Michael Del Zotto played the overtime hero for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
One day after trading Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the L.A. Kings, the Flyers nearly coughed up a valuable second point before regaining it back with a 4-3 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild.
Del Zotto scored the winner, capping off a pretty passing play between himself, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux with 38 seconds remaining in the three-on-three session to give Philadelphia back to back wins.
The Flyers had a two-goal lead midway through the second period, but the Wild managed to tie it up late in the third period. Minnesota’s comeback included an odd goal from Zach Parise, who was in the right spot at the right time when Philly goalie Steve Mason and defenseman Nick Schultz got crossed up with the puck behind the net. The puck came to Parise and he scored into an open net, tying the game at three goals apiece.
Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere left the game in the second period and did not return with a lower-body injury.
Philadelphia Flyers’ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will not return to tonight’s game versus the Minnesota Wild.
From the Flyers:
Gostisbehere has a lower body injury and will not return to the game.
Gostisbehere appeared in just two shifts in the second period and 1:25 of ice time. In total, he logged just 10 shifts and 7:31 of ice-time before heading to the locker room.
The 22-year-old rookie has seven goal and nine assists for 16 points in 22 games, prior to entering tonight’s game, since being recalled to the Flyers on Nov. 14. His 16 points leads the Flyers defense and is tied for the lead among all rookie defensemen, while his seven goals lead all rookie blueliners.
The winning streak continues.
The Florida Panthers have won 11 games in a row. Despite being badly outshot and relying on another goalie Roberto Luongo for another great performance, the Panthers defeated the Ottawa Senators by a final score of 3-2 on Thursday.
While leaning heavily on Luongo — he stopped 30 of 32 shots versus Ottawa — the Panthers were also opportunistic, burying their chances even if they were held to only 16 shots on goal.
Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck scored eight seconds apart in the first period to give the Panthers the lead. They tested Craig Anderson with only four shots on goal in the opening period.
“I don’t think by any means that was our best game,” Luongo told NHL.com. “It was probably one of our worst in the last 11, but for some reason or another right now we’re finding ways to win games, so it’s nice. We’ll take them.”
And from there, it was the Luongo Show. In his last three starts, the 36-year-old netminder has faced 102 shots. He’s allowed only two goals and that’s only a very small sample size of the work he’s done this season for Florida.
And when the Panthers needed a third period goal to increase their lead, which they would eventually have to hang on to, it was the trio of Jaromir Jagr, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau that provided it.
Robyn Regehr is about to officially call it a career. He will retire as a member of the Calgary Flames at a press conference on Monday.
Word of his possible retirement began last spring when the L.A. Kings failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. In fact, it had been reported that he had announced immediately following L.A.’s final regular season game that he was concluding his playing career.
Regehr played 11 seasons in Calgary and was part of that team’s surprise run to the Stanley Cup Final — the Flames fell one win short of the ultimate prize — in 2004. He has also played the second most games in Flames franchise history, at 826.
He then went on to play for the Buffalo Sabres, before spending the final three seasons of his playing career with the Kings.
His career culminated with a Stanley Cup in 2014.
Cal Clutterbuck has snapped back at Lindy Ruff after the Dallas Stars coach accused the New York Islanders forward of diving following Sunday’s game.
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Stars’ defenseman Jason Demers was ejected for a hit on Clutterbuck in the second period of that game, prompting Ruff to say the following about the incident:
“I think the guy who got hit has a history of diving,” Ruff said, as per the Dallas Morning News.
“I looked at the play, and don’t think [Demers] elbowed him, I don’t think he did anything, really. And [Clutterbuck] didn’t seem to be hurt, but he sold it pretty good. Maybe [Demers] deserved a minor penalty, that’s my take on it.”
Based on comments made to Newsday Long Island, a number of Islanders, including head coach Jack Capuano, took exception with what Ruff said about Clutterbuck, who was fined $2,000 by the NHL last January for diving.
“I just find it disrespectful,” Clutterbuck told Newsday.
“I’ve played a lot of games in the league to this point, the hit itself — if anyone looks at the replay, it’s completely unnecessary. I get my head driven into the board by a knee or a thigh. I reacted to the amount of pain I was in. To embellish a hit like that, I’d have to come up with something pretty quickly while I’m in pain, so I just don’t care for the comments. That’s the road he chose.”
The Islanders and Stars meet again on March 19 in Dallas.