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The Buzzer: Seven overtimes, four shootouts and a shutout

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Players of the Night:

Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars: Bishop made 24 saves en route to his second shutout of the season. Bishop had lost his previous four starts, so it was a nice bounce-back from the veteran netminder. He can also say he backstopped Ken Hitchcock’s 800th win as a head coach now.

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks: Thornton scored twice in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks. His second goal was his 1,415th point of his NHL career, moving him into sole possession of 18th spot all-time, one point ahead of Doug Gilmour.

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings: Talk about embracing the moment. Brown, playing in his 1,000th NHL game, scored the overtime winner for the Kings as they squeaked out a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche.

Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins: It was the dude’s birthday, and much like Brown did, he took hold of the moment, scoring the shootout winner in a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets.

Coach of the Night: 

Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars: These don’t make regular appearances in The Buzzer, but then again, coaches don’t often record their 800th career NHL win. In fact, only three have even done it and Hitchcock is now one of them. Can you guess the other two? The answer is below.

Highlights of the Night:

Thornton’s second of the night was a pretty nice clap bomb:

Jake Virtanen went coast-to-coast on this fine effort:

Cam Talbot nearly gave up a goal and then he gave us this save:

This dog dropped a puck. It was cute because dog:

Factoid of the Night:

Ken Hitchcock joined some pretty elite company on Thursday:



Bruins 2, Jets 1 (SO)

Devils 4, Rangers 3 (SO)

Ducks 5, Islanders 4 (OT)

Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 2 (SO)

Lightning 4, Senators 3 (SO)

Hurricanes 4, Predators 1

Stars 4, Blackhawks 0

Oilers 3, Blues 2

Sharks 5, Canucks 4 (

Kings 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Islanders win bid for new arena project at Belmont Park: Report


The New York Islanders will have a new home in a few years after their bid to build an arena on the site of Belmont Park was selected by Empire State Development, Newsday reports. An official announcement is expected Wednesday morning.

The Islanders teamed up with Sterling Project Development, a real estate firm run by the Wilpon family, who own Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, and Oak View Group, who are also behind the KeyArena renovation in Seattle. The winning bid includes an 18,000-seat arena, 435,000 square feet of retail space and a hotel.

Major League Soccer side New York City FC, who currently play at Yankee Stadium, was the other bidder. While the soccer team was also exploring other options in regards to a stadium location, Islanders ownership only had eyes for Belmont.

“We are locked and loaded on Belmont,” co-owner Jon Ledecky said at a luncheon with reporters in October. “We have blinders on for Belmont. We are not looking at other places or other opportunities. We want to make Belmont a reality.”

The Islanders have played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since 2015 and will continue to do so through next season; but issues popped up over time, like poor ice conditions and those pesky obstructed view seats.

The team was looking to amend their lease at the arena, which offered both sides an opt-out by Jan. 30. According to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach, the Islanders will now be opting out but have until Jan. 1 to either complete a new short-term lease or extend the negotiating window. Ledecky has said building the arena should take about 20 months once shovels go into the ground.

This is all very big news for Islanders fans for more than one reason. Besides having a home of their own for the first time since the Nassau Coliseum days, this also increases the odds that captain John Tavares, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has stated numerous times he wants to remain with the franchise, signs an extension.

After former Islanders majority owner Charles Wang saw multiple attemps to renovate the Coliseum fail before he sold to Ledecky and Scott Malkin in 2014, the team uprooted for Brooklyn, announcing their plans in Oct. 2012. A little over five years later, the franchise is officially going back to Nassau County.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

The Buzzer: Senators win, Subban from center, Lehtonen notches 300th win

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Players of the Night: 

Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators: It’s been a struggle for Ryan this season. He came into the game with just as single goal in 21 games but left with two in 22 while also adding an assist to help the Senators avoid a six-game losing streak.

Tyler Pitlick, Dallas Stars: Pitlick scored twice, bookending Dallas’s five goals in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders.

P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators: If you continue reading (and you should) you will see Subban’s goal that came from quite a distance. The defenseman notched two in a ___ win against the Vancouver Canucks, powering the Preds to their ninth win in their past 12 games.

Highlights of the Night: 

Brad Marchand fought off Mike Green, and then did this to win in overtime:

Dylan Larkin. Breakway. Shorthanded. Backhand.

Blunder of the Night: 

Yikes, Anders Nilsson. Bravo, P.K.

Factoids of the Night: 

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen killed two birds with one stone on Wednesday:

Filip Forsberg accomplished an impressive feat for the second time in his career.



Senators 3, Rangers 2

Stars 5, Islanders 2

Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

Predators 7, Canucks 1

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Aho keeps rolling; Leddy splits two ‘Canes before scoring a beauty (video)


After failing to score in the first 15 games of the season, Sebastian Aho has now found the back of the net in back-to-back-to-back-to-back games.

The Finnish forward opened the scoring less than two minutes into tonight’s game against the Isles. As if coming up with the first goal of the game wasn’t enough, Aho also picked up the primary assist  on Teuvo Teravainen‘s tally less than two minutes later, and Teravainen’s second of the game in the second period.

He now has nine points in his last three games and two periods, which is pretty remarkable for a guy that couldn’t buy one earlier on this season.

The start was less than ideal for New York, but they managed to salvage the period with an incredible goal.

You expect Islanders players like John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, or Mathew Barzal to score highlight-reel goals, but it was defenseman Nick Leddy that scored a beauty in the first period of Sunday’s game against Carolina.

With the Isles trailing 2-0 in the opening frame, Leddy grabbed a puck in the neutral zone, skated into Carolina territory, split Jaccob Slavin and Marcus Kruger and finally beat goalie Cam Ward.

It was Leddy’s fifth goal of the season, but probably the most impressive one of the bunch.

The Hurricanes currently lead 4-1 after two periods.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

Welcome Travis Hamonic to the trade rumor mill


Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is “in play,” according to a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.


Well, that’s not quite clear. But Friedman cited two sources that insisted it’s not because Hamonic was unhappy with the team’s move to Brooklyn. Apparently, that had been rumored.

Hamonic signed a seven-year deal with the Isles in the summer of 2013. He’s under contract through 2019-20 for a cap hit just below $4 million.

This season, Hamonic has three assists in 19 games, while logging an average ice time of 23:20. His possession stats are good. A right shot, he’s been paired most often with Calvin De Haan, though he’s also skated with Nick Leddy.

Hamonic had a career-high 33 points (5G, 28A) in 2014-15.


Hamonic is from Manitoba. According to this 2014 article, he owns a condo in Winnipeg.