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  2. Game # 19 0 :dstars 1 OTDickinson scores in OT to lift Stars over Bruins 1-0Stars C Mattias Janmark's shot on goal bounces out to C Jason Dickinson, who flips it in the net to give the Stars the overtime win vs. the Bruins.DALLAS -- Ben Bishop was as much a cheerleader as a goalie for Dallas in a scoreless overtime game."It's like, `C'mon, let's score, guys," he said.Jason Dickinson obliged, burying a rebound 1:34 into overtime to preserve Bishop's 23-save shutout and lift the Stars over the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night.Dickinson and Mattias Janmark led a 2-on-1 against goalie Tuukka Rask. Janmark shot from the left side, and the rebound slid to Dickinson right in front. He lifted the puck in for his fourth of the season."I recognized that it was a 2-on-1 and I went to open up for (Janmark)," Dickinson said. "I noticed that he was shooting, and I figured I'd go to the side that he was shooting on because there might be a rebound."To be able to cap that off with an overtime winner from me, it feels really good."Rask made 36 saves in his return from a week-long leave of absence for a personal matter. The Bruins have not elaborated on the reason for Rask's leave.Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't blaming Rask."Overtime hasn't been our friend," Cassidy said. "We don't manage the puck. We give up odd-man rushes. We don't deserve to win. Listen, you've got to defend when you don't have the puck."Dallas won 1-0 in overtime or a shootout for the first time in franchise history. The Stars hadn't been in a scoreless overtime game since a 1-0 shootout loss to Los Angeles on March 26, 2009.The Bruins had not ended regulation in a scoreless tie since April 12, 2012 -- a 1-0 win to open a first-round playoff series against Washington.Bishop got his 26th career shutout. His biggest save came midway through the second, when he stopped Joakim Nordstrom's deflection.Coach Jim Montgomery has been impressed with Dallas goalies Bishop and Anton Khudobin."It's a luxury," he said. "It's been the most consistent and the best part of our game. What a gritty effort"Both sides were dealing with injuries to defenseman, so Boston had two players make their NHL debut in Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton, and the Stars had one in Gavin Bayreuther."Obviously missing some bodies in the defense," Rask said. "Everybody battled. We played a solid game and resulted in one point.Dallas almost scored 49 seconds into the game. A tip-in by Tyler Pitlick went under and behind Rask, but defenseman Torey Krug moved the puck off the goal line with his stick.Boston's Brad Marchand had 16 of his 18 penalty minutes in the second period. He received a double minor for roughing in a fight with Radek Faksa at 7:45 and left the ice at 12:46 after drawing a slashing penalty and a misconduct."There were some fights out there, and guys sticking up for each other," Bishop said. "They're not all Picassos. This one was a little different."Faksa's line held the Bruins' top line of Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak to six shots on goal.Dallas pressured Rask with 13 shots in the third period and six more in overtime.
  3. A first and a second for those guys. White played 19 games with the Wild and never played again. IMO it was GMCF's worst deal.
  4. SATURDAY, NOV 17, 2018 AWAY HOME TIME Tampa Bay 6 Philadelphia 4 1:00 pm Detroit 3 New Jersey 4 1:00 pm Buffalo 3 Minnesota 4 6:00 pm Florida 4 N.Y. Rangers 3 7:00 pm Pittsburgh 4 Ottawa 3 7:00 pm Montreal 4 Vancouver 3 7:00 pm Columbus 2 Carolina 4 7:00 pm LosAngeles 2 Nashville 3 8:00 pm Boston 5 Arizona 3 8:00 pm Edmonton 3 Calgary 4 10:00 pm St. Louis 3 San Jose 5 10:30 pm 
  5. It's actually good advice (and a very good post). I'm actually oddly both at this point, if that's possible. I vary between bored to tears and highly irritated. I don't know if it's the abject stupidity of the staff and front office or their attempt to sell the stupid people snake oil. Aside from the stuff I've already whined about, you watch the home broadcasts and look at the lower bowl while the game is going on. I don't know whether I'm watching people watch a sporting event or watching people watch the 700 Club in Portuguese. I know the fans aren't going to have much emotion while the team is doing Lamaze, but maybe one of the reasons they play better on the road is because other fans have some energy and the Flyers feed off it. Nah, it's that even a blind squirrel... But that's where this organization is at. There is more energy at an Amway convention, and those people are ridiculous (sorry to anyone here, but I stand behind that). So definitely apathetic...and that's on a good day.
  6. SUNDAY, NOV 18, 2018 AWAY HOME TIME Dallas 2 N.Y. Islanders 5 1:00 pm New Jersey 2 Carolina 4 5:00 pm Minnesota 4 Chicago 3 6:00 pm Colorado 2 Anaheim 3 8:00 pm Vegas 2 Edmonton 5 8:00 pm
  7. Yesterday
  8. FRIDAY, NOV 16, 2018 AWAY HOME TIME Boston 4 Dallas 3 8:00 pm Buffalo 4 Winnipeg 5 8:00 pm Los Angeles 2 Chicago 3 8:30 pm Washington 2 Colorado 4 9:00 pm Toronto 4 Anaheim 3 10:00 pm St. Louis 2 Vegas 4 10:00 pm
  9. This is just as good a place as any for this...
  10. I am a Minnesota WIld fan and I think the Blackhawks should not be getting so many outdoor games. It is really annoying. Why can't other teams get outdoor games (not talking about just the Wild). Some of the teams in the NHL have never played in an outdoor environment. It's like the team is special or something. Doesn't mean the team is one of the original six doesn't mean the league can discriminate against other teams that have never had an outdoor game.
  11. No problem. It was one maybe 2-3 Winter Classic games I've watched, partly because it was first one. Glad you enjoyed it!
  12. Thanks, as Dickie Dunn says...I tried to capture the spirit of the thing. It wasn't the Wild's best game; Boudreau said as much but Minnesota took full advantage of a goaltender having really rough night. Conner Dewar is having a fantastic start to the season. His +/- is a bit troubling to me for a guy who scores so much on a team that is normally noted for being a decent team defensively you'd expect it to be better. But 16 goals in 17 games...he's certainly on pace to blow away his career high in goals this season which is 38 if memory serves me correctly.
  13. Hasek redefined how his position could be played. No one had ever seen anyone do it like him successfully. That is when your play "transcends the game." This is why, though a red-bleeding Red Wing fan through-and-through, I still put Bobby Orr above Nick Lidstrom as the greatest D-man of all time. Orr redefined what a defenseman could do, even leading the league in scoring! No one had ever seen anything like him before (or since, really). He changed the role of what D-men can be expected to do forever. He changed the game. Hasek wasn't quite as transcendent as Orr was, but enough to get him in the HOF for sure. Goalies following him are expected to be much more athletic and mobile AS WELL as being in good position as much as possible, more like Roy or Brodeur. Again, he changed how the position is played. He changed hockey.
  14. @Hockey-78 Not a big fan here either. The Red Wings have a recent history of being too loyal to their own players, rewarding them with either too much $, too much term, or both in order to retain them. There is a noble side to this, of course. It is nice that a franchise shows that they will reward players for achievement. The trouble is that the bar for achievement is lower than it should be, which has resulted in several contracts which make obtaining talent difficult. Helm. Abdelkader. Tatar (thankful that we were able to shed that one!). Nyquist. Dekeyser. I'm probably forgetting one or two others. Oh yeah, Dan Cleary, another example. This only adds to guys like Kronwall and Ericcson who are on the ends of their too-long terms. Kronner may have actually earned his, but that doesn't mean it still doesn't hurt now. Had Howard not turned his game around in the last 2 1/2 seasons, I might have added Howard to that list. I probably still can, but he is at least earning most of it now with his more recent play. Another reason for so many of these is that we didn't have good alternative options for replacing them if they walked away a the time their contracts were up. We didn't have youth that were ready to play at the NHL level, and we couldn't afford to pay someone on the FA market with similar skill level. Finally, and this goes back a few years, but still matters now, some of these contracts were the result of trying to maintain the playoff streak instead of cutting some losses and starting the rebuilding process, so we wouldn't be non-competitive for as many seasons as we will be. So Abby's contract? Just one of many that make me <sigh> and say, oookaaayyy. As @yave1964 said, he's not bad. He's just not worth what we are paying him. After the game Tuesday night, he was being lauded for "the perfect screen." Abby mentioned Tomas Holmstrom's name, saying he learned from watching Homer. Uh, maybe you watched him, but so did I, and Justin, you are not Homer. Delusions of grandeur if he thinks so. It was one screen. One. Homer did these in his sleep.
  15. HockeyDB says Sudbury Wolves and with some good numbers.
  16. Just occurred to me... The guy Lucic is swatting away like a fly....the one trying but failing miserably to do something to Lucic...isn't that the SAME Andrej Sekera who is his teammate in Edmonton now? Maybe that's why Sekera is always injured....lingering affects from that Lucic hit on Miller, then him trying to avenge him....
  17. It's those damned Broons!! We can't beat them with a stick (neither a regular stick nor a hockey stick !) They are in our head(s)! Almost makes me want to call for a pox on their house! Nevermind, I'm alright now.......
  18. Game # 19 2 3Carey Price makes 43 saves, Canadiens beat Flames 3-2Artturi Lehkonen puts a wrist shot past the goalie as Montreal beats Calgary 3-2.CALGARY, Alberta -- In a duel of struggling goaltenders, one returned to vintage form, while the misery continued for the other.Carey Price backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Mike Smith and the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, despite the visitors being outshot 45-22."He's the best goalie in the world," said Artturi Lehkonen, who scored the game-winner in the third period. "He was outstanding in the net. He was a big key as to why we won."Lehkonen's first goal in 18 games, dating back to the season-opener, came on a harmless-looking 40-foot wrist shot from off the wing that leaked through Smith's pads."Bad goal, bad timing," said Smith, who fell to 5-7-1.Smith's save percentage dropped to .876 on the season, which ranks 49th out of 50 goaltenders who have played six-or-more games."When you feel like you've let your team down, that's probably the biggest frustration/disappointment that can ever happen in your career," said the 36-year-old. "Our team played such a great game tonight and deserved a much better fate. When something happens like that and it's on you, it's obviously disappointing."It has been a tough year for Price, too, who entered the night with an .892 save percentage. Price found himself on the bench the last two games after giving up 11 goals on 63 shots in his previous two starts.But he was back in form against Calgary."Just trying to stop the puck and try to read plays well and let them hit you when they come," said Price, who improved to 6-4-3.Price stopped all thirteen shots he faced in the final frame as the Canadiens won for the third time when trailing after two periods."He's got his reputation as Carey Price, the best goalie in the world, for a reason and we have that confidence playing in front of him and I don't think anyone was ever worried," said Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher.Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Montreal (10-6-3), which has split the opening two games of its three-game Western Canada road trip. The Canadiens play in Vancouver on Saturday.Max Domi had an assist for the Canadiens to extend his point streak to eight games (5-7-12).Matthew Tkachuk scored both goals for Calgary (10-8-1). Tkachuk's eighth and ninth markers of the season put him at a team-best 21 points on the season. Mark Giordano had two assists. The Flames' four-game homestand continues Saturday when they are host to the Edmonton Oilers."Very, very tough," said Tkachuk, about the setback. "It's one of those where you don't want a third period like that, especially when you're up 2-1 in your building."Montreal tied the game 2-2 at 8:32 of the third. After a scramble in front of the net, Smith kicked out his pad to stop Andrew Shaw's backhander, but Drouin was right there to slide in the rebound."Carey stood tall in net and gave us a chance after two periods to still be in the game," said Canadiens coach Claude Julien. "I liked the way we came out in the third. Finally we talked about it, starting to play on our toes again like we had been when things are going well."The Canadiens opened the scoring eight minutes into the first on another shaky one as Tatar's shot from the slot deflected off Smith's upper body and went into the net."We all have bad days at work sometimes," said Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic, when asked about his goaltender. "We battle as a team. We win and lose as a team. It's never on one player."Coming on the fifth shot Smith faced, it was the 10th time in 13 starts that he has surrendered a goal on one of the first six shots.
  19. A bunch of pu**ies is what best describes this team.
  20. Inside Edge Hockey News Radio Show - Episode 12 - Goaltending Disaster The NHL season is one month old and one of the most surprising stories of this young season is the struggles that goaltenders are having thus far. The numbers are disastrous. Brad Burud discusses what goalies are struggling, and gives insight into why these struggles are taking place. He talks about how long this will continue, and if the NHL is changing to a two goalie team system rather than a system where a team lives and dies on the #1 starter. Then Mark Paul from Overtime Hockey Talk joins the show to give a very interesting perspective on why he thinks goalies are off to a terrible start this season. Then it is time to dive into a fan poll - Who is the best goaltender in the NHL from the 1980's to present? The results are interesting and controversial. PODCAST
  21. Was just listening to the TB pre-game show, from the sounds of it, the Lightning will give Louis Domingue his chance to at least hold the fort. Right now, no plans to make major moves....it will be Domingue taking the lion's share of the starts... Pasquale will ride the pine...mostly.
  22. Last week
  23. AY, NOV 15, 2018 AWAY HOME TIME Tampa Bay 2 Pittsburgh 4 7:00 pm New Jersey 4 Philadelphia 3 7:00 pm N.Y. Rangers 2 N.Y. Islanders 3 7:00 pm Florida 3 Columbus 2 7:00 pm Detroit 3 Ottawa 4 7:30 pm Vancouver 4 Minnesota 3 8:00 pm Nashville 4 Arizona 2 9:00 pm Montreal 3 Calgary 4 9:00 pm Toronto 4 San Jose2 10:30 pm
  24. Callan Foote (D), Alexander Volkov (F), and especially Taylor Raddysh (F) are three guys I am excited about and can't wait to see how they turn out. Foote, a big 6'4 220 pound 19 yr old defenseman won't light it up in the NHL (or even the AHL) offensively like he did in the WHL, but he is projecting to be a do-everything type defender, and the Bolts are being careful with how they bring him up through their system Volkov, 21 yrs old, 6'1 200 pounds, a scoring type Russian winger with size and maybe a bit of attitude as he picked up 63 PIMs in about 70 games last season. Bolts gave him a long look during pre-season this year, but ultimately decided he should simmer some more in the AHL and get him grasp the full North American game a bit better before giving him real time with the big club. Taylor Raddysh, 20 yrs old, 6'2 210 pound power forward who can SCORE.... he currently is the cream of the Bolts' minor league crops. Absolutely killed it in Juniors with 70+, 100+, and 80+ point seasons, and right now, in Syracuse, has 6G and 10 points over 11 games. Teams keep calling the Bolts about possibly trading him for some NHL level players, so far, the Bolts have resisted...hopefully, they keep him, as he would represent something the Bolts do NOT have much of... a big player who can score.
  25. Hart is going to be fine. His back ground and pedigree exemplifies his ability to overcome setbacks. His ability to come back and win that world junior gold is enough for me... let alone watching him every time he came to Pdx, including playoffs. he is really good
  26. I agree. He did score last night though. Mason Shaw has looked good. Rau still has consistently been one of Iowa's best players each night. He and Cal O'Reilly.
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