March 9, 2013 |
There's something about games between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins that makes it look as if both teams have beer-league defenses. It happened in last year's wild playoffs, and it happened in last month's 11-goal game in Pittsburgh. It happened again Thursday night as the Flyers scored four first-period goals - two on the power play by the blistering Jake Voracek - but watched the Penguins answer with three unanswered tallies in the second period. By the time it ended, both starting goalies had been yanked, and the Penguins emerged with a 5-4 comeback victory before a stunned sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 8, 2013 |
IT HAS BEEN a difficult transition, but Capitals coach Adam Oates thinks he is on to something - trying to get Alex Ovechkin to play on his natural, right-wing side. "You look back through the history of baseball and every shortstop throws right. Why? Because it's too hard to make the throw lefthanded," Oates told CBC in a recent interview. "How many plays won't be made because a lefthanded shortstop isn't able to turn, get set and make the throw with strength and speed?" It has become a leaguewide trend, and the Flyers are tuned in. Oates referenced the feng-shui of the Bruins lineup, which has four left-shooting wings, four right-shooting wings, two left-shooting centers, two right-shooting centers, three left-shooting defensemen and three right-shooting defensemen.
March 6, 2013 |
THE NHL announced Monday that all 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, will be eligible to win the No. 1 draft pick when the lottery is held on April 29. Under the previous system, the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots. The league also announced that all seven rounds of the draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will be held on June 30. The previous six drafts were held over a 2-day span.
March 5, 2013
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored less than two minutes apart in the third period and the host Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, Monday. Chris Kunitz added his 12th of the season for Pittsburgh and James Neal scored an empty-net goal in the final minute as the Penguins sent the struggling Lightning to their fifth straight loss. Elsewhere: Nazem Kadri continued his points streak with a goal and an assist in the host Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils.
February 26, 2013 |
TAKE A LOOK at the scoresheet from the Flyers' 5-3 win over Winnipeg on Saturday and one thing stands out. It wasn't Jake Voracek's three assists. Or Claude Giroux' 33 faceoffs. Or Brayden Schenn's three points. It wasn't even Zac Rinaldo's game-high 12 hits, 11 of which he was credited for in the first two periods. But how about Rinaldo's ice time? He skated a career-high 14:08, and punched in an empty-netter with 1 second remaining in regulation to ice - a pure hustle play that started with sound defense and ended in exultation.
February 4, 2013
Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Super Bowl Sunday visit to the nation's capital, leading a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals that reflected both teams' fortunes so far in the lockout-shortened season. Kris Letang, Paul Martin, and Matt Cooke also scored; Sidney Crosby had three assists; and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division. Devils bounce back Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22d career shutout and the New Jersey Devils beat the host New York Islanders, 2-0. Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty-netter to help the Devils snap a four-game winless streak (0-1-3)
February 3, 2013
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and the host Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their first home victory of the season by beating the New Jersey Devils, 5-1, Saturday. Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first NHL goal, Brandon Sutter got his first with Pittsburgh, and Kris Letang also found the back of the net for the Penguins, who handed the Devils their first loss in regulation this season. Nash lifts Rangers Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the host Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2. Steven Stamkos scored both goals for the Lightning, who went 4-1 on a five-game homestand.
January 25, 2013
Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden for their first win of the season. Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Rangers (2-1), who squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 en route to avenging a season-opening loss at Boston on Saturday. Penguins fall Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk scored twice; James Reimer stopped 28 shots; and the Toronto Maple Leafs raced past the Penguins, 5-2, to spoil Pittsburgh's home opener.
January 24, 2013 |
MARIAN GABORIK scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Wednesday night for their first win of the season. Gaborik broke free and outraced Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk down the ice. His first shot was blocked by goalie Tuukka Rask, but Gaborik batted the rebound out of the air to end the game and start a cascade of flying hats onto the ice. Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Rangers, who got 26 saves from Henrik Lundqvist.
January 21, 2013 |
THE PENGUINS have four points atop the Atlantic Division. The Rangers and the Flyers have none at the bottom. No, it isn't too early to keep an eye on the standings in this lockout-induced, 48-game sprint to the Stanley Cup playoffs. James Neal scored twice, linemate Evgeni Malkin had three assists, and the Penguins chased Henrik Lundqvist from the net in the second period of a 6-3 victory over the Rangers in New York's home opener Sunday. The Penguins haven't even played a home game.