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|Posted by HockeyFanLand on March 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
The New Jersey Devils can’t be happy with their 7-4 loss to Detroit last night, but it was another in a long line of history-making games for Jaromir Jagr.
At 42 years and 20 days old, Jagr scored his 20th goal of the season. Only Gordie Howe has ever reached the 20-goal milestone later in life (42 years, 324 days old), per the Elias Sports Bureau and Bergen Record.
Jagr has also now reached the 20-goal mark for the 18th time in his career. Howe holds the record for that as well, having accomplished that feat in 22 separate seasons. Only three other players beat Jagr in that regard, including Ron Francis (20), Brendan Shanahan (19), and Dave Andreychuk (19).
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|Posted by HockeyFanLand on March 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his return to Florida, while Dmitry Kulikov and Jesse Winchester each scored power-play goals to lead the Panthers over the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Friday night.
Luongo, acquired in a trade with Vancouver on Tuesday, was in net for the first time for Florida since April 18, 2006. Luongo previously played for Florida from 2000-2006.
It was the fourth shutout of the season for Luongo. His last was on Dec. 13, 2013, a 4-0 win for Vancouver over Edmonton in which he made 19 saves. It was the first regular-season shutout for the Panthers since a 2-0 win over Carolina on March 11, 2012 in which Jose Theodore had 34 saves.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 42 shots in his first start for Buffalo since being acquired from Washington last Wednesday.
The Panthers won for just the second time in seven games. The Sabres lost their second in six games.
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Derek Stepan scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:45 left in the game.
Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored earlier for the Rangers, who beat Carolina for the 10th straight time, and Carl Hagelin added an empty-netter with 41 seconds to go.
Carolina took a pair of delay-of-game penalties in the final five minutes to give New York the two-man advantage. Stepan was set up for a short shot by Martin St. Louis, who played his second game with the Rangers since being acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Jeff Skinner scored on a penalty shot in the third period to give Carolina a 2-1 lead. Jordan Staal scored his 12th goal of the season for Carolina’s 1-0 lead in the opening period, but McDonagh tied it with New York short-handed.
Red Wings 7, Devils 4
DETROIT (AP) — Johan Franzen had two goals and two assists, Gustav Nyquist a goal and three assists and David Legwand a goal and two assists.
Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit. Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves.
Adam Henrique had two goals and Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr also scored for New Jersey. Cory Schneider, who gave up seven goals for the first time in his career, stopped 25 shots.
Flames 4, Islanders 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Joe Colborne scored twice during a furious third period comeback for the Flames, who got three goals in less than five minutes.
Colborne got the comeback started at 11:29 when Mark Giordano’s point shot missed the net, but the puck caromed out sharply to Colborne. He fired it in the open side on rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson.
Rookie Sean Monahan tied it at 14:22. Taking a slick pass from behind the net from T.J. Galiardi, Monahan went forehand to backhand to tuck his team-leading 19th goal past Nilsson.
Colborne completed the comeback, deflecting in Giordano’s slap shot at 15:41. It was the seventh goal of the season for the 2008 first-round pick acquired from Toronto at the start of the season.
Penguins 3, Ducks 2, SO
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored the tying goal during a power play in the third period and Brandon Sutter got the deciding goal in a six-round shootout.
Defenseman Deryk Engelland scored in the first period for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his league-leading 33rd victory, after the Penguins rallied twice from one-goal deficits in a showdown between the leaders of the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Corey Perry scored twice for the Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists, but the Ducks’ captain missed a chance to extend the shootout with a shot over the net — making him 0 for 6 this season in the tiebreaker.
Jonas Hiller had 15 saves, one of them on a breakaway by Sidney Crosby in the first minute of overtime.
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|Posted by HockeyFanLand on March 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Nathan MacKinnon has proved to the hockey world this season that he does have the makeup to be the next big NHL superstar. By all accounts, the Colorado Avalanche are getting full - value for the first overall pick they spent on MacKinnon that last summer's NHL Entry Draft.
On Friday night, against the Detroit Red Wings, MacKinnon was able to do something no other 18-year-old in NHL history has ever done before. MacKinnon tallied an assist with just 32 seconds remaining in overtime to help give the Avalanche to a win, making history in the process.
The rookie extended his point streak to 13 games. It is the longest such streak by a player of his age, breaking the record previously held by Wayne Gretzky, who had points in 12 straight games in 1979-80. During the streak, the native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, has five goals and 13 assists.
Move over Sidney Crosby, you are no longer the only famous hockey player from Cole Harbour. Nathan MacKinnon has impressed all season his 51 points, (22 goals and 29 assists), places him amongst the top 30 scorers in the NHL. Without a doubt, MacKinnon will win the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's rookie of the year.
“MacKinnon, in stereotypical hockey fashion, downplayed his record-breaking performance.
"It's pretty cool. I want to be as consistent as possible. He [Gretzky] probably doubled my point total in those games," MacKinnon said after the game.”
The Colorado Avalanche are extremely excited about the future with Nathan MacKinnon and for good reason, last season The Avalanche finished in 15th place in the Western Conference with 39 points. So far, on this campaign the team has collected 87 points good for fourth place in the West. If I were the owner of another NHL hockey club I would be scared if I was placed in a playoff matchup with the Colorado Avalanche and their confident youth.
Congratulations, Nathan MacKinnon for setting a new NHL record!
|Posted by HockeyFanLand on March 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
The New York Islanders shipped out veteran forward Thomas Vanek on March 5 as they sent him to the Montreal Canadiens on the NHL’s trade deadline day. In return, the Islanders received a prospect named Sebastian Collberg as well as a second-round draft choice. Vanek is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Islanders offered the 30-year-old native of Vienna, Austria a contract extension in February, but he turned it down. It’s believed that Vanek is anxious to test out the free agency waters once his current deal expires.
Vanek had only been with the Islanders since last October when he was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in return for forward Matt Moulson as well as a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a second-round pick. Moulson, who is also scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season, was also traded on deadline day as he was sent from Buffalo to the Minnesota Wild. Vanek has joined a playoff contender as the Canadiens are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division at 75 points.
Montreal trails the division-leading Boston Bruins by eight points and were in need of some additional scoring power. At the time of the trade Montreal was scoring just 2.48 goals per game, which ranked them 20th in the 30-team league. The Canadiens are also hoping that Vanek can help them out on the power play as theirs is ranked number 13 at 19.7 per cent. Vanek has played in 60 games this season and has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points. He was playing with center John Tavares and left winger Kyle Okposo in New York on one of the league’s top offensive lines.
However, the Islanders have struggled this season and appear to be out of the playoff race. They have 56 points from a 24-32-8 record and are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. The club lost Tavares for the season when he suffered a serious knee injury at the recent Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Once Vanek turned down the Islanders’ offer of a contract extension it was inevitable that he would be traded. Many Islanders fans are now up in arms since the club ultimately traded Moulson and two high draft choices and in return they received Collberg and a second rounder.
Vanek was originally drafted by the Sabres in the first round with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut with Buffalo in 2005 and enjoyed eight 20-goal seasons with them. His best was in 2006/07 when he scored 43 goals and added 41 assists for 84 points in 82 games. At the time of the trade to Montreal Vanek has played in 645 career regular-season games and had scored 271 goals and 271 assists for 541 points. He also has 15 goals and five assists for 20 points in 36 career playoff contests. The 20-year-old Collberg of Sweden is a right winger who was chosen 33rd overall by Montreal in the second round of the 2012 draft.
|Posted by Talk Hockey on March 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Quality, not quantity. That's what this year's NHL deadline has been. There haven't been a lot of trades, but several big name players have been dealt including, Roberto Luongo (yesterday), Martin St. Louis, and the latest: Marian Gaborik.
Gaborik has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will recieve forward Matt Frattin, a second round, and third round draft pick in return.
The deal will put Gaborik on his fourth team in the last five years: Minnesota, New York, Columbus, and now Los Angeles.
Gaborik has 688 points in 791 games over his NHL career.
According, to CapGeek the Columbus blue jackets will retain 50% of Gaborik's Salary.
Great, Short-term move for the Los Angeles Kings, Gabby is known to be a streaky goalscorer, Who can put The puck in the net with one shot. This is the type of player you want in the playoffs. A long-term fit concerns me though, because of health concerns...
I have followed Matt Frattin for this career, He is an Edmonton Alberta native which I have enjoyed watching since his days in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Reliable player that will fit well with Columbus.
|Posted by HockeyFanLand on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
The Washington Capitals attempted to solidify their goaltending situation on March 5 when they acquired netminder Jaroslav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres along with a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in return for defenseman Rostislav Klesla and goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Halak had only been with the Sabres for a few days as he was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on February 28 in a deal that saw goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott join the Blues. He didn’t play a game while in Buffalo for less than a week.
George McPhee, the general manager of the Capitals, said that Halak played well while he was in St. Louis and he also played well for the Canadiens during his stint in Montreal and he’s hoping he can keep it up in Washington. He added that Halak’s a good goalie who could help the Capitals earn a playoff spot this season. McPhee claimed that he had been hoping to upgrade his team’s goaltending and Halak fits that bill perfectly.
“We've been thinking about it this week. We looked at all opportunities and where we can upgrade on our team, and what's available and what's the price. The more we thought about this, the better it looked. And we were able to accomplish it. We didn't have to give up picks; we got a pick and in a real good draft.”
While McPhee is glad to have Halak join the team, he said the capitals still plan on using a two-goalie system for the remainder of the regular season. This means Braden Holtby will still get his share of starts over the club’s final 20 games. The 28-year-old Halak has a solid record this season after 40 games. He joins the Capitals with a record of 24-9-4 along with a goals-against average of 2.23 and a 91.7 save percentage. However, he’s also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Halak was chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL draft by the Canadiens and at the time of the trade had played in 260 career regular season games in the NHL. He has 139 wins to his name along with 26 shutouts for Montreal and St. Louis. The 25-year-old Neuvirth joins the Sabres with is 4-6-2 record on the season in 13 games to go along with his goals-against average of 2.82 GAA and a 91.4 save percentage. Washington selected him with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2006 draft. He’s played a total of 134 regular-season games and has a 59-41-13 record.
McPhee said Neuvirth should get more playing time with the Sabres and he dealt him because he wasn’t happy sharing the load with Holtby in Washington. However, he stated that the goalie didn’t ask to be traded. The GM feels Washington’s goaltending tandem is now stronger with Halak joining the club since he has more experience.
Buffalo also receives the 31-year-old Klesla, who was dealt to Washington a day earlier from the Phoenix Coyotes when Martin Erat was sent to Phoenix. The defenseman has played 25 games so far this season and has a goal and three assists. He was chosen fourth overall in the 2000 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Klesla has played 648 career games with Phoenix and Columbus and has 48 goals and 63 assists for 111 points.
|Posted by HockeyFanLand on March 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
The Detroit Red Wings added some depth at the forward position on March 5, which was the NHL’s trade deadline day as they made a trade for veteran center David Legwand of the Nashville Predators. The Red Wings gave up forward Patrick Eaves, a conditional third-round draft choice and prospect Calle Jarnkrok in exchange. The 33-year-old Legwand, who has played all 15 years of his NHL career with the Predators, is scheduled to become a free agent on July 1. He also waived his no-trade clause to join Detroit.
The Red Wings were looking for some help on the forward lines since they’re without several of their top players due to injuries. Team captain Henrik Zetterberg is sidelined because of back surgery, while Pavel Datsyuk is out with a knee injury and Stephen Weiss is out of action with a sports hernia. In addition, Daniel Cleary is also missing from the lineup with a knee problem and Darren Helm has an undisclosed injury.
Legwand was drafted with the second overall pick by the Predators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was tied for the club scoring lead at the time of the trade with 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points. Legwand has played in 956 regular season NHL games during his career and has registered 210 goals and 356 assists for 566 points. Eaves was in the last year of a three-year deal and had just two goals and three assists in 25 contests this season. Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has sat the right-winger out as a healthy scratch for the team’s last five outings.
The 29-year-old Eaves of Calgary, Alberta has played in 439 career NHL games and has racked up 74 goals and 72 assists for 146 points. He has been with the Red Wings for the last five seasons. Before joining Detroit he played with the Ottawa Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes. He also has six goals and seven assists in 67 playoff games. Eaves was chosen 29th overall in the first round of the draft by the Senators. The 22-year-old Jarnkrok was Detroit’s second-round selection and 51st overall pick at the 2010 draft. The native of Sweden has a year to go on his NHL entry-level contract.
Legwand’s services could be invaluable for Detroit as the club is trying to sew up a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They will be without the services of Datsyuk for the next three weeks as he’s attempting to recover from a leg injury. Datsyuk last played for the Red Wings back on Feb. 27. However, he then traveled to Sochi, Russia to play in his homeland at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He has 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 39 games with Detroit this season.
When the Red Wings acquired Legwand they were sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 28-21-12 of for 68 points and were trailing the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets by just one point.
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