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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    The Jimmy Vesey show leads Rangers over Capitals

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Jimmy Vesey #26 of the New York Rangers waits for the faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on October 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had the big highlight early in the game on Saturday night, but it was New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey that ended up stealing the show.

    Vesey scored a pair of goals for the Rangers — the first multi-goal game of his career —  to help lead his team to a 4-2 win in Washington.

    Even though he had never played a game in the NHL before this season, Vesey was still one of the most sought after free agents this summer after he completed his college career at Harvard. He eventually signed an entry level deal with the Rangers, and given how much attention his free agency saga generated it seemed hard to believe that he could ever match the hype. Especially given the track record of players signed as free agents coming out of college (it’s not a great one).

    It’s obviously still very early in his career, but so far Vesey has not disappointed in New York.

    Saturday was by far his best performance of the season, scoring both of his goals just three minutes apart in the second period. The first goal tied the game at two to help erase a two-goal deficit, and then his second goal proved to be the game winner.

    It was also a heck of a play.

    Rick Nash would add an empty net goal late in the third period to put the game away for the Rangers while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced.

    For Washington, the loss is its first regulation loss of the season and snaps what had been a three-game winning streak.

    Video: Marc Staal was no match for Alex Ovechkin on this goal

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on against New York Islanders during the second period at Verizon Center on October 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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    After being held without a point in his first two games of the season, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has now scored a goal in three consecutive games.

    That includes his goal on Saturday night in the first period against the New York Rangers.

    It’s one that will probably make the personal highlight reel for Ovechkin, but it certainly won’t make the highlight reel for Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.

    To say that this head-to-head matchup turned out to be a mismatch would be … well … a bit of an understatement.

    As Ovechkin crossed the blue line into the Rangers zone he started to toe-drag around Staal, only to stop midway through and just rip it from outside the circle, using Staal as a screen and beating Henrik Lundqvist for the goal.

    It is probably not a good sign when the defenseman has his back to the shooter when the puck is released.

    That goal gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead.

    Red Wings’ Abdelkader out with lower body injury

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 15: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Red Wings 4-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    The Detroit Red Wings will be without veteran forward Justin Abdelkader on Saturday night when they host the San Jose Sharks.

    The official word from the team is that he is sidelined with a lower body injury.

    He will be replaced in the lineup by Andreas Athanasiou. Athanasiou has appeared in three games this season and yet to record a point.

    He was not only in the lineup on Friday in the Red Wings in their 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators, but also scored his first goal of the season and played a season-high 17:55.

    After scoring 19 goals and recording 23 assists in 82 games in 2015-16 the Red Wings signed a seven-year $29.7 million contract extension.

    According to general manager Ken Holland (via Helene St. James) he is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

    Former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers hospitalized

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    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers has been hospitalized.

    Demer’s director of parliamentary affairs confirmed Saturday that the 72-year-old Demers, a Canadian senator, had been admitted to a Montreal hospital, but couldn’t immediately provide any details.

    Demers had a stroke in April. He was at the Canadiens’ home opener Tuesday night, smiling in a wheelchair while handing a torch to captain Max Pacioretty to close out a pregame ceremony.

    Demers led the Canadiens to their last Stanley Cup in 1993. He also coached Quebec, Detroit, St. Louis and Tampa Bay in the NHL, and Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Quebec in the WHA.