Former Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland has been named the new head coach of the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.
“Mike Haviland has coached his teams to compete and win, and we look forward to having him do the same in Hershey,” said Bears President/GM Doug Yingst in a release. “Of the numerous candidates who applied for this position, we felt Mike was the best man to help our team push toward a 12th championship and we welcome him.”
Haviland was fired by the ‘Hawks after last season’s disappointment, but was with the team when it won the Stanley Cup in 2010. This past season, he was an associate coach of the Norfolk Admirals.
With success in Hershey, expect his name to be brought up as a future head-coaching candidate in the NHL.
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