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SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Detroit 4, CHICAGO 0
Calgary 4, CAROLINA 1
PITTSBURGH 5, NY Rangers 2
Vancouver 3, MINNESOTA 2 (OT)

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Video- Mark Giordano Receives A Match Penalty

Illegal hit to the head.

 

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Video- Andrew Cogliano Suspended Two Games For Interference

Here is the explanation.

 

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Afternoon Line- Mark Lazerus

...while the desperation in the standings is blatantly obvious, the desperation on the ice is too often nowhere to be found. And on Sunday afternoon, with a home game, with a lousy opponent, and with a five-day bye week offering no excuse not to “empty the tank,” in Jonathan Toews’ words, the Hawks sleepwalked through a putrid 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings showed up on Sunday morning. The Hawks looked like they were already in Mexico. And they no longer have that luxury.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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DoPS Hearing Today For Andrew Cogliano

added 11:18am,

 

 

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Six Wins In A Row For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Not even a mandatory five-day break can cool off the Avalanche.

In the rubber match of a five-game, regular-season series Saturday night — the Avs’ first game since playing one week earlier — Colorado defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 to extend its winning streak to six games.

“I really liked our effort tonight. I thought we did a lot of really good things,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said....

The last time Colorado (23-15-3, 49 points) won six straight was March 23 to April 5, 2014. In just 42 games, the Avs have now exceeded their win total and point total from last season, when they finished a wretched 22-56-4 and 48 points in 82 games.

“It was a big win for us coming out of the bye week and a good way to start the second half of the season,” Comeau said. “Different group, different mindset than last year. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. I think winning games is doing that. And I’ve said it before: We’ve had big  turnover this year, youthful energy and had our top line really step for us this year. We’ve had good goaltending, good special teams and the nice thing is, nobody’s satisfied.”

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Morning Line- Ed Graney

Bill Foley might own the Knights, but he’s also an Army graduate whose passion and commitment and drive and determination are defined most by that majestic and scenic place of West Point in upstate New York.

He loves it with his every fiber, and there is no question he would embrace a link from his team to the parachuters.

Does anyone believe a single person who has purchased tickets to a game or a hat or T-shirt of the Knights did so with the assumption they were supporting a group of parachutists?

This shouldn’t be a fight.

It should be a partnership.

This shouldn’t be contentious.

It should be collaborative.

-Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal where you can read more on this topic.

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Big Win For The Anaheim Ducks Over The Los Angeles Kings

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The message was laid out in simple terms from a team that is peering through the window at those who currently reside in the playoff positions within the Western Conference.

Hours in front of another tense, fight-filled Freeway Faceoff against the Kings, the Ducks’ Kevin Bieksa offered his to-the-point summation. “That’s a team that we need to catch,” the longtime defenseman said. “This is the best way to do it, by taking two points from them.”

Ah, if it were only that easy. Nothing is in this series that’s often decided by one goal and the Kings weren’t going to fade away at Staples Center on Saturday night, even when they stared at a three-goal deficit.

Nick Shore and Anze Kopitar gave them a look at a dramatic comeback in the third period but Corey Perry’s long-distance goal into an empty net secured a 4-2 win for the Ducks as the rivals kicked off another important stretch in their respective schedules following a bye week.

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Losing Streak Hits Six For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Poor special teams, some out-of-sync play and missed chances pushed the Devils' losing streak to six games in a 5-3 loss to the Flyers on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

After the Devils failed to get back in the win column in their first game out of their bye week, here are six observations for the loss, including special team struggles, the urgency to end the losing streak and more....

The Devils have now dropped a season-high six games, going 0-3-3 over that stretch. Just a handful of points separate the top and bottom of the Metropolitan Division, and the Devils know any game against a divisional opponent is a big opportunity.

"We squandered that," Hall said. "A lot of division games coming up. A lot of four-point games where if we play well, we can really set ourselves up. You never want to panic during a season. That’s not going to do anything good, but you really have to make sure you get your game back a quickly as possible, and that’s what the best teams do. They get out of these funks quickly and get back to their game."

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Looking At Another Rebuild In Buffalo

from Adam Gretz at the Sporting News,

Other than getting Eichel and a couple of good players in Kane and O’Reilly, almost nothing else has worked. Now, four years after starting that massive rebuild, the team is in no better shape than it was when it all started.

If anything, you could make the argument the franchise is now in worse shape because of the age of the roster, where almost everybody outside of Eichel and Reinhart is past what is expected to be a player’s peak age for production, and the fact they have already wasted the three cheapest years of their best player (Eichel) under the salary cap. Now they have to try and rebuild — again — around a $10 million per year player, plus the $13.5 million that Okposo and O’Reilly will be making for the next five years as they age into their late 20s and 30s.

Now they have to try and rebuild — again — around a $10 million per year player, plus the $13.5 million that Okposo and O’Reilly will be making for the next five years as they age into their late 20s and 30s. 

It’s one thing to cheer for a bad team when you know it’s part of a long-term strategy to rebuild it into something better in the future. It’s another entirely to have to cheer for a bad team that actually tried to put a winner on the ice.

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