At one point, the New Jersey Devils had as many goals (two) as the New York Rangers had shots in the first period of Game 4. That evened up a bit as the first period came to a close (it finished with the Rangers up 12-7), yet it seemed like there could have been even more goals. Still, the Devils enter the second period feeling good about themselves and this great interchange between Zach Parise and Travis Zajac provides the prettiest highlight:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Since being hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella has seemed to be a kinder, gentler coach.
The blow ups and battles with the media don’t seem to happen as much. We don’t get as many rants.
He just does not seem as angry all the time.
Losing 7-2 at home to the Edmonton Oilers, however, might change a few things.
That it was happened to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night and Tortorella was in no mood to answer question about the game.
His press conference consisted of him stepping to the podium, saying there is no point in answering questions about the game, then leaving.
Here it is in all of its glory.
The only question we have: Is this shorter than the night he said the New York Rangers “sucked from head to toe?”
(Oddly enough, that game was also against the Edmonton Oilers).
That press conference lasted, roughly, 14 seconds from the time he started talking until the time he walked away (and also included the line “I know you have a job to do”).
Tonight’s comes in at just around 12 seconds. So we might have a record for the shortest John Tortorella press conference of all time.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski has died at age 49, according to the Calgary Flames. No cause of death was given.
Zalapski, a native of Edmonton, played 637 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Montreal and Philadelphia from 1987 to 2000.
He was with the Flames from 1993 to 1998.
“We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey, made Calgary his home following his playing career, represented our alumni executive and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family,” Flames president and chief executive officer Ken King said Tuesday in a statement.
“This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family.”
Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
He had 99 goals, 285 assists and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. Zalapski was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1993.
Zalapski played stints in Austria and Switzerland after his NHL career and appeared in 11 games for the United Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings in 2004-05.
He was the fourth overall pick by the Penguins in the 1986 entry draft.
The New Jersey Devils put an end to the Los Angeles Kings’ eight-game winning streak on Tuesday night with a rather convincing 5-1 win.
The Devils dominated in pretty much every aspect of the game, limiting the Kings to just 17 shots on goal and scoring five goals against a team that had not allowed more than two goals (and never more than three) during its winning streak.
The star of the game for the Devils was most certainly forward Taylor Hall.
Hall continued what could be a career year with a pair of goals, including this highlight reel play in the second period that saw him force a turnover, split through the Kings’ defense (including Drew Doughty!), then beat Jonathan Quick with a backhander.
With that performance on Tuesday Hall is now up to 11 goals and 31 total points on the season.
His first year with the Devils wasn’t quite what he or the team wanted, but he has bounced back in a big way this season. His performance, along with the development of young players Nico Hischier, Will Butcher, and Jesper Bratt have the Devils back on track to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Starting goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy
St. Louis Blues
Jordan Schmaltz – Vince Dunn
Starting Goalie: Jake Allen