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Chill Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Relax, people. The Canadiens are going to right the ship and win the Atlantic Division. How do I know this? Because Claude Julien is a good coach, this is still a good team and Saturday’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets was as meaningless as a press conference from that gas-bag Donald Trump.

There are losses that can’t be blamed on the coach, the GM or even the players. Schedules, acts of nature, events no one can control. And let’s face it — the bye week is an idea whose time has gone.

Going into Sunday’s games, teams coming off the bye were an abysmal 3-12-4, including five losses Saturday, a day when Washington and Tampa Bay were the only bye teams to salvage a point. Even the powerful Blackhawks lost 3-1 at home to an Edmonton Oilers team they had crushed 5-1 a week earlier.

And what do the players gain in terms of a mental and physical break? Coming out of the bye, the Canadiens play five games in eight days. Surely, it would be better to spread a couple of those games over an extra week? Anything would be better than having a team go into the stretch run looking rustier than a ’77 Ford Pinto?

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Video- Jonathan Drouin Shines In OT

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It was a dazzling 47 seconds, with the puck on the Lightning wing's stick for most of it.

"I was gassed," Drouin said.

Drouin was also determined. With the Lightning blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night — this time with 41 seconds left — it desperately needed the second point. Drouin made sure of it, his slick steal-and-deke display on the winner lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

"He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission.''

Said Tyler Johnson: "A pretty heroic effort."

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Video- Senators Thought They Had Tied The Game

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Inconclusive replays of the close in shot taken by Pageau and the scramble that followed in the last second of regulation time wiped out any hope the Senators had of at least getting into OT, and picking up one all important point.

“My blade was in the net, his glove was in the net, his pad was in the net,” said Pageau. “So there was a lot of stuff to cover the puck. There was no call on the ice.

“It’s probably the angle of camera they had. It’s not like was an early whistle or anything. Maybe the ref was on the wrong side of the net. He was just trying to do his best. But I’m pretty sure that puck crossed the line, so it’s unfortunate for us.”

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck adamantly stated the right decision was made.

"That was guaranteed out,” he said. “My pad was there and he pushed my pad in, and I got my glove right behind it.

“I’m kind of confused as to why the crowd was getting into it.”

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Washington 1
Detroit 5, PITTSBURGH 2
Winnipeg 3, OTTAWA 2
NY ISLANDERS 6, New Jersey 4
Chicago 5, BUFFALO 1
Nashville 4, COLUMBUS 3
Toronto 4, CAROLINA 0
Tampa Bay 3, COLORADO 2 (OT)
Boston 2, SAN JOSE 1 (OT)
ANAHEIM 1, Los Angeles 0
Philadelphia 3, VANCOUVER 2
Patrick Kane (1-1—2) scored his 20th goal of the season to help the Blackhawks pick up their sixth consecutive road win.


* Elias notes that Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) became the first American-born player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. The only other American-born player to register 10 or more consecutive 20-goal campaigns at any time during his NHL career was Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), who did so in 12 straight seasons from 1992-93 to 2003-04.
* Elias adds that Kane became the fifth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11) and Denis Savard (10). Kane also joined Savard (1980-81 to 1989-90) as the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.

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Video- Jacob Trouba Two Minutes For Illegal Check To The Head

You make the call.


added 11:41 pm, the NHL did make a call:

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Dave Strader Will Call Boston/Dallas Game On NBC Next Sunday

DALLAS, Texas - The Dallas Stars, in conjunction with NBC, announced today that Dave Strader and Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will call the Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins contest on Sunday, Feb. 26. Strader will provide play-by-play, and Reaugh and Brian Boucher will serve as the color analysts for the nationally televised game on NBC.  The game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop at American Airlines Center.

Strader, who returned to the broadcast booth for the Stars current five-game homestand, continues his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer. His treatment schedule afforded him the opportunity to travel to Dallas and return to the booth and he called his first game in 283 days last night against Tampa Bay.  Following the Stars games vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 and vs. New York Islanders on March 2, he will return to upstate New York to continue his treatment.

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Video- Action From Saturday In The NHL

Just four ticks below two minutes in length.


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A West Coast Sweep Puts The Florida Panthers In A Playoff Position

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Roberto Luongo has been through this before.

So, too, have his teammates.

Yeah, the Florida Panthers are back in the thick of a playoff race.

By virtue of beating the host Los Angeles Kings 3-2 early Sunday morning at Staples Center, the Panthers took over third place in the Atlantic Division and the playoff spot that comes with it.

The win over the Kings — Florida's first in L.A. since 2002 — marked the Panthers fourth consecutive victory and seventh in their past eight games.

The Panthers left California with a three-game sweep of the Sharks, Ducks and Kings for the first time in franchise history with the five-game road trip ending Monday in St. Louis.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Goes To Brian Elliott

Alex Edler with his Nick Lidstrom impression.



The comparison...

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Video- Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Topics discussed during the Saturday Headlines segment- Claude Julien was in negotiations with another team besides Montreal and it was not the Vegas Golden Knights.  Next up was Alexander Radulov's next contract.

Also discussed was the mandatory five day break, what's going on with Curtis Lazar and the Antoine Vermette suspension.

Watch at Sportsnet.

Coach's Corner was dominated by Hockey Day in Canada talk but other topics discussed included Claude Julien in Montreal and the play of Blake Wheeler and Mike Smith.

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