The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, March 16

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand
it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the
day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting
Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

of the Night: Marty Brodeur!
– Brodeur with a textbook pass up the
ice, and David Clarkson scores. Great play.

of the Night: Steve Mason
– Mason has had a pretty disappointing
season, but he had one heck of save here.

Hejda likely out the rest of the season
– The Blue Jackets haven’t
had the best overall season, and now their best defenseman could be gone
for the year.

one wants to face Detroit in the first round
– The Red Wings may
not be the most dominant team like they’ve been in the past, but I doubt
there are many teams looking to face them once the playoffs start.

comes out of nowhere…again
– Lee Stempniak actually played well
enough to earn NHL star of the week honors. Imagine that.

Cooke wins the first-ever Bertuzzday award!
– It wasn’t much of a
contest, as Cooke was deemed the most despicable player of last week.

Ducks have reason for optimism
– The Ducks’ season may be over, but
here are some reasons to keep the chin up as the season comes to an

player Matt Fratin suspended one game
– Not even the WCHA is immune
to dirty hits and controversial punishments.

Ovechkin’s ‘apology’
– Ovechkin apologizes, sort of.

for the next Betuzzday winner
– Matt Cooke, meet Alex Ovechkin.

Downie fined $1,000 for Crosby slew-foot
– I don’t think I will
ever understand the NHL’s punishment policy.

go for new look to bust out of slump
– It didn’t help, in case you
were wondering.

Cheechoo: Searching for a new start
– Four years ago he had 56
goals. Now he’s in the AHL.

Miller deserves MVP recognition
– Forget Alex Ovechkin — although
he’s been great — my vote is for Miller.

turns to AHL goaltender for help?
– With Huet down with the flu,
the Blackhawks recalled Corey Crawford. Maybe he can provide some hope.

dorm rooms to the NHL
– Casey Wellman was a in college yesterday;
now he’s an NHL player.

Leighton leaves game with ankle sprain
– Every Flyers can has to be
nervous as heck right now.

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    After lopsided loss, Julien says it’s ‘not about the young D’

    Claude Julien

    The Boston Bruins’ young, makeshift defense failed to come through Thursday night as the B’s were thumped, 6-2, on home ice by the Winnipeg Jets.

    Without injured veterans Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the defensive pairings were as follows:

    Torey KrugAdam McQuaid
    Joe MorrowKevan Miller
    Matt IrwinZach Trotman

    And let’s just say, turnovers were a factor:

    That was Irwin getting checked off the puck there.

    “I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage,” he explained afterwards, per CSN New England. “He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. I take full blame for that one.”

    But head coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to blame inexperience for the poor outing.

    “It’s not about youth. It’s not about the young D,” said Julien. “It’s about our game without the puck. I think we might have gotten a little excited here about our offense and forgot about the other part of our game.”

    And to be fair, even Boston’s more accomplished d-men had their challenging moments.

    Here’s Krug failing to get position on Nicolas Petan in front of the Bruins’ net:

    All in all, it was a tough night.

    “We’ll correct those [mistakes] tomorrow in practice,” said Irwin. “We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on and get better every day.”

    The Bruins host their rivals from Montreal on Saturday.

    Greene named 11th captain in Devils history

    Dion Phaneuf; Andy Greene
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    Andy Greene has been named Bryce Salvador’s successor as New Jersey’s team captain.

    Greene, an undrafted free agent that’s spent his entire nine-year career with the Devils organization, becomes the 11th captain in the franchise’s history and third American to wear the “C” (Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were the others).

    A former standout at Miami of Ohio, Greene — who served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons — has developed into a steady, durable blueliner that hasn’t missed a game in three years. He’s also locked into the Devils long term, having signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the club last summer.

    That deal kicks in this season, and runs through 2020.

    As for the rest of the leadership group, four players will serve as alternate captains this season: Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, and Adam Henrique.

    Elias and Zajac both wore an “A” in New Jersey last year, while Cammalleri and Henrique are first-timers.