The PHT Nightcap – Monday, March 22nd

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:

playoffs update: Sharks drowning in San Jose
– The Sharks keep
falling, and falling, and falling…

the Calgary Flames get ToskaLOL’d?
– A reporter wonders whether it
was a smart move to start Toskala over Kiprusoff.

Ovechkin: Alex was “always in motion”
– Ovi’s mum says that he was
always an active child, recklessly knocking the other children into the

succeeding minus Ilya Kovalchuk
– Atlanta actually has a better
record than New Jersey since the trade.

Carter out 3-to-4 weeks with fractured foot
– Flyers fans
everywhere spontaneously combust.

Wings play with fire, put playoff tickets on sale
– Detroit is
pretty certain they’ll make the playoffs, it seems.

Jose Sharks searching for answers
– ….and searching, and
searching, and searching…..

Ovechkin doesn’t plan on changing his ways
– Why should he? It’s
not like he’s getting suspended for illegal hits or anything…

to visit injured HS player in hospital
– Matt Brown is going
through a tough time; Bergeron will be spending some time with him in

proposes ‘band aid solution’ to head shot rule
– You didn’t expect
the players to just accept an off the cuff, arbitrary rule change, did

on the epic Leblond – Janssen fight
– How they kept swinging and
swinging is just amazing to me.

Turco era in Dallas coming to an end
– The Stars are riding Kari
Lehtonen for the remainder of the season. Seriously,

games: Something for everyone
– The big games are tomorrow night.

four cream of the crop for East and West
– I predict San Jose and
New Jersey don’t make it out of the first round.

back at Selanne’s 600 goal career
– Congratulations, sir.

Vote for the second Bertuzzday winner
– How the Oilers aren’t
winning is beyond me.

best and worst in special teams plus/minus
– This is some stat geek
nerdiness at it’s best.

the NHL’s best PP and PK units
– You mean percentage numbers isn’t
the only way?

seems OK after skate blade scare
– Could have been much, much

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    Niemi blanks Pens, notches two assists in Stars debut

    Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist

    DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both.

    Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist.

    Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. The Stars acquired Niemi and Janmark in trades earlier this year.

    Dallas scored on two of five power plays. Jamie Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer last season, had a power-play goal in the third period.

    Niemi made 37 saves to improve his career record against the Penguins to 5-1-1. He withstood a flurry in the final minute after Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater.

    Fleury had 21 saves.

    The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Pittsburgh, and have won three in a row overall.

    Janmark skated down the slot, took a pass from Hemsky and shot between Fleury’s legs at 1:39 of the first.

    The Penguins dominated the latter half of the period, but couldn’t score. Niemi’s best stop was a reaching glove save of Rod Scuderi’s drive from the blue line with less than 3 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh outshot the Stars 10-4 in the first.

    Hemsky scored at 5:42 of the second on Dallas’ first power play. His shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went in over Fleury’s right shoulder.

    The Penguins again had an advantage in shots, 13-11. Pittsburgh had chances in close, but Niemi turned those away. Midway through the second, John Klingberg cleared away a loose puck from in front of the net.

    Seven seconds into the Stars’ fourth power play of the third period, Jamie Benn tipped in Jason Spezza‘s shot from the right point.

    NOTES: Dallas acquired Janmark as part of a March trade that sent Erik Cole to Detroit. The rookie had been playing in the Swedish Hockey League. . San Jose traded Niemi’s rights to the Stars in June for a seventh-round draft pick. Also making their Dallas debuts were LW Patrick Sharp and D Johnny Oduya, teammates with Chicago’s Stanley Cup champions last season. . In his first game for the Penguins, Phil Kessel played in his 447th straight game. . Pittsburgh was 0 for 3 on the power play.

    Fabbri’s first spoils McDavid’s debut as Blues down Oilers

    Robby Fabbri, Justin Schultz
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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid‘s NHL debut.

    Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues near the midpoint of the second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton and Cam Talbot had 28 saves.

    McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, took 22 shifts, played 18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal. He had two shots on goal, and struggled on faceoffs – winning only three of 13.

    Fabbri, a 19-year-old forward — and McDavid’s childhood friend — was also playing in his first NHL game. The Blues’ first-round pick in 2014 was one of three rookies in the St. Louis lineup, joining defensemen Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson.

    Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a fluke power-play goal. He lost a face-off but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tried to clear the puck it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott. Nugent-Hopkins was credited with the unassisted power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in the period.

    Tarasenko tied it a 9:10 of the second after getting loose on a breakaway with a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Talbot through his legs.

    Tarasenko, who signed an eight-year, $60 million extension in the offseason, was the last Blues player to score in his debut.

    NOTES: McDavid and F Anton Slepyshev made their NHL debuts for the Oilers. … St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped the ceremonial first puck. … The attendance was announced as standing room-only 19,327.