Author: Cam Tucker

Montreal Canadiens v Anaheim Ducks

Ducks move to top spot in NHL standings with win over Habs


The race for the playoffs is heating up, and so is the race for the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s top regular season team. Right now, the Anaheim Ducks are slightly out in front of the pack.

In what would be a battle of the top team from the West versus the top team from the East, the Ducks soundly defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 3-1, giving them 91 points, which puts them two ahead of the Nashville Predators, who are second in the league’s overall standings.

John Gibson made 37 saves for the win. The Ducks are now on a four-game winning streak.

Playing against his former team, Ducks winger Jiri Sekac, acquired from Montreal in exchange for Devante Smith-Pelly on Feb. 24, set up what would be the winning goal off the stick of Rickard Rakell in the second period.

Rangers take the positives out of OT loss to Red Wings

Cam Talbot

The New York Rangers were busy in the hours leading to the NHL trade deadline, selling future assets to land players — specifically Keith Yandle — who can make an impact right away, as they look to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.

And you can certainly debate this “all-in” mentality, weighing the cost of trying to go for it all now and selling prospects and draft picks — including a first-round selection — to do so.

But as of Wednesday, the Rangers, even without Henrik Lundqvist in goal, are challenging for the Metropolitan Division and could once again go on a long run in the post-season.

On Wednesday, they lost 2-1 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings. Marek Zidlicky, making his debut for the Red Wings after being a trade deadline acquisition, scored on the power play for the win, with Derek Stepan in the penalty box for a hold.

The single point puts the Rangers in a tie with the rival New York Islanders for tops in the Metropolitan. They’re fighting, too, for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers outshot the Red Wings 40-31, forcing Jimmy Howard to make 39 saves. In terms of puck possession, New York dominated for the most part, with 61 shot attempts compared to 50 for Detroit, according to

The Rangers decided to take the positives out of this one.

“I liked the way we played, especially in the second period,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told “Unfortunately, we got a penalty late, and they were able to score in overtime.”

“…Play like this every night, we have a good chance of winning,” Mats Zuccarello told Andrew Gross of The Record.

There could be promising news on the horizon for New York’s goaltending situation, too. Cam Talbot, who has been solid since taking over the starting duties for an injured Lundqvist, could be back in the back-up role when the Swedish netminder comes back.

Lundqvist has been skating on his own and could return in 10 to 14 days, according to Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

Video: Hammond, Senators win again

Ottawa Senators v Winnipeg Jets

Andrew Hammond continues to surprise. The Ottawa Senators continue to win.

Against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, the 27-year-old Hammond made 35 saves and the Senators skated to a 3-1 victory, which is their sixth win in the last seven games. Hammond has six wins in eight games this season and has still yet to lose in regulation at the NHL level. He also hasn’t given up more than two goals in each of his eight appearances with the Senators this season.

Talk about a good story.

Included in his portfolio of saves Wednesday was a spectacular right pad stop, as Hammond did the splits while moving to his right to deny Andrew Ladd.

Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. There was no update on his condition afterward, according to Patrick Williams of


Video: Iginla reaches 20-goal mark for 16th time in NHL career

Ottawa Senators v Colorado Avalanche

At the age of 37, Jarome Iginla continues to be a consistent goal scorer in the National Hockey League.

On Wednesday, Iginla gave the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins after he blasted a slap shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury on the stick side. That gives Iginla 20 goals on the season. It’s the 16th time in his NHL career he’s hit the 20-goal mark.

Video: Zidlicky’s first goal with Detroit gives Red Wings OT win over Rangers

Marek Zidlicky, Jesper Fast

The Detroit Red Wings picked up veteran right-shooting defenseman Marek Zidlicky at the trade deadline, and it took all of two days for him to make a positive contribution for his new team.

Playing for the first time in a Detroit uniform, Zidlicky scored a power play goal at 1:09 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the visiting and rival New York Rangers on Wednesday.

It was an odd goal that occurred during a scramble in front of Cam Talbot, who had the puck roll off his back and into the net during a four-on-three advantage for Detroit.

In addition to the winner, Zidlicky’s debut in Detroit came with 17:44 of ice time, a first-period holding call and two shots on net. The Red Wings have now won three games in a row — all by one goal — to move them within four points of the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic Division.

The Habs were also in action Wednesday, playing the Anaheim Ducks.

For the Rangers, they’re unable to move past the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. But there is good news in terms of their goaltending situation.

Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported on NBCSN that Henrik Lundqvist, out with a vascular injury, has started skating on his own and could return in 10 to 14 days.