.9 million cap hit for the next two years.
Who would go the other way? Kuc never stated that.
via Philadelphia Flyer PR release,
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, but was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks. The 2013-14 season was Timonen’s seventh with the Flyers, over which time he recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points in 519 games. He is a five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman, including the last three consecutive seasons, making him one of just three players (Howe, Desjardins) to win the award in three straight years.
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