The New York Rangers were the hungrier and more desperate team than the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period, out-shooting their division rivals 15-3, but it didn’t matter. Brian Boucher showed why he is one of the league’s most reliable backups, making 37 out of 39 saves to help Philly win an intense game against the struggling Rangers. This marks Boucher’s 15th win of the 2010-11 season.
Boucher’s performance should make his team proud, but the biggest source of pride should come from the team’s discipline, as the Flyers didn’t take a single penalty in the game. That’s obviously a rare feat for a team known as “The Broadstreet Bullies.”
Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux contributed one-goal, one-assist games while Braydon Coburn and Scott Hartnell had two assists for Philadelphia. Kris Versteeg scored the empty netter to ice the game for his new team. Meanwhile, Wojtek Wolski and Derek Stepan scored a goal each while Henrik Lundqvist took the loss (20 out of 23 saves) for the Rangers.
The Flyers now have a seven-point lead over the Penguins for the lead in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. (Pittsburgh is about to play the Blackhawks in Chicago on NBC.) This is a tough loss for the Rangers, who now only hold a six-point lead over the ninth-place Buffalo Sabres and 10th-place Atlanta Thrashers.
‘John leaves a lasting mark’: NHL announces Collins’ departure as COO
One of the driving forces behind the NHL’s growth over the last decade is moving on.
John Collins, who’s served as the league’s chief operating officer for the last seven years, will be leaving his post to embark on a new business opportunity.
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Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.
“John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”
Said Collins, “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years. He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be.
“The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.”
Collins, 53, was regarded as one of main presences behind a number of the NHL’s most successful initiatives, including the Winter Classic and Stadium Series, the HBO 24/7 collaboration, the relaunched World Cup of Hockey, Canadian and American television deals and partnerships with companies like SAP, Adidas, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and GoPro.
During Collins’ tenure, the NHL was twice named “Sports League of the Year” by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily — once in 2011, and again in 2014.
Columbus will have some reinforcements up front when it takes on the Devils tomorrow in New Jersey.
Brandon Dubinsky, who’s missed the last six games with an elbow injury, and Alexander Wennberg — who’s also missed the last six games, but with a foot ailment — have both been activated from injured reserve, and should be available for selection on Wednesday.
The Winter Classic Alumni Game is back this year, scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Gillette Stadium between former members of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.
Today, the NHL announced the rosters and coaching staffs.
Famous ex-Habs that will take to the outdoor ice include Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Mats Naslund. Behind the bench will be Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur, among others.
The home side will counter with Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and “Nifty” Rick Middleton, while Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, and Derek Sanderson will be among the coaches. (Quite a trio of personalities right there.)