The biggest critique of the Detroit Red Wings’ record-breaking home winning streak is that it was bolstered by shootout wins. With that beef in mind, it only makes sense that the skills competition ended what it seemingly extended, as the Vancouver Canucks topped them 4-3 (SO).
Detroit held three one-goal leads on Thursday but Vancouver fought back each time. Daniel Sedin had two of those tallies, with his game-tying one being the most dramatic. Justin Abdelkader made it 3-2 with a bit more than 6 minutes left but Sedin knotted it up with just 16 seconds remaining.
To the chagrin of many Red Wings fans, the shootout was decided by an Alex Burrows winner, who celebrated by pretending to break his stick over his knee. (That’s straight-up metaphorical, folks.) Burrows was the only guy who managed to beat either netminder in the shootout.
One other side thought: will some pundits question Mike Babcock’s decision not to start Joey MacDonald, who was on quite the streak to help the Red Wings finish the feat in the first place? It’s a pretty dopey thing to ask, but I’d wager that sentiment is floating around somewhere.
Ultimately, the streak had to end. It wasn’t all bad news for Detroit as they at least got a charity point for their troubles while Kyle Quincey scored in his Red Wings debut. Still, plenty of fans will wonder “How long could have it gone if Sedin didn’t score that goal?”
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The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.