Tag: Alexandre Burrows

Alex Biega

Wild’s fight to enter playoff position stalled by Canucks


The Minnesota Wild have gone from a long shot to make the playoffs just a month ago to a legitimate contender with their 10-1-2 stretch. Thanks to that run they are nearly in a playoff position, but they weren’t able to capitalize on a key opportunity tonight. Instead, Vancouver fought the rising Wild back with its 3-2 victory.

The contest was tied through 40 minutes, but Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat broke the stalemate just 1:33 minutes into the third. Defenseman Alex Biega, provided the Canucks with some insurance by scoring in his NHL debut:

“I’m not really sure what warranted the celebration in my face,” Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk said of Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows, per the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. “I guess that’s the way he wants to do it.”

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter netted his 18th goal of the 2014-15 campaign less than two minutes later, but that proved to be too little, too late.

Had the Wild won tonight, they would have been tied with Vancouver in terms of points at 65, although Vancouver would have still had possession of the second Wild Card spot because they have the edge in ROW (regulation plus overtime wins). Instead, the Canucks kept pace with Calgary to maintain their hold on second place in the tight Pacific Division.

NHL stars help raise $140K in ‘Smashfest’ charity ping-pong tournament


New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore helped to attract 23 former/current NHL players to his charitable ping-pong tournament “Smashfest” on Thursday, raising an impressive $140K for cancer research along the way.

(As you may remember, Moore received the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy following the loss of his wife Katie Moore.)

Minnesota Wild Stephane Veilleux won the tournament for the second year in a row – this was the third “Smashfest” event – beating Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows. Here’s a photo of Veilleux accepting the trophy, via the event’s Facebook page by way of the NHLPA:


It certainly looked like a blast, with one of the best shots coming from Michael Del Zotto’s Instagram page:


(Apparently the MDZ + Tyler Seguin combo won their match.)

Even beleaguered Toronto Maple Leafs power forward David Clarkson looks like he had a fantastic time:


Apparently “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe was in attendance, probably taking the cake for least expected celebrity appearance:

(Then again, this Doug Gilmour photo is a little surprising, too.)

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox passes along 29 facts from the event that are a worthy read, but if you’d rather just watch a video, here’s one from Katie Moore.org:

The often-used phrase “good time for a good cause” is thrown out often, yet it seems appropriate for this event.

Get your game notes: Kings at Ducks

Mathieu Perreault, Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Anaheim Ducks hosting the Los Angeles Kings starting at 10 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• For the 22nd time in Stanley Cup playoff history – and the 16th time since 1994 – the road team won the first four games of a best-of-seven series. In the previous 21 series, the winner of Game 5 went on to win 18 times (.857 win%). The only three teams that lost Game 5, but later won the series, were the 1980 North Stars (vs. Montreal), 1995 Sharks (vs. Calgary) and 2001 Penguins (vs. Buffalo). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Ducks goaltender John Gibson stopped all 28 shots for a shutout in his NHL postseason debut. The 20-year-old Pittsburgh native, who won gold medals at the international level for Team USA at the U-17 (2010), U-18 (2011) and U-20 (2013) levels, made NHL history in several ways. Elias Sports Bureau
Gibson became…

— the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his Stanley Cup playoffs debut (20 years, 330 days),

— the sixth goalie since 1954 to post a shutout in his Stanley Cup playoffs debut (the most recent of the five previous was his current back-up, Jonas Hiller, in 2009)

— the fourth-youngest goalie in NHL history to record a postseason shutout (after Detroit’s Harry Lumley in 1945, Montreal’s Patrick Roy in 1986 and Carey Price in 2008),

— the second goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in both his first regular-season (Apr. 7 vs. Vancouver) and postseason games (Boston’s Tiny Thompson did so in 1928-29)

• The Ducks helped Gibson’s cause by blocking 25 shots in Game 4, led by defensemen Ben Lovejoy (six) and Bryan Allen (five). It was the fifth time this playoff round that any team has blocked 25 or more shots. Four of those times (Montreal – 30 in Game 1, 29 in Game 3; Chicago – 25 in Game 2; and Anaheim – 25 in Game 4), the team won. The only team to lose was the Ducks, which posted 29 blocks in its Game 1 overtime loss to the Kings. They have 72 total in this series (avg. 18.0/game).

• After registering at least one point in his team’s first 10 games, Kings center Anze Kopitar was held without a point in Game 4. The playoff scoring leader (4-11–15) also committed a double-minor for high sticking in the third period, thwarting a possible comeback for his team. Only once in 55 career playoff games has Kopitar spent more time in the penalty box than he did in Game 4 (four minutes): he was assessed a five-minute major for fighting Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows in 2012.

• As Ryan Getzlaf goes, so go the Ducks in the playoffs. The Anaheim center and team captain, who ranks second in franchise history with 25 goals (behind teammate Teemu Selanne – 35), has single goals in 25 of 78 postseason games. Including his goal that gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead in Game 4, Anaheim is 23-2 when he scores a goal.

• Kings goaltender Martin Jones relieved starter Jonathan Quick (two goals allowed on 11 shots) after the first intermission, and did not face a shot until the 5:29 point of the third period (Getzlaf). The Kings became only the third team in the Expansion Era (1968-present) to allow no shots on goal in an entire period of a playoff game. They were the second team of the trio to lose. (Elias Sports Bureau)