June 18, 2013 |
BOSTON - Jaromir Jagr cradled the puck on his stick and calmly surveyed the scrambly ice in front of him. Two Chicago defenders were staring him down, while his teammates jostled for open space in tangential lines around him. An opening suddenly appeared and Jagr fired - through sticks, skates and bodies. Patrice Bergeron seemed startled as the puck arrived on his stick with such ease, before slamming it behind Corey Crawford. "It was right on my tape," Bergeron said.
December 11, 1997 |
Dallas Stars goaltender Ed Belfour couldn't be blamed if he took a nap in the crease. Not that anyone would have been able to notice. Belfour had to stop only 12 shots for his franchise-record seventh shutout and Sergei Zubov had a goal and an assist as the Stars extended their home winning streak to seven games last night with a 3-0 victory over the visitiing Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's a tribute to our team defense. It's a big part of our game," said Belfour following his 38th career shutout, tying him with Colorado's Patrick Roy for the most among active goalies.
December 2, 1993 |
That was a desperate thing Edmonton Oilers general manager Glen Sather did last weekend, removing coach Ted Green and going back behind the bench himself. Sather acknowledges that he isn't looking forward to another coaching stint at age 50. And coaching wasn't really the problem with the bargain-basement Oilers, last overall in the league when Sather made the move. They're losing because they've become the San Diego Padres of hockey, a team that develops players, then can't afford to pay them.
May 31, 1991 |
Russ Farwell's trading emporium finally opened for business last night and business was wild. After a season of inaction on the trade front, the Flyers' general manager worked a series of deals involving nine players and three teams. The net result was a little dizzying, and there will almost certainly be more moves to follow before the Flyers take the ice in October. From the Los Angeles Kings, Farwell acquired stylish, scoring defenseman Steve Duchesne, veteran center Steve Kasper and a fourth-round draft pick in the fouthcoming entry draft.
November 15, 1990 |
In this era of the self-aggrandizing athlete, Wayne Gretzky wears the title "the Great One" well. As seen in LIVE Home Video's Wayne Gretzky: Above and Beyond (58 minutes, $19.95), his boyish smile and modest manner are as remarkable as his record-breaking feats in professional ice hockey. Fans may prize this tape as a tribute to Gretzky's athletic greatness, but it's also a rare glimpse of athletic character, the kind sorely needed by youngsters in search of heroes. Gretzky will be 30 in January.
July 2, 1990 |
Jari Kurri, star right winger for the Edmonton Oilers, became a free agent with compensation yesterday, but it is doubtful whether any other NHL club will pay the price to sign him. Kurri, who became the league's all-time playoff goal-scoring leader and sparked the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup this past spring, has said he expects to sign a contract to play in Italy. "It should be done by the first or second week of July for sure," Kurri said last week, discussing his negotiations with club officials in Milan.
May 23, 1990 |
The Moose got loose. Mark Messier, held to no goals and one assist through the first three games of the Stanley Cup final series, last night led the Edmonton Oilers to the brink of the Cup. Messier's strength and speed keyed a 5-1 Oilers blowout of the Boston Bruins, who now trail the best-of-seven series, three games to one. The Oilers can clinch their fifth Stanley Cup in seven years by winning tomorrow's contest at Boston Garden....
May 19, 1990 |
This was something the Boston Bruins thought could never happen. They were the best defensive team in the NHL this season. Their No. 1 goalie, Andy Moog, has been the league's best throughout the playoffs. So, how did the Bruins lose Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, 7-2, last night? How did they let the Edmonton Oilers run them out of venerable Boston Garden? Suddenly, the favorites face a perilous 2-0 deficit in the best-of- seven series. They must win a game in Edmonton, either tomorrow or Tuesday, to avoid being swept.
May 19, 1990 |
The Edmonton Oilers sounded their Win-One-Without-Wayne battle cry last night, and to the Boston Bruins, that sound is like fingernails on a blackboard. The Oilers, whose previous four Stanley Cup championships were engineered by The Great Gretzky, have a death grip on their fifth Cup in seven years after embarrassing the Bruins, 7-2, in front of a stunned Boston Garden crowd. The win gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes tomorrow night at Northlands Coliseum.
May 17, 1990 |
Less than 12 hours after completing the longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup finals, the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins staggered back into Boston Garden. Just about everyone connected with either team was extremely glad that the quirky finals schedule allowed for two days off between Tuesday's Game 1, which the Oilers won, 3-2, 15:13 into the third 20-minute overtime, and Game 2, tomorrow night. Of course, if Game 2 goes past regulation, everyone will wish it had been played a day earlier, since both teams must fly to Edmonton Saturday for Game 3 on Sunday.