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
the
Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHLPA
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
you?

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

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

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

Top
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.

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

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

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

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

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

Scroll Down For:

    Sharks swarm in the third period, take down Predators in Game 1

    1 Comment

    For two periods, the San Jose Sharks couldn’t solve Pekka Rinne.

    Maybe it was because of that black cat that found its way on to the ice prior to the start of Friday’s game, or the video review that didn’t go in San Jose’s favor in the opening period.

    But that all changed in the final period. It started with Tomas Hertl on the power play finding room just under the glove of Rinne to get San Jose on the board. Joel Ward followed that up with a gorgeous deke, tucking the puck in behind Rinne just as he started to go behind the net, as San Jose was able to take advantage of a defensive breakdown.

    Logan Couture added the eventual winner. Within the span of 13 minutes, the Sharks had completely taken over, cashing in on two Nashville penalties and a defensive lapse.

    When the onslaught was over, the Sharks skated off with a 5-2 win in Game 1 of this second-round series with the Predators, who only wrapped up a seven-game series win over Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Ryan Johansen made it interesting, cutting into San Jose’s lead with under two minutes remaining, but any further comeback attempt was quickly halted by a pair of empty net goals from the Sharks.

    The game ended with a dust-up along the boards, before cooler heads did prevail.

    Another North Dakota junior goes pro as Blackhawks sign Luke Johnson

    Quinnipiac forward Tommy Schutt, left, moves the puck as North Dakota forward Luke Johnson, middle, checks Quinnipiac forward Travis St. Denis during the first period of an NCAA college hockey tournament game Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fargo, N.D. North Dakota won 4-1. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)
    AP Photo
    Leave a comment

    Another day, another University of North Dakota player deciding to enter the professional hockey ranks.

    This time, it was 21-year-old forward Luke Johnson who turned pro following his junior year, as he signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

    In 43 games with the NCAA champs this season, Johnson scored 11 goals and 21 points, just shy of his college career high of 24 points set the previous year.

    Johnson will forgo his senior year at North Dakota, making him the fourth member of that program’s junior class to turn pro since the end of the season. Keaton Thompson signed with the Anaheim Ducks, Troy Stecher inked with the Vancouver Canucks and Paul LaDue signed with the L.A. Kings.

    Senior forward Drake Caggiula, now a free agent, has reportedly narrowed down his list of NHL suitors to six teams.

    Brock Boeser, Vancouver’s 2015 first-round pick and coming off an impressive freshman year, will return to North Dakota for his sophomore year, as per Canucks general manager Jim Benning earlier this month.

    Video: Black cat hits the ice before Sharks-Predators Game 1

    4 Comments

    Perhaps it’s an ominous sign of bad luck to come, but for which team?

    Prior to puck drop between the host San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators in Game 1 on Friday, a black cat hit the ice at SAP Center, taking a nervous stroll along the boards.

    Not sure exactly where it came from, although it’s possible someone was feeling extra superstitious before the start of this series.

    Official update on the really important story of the evening:

    Speed, skill help Stars score late victory to take series lead over Blues

    1 Comment

    The Dallas Stars scored a late winner, held on in the final minute and eventually struck first in their best-of-seven second-round series with the St. Louis Blues.

    Once again, it was the speed and skill of the Stars that proved to be the difference in the end. Radek Faksa scored with less than five minutes remaining in the third period, breaking the deadlock and giving Dallas a 2-1 victory and 1-0 series lead over their Central Division foes on Friday.

    As he entered the zone on the rush, Faksa dished off to a flying Ales Hemsky, who was denied by Brian Elliott in alone. But Faksa followed up, jamming in the rebound to give the Stars the lead, as both St. Louis defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo were caught by the speed of the Dallas forwards on the rush.

    The Stars held on from there, as the Blues made a late push to tie the game.

    Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 32 shots for Dallas, while Elliott was busy throughout the night, stopping 40 of 42 shots.

    Elliott was furious after the Stars opened the scoring in the second period, as Antoine Roussel tallied on a rebound after yet another nice Dallas passing play in the offensive zone.

    Stars forward Patrick Eaves left the game early in the third period and didn’t play another shift after being hit in the lower part of his leg with the puck from a point shot.