Toronto 2 (Recap)
St. Louis 3
Boston 2 (SO) (Recap)
Philadelphia 4 (Recap)
Detroit 4 (Recap)
Winnipeg 3 (Recap)
NY Rangers 3
Dallas 2 (Recap)
Phoenix 3 (OT) (Recap)
Edmonton 4 (Recap)
New Jersey 2
Los Angeles 1 (OT) (Recap)
Tampa Bay 1
San Jose 5 (Recap)
* Captain Serious Jonathan Toews had a goal and three assists in his hometown of Winnipeg to help the Blackhawks beat the Jets. That moves to Chicago to, let me see here…first place in the league. Okey doke then.
* Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators had two goals and an assist, while his teammate Matt Cullen played Tommy Topper and put up one and three for four.
* Matt Read scored twice in the Flyers latest win, while Steven Downie and Sean Couturier both had two assists.
* Gustav Nyqvist is gonna get frustrated real fast here if he doesn’t stick with the big club soon. Basically, if he plays one more game he has to clear waivers before they can send him down (meaning they won’t), but until they can make room for him, he’s stuck in the AHL. Last night he scored twice, but it’s not gonna matter much. (Zetterberg added three assists, by the way.)
* Henrik Lundqvist stole a game for the Rangers last night, making 41 saves on 43 shots. That included a career high 23 in one period – the first.
* Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three assists, while Taylor Hall added two and Jordan Eberle potted a couple.
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We were losing badly, and the sound wouldn’t stop.
*BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG*
It was a home game in playoffs, and it wasn’t supposed to be going like this. Somehow the opposing team’s mascot had acquired a ticket directly behind our bench, and though he wasn’t in full garb, Chief Wannawin had managed to get his drum in the building. Our coach was about to boil over.
I’m not gonna say if he ordered the Code Red or not because it’s now a legal issue and the police were involved, but he called timeout to get the boys to regroup. As the man with the drum stood up to make hearing hard for our team during the break, he was promptly grabbed by our stocky equipment manager, who ended up on the other side of the glass on top of him going Ralphie from A Christmas Story on his face. Meanwhile we’re all in the timeout half-trying to listen to our coach, who is somehow not looking at the commotion directly behind him. Cool guys don’t look at explosions.
Needless to say, if the purpose of the timeout was to get the boys to settle down, this did not get the job done. That’s not how timeouts are supposed to go.
Of course, they don’t usually go like that (though maybe more should, it was pretty entertaining).
Timeouts are usually called for one of a handful of reasons: a team is getting shelled and needs to regroup, a coach wants to draw up a specific play late in the game because the team is behind, or a group of players is stuck on the ice after an icing asnd need some rest. There are a couple other reasons, but those are the most common.
What takes place inside those timeouts varies, so for our purposes today I thought I’d highlight a typical play that coaches draw up at the end of the game in the offensive zone to try to get that one big shot off.
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It was just two or three weeks ago when I tweeted something to the effect of “Full credit, hybrid icing has been a success, we haven’t had a problem with it yet,” which started me on the path to a surprising discovery: actually, the hybrid icing experiment has gone pretty poorly in the NHL’s eyes. After receiving a few messages explaining this, I deleted the tweet to cover up any evidence that I was apparently wrong about something.
I’ve spoken with a handful of people about it, and the consensus seems to be the same: linesman are calling it wrong fairly often, they’re calling it differently among themselves, and it’s making it hard to get the clock set correctly.
Stephen Walkom is now the vice president and director of officiating for the National Hockey League. While he didn’t exactly praise hybrid icing as a raging all-around win, he did his best to defend it.
When I asked him if it’s been a success, he started with a fair caveat:
Well, it’s something new for everybody, me included. I had seen it in college hockey, and I had talked to a number of coaches in college, and to a man they all liked it. But they didn’t deny that you have to go through a bit of a learning curve.
There’s quite a bit more from Walkom below.
So, let’s start with the problems. Read the rest of this entry »
Ottawa 3 (Recap)
Washington 0 (Recap)
* Wild captain Mikko Koivu is on a bit of a roll – last night he had a goal and two assists in Minnesota’s victory over the Sens in Ottawa. They scored with under three minutes left to put them ahead. Jonas Brodin had a goal and an assist as well. Y’know who was not particularly notable? Craig Anderson.
* The Pens absolutely rolled the Capitals last night. Mr. Crosby had a goal and an assist (check that goal below, wow), and Paul Martin matched him. Marc-Andre Fleury got the goose egg by stopping a whopping 18 shots.
* Patrick Elias had two assists. He’s sure managed to be real good for a real long time. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re into boxscores, recaps, give this link a click. She’s all there.
* Max Pacioretty scored not once, not twice., but three times against the Wild. Not a bad showing.
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Carolina 1 (Recap)
Pittsburgh 3 (Recap)
Winnipeg 4 (SO) (Recap)
* Brian Gibbons got called up for his first NHL game, and it kinda went okay. He put home a great Evgeni Malkin pass, and assisted on another goal for one and one. Way to go, new guy. Quality point-per-game start.
* A couple other young guys had good nights too – Carl Soderberg of the Bruins and TJ Brodie of the Flames both had one and one as well.
* There was some quality goaltending on Monday – Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of 24 shots, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 of 28 shots. Two goalies everyone thinks are on par there, I’m sure. Read the rest of this entry »
It takes a lot of earned trust to be given shifts late in hockey games, but there’s a real kicker with getting it – at some point you have to be given the opportunity to acquire it. You can’t apprentice forever, so eventually the scalpel has to be handed to the young surgeon so he can do it himself, if you’ll allow me to grossly overstate the importance of trying to whack a piece of black rubber into some twine.
Last night Mark Schiefele was on the ice with a little over three minutes to go for a defensive zone faceoff in a tie game on the road, playing between Evander Kane and Michael Frolik. I’m not exactly sure why there was a d-zone draw, but I’m assuming it was after an icing, and not that they voluntarily let one of the league’s two worst faceoff men take a draw at this time in the game.
A quick add-on to that – here’s the bottom of the last page of face-off statistics. Those last four categories are wins, losses, total draws, and win percentage:
Either way, this was a Scalpel Moment for Mark Scheifele, who’s struggled for an offensive forward averaging 15:03 per game. (He’s currently sitting at one goal and four assists for five points. He’s shooting 3.2%, but I find it hard to believe the type of shots he’s generating are all that great. He’s just doesn’t seem to be able to get to scoring areas yet. BUT, all this is unrelated, so let’s get back to his little gaffe.)
Anyway, one of his early Scalpel Moments didn’t go well, as you’ll see. To the screenshot machine! Read the rest of this entry »