Month: August 2017

I think the opportunity on the power play is a place I feel confident and can help this team

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Putting the financials aside, the Rangers landed a slick puck-moving defenseman, one of the most consistent in the league. Shattenkirk reached at least 43 points in all six non-lockout years of his career, including a career-high 56 last season which he split with the Blues and Capitals. He also fills the Rangers’ need for a…

NHL trades: Transitioning Rangers land 7th pick, young D-man DeAngelo from Coyotes

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Aware that his team is in transition, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton continued his makeover of the Blueshirts on Friday afternoon. Three stars 3. Chris Kunitz, Penguins Kunitz, 37, and Matt Cullen, 40, combined for three assists. Not bad for a couple graybeards. 2. Matt Murray, Penguins Murray was out of work much of the…

Two-time champ at 23, Penguins’ Matt Murray takes Cup, reins from ‘mentor’ Marc-Andre Fleury

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Matt Murray, the millennial he is, knows only a life of trophy hoisting during his short time in the NHL. Technically still a rookie, the 23-year-old phenom? led the Penguins to another Stanley Cup championship their second in as many years since Murray debuted in December 2015 by posting back-to-back shutouts in Games 5 and…

Ducks fly together: Careers entwined, Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya cherish fitting joint Hall call

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Teemu Selanne’s first phone call after being told he’s a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee was predictable. Friend and former linemate Paul Kariya is headed there, too, and Selanne wanted to be the first to deliver the news. He succeeded, so chairman Lanny McDonald had to leave a voicemail. Hey, he wasn’t nicknamed the Finnish…

Niskanen was assessed a five-minute major and ejected for the cross-check.

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Concern about concussions in American sports has become a significant issue. Football and the NFL have been the primary battleground for this, because the NFL is the nation’s most powerful and lucrative sports enterprise. Hockey and the NHL, though, will not be able to continue ignoring its problem in this area forever: The longer it…

the Predators again dominated scoring chances and outshot the Pens 32-19 in the first 40 minutes of Game 2.

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Shedding Stepan’s $6.5 million cap hit each of the next four years before his no-trade clause kicked in July 1 was paramount for Gorton, but parting ways with Raanta was part of the price of doing business. Gorton said Arizona insisted on the goalie’s inclusion in the deal. We were reluctant to get rid of…

Of course few would argue that McDavid deserves to be the highest-paid player in the sport

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There wouldn’t be so much worry if Lundqvist was still at the top of his game, but besides a few playoff moments this year, he is on the downswing. He posted career worsts in goal-against average (2.74), save percentage (.910) during the regular season. His numbers have steadily declined each of the past three years….

NHL playoffs 2017: Ducks tie series vs. Predators with OT win in Game 4

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The NHL’s Western Conference finals between the Ducks and Predators resumed Thursday in Nashville. Visiting Anaheim evened the series at two games apiece with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4. Corey Perry’s pass from the boards deflected off P.K. Subban’s stick and into the net at 10:33 of the first overtime period to give…

Murray stopped 19 of 20 shots in relief. Kyle Turris’ goal early in the third period was his only blemish.

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On the flip side, Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was terrific again. Anderson made 25 saves, and has now stopped 78 of 81 shots in the series. Sidney Crosby’s garbage time goal robbed him of a much-deserved shutout. The Penguins played without defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Bryan Rust, who were both injured in Game 2….

NHL playoffs: Penguins implode in Game 3 loss to Senators

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Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals could not end soon enough for the Penguins. They were badly outplayed from start to finish in a 5-1 loss to the Senators on Wednesday. The Senators now lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman scored just 48 seconds into the game and…

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