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After a Hall of Fame career, Doug Gilmour returns to his hometown to coach the cities beloved Kingston Frontenacs and somehow proves the adage that you can take the boy out of Kingston, but you can’t take Kingston out of the boy.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The host Penguins won a penalty-filled game 3-1 that was a one-goal game before Sidney Crosby scored seven minutes into the third.
Afterward, a number of players didn't have much good to say about the home team, with more than one insinuating Monday night couldn't come soon enough.
"We're lucky we get to play them again on Monday,'' said defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who fought Steve Downie in the second period.
"We have to find a way to win. If we want to be among the upper echelon in this league, conference and division, we have to find ways to grind out wins. All in all, we're leaving here with a pretty good mindset.''
The Panthers apparently don't like the Penguins, and by the looks of things on Saturday, the feeling is mutual.
Rob Zepp at age 33 will make his NHL debut as the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Winnipeg Jets...
from Evan Peaslee of Sportsnet,
With the Flyers playing without starter Steve Mason for the weekend, who injured himself during practice on Friday, and playing back-to-back games, the club was in need of a second goaltender. Zepp dressed but served as the backup to Ray Emery for Saturday’s victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the duo will swap roles for Sunday’s contest.
Zepp, a veteran journeyman, has played professional hockey since graduating from the Ontario Hockey League in 2001, and has spent most of the past decade playing in Europe, including the last seven with the Berlin Polar Bears of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
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"My job is to make decisions. I don't have to explain everything to you. Your job is you can second-guess. That's your priority and that's the way it is. ... Let me put it this way: It's called coaching."
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins to the gathered media in Boston after the morning skate. More from Julien by Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Of the 12 games contested Saturday:
* Nine were tied or within one goal to start the third period (ARI-LAK, OTT-MTL, TBL-NYI, FLA-PIT, NYR-CAR, CHI-CBJ, NSH-MIN, CGY-VAN, STL-SJS).
* Two featured a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation: San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic (19:39) and Minnesota’s Thomas Vanek (19:12).
* Five required overtime, including three that were decided in the extra frame (NSH-MIN, CGY-VAN, STL-SJS).
* Three defensemen scored overtime goals to lift their clubs to victory: Christopher Tanev (VAN), Brent Burns (SJS) and Mattias Ekholm (NSH). In addition, blueliner Jack Johnson netted the game-deciding goal in the shootout for Columbus.
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
My thumb is up to the best one-two scoring punch in the NHL, those two dazzling forwards who play on a certain team in the state of Pennsylvania.
In the past, and maybe again in the future, I would be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But, of course, you know that I am referring to the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakub Voracek and his Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux. Watching them have their way against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night made you wonder why the Flyers aren’t higher in the standings.
Unless there’s a big turnaround coming that began in Toronto, the Flyers have to be described as a team with a bunch of holes and two of the league’s best players, either of whom could win the Hart Trophy if Philly could only find a way to fill the holes.
As you watched the Flyers and Leafs score six times in the game’s first 12 minutes, you probably thought this was the NHL’s version of Halley’s Comet. You just never see a scoring spree like that anymore, and so….my thumb is down to a lack of scoring in the NHL.
Though he declines credit, he played a lead role in changing the course of the game. Now he faces a task that, by scale, seems reasonably within reach: reversing the direction of a franchise with hockey weather but not much else in its favour lately. He will forever talk about “team” and “staff,” but ultimately this will be a summit of one and lonelier than that moment on the ice in Nagano.
The self-education of Brendan Shanahan: to be continued.
-Gare Joyce of Sportsnet on Brendan Shanahan. Read much more from Joyce on Shanahan.
via the Situation Room Blog,
At 8:49 of the third period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Columbus net. Video review determined that the puck deflected off the stick of Blackhawks forward Ben Smith and into the net in a legal fashion after it was kicked by his teammate Marcus Kruger. According to Rule 49.2 (ii) "A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper's stick) shall be ruled a good goal." Good goal Chicago.
Watch the goal below and my only question is, what about goalie interference?
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle would be good Bruins. They are 23 and 24 years old, respectively.
Hall is under contract through 2020 and Eberle is locked up until 2019, both at $6 million annually. They can score, which is a talent that is eluding the Bruins.
Yet the Bruins are missing two critical elements: tradable assets and cap space. Edmonton needs an ace goalie, centers, and defensemen. The Bruins aren’t dealing Tuukka Rask, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are here for good. Zdeno Chara has a no-move clause. That leaves Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg as the two players that would interest the Oilers for either of their top-line forwards.
There’s no match in salary. And the Bruins would be moving a pace-pushing, two-way defenseman who projects to develop into Chara’s replacement. Translation: It ain’t happening.
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added 8:30am, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on the Oilers...
First the good goal by Alex Ovechkin...
The bad goal goes to the Calgary Flames, watch it below...
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