New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez was given a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct for catching Alexei Emelin in the face with a right elbow.
The incident occurred late in the second period. The puck was along the boards, with Gomez standing nearby and Emelin shadowing him. As Emelin got closer, Gomez threw up the elbow, triggering a response from the Canadiens.
The Habs were unable to score on the five-minute power play.
Just before Gomez threw the elbow, Emelin had caught the veteran forward with a heavy hit into the end boards, as the two players went for a loose puck.
Carey Price has the night off. So, enter Dustin Tokarski into the crease for the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs’ back-up goalie made a spectacular save, moving to his left, to deny New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson of what looked to be a sure goal during the second period of Friday’s game.
Tokarski first stopped Mike Cammalleri, but gave up the rebound, which came right out to Severson. He didn’t waste any time letting go of his shot, but Tokarski had already moved into position to make the second save.
John Gibson will get another chance to show he should be the Anaheim Ducks’ playoff starter when he goes up against Colorado tonight at Honda Center.
Gibson’s last start was a good one; the 21-year-old stopped all but one of the Devils’ 27 shots last Sunday in a 2-1 victory, after which he was named the game’s first star.
Still, neither Gibson nor Andersen has made it an easy decision for coach Bruce Boudreau. Both young goalies have had excellent performances, and both have had their hiccups.
“I think they both want the starting role,” Boudreau said recently, per NHL.com “We had a tough game in New York and Columbus [last month] and when [Andersen] played two really good games, it was like [Gibson] said, ‘Oh, yeah? OK,’ and he came in and played great. I think they both would like to have it.
“If we go far they’re both going to play, and if we don’t go far, they’re both going to play, because if we’re losing, we’re going to make switches. That’s the way I think of it right now. We’re not married to thinking one is better than the other. When they’re on top of their game, they’re as good as there is.”
Reto Berra will start for Colorado.
Scott Darling likely for Chicago versus Anders Lindback for Buffalo.
Dustin Tokarski for Montreal versus Keith Kinkaid for New Jersey.
Brian Elliott for St. Louis versus Kari Lehtonen (likely) for Dallas.
Louis Domingue for Arizona versus Antti Niemi for San Jose.
PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin says if he could choose another place to play, it’d be Montreal
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Alex Ovechkin says if he wasn’t playing for the Washington Capitals, his preferred team would be the Montreal Canadiens. Ovechkin said he likes the atmosphere and culture in the city of Montreal. (ESPN.com)
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Anaheim Ducks players read harsh tweets:
Former Montreal Expo Vladimir Guerrero got a warm reception during the Montreal Canadiens game on Thursday night.
Actor and Boston Bruins’ fan Denis Leary is producing an eight-episode sitcom called “Benders”, which focuses on an amateur hockey team. (A.V. Club)
Matt Dumba recently ventured into Minnesota’s Mall of America to talk hockey with shoppers. The Wild’s rookie defenseman went predominantly unrecognized as he talked to shoppers about the local hockey team.
A linesman in the KHL suffered a brutal leg injury after a player was hit into his leg. The injury occurred during Ak Bars 1-0 overtime win against Sibir in KHL playoff action on Thursday.
Alex Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark and tied Peter Bondra for first place in the Capitals’ all-time goals leaderboard with 472 on Tuesday. He didn’t have to wait much longer to claim sole possession of the top spot.
With the Capitals on the power play, Ovechkin weaved through Canadiens blueliner P.K. Subban before beating goaltender Carey Price with a wrist shot:
Ovechkin is also the Capitals’ all-time leader in points, although he ranks second in assists behind Nicklas Backstrom.
On the NHL’s career leaderboard, Ovechkin’s 473 goals puts him in a three-way tie for 51st place with Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny. Not bad for a 29-year-old.
The Capitals captain looks like a lock to win his third straight Richard Trophy and fifth overall. The bigger question at this point is if he’ll take the Hart Trophy for the fourth time. Ovechkin would certainly appreciate it if he won, but he emphasized that individual trophies aren’t his goal.
“To be honest with you, I don’t need that kind of stuff [individual awards],” Ovechkin told ESPN prior to tonight’s contest. “If I win, it will be great, but I need, this organization needs, a Cup. I want to be selfish in that kind of category instead.”