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  2. See...that's why Hart shouldn't be in there. This was Elliot's game to suffer through/win if his team could. Dropping Hart in the middle of a massacre like this, ridiculous. I expect better from Alain Vignault.
  3. As you can see our leaders have responded in typical fashion...they were invisible. But JVR the 4am special, scored an irrelevant goal when the game is all but over .
  4. Flyers getting a week's worth of penalty minutes this game....
  5. Carter Hart in? Really? I am no Elliot fan, but can he really be blamed for the glut of goals scored by the Jets? The defense was dicey at best for Philadelphia and the major didn't help. I wouldn't have thrown Hart in the middle of this mess, even though the Flyers looked like they had a little something towards the end of the 1st. I would have let Elliot "take one for the team" and if the team rebounds, then he can benefit from that as well.
  6. LOL.....game is on NHL Network, and we're blacked out. So YouTube TV it is.
  7. Yesterday
  8. LOL @ Jets announcers... "Mathieu Perreault...devastating hit, and he never goes down easily...." Lies, lies, all lies!
  9. Yea, I didn't understand that. I thought maybe there was some rule I didn't know about. Late hit...interference, two minutes...sure. Perrault's head wasn't hit....looked like he took it straight to the chest. Major for that though? Why? Because Butter Perreault was shaken up? And I call him that because it seems at least 3 or 4 times a year, Perreault gets rocked by some hit (legal usually), and he looks like he just barely survived Hiroshima. Guy plays with his head down a lot, looking the wrong way.... guy has an "unawares" issue...and one of these days, its gonna be the end of him. Reminds me of Kris Letang.
  10. This game got ugly quick. However, Flyers don't seem to be folding the tents. Scored their second with under 30 ticks left in the period. They still have 40 minutes to come up with 4 more. The Jets defense has looked sloppy this game.... if the Flyers stay tenacious, they still have a shot.
  11. WTH. Called a 5 min major for a late hit? Thats some BS there.
  12. With all these injuries, the Flyers are REALLY gonna find out what they have in short order. And the spotlight will shine even brighter on the team vets..... if they don't perform, Philly might want to re-evaluate who the leaders on this team should be moving forward.
  13. Both in the line up for tonight. Team hockey they must play .. Jets are a good team .. rough building to play in.. Put the bisket in the basket... Go Flyers . 4 2 flyers win.
  14. Games Played on 12/14/19 Mark Borowiecki vs Josh Anderson Winner ? Sam Lafferty vs Adian Kempe Winner ? Marcus Foligno vs Joel Farabee Winner ?
  15. Pastrnak scores 2 goals, Bruins snap winless streak Game # 33 4 2 By Associated Press Updated: 17 hours ago SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Boston Bruins ended their four-game trip on a positive note. David Pastrnak scored two goals and the Bruins snapped a five-game winless streak, beating the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night. "It looks like we're getting back to more Boston Bruins style of hockey the last three games," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Only one win to show for it, but if you play that way this week at home, I see good things for us, especially if all four lines are able to contribute." David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Torey Krug had two assists. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots. The Bruins return to home ice for their next four games. "It hasn't been what we wanted here on this road trip," DeBrusk said. "Now, we're going home not necessarily happy with how the road trip went, but you kind of go as your last game goes. Coming back home feeling good about ourselves is always a good thing." Keith Yandle and Mark Pysyk scored for the Panthers, who lost their third straight. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves, including 21 in the first period. "They came out hard. You could feel it in the first period when they got so many shots," Bobrovsky said. "At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter who's desperate, who's not. It's a hockey game. Unfortunately, we lose two points again." Florida's Aleksander Barkov had to be helped off the ice by teammates late in the third period with an apparent leg injury after being forced into the boards by Boston's Charlie McAvoy. "He should be fine," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. Pysyk closed the score to 3-1 when he poked in a loose puck from in front at 2:46 of the third. The Panthers trimmed the lead to 3-2 when Yandle shot from the point and the puck went over Halak's glove and into the net with 10:47 left in the game. Quenneville took little solace on the third-period comeback. "We scored early and got a little excitement off that," Quenneville said. "Then we got a second one and all of a sudden you've got plenty of time. We got a couple decent looks, but not enough. You can't think that was good enough and accept it. That was tough to watch for the majority of the game." Pastrnak's second goal was an empty-netter with 2:10 left. The Bruins went ahead 2-0 on Krejci's shot from the high slot that was initially blocked but trickled under Bobrovsky's pads at 3:14 of the second. Pastrnak's power-play goal stretched Boston's lead to 3-0. Brad Marchand passed from the left circle to Pastrnak on the right side of the crease for an easy tap-in at 7:30 of the second. Pastrnak has scored seven goals over the last 11 games. Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot at 13:31 of the third when Aaron Ekblad was called for hooking, but his attempt was blocked by Bobrovsky. DeBrusk gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after he got a loose puck in the slot and fired it over Bobrovsky at 14:41 of the first.
  16. Hurricanes cool off Flames with 4-0 victory Game # 35 0 4 By Associated Press Updated: 19 hours ago CALGARY, Alberta -- Carolina used a hot goalie, a surging power play and a close non-offside call to end Calgary's seven-game winning streak. James Reimer made 32 stops, Brock McGinn scored the opening goal and Warren Foegele added a pair of late short-handed goals and the Carolina Hurricanes topped the Flames 4-0 on Saturday. It's the second shutout of the season for Reimer, who has won five of his past six starts. The 31-year-old was at his best in the first period, keeping the game scoreless in the opening 20 minutes, despite Calgary holding a 12-4 edge in shots. "They're a great team over there and they came out buzzing. I just tried to stay sharp and stay on my angles and luckily pucks hit me," said Reimer, who improved his record on the season to 7-5-0. Down 2-0, when the Flames pressed in the third period, fueled by four power plays in the final 11 minutes, Reimer once again stood tall. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour says his team has confidence whether it's Reimer or Petr Mrazek in the net. "It's nice that we've got this one-two punch going," Brind'Amour said. "You don't have to ride one guy and you've got a fresh goalie in every night and I think it's really important in today's game." The first goal of the game came just past the 12-minute mark of the second period. Mark Jankowski mishandled the puck trying to exit the Calgary end, enabling the Hurricanes to tag up and go back on the attack with Julien Gauthier -- on a strong play along the boards -- knocking the puck over to Jordan Martinook, who subsequently set up McGinn for an empty net. The Flames challenged the goal for offside, but video review confirmed the call on the ice was correct and Calgary was assessed a delay of game penalty. The Hurricanes power play entered 5 for 11 in their previous three games and it converted that opportunity, with former Flame Dougie Hamilton scoring his 12th goal. "Obviously, we all thought it was offside, then we get a penalty and then they scored again, so it was tough," Flames center Elias Lindholm said. Interim head coach Geoff Ward said afterward that the league got it correct. "The right call was made, 100 percent," Ward said. "We felt like maybe the guy hadn't tagged up when we looked at it. The overhead seemed to look like that, but when we took a look afterward, it was the correct call. If he gets his stick down a fraction of a second quicker, we probably have the offside call there. We just felt it was worth challenging at that point." Carolina has points in five straight (4-0-1). The Hurricanes' five-game road trip will continue Tuesday in Winnipeg. "We're a deep team. When we work hard and forecheck hard, we're really effective," Hamilton said. Calgary lost for the first time since Ward took over from Bill Peters. The 57-year-old had won his first six games after officially being named interim head coach on Nov. 29, matching Mario Tremblay (1995-96 Montreal Canadiens) for the longest win streak by a coach after taking over midseason. "Today was a tough one. It was one of those games where I felt like the team that scored first was going to have a real advantage and I think that that was the case," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. Despite the stumble at home, Calgary is 8-1-1 in its past 10. "We have built something here that's pretty special, in terms of coming back from our losing streak before that," center Derek Ryan said. "We're in a pretty good spot, so no reason to hang our heads." David Rittich had 27 stops for the Flames. Foegele put the game away with a short-handed goal at 15:05 of the third, then another into an empty net with 3 seconds remaining.
  17. RJ: I think you tapped the broader "design" question that arises with Lindblom and Patrick's situation: What "youth" makes up for our declining "seniors?" I wonder about Patrick long-term in terms of resilience. He seems really fragile. Oskar's situation is a wildcard. Laughton is a first rounder who's paying off on the forward front. I suspect we will have a truly supreme test of coaching and drafting in coming weeks. We were probably a marginal playoff club under best circumstances. What harvest we reap from prior drafts is a huge question.
  18. Imagine the logistics of getting that flight figured out....Leigh Valley was at home last night right? Probably still in the air!....
  19. The Philadelphia Flyers announced that the club has recalled right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel and left wing Carsen Twarynski from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In addition, the Flyers have placed forwards Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom on Injured Reserve and listed Lindblom and Samuel Morin on Long-Term Injury. The announcement comes on Sunday from President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher after a pair of injuries sustained to Scott Laughton and Tyler Pitlick from Saturday's 4-1 loss at Minnesota. Both Aube-Kubel and Twarynski will be available for Sunday evening's Flyers-Jets game at Winnipeg (5 p.m. ET, NBCSP + and 93.3 WMMR). This is Aube-Kubel's first recall to the Flyers this season. He has five goals and eight points, along with a plus-minus rating of +4 through 25 games with the Phantoms this season, his fifth with the organization since being drafted in 2014 (2nd Round, 48th overall).
  20. With all the parity in the NHL now ,every point matters and we can’t afford to waste opportunities and drop down too far because it will be hard to make up the points . Even when we had our full lineup we weren’t scoring enough goals. With TK being out for a while and Lindblom out for the year ,this puts a serious damper on our goal scoring. We also have JVR and Voracek underachieving as well. So unless these guys and Farabee and Frost suddenly turn it up several notches we may miss the playoffs. Whether we want to or not we may have to deal Ghost for a scoring winger. Let’s be real , Vorobyev or guys like that are not the answer and the only asset other than Frost or Farabee that can get us anything is Ghost.
  21. Not sure how realistic this is, but I am going to go off the board and say Las Vegas. Maybe a deal where Hall and NJ's 4th is sent there for something involving Shea Theodore, Malcolm Subban, and one of Vegas' 2nd rounders (they have two). If the Knights are willing to move Alex Tuch, perhaps he and one of the above mentioned players can be packaged for Hall. The trick is, WILL HALL RE-SIGN WITH THE TEAM THAT TRADES FOR HIM!??
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    • Cale Makar's Assault On The Record Book
      OK....some crazy stuff going on in Ave's land! The all time record for a rookie defensemen is 76 by the great Larry Murphy. Even Ray Bourque had under 70...he had 4th best with 65 rookie pts. Makar is on pace for 93. Staggering. 
        The scary part is he is doing this with Rantanen and Landeskog both out with serious injuries. Cales hockey sense is outrageous for a rookie...howitzer of a shot...wicked moves, agile and smart. He reminds me of Bourque as a rookie. He has 100 pt potential...as silly as that sounds in this day and age. 
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    • Vladimir Tarasenko Out 5 Months
      The defending Stanley Cup champion St Louis Blues have just received a dose of bad news.  Teresenko, the superstar that helped the Blues hoist their first Cup, is now to be lost for 5 months due to shoulder surgery.  If they can survive without him and still make the playoffs, it would seem he would return for that.  I believe they are deep enough to do it. 
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    • It's Demko time!!
      Small deal between the Canucks and the Senators today with possible large implications for both.
      Vancouver gets: Taylor Pyatt, a 13th forward not much of a player. McKenna, an AHL goalie pressed into duty because of injuries to the Ottawa net and a 6th round pick.
      Ottawa gets Anders Nilsson who in two years as a backup in Vancouver went 10-27 and Darren Archibald who has been a meh prospect forever now and who looks like he is just a body to even out the players involved.
       A bunch of hot garbage in other words but it may be a sign of things to come for both.
        First Ottawa seems almost certain to trade Craig Anderson at some point now and ride out the season with Nilsson in net. A contender wanting a veteran goalie will take a shot at him. 
        Vancouver likely will ship McKenna to the AHL and call up top prospect Thatcher Demko to share the net at the least and possibly become the primary starter after two very successful seasons with Utica in the AHL. Demko is a California boy, a big surfer looking dude who Benning has shown surprising patience with as he developed. Moving Nilsson clears the way for him to get his shot probably moving Markstrom to the backup role for the remaining of the season to see what Demko can do.
        So a trade of junk for junk has implication for an aging brittle goalie and for a kid chomping at the bit wanting a shot.
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    • Post in Paul Fenton has been fired as GM after just one season.
      It's possible. But I think right now your biggest issue is timing. The Wild fired Fenton at a time is year where the replacement pool is such that if the candidate were any good, he'd already be working. 
      Leipold should get a lot of "credit" for badly bungling this situation (and it's on him if what you describe is accurate, and I think it is up an extent).  His statements indicate this started at exit interviews. 
      First of all, if you did any credible due diligence, you knew this before. But make a decision when you did realize it.  You don't go to the end of July, in hockey's no man's land (we'll call it "Miami," for short) and then make this move. 
      Leipold is nearly single-handedly destroying his own franchise. 
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    • To answer your question, what makes a good NHL GM?
      You noted player personnel wins and losses... But didn't cover anything else. Understandably, I get it, but IMO there's a ton more behind being a good GM.
      Looking at it from a fan perspective player personnel is about the only thing one could care about. But from an operations standpoint, or from an owners standpoint, generating $$ is all they ever put much emphasis on. Business, or rather being a successful business equals follow the money.
      Something I brought up several years ago was the Wild, under Doug Risenbrough, were an economically successful team. The team never spent to the Cap but they had sellout after sellout. Contrary to some the previous ownership claimed they were losing money. Where have we heard that with the Minnesota North Stars? Hence, they left for Dallas and won a Stanley Cup, 2 Conference Titles, 2 Presidents Trophies and 8 Division Titles... They're doing well generating revenue. They were bought for $84 million in 1995 and are now valued at $525 million. The Dallas Stars are a prime example of spending more (wisely) can create residual earnings. Which is something the Minnesota North Stars never figured out.
      Insert the Minnesota Wild. So under Robert Naegele, Jr., and GM Doug Risenbrough, as mentioned they ran a tight ship on spending. Wild fans here viewed them as cheap. The results as some pride themselves as describing, they're a successful team because they've had so many sellouts in a less than desirable "Hockey Market" because everyone here keeps reminding everyone (nationally) that Minnesota isn't a very good hockey market. (That's something I totally disagree with.) Minnesota probably has more hockey pucks and hockey arena's per capita than any other state or Canadian Providence... To match it's 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' boast.
      Granted, it's a bit off-topic talking about Minnesota's hockey market, but in the grand scheme of things no one can match Minnesota's superior high school hockey programs or the number of successful college hockey programs... Fans following them could have gone to more North Stars games, or more Wild games... But why if neither of those teams have anything to show for their efforts except being on the losing end of highlight reels (nationwide)?
      Okay, back on topic now that I've eliminated any just cause that Minnesota can't be a major hockey market.
      Read more ... https://www.hockeyforums.net/topic/71822-what-makes-a-good-nhl-gm/?do=findComment&comment=390931

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    • The more I'm thinking about this the more I'm coming to the conclusion it's not simply the coach but the result of the coach trying to compensate for the goaltending -- which is ultimately on Hextall. 
      The centers ARE a mess. And so is Ghost. Why? Because the centers are not staying low in the offensive zone and--Patrick and Coots in particular--not mucking it up in the slot to cheat back to hedge against being caught. 
      Ghost is doing less going low or pinching much for the same reason.  It's possible they're doing this on their own. Whether deliberate or not, it's a natural response to the knowledge that any mistake, any odd man or often even man rush the other way will end up past the incompetent sieves in our net. 
      It's just as likely that this is per coach directive much for the same reason. 
      The question remains--bluntly--how does a competent GM look at his goaltending this past summer and not move to fix this while leaving $10M in cap space on the table? 
      How does that same competent GM go through the summer knowing he doesn't have a 3C  and not move to correct that in any sober way? Again, with the $10M sitting there. 
      I know he doesn't want a contract that blocks kids and doesn't want to move said kids for it, but that effectively and explicitly tosses this season away. 
      Meanwhile, the tickets are still full price. 
      You see the results in the stands during the game. The last game, the stands had all the energy of a wake.  
      There was apparently zero thought of putting out a quality product this season. And there's no good reason for it. 
      I do like what Hextall has done with draft picks.  But it sucks that the most exciting time of year is the lead up to the draft.  Only to keep saying, "boy, in five years!" 
      I've been uncharacteristically calling for patience the last couple of years. Those who have been around for awhile--especially those from the silly.com days--know how out of character that really it.  But the patience has waned.   At this point, supplement through trade. Move out "leadership" that isn't leading. 
      Do SOMETHING other than punish kids you yourself have damaged only to bring up other soon to be damaged kids.  Wake the hell up and get the lumina out of neutral and go get us some damn halibut! 
      We're starving! 
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    • Why no Canadian NHL team will win the cup
      Gary Bettman who is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL) was brought in 30 years ago with one agenda, and that was to grow the game of hockey in the USA.  In Canada the game of hockey is like a religion, with winters lasting 6 months all there is, is hockey.  Fans are passionate and it's the number one sport.  Football and baseball come second and third.  Unfortunately for fans in Canada, no Canadian NHL team has won the Stanley Cup for 25 years since the Montreal Canadians have won.


      This thesis will explain why no Canadian team will win the Stanley Cup until at least 2050.

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