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NHL honors Marchand, Crosby and Elliott as the ‘Three Stars of the Week’

Brad Marchand in 2011 By HvSAB - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

Sidney Crosby skating to his right in 2016 By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

Brian Elliott (courtesy Calgary Flames)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MARCH 20, 2017

 

 

NEW YORK (March 20, 2017) – Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 19.

FIRST STAR – BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS

Marchand led the NHL with 5-4—9 in three games – all multi-point performances – to power the Bruins (38-27-6, 82 points) to a pair of victories. He registered 3-1—4, including his second career hat trick (also Dec. 23, 2011 vs. FLA) and third four-point effort of the season, in a 6-3 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks March 13. Marchand added 1-1—2 in a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames March 15, halting the Flames’ winning streak at 10 contests. He closed the week with 1-2—3 in a 7-4 loss to the Edmonton Oilers March 16, giving him multiple points in three straight outings for the third time this season (also Jan. 24 – Feb. 1: 6-3—9 in 4 GP and Feb. 23-28: 3-4—7 in 3 GP). The 28-year-old Halifax, N.S., native ranks second in the League with 37 goals and third with 79 points through 71 games this season, including an NHL-best 27 tallies and 48 points in 2017 (32 GP).

SECOND STAR – SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Crosby paced the League with six goals and ranked second with eight points in four starts to guide the Penguins (45-17-9, 99 points) to a 2-1-1 week. He recorded 1-1—2 in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames March 13. Crosby was held off the scoresheet in a 4-0 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers March 15, but bounced back with 2-1—3 in a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils March 17. He capped the week with his 10th career three-goal game (and third career natural hat trick) in a 4-0 win against the Florida Panthers March 19. The 29-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native leads the NHL with 40 goals and 80 points in 65 games this season. Crosby’s 40 goals are his second-best single-season total, behind the 51 he scored in 2009-10 en route to sharing the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

THIRD STAR – BRIAN ELLIOTT, G, CALGARY FLAMES

Elliott went 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to help the Flames (41-27-4, 86 points) maintain third place in the Pacific Division. He made 32 saves – and turned aside all three attempts in the shootout – in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins March 13. Elliott then made 24 stops in a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars March 17 and 19 saves in a 5-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings March 19. In doing so, he earned his 11th consecutive victory (1.70 GAA, .942 SV%, 2 SO) to tie Mike Vernon (Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 1989) for the longest such run by a goaltender in franchise history. The 31-year-old Newmarket, Ont., native owns a 23-13-3 record with a 2.46 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts in 41 appearances this season, his first with the Flames.

 

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2016-17 NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Race (through games of Sunday, March 19)

 

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NHL suspends Flames’ Tkachuk two games for Elbowing incident

 

 

NEW YORK (March 20, 2017) – Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during NHL Game No. 1069 in Calgary on Sunday, March 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:35 of the first period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Tkachuk will forfeit $10,277.78. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277350912/c-50565803.

Matthew Tkachuk playing for the London Knights in 2014 By Jfvoll - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

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NHL Morning Skate Report for Monday, March 20, 2017: Blackhawks, Blue Jackets clinch playoff spots; Jagr hits 1,700th game milestone

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Columbus 4, NEW JERSEY 1
PITTSBURGH 4, Florida 0
WINNIPEG 5, Minnesota 4
CHICAGO 6, Colorado 3
PHILADELPHIA 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
MONTREAL 4, Ottawa 1
CALGARY 5, Los Angeles 2

BLACKHAWKS CLINCH NINTH CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
The Blackhawks scored five unanswered goals in the third period – including three in a span of 34 seconds – to become the first Western Conference team to clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their ninth consecutive postseason appearance and 62nd in franchise history.

* Elias notes that Chicago’s three markers in 34 seconds were the third-fastest trio of goals scored in franchise history, behind 21 seconds (March 23, 1952 at NYR) and 30 seconds (Oct. 15, 1983 at TOR).

* The Blackhawks (47-20-5, 99 points) extended their win streak to five games and increased their lead to seven points atop the Western Conference and Central Division standings. Chicago also moved within a point of reaching the 100-point plateau for the fourth straight season.

Jonathan Toews (2-0—2) has reached the 20-goal mark in each of his first 10 NHL seasons. Elias notes that Toews became the sixth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11), Denis Savard (10) and Patrick Kane (10).

* Elias adds that Toews also joined Savard (1980-81 to 1989-90) and Kane (2007-08 to 2016-17) as the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.

BLUE JACKETS CLINCH THIRD POSTSEASON BERTH IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Lukas Sedlak (SHG) and Brandon Dubinsky each scored penalty shot goals to help the Blue Jackets clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their third postseason appearance in franchise history (also 2009 and 2014).

* At 47-18-6 (100 points), the Blue Jackets reached the 100-point mark for the first time in the franchise’s 17-year history and extended their club record for wins in a season.

* Elias notes that Columbus became the third team in NHL history to score two penalty shot goals in a game, joining Vancouver (Feb. 11, 1982 at DET) and San Jose (Dec. 30, 2009 vs. WSH).

Boone Jenner (2-0—2) scored his second shorthanded goal of the season (third career). The Blue Jackets matched a franchise record with two shorthanded goals in a game, achieved Feb. 24, 2007 at NYR and March 22, 2011 at COL.

Sergei Bobrovsky (35 saves) improved to 7-0-0 in March (1.14 GAA, .963 SV%, 3 SO) and registered his League-leading 39th win of the season.

CROSBY (HAT TRICK) FIRST TO REACH 40 GOALS IN PENGUINS WIN
Sidney Crosby (3-0—3) tallied three consecutive goals to record the 10th hat trick of his NHL career and Marc-Andre Fleury (21 saves) posted his 44th career shutout as the Penguins (45-17-9, 99 points) moved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

* Elias notes that Crosby registered the third natural hat trick of his NHL career (all w/ PIT), two shy of the franchise record held by Mario Lemieux (5).

* Crosby (40-40—80) became the first player to reach 40 goals this season and moved into a tie with Connor McDavid (25-55—80) for the most points. Crosby reached the 40-goal mark for the second time in his NHL career (51 in 2009-10).

Jake Guentzel (0-3—3) and Conor Sheary (0-3—3) collected helpers on all three of Crosby’s goals to establish single-game career highs for assists.

* MUST SEE: Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist combined for a highlight-reel goal when they opened the scoring. Kessel flipped the puck over the Florida net to Hornqvist, who then batted it out of midair to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

CANADIENS, FLAMES CONTINUE PUSH FOR POSTSEASON
The Canadiens (41-23-8, 90 points) and Flames (41-27-4, 86 points) each secured victories to gain ground in their respective playoff races:

Jordie Benn scored the game-winning goal to help the Canadiens sweep their home-and-home set with the Senators (39-24-8, 86 points) and open a four-point lead atop the Atlantic Division. Montreal improved to 2-1-1 against Ottawa this season (OTT: 2-1-1) and will conclude their five-game season series on Saturday at Bell Centre.

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each collected 1-2—3 as the Flames moved to 13-1-1 in their last 15 games and reclaimed sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division. Brian Elliott (19 saves) earned his 11th consecutive victory (1.70 GAA, .942 SV%, 2 SO) to tie the longest win streak by a goaltender in franchise history set by Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 1989.

JAGR REACHES ANOTHER RARE MILESTONE
Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr skated in the 1,700th game of his NHL career. Jagr – who recently passed Gordie Howe for the most points by an NHL player after turning 40 years of age – became the fourth player in NHL history to skate in 1,700 career regular-season games, joining Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,756) and Ron Francis (1,731).

LOOSE PUCKS
Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling (22 saves) extended his personal win streak to six games (1.51 GAA, .951 SV%) . . . Travis Konecny tied the game in the final minute of regulation and Brayden Schenn scored 38 seconds into overtime to guide the Flyers to victory . . . Winnipeg surrendered a 4-0 lead, but Josh Morrissey scored the go-ahead goal at 12:43 of the third period to lift the Jets to a 5-4 win . . . Jets captain Blake Wheeler collected two assists to reach the 500-point milestone (194-306—500) . . . Wild forward Eric Staal skated in the 1,000th game of his NHL career . . . Jack Johnson (700) and Torrey Mitchell (600) also skated in milestone games . . . Elias Lindholm (3-5—8 in 7 GP) and Artemi Panarin (4-4—8 in 6 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Canadiens forward Paul Byron (1-1—2) reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career.

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, TSN4, NESN
Buffalo @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, FS-D
Arizona @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, FS-A
San Jose @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW, CSN-CA
Los Angeles @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-W
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Higuain, Kamara star in Crew SC’s win at DC United, 2-0

 

Federico Higuain

Ola Kamara

 

Federico Higuain scores his 40th career goal for the Black & Gold;
Zack Steffen records first career MLS win and first career MLS shutout

For Release: March 18, 2017

 

 

Columbus Crew SC 2 – D.C. United 0

RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

 

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (1-1-1, 4 points)

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Portland Timbers (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, March 25 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2mWlTRL

TEAM STATISTICS: http://bit.ly/2mEHM6k

 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/2mg3dj5

HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/2mHPZI5

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER ALEX CROGNALE: http://bit.ly/2mHPZI5


AUDIO FROM
MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM: http://bit.ly/2mHPZI5

TODAY’S MATCH INFO:

 

Venue: RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez

Attendance: 14,031

Weather: 50 degrees and clear

 

GOALS/ASSISTS

CLB – Federico Higuain (Penalty kick) 38’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Penalty kick) 66’

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
DC – Ian Harkes (Caution) 17’

DC – Lloyd Sam (Caution) 41’

CLB – Harrison Afful (Caution) 45+1’
DC – Marcelo Sarvas (Caution) 70’
CLB – Josh Williams (Caution) 72’

 

 

LINEUPS

 

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Josh Williams, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess; Harrison Afful, Artur (Mohammed Abu 70’), Wil Trapp ©, Jukka Raitala; Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Ethan Finlay 63’); Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 80’)

 

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Lalas Abubakar, Hector Jimenez, Niko Hansen

D.C. United: Bill Hamid; N. De Leon, Seve Birnbaum ©, Sean Franklin, Taylor Kemp; Ian Harkes, Marcelo Sarvas, Luciano Acosta (Lamar Neagle 75’); Lloyd Sam (Sebastien Le Toux 60’), Patrick Mullins (Jose Guillermo Ortiz 28’), Patrick Nyarko

Substitutes not used: Travis Worra, Jared Jeffrey, Bobby Boswell, Julian Buescher

TEAM NOTES
Midfielder Federico Higuain scored his 40th goal for Crew SC by converting a penalty kick in tonight’s match. The goal increased his margin as Crew SC’s leader in Penalty Kick Goals, bringing his total to 15 while playing for the Black & Gold. Higuain has started in all three of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches this season.

Homegrown Player Alex Crognale made his MLS debut for the Black & Gold as a starter in tonight’s match. Defender Josh Williams made his season debut and his first MLS appearance for Crew SC since returning to the club.

 

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded first career win and first career shutout with tonight’s 2-0 win over D.C. United, making three saves on the night. Steffen has started in all three of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches this season.

Forward Ola Kamara scored his second goal of the season and his 18th goal for Crew SC. He has made three appearances (all starts) this season. Kamara’s goal was his second of the season and the forward has now scored in back-to-back matches for Crew SC after tallying last weekend in Houston (March 11).

 

Kamara is now 3-for-4 in penalty kicks for Crew SC since joining the club ahead of the 2016 campaign while Higuain is now 15-for-21 from the spot for the Black & Gold dating back to 2012

 

Crew SC’s last victory on the road came at Camping World Stadium against Orlando City SC on September 17, 2016.  Tonight’s 2-0 win was also the club’s first shut-out of the season. Prior to tonight, Crew SC shut-out the Chicago Fire on October 1, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium.

 

Tonight’s victory at RFK Stadium brought Crew SC’s all-time record against D.C. United to 27-27-11,

 

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