Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:51 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 12:54 am
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.
Los Angeles Kings: Entering Tuesday's game in Nashville it had been nearly three full months since the Los Angeles Kings scored five goals in a single game, and they managed to do it for the first time since January 9 in a 5-4 win against the Predators thanks in part to a pair of first period goals from Justin Williams.
The Kings offense, which has been the worst in the league for much of the season, is finally starting to show some signs of life in recent weeks and they have now scored 16 goals over their past five games.
Regression to the mean works both ways, and perhaps it was only a matter of time until things started to improve. A team with Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty never should be one of the worst offensive teams in recent NHL history, as the Kings have been this season.
[Related Kings 5, Predators 4]
Boston Bruins: It wasn't necessarily pretty, but after losing back-to-back games over the weekend the Bruins were able to get back in the win column on Tuesday night with a 5-4 win in Toronto. The Bruins were led offensively by Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron, each scoring a pair of goals, and the win allows them to maintain their three-point lead over the Ottawa Senators, 7-3 winners in Tampa Bay, in the Northeast Division race.
The next step for the Bruins is trying to figure out how to do something they haven't done in almost two months … win consecutive games.
They have another chance on Thursday night against Buffalo.
[Related: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 4]
Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers: For the second straight game Ilya Bryzgalov came up big for the Flyers, stopping 37 of the 39 shots he faced in a 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Max Talbot continued his career year for the Flyers scoring his 18th goal of the season. The only downside of the night for the Flyers was the hit forward Jakub Voracek received from Niklas Kronwall.
[Related: Flyers 3, Red Wings 2 -- Voracek crushed by Kronwall -- Grossmann's name change]
Dallas Stars: The Stars took over sole possession of first place on Tuesday night with an impressive 5-2 win in Vancouver, and in the process completed a perfect three-game road trip through western Canada, a road trip that saw them outscore the Flames, Oilers and Canucks by a 10-5 margin. Thanks to the Coyotes loss in Columbus (more on that below) the Stars now have a two-point lead over Phoenix in the Pacific Division race.
Mike Ribeiro had a three-point night (two goals, assist) in the win and also won over 50 percent of his faceoffs, while Richard Bachman 29 of 31 shots.
Phoenix Coyotes: After putting together an 11-0-1 run in February some regression had to be expected for the Coyotes at some point. They weren't going to keep winning forever, and even though they entered Tuesday's game riding a three-game losing streak, they showed some signs of busting out of their mini-slump on Monday night.
But that was all erased on Tuesday in Columbus where they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Blue Jackets, losing to the 30th ranked team in the NHL for the second time in less than a week. Those are points you can not let slip away, and the last thing the Coyotes can afford right now is to have this turn into a five or six game losing streak.
[Related: Blue Jackets 3, Coyotes 2 -- For Coyotes, playoffs have already started]
Toronto Maple Leafs: What started as a positive day with the re-signing of forward Mikhail Grabovski ended with not only a loss on the scoreboard to the Bruins, their fifth in a row this season, but also included injuries to forwards Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong, neither of which is expected to play Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Not good.
[Related: Leafs re-sign Grabovski]
Photo: Getty Images
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Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 9:05 pm
By: Adam Gretz
The Boston Bruins entered Tuesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets as the hottest team in the NHL, and they hit the ice without the services of their leading scorer, Tyler Seguin, as a result of the 19-year-old forward missing a mandatory team meeting and team breakfast earlier in the day, according to general Peter Chiarelli.
Said Chiarelli, via Joe Haggerty of CSNNE on Twitter, "Seguin missed team breakfast and team meeting this morning, an honest mistake, but we have team rules. He has to abide by them." Chiarelli also added that Seguin "didn't take it well," but understands why the rules are in place.
Entering Tuesday's action Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, was leading the team with 13 goals and 25 points.
Seguin isn't the first player to be benched this season for missing a team meeting, as Washington's Joel Ward was a healthy scratch a couple of weeks ago because he overslept.
Jordan Caron entered the lineup in Seguin's place on Tuesday.
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Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 1:42 am
Hockey season might be in full swing, but that's no excuse for players not to go out to costume parties sporting their best Halloween outfits.
Considering it is Halloween and all, we figured we would have our own hockey costume contest here at Eye On Hockey. Make your vote and may be the best costume win.
Oh, before we begin, let me just say this is the greatness of Twitter. For those athletes daring enough to share, we get to see things like this which hardly ever saw the light of day before.
USA! USA! USA!
My take: Kudos for being daring enough to wear that out. It's a solid start and the post makes it better.
Be all that you can be!
My take: This could be a contender here. The costumes are great for starters. But the real kicker is the pose. Whitney's wife has that solider position perfect. You remember that soldier, you always put it on the highest elevation possible.
Big pimpin', spending Gs.
My take: As I said, a tried and true costume here. I love how both the wig and the mustache are leaning to the side and the sunglasses are a nice touch.
It's all in the hips. It's all in the hips. It's all in the hips.
My take: At the risk of contaminating the voting public, this is my favorite. Stewart nailed Chubbs from the wooden hand to the outfit and even the alligator's eye in the glass container. Chubbs would be proud.
My take: I have to think this one will be on the outside looking in partly based on the photo itself. But at least Kesler didn't go in the same costume as his ESPN the Magazine shoot.
Next up we have recently retired player and former Dallas Stars star Mike Modano trying out an LMFAO costume. You know, the guys who brought you the Body Rock.
Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle! Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle!
My take: I don't know if Modano actually wore this out of the house or not, he tweeted this out a few days before Halloween as a potential costume. But if he was willing to send it out, it counts. Daring is all I'll say. Oh, and please don't wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.
Last up in the contest we present to you the Boston Bruins. Now we already covered this one, but figured it deserved a shot here. For voting purposes, let's just stick with Zdeno Chara in the bunny suit.
"You look like a deranged Easter bunny. He looks like a pink nightmare!"
My take: The homemade touch is great, gives it an authentic feel. But I think this one scared too many people to get enough votes to win.
For the record, Raffi Torres of the Coyotes also dressed up, electing to go with the blackface and dressing up as Jay-Z with his wife as Beyonce. As you might expect, that's drawing a whole lot of criticism for Torres.
Photos: Thanks Twitter!
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 11:42 am
Four Boston Bruins players took some time out of their busy schedules to visit a local children's hospitals dressed in Halloween costumes to spread some cheer and laughter. And it worked, both inside and outside of the hospital.
Adam McQuaid (Fred Flintstone), Jordan Caron (the crayon), Brad Marchand (I'm assuming he's playing off Marchand by being a member of a marching band) and Zdeno Chara (big, pink bunny) all were there. The one that's drawing the most attention -- as I'm sure you guessed -- is Chara and his bunny suit. It looks like something my mother would have thrown together on Oct. 30 with the sewing machine and whatever she could find around the house (love ya ma!). Just, you know, for somebody much, much taller.
For those that aren't laughing, they might be crying. A near seven-foot monstrosity in a bunny suit with long, thin ears pointing straight out to the side? I can see how it's creepy.
"You look like a deranged Easter bunny. He looks like a pink nightmare!"
Which brings me to the image in my head of Ralphie reluctantly drudging down the stairs on Christmas morning in his new pajama suit from Aunt Claire in a Christmas Story. The only thing I can't tell is if Chara actually has the bunny slippers and cottontail. If so, it's a costume win.
Of course, it's a win no matter how they go. While people are having fun with the pictures from the hospital trip, it's all under the context of these players making a visit to a hospital.
The players deserve not only kudos for making the visit in the first place, but also for throwing humility out the window and going all out. (And props to Marchand for the marching band member, very clever.)
Photo: NESN.com/Phil Pesce