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FRANZEN, NYQUIST LEAD RED WINGS OUTBURST
Scoring came in bunches in a 7-4 Detroit victory over the New Jersey Devils. Johan Franzen (2-2—4) and Gustav Nyquist (1-3—4) each led the way with four-point nights. According to the Elias Sport Bureau, over the last seven seasons, there were only two other games in which a pair of Detroit players each recorded at least four points: a 5-2 win over St. Louis on Dec. 15, 2010 (Nicklas Lidstrom - 4, Henrik Zetterberg - 4) and a 7-2 victory against Columbus on March 26, 2012 (Todd Bertuzzi - 4, Zetterberg - 4).
* During a seven-goal second period, the teams combined to score the fastest six (7:38) and seven (11:27) goals by any two teams this season. The Devils scored three times in 2:21, and the Red Wings later tallied three times just 3:14 apart.
*David Legwand earned his first points as a member of the Red Wings, registering (1-2—3) for his third three-point game of the season.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Luongo had a triumphant return with the Panthers as he made 25 saves in Florida's 2-0 win over Buffalo at BB&T Center.
It was Luongo's 66th career shutout and 27th with the Panthers. He had three with Vancouver this season before coming back to Florida in a trade Tuesday afternoon.
"It was nice, a great reception from the start and I thought the boys played extremely well,'' said Luongo, in a Florida sweater for the first time since beating the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 in overtime in the 2006 season finale.
"We're a really fast team. I was impressed by the speed that we generated. The future is very promising.''
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Glassy-eyed with his wife and three young children in his arms Joe Nieuwendyk stood at centre ice watching his name and number hoisted to the rafters.
Capping off one of the most prolific hockey careers of a generation, the former Calgary Flames captain was welcomed home Friday night with three separate standing ovations as part of a stirring induction into the exclusive Forever-a-Flame club.
It was a fitting celebration for a man of tremendous class, ability and accomplishment.
"Having spent almost half my career in this wonderful city, I'm overwhelmed by this humbling honour," said the former captain as part of a memorable two-minute speech as 15 teammates from the championship team of 1989 looked on.
continued and below, watch Nieuwendyk's number retirement speech...
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
From the outside, it might be hard to understand. Why does Martin Brodeur keep talking about playing elsewhere? He has spent his entire career with the New Jersey Devils. He has made millions of dollars. He has won 684 games – more than any other goaltender in NHL history – and three Stanley Cups. Why not go out with grace? What more does he need?
But Brodeur isn’t afraid of hanging on too long. He’s afraid of not hanging on long enough. He isn’t worried he will regret leaving the Devils. He’s worried he will regret leaving the game. In the end, he said, he doesn’t want to sit there and say to himself, “I should have done something.”
“That’s what I’m scared of the most – not living to the fullest in the NHL,” Brodeur said. “If they let you play, you might as well play.”
Brodeur is 41 and at the end of his contract. He is unhappy backing up Cory Schneider, a 27-year-old the Devils acquired from the Vancouver Canucks last year for the ninth overall pick in the draft. All season, he has talked about being open to a trade if he could play more, if he had a chance to win the Cup and if it helped the Devils.
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said his team needed to work harder after a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night.
That they did on Friday, for 81 lung-busting minutes of practice in Calgary that featured special teams practice, breakouts and one battle drill that led to a fight between Jared Cowen and Chris Neil. They dropped the gloves and got a few punches in before teammates intervened.
“We need more of that,” MacLean said afterwards. “Preferably in games.”
Clarke MacArthur missed practice due to a hand injury suffered against the Flames that will be re-evaluated in Ottawa.
continue for lineup changes for the game in Winnipeg tomorrow...
Here is the suspension video...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Well, that was a fun game to watch. Talk about entertaining. The San Jose Sharks rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 (including an empty-netter) Thursday night in a battle of Cup contenders. It avenged a 5-1 loss in Pittsburgh earlier this season.
What struck me the most was how physical the Sharks were against the Penguins, Brent Burns and Raffi Torres in particular.
The win pushed the Sharks seven points above the hard-charging Kings, winners of six straight, with the California clubs seemingly destined to play each other in the first round of the playoffs.
Home ice is no small thing between those two, with the home team winning all seven games in their terrific second-round playoff series last spring. Mind you, the Sharks haven't given up trying to catch first-place Anaheim, either, with just five points separating them from the Ducks and to games remaining between the teams.
read on for notes from Burnside on the Canucks, Custance on the Avalanche and Strang on Caps/Bruins...
RED WINGS RETIRE LIDSTROM’S JERSEY
The Red Wings retired Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey prior to their game against the Avalanche. Lidstrom spent his entire 20-season NHL career in the Motor City, capturing the Stanley Cup four times, winning the Norris Trophy as the League’s best defenseman seven times and earning 10 selections as an NHL First Team All-Star. He never missed the playoffs during his career and in 2002 became the first European-born captain to win the Stanley Cup and first European-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP.
Click here to watch the ceremony.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
They can’t score. And now they can’t defend or maintain discipline. What’s next?
Following a morning video session in which the Vancouver Canucks were shown 65 of the 150 goals they’ve managed to score this season to pump them up mentally, they couldn’t physically handle the speed and skill of the Dallas Stars in a listless 6-1 loss Thursday that bordered on a complete no-show.
No life. No emotion. And certainly no playoffs. With all those odd-man rushes, it had the smell of a coach- killer because it looked like the players had quit.
“I don’t believe that in that room,” said Canucks coach John Tortorella. “Are they fragile? Sure. I still think we have the people who can help us pull through this. Sure, it’s worrisome. We get pinned against the wall right away with two goals that are really just bad reads. We can’t get focused on the lack of scoring and not make simple reads. The only thing we push is to come to work every day to get better. That’s the only way or you can crawl into a fetal position and hope it goes away.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
President Cam Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub the Bruins had a deal in principle for a player with term remaining on his contract. That trade was shelved, Neely said, because another deal did not happen.
According to a team source, the Bruins’ trade fizzled because an expected transaction between Vancouver and Pittsburgh failed to take place.
The Penguins had been pursuing Ryan Kesler. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins were offering Brandon Sutter, first- and third-round picks, and a defensive prospect.
Once the Canucks moved Kesler to Pittsburgh, they would have proceeded with their trade with the Bruins. The Bruins’ target could not be confirmed. But it’s likely they were targeting smooth-moving left-shot defenseman Alex Edler.
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