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."


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NHL NEWS

NHL NEWS
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is expected to lead Team Sweden in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey 10 years after leading Sweden to a gold medal in the 2006 Olympics. Lundqvist was one of two goalies and 16 players named to Team Swedens initial roster Wednesday. Sweden held its North American-based press conference at MSG Training center, the Rangers' practice facility. Lundqbist also helped Sweden win the silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada in the gold medal game. Eleven other players form Sweden's 2014 Olympic team joined Lundqvist on the initial World Cup roster announced Wednesday. Four of the players named also played with lundqvist at the 2006 Olympics. Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, along with Detroit red wings defense man Niklas Kronwall and forward Henrik Zetterberg, join Lundqvist from the Olympic gold and silver medal winners on swedens world cup roster. Zetterberg was Swedens captain in Sochi but was limited to one game because a back injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament. Forwards Nicklas Backstrom (Washington capitals) Loui Eriksson from the bruins gabriel landeskog from the abalanche and alexander steenfrom the blues and Erik Karlsson from the senators and Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Hawks and oliver Ekman larsson from the coyotes are back from the 2014 Olympics