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Pittsburgh Penguins With Five Unanswered Goals In Win Over Vegas Golden Knights
from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Golden Knights were worried about how they would start Monday against the Penguins in their first game in six days. The beginning wasn’t the problem for the slumping Knights, who jumped out to a three-goal advantage. It was their inability to sustain that level of play over the final 40 minutes that proved costly. Wobbled by a haymaker from Pittsburgh in the second period, the Knights buckled in the third and lost 5-3 to the red-hot Penguins in front of an announced crowd of 18,213 at T-Mobile Arena. “You never want to get waxed in your own building like that,” Knights captain Mark Stone said. “Three-nothing after the first period, you can’t walk away from the game with nothing. We have another two days off between here. A little soul-searching to do.”... “Every team in the league is going to blow a 3-0 lead at some point during the season. The key is, what do you learn from it?” coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s a very good team over there. Very resilient team with a lot of veteran, great players. It comes down to little details at key moments in the game, and they were better than us at some of those.” more Game highlights are below.
NHL Short Notes
* The Bruins will raise the No. 22 of Willie O’Ree to the rafters Tuesday, the 64th anniversary of when he became the first Black player in the NHL. The ceremony will be streamed live on NHL.com at this link. * Timo Meier made Sharks history Monday, becoming the first player to score five goals in a game with the franchise and the NHL’s fifth in the past 25 years. * Nathan MacKinnon reached the 600-point milestone as the Avalanche became just the fourth team in the past 35 years to win at least 14 consecutive home games. BRUINS SET TO HONOR WILLIE O’REE ON 64TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEBUT An Original Six franchise will add to its legendary list of retired numbers when the Bruins raise the No. 22 worn by hockey pioneer and Hockey Hall of Fame member Willie O’Ree to the rafters Tuesday. O’Ree, who will virtually attend the ceremony, made history on Jan. 18, 1958, when he suited up for Boston at the Montreal Forum to become the first Black player in the NHL. * The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill this week to award O’Ree the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest civilian honor bestowed in the United States. House passage of the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act is the final legislative step; once the bill passes, it will go to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign.
Video- “Timo’s Night”
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News, Timo Meier set multiple team records with his five-goal outburst Monday afternoon in the Sharks’ 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center. Meier became the first Sharks player to score five goals in a single game and his three first period goals, coming in 19:09, set another team record for the fastest hat trick from the start of a game. He then scored his fourth and fifth goals in the second period to stake the Sharks to a 6-1 lead. Meier’s first four goals came in 18:22 of actual game time, setting another Sharks individual record. The former record of four goals in 22:46 was set by Tomas Hertl on Oct. 8, 2013 against the New York Rangers in what was his third NHL game. “That’s now a long time ago,” Hertl said Monday. “Today was Timo’s night.” continued Meier's five goals are below in one video.
The Price For Marc-Andre Fleury
from Scott Powers of The Athletic, There’s an assumption by many around the league that the Blackhawks will move Fleury this season. They’ll have to get his blessing and abide by his 10-team no-trade clause, but many believe Fleury will finish the season elsewhere. If that’s true, the question becomes what could the Blackhawks get for Fleury. The common thought is probably a second-rounder because Fleury may be an insurance rental for someone down the stretch. But with the way Fleury has been playing lately, two league sources said Monday that they think the Blackhawks could get a first-round pick for him. It would have to be the right situation, but Fleury might just be an option for a team that believes it can make the playoffs and could use an upgrade in net. Fleury would have to be seen as the No. 1 coming in to warrant a first-round pick. In that scenario, it would also make sense for the Blackhawks to explore the market well before the trade deadline. The Blackhawks may also have to eat some of Fleury’s $7 million cap hit. But if a team is willing to exchange a first-round pick, something the Blackhawks probably will be without because of the Seth Jones trade, Blackhawks interim general manager Kyle Davidson would probably be fine with doing that. more ($$$)
Another Bad Day For The Montreal Canadiens
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, If there was any doubt the Canadiens are the worst team in the NHL, it was erased Monday when the Arizona Coyotes, the second-worst in the NHL, defeated the Canadiens 5-2 in a Martin Luther King Day matinée at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes scored the first two goals of the game and the Canadiens never came closer than a single goal as their winless streak extended to six games (0-4-2). The loss dropped Montreal’s record to 7-25-5 with a 2-15-4 record on the road. They are last in the Atlantic Division and last overall. Arizona is only a shade better with a 9-24-4 record, last in the Pacific DivisIon.... hortly before the puck drop, TSN reported that Price met with his doctors and he’s back to square one in his recovery from knee surgery. Price had surgery to repair a torn meniscus during the off-season. It’s a relatively minor procedure and there were hopes that he would be ready for the start of training camp. He was not only not ready but his rehab was set back when he entered the NHL players assistance program prior to the start of the season. He spent 30 days in the program to deal with substance use. He has made an occasional appearances on the ice over the past two months but he has been spotted in full goalie gear only twice. more
Today’s Win, A First And Extended Highlights
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, Here are five takeaways from the game: Larkin’s Career Season With 18 goals in 35 games, he’s on a pace to better his 2018-19 season when he tallied 32 goals in 76 games. Coming off last season’s neck injury, Larkin is playing with much more authority. He is using his speed more effectively. Larkin has continued to improve in the faceoff circle. In Monday’s afternoon game, Larkin won 78% of his draws against the Sabres. Larkin was a big reason why the Red Wings controlled the puck in overtime. “I’ve talked about it a lot this year, the ups and downs,” Larkin said. “I’ve really tried to focus on just staying in the middle and being there for the guys and winning hockey games. When you do that, you put the team first and have that mentality, it’s amazing what it does for you personally. I just try to show up every night and play hard. It’s going well right now.” Namestnikov Spark With the Red Wings trailing 2-0, Vladislav Namestnikov scored a shorthanded goal at 10:21 of third period to create the turning point of the game. read on from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, Over nearly a century of play, the accomplishments and achievements of this franchise have been many. But until Monday afternoon, the Red Wings had never beaten a team three times in overtime during the same NHL regular season. Detroit’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Buffalo was the fourth this season by the Red Wings over the Sabres. It was also the third that they’d worked extra time to earn. read on Below, watch extended highlights from today's game.
Video- #44 To The Rafters In St. Louis
via the St. Louis Blues, Chris Pronger's No. 44 became the eighth number retired to the rafters at Enterprise Center.
Videos- The Talk After A 3-2 OT Win In Buffalo
Dylan Larkin first, below are the highlights and coach Blashill. We hear from Dylan Larkin after he scores twice Monday afternoon, including the winner in OT. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/n5OlEGm9ns — Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) January 17, 2022
Quick Recap- Wings-Sabres
Let's fast forward 50 minutes into the game. With the Wings down 2-0, the get a shorty then three minutes later, Detroit tied the score 2-2. No more scoring in the third when means the teams went to overtime. Wings win it in OT, it was all Detroit in OT and the sealed the deal. Next game Friday with Dallas in town.
Monday Matinee Game
It's an unusual Monday matinee game. Also, it's MLK Day, a Holiday, so hopefully a few of you will have the day off, and be able to join in. After the win on Saturday the Wings seem to be feeling pretty good about themselves, but, should never get over confident. Anything can happen, and usually does. It's a Live Blog!
Stars Of The Week
NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2022) – Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 16.
The Edmonton Oilers Have Problems
from Travis Yost of TSN, Everyone in Edmonton wants answers. Such is life when you have the best player in the world, perhaps two of the five best players in the world, and just two wins since Dec. 1. The problems with the Oilers are multi-faceted. There is the now decade-long issue of the team’s depth players failing the top half of the roster. The goaltending, with all due respect from the yeoman work put in by 23-year-old Stuart Skinner, has been ineffective. The blueline the team spent crucial cap space on in the off-season isn’t any better. Connor McDavid is doing deer-in-headlights post-game interviews. It’s going badly. We knew the Oilers were top-heavy this season, and that their path to the playoffs could be boiled down to the star players going supernova while the rest of the roster managed to not get crushed in limited minutes. The team could ill afford new cracks to form. But a new crack has formed, this one on the penalty kill. continued
Hard Work Has Paid Off For Kyle Connor
from Nicholos J. Cotsonika of NHL.com, Connor's journey hasn't been a straight line, but it all goes back to that garage mentality: Work hard to make the most of your talent. Love it so much it doesn't feel like work. "He's always one of the hardest workers on the ice," said Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, who played with and against Connor growing up and trains with him in the offseason. "He's always giving it 100 percent, and it's no surprise. I wasn't really surprised when I [saw] him putting up 25, 30 goals a year. I think he's honestly pretty underrated throughout the League as a goal-scorer." When Connor was little, his family lived in New Baltimore, Michigan. He'd Rollerblade in the cul-de-sac and play hockey in the unfinished basement. Later, his family moved to a house on Blue Cloud Drive in Shelby Township, Michigan, perfect for a kid with his head in the clouds and a drive to play in the NHL. The lot was big enough for his father, Joe, to build a backyard rink, so he could come home from practice, turn on the lights and skate for hours outdoors. Sometimes he'd shoot on a cousin who played goalie. "He was always busy doing stuff," said his mother, Kathy. "He was not a kid that would sit around on a Saturday afternoon." His mother said he would shoot 100 pucks a day when he started working in the garage, breaking a window once, leaving marks on the concrete and cinderblocks. Joe Smaza, his coach then, said it was probably more like 500 pucks a day -- the first 100 as hard as possible to build strong hands, the next 100 to pick one upper corner, the next 100 to pick the other upper corner and so on, each shot with a purpose. "I honestly felt that helped a lot with just having a quick release and just muscle memory and being able to shoot the puck like that," Connor said. "It's something where it's fun as well." much more
From The Buffalo Side
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, The Sabres are 0-1-2 this year against Detroit, and a loss Monday would leave them winless against the Red Wings for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Buffalo had been 11-2-2 against Detroit the last four seasons. "I think that's the best possibility we could have, getting back at them right away," center Tage Thompson said. "We have a little unfinished business with them after the way we played the other night. Now's the perfect time to respond." "We need to be able to measure ourselves. We play a really good game in Nashville and we don't know how to replicate that," Granato said. "And that's the first thing you think of in your head, is that experience or not? When you have a chance to play the same opponent, you have the same gauge. They're not playing anybody in between. And so you know it's a true read." more on the Sabres...
NHL Short Notes
* Monday features five matinees as Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed across the United States. Chris Pronger, a Hockey Hall of Fame member and one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, will also have his No. 44 raised to the rafters at Enterprise Center. * Quinn Hughes collected his 30th point in his 37th contest of 2021-22 and required the fourth-fewest games by a Canucks defenseman to reach the mark in a season – the list is paced by Paul Reinhart. * Alex Ovechkin tied Leon Draisaitl for the most goals and points in the NHL this season. FIVE NHL MATINEES FEATURED ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY A total of 16 teams are in action as Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed in the United States, with the eight-game slate opening at 1 p.m. ET when the Sabres welcome the Red Wings to KeyBank Center.
Practicing In Detroit Before Heading To Buffalo
Same lines for #RedWings at practice today. No need to change after one of their best games of the season. At Buffalo tomorrow at 1 pm: Namestnikov-Larkin-Raymond Bertuzzi-Suter-Fabbri Erne-Rasmussen-Zadina Smith-Veleno-Gagner DeKeyser-Seider Staal-Hronek Leddy-Lindstrom Oesterle pic.twitter.com/hiCip9V0JR — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 16, 2022
Mid-January Hockey Notes
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Ken Holland says he believes in second chances. Maybe math wasn’t his best subject. In the still undetermined matter of the National Hockey League vs. Evander Kane, the latest version in an ongoing series, the signing of the troubled Kane by Holland in Edmonton, or by any other general manager in any other city for that matter, would not represent a second chance for the troubled winger. What chance would it be? Five? Six? Eight? Depends on who is doing the counting. There have been issues over the years with assault, with off-ice behaviour, with decision making, with the law, with team rules, with teammates, with women, those he was married to and those he was not, with gambling, with lawsuits, with bankruptcy, and that’s just slightly brushing the canvas of the challenge Kane brings to whichever team that chooses to sign him, all of that possibly coming after he is suspended again by the NHL/// - The best Canadian players in the NHL this half-season: 1. McDavid; 2. Cale Makar; 3. Jonathan Huberdeau; 4. Nazem Kadri. - Frank Mahovlich turned 84 the other day and it got me thinking: How many wingers in NHL history were better than Mahovlich, who won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs and still holds the Montreal Canadiens’ record for most points in a playoff season? My purely personal shortlist of those who rank ahead of Mahovlich: Gordie Howe. Rocket Richard. Bobby Hull. Alex Ovechkin. Jaromir Jagr. Guy Lafleur and Mike Bossy. So who am I missing? The next group would include Pavel Bure, Teemu Selanne and Jari Kurri. more on the first topic and other nottes too...
Any Offensive Help On The Way?
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, The Detroit Red Wings are 25th in goal scoring, 27th in shots on goal and 31st on the power play. In their past seven games, the Red Wings scored more than two goals only twice. They won only one of those games. This is an offensively challenged rebuilding team. This seems like the right time for an update on some of Detroit’s forward prospects. ... 1. Jonathan Berggren, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) The Red Wings’ collection of defensive prospects is stronger than their list of quality forwards. However, Red Wings remain bullish on Swedish forward Berggren. He got off to a poor start after becoming injured in the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City. Berggren never got a chance to show what he could do in training camp. He started slowly in the American Hockey League, but after the second-round pick adjusted to the North American game the points started to come. Berggren isn’t dominating yet, but he has seven goals and 21 points in 27 games.... 2. Elmer Soderblom, Frolunda (Sweden) The 6-foot-8 Soderblom has gone from a curiosity to an intriguing prospect. It’s fair to say the Red Wings aren’t sure exactly what they have in Soderblom. But excitement is growing about his potential. He could end up being the net front presence that the Red Wings hoped 6-foot-6 Michael Rasmussen would be. Soderbloom has some sweet hands and moves. Two years ago, he showed them at the World Junior Championships by scoring a couple of goals between his legs. As the season has worn on, Soderblom, 20, in his second season in Sweden’s pro league, has continued to improve. He has 10 goals and five assists in 30 games. more on each of the above plus three more names...
NHL Short Notes
* The Panthers and Wild each scored seven goals for the third time this season en route to wins on home ice. Only the Avalanche (7), who extended a trio of streaks Friday, have more seven-goal performances in 2021-22. * Saturday is lining up to be the busiest day so far in 2022, with 13 games scheduled over 13 hours, beginning with two contests at 1 p.m. ET and featuring a Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader.
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