BC teammates Gaudreau, Hayes highlight Hobey Baker finalists


A pair of Boston College teammates and NHL draftees highlight this year’s list of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes — who helped the Eagles reach No. 2 in the latest rankings — headline the list. Gaudreau, a Hobey Hat Trick finalist from a year ago, is a Calgary draftee while Hayes, MVP of the ’14 Beanpot Tournament, is a former first-round pick of the Blackhawks (24th overall, 2010).

Gaudreau and Hayes, who finished first and third in the country in scoring this season, were joined by eight others:

Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha

Archibald, a Pittsburgh draftee, finished second in the nation in goals (29) while emerging the first-ever scoring champion of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Greg Carey, St. Lawrence

Carey, who recently signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, was a Hobey top-10 finalist last year and leads the country in assists this season, with 39.

Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State

Drafted by the Kings in 2009, Dowd helped St. Cloud clinch the first-ever NCHC regular season title. He captained the team this year and led all Huskies skaters in points.

Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State

Dzingel, an Ottawa prospect, led the Big Ten in scoring and was named first team all-conference this season, his junior year.

Shayne Gostisbehere, Union College

The Flyers prospect led all players in Hobey Baker fan balloting, and helped Union win the ECAC regular season title by finishing eighth in the country in d-man scoring (28).

CJ Motte, Ferris State

Currently unattached to a NHL team, Motte led the nation with 26 wins and emerged as one of the best goalies in the country this season, finishing with four shutouts and a .928 save percentage.

Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin

Another unattached goalie, Rumpel ranks sixth in the nation is GAA (2.19) and save percentage (.931). He was named to the Big Ten’s second all-conference team.

Adam Wilcox, Minnesota

One of three goalies named as a Hobey finalist, the Tampa draftee has already won Big Ten Player of the year, Big Ten goalie of the year and first team all-conference after posting eye-popping numbers: 23-4-6 record, .934 save percentage and 1.91 GAA.

Video: Haley given match penalty for sucker punch, Sharks lose sixth straight

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Things continue to snowball out of control for the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks lost their sixth consecutive game after yet another blowout defeat, this time by a final score of 7-2 versus the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Forward Logan Couture lost a tooth after taking a puck to the face in the second period.

And late in the game, Micheal Haley was given a match penalty for an incident involving Calle Jarnkrok.

The Sharks forward is now automatically suspended until commissioner Gary Bettman reviews the incident.

This incident occurred when Haley was hit into the boards by Jarnkrok. Haley then got up, sped right toward the Predators forward, dropped his gloves and delivered a punch to Jarnkrok as he tried to back away, knocking him to the ice.

Jarnkrok was given a minor penalty for boarding.

Haley was also involved in a fight with Cody McLeod early in the first period.

This has been a particularly shocking, if not embarrassing stretch for the Sharks. In a two-game trip to Dallas and Nashville, against teams below them in the standings, the Sharks were outscored 13-3.

Martin Jones allowed seven goals on 34 shots faced.

If Edmonton wins tonight, the Sharks, Ducks and Oilers will be in a three-way tie for first place in the Pacific Division.

Related: What is wrong with the Sharks?

Video: Logan Couture loses tooth after taking a puck to the face


More bad news for the San Jose Sharks.

After a slow start against the Nashville Predators during Saturday’s game, forward Logan Couture was hurt in the dying seconds of the middle period after taking a puck to the face while battling in front of the net.

Replays show Couture appeared to lose a tooth. He quickly skated off the ice and to the dressing room.

Bruins snap four-game skid with crucial win over Islanders

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The Boston Bruins have been trending in the wrong direction of late — once again at the worst possible time with the end of the regular season in sight and a playoff spot on the line.

They entered a massive clash with the New York Islanders on Saturday having lost four straight, temporarily falling out of a playoff spot because of fewer games played.

They didn’t have Tuukka Rask in net because of a lower-body injury. They were on the road. They fell behind the Islanders early in the first period.

Despite that, the Bruins quickly came back on a goal from Riley Nash, who scored again in the third period to help his team to a 2-1 victory.

The four-game losing streak? Gone. With seven games remaining, Boston is back in the final wild card spot, two points ahead of the Islanders, who do still have a game in hand.

“We have a great mood in here this morning, everyone’s excited and pretty light and there’s no tense feel,” said Brad Marchand prior to facing the Islanders.

Back-up goaltending has been a concern in Boston this season, however Anton Khudobin shut the door after the Tavares goal, making 18 saves for the win.

The Bruins host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Video: After blowout loss in Dallas, struggling Sharks off to slow start vs. Predators

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Last night, we asked: What is wrong with the San Jose Sharks?

Well, a day later, with the Sharks looking to avoid a sixth straight loss, the struggle continues.

After a blowout loss last night against the Dallas Stars, the Sharks have fallen behind the Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0 after the opening period.

Colton Sissons opened the scoring for Nashville.

It didn’t get any better for the Sharks.

Roman Josi walked right around Brent Burns, hitting the cross bar with his shot. Cody McLeod was right there for the tap-in to increase Nashville’s lead.