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The Dallas Stars Acquire Ben Lovejoy From The New Jersey Devils For Connor Carrick

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Connor Carrick and a third-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Lovejoy, 35, has posted seven points (2-5=7) in 51 games played for New Jersey this season. He is second on the Devils in blocked shots (77) and tied for second in plus/minus (+1). Additionally, he is second in the League in average shorthanded time on ice per game (3:46) and is fourth overall in shorthanded time on ice (192:31).

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Breaking down the Sharks-Penguins series tactically

From the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle:

The explanation that’s been given on the broadcasts and in most of the coverage is that the Penguins are winning with speed, and that’s true to a point. They’re the smaller, quicker team, as is typically the case in the Eastern Conference. Increasingly, it seems to be what wins in the NHL.

But Pittsburgh skaters such as Ian Cole, Ben Lovejoy and Nick Bonino, among others, aren’t particularly fast players. Part of what’s winning this series for the Penguins is tactics. Coach Mike Sullivan deserves credit for being able to take advantage of his team’s strengths – offensive talent and ability with the puck throughout the lineup – and the Sharks weaknesses – some bigger, slower players down the lineup who mishandle the puck.

San Jose’s strength, meanwhile – dominating the cycle deep in the offensive zone – has been mitigated by the fact only Joe Thornton’s line is spending much time there.

Those tactics were talked about a little bit after Game 3. Instead of the traditional dump and chase, the Penguins are using more of a chip and chase – placing pucks in good spots in the neutral zone or the shallow portion of the offensive zone and skating into them. Their no-name D (aside from Kris Letang) has done a nice job of breaking the puck out assertively and finding the forwards with this simple approach in mind.

Continued with analysis from Ray Ferraro, Chris Johnston, Jamie Baker and coach Pete DeBoer

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Penguins get Lovejoy

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Here's compensation:

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Ben Lovejoy Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Finger

Last night the Anaheim Ducks announced...

Ben Lovejoy suffered a fractured finger (right hand) last night vs. San Jose. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

How did it happen?

 

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All Ben Lovejoy

from Kyle Shohara at the Anaheim Ducks website,

The Ducks made several offseason moves, including the acquisition of Ryan Kesler from Vancouver. What were your thoughts when you heard the news?

I think that everybody’s thought on the team was that the Ducks are all in. We were absolutely disappointed with how last season ended. Bob Murray went out and got the best player he possibly could, a move that will absolutely make us a better team. This puts pressure on the players. This is our time to win. We felt we had all the pieces last year, and this year we’ve upgraded even more. From Day 1, I expect – and I know the whole team expects – to win.

You guys were a game away from advancing to the Conference Finals last year. What needs to change in order for the Ducks to take that next step?

We had an incredibly successful regular season, but we didn’t play our best in Game 7 when it mattered most. We can talk all we want about being really good to start the season, or being really good down the stretch, but it won’t matter until it comes down to crunch time. Guys will have learned from the mistakes we made in the playoffs. We need to have more of a killer instinct. We need to knock teams out when we get the chance. We’ve had that problem the last two seasons. We can say all the right things, but until we do it, it doesn’t matter.

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