Marty Turco put his Italian vacation on hold to back up Tim Thomas for the Boston Bruins. What a life. (Boston.com)
With NCAA free agents coming into vogue again, it makes sense to look at how the best ones have fared recently. Wayne Scanlan reports that things haven’t been going too well for Hobey Baker Award winners in the NHL lately. (Postmedia News)
Thomas Boswell ventures a rare opinion regarding the Washington Capitals: they shouldn’t panic. (The Washington Post)
The St. Louis Blues have been one of the NHL’s best 5-on-5 teams, but their special teams units haven’t produced at an elite level. That’s been changing lately, which is prompting Ken Hitchcock’s gang to think bold. (NHL.com)
Mike Fisher is on pace for the best season of his career – not counting previous off-ice accomplishments such as landing Carrie Underwood, of course. (Predators Insider)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day