Hurricanes' Foegele: first NHL game, first NHL goal, first star of the game Mar 26, 2018 The Carolina Hurricanes' Warren Foegele, playing in his first NHL game, scored a goal, had an assist and was named first star of the game in a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators in Raleigh on March 26, 2018. Chip Alexander … [Read more...] about Hurricanes’ Foegele: first NHL game, first NHL goal, first star of the game
Vegas Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland (5) plays against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 22, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) There were more healthy signs for the Golden Knights as they continued their playoff push Monday. Defenseman Deryk Engelland was on the ice during the morning skate at City National Arena after sitting out Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado for unspecified reasons. He was listed as a game-time decision. Forward Oscar Lindberg also participated wearing a red non-contact jersey. It was Lindberg’s first appearance on the ice with the team since he suffered an upper-body injury Feb. 26 against Los Angeles when Kyle Clifford elbowed him to the head and may have triggered a concussion. The team did not reveal the nature or extent of Lindberg’s injury. “I’ve been following the protocol, riding the bike, increasing the heart rate,” Lindberg said of his … [Read more...] about Golden Knights see healthy signs for NHL playoff push
The Wild might have had a slow week with only one game on its schedule before returning to action Saturday night, but a significant change was put in motion during that time that could affect the team. During the NHL general managers’ annual March meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., the group proposed to have the final verdict on goaltender interference reviews decided by the league’s hockey operations staff stationed in the situation room in Toronto along with a retired official. Currently, rulings are determined by on-ice officials. Those referees, however, would still be included in the discussion under this tweak. This change was approved by the NHL Players’ Association executive board and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee but still requires the green light from the Board of Governors to become verified, which the NHL hopes happens before the end of the regular season. “I think it would be beneficial to have somebody of the group that has played goal before … [Read more...] about Devan Dubnyk OK with NHL’s change in goaltender interference review
The chants were so loud they could startle a ghost. Var-ly. Var-ly. Var-ly. After Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov stoned Vegas, turning away every shot by the Golden Knights in the shootout during a 2-1 victory that moved Colorado one giant leap closer to the playoffs, it sounded like old times at the Pepsi Center. Var-ly. Var-ly. Var-ly. “It was so much fun,” Varlamov said Saturday, sweat thick as rain on his brow, as the 29-year-old goalie slumped in the contented exhaustion of a job well done at his locker inside the Colorado dressing room. While the magic of Nathan MacKinnon, as legit a candidate for most valuable player as can be found anywhere in the NHL, is the No. 1 reason the Avs look bound for the playoffs for the first time since 2014, nobody will determine how far Colorado goes in the postseason more than Varlamov. Do you remember 2014, when Varlamov won 41 regular-season games and was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, as the toughest guy between the … [Read more...] about Kiszla: How much noise can Avs make in NHL playoffs? Your answer in 3 words: Var-ly. Var-ly. Var-ly.
Thomas Hickey didn’t dream of reaching milestone games in the NHL during his four long AHL seasons in the Kings’ organization. He had a much simpler goal in mind. “There was a time when I’d go to bed at night and say I just want one game, just to say that I played, just to prove that I can do something,” Hickey said on Tuesday as he reached his 400th NHL game, all with the Islanders. The 29-year-old defenseman was selected fourth overall in 2007 by Los Angeles, but a succession of injuries plagued him with Manchester (AHL) before the Islanders claimed him off waivers on Jan. 15, 2013. “It was difficult,” Hickey said of the expectations that come with being such a high draft choice and his inability to crack the Kings’ lineup. “But I think everybody has a different path. It was very frustrating at times but once I got over that, I just tried to re-invent myself and start from scratch.” Since then, he’s been a steadying … [Read more...] about Thomas Hickey proved to himself, others, he belonged in the NHL