The Battle of Pennsylvania Part II took place in Philly this time. The Flyers’ Eric Desjardins started the scoring midway through the first, but the Penguins’ Jeff Taffe tied it up with an unassisted goal 17 seconds later. In the first minute of the second period, Mario Lemieux gave Pittsburgh its’ first lead of the game at 2-1. Three minutes later, the Flyers’ young star James van Riemsdyk knotted the game at two apiece. Lemieux scored his second of the game late in the period to put the Penguins up 3-2 heading into the third period. But that lead wouldn’t last one minute into the third, as Rod Brind’Amour knotted the game at 3. Brind’Amour scored again five minutes later to give the Flyers a lead. Eric Lindros scored on a late powerplay (thanks to a Jordan Staal high sticking double minor), putting the Flyers up 5-3 and giving Philly the win. (more…)
Archive for July, 2011
Tags: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Derick Brassard, Eric Lindros, Flyers, Joe Juneau, Kings, Mario Lemieux, Penguins, Rangers, Rod Brind'Amour, Wayne Gretzky, Ziggy Palffy
Tags: canada, Hockey, Josh Gorges, Kris Draper, NHL, Nikolai Khabibulin, Steven Stamkos, Winnipeg Jets
Here are some tidbits from around the NHL
- Kris Draper announced his retirement from the NHL. He is a 4 time Stanley Cup winner (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008. All with Detroit), as well as a 2004 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner. He totaled 364 points in his 19 year NHL career that spanned 1157 games. Also has 2 world junior gold, 1 world cup gold, 1 world championship gold and silver to his name with Team Canada. Congrats to him on a great career, and all the best to him in retirement!
- Nikolai Khabibulin is heading to the slammer after deciding to not appeal his 2010 DUI conviction. The lesson, being on injured reserve for a sore back, not the time to get wasted. On the bright side, 15 days is plenty of time for him to start a prison yoga gang.
- Penguins signed Right Winger Jason Williams. A very good, underrated signing. He seems to always pop up when you need a goal, just don’t count on him all the time. He’s like Alex Kovalev…. without the huge price tag, stickhandling ability, and attitude. (more…)
Tags: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Flyers, Jack Johnson, Kimmo Timonen, Kings, Martin Lapointe, Penguins, Rangers, Rod Brind'Amour
Rob’s Jackets finished the first half in Boston, taking on Andy’s Bruins. Tim Thomas and Steve Mason dueled in the first period, but in the second, Martin Lapointe solved Mason. At 11:40 in the second, Rick Nash took a holding penalty and Ray Bourque made the Jackets pay, scoring on the powerplay to put Boston up 2-0. But the Jackets wouldn’t go away easy. In the third, Andrew Cassels cut the Boston lead to one. Boston’s Dennis Wideman was penalized for holding later in the period and Nikolai Zherdev cashed in to tie it up at 2. Unfortunately for Columbus, two minutes later Lapointe scored again to give Boston another lead. Patrice Bergeron added a goal less than a minute later to seal Boston’s 4-2 win. (more…)
Tags: Billy Smith, Blues, Chris Osgood, Curtis Joseph, Dominik Hasek, Grant Fuhr, Hockey Hall of Fame, Islanders, Martin Brodeur, Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Roy, Red Wings, Sergei Fedorov, Steve Yzerman
Chris Osgood has announced his retirement today, and NHL fans should be celebrating his long, storied career. Yet his retirement promped the debate whether or not he should be a Hall of Famer. His resume includes being tenth all time in wins (401) in 17 seasons with the Red Wings, Blues and Islanders. He also has 3 Stanley Cup rings (’97, ’98, ’08), although one of those (’97) he was not the starter for.
So he should be a slam dunk Hall of Famer, right?
Let’s compare him to his peers, shall we? Below is a list of comparable goalies from the mid 80′s until present, in different categories. (more…)
Tags: Artem Anisimov, Brad Richards, Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Michael Sauer, Mike Rupp, Rangers, Ryan Callahan, Tim Erixon
There were a lot of questions for the New York Rangers going into this summer. Many of them were answered within the first few days of free agency, though some are still looming.
What we have:
Glen Sather did what many a Rangers fan thought he couldn’t do; reel in the season’s prized free agent. In bringing in Brad Richards the Blueshirts now have a nifty center to feed Marian Gaborik the puck. Though both the winger and center are oft-injured, the two could make some magic on the ice if they mesh well. Having Ruslan Fedotenko, Richards’ linemate during their Championship in ’04, could help improve their dynamic.
Another free agent brought into New York was Pittsburgh center Mike Rupp. The main question with the 6-foot-5 center was where did that leave 6-foot-6 center Brian Boyle? Apparently it simply meant bringing along a hard-hitting Cup winner (2003, NJ) into the fold, and not the departure of Boyle, who signed a three year contract a couple weeks later.
The last thing Sather did was ensuring the stability of the Rangers ‘core’ by re-signing RFA’s Michael Sauer (2 year, $2.5m) and Artem Anisimov (2 year, $3.75m), relatively good contracts for those who would have otherwise gone to arbitration. The Rangers got away with a lot, considering how well of a rookie season Sauer had in New York. One of the last pieces of the defensive puzzle was a trade with Calgary in mid-June, bringing in Tim Erixon; who was drafted 23rd overall by Calgary in 2009. Since he had not signed a contract with the Flames, Erixon was set to be re-entered into the 2011 draft. Instead, his rights were traded to his father’s former team, with whom he settled an entry-level contract with. With two more years under his belt with the Swedish Elite League, he is considered a top-ten level prospect, and is considered to crack the roster this season.
What we still have left: (more…)
Tags: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Dave Tippett, Flyers, Kings, Nelson Emerson, Penguins, Rangers, Rod Brind'Amour
The first game of the night had Rob’s Blue Jackets headed to Philadelphia to take on Dan’s Flyers. Simon Gagne got the party started with an early goal, and the Flyers held the lead through the first period. In the second, Eric Desjardins took a holding penalty, sending Columbus to the powerplay. Rick Nash tied the game towards the end of the man advantage. Kevyn Adams added a goal later in the second to put the Jackets up 2-1. It didn’t last long; early in the third, David Vyborny was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Eric Lindros knotted the game back up on the powerplay. Two minutes later, Rod Brind’Amour broke the tie, and it looked like the Flyers were going to win. Until Rick Nash, once again tied it up with 2:12 remaining. The game went into overtime, where Rod Brind’Amour once again broke a tie, and won the game for the Flyers.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Jeremy’s Kings hosted Andy’s Bruins. The first period was pretty uneventful, but the fun started in the second. Nathan Horton opened scoring at 3:25 to put Boston up 1-0. But the Kings struck back thanks to a Nelson Emerson goal, sending the game into the third period tied at 1. Both teams peppered the opposing goalies with shots (Kings 42, Bruins 34), but both Tim Thomas and Jon Quick refused to budge. Wayne Gretzky solved Thomas midway through the third to put the Kings up. Late in the third, the Bruins pulled Thomas for the extra attacker, but Ian Laperriere added an empty netter to give Los Angeles a 3-1 win. (more…)
Tags: Beau Bennett, Eric Tangradi, Joe Morrow, Keven Veilleux, Philip Samuelsson, Scott Harrington, Simon Despres, Tom Kuhnhackl
On Saturday was a free to the public scrimmage to cap off the Penguins rookie development camp. Approximately 4-5ooo fans attended, which is pretty impressive since there were maybe 1-2000 at regular training camp during Crosby’s rookie year. It’s a nice sign of the popularity heights that the Penguins have enjoyed for a while now.
The scrimmage was two 25 minute games with periodic switches between 5 on 5, 4 on 4, and some 3 on 3 situations. So evaluations and opinions of players can be a little skewed, but then again we also missed the drills and evaluations of the earlier days in the week as well.
By far the most impressive player in the scrimmage was the Pens 2nd round pick this year Scott Harrington. The London Knight showed great skating ability and quite a fervor for jumping up in the play and impressed with puck handling as well.
Tags: Devils, Drew Doughty, Ducks, Flyers, Johan Hedberg, Jon Quick, Kings, Lubomir Visnovsky, Manny Malhotra, Ondrej Pavelec, Sharks, Thomas Greiss, Thrashers
Through the summer doldrums, I decided to share some of the games I’ve been at. And before you call me bad luck, my Flyers winning percentage is over .700, so these five games are just a small sample.
This is only part one of two. Sometime later in the summer I’ll chronicle five awesome games I was at.
5. Kings 1, Flyers 0 (2/13/11)
The highlight of this game was a monster pre-game tailgate we had. And we needed it. Drew Doughty scored the only goal of the game very early in the second period. During the second intermission, @MikePatota didn’t even realize the Kings had scored (since it was so early in the period). Our frustrations boiled over when Jarret Stoll boarded Chris Pronger and no penalty on Stoll was called, this the day after the Islanders-Penguins brawl. Jon Quick had 40 saves to earn the shutout and sent all of us home unhappy.
4. Devils 3, Flyers 1 (1/22/11)
You guys know when you play the Devils it’ll either be 1) fun if you’re scoring or 2) painful to watch. This game was in the second group. I honestly couldn’t tell you who scored but my guess would be Patrik Elias, the Flyer killer. (Checking the boxscore showed he had two goals). I do remember that it was Johan Hedberg, not Marty Brodeur, who shut the Flyers down. Johan Hedberg of all goalies!
Speak to most any Kings’ fan right now about the recent additions to the LA lineup and you’re likely to get a couple minutes of enthusiastic chatter, perhaps a bit of trade skepticism (trading Schenn is going to come back to haunt us, don’t you know?!), discussion of ever present trade rumors. I’d wager than 9/10 fans will all transition at one point or another to the same topic: Why isn’t Drew Doughty signed yet?
To call Doughty an important cog in the Kings’ machine would be an understatement of sorts. He is the Kings’ franchise player, and young defenseman who figures to be in the conversation about the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the next decade, perhaps longer. He also became a Restricted Free Agent as of July 1st.
In the two weeks that have transpired since then, much speculation has been tossed about regarding the Kings’ superstar defenseman. He’s been rumored to have asked to become the highest paid King. He and his agents, Don Meehan and Mark Guy of Newport Sports, have both been accused of being greedy. Kings’ General Manager Dean Lombardi has been accused of being “cheap”. Some Kings’ fans are in a state of panic about it too. (more…)
Tags: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Ed Olczyk, Flyers, Henrik Lundqvist, Kevin Miller, Kings, Luc Robitaille, Penguins, Rangers, Roman Cechmanek, Tim Thomas
In the first game of part three, Joey’s Penguins traveled to Columbus to take on Rob’s Jackets. The game was pretty uneventful for most of the first period, until Ed Olczyk took a kneeing penalty. 26 seconds later, Ulf Samuelsson was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind. On the ensuing five on three advantage, Fedor Tyutin scored to head into the first intermission with the Jackets leading 1-0. The Penguins killed off the remainder of the powerplay in the second period and at 7:17, Kevin Miller tied the game. About a minute later, Ray Whitney gave Columbus back its’ one goal lead. Early in the third, Kevin Miller once again tied the game. Two minutes later, Darius Kasparaitis gave Pittsburgh its’ first lead of the game. Ed Olczyk added a goal to give the Penguins some cushion and a 4-2 win. (more…)