The argument for shot blocking is an obvious one. If a player gets in front of the puck, it’s not going to go into the net. But what happens when they fail in their attempt?
Take a look at Marc Staal’s game-winning goal. In particular, pay attention to all the players, Capitals and Rangers alike, that stood between Staal and Washington goaltender Braden Holtby as Staal shot the puck.
Holtby also stated, “That’s what happens when we play a style where we block a lot shots. Sometimes those go in.”
This isn’t to say that the Capitals are wrong to be aggressive when it comes to blocking shots. They stopped 25 shots from ever reaching Holtby on Monday and the outcome of this game could have been a lot worse if they simply let Holtby handle everything.
Still, it’s a strategy that does sometimes backfire and it seemed to this time.
Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins
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.