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)
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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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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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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).
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TODAY’S MATCH INFO:
Venue: RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 50 degrees and clear
CLB – Federico Higuain (Penalty kick) 38’
CLB – Ola Kamara (Penalty kick) 66’
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’
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
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,