May 14, 2013 |
The Ottawa Senators will attempt to pull off their second straight series upset starting Tuesday night when the NHL's conference semifinals get under way. Ottawa, seeded seventh in the Eastern Conference and coming off a five-game win over No. 2 Montreal, will play Game 1 at top-seeded Pittsburgh. The other Eastern Conference semifinal will pit the New York Rangers against the Boston Bruins after both advanced in Game 7s Monday night. In the Western Conference, defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles and surging San Jose will begin on Tuesday, while heavily favored Chicago and Detroit will start Wednesday.
April 30, 2013 |
Here is a look at the NHL playoffs that begin on Tuesday. Eastern Conference No. 8 seed N.Y. Islanders vs. No. 1 Pittsburgh Pity the Islanders. They get into the playoffs for the first time since the Kennedy administration - OK, it's only been six years - and they have to face an explosive Penguins team that outscored them, 16-5, in their last four meetings. The Penguins will use last year's first-round embarrassment to the Flyers as incentive. Pick: Penguins in five.
April 29, 2013 |
OTTAWA - The Flyers, with winger Jason Akeson scoring an early goal in his NHL debut and goalie Steve Mason giving another outstanding performance, ended their disappointing 23-22-3 season with a 2-1 win in Ottawa on Saturday night. The question is, was it also the end of the Peter Laviolette era? Probably not. General manager Paul Holmgren would not say definitively, but he again hinted strongly that the coach will return. Holmgren apparently wants to wait until after having season-ending interviews with his players in the next few days before making a decision on Laviolette, who has two years left on his contract.
April 25, 2013 |
JORDIN TOOTOO netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 6:26 left, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win last night over the visiting Los Angeles Kings and into eighth place in the Western Conference. Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining. The Red Wings are aiming to extend their postseason streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.
April 14, 2013
Craig Anderson made 33 saves in his third shutout of the season, and the Senators sent the sliding Devils to their ninth straight loss with a 2-0 victory Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Milan Michalek scored second-period goals for the Senators, who won for the second straight night, following a five-game skid, to boost their playoff chances. Ottawa, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, leads ninth-place Winnipeg by four points. New Jersey is 10th, eight points behind Ottawa and four behind the Rangers and the postseason cutoff with seven games to play.
April 13, 2013
Josh Bailey scored twice, and the Islanders added another big win in their surge toward the playoffs by beating the host Bruins, 2-1, on Thursday night. The Islanders, seeking their first trip to the postseason in seven years, improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games. They started the day tied with Ottawa and the Rangers with 44 points. New York kept pace with Ottawa, which defeated the Flyers. The eighth-place Rangers were idle. Battling homophobia The NHL and its players' union are partnering with an advocacy organization fighting homophobia in sports.
March 29, 2013 |
PASCAL DUPUIS scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal in his return to the lineup, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night for their 14th straight win. Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby had two assists to push his league-best points total to 56 as the Penguins got within three victories of their own NHL record for consecutive wins. Malkin, back from an upper-body injury, got his first goal in 3 weeks.
March 27, 2013 |
THE SINGULAR, lonely point the Flyers earned in the standings Sunday night in Pittsburgh was gravy. Put aside, for one moment, the absurdity of that thought. Nevermind that the 13th-place Flyers clung to a 1-0 lead with 7 minutes left and managed to cough up the extra point in overtime. Take the emotion out of it. Forget that the Flyers had a very real chance to stifle an 11-game winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season, against a bitter rival. Remove the doubt and focus on the numbers.
March 27, 2013
Buddy Robinson called it "a dream come true. " Robinson, a Bellmawr resident and Gloucester Catholic graduate, has signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Robinson, who recently finished his sophomore season with Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., said he would report to the Senators' American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., on Wednesday. "It all happened pretty quick," said Robinson, 21. "They invited me up for a visit [to Ottawa]
March 20, 2013
Standings Teams are listed in order of playoff position. The first eight teams in each conference earn playoff berths, with the three division winners in each conference seeded first, second and third. W L OL Pts. GIs Op. d-Pittsburgh 22 8 0 44 108 80 d-Montreal 19 5 4 42 90 70 d-Carolina 15 11 2 32 83 78 Boston 19 5 3 41 81 57 Ottawa 15 8 6 36 72 62 Toronto 15 12 2 32 86 83 d-Winnipeg 15 12 2 32 77 85 New Jersey 13 10 6 32 72 81 N.Y. Rangers 14 12 2 30 67 68 N.Y. Islanders 13 12 3 29 83 91 Tampa Bay 13 15 1 27 96 86 FLYERS 13 16 1 27 81 92 Washington 12 15 1 25 78 85 Buffalo 10 15 4 24 76 93 Florida 7 16 6 20 70 109 d-Chicago 24 2 3 51 100 62 d-Anaheim 20 3 4 44 90 66 d-Minnesota 15 10 2 32 70 68 St. Louis 16 10 2 34 85 80 Detroit 14 10 5 33 78 75 ...