- Atlanta Thashers GM
Don Waddel on distinguishing between legal and illegal hits:
Waddell: First, body checking is such a big part of the NHL and
it’ll continue to be. We need it to be a big part of the game but there
are a few incidents, every so often, that we don’t like. We have to be
careful with bringing in rules that prevent players from doing their
job of banging bodies. Over the next few days here we’ll talk more
about it and maybe come up with some kind of resolution.
Nichol is practicing — sort of — with the Sharks as he tries to
return from the shoulder injury he suffered from Maxim Lapierre’s hit
“It’s about the strength coming back and the pain going
away. It hasn’t been a week yet and it’s much better than I would have
- Ryan Jones is out four weeks and now we learn that Denis Grebeshkov
is out for 1-2 weeks himself. The players that Oilers and Predators
“swapped” have not had that good of luck with their new teams.
The Preds have lost defenseman Denis Grebeshkov for one
to two weeks with a lower-body injury. He apparently suffered the
injury fairly early in Sunday’s loss to Vancouver, but played
through it for a while.
- Jonas Hiller on putting the puck in the net himself, when he stood
up and the puck fell over the goal line. The play was never blown dead,
and the puck was sitting on Hiller’s pads.
“I thought the puck was slipping,” said Hiller, who made 40 saves in
regulation and overtime. “He was shooting five-hole and I couldn’t find
the puck. I thought it was still slipping through so I tried to put my
skate back so it won’t go in.
“As I saw on the video afterward, it was on my pad and I put it in
myself I guess. I don’t even know exactly what the rule is on that. It’s
a tough one.”
Player Of The Night: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have at least started to show some signs of life in recent games. They were shutout on Sunday night in Toronto, but sandwiched around that game were a convincing 6-2 win in Montreal and then a thoroughly dominating 7-2 win in Columbus on Tuesday night that left Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella completely speechless.
Leading the way for the Oilers was captain Connor McDavid as he went off with a four-point night.
The four points are a season high for him and the fifth time this season he has recorded at least three points.
That performance gives him 39 points in 31 games on the season and currently has him third in the NHL scoring race, three points behind Tampa Bay Lightning teammates Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.
Marc-Andre Fleury Probably Deserved Better In His Return To The Lineup
Marc-Andre Fleury made is return to the Vegas Golden Knights net and looked great, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Unfortunately that was not enough to get Vegas a win as they fell in a shootout to the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2.
One of those two shots in regulation that beat him? It was this.
That is unfortunate.
Still, that is another point for Vegas as they continue their push for a playoff spot in the Western Conference during their inaugural season in the NHL.
Highlight Of The Night
The Philadelphia Flyers were 4-2 winners over the Toronto Maple Leafs and have now, suddenly, won four games in a row following a 10-game losing streak.
They picked up the winner on Tuesday thanks to this goal that featured a crazy between-the-legs pass.
Highlight Of The Night Part Two
Now let us take a look at Johnny Gaudreau from the Calgary Flames. This came in a losing effort in the shootout but this is still a slick move. Maybe illegal? Either way, it counted.
Factoid(s) Of The Night
— By stopping all 32 shots he faced against the St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up his 20th win of the season. He is just the sixth goalie in NHL history to win at least 20 games within his first 25 starts of a season. [NHL Public Relations]
— Matt Cullen scored his 250th career goal in the Minnesota Wild’s 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames, making him the 29th American-born player in NHL history to reach that mark. [Minnesota Wild PR]
— Carolina Hurricanes goalies Cam Ward recorded his 300th career win on Tuesday night in their 3-2 shootout win over the Vegas Golden Knights. He is the fifth active goaltender to reach that mark. [NHL Public Relations]
Buffalo Sabres 3, Ottawa Senators 2
New Jersey Devils 5, Los Angeles Kings 1
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Washington Capitals 5, Colorado Avalanche 2
Edmonton Oilers 7, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, St. Louis Blues 0
Minnesota Wild 2, Calgary Flames 1
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Florida Panthers 2
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2
Tuesday’s game in St. Louis was a showdown featuring the top two teams in the NHL.
In the end it was the Lightning picking up the 3-0 win to extend their current winning streak to five games and to reclaim sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the NHL.
Their win improves them to 22-6-2 on the season and puts them two points ahead of the Blues despite having played two fewer games.
It was another impressive showing for Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been one of the underrated stars of this year’s Lightning team. Most of the attention has been directed to forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (and deservedly so!) but let’s not lose sight of the fact that Vasilevskiy, in his first full season as the Lighting’s full-time starter, has been one of the best goalies in the league so far.
Tuesday’s game was his third shutout of the season, and after his 32-save performance against the Blues his .933 save percentage is among the best in the NHL, while his 20 wins (in only 25 starts) are tops in the league. Nobody else in the league has more than 17.
While Vasilevskiy was shining in net again, Kucherov scored his 21st goal of the season to move back into a tie with Alex Ovechkin for the top spot in the league. It was also his 42nd point which moved him into a tie with Stamkos for the league lead.
Since being hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella has seemed to be a kinder, gentler coach.
The blow ups and battles with the media don’t seem to happen as much. We don’t get as many rants.
He just does not seem as angry all the time.
Losing 7-2 at home to the Edmonton Oilers, however, might change a few things.
That it was happened to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night and Tortorella was in no mood to answer question about the game.
His press conference consisted of him stepping to the podium, saying there is no point in answering questions about the game, then leaving.
Here it is in all of its glory.
The only question we have: Is this shorter than the night he said the New York Rangers “sucked from head to toe?”
(Oddly enough, that game was also against the Edmonton Oilers).
That press conference lasted, roughly, 14 seconds from the time he started talking until the time he walked away (and also included the line “I know you have a job to do”).
Tonight’s comes in at just around 12 seconds. So we might have a record for the shortest John Tortorella press conference of all time.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski has died at age 49, according to the Calgary Flames. No cause of death was given.
Zalapski, a native of Edmonton, played 637 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Montreal and Philadelphia from 1987 to 2000.
He was with the Flames from 1993 to 1998.
“We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey, made Calgary his home following his playing career, represented our alumni executive and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family,” Flames president and chief executive officer Ken King said Tuesday in a statement.
“This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family.”
Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
He had 99 goals, 285 assists and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. Zalapski was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1993.
Zalapski played stints in Austria and Switzerland after his NHL career and appeared in 11 games for the United Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings in 2004-05.
He was the fourth overall pick by the Penguins in the 1986 entry draft.