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NHL announces Goo Goo Dolls to perform at 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Citi Field featuring Rangers-Sabres

Goo Goo Dolls in 2013 concert in Norfolk, Nebraska By Fr. Jeff Lorig, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Grammy-nominated Band to Take the Stage During 1st intermission of Jan. 1 New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres Outdoor Game; Game to be Broadcast Live on NBC, Sportsnet & TVA Sports on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Dec. 20, 2017) – Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® New Year’s Day outdoor game between the New York Rangers® and Buffalo Sabres® at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League announced today. The game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.

 

A portion of the first intermission presented by Ticketmaster featuring Goo Goo Dolls will be televised. Formed in Buffalo and longtime Sabresfans, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million albums since the band’s inception in 1986. The band has had an unprecedented string of 14 number one songs and top ten multi-format hit singles including “Name,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway,” “Here Is Gone,” “Big Machine,” “Sympathy,” “Stay With You,” “Let Love In,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Jim’s Theme” (Treasure Planet),” and “Better Days.” The single, “Iris,” spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the number one position for 17 consecutive weeks. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Iris” at number 39 on its list of 100 greatest pop songs.

 

The band has toured the globe countless times; performed in front of millions of fans; received numerous awards, including four Grammy Award nominations; recorded and released 10 studio albums, a compilation, a live DVD and two volumes of their greatest hits; and has appeared and performed on nearly every influential late-night talk show over the course of their career.

 

Additional performers for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced in the coming days.

 

A limited number of tickets are available to the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® via Ticketmaster.com, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can purchase tickets safely and securely on Ticketmaster and the NHL Ticket Exchange.

 

The Rangers will face the Sabres in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Citi Field, continuing the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. This year’s edition marks the 10-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic® in Buffalo. Fans can join the conversation on social media by including the hashtag NHL #WinterClassic at @NHL, @NYRangers and @BuffaloSabres.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Nirva Milord | NHL Public Relations; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 


2018 NHL All-Star balloting shows McDavid, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Subban leading fan votes

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NEW YORK (Dec. 20, 2017) – For the third straight week, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid sit atop the leaderboard in the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™. The four top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – will be named All-Stars and captains for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

 

The ballot page at NHL.com/vote includes a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Wednesday. See below for the top vote-getters by division through three weeks.

 

Atlantic Division

1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

2. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

3. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

4. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

5. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

 

Central Division

1. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators

2. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

3. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

4. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

5. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

 

Metropolitan Division

1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

3. John Tavares, New York Islanders

4. Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins

5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Pacific Division

1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

2. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

3. James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights

4. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

5. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

 

About the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™

Fans can vote online at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL App for one player from each division, without regard to position. Voters are permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per 24-hour period for each fan is 10. Voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1. Fans also can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar. For more information on the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, visit NHL.com/fans/all-star.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

Coach’s Challenge Tracker; 121 challenges overall

An overview of challenges through games played Dec. 22

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

121 Coach’s Challenges | 77 upheld | 44 overturned

· 76 for goalie interference | 47 upheld | 29 overturned (24 to “no goal” / 5 to “goal”)

· 10 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 9 upheld | 1 overturned

· 25 for offside | 12 upheld | 13 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 10 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 9 upheld | 1 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 5 3 Carolina 3 1
Buffalo 1 6 Columbus 1 3
Detroit 7 4 New Jersey   4
Florida 5 5 NY Islanders 4 1
Montreal 2 4 NY Rangers 5 4
Ottawa 5 3 Philadelphia 5 3
Toronto 1 8 Pittsburgh 2 6
Tampa Bay 3 4 Washington 2 3

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 3 2 Anaheim 3 3
Colorado 5 6 Arizona 3  
Dallas 3 4 Calgary 2 3
Minnesota 5 7 Edmonton   1
Nashville 1 5 Los Angeles 5 5
St. Louis 3 3 San Jose 5 5
Winnipeg 5 3 Vancouver 2 6
      Vegas 5 6

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 20

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo, Detroit

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Montreal, NY Islanders (2), NY Rangers, Washington

Central: Dallas, Nashville, Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Arizona (2), Calgary, San Jose, Vancouver

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 39
Atlantic: Boston, Buffalo (2), Detroit, Florida, Montreal (3), Ottawa (2), Tampa Bay, Toronto

Metropolitan: Columbus, Philadelphia (2), Pittsburgh, Washington

Central: Colorado (4), Dallas, Minnesota (3), Winnipeg (3)

Pacific: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles (3), San Jose (3), Vancouver, Vegas

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 5

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Florida

Metropolitan: Philadelphia

Central:

Pacific: Calgary

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, December 23, 2017

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

BUFFALO 4, Philadelphia 2
FLORIDA 4, Minnesota 2

Montreal 3, CALGARY 2

ARIZONA 3, Washington 2 (OT)

ROOKIES FISCHER, KELLER RALLY COYOTES FOR OT WIN
Christian Fischer
tied the game with 1:01 left in regulation and Clayton Keller (1-1—2) notched his first career overtime goal to help the Coyotessnap a seven-game skid (0-6-1).

* Fischer’s goal marked the 49th time this season that a team scored a tying goal in the final five minutes of regulation, and the fourth such instance in the past two nights after the Ducks (Rickard Rakell at 18:45; 5-4 OT W), Oilers (Connor McDavid at 16:19, 3-2 W) and Blue Jackets (Artemi Panarin at 16:14; 3-2 SO L) each did so on Thursday.

 

* Keller scored his 13th goal of the season to move into sole possession of second place among rookies; he also ranks third among rookies with 28 points, behind Canucks forward Brock Boeser (19-14—33) and Islanders forward Mathew Barzal (9-23—32).

 

* This marks the fourth consecutive season that a Coyotes rookie has scored at least 13 goals, with a total of six players achieving the feat in that span – compared to the previous 20 seasons combined when only three Coyotes/Jets rookies hit the mark.
* ICYMI: Before the game, the Coyotes shared a photo of Keller at age 12, posing alongside Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin. Keller has scored in both meetings against Ovechkin (also Nov. 6).

 

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION CLUBS SECURE VICTORIES
The Canadiens (16-15-4, 36 points), Panthers (14-16-5, 33 points) and Sabres (9-19-7, 25 points) all survived tightly-contested matchups to collect victories:

Carey Price made 21 saves to help the Canadiens withstand a late Flames rally and improve to 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice in the third period as the Panthers overcame a pair of one-goal deficits to earn their second straight victory. Vincent Trocheck, who led the Panthers in scoring last season, netted Florida’s first goal of the contest and has collected 4-8—12 in his last 10 games.

Jack Eichel (2-0—2), Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) and Evander Kane (1-1—2) each collected two points during a six-goal third period to help the Sabres snap a three-game skid (0-2-1). Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek assisted on both Flyers goals to take over the League lead with 36 assists; he has collected 1-13—14 in his last nine contests to move into fifth place in NHL scoring (8-36—44).
CULLEN SKATES IN 1,400TH CAREER GAME
Wild forward Matt Cullen became the 38th player in NHL history to skate in 1,400 career regular-season games. Cullen has spent time with eight different NHL clubs – ANA (427 GP), CAR (266), MIN (227), PIT (154), NSH (139), FLA (86), NYR (80) and OTT (21) – en route to becoming the fourth active player to reach the milestone.

 


QUICK CLICKS

 

· Cam Newton designs jerseys for Charlotte Checkers Football Night

· Subban goes undercover to surprise local family, strangers for holidays

· Improvement by Devils reinvigorates rivalry with Rangers

· Submit Your Ballot: All-Star Fan Vote Continues

 

NHL ENTERS HOLIDAY BREAK WITH 15-GAME SLATE

Saturday’s schedule features 30 of the NHL’s 31 teams in action on the final day of games before the League takes a three-day break for the holidays (no games scheduled from Dec. 24 – 26). This marks the 11th time in NHL history that 15 games will be contested on the same date (and third of five instances this season). The Flames (18-15-3, 39 points) are the only idle club. Some highlights include:

 

* The Golden Knights (22-9-2, 46 points) aim to extend their three-game win streak and eight-game point streak (7-0-1) when they host the Capitals (22-12-2, 46 points). Meanwhile, the Devils (20-9-5, 45 points), Bruins (18-10-5, 41 points) and Oilers (16-17-2, 34 points) also aim for a fourth straight win.

* Five games feature division rivalries: DET at BOS, OTT at FLA, PHI at CBJ, NSH at DAL and LAK at SJS.

* Eleven of the 12 players who have recorded at least 40 points this season are expected to be in action as well as each of the League’s 20-goal scorers: Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (23), Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (23) and Islanders teammates John Tavares (21) and Anders Lee (21).

 

* Tavares (21-24—45) and teammate Josh Bailey (10-35—45) have each recorded multiple points in five consecutive games to move into a share of second in League scoring with 45 points apiece (tied w/ Steven Stamkos: 13-32—45). Elias notes that Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilnywere the last set of teammates to simultaneously record multiple points in six or more consecutive games, achieving the feat with the Sabres from Dec. 31, 1992 – Jan. 10, 1993 (6 GP).

* Meanwhile, Predators forward Kevin Fiala is one of six players riding a point streak of at least six games. Fiala has recorded a point in nine consecutive contests (8-4—12), including a goal in five straight games. The others: Bailey (5-9—14 in 7 GP), Golden Knights forward Erik Haula (5-5—10 in 7 GP), Tavares (4-10—14 in 6 GP), Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (4-6—10 in 6 GP) and Canucks forward Henrik Sedin (0-9—9 in 6 GP).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Sonny Milano assigned to Cleveland Monsters by Blue Jackets

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned left wing Sonny Milano to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Milano, 21, has recorded five goals and five assists for 10 points with four penalty minutes in 28 games with the Blue Jackets.  He has added 0-2-2 and an “even” plus/minus rating in four contests with the Monsters this season.

 

The Massapequa, New York native has notched 5-6-11 and four penalty minutes in 35 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets.  He has added 32-53-85 with 46 penalty minutes in 131 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons since making his pro debut at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.  He was the club’s first round pick, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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