Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:37 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 11:57 pm
By: Adam Gretz
There's always a winner and a loser in the NHL, and this is a new nightly look at some of the winners and losers in the biggest games and biggest situations across the league.
Another milestone for Jaromir Jagr: After a slow start against the New York Islanders on Thursday night, the Flyers roared back to earn a 6-3 win against their divisional rival, and leading the way was seemingly ageless veteran Jaromir Jagr with a goal and an assist, a two-point performance that moved him into sole possesion of eighth place on the NHL's All-Time scoring list (ahead of Joe Sakic) with 1,642 career points.
Next up on the list: his former linemate, Mario Lemieux, with 1,723 points.
The win for the Flyers moves them into the No. 5 spot in the East as they jump over the idle Ottawa Senators. The Flyers still have two games in hand on the Senators.
[Related: Flyers 6, Islanders 3]
Winnipeg Jets: Yeah, games between the Jets and Panthers are still important now that we're into March, and this is still only possible in the Southeast Division.
The Jets continued their home dominance this season with a complete and thorough destruction of the Panthers, rolling over them by a 7-0 margin at the MTS Centre. The win puts them back into the top-eight in the Eastern Conference and brings them to within two points of the Panthers for the top spot in the division.
[Related: Jets 7, Panthers 0]
David Krejci and the Bruins: David Krejci hasn't been having the best season in Boston, but he had a huge game on Thursday night during the Bruins 4-3 overtime win against the Devils, recording a hat trick, including the game-winning goal 2:59 into the extra period. The Bruins have been alternating wins and losses for a month-and-a-half now and on Saturday against the Islanders they will have a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since the middle of January.
Pretty amazing for a team that is still second in the conference to that long without any sort of a winning streak. Even one as short as two games. Speaks to how dominant they were earlier in the season.
[Related: Bruins 4, Devils 3]
Florida Panthers: The Panthers no-show performance in Winnipeg can be described to perfection with one replay. This Brian Little goal in the third period that is scored on a 5-on-1(!) rush.
[Related: Playoff Race]
Colorado Avalanche: If the Colorado Avalanche miss the playoffs by one or two points, this might be the game they look back at and ask what the heck happened.
Hosting the worst team in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and going up against a struggling netminder in Steve Mason, the Avalanche were blanked in their own barn by a 2-0 margin. Even though the Avs generated over 30 shots on goal for the night, they created very few scoring chances and never really gave Mason much of a test.
Not a good performance, and a not a good loss.
[Related: Blue Jackets 2, Avalanche 0]
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Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:33 pm
By: Adam Gretz
SAKIC SINKS $1 MILLION HOLE-IN-ONE: During his playing days in the NHL Joe Sakic was consistently one of the best players in the league, and finished No. 8 on the all-time points list. As he demonstrated over the weekend, he's a pretty good golfer, too. During the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Sakic aced the Par-3 17th hole, and in the process, won $1 million from the tournament sponsor. Sakic keeps $500,000, with the rest of the money going to Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation for cancer research. USA Today has the story, as well as some quotes from Sakic. Here's video of the shot (via Puck Daddy).
MORE ON HORTON'S CUP ADVENTURE: DJ Bean from WEEI's Big Bad Blog has some updates on what exactly happened to the Stanley Cup before Nathan Horton could start spending his day with it. According to Bean, a JetBlue representative said the Cup missed its regularly scheduled 8 A.M. flight because it missed its 30-minute check-in time by seven minutes. It then had to take a later flight. So, again, the Stanley Cup was never lost. It was simply late.
MORE PROSPECT SHOOTOUT MAGIC: On Saturday night we showed you New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome scoring a beautiful goal during the teams blue-and-white scrimmage, but he wasn't the only youngster showing off some moves over the weekend. The Minnesota Wild held its prospect development camp as well, and here's a look at Mikael Granlund, the Wild's first-round pick in 2010, using the move made famous by Peter Forsberg during the 1994 Winter Olympics...
Sam Lofquist followed that up on Sunday by adding a little twist to that move, which you can check out by clicking right here.