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Players of the Night:
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins: Remember when people thought Tuukka Time was running out? Rask stopped 28-of-29 against the Flames in a 2-1 overtime win for the Bruins on Monday. Rask, according to Sportsnet Stats, is now 20-2-2 with a 1.83 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and two shutouts in his last 25 games, 24 of which has been starts.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators: Rinne stopped 36-of-38 to help the Predators back into a tie first place in the Central Division. Rinne, who has won three of his past four starts, picked up his 30th win of the season, the seventh time he’s done so in his career, and fourth season in a row.
Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild: Zucker notched two tallies in the game, his second and third goals in his past two games, to help the Wild to a much-needed win after dropping their previous two contests.
John Gibson and Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson left after the second period with a lower-body injury. He made 13 saves. Miller came in for a relief stint and stopped 20 third-period shots for the rare combined shutout, just the second occurrence in team history.
Highlights of the Night:
Poor Erik Karlsson:
Brad Marchand uses his head for some good:
The Chronicles of Rittich:
Factoids of the Night:
Wild 5, Islanders 3
Capitals 3, Sabres 2
Bruins 2, Flames 1 (OT)
Predators 5, Senators 2
Kings 3, Blackhawks 1
Ducks 2, Golden Knights 0
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After 18 seasons in the NHL, Daniel Briere is considering retiring from the game.
The 37-year-old, who had eight goals and 12 points in 57 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014-15, tells Guillaume Lefrancouis of Le Presse that he still has a passion for the game, but that he has to take his family into consideration.
Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski translated the following from the Le Presse story:
“The big deal is to think of my family, he explains. I just missed two seasons of their hockey, two years of school where I was not there to help them. At some point, you have to take a step back and analyze everything. I will not take the decision alone. I want to tell them about it, have their thinking, feeling.
“I would play, I still love the game, I have a passion for hockey. But there is something else in life. I must think of three little men. I was a bit selfish the past two years to pursue my dream.”
Briere’s two-year, $8 million contract is set to expire next month.
The Quebec native has appeared in 973 career NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.
Not a good health development for P.A. Parenteau on Monday — after missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an “illness,” Parenteau was held out of today’s practice with concussion-like symptoms.
Parenteau, 31, had missed three games earlier this month after suffering the concussion against New Jersey on Jan. 2, courtesy this big hit from Devils forward Tim Sestito:
After sitting out, Parenteau returned to play a pair of games — Wednesday’s win over Columbus, Thursday’s loss in Ottawa — before missing the Islanders game over the weekend.
This setback is the latest in what’s been a disappointing season for the Quebec native. Parenteau was acquired by Montreal in exchange for Daniel Briere and began his homecoming campaign well, scoring five points in his first five games. From there, though, he’s struggled to find chemistry with various linemates and is currently mired in a 16-game goalless drought.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after taking a skate to the side of the face early in the first period.
The injury, which occurred after he got tangled up with Daniel Briere heading into the corner, comes after Del Zotto was scratched in the last nine games.
Updated: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Phildelphia, Del Zotto was back on the Flyers’ bench at the start of the second period.
Alex Tanguay’s highlight reel goal turned some heads on Thursday, but that wasn’t the replay on the minds of the Colorado Avalanche.
Instead, more than a few Avalanche members were unhappy about a disallowed Daniel Briere power-play goal in what ultimately became a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames, as the Denver Post reports.
“Apparently Sportsnet has an angle … the angle we had it was impossible whether it touched the glove or not,” Patrick Roy said.
Here’s video of the disallowed tally:
The NHL laid out its explanation in its Situation Room Blog:
At 3:49 of the second period in the Colorado Avalanche/Calgary Flames game, video review determined that Avalanche forward Daniel Briere used his left hand to bat the puck into the Flames net. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net”. No goal Colorado.
Ultimately, it counts as a loss. A disenfranchised Tanguay told the Denver Post that “we are finding ways to lose” while Jarome Iginla lamented the team’s many close losses.
A few bits to consider, then:
- They have a .444 winning percentage when scoring first, tying them with the Edmonton Oilers for third-worst in the NHL. Their .822 mark in 2013-14 tied Montreal for the fourth-best percentage.
- Conversely, they were the third-best at coming back from behind (40.5 percent) in 2013-14, but they’re middle of-the-pack in that area now.
- They’ve only won a third of the one-goal games they’ve been in so far. Last season, they were the best in the league, winning 70 percent of their one-goal games.
Some might think it’s too simplistic, yet it really does seem like the Avalanche are rarely getting the bounces they enjoyed to an almost ridiculous extent last season. The team needs to find a way to force their luck to improve or their many critics will feel vindicated.