Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NHL NEWS

NHL NEWS
Bob Hartley was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The flames finished fifth in the Pacific Division this season, 10 points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. "I want to thank Bob.  Bob did some very good things here," Flames GM Brad Trevliving said. "He built a foundation in this organization. And apart from all else, he put his heart and soul into this team every day. He bled for this team. And Bob is a good coach, so i want to thank him. It's a difficult day to get through this." Hartley won the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach last season after leading the Flames to their first playoff appearance since 2009. They won a playoff series for the first time since 2004.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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NHL NEWS
This is kind of personal to me. The team that is my favorite, the Chicago Blackhawks, lost in game 7 of the series against the blues. They were in game 7 which is an extremely close series. The series was close all the way to the end. The announcers said 91% of the time the games were either tied or a 1 goal difference. So they lost the first game won the next then they lost the next three games and then won the next two and then lost the last one. That was awful but they had an amazing series. They had an amazing season. I cant believe that they lost honestly i thought that it was gonna be like the Detroit series when they won in game seven. I wish that they would've won but it is what it is. I hope that next season will be better. I know it will. I think that they will win the cup next year.

Friday, April 22, 2016

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NHL NEWS
I would really hate to be an NHL goaltender in the playoffs. You think Hernrik Lundqvist slept well last night? One of the most renowned goalies in the league saved one of the worst performances of his career for the worst possible night. Good luck getting a rangers fan to recall 10 times Lundqcist got pulled over his career. Now try getting them to recall the last time happened in a playoff game. One bad game on the wrong night and his teams playoff chances are probable shot. And how about the two goaltenders who battled into multiple overtimes? Corey Crawford made over 40 saves for Chicago. Brian Elliot saved into the high 30's. And both were making plenty of saves in overtime. And yet, this was the sentiment. Counterpoint: once you get to overtime in the playoffs, no save is routing. Its a battle against nerves and the little bit of panic that will set in once you make even the slightest mistake. Sure, it looked like Crawford and Elliott were simply maintaining the correct posture and fundamentals. But they were doing that on the biggest stage in sports. So, uh, not routine. But that's the life of a goaltender. You're expected to do your job with often mild laudation, and once you don't do it the playoffs magnifying glass peers in even closer. They don't get no respect.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NHL NEWS

NHL NEWS
The New York Rangers were left picking up the pieces following their 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday after they lost their most important player for the game, and perhaps longer. The Rangers don't yet know the status of goalie Henrik Lundqvist for game 2 on Saturday. Lundqvist left game 1 after the first period with an apparent right eye injury and coach Alain Vigneault said he would be reevaluated Thursday. "You just have to learn to deal with it," defense man Marc Staal said. Antti Raanta, who made 16 saves on 19 shots in relief, said he saw Ludqvist after the game, but they didn't talk. Maybe the two days off between games will be enough for Lundqvist to recover in time to return to the series having only missed two periods. But maybe not. And that's the fear the Rangers have now that they are already in a 1-0 hole in the best of 7 series against the Penguins, who didn't even have their best 2 goalies in net in game 1. Jeff Zatkoff made 35 saves in his first career Stanley cup playoff start and No. 1 Goalie Marc Andre Fleury was unable to play after missing the last five games of the regular season, and No.2 goalie Matt Murray is a day-to-day. The news on Zatkoff is where the Rangers emotional roller coaster ride began Wednesday. New York went into Game 1 preparing to face Fleury. Their focus was on the Penguins No.1 goalie because he practiced Monday and Tuesday and was a full participant in the morning skate Wednesday.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

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NHL NEWS
Alex Kovalev, a 19 year NHL veteran who has been out of the league since 2013, wants to make a comeback. He told Jounal de Montreal, "I'd come back right away. If Jaromir Jagr can do it, so can I." Kovalev, who will turn 43 next month, scored 430 goals and had 1,029 points in 1.316 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa senators, and Florida Panthers. His best season was in 2000-01, when he had career highs of 44 goals and 95 points with penguins. As a rookie, he was a member of the Rangers' Stanley Cup champion team in1994. In a pro Hockey Talk report, Kovalev said he was in "exceptional" shape, the result of martial arts workouts five times a week, and said he "would only need a few days of training" to be able to play in an NHL game. Kovalev has not played professional hockey since 2013-14. He had 22 goals and 52 points in 44 games with Vip in the Swiss B league. He said he would not reach out to teams asking for a shot to play. If a team contacted him, he would say yes. This is basically one of the fallen greats who needs another shot to play in the NHL but is too proud to ask for a handout.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

NHL NEWS

NHL NEWS
The Washington Capitals clinched the top seed in the eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win against the Ottawa senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday. Mike Richards, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals (52-15-5), who also won the Metropolitan Division and ended a three-game losing streak on the road. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 28 saves for his 44th win of the season. He needs four more victories to tie Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a season (48). Brodeur set the record with the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07. The Capitals, coming off a 6-2 loss against the Pittsburg Penguins on Sunday, avoided losing back to back games in regulation for the first time this season. Chris Wideman and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators (34-32-8) and Craig Anderson mad 18 saves. Although they won and locked down the top seed, the Capitals weren't happy with letting their 3-0 lead slip away. "That's what won us the game, really getting the lead, because we weren't the better team tonight and that was pretty evident," Holtby said. "We got some goals early and that's kind of the opposite of what we've been doing lately with a good start and then tailed off the rest of the game. The Capitals started with a 33-7-3 record and are 19-8-2 since Jan. 14.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

NHL NEWS

 NHL NEWS
Colorado Avalanche coach Pratirck Roy met with Mikkel Boedker on Wednesday morning to try and spark some offensive confidence in his new forward. It paid off quickly against the Vancouver Canucks. Boedker scored twice and Colorado regained the second wild card into the Stanley cup playoffs from the Western Conference with a 3-1 victory against the Canucks at Rogers Arena. "Keep playing, just be a little more confident and keep going to the net and good things are going to happen. " Boedker said when asked about Roy's message. "It worked out pretty well." Boedkers second goal broke a 1-1 tie 37 seconds into the third period. Andreas Martinsen scored less than five minutes later for the Avalanche (36-31-4), who moved one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild. Colorado has 11 games left in the regular season; Minnesota has 12. "we need to play all of them like they are our last game," said goaltender Semyon Varlmov, who made 28 saves for Colorado. "I feel like playoffs start for us right now."