If the Rangers pick up two points of any kind in their game against the Detroit Red WIngs (12:30pm), the Islanders would need to win three of their final four points to finish ahead of the Rangers and meet the Penguins.
Greig Stire fouls out for Albany with 42.5 seconds remaining (turns out to be huge), sending Jameel Warney to the FT line with a chance to give Stony Brook the lead.
Before the start of the game Cam Talbot would be named the winner of the Steven McDonald extra effort award, for his play during Henrik Lundqvist’s absence.
After finishing off New Jersey in game five, Tampa Bay awaited a ruling from the NHL league office on the status of the NHL’s third leading point producer. Nikita Kucherov actually left the ice to lay a violent hit on Vatanen, so there was some sense he could be punished with a one game suspension.
The Minnesota Wild goalie,Devan Dubnyk,had stopped 96 shots before giving up a goal. He was 14th overall draft pick to the Oilers in 2004. He was also part of their 12 game win streak( with the Wild). He also made into the NHL All Star game for the central division with the wild with the Wild defenseman, Ryan Suter. He is also playing very good this season. The Minnesota Wild are ranked 1st in the Central Division. Their record is 37-12-6 record this season. Devan Dubnyk has a 933 save percentage.The Wild lost against the ducks 1-0 on Tuesday.Almost all of the second period they were in the offensive zone getting shots.While in the offensive zone almost everyone got a shot or two.But they could not get one past the ducks goalie. The Ducks scored because the rebound went right out front of the net and a uncovered Ducks player hit it into the open net.That gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead and they kept through the game.The Minnesota Wild are the only team in the NHL that has not replaced a starting goalie.
The Panthers again dominated play, especially 5v5, and led New York in shot attempts over 96 minutes of grueling hockey, 96-68, with 48 of those landing on target. And none was more crucial than in the first overtime, when Calvin de Haan closed his hand on the puck just outside the blue paint, leading to a penalty shot opportunity for sniper Aleksander Barkov.
“We played a great game today and I am glad we were able to pull away with the win.”said Hughson’s Morgan Ehlers
The team saw endless potential in Burke, who has rewarded their patience by blossoming into one of the WHL’s premier playmakers. Following a 34-point rookie year, Burke was expected to come in this year and provide depth, and he took that opportunity and ran with it. He’s currently the team’s leading scorer with 20 goals and a staggering 60 assists, and with Giorgio Estephan (BUF) on the shelf, the Hurricanes need him now more than ever. Eligible for this summer’s NHL Draft, Burke may soon find out that an NHL team needs him,
But, let’s not forget, it wasn’t all roses and sunshine. The powerplay struggles continued and cost the Islanders valuable points that could have gotten them into the postseason and they continued to be sloppy defensively, allowing five goals or greater in five of their last 12 losses. There was an ugly performance at home against Nashville and a horrendous first period in Philadelphia.
After a scoreless first period, Thatcher Demko’s shutout streak looked impenetrable, but fittingly enough, our feature faceoff matchup came to a head when Mackenzie MacEachern raced down the ice and beat Demko to end the streak and tie the game at one. MacEachern’s goal came just 11 seconds after Boston College opened the scoring, on a goal by Colin White (OTT), who would go on to score a second goal to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. Ryan Fitzgerald (BOS) and Alex Tuch (MIN) added goals to extend the lead to 4-1, before the Spartans woke up by scoring three straight goals in less than two minutes to tie the game late. Miles Wood (NJ) snapped home the game-winning goal and Fitzgerald added an insurance marker as Boston College defended home ice successfully with a 6-4 win. MacEachern’s goal was his only point of the game, and Demko stopped 33 of 37 shots to improve his record to 9-1-0.
The Nashville Predators have been going through a seemingly endless process since entering the NHL in 1998. It did not take the Predators long to establish a successful and competitive nature among the franchise. Their first five seasons they struggled becoming a team and missed the playoffs, however, they have come together and made the playoffs every year since. The Predator’s on-ice performance was consistently among the top three teams in the league, but still faced many challenges.
The Ontario Hockey League team so far has played five games this month and has won four of them, including the last three in a row.
General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen attempted to solve that problem during last season when he traded for the young defender Seth Jones. But the team ended last season still needing help on the back end. They now have that help with the rookie out of the University of Michigan Zach Werenski. Werenski has averaged the third most time on ice per game this year while also scoring 13 points in 14 games.
The team went from being a team who missed out on the playoffs last season to appearing in the Stanley Cup Final, a notable turnaround under first year coach Peter DeBoer. The games were thrilling considering two games went to overtime and neither team was blown out. In the end San Jose was unable to match the speed that Pittsburgh had and Matt Murray was able to make the necessary saves to win games and became the fifth rookie in NHL history to lead his team to the Stanley
This past 2015-2016 season has been their best year yet as they made it to Lake Placid to play in the Frozen Four tournament. The secret to success? “I pride myself on being a good communicator,” Belisle explained, “Motivation in communication is so big. You gotta be a bit more positive and you gotta motivate them to see why.” Keeping a team motivated is no easy task and when asked what keeps Belisle himself motivated, he replied, “It’s the motivation from your family first, no question.”