Video: Nyquist scores OT winner on incredible individual effort


Gustav Nyquist got the puck with along the boards with 1:17 remaining in overtime. He wouldn’t relinquish it for approximately another 28 seconds, when he released a quick wrist shot for the winning goal.

It was a superb effort from the Detroit Red Wings forward, who gave his team a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Talk about puck possession. He circled the net, protecting the puck while getting hacked and whacked and pushed around. Then came the shot, which beat Craig Anderson, who was dealing with traffic to his right.

Goalie nods: Lightning get Ben Bishop back

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Ben Bishop returns

Bishop has missed four straight games with a lower-body injury, but he’s projected to be available for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Although 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy did a great job in his absence, the Lightning will rely on solid goaltending from Bishop to lead them forward.

The Hurricanes will counter with Cam Ward, whose comeback campaign has been one of the lone bright spots in Carolina’s otherwise abysmal season. He has a 2.44 GAA and .911 save percentage in 23 starts and has only allowed three or more goals in one of his last five games.

With a 10-20-4 record, Carolina is the second-worst team in the NHL while Tampa Bay is locked with Montreal and Detroit in a battle for first place in the Atlantic Division.


Isles at Sabres: Kevin Poulin vs. Jhonas Enroth

Red Wings at Senators: Jimmy Howard vs. Craig Anderson

Devils at Rangers: Cory Schneider vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Bruins at Blue Jackets: Niklas Svedberg is probable; Columbus will go with Curtis McElhinney because Sergei Bobrovsky is sick.

Jets at Wild: Michael Hutchinson vs. Darcy Kuemper

Capitals at Penguins: Braden Holtby’s in for Washington while Marc-Andre Fleury will probably start for Pittsburgh.

Stars at Blues: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jake Allen

Flyers at Preds: Ray Emery for Philadelphia, but there’s no word on Nashville’s goaltender.

Ducks at Coyotes: It’s not clear who will start for Anaheim, but Devan Dubnyk will get the nod for Arizona.

Hawks at Avs: Chicago hasn’t named its starter, but Calvin Pickard is projected to get the nod for Colorado.

Oilers at Flames: While there’s no word from the Oilers, Calgary will go with Jonas Hiller.

Sharks at Kings: Antti Niemi will start for San Jose; Jonathan Quick is probable for Los Angeles.

Eichel named Team USA captain for World Juniors


One day after Canada named Ottawa rookie Curtis Lazar its captain for the World Junior Championships, the Americans announced Jack Eichel would wear the “C” for the upcoming tournament.

Eichel, the standout Boston University freshman that’s pegged as a top-two pick in next year’s NHL Entry Draft, heads a leadership group that also includes Blackhawks draftee John Hayden (74th overall, ’13) and defenseman Will Butcher, Colorado’s fifth-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

That Eichel got the “C” shouldn’t come as a big surprise. He’s a hugely talented forward that’s taken the collegiate hockey landscape by storm this season, leading the country in scoring (27 points in 16 games) while impressing several onlookers — including American hockey legend Mike Eruzione.

From the Calgary Sun:

In his post as director of special outreach at Boston University, Eruzione was well aware of what was transpiring when Eichel announced his intentions to go to the school. And just to make sure, during Eruzione’s many speaking engagements across the country, fans would remind him of just what a talent the school was getting.

Said Eruzione: “It’s funny. All year during my travels people would say ‘You have Eichel, you’ve got Eichel coming in.’ I’d say: ‘I’m sure the kid’s a good player.’”

“You always hear about these guys coming up and how great they are. Then you go to the first two or three practices and it’s like ‘Whoa, this kid is pretty good.’

“It’s great to see. He’s a great player and seems a good kid, a well grounded kid. That’s important.”

This year’s World Junior tournament will take place in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Team USA opens its campaign against Finland at the Bell Centre on Friday.

Goalie nods: Rinne vs. Bobrovsky is your matchup of the night


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Bob vs. Peks

Scintillating goalie battle tonight in Columbus as Sergei Bobrovsky takes on Pekka Rinne.

Rinne, who’s returned to form this season after battling with a hip injury all of last year, has won four of his last five with a 1.77 GAA, .941 save percentage and one shutout. He’s been great all season long and is an early Vezina candidate, if not the leader.

Not to be outdone, Bobrovsky is putting forth an effort that should have him in the conversation for December’s first star of the month. The Russian ‘tender is 8-0-1 this month with a 2.01 GAA and .940 save percentage, one of the big reasons the Jackets have rallied from their awful start to the season to climb within seven points of Washington for the final playoff spot in the East.


Sens at Caps: Craig Anderson vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at Panthers: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Roberto Luongo

Coyotes at Canucks: Mike Smith vs. Ryan Miller

Sharks at Ducks: Antti Niemi vs. Frederik Andersen

Flames at Kings: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

Sens rookie Lazar to captain Canada at World Juniors

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Just days after being loaned out from the NHL, Curtis Lazar was appointed Team Canada’s captain for the upcoming World Junior Championship.

Lazar, on hiatus from his rookie year in Ottawa, will head a leadership group that includes alternate captains Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart, who started the year with Buffalo before being returned to WHL Kootenay.

“Curtis, Connor and Sam have all represented Canada internationally on several occasions and bring great experience and leadership to these roles,” Canada head coach Benoit Groulx said Monday in a statement. “While these three players will wear letters, this team is blessed with many leaders and success will take a collective effort at all levels, including on the leadership side.”

Lazar was an easy choice as team captain, having played for Canada at last year’s Worlds while boasting the most NHL experience of any player on the roster. The 19-year-old has seven points in 27 games for the Sens this year and sits third among all NHL rookies in hits, with 58.