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Sean Burke Takes Over As Director Of Goaltending For The Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday the appointment of Sean Burke as the director of goaltending for the Canadiens, replacing Stéphane Waite, who held the position since 2013 and was relieved of his duties today. 

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Video- Alex Chiasson Suspended One Game

For a cross-check.

 

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Video- Saves Of The Week

181 seconds of your time.

 

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (March 2, 2021) – Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and registered nurse Qudus Rabiu (Discover NHL Central Division), San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture and medical assistant Martha Godinez (Honda NHL West Division), Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak and director of community engagement Cathy Draine (MassMutual NHL East Division), and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and infection prevention and control director Natasha Salt (Scotia NHL North Division) have been named the NHL’s “Stars of the Month” for February.

Throughout the 2020-21 season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who make it possible for us to play our games amid a pandemic by honoring frontline heroes from the regions represented by the League’s weekly and monthly “Stars.”

More on each frontline hero and NHL player can be found below:

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A Head Coach Issue In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

You can fire Krueger on hockey reasons and you would be justified. But there's a bigger issue at play now: Just like ownership and a neophyte GM who has disappeared from view despite numerous media outlets seeking comment, Krueger has a credibility problem.

In his case, it's gone, at least in the public eye.

The fans are done with Krueger, like they are with just about everything else surrounding this inept franchise. In the wake of a series of missteps by Krueger in the last week, the media can no longer believe anything he says. Back-to-back shutout stinkers to Philadelphia over the weekend gave off the distinct aroma that the players have checked out on him.

And it sure seems Krueger's captain was less than pleased with him after Sunday's game.

Jack Eichel, believed to be mostly in Krueger's corner, hurt his foot/ankle during a collision with Nico Hischier on Tuesday night in New Jersey. Through the binoculars from high above Prudential Center, I watched Eichel standing and flexing his foot on the bench during a television timeout.

Eichel didn't take the morning skate Thursday, with Krueger saying he was taking the workout off for maintenance. No issue. Happens all the time. Eichel appeared at night to take the pregame warmup fully, including rushes with his line, but was then announced as a scratch a couple of minutes before faceoff.

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All Is Well In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

In substance and in style, it looked like a reasonable copy of the game they played in the same building 48 hours earlier, right down to the fact they emphatically grabbed another two points with Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen watching injured from the stands.

In this second of a three-game set, the Maple Leafs were also down goaltender Jack Campbell after he tweaked a previous leg injury while delivering a shutout on Saturday night. No bother. Michael Hutchinson, No. 4 on the team’s depth chart in January, stepped up with another strong performance and stopped 31 shots to make it two Leafs doughnuts in a row.

“I just want to open it up with comments about our goalies. I think the past two nights they’ve been outstanding and I don’t think they get enough credit,” Morgan Rielly said before taking any questions on his post-game Zoom call.

That the backups blanked Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl is a testament to their performance, but also a level of connected play the Leafs struggled to reach last season. They are really settling into a groove and sit at an absurd 17-4-2 — good for an eight-point advantage over Edmonton, head-and-shoulders above the rest in the North Division.

Just as importantly, they are slowly putting to rest some former demons. They have been prone to distractions in years gone by. And this season played amid a pandemic is full of plenty of those for everyone involved.

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Below are the game highlights of Toronto's 3-0 win.

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Mark Stone With Five Assists In A Comeback Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Mark Stone soaked in the moment as he skated around the T-Mobile Arena ice following the Golden Knights’ game Monday.

The captain pumped his stick once. Twice. He threw his gloved hand in the air.

Fans were back in the Knights’ home building for the first time since March 3, 2020, and the team made sure to deliver a classic for the announced crowd of 2,605.

The Knights trailed 4-2 after two periods against the Minnesota Wild but rallied for a dramatic victory. Left wing Alex Tuch tied the game with 42 seconds left in the third period, and left wing Max Pacioretty scored his second goal to lift the team to a 5-4 win in overtime.

At the center of all of it was Stone, who finished with five assists in his second five-point night with the team. His massive performance helped snap Minnesota’s six-game winning streak and kept the Knights in first in the West Division.

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Early Morning Line- Bob Boughner

The San Jose Sharks scored 6 unanswered goals, including 4 in the 3rd period to be the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. 

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Doug Armstrong On Injuries And The Trade Deadline

from Lou Korac of In The Slot,

"I've been around the game for a while, this is the largest number of injuries we've had for the extent of time that they're going to be out," Armstrong said Monday before the Blues played the second of a six-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks.

Eight of them -- yes, eight! -- are currently shelved with some form of ailment, including defenseman Colton Parayko and forwards Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak, who Armstrong described as out indefinitely, meaning they could return soon, or not for a while.

They join Robert Thomas, who broke his left thumb Feb. 6 against Arizona and will be reevaluated in four weeks, which is roughly two more than originally thought; Ivan Barbashev, who sustained a hairline fracture in his left ankle Feb. 18, will be re-evauated in six weeks, and Jacob de la Rose, who left Saturday's 7-6 marathon win over San Jose with a lower-body injury, will go on injured reserve and be reevaluated in three weeks....

The Blues are going to have players out for the longer term, and with the trade deadline roughly five weeks away, do they look to the outside, or could they even try?

"Well, no, the cap is not really that big an ... it's an issue obviously," Armstrong said. "I obviously don't want to minimize it, but we certainly have enough space now with the guys that we have on LTI, even when Vladi comes back. When Bozie comes back, we'll have enough space. Gunny's going to be on there the rest of the year. With Gunny being on the rest of the year (and) on our opening day roster, we'd be at 23 players anyways. Obviously 4-6 weeks for Barbashev and Thomas, you never know, there might be somebody ... hopefully there's nobody else on that list at that time, so the cap is a work in progress, but it's something that we just have to work around, maintain and let me put it this way, I hope we have cap issues."

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

Mark Stone had the primary assist on all five Vegas goals as the Golden Knights snapped the Wild’s winning streak.

* Twenty-two-year-old Drake Batherson tallied twice to extend his goal streak to six games, the longest active run in the NHL.

* Tuesday is set to feature another rematch of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, as well as Devils forward Pavel Zacha looking to extend his double-digit point streak.

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