Author: Cam Tucker

Craig Berube

Berube ‘baffled’ at ‘lack of energy’ for Flyers in loss to Hurricanes


It didn’t make much sense to head coach Craig Berube.

The Philadelphia Flyers were up against the Carolina Hurricanes, the last-place team in the Metropolitan Division, and the chance to inch closer to the Boston Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the East. And then the Flyers went out and were thoroughly outplayed, suffering a 4-1 loss, which could be crucial to their playoff hopes.

Making matters even more confusing for the Flyers was the fact they had two very strong, emotional victories against Washington and Nashville — two teams that appear more and more locked into playoff positions — over the weekend.

“I am baffled,” said Berube, as per CSN Philadelphia. “We didn’t execute very well at all and lacked energy in the game.

“I can look back in the weekend, two big games, two emotional games. Maybe we zapped our emotions tonight. That’s a big thing for me tonight. The energy and emotion in the game.

“We lacked execution with the puck. We started in our end not getting the puck out, not making plays. Then offensively, not enough. Some good shifts with O-zone time, but just not enough overall.”

The Flyers face another struggling team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Thursday.

Blackhawks’ Kane ‘could miss some time’ after injury against the Panthers (Updated)

Patrick Kane

Showtime could be sidelined.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, in a three-way tie for top spot in the league in points, left Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers and did not return after getting shoved from behind awkwardly into the boards in the first period.

Kane could now be out of the Chicago lineup but it’s not known for how long. The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 3-2 in the shootout.

According to multiple reports, Quenneville told reporters Kane “could miss some time” and the club would know more about his status on Wednesday, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

Alex Petrovic received a minor penalty for cross checking on the play.

The loss of Kane for any prolonged period of time could be big for the Blackhawks, who entered this game losers of three in a row and third in the Central Division.

“You can’t replace the guy. You’d be lying if you said you could. He’s just irreplaceable,” Kris Versteeg told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

“You get ticked off when the best player in the league gets hit like that. People play a lot of money to watch Patrick Kane play,” added Versteeg.

Wild’s Parise after loss to Oilers: ‘We’ll be fine’

Zach Parise

It’s a tight playoff race in the Western Conference, with every point crucial.

Nothing is ever guaranteed, but the Minnesota Wild had as good an opportunity as ever to move three points up on the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks for the final Wild Card spot. Only problem is the Edmonton Oilers, intent on playing the role of spoiler.

Minus the first period, the Wild controlled the play. Minnesota outshot Edmonton by a wide margin through the final periods, but couldn’t find that one necessary goal to at least squeak out a single point.

The Wild surrendered only 10 shots on goal through the final 40 minutes but lost to the Oilers, the last-place team in the West, 2-1 on Tuesday.

“We’re going to lose again before the season ends. Tonight, one bad period cost us the game. We’ll be fine,” said the Wild’s Zach Parise, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

Apologies for stating the obvious, but it’s not a desired result. That’s where a break on the out-of-town scoreboard comes into the conversation. The Flames lost to the New York Rangers on Tuesday and the Sharks were not in action.

The Wild drop to 7-2-1 in its last 10 games. Despite this setback, Minnesota still has aspirations of the post-season and added a piece to its roster just for that goal.

Earlier in the day, the Wild acquired forward Sean Bergenheim from Florida. The NHL’s trade deadline is next Monday. He’s a veteran and his experience appears to be a valuable asset for the Wild.

“The sooner the better,” Minnesota’s GM Chuck Fletcher told reporters. “No sense waiting until the deadline.

“Simply looking for a guy with some experience, looking for depth. Right now, we have three forwards out and playing with 12 guys up front that are playing pretty well for us but if you get one or two more injuries, we’ll start to really need to get into issues.”

Rangers’ Talbot records the shutout in battle of the goalies


Karri Ramo, the Calgary Flames goalie, might be grabbing the headlines. After all, he did make a spectacular glove stop Tuesday evening that might indeed be the save of the year.

We’ll see.

But it was New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot, who, in the same game, recorded the shutout, which counts as the seventh in his National Hockey League career.

As good as Ramo was, Talbot and the Rangers were better. They held on to beat the Flames by a final score of 1-0, which is a result that doesn’t help Calgary in its bid for the post-season.

“I have to give the guys a lot of credit, it was probably one of the most complete games we’ve played all year,” said Talbot, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Talbot, who has had to step in with the injury to Henrik Lundqvist — and remember, there was talk about who as a rental goalie the Rangers could target — has now won six of his last seven starts. The only blemish in that span came against the Canucks.

He stopped all 21 shots he faced against Calgary.

Meanwhile, as prefaced earlier, the loss hurts the surprising Flames, now losers of three straight. They now find themselves out of a Wild Card spot in the West, and the Ducks, Canucks and L.A. Kings have all resumed their winning ways ahead of them in the Pacific Division.

Video: Flyers fail to move up Eastern Conference standings after loss to Hurricanes


The Philadelphia Flyers certainly had a chance, especially since the Boston Bruins lost at home to the Vancouver Canucks on the same night.

But having a chance and taking it are two different things. The Flyers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, who sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, by a final score of 4-1 on Tuesday.

The Flyers, with a win, could’ve moved to within two points of the struggling Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the East. Didn’t work out that. The window to make the playoffs is closing by the game. They remain four back of Boston.

The Flyers, who beat Nashville and Washington over the weekend and were praised by their owner for not giving up, can ill afford to give up points, especially to teams well below them in the standings.

Rob Zepp was the busiest of the two goalies. He faced 35 shots, making 31 saves. But the Flyers, needing wins and goals, manufactured only 24 shots on Carolina goalie Cam Ward.