at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2011 in New York City.
Players of the Night:
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins, Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils and Curtis McElhinney, Toronto Maple Leafs: Where do we begin on the night of the shutout? Rask didn’t have a particularly busy night making 23 saves, but when you’re facing names like Kucherov and Stamkos, it’s always dangerous. Still, Rask kept rolling along. He is 27-3-2 in his past 32 starts. That’s just silly. … Kinkaid, meanwhile stopped 38 — including 19 in the first period — in a 3-0 win against the Kings for his fourth career shutout. … No Frederik Andersen for Toronto? No problem. McElhinney stepped in and pitched a 33-save performance as the Leafs down the Montreal Canadiens 4-0.
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild: While he didn’t get a shutout, Dubnyk did stop 30 of 31 en route to his 200th career NHL win. The win was also important for the Wild, who moved to within five points of the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the Central Division, and moved five points ahead of the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche for third place.
Highlights of the Night:
First-goal celebrations are always the best:
Voracek with a slick move in front:
Save of the year candidate:
Factoids of the Night:
Home is where the wins are:
A legend passes a legend:
Believe in McJesus:
Scary Scenes of the Night:
- David Backes had his leg lacerated, requiring several stitches to repair.
- Ryan Dzingel took a one-timer to the back of his head.
Sabres 5, Blackhawks 3
Oilers 4, Panthers 2
Devils 3, Kings 0
Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 0
Bruins 3, Lightning 0
Flyers 4, Hurricanes 2
Blue Jackets 2, Senators 1
Blue 4, Rangers 3 (OT)
Wild 3, Coyotes 1
Sharks 5, Canucks 3
We already saw one lacerated leg, and now we have a one-timer drilling a player in the back of the helmet.
Saturday night hasn’t been so kind.
Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel was forced to leave the game after some friendly fire against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 2-1 loss.
Dzingel was drilled in the back of the head from teammate Mike Hoffman‘s one-timer of the back of his helmet around the mid-way point of the third period.
Dzingel remained down for a time but was able to skate off the ice with some assistance from Ottawa’s trainers.
He did not return to the game.
If you watch this closely, you will see Dzingel’s No. 8 on the back of his helmet fly off after contact with the puck.
A scary scene unfolded in the first period between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the visiting Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Backes was able to make his way to the Bruins bench on his own, but he was clutching the back of his leg before getting some help down the tunnel.
Backes did not return to the game.
The Bruins said that Backes suffered a laceration above his right knee, which required several stitches to close.
The Carolina Hurricanes’ search for a general manager is on hiatus.
Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported Saturday that the process of replacing former GM Ron Francis is being put on hold for the time being, citing that owner Tom Dundon needs more time.
“Tom hasn’t had the time he needs to do face to face interviews and feels that waiting will pay off,” Shannon wrote in a tweet.
Francis was removed from his post as GM on March 7 and “promoted” to a new role as president of hockey operations. There was only one catch: whoever replaced Francis would bypass the Hurricanes’ legend and report directly to Dundon.
The search, thus far, hasn’t been going that well, with three potential targets already withdrawing any interest they were thought to have had.
Part of that problem could be how hands-on Dundon appears to want to be. Part of it could just be timing. Fenton, for instance, could be on his way to a Stanley Cup ring this year in Nashville.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman touched on the situation in a recent 31 Thoughts column.
“I think what I’m looking for, is we have to be comfortable with each other. That’s the most important thing,” Dundon told Friedman when asked what he wants in a new GM. “I actually like to disagree and argue. I don’t want someone to come in and just do what I say, and I don’t want to make decisions. Someone to create a structure of how something is a good idea, and now we are going to get it done.”
You can add Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin to the list:
I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that Dundon wanting his hands all over the team — including whatever the GM is doing — isn’t the best selling point.
There’s some good, young talent on the Hurricanes for a new GM to come in and build around, but there’s also some dead weight, including what’s turned into a bad contract with goalie Scott Darling.
No GM wants to play puppet for an owner.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun said the Hurricanes will suspend their search until the summer when a larger crop of candidates reveals itself.
Still, you have to wonder who’ll be willing to take that plunge. Someone will, of course, but people haven’t exactly been lining up to fill the role.
UPDATE: On Headlines on Saturday, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that the salary being offered to a prospective GM in Carolina is $400,000, to which he said he doesn’t see any GM taking as it’s too low. Friedman, meanwhile, believes the search for a new GM is not on a complete hiatus.