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from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
If Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, their fourth straight defeat bridging the all-star break, had not sobered the Washington Capitals enough, context delivered from Coach Barry Trotz inside Nationwide Arena’s visiting locker room certainly hammered it home.
“Trotz came in here after the game, we’ve given up 17 goals in our last four games, and a lot of them five-on-five,” forward Troy Brouwer said. “Those are issues we need to address as far as being better in our D-zone, having more communication, making sure that we know our assignments. We can’t keep giving up four or five goals a night and expecting to win. Coming off a break isn’t an excuse. The guys should be fresh, lively, heads clear, ready to play hockey and ready to have a good push here.”...
The Capitals will now return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of three teams ahead of them in the Metropolitan Division standings, without the benefit of practice to correct their mistakes.
“I’d like to [practice], yeah,” Trotz said. “But it’s not the case. Guys are professional. They should know it. We’ve gone over it many, many times. It’s got to start in the dressing room. It starts with me telling them what they need to do, and I have been. Now they’ve got to take ownership of it. They’ve got to own that shift that they’re out there. Too many guys are getting on the wrong side of pucks and some lines are good with the puck and without it they’re not good. There’s too much cheat in their game.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
If the Eastern Conference-leading Islanders provide a measuring stick for the also-running Rangers, then the Blueshirts came up about as small Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the meteorologists around these parts whose predictions of an historic blizzard panicked the populace.
Came up about as small … again.
For it’s now 0-for-3 for the city slickers against their suburban cousins following this 4-1 defeat in which the Rangers didn’t score until 10 seconds remained in the match. It’s 0-for-3 while outscored by an aggregate 13-4 … 11-2 over the last seven periods … 7-1 over the last two games just two weeks apart.
Make that suburban daddies.
Three games constitute a small sample size, but it doesn’t take a seer to see the Islanders loom as a legitimate roadblock to the Rangers’ objective of returning to the Stanley Cup final. It doesn’t take a seer to see which team is New York’s best at the moment, either.
via the CP at TSN,
Canucks forward Derek Dorsett left the game a few minutes earlier with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Ryan Kesler and did not return. Replays appeared to show that Kesler, who was dealt from Vancouver to Anaheim in the off-season, made contact with Dorsett's head on the play.
"I haven't seen it yet. All I know is I was going for the puck and I felt him hit," said Kesler. "I hope he's all right, it's unfortunate, it's a fast game out there. I was just going for the puck, trying to make a hockey play."
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province who refers to Kesler as "The Tool"...
... the tool got one over on the Canucks Tuesday and did it on a couple of fronts.
With a clear headshot, complete with an elbow follow-through, Kesler knocked Derek Dorsett out of the game. The Canucks lost their scrappy, energizing bulldog who on many nights has been their only physical, impact player.
more on Kesler...
Watch the hit below...
To help you get caught up from what you may have missed, here is 5 1/2 minutes of highlights from the games last night.
from Mike Shackil,
The Detroit Red Wings have just two home games in the month of February, both against Canadian opponents. The Red Wings currently have the second most points in the conference, trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning by one point. Just two points behind them are one of the teams Detroit will host: the Montreal Canadiens.
Below is a breakdown of prices for each February home game, with info on the average ticket price, get-in ticket price, and premium seating.
I don't know what's worse on this play, Alexei Emelin's predictably ugly boarding of Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza or the apologies made for a game misconduct-worthy infraction by the Sportsnet announcers:
Spezza was OK, and Dallas lost 3-2 to Montreal because Emelin scored the game's first goal and Montreal built 2-0 and 3-1 leads.
Okay, this trade is just weird. Marcel Goc is a solid grinder, and the Blues have grinders. The Penguins already have some acerbic players, but Max Lapierre? He's the king of dick mountain:
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Canada’s TV numbers are in for the NHL all-star game and the numbers are down.
Sunday’s game that featured an absurd 29 goals drew 1.479 million viewers to CBC, nearly one million viewers less than the last all-star game in 2012 when 2.454 million people watched and 2011 when 2.363 million tuned in.
“Frankly it’s a little mystifying,” said Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers. “Somebody else asked me if I have an explanation and I don’t really.
“I just think they (the numbers) seem wrong.”
The ratings for the rest of the weekend were also down significantly compared to previous years.
Saturday’s super skills drew 1.7 million viewers to CBC, down from 2.5 million in 2012 and 2.4 million in 2011.
And Friday’s fantasy draft on Sportsnet drew a hair over half-a-million viewers, compared to 1.33 million in 2012 on TSN and 1.5 million in 2011.
If you missed it earlier, some numbers for US viewers...
TORONTO (January 27, 2015) – Radek Dvorak has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 18 seasons.
Dvorak played in a total of 1,260 career NHL games with nine teams: the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in nine seasons with the Panthers, over two stints, for his longest combined tenure with one team. Dvorak scored 227 goals and 363 assists for 590 points in his NHL career. Internationally, while playing for the Czech Republic, he was a part of three gold medal-winning World Championship teams (1999, 2001 and 2005).
“It was an honor for me to play in the best league in the world for 18 seasons,” said Radek Dvorak. “I would like to thank to all the organizations, coaches and teammates I played for or with. Also, thank you to my parents, wife and kids who have always supported me and helped me throughout my whole career. At last I would like to thank to my fans who believed in and followed me all these years.”
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forward Mike Richards to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 5-11, 199-pound native of Kenora, Ontario, appeared in 46 games this season with the Kings, registering 15 points (5-10=15) and 39 penalty minutes. He played in his 700th NHL game, Jan. 12 vs. TOR and recorded his 300th career assist, Dec. 12 at MTL. He had played 224 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 22, 2011, the longest active streak on the Kings.
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