Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin didn’t make an impact on the score sheet in Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers, but his physical play may have helped shift the series further in Washington’s favor.
Ovechkin’s big hit came midway through the second period when he was chasing Sean Couturier through the neutral zone. As Couturier laid a puck back into the middle of the ice that was intended for Brayden Schenn, Ovechkin caught up to the Flyers center and shoved him into the boards. The hit resulted in Couturier crashing into the boards shoulder first, and it was immediately evident Couturier was in pain. He remained on the ice for a few seconds, but was nursing his left shoulder. Read more
Before the Boston Bruins announced Thursday that Claude Julien will be coming back next season – he might want to freshen up that resume though, you know, just in case – it was assumed that it were let go that he’d instantly head to the top of the list of candidates to coach the Ottawa Senators.
Julien is one of the best, if not the best, coach in hockey today. What’s to say that a bench boss of that ilk would even want to coach the Senators? First, you’re working for a loose cannon. Second, you’re working for a loose cannon that owns a budget team. It’s one thing to be wildly eccentric and rich, a la George Steinbrenner or Jerry Jones. It’s quite another to work for a guy who writes checks with his mouth that his team’s bank account can’t cash.
Ed Snider — friend and foe — who died on Monday was above being just special, he was inimitable.
The man, who helped found the Philadelphia Flyers and helped craft the expansion franchise into the NHL’s first expansion Stanley Cup-winners in 1974 and 1975, blended penultimate passion with supreme sagacity.
Snider and I had a friendly-enemy relationship although we had lots in common: both Jewish, both energetic supporters of the State of Israel, both the same age and both hockey nuts from the first time we watched stick handlers.
Ed Snider, the founding owner and chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers, has passed away at the age of 83. He had been battling cancer for two years. In a statement released through the Flyers’ website, his children said the following:
The Boston Bruins’ loss Saturday afternoon set up a win-and-in situation for the Flyers, and with the post-season only two points away, Philadelphia was hoping for one good effort to put them into the playoffs. On a team-wide basis, the Flyers produced, but no players stood out quite like Wayne Simmonds, who stepped up and has Philadelphia readying for the playoffs.
Simmonds, 27, has been an offensive juggernaut for the Flyers all season, and with the potential to earn Philadelphia a playoff berth Saturday, he made the most of his chances. In the first frame, after the Flyers had fallen behind on a goal by the Penguins’ Nick Bonino, Simmonds used his speed and reach to knot the score following a slick feed from Jakub Voracek.
Scoring only the game-tying goal would have made Simmonds a momentary hero in the City of Brotherly Love, but he assured fans would be chanting his name throughout the city well into the night in the second frame when he made an outstanding play to deflect a Shayne Gostisbehere shot past Penguins netminder Jeff Zatkoff to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead: Read more
The late-season scoreboard watching will continue into the final weekend of the NHL regular season.
The Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night to pull into a tie for third place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit could have clinched a playoff berth for the 25th consecutive season, but struggled on the second night of back-to-back games against teams fighting for their playoff lives.
As a whole, this has not been a very good campaign for Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings netminder lost his job to young upstart Petr Mrazek and has some of the worst individual stats of any goalie who has played at least 30 games in the NHL this season.
But man, did Howard come up big last night.
If Pavel Datsyuk were to go back home to play in the KHL next season and turn his back on the last year of his contract with the Detroit Red Wings, it would leave an enormous leadership and talent void on the roster. But it might not be the end of the world for them.
In fact, if things work out they way they potentially could, it could be a boon for the Red Wings. If Datsyuk were to let the Red Wings know of his intentions early enough, it would open up some valuable cap space and allow them to go after the biggest free agent in the pool, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced Saturday that Stamkos has a blood clot and faces a recovery period of one-to-three months, meaning there is a chance the pending unrestricted free agent has played his last game for the Lightning. It is expected, however, that Stamkos will make a full recovery.