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The New York Islanders changed so many things when they won four consecutive Stanley Cups. But that journey to their 80s dynasty also bonded together a special group of teammates, which helped lift them towards hockey’s pinnacle.
Dick Irvin with the feature...
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Byfuglien’s agent Ben Hankinson are working on reaching a contract extension which would keep the defenceman in Winnipeg for several years going forward.
Most guesses have the Jets and Hankinson discussing a five-year term with an annual average value north of $7-million. Talks have increased in regularity over the last few days and there now seems to be a sense of urgency to reach a conclusion. If a deal is going to be worked out, it could happen in the next week.
With the trade deadline set for Feb. 29, time is getting scarce. The Jets need an answer. And that answer will create a ripple effect across the NHL.
The Jets need to know where they stand. Cheveldayoff’s phone continues to ring and teams say his message right now is his focus is on signing Byfuglien and until there is clarity on that front, the future of Ladd can’t be discussed.
Byfuglien, and his decision to stay in Winnipeg or wait and go to free agency in July, is holding up a lot of people.
Cheveldayoff will be prepared for a number of scenarios....
Note four afternoon games today, full schedule is below.
DUCKS POST SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
The Ducks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to stretch their season-high win streak to six consecutive games and improve to 13-3-1 in 17 contests since the holiday break.
* At 25-18-7 (57 points), the Ducks moved three points ahead of the Coyotes (24-22-6, 54 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within a point of the idle Sharks (27-19-4, 58 points) for second place.
* The Ducks are averaging 4.16 goals per game over their current six game stretch, notching four or more goals in four of the six contests.
* Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal at 2:07 of the third period and has 4-3—7 in his last six outings. He leads the club in game-winning goals (4), goals (21) and points (35) this season (50 GP).
* Frederik Andersen (23 saves) picked up his fifth consecutive personal victory (1.80 GAA, .936 SV%), two shy of his career-high win streak set last season (7-0-0, Jan. 2-27, 2015). He has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last seven appearances.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Despite being desperate for points, the Flames wasted Game 50, surrendering a third-period goal, falling 2-1 in Friday’s humdrum affair at the Saddledome.
“Bottom line — with one goal, you’re not going to win many games in this league,” said Mark Giordano. “I don’t know what else to say. We have to create more. We have to score more goals.
“Two goals against is pretty good on most nights.”
Quickly, though, they must hop to their feet, snatch up their hat, swat the dust off their dungarees, and regroup for Saturday’s skirmish against the Canucks in Vancouver.
“That’s a big game, a (Pacific Division) game, against a team we’re trying to catch,” said Dougie Hamilton. “We’ve got to turn the page, learn from this one, and play better.
“Obviously, we’re trying our best to win.”
So we’ve heard.
Below, watch coach Bob Hartley post-game and game highlights rolled into one video...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night:
THE GAME IN 140 CHARACTERS OR FEWER
- Once the second period began, the offense kicked back into high gear and took advantage of a leaky Coyotes defense and shaky Anders Lindback.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“I think Bruce has found a good mix in terms of finding guys to create depth throughout the lineup. I think our team is really hard to defend right now.”
- Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano
STAT OF THE NIGHT
- The Ducks have the NHL’s longest active win streak at six games and they’ve scored 35 goals over their past nine games.
Watch the game highlights below...
Just over two minutes of action from the NHL games played on Friday night.
from Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated,
Over the last four decades, American sports fans have transformed themselves from a populace that dresses almost exclusively in civilian clothing and pays to watch athletes perform in uniform, to one that dresses—in significant numbers—exactly like those athletes. This weekend’s Super Bowl will be overrun by fans in XXL Broncos and Panthers jerseys, just like last weekend’s NHL All-Star game was awash in sweaters from teams around the league. Theirs has been a multi-billion dollar metamorphosis that radically altered the appearance of stadiums and arenas across the nation. It is, anecdotally, most pervasive in the NFL and the NHL, marginally less so in Major League Baseball and the NBA (the latter at least in part because of the less utilitarian nature of the basketball top). Jersey-wearing by fans is such normative behavior in the modern sports culture that its absurdity—dressing like players? Really?—has long been snowed under by its ubiquity. “We have reached the point where if you are the one not wearing the jersey, you are the one who stands out,” says Christian End, associate professor of psychology at Xavier, who has studied fan behavior.
But how did we reach this point? And when did it all begin?
from Kristina Ruterford of Sportsnet,
Max Domi skates along the boards at morning practice and flashes a grin before he stops short of the blue-line. A kid wearing glasses and a white Coyotes sweater runs over and pushes his face up against the glass. When No. 16 moves up in line for a passing drill, the kid moves with him, shuffling in his sneakers.
This is not a scene you’d expect to see in Hockeytown. In Arizona, maybe. But here in Detroit there are only five Coyotes fans in the stands watching an off-day skate, and three of them wear the sweater of the dynamic winger who’s played just half a season in the NHL. After practice, Domi signs autographs and talks with his fans. He’s the last Coyote to take his skates off.
Domi looks like a natural because he is. The 20-year-old is as prepared as one could possibly be for this life, thanks to being the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs fan favourite, Tie. But Domi is the first to admit you can never be entirely ready for your rookie year in the NHL, even if you text regularly with Mats Sundin.
"We know it's going to be tough to make the playoffs, but we see that as a challenge. We're going to give all we've got."
"If anyone doubts our intensity, our desire to succeed, and our desire to win tomorrow, I'd be disappointed."
"We're going to fight. We're going to fight until the end."
-Michel Therrien, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens via tweets from the Canadiens.
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