Boston College beats Northeastern 7-6 in overtime to win 59th annual Beanpot Tournament

It’s an annual Boston tradition in college hockey and this year the fans saw yet another thrilling game and yet another Boston College victory in the Beanpot Tournament. BC took home the local bragging rights with a thrilling 7-6 overtime victory over Northeastern University when Boston native Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winner six minutes into the extra session.

New York Rangers prospect and Team USA World Junior Championship team member Chris Kreider earned the tournament’s MVP award after scoring two goals and adding an assist in the title game and leading the Eagles to their 16th Beanpot championship. BC has won three of the last four Beanpot titles with each win coming in a one-goal game. Last year they defeated Boston University 4-3 and three years ago they beat Harvard in overtime to win the Boston-area title.

Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings was a hard-luck loser in the game as he made 39 saves to keep Northeastern in the game as best he could while the number one in the nation Eagles pressured him all night long. Boston College goalie John Muse made just 21 saves in the win. Given how wild this game turned out to be, it was tied six different times and saw ultimately seven lead changes, the goalies roles in this were manic both in positive and negative ways.

Boston College coming out on top while not surprising is still stunning to see happen again as they’re a team that just shows no quit from year to year in their game regardless of who suits up for coach Jerry York’s team. For Northeastern the loss is tough as they haven’t won a Beanpot title since 1988. The last time that neither Boston University nor Boston College won the Beanpot came in 1993 when Harvard took the title home.

Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning

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Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

Lightning’s first fight this season: Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo

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Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.

Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.

It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.

Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.

Oilers GM doesn’t want to force a trade for the sake of a trade

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It must be a helpless feeling to sit idly by while your team continues to flail, but such emotions are what opposing GMs love to prey on.

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t been around through much of the suffering for this hapless franchise, yet that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the calls for improvement. To his credit, he’s not buckling under that pressure.

You can see and hear his full comments below:

If you don’t feel like playing the video, the message is simple enough.

Chiarelli isn’t happy with Edmonton’s record – he hasn’t “seen progression” in ways that he was expecting, but again … he doesn’t want to force moves.

Long story short, he can “sleep at night,” even if he’s disappointed.

Is he right to take a relaxed approach, though? Maybe it’s time to blow up a part of what isn’t working? Have some fun armchair GM’ing on this one.

Slump busters: Simmonds, Couturier end long scoring droughts in win over Rangers


It’s been a good few days to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, as their team delivered not once, but twice during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Flyers picked up a 3-2 OT win over the Predators on Friday before shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Saturday.

It was a good afternoon for three players in particular.

Both Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier ended long scoring slumps.

Simmonds’ two goals were his first in seven games, while Couturier scored for the first time in his last 13 contests.

Goaltender Steve Mason also had a solid outing against the Rangers.

The 27-year-old turned aside all 24 shots he faced including this great save on Dominic Moore:

The Flyers lost defenseman Nick Schultz to an upper-body injury in the first period after he took a big hit from Dylan McIlrath.

Luke Schenn defended his fallen teammate by dropping the gloves with McIlrath, which didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

The Rangers are now on a season-high three-game losing streak. Their lack of effort has to be concerning for their head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers 30-14 over the final 40 minutes.