Shane Doan’s longevity with the Arizona Coyotes is one of the more impressive examples of a player sticking with a franchise. Doan, 39, has had several opportunities to leave the desert in hopes of picking up a Stanley Cup, but he’s stayed true to the franchise that drafted him seventh overall in 1995.
Thanks to his time in Arizona, Doan has become, inarguably, the face of the Coyotes. And now, at least for a while, he’ll stand atop the team’s all time leaderboard. Friday night against the Calgary Flames, Doan scored twice and added an assist to move to 931 career points, all of which have come with the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise.
Doan’s goal to open the scoring in the first period tied him with Dale Hawerchuk at 929 points, and Doan’s second-period assist vaulted him into first-place all-time in franchise scoring. But he capped off his night with a solid one-time blast to sit two points up on Hawerchuk and continue his march toward a potential 1,000-point career: Read more
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately you’ve probably heard that Sidney Crosby has been pretty, pretty, pretty good lately. Back in December when he had only six goals and 17 in points in 25 games he was dogged with the expected “What’s wrong with Sidney Crosby?!” questions.
Now, after a torrid January and start to February that has seen him shoot up the stats leaderboard, the question has become “Where will Sidney Crosby finish in the scoring race?”
Here are our picks for where he finishes in the Art Ross hunt:
The question everyone wanted answered following Sunday’s Super Bowl was if it was the final game of Peyton Manning’s career.
Manning, 39, has been one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen, and while Sunday may not have been the best game of his career, it would be a fitting, storybook ending to his career.
The possibility of Manning retiring on top hits home across professional sports. It’s the way every player wants to go out, but the way few rarely get to. That said, we’ve seen similar retirements in the NHL before. Most famously, there was Ray Bourque’s Stanley Cup-winning goodbye to the league. After him, there was Mark Recchi’s post-Cup retirement announcement, and the pre-Cup announcement from Kimmo Timonen in 2014-15 that, Stanley Cup or not, he was hanging up his skates following the season. Luckily, his career got to end with him triumphantly hoisting the Cup.
One player missing from our list of five who could go out on top is Jaromir Jagr. The 43-year-old has made it clear he’s got at least one more year in him. So, whether the Panthers win it all or come up short, he’s not going out on top if he wins this season. Here are five players without contracts for next season who stand a chance to make their last on-ice moment include the Stanley Cup: Read more
Remember the concern earlier in the season that Sidney Crosby had lost a step or that he was no longer among the best players in the game? Well, if those worries weren’t already put to bed, they should be now.
Monday evening against the Anaheim Ducks, Crosby was seemingly everywhere, and it shows on the score sheet. Crosby’s two goals and four points helped the Penguins sink the Ducks and put an end to Anaheim’s six-game win streak. If you were looking for one single play to encapsulate just how well Crosby played Monday — and how unstoppable he has been of late — look no further than his second goal against the Ducks.
Less than four minutes into the third period, Crosby was sent in on a breakaway with Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler giving chase. Fowler, knowing he wouldn’t catch Crosby, impeded ‘Sid the Kid’ with a few hooks, the second of which caused Crosby to lose his footing and fall toward the ice. As he was falling, though, Crosby managed to get absolutely wire a shot past John Gibson’s glove: Read more
What happens to an attempt to injure match penalty when the attempt to injure is actually successful? Well, not much if you’re talking about the NHL, which ignores and justifies suspendable acts with mind-boggling regularity.
Take the Wayne Simmonds sucker punch on Ryan McDonagh Saturday afternoon, for example. In another decision that makes the Department of Player Safety the most spectacular oxymoron since jumbo shrimp, Simmonds skated away with nothing more than a game misconduct for sucker punching McDonagh of the New York Rangers in the head. And McDonagh got away with a double minor for a stick offense that was gratuitous and unnecessary. Give the NHL credit, at least it manages to baffle, confuse and infuriate everyone with its decisions.
Pittsburgh backup Jeff Zatkoff doesn’t get to play often, so when he does, he wants to make his minutes count. And while he couldn’t help the Penguins overcome a 4-1 deficit Friday, he did make an incredible stick save during Pittsburgh’s attempted comeback.
With the Penguins back within one goal late in the third period, the Lightning dumped the puck into the Penguins’ zone and Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson gave chase. Johnson created some havoc below the goal line in his attempt to get the puck, which resulted in Penguins center Kevin Porter making an ill-advised pass into the middle of the ice, right onto the tape of Lightning winger Erik Condra.
Condra had no one between he and Zatkoff and used great patience to pull the puck around the Penguins goaltender. But Zatkoff, who committed to Condra’s deke early, reached back with his goal stick and sealed the ice with his paddle to make a great save: Read more
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins could be taking their rivalry outdoors next season.
According to ESPN’s Scott Burnside, the Flyers and Penguins have been in discussions for an outdoor game in 2017, but there’s currently no decision on whether or not the potential game could be a Stadium Series outing or be next season’s Winter Classic. Read more
The Penguins have won four straight and are only two points back of overtaking both the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders for a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division, but if Pittsburgh wants to move past the Devils and Islanders this weekend, they’ll have to do so without the services of two centers.
It was announced Wednesday that both Evgeni Malkin and Eric Fehr would miss Pittsburgh’s back-to-back games against Tampa Bay and Florida. Malkin, who suffered a lower-body injury, will have to be reevaluated following the weekend, but the outlook for Fehr isn’t nearly as good — it’s expected he’ll be out at least a month.
“(Malkin) is not going to be on the weekend with us,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told Michelle Crechiolo. “He’s got a lower-body injury. He’s going to rehab it over the weekend. We’re going to evaluate him when we get back and go from there.” Read more