Tag: Bernie Parent

Evgeni Malkin, Erik Gustafsson

Here’s your NHL Awards preview


Tonight we’ll finally find out who is taking home the rest of the season’s hardware. The NHL Awards from Las Vegas take place tonight (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and it could prove to be a big night for both Evgeni Malkin and Jonathan Quick. In case you’ve forgotten, here are the awards up for grabs and who the nominees are.

Hart Trophy (League MVP): Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos, Henrik Lundqvist

Norris Trophy (Best defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber

Vezina Trophy (Best goalie): Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Pekka Rinne

Selke Trophy (Best defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Pavel Datsyuk

Calder Trophy (Rookie of the year): Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Henrique

Masterton Trophy (Perseverance and sportsmanship): Daniel Alfredsson, Joffrey Lupul, Max Pacioretty

Lady Byng Trophy (Most gentlemanly player): Brian Campbell, Matt Moulson, Jordan Eberle

Ted Lindsay Award (Players’ MVP): Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos

Jack Adams Award (Coach of the year): John Tortorella, Ken Hitchcock, Paul MacLean

You’ll also see the King Clancy Trophy and Mark Messier Leadership Award handed out as well. The former is a bit more important than the latter. If Quick wins the Vezina, he’ll complete the goalie hat-trick for awards winning the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina in the same season, something Tim Thomas and Bernie Parent have done before him. Odds are on Lundqvist spoiling that potential party, however.

41 years later, Bernie Parent reunited with his mask

2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Alumni Game

On April 8, 1971 something truly bizarre happened: Bernie Parent’s mask was thrown into the Madison Square Garden crowd during a scrum when Parent was with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Parent didn’t have a backup mask, so he had to give way to goalie mask trailblazer Jacques Plante. It was a strange story, but Frank Seravalli reports that Parent will finally be reunited with that mask.

Seravalli reports that the mask first sprouted up in a 2006 auction and now a private collector wants Parent to verify it. Parent will go one step further, though, as he’ll hand-deliver that old mask to the collector, who will eventually give it to the Hockey Hall of Fame once he dies. (Apparently the HHOF doesn’t “accept loans.”)

Parent didn’t expect to even recognize his old mask, yet he told Seravalli that he instantly did. (He’s pictured with his standard model with the Flyers in the photo.) In fact, Parent said that the mask still fits, completing a rather strange story.

“The first thing I wanted to do when I saw the mask was to call Hadfield and say, ‘Thanks,'” Parent said. “It was a huge pain to get a new mask, it takes 6 to 8 months to get a new one molded and cured. You always wonder what happened to it. Now, after 41 years, it’s here. Life is full of surprises.”

(H/T to Joe Pelletier)

Flyers to start Bryzgalov for 19th time in 20 games

Ilya Bryzgalov

It seems the Philadelphia Flyers have adopted the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra when it comes to goaltending as Ilya Bryzgalov will make his 19th start in the last 20 games tonight against Tampa Bay.

“He’s played extremely well this month,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told NHL.com, explaining why Bryzgalov got the nod. “He’s a big reason why we’ve been able to push up the standings. Our team needs that.

“Teams at the top of the conference are usually led by their goaltender and he’s been excellent this month.”

Bryz has been outstanding in March, posting a 10-1-1 record with a 1.22 GAA and .956 save percentage. He’s recorded four shutouts and come up huge in key games — most notably, a 38-save effort in a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh and a 30-save performance in a 2-1 win over Washington last Thursday (in which he made the game-saving shootout stop on Troy Brouwer.)

The 31-year-old Russian has also allowed two or fewer goals in 11 consecutive starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first Flyers goalie to accomplish that feat since Bernie Parent did it in 1974-75.

Of note, the Flyers went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, defeating Buffalo in six games.

Video: Philly fans still love Bernie Parent

Bernie Parent

The 66-year-old Bernie Parent may have said it best. After stopping all six shots he faced in about four minutes of play in the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, the Flyers legend exited stage right for the last time to a memorable standing ovation. Always a man who was quick with a joke, Bernie Parent had this to say about his afternoon in the sun: “I’m still in my prime.”

The 45,000+ fans took full advantage of their opportunity to salute the man that brought a pair of Vezinas, a pair of Conn Smythes, and a pair of Stanley Cups to the City of Brotherly Love. The only thing that was missing was a sign that said: “Only Jesus saves more than Bernie Parent.”

Check out his sendoff here.

Bernie Parent has Bryzgalov’s back

Ilya Bryzgalov

Since the first day of the season, all eyes in Philadelphia have been on newly acquired netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. The organization that has been missing one thing over the last decade had finally ponied up some serious cash to address their annual problem between the pipes. The nine-year contract was supposed to mean that the Flyers weren’t going to have to worry about their goaltending situation until 2021.

Fans in Philly came up a little short. Instead of waiting nine years, they waited about two weeks to worry about Bryzgalov. Just a bit short.

Today, legendary Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent came to the aid of the $51 million man. As most people in hockey, he preached patience as the team is only a third of the way through their season. “The more you believe in them, the more they believe in you and then you grow as a team, very, very important.” Parent said. “The Stanley Cup is not won in the first 20 games. You win the Stanley Cup after 82 games and then the playoffs. It’s a gradual improvement.”

Telling fans in Philadelphia to be patient—let us know how that one goes.

Parent went on to say that it takes time for a goaltender to get used to his defensemen, the big contract has nothing to do with his inconsistency, and people shouldn’t focus on his good play instead of looking at any bad goals he allows. Most importantly, the former goaltender talked about the mental challenges that Bryzgalov could be dealing with as he tries to find his way: “It’s like a pitcher, psychologically… You have to be very careful of your players, especially, a goalie. I think [Laviolette] handles him real well. It’s a matter of confidence. The more games you play, you understand your team.”

Just a bit of advice: if Bryzgalov wants to earn a little patience from fans, he might want to start improving on his numbers this season. The 11-5-2 record looks good enough, but the 2.89 goals against average and sub-.900 save percentage aren’t going to buy him any time from the fans.