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NHL issues update on Coach’s Challenge Tracker

A list of all challenges through games played March 3



217 Coach’s Challenges | 133 upheld | 84 overturned

· 137 for goalie interference | 92 upheld | 45 overturned (39 to “no goal” / 6 to “goal”)

· 18 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 14 upheld | 4 overturned

· 49 for offside | 16 upheld | 33 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 13 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 11 upheld | 2 overturned (all to “no goal”)


Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 8 5 Carolina 6 3
Buffalo 2 7 Columbus 5 4
Detroit 12 8 New Jersey 3 9
Florida 8 7 NY Islanders 7 2
Montreal 3 7 NY Rangers 8 8
Ottawa 6 8 Philadelphia 7 5
Toronto 4 12 Pittsburgh 5 10
Tampa Bay 5 8 Washington 3 7


Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 3 6 Anaheim 4 5
Colorado 7 10 Arizona 7 4
Dallas 4 7 Calgary 5 5
Minnesota 10 12 Edmonton 2 5
Nashville 5 12 Los Angeles 9 10
St. Louis 6 3 San Jose 8 6
Winnipeg 8 4 Vancouver 7 8
      Vegas 9 10

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room



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 (2), Detroit (3), Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus, NY Islanders (3), NY Rangers, Washington

Central: Dallas, Nashville (2), Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Arizona (3), Calgary (2), Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver



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


Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 78
Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (3), Florida, Montreal (4), Ottawa (4), Tampa Bay (2), Toronto (3)

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus, New Jersey (2), NY Rangers (2), Philadelphia (2), Pittsburgh (3), Washington

Central: Chicago (2), Colorado (6), Dallas (3), Minnesota (6), Nashville, Winnipeg (4)

Pacific: Anaheim (3), Arizona, Calgary (3), Edmonton (5), Los Angeles (5), San Jose (3), Vancouver, Vegas


Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 6

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Florida, Ottawa
Metropolitan: Philadelphia






Daily Almanac for Sunday, March 4, 2018: 63rd Day of the Year







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Dayton dominates George Washington on Senior Day with 88-78 win; Darrell Davis gets closer to 1,000 career points by leading team with 22


Dayton seniors, Joey Gruden and Darrell Davis (courtesy Dayton)


Five Flyers Score In Double Figures As Dayton Defeats GW, 88-78

DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated George Washington 88-78 at UD Arena on Senior Day, the final regular season game of the season.
Darrell Davis scored a game-high 22 points and was one of five Flyers to score in double figures on the night, as Dayton improves its record to 14-16 overall and 8-10 in conference play, while George Washington drops to 14-17 overall and 7-11 in the Atlantic 10. The win ensured Dayton will be seeded in front of George Washington in next week’s Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, which will take place in Washington, D.C.  at Capital One Arena from March 7-11.
Seniors Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden were honored prior to the game in front of the capacity crowd at UD Arena for Senior Night.
•Darrell Davis opened his Senior Night with a three-pointer on Dayton’s first offensive possession to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead, which they would not relinquish for the entire first half.
•Dayton raced out to a 16-5 lead, powered behind eight early points from Darrell Davis, with 14:59 to play in the first half. The 11-point margin was the largest lead in the half.
•George Washington had a seven-minute stretch (15:51-8:47) where the Colonials were a perfect 10-for-10 shooting from the floor and narrowed the Flyers lead down to 27-23.
•George Washington’s Jair Bolden hit a step-back jumper at the elbow with 20 seconds remaining to make the score 37-32 and bring the Colonials within five points heading into halftime.
•Flyer freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo had 10 points in the first half, which led all players.
•George Washington took its first lead of the game when a layup from Arnaldo Toro made the score 41-40 with 17:18 to play in the game.
•The game was tied at 46-46 when the Flyers exploded with a 12-0 run to begin taking control of the game. The run was highlighted by six points from Josh Cunningham and made the score 58-46 with 13:47 remaining.
•The closest George Washington would get after Dayton’s 12-0 run was seven points, when Yuta Watanabe made a leaning jumper to bring the score to 83-76 with 39 seconds remaining.
•Sophomore Trey Landers made three free throws in the final 20 seconds to help seal the win for Dayton
•Darrell Davis led all scorers with 22 points and was one of five players that scored in double figures for Dayton. Josh Cunningham and Trey Landers both scored 17 apiece, Kostas Antetokounmpo added 14 points, and Jordan Davis pitched in 11 more points.
•Darrell Davis now has 994 career points and is just six points shy of becoming the 48th player in Dayton history with 1,000 career points.
•It was the sixth time this season the Flyers have had five players score in double figures, with the last time being on Feb. 10 at VCU.
•Antetokounmpo’s 14 points marked a new career high. His previous best was 12 points, which he had set against Akron on Nov. 25 and then matched that total vs. Saint Louis on Feb. 20.
•Cunningham also led the Flyers with 13 rebounds, giving him his ninth double-double of the season.
•Dayton had 23 assists for the game as a team, while George Washington had just 13 assists. The Flyers recorded an assist on 23 of their 32 made field goals (72%).
•Jaylen Crutcher was the leading assist man for the Flyers with seven helpers.
•Joey Gruden recorded his first career start.
•Tonight marked Dayton’s sixth sellout of the season and capped off the second-best season in terms of average attendance ever at UD Arena with 12,997 fans a game. The all-time record was set last season with a mark of 13,018, which broke the previous record set during the 1969-70 season, which was the Arena’s inaugural season.
•Dayton led the game for a total of 38:44 in game time, while George Washington held the lead for just 18 seconds.
•Dayton will compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at Capital One Arena from March 7-11.
•UD’s first game will be on Thursday, March 8 against an opponent to be determined after this evening’s games.


Crew SC spoils home opener for defending MLS champion Toronto FC with 2-0 win

(courtesy MLS)


Columbus Crew SC opened the 2018 Major League Soccer regular season against the same team that ended its 2017 playoff run: the eventual MLS Cup champion Toronto FC. But Saturday’s season opener flipped the script on the current champions, thanks to a dominant defensive performance and goals by midfielder Federico Higuain and offseason addition Gyasi Zardes.

Columbus Crew SC opened the 2018 Major League Soccer regular season against the same team that ended its 2017 playoff run: the eventual MLS Cup champion Toronto FC. But Saturday’s season opener flipped the script on the current champions, thanks to a dominant defensive performance and goals by midfielder Federico Higuain and offseason addition Gyasi Zardes.

The two 2017 Eastern Conference finalists collided again at BMO Field in Toronto in a match that favored the hosts on paper. Entering Saturday, Crew SC has gone 1-3-1 against Toronto.

Chances came early for the Black & Gold, beginning in just the third minute when midfielder Cristian Martinez broke through the Reds’ backline from the right side, blazing his cross just ahead of and over Zardes’ run. After a succession of corner kicks in the ninth and 10th minutes, Martinez again sprinted into the Toronto 18-yard box, this time to ring his shot off the post. Pedro Santosadded another shot in the 27th minute.

In his 150th MLS regular-season appearance, Higuain scored his 49th goal with Columbus — the first goal of the entire 2018 MLS season, and the eventual game-winner. Midfielder Artur connected with an end-line-bound Milton Valenzuela, who crossed the knee-high ball onto Higuain’s volleying boot.

The assist marks Valenzuela’s MLS and Crew SC debut.

Just 52 seconds into the second half, Zardes continued his out-of-this-world form by opening his Crew SC account off a perfectly timed and weighted ball by Santos. The Portuguese midfielder picked up the ball on the midfield line before charging forward and threading Toronto’s centerbacks from 40 yards away. Zardes surged onto the entry ball and 1-touched it passed Alex Bono.

The majority of Toronto’s possession and chances came in the second half as they pushed for goals, but Zack Steffen and the Crew SC backline scrambled to safety throughout.

Columbus Crew SC opened the 2018 Major League Soccer regular season against the same team that ended its 2017 playoff run: the eventual MLS Cup champion Toronto FC. But Saturday’s season opener flipped the script on the current champions, thanks to a dominant defensive performance and goals by midfielder Federico Higuain and offseason addition Gyasi Zardes.

The two 2017 Eastern Conference finalists collided again at BMO Field in Toronto in a match that favored the hosts on paper. Entering Saturday, Crew SC has gone 1-3-1 against Toronto.

Chances came early for the Black & Gold, beginning in just the third minute when midfielder Cristian Martinez broke through the Reds’ backline from the right side, blazing his cross just ahead of and over Zardes’ run. After a succession of corner kicks in the ninth and 10th minutes, Martinez again sprinted into the Toronto 18-yard box, this time to ring his shot off the post. Pedro Santosadded another shot in the 27th minute.


  • Midfielder Federico Higuain registered his first goal of the 2018 MLS regular season in Saturday’s match against Toronto FC. The Argentine volleyed a ball past Toronto’s Alex Bono in the 44th minute after receiving a cross from Milton Valenzuela to give the Black & Gold a 1-0 lead and, ultimately, three points. Since joining the club in 2012, Higuain has registered 49 goals and 49 assists in regular-season action. Should he score one more goal or provide one more assist in regular-season action, he would become the first player in Crew SC history to record 50 of each. Additionally, with his start in today’s match, Federico Higuain reached 150 regular-season appearances (145 starts), tying Ethan Finlay for ninth place in Crew SC’s list of most regular-season appearances in club history.
  • Forward Gyasi Zardes scored in his regular-season debut for Crew SC during Saturday’s match, as he tallied the second goal for the Black & Gold in the 46th minute after receiving a pass from midfielder Pedro Santos. Zardes played the entire 90 minutes, registering three shots (one on target) and scoring one goal. The strike marked Zardes’s 35th goal in MLS regular-season action since he joined the League in 2013. Since 2013, he has made 132 regular-season appearances (117 starts).
  • Crew SC’s Young Designated Player, defender Milton Valenzuela, made his first regular-season appearance for Crew SC and in MLS in Saturday’s match against Toronto FC. The Argentine started for the Black & Gold, providing the assist on Federico Higuain’s 44th-minute goal, a game-winning assist. Valenzuela also played 90 minutes, making 45 passes, registering two tackles and tallying one shot (one on target) while helping Crew SC earn a 2-0 win over the Reds. Valenzuela joined Crew SC in January of this year as the first Young Designated Player in club history.
  • Midfielder Wil Trapp made his 125th regular-season start (128th appearance) in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC. The Black & Gold captain led the Black & Gold with 67 passes, created three goal-scoring opportunities, registered five tackles and got 81 touches on the ball. Trapp’s three goal-scoring chances tied Cristian Martinez for the most goal-scoring chances created for the Black & Gold in today’s match.
  • Midfielder Artur made his 25th regular-season appearance (20th start) for the Black & Gold in Saturday’s match at BMO Field. The Brazilian provided a secondary assist on Federico Higuain’s goal in the 44th minute, as he played a long ball to Milton Valenzuela who then crossed the ball to Higuain. In addition to providing a secondary assist, Artur played the full 90 minutes, making 64 passes, registering one shot and making eight tackles, more than anyone on either team.
  • Rookie midfielder Luis Argudo made his regular-season debut for the Black & Gold and MLS debut in Saturday’s match against Toronto, coming in as a substitute for Pedro Santos in the 77th minute. Argudo, who was selected in the Third Round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, played 13 minutes, making four passes and getting six touches on the ball.
  • Zack Steffen recorded his 10th regular-season shutout in MLS action in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC. The goalkeeper made two saves and claimed two crosses en route to earning his first clean sheet of the 2018 MLS regular season.
  • Saturday’s match was Crew SC’s 32nd regular-season all-time match against Toronto FC. With the win, Columbus brings its regular-season record against Toronto to 14-8-10. Additionally, in all-time regular-season matches, Crew SC has outscored the Reds 47-42 dating back to 2007.
  • With the win in Saturday’s match, Crew SC brings its 2018 regular-season record to 1-0-0. Next up, Crew SC hosts the Montreal Impact at MAPFRE Stadium for the first of two regular-season meetings this year on Saturday, March 10 (1:00 p.m. ET / ABC-6, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, English radio stream and Spanish audio broadcast available on



How did you view your performance today?

I thought it was good. Our guys were confident and overall it was a good game. They had an edge on us from a fitness standpoint and you saw that from the 70th minute on they kind of took over but overall the guys were poised and we played well.

How important was that first goal in the 44th minute to get into halftime with the lead?

Yeah because we had some chances and it was nice to go into halftime with the lead and the guys got confidence from that and we carries it over to the 2nd half.

You said a few times this week that come 3 p.m. this Saturday you’d have a better idea of where you stand so where do you stand?

What I noticed from the group was that they were calm. They were calm about the performance and that’s good. We know were not a finished product and we’re gonna get better so that’s good.


Thoughts on the game.

I thought we played really well. From a possession standpoint from creating chances and defensively playing agile I thought was excellent. Then we got that goals to end the first half and start the second half and we lost a little bit after that but the ability to see it through in this tough environment was key.

1st half it was evident that you guys weren’t gonna sit back today. How important was it to be aggressive not only in the 1st half but at the start of the second as well?

We had the wind to start the game and that helped us a lot to build out of the back. Defensively we won some balls in good spots and we transitioned well but I thought our collective defending and attacking was really on point.

This is the first time you’ve started the season with a win since 2014, does having 3 points to start the season put you ahead from previous years.

It’s hard to win games, it’s hard to win games on the road especially against the def ending champs. Being better away is something we’re trying to focus on this year. Being away and scoring 2 goals and getting the shutout, and a win is a great start.


How do you think you did today?

We did a great job, everybody knew what to do today and I’m very happy with this first win and to start the season this way.

On Zardes’ goal to start the 2nd half, what did you see on that play?

We saw on video that when he’s 1-on-1 with the centerback, I know where he’ll go so I put the ball there and he went and got it.

Coach said that at halftime he told you guys to press and get that second goal. How important was that goal right after halftime for you?

We knew that Toronto would press and try to score a goal so I think the second goal almost killed the game and for us it gave us more confidence for the final 45 minutes

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2018 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise, and the club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in three of the four seasons since, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015. orts and entertainment business enterprise.


2018 NHL Stadium Series Postgame comments from Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz; players, Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson

Barry Trotz

Alexander Ovechkin waiting for a pass 2016 photo by Michael Miller - Own work via wikipedia commons

John Carlson Washington on ice 2016 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Post-Game Transcript
Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 2
March 3, 2018

An Interview with:


COACH TROTZ: Before you ask me a question, I just want to thank the Navy, the NHL, and special thanks to all the guys who are working on the rink. The conditions were excellent considering the wind and all that the last few days.

And I know I ran into a couple of guys at the hotel and they did an excellent job. NHL and the Navy, you see how special this campus is. So want to put that out there. Those guys worked hard.

Q. This is the team’s best performance in a few weeks now. Is this a game that you think you can build on going forward?
COACH TROTZ: Well, I think it’s one of the games. I mean, I can go back to a game in Minnesota I thought was our top game of the year. This is a good game.

It was a big game, big stage, obviously, against a very good team that’s probably the hottest team since I think probably the All-Star break.

And I thought we did the right things. We were skating. We were putting pressure on the puck. We had people in the right areas and we were committed in the right area.

So it was a good performance, because we had a couple that we probably could say wouldn’t be our best.

Q. When your top players are performing like they did today early on in their game, making a statement, how much of a ripple effect does that have on the rest of the guys?
COACH TROTZ: You follow your top guys, and I thought tonight you look at Backstrom, Ovechkin and Wilson, that line led, and Kuznetsov followed that. And on the back end, I thought our defense core as a group were really solid. And I thought Holts had a real good response, especially in the second period he had a couple of big saves for us.

So every team follows their leaders, and when your leaders are dialed in, I thought they were dialed in tonight. I thought they just pulled the rest of the group.

Q. Obviously memorable week for you and the players. Going into the California trip next week, are there going to be any particular memories that stand out that are going to help the team and help you whether they’re something technical from tonight’s game or something sentimental?
COACH TROTZ: I think this is one of those games where it was special just because of the setting and the presentation that was there. But I think you can see when you’re all dialed in and you’re playing the right way, you get a little bit of that joy back in our game. And I thought we had some joy in our game. We had a few chuckles on the bench.

It was good. It was a good vibe on our bench. And usually when that’s a good vibe on our bench then we’re usually a pretty good hockey team.

Q. For Vrana to score his first goal in two-plus months or whatever it’s been on this stage, what does that do for his confidence going forward?
COACH TROTZ: I think he would be tremendous on the bench. I said you got the monkey off your back. He had the biggest smile. He looked up and I know he’s been playing real good hockey for us, just hasn’t gotten the results.

He’s a young guy, with a big goal like that is huge for him and his confidence. And I think he’ll hopefully have a good streak here.

Q. You mentioned it was a good soundtrack for Holtby, for him — how much do you think, I guess, this past stretch of six losses — was it just some bad bounces? Where have you seen his game go to have you be encouraged to stick with him?
COACH TROTZ: I think it was all of the above. But over the course of three-plus years, he’s won 120 games roughly for us. And just like any player, you know, early in the year Gruby couldn’t get a win, playing really well, getting wins, and you play, you sort of doubt yourself and your play sort of falls off and then you have to go steal one.

I thought Holts really responded well. The first time you go through things. Holts hasn’t lost a lot of games in a row since I’ve been here anyways.

And it’s difficult because you’re going into unchartered waters and you’re wondering if it’s you, if it’s the team. You’re looking for answers and sometimes the answers are just right there. You’ve got to just dial yourself in, don’t doubt yourself and also just go out and almost steal one.

But didn’t have to. I thought the team responded real well in front of him. And I thought on this stage, you know, he’s a guy that has a lot of, I’ll say, has experience in this, but they didn’t practice on the ice.

We didn’t get a chance to do a lot of things that you usually do in these events, just because of the weather. And I thought he responded really well.

So I think the experience factor for Holts probably was a major factor in him bouncing back and having a good game tonight.

Q. As great as the game was, all the guys performed well. It’s hard to find thing that didn’t go well. If you were looking for a coaching moment, what is the one thing you can –
COACH TROTZ: Well, the coaching moment for me was just being in this event. I mean, right at the start the anthem and the planes going over and seeing some of our service people, obviously all the Midshipmen all around the rink, and you’re looking at these young men who serve us and give us the privilege to do what we get to do, the freedoms that we have.

And today my coaching moment was actually not on the ice but underneath when I was running into some of those Midshipmen and asking where they were or where they’re from, what they were — what areas of the Navy they were sort of focused in on.

That was probably my greatest moment today is meeting some of the young people who are serving our country.


Q. Alex, how did the atmosphere tonight compare to previous outdoor games? I think this was your third.
ALEX OVECHKIN: Yeah, every outdoor game, like I say, is unbelievable. Like right before we get on the bus, lots of fans, lots of intensity and you get into it right away.

Q. Seemed like you and Kuznetsov and Backstrom were ready from the jump to perform, and you did, starting with that first period. Did you feel like you had a little more energy tonight and put on a show out there?
ALEX OVECHKIN: I think we did, like the power play helped us a lot to get into the game. We shoot the puck more than our opponents and we scored two big goals. And when you get the lead, you just feel it right away, and it helps a lot.

Q. This is one of the team’s best performances in recent weeks given the team’s current struggles. Is this a game you can build on before the road trip?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Yeah, obviously the next road trip is going to be huge for us. We need the points. We need to collect the points. I said a couple of days ago it doesn’t matter if it’s two or one. We have to guard the points and move forward. Obviously tonight was a huge one. And we’ll take it and we’ll move forward.

Q. You said it was going to be hard to get to 600 but you got your 40th goal. That’s nine times for you. What does it mean to get that consistency back? Nine times you’ve done that and not many guys have.
ALEX OVECHKIN: I would say that it’s my teammates, they did a great job finding me over there. I just have to do my job to put a puck in and it’s working and — I just have to put the puck in and do my job.

Q. Does that number mean anything to you?
ALEX OVECHKIN: 40 is nice, but 50 is better. So still have time to do that. But again I have to focus, I have to keep playing, easy chances and it will come.


Q. Why don’t you take us through when you’re walking into the building, what you saw of the atmosphere and just sort of your emotions through that?
JOHN CARLSON: It reminded me a lot when I came here to unveil the jersey. It was senior night, their last home game of the season, and they needed to win to be eligible for a bowl game. I thought they brought good energy there and it felt like that.

Q. How much of a boost is it when the top players on the team are going like they were early in the game today and throughout most of it?
JOHN CARLSON: I think especially at the start, that’s important. The leaders of team we rely on them the most. And when they come out hot like that, I think everyone else kind of follows suit.

Q. Did you feel like you guys maybe raised your game to this stage, one of your more complete games in a while?
JOHN CARLSON: I think we navigated the game. I think we’ve been a little off in terms of that, when to push, when to maybe be a little more safe, when to be real aggressive. And I think tonight with the conditions, we had our mind set in a good place for that sort of thing.

And I think it seemed like we were on the right side of the puck all night. We weren’t really ever getting beat for breakaways and odd-man rushes.

We were in good position and the work ethic was there to get back and make sure that we were in good standing and keeping them to the outside.

Q. Was there any special significance for you being an American on such a special stage with the U.S. curlers in town and the women’s USA Hockey team? Did you realize those moments and take significance from that?
JOHN CARLSON: It was special. The women’s team and also the curlers, the people that we followed closely during the Olympics, obviously. And it was cool to have them in the building.

It was cool to see the fans’ reaction to them. They’ve been, especially the women’s team has been doing a lot of stuff media-wise throughout the country but also in DC the past couple of days.

So to see the rise they got out of a lot of fans and all that kind of stuff throughout the area was really cool. And it was a heck of a job by both of those teams to bring back gold.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports




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