There was good news and potentially bad news for the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
The good news: They moved back into a Western Conference Wild Card position — one point up on the Minnesota Wild and two up on the San Jose Sharks — by defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1. It’s a precarious hold on a playoff position, but it’s back in the top eight with 21 games remaining in their season.
OK, more good news: The Flames once again got solid offensive production from the blue line. TJ Brodie scored into an empty net, giving him 10 goals on the season. Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman each had an assist, too.
.@NHLFlames have 3 dmen w/ 10 goals (Wideman: 12; Giordano: 11; Brodie: 10) for 2nd time in franchise history ('85-86:Suter/MacInnis/Macoun)
The potentially bad news: Giordano, the Flames’ captain and stud defenseman, suffered an injury late in the third period after getting tangled up with Steve Bernier, according to Sportsnet. Giordano went right to the dressing room, and the injury has not been disclosed.
Here’s a little something special for those keeping tabs on the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. The young phenom could be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft.
On Wednesday, McDavid recorded six points, including four goals in a win over Guelph. That gives him 36 goals and 98 points in 37 games played this season. Yeah. He has 11 points in his last two games.
Below is a video highlight of one of his four goals from the evening. McDavid goes coast to coast, capping off the rush by going top shelf.
The Washington Capitals could not complete the regular season sweep of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins, as these two clubs finished their season series on Wednesday.
After losing the three previous meetings with the Capitals this season, the Penguins finally prevailed, holding on for a 4-3 victory to move three points up on Washington in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Washington remains in the top Wild Card spot of the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh, which acquired Daniel Winnik earlier in the day, is now only three back of the New York Islanders for the top spot in the division.
Given the time of year, and the history between these two clubs, it’s not surprising that tempers reached a boiling point in the first period. A heated melee broke out between the two teams with a fight occurring inside the Pittsburgh bench.
Both teams went one-for-six on the power play. With his Capitals behind a pair of goals late in the third period, Alex Ovechkin blasted home a one-time slap shot — typical Ovechkin — to narrow Pittsburgh’s lead.
But Ovechkin’s league-leading 39th goal of the season wasn’t enough.
Chris Kunitz scored what would be the winning goal before the midway point of the third period.
Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi blocked a shot earlier in the game and appeared in discomfort afterwards. He did not play the final 12 minutes of the third period, according to the Time On Ice report.
There is now an official diagnosis and timetable for how long Miller will be out of action.
Canucks general manager Jim Benning confirmed to TSN 1040 radio that the veteran starting goalie is expected to miss four to six weeks — which had been previously reported — with a sprained knee
Miller suffered the injury Sunday, when his teammate Jannik Hansen slid hard into the net on the backcheck, and underwent an MRI done earlier in the week. Lack was forced to enter that game against the Islanders and made 27 saves as the Canucks came away with a shutout victory.