The college signings continue with two moves by the Boston Bruins, in both cases with fifth-rounders from the 2011 NHL Draft.
In Tuesday’s case, they signed defenseman Rob O’Gara (pictured in his Yale sweater) and forward Sean Kuraly (who played for Miami of Ohio). The Bruins selected O’Gara with the 151st pick in 2011 while the Sharks initially drafted Kuraly 133rd of that same year and round.
“We are excited to have Rob O’Gara and Sean Kuraly join the Bruins organization,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. “They were outstanding college players and both young men have tremendous character and leadership qualities.”
These signings along with Brandon Carlo coming from the WHL will bolster an already-strong P-Bruins roster; the team currently sits third in the Atlantic Division, and has three of the league’s top fifteen scorers, including two of the top five in Seth Griffith and Alexander Khokhlachev.
Reunited with Ray? Flyers reportedly give Emery a tryout
On one hand, the 33-year-old netminder seems like he could be on his last legs, at least as far as NHL competition is concerned. In 31 appearances and 25 starts last season, he was under .500 with an ugly .894 save percentage.
Experience overrated? Hard to argue Emery- who hasn't had SV% above .900 in any league (NHL, AHL, DEL) since 13-14- is better than Stolarz.
Joe Thornton made it 3-2 early in the third period, and then Melker Karlsson‘s insurance goal required a review to see if it was kicked in. The Sharks tacked on an empty-net goal, so one could argue this game was closer than 5-2.
That doesn’t really matter though, really, as the Sharks beat the Kings to give themselves a shot at climbing in some form in the Pacific.
Speaking of which, the Ducks were winners beyond edging the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Anaheim trails Los Angeles by one standings point, yet the Ducks hold a game in hand, so the Pacific title race is far from over.
Any worries of the Sharks missing the playoffs again can be put to rest, however, so don’t blame the Sharks for celebrating a bit.
Six Western teams have now clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Dal,StL,Chi,La,Ana,SJ…Just one has done that in the East: Wash.
The Colorado Avalanche stumbled into Monday knowing that they wouldn’t have Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene in their lineup. Worse yet, they had a tough team on the docket in the Nashville Predators.
Rather than rolling over and dying, the Avalanche showed fight.
Most importantly, they won the game, holding on for a 4-3 win even after the Predators nearly fought back (Colorado was once up 3-0).
They showed fight in a more literal way, too, as Jarome Iginla showed that he isn’t too old to drop the gloves:
The Avalanche now trail the Wild by three points for the West’s second wild card spot. Meanwhile, the Predators need to wait to clinch a playoff spot and also lose a chance to gain ground on the Chicago Blackhawks for the Central Division’s third spot.
In other words, the Predators had plenty of reason to fight, but the Avalanche landed the knockout blow this time around.
They can’t lick their wounds yet, however, as they face the also-very-hot Blues on Tuesday.