Bernie Nicholls scored 475 goals in 1,127 regular-season NHL games. Most of those goals came with the Los Angeles Kings, including a 70-goal season in 1988-89 on a team that not-so-coincidentally featured Wayne Gretzky.
These days, Nicholls is trying to help the current Kings fill the net. The 50-year-old has been brought in as a “casual” consultant by new coach Darryl Sutter.
The Pumper Nicholler pulled no punches in assessing L.A.’s offense under former coach Terry Murray.
“…for a skilled team, it’s sad to say but they were terrible to watch,” said Nicholls, as per the Los Angeles Times. “They may get 15 shots in a game and you’re going, ‘Wow.’ They’ve got too much skill and too much offense to do that.”
The Kings still rank dead last in offense, averaging 2.1 goals per game. However, they’ve managed four goals in two of their last five games. So…progress?
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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