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2018 NHL Stadium Series Postgame comments from Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

 

Mike Babcock 2013 photo by Tom Gromak derivative work Connormah via wikipedia commons

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2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series: Capitals vs Maple Leafs
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Capitals - 5, Maple Leafs - 2

An Interview with:
Coach Mike Babcock

MODERATOR: We’re joined by Mike Babcock.

Q. You obviously expected a better start tonight on a stage like this. What happened as it went down in your eyes?
COACH BABCOCK: They were good. They got on us. I didn’t think we executed at all like we were going through — we didn’t have very many good plays. And it’s unfortunate in life, you only get so many opportunities and a lot of these are real positive memories. You’ve got to be prepared and willing to play hard.

And way better memories and opportunities when you win. When you don’t, you don’t play well in particular, it’s unfortunate. Like I say, you don’t get many opportunities when you get on.

Q. On a big stage like this when you see a night that Ovechkin and Backstrom have is this a night you really miss Matthews?
COACH BABCOCK: Sure, saying all that, we knew who we were playing. We just played them last year in the playoffs. We knew it was a big night.

They look at us, they still think we’re kids and looked like we were kids here tonight. I thought they smacked us around and forechecked us. I didn’t think we executed at all. I didn’t think we played fast. You’ve got to give them credit. I thought they did a good job.

Any way you look at the game, at the end, we’re working and all that. But at the start they were just at a different level than we were.

Q. Can you talk about moving on to Buffalo and what the rest of the month is going to bring to the team?
COACH BABCOCK: Obviously we’ve got to regroup. We’ll be practicing tomorrow and then the work we didn’t put in today we’ll be putting in tomorrow and get back on track here.

The league’s tough every night, every team you play and we go to Buffalo, go have a whole bunch of people that are battling for their life, for their livelihood.

And they’re going to play that hard. And you’ve got to play that hard — I was disappointed tonight. We normally play real hard and normally look organized, good structure. I didn’t think we were. I thought Trotz had his team more ready than I did.

Q. When it got to be 3-1, you cut it to 3-2 with a quick goal. What happened after that?
COACH BABCOCK: We turned the puck over. I think they had a 2 on 0 or something I think on that turnover. So we’re obviously, those lessons gotta be learned and you can’t turn the puck over in the National Hockey League. Maybe you can get away with it in other leagues, but in the National Hockey League you can’t. We crawled our way back. We just made it a game. And now we took the momentum right out of our side. So obviously it wasn’t a good decision at their blue line, and at the end it ended up in their net.

Q. What did you see from Andersen? What went into your decision to change goalies?
COACH BABCOCK: Just, I mean, it was going in. And I didn’t want to leave him in there and have a bunch more go in. So he’s our guy. He’s our starter. We’ve got to look after him the best we can. Mac got an opportunity. I thought Mac played good for us, gave us a chance to crawl back. We didn’t do that but he gave us that chance.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
Rev #1 by #188 at 2018-03-04 04:35:00 GMT

 

TRANSCRIPT WRITTEN BY ASAP SPORTS; COURTESY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS AND NHLmedia.com

 

Capitals stay undefeated in outdoor games with 5-2 win over Toronto in 2018 NHL Stadium Series game

 

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS 5

NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM, ANNAPOLIS, MD

 

CAPITALS STAY PERFECT OUTDOORS, WIN THIRD STRAIGHT

 

The Capitals improved to 3-0-0 in their three regular-season outdoor NHL game appearances, joining the New York Rangers (4-0-0) as the only teams with more than two such victories. The Capitals also posted victories in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (3-1 vs. Penguins) and 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington (3-2 vs. Blackhawks).

 

Four Capitals have played in each of their three outdoor games: Nicklas BackstromJay BeagleJohn Carlson and Alex Ovechkin.

 

3-POINT PERFORMANCES BY KUZNETSOV, BACKSTROM, CARLSON PACE CAPITALS

 

A trio of Capitals, forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, forward Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman John Carlson, recorded 1-2–3 in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, tying the mark for most points in an NHL outdoor regular-season game (there have been 12 other instances of a player recording three points outdoors).

 

Backstrom recorded all his points in the opening frame, becoming the second player in an NHL regular-season outdoor game to tally at least three points in one period. Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat tallied 1-2–3 in the first period of a 6-4 loss to the Red Wings in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

 

OVECHKIN JOINS ELITE GROUP WITH NINE 40-GOAL SEASONS

 

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 40th goal of the season in the first period, becoming the sixth player in NHL history with at least nine 40-goal campaigns.

 

MOST CAREER 40-GOAL SEASONS

 

12         Wayne Gretzky

10         Marcel Dionne

Mario Lemieux

9          Alex Ovechkin

Mike Bossy

Mike Gartner

 

* Ovechkin, who became the first player in the NHL to hit the 40-goal mark this season, is in quest of his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader.

 

* Ovechkin is the first player in NHL history to be the first to reach 40 goals in a season seven times (in terms of GP), surpassing Bobby Hull (6).

 

* Ovechkin’s goal was the 598th of his NHL career, two shy of becoming the 20th player in League history to reach 600.

 

ORPIK, VAN RIEMSDYK TIE OUTDOOR GAME RECORD

 

Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik and Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk tied a record by appearing in their fifth regular-season outdoor NHL game. Orpik skated with the Penguins in outdoor games in 2008, 2011 and 2014, and with the Capitals in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Van Riemsdyk played in two such games for the Flyers, in 2010 and 2012, and for the Maple Leafs in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.

 

Orpik and van Riemsdyk tied the mark of five outdoor appearances shared by Patrick KaneDuncan KeithBenoit PouliotBrad RichardsBrent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews.

 

STADIUM SERIES QUICK HITS

 

* Maple Leafs forward Tomas Plekanec – who played with the Canadiens in December’s 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa – became the first player in NHL history to participate in outdoor games with multiple teams in the same season.

 

* There now have been 25 total regular-season outdoor NHL games: 10 Winter Classics, nine Stadium Series, four Heritage Classics, one Centennial Classic and one NHL100 Classic.

 

* Fourteen outdoor games have taken place at football venues, 10 have been hosted by baseball parks and one has been staged in a soccer stadium.

 

* The crowd of 29,516 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium increased total attendance at the 25 regular-season outdoor games to 1,313,613 – an average of 52,545 per game. NHL outdoor attendance surpassed the 1-million mark at the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Avalanche and Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver on Feb. 27, 2016.

 

* Teams that score first improved to 15-7-3 in the League’s 25 outdoor games, including a 10-1-1 record in the last 12 such contests.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Almanac: Day 62 of the Year

(courtesy SOSseafest.org)

DAY 62 OF THE YEAR, 17 TILL SPRING ROLLS IN WITH 207 LEFT TO GO

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY FOR MARCH 3

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com


NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, March 3, 2018: Rangers’ Lundqvist makes history with second straight 50-save win; Avs’ MacKinnon (five points) powers team’s seven-goal outburst; Jets match franchise record for most home wins in a season

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CAPITALS, MAPLE LEAFS TO FACE OFF AT STADIUM SERIES 

The Capitals (36-21-7, 79 points) host the Maple Leafs (39-20-7, 85 points) tonight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. as the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series marks the first-ever NHL regular-season outdoor game to be played at a service academy (8 p.m. ET on NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ice surface MS 3 3 2018 NHL Stadium Series (NHL PR)

* The Capitals and Maple Leafs faced off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2017, producing a memorable First Round series won by Washington in six games (4-2). Five of the six contests required overtime, matching an NHL single-series postseason record.

 

* This marks the third and final meeting between Washington and Toronto in 2017-18 (WSH: 1-1-0, TOR: 1-1-0). Frederik Andersen stopped all 30 shots he faced to lift the Maple Leafs to a 2-0 victory Oct. 17 at Capital One Arena. Alex Ovechkin recorded his 20th career hat trick to power the Capitals to a 4-2 win Nov. 25 at Air Canada Centre.

 

* Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (597-509–1,106  in 985 GP) enters the contest three goals shy of becoming the 20th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals and the fourth to do so in less than 1,000 games. The others: Wayne Gretzky (718 games), Mario Lemieux (719 games) and Brett Hull (900 games). Ovechkin, who leads the League with 39 goals this season, also sits one shy of his ninth career 40-goal season.

 

* The Capitals and Maple Leafs are both undefeated in two previous outdoor game appearances. Washington earned a 3-1 victory vs. PIT in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and a 3-2 win vs. CHI in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Toronto, meanwhile, has picked up a pair of victories vs. DET (both in extra time): a 3-2 shootout win in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and a 5-4 overtime win in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Capitals defenseman Jakub Jerabek and Maple Leafs forward Tomas Plekanec – who each played with the Canadiens in December’s 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa – can become the first players in NHL history to participate in outdoor games with multiple teams in the same season.

 

ICYMI: USA Warriors defeated Canada’s Soldier On by an 8-5 score in the NHL Sled Series as part of the celebration of hockey and the armed services leading into the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series. The teams were surprised with a post-game visit by the Stanley Cup.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Montreal 6, NY ISLANDERS 3

FLORIDA 4, Buffalo 1

CAROLINA 3, New Jersey 1

WINNIPEG 4, Detroit 3

COLORADO 7, Minnesota 1

NY Rangers 3, CALGARY 1

Nashville 4, VANCOUVER 3 (OT)

Ottawa 5, VEGAS 4

ANAHEIM 4, Columbus 2

 

LUNDQVIST MAKES HISTORY WITH SECOND STRAIGHT 50-SAVE WIN

Following a 50-save performance in his last outing (Feb. 28 at VAN: 6-5 OT W), Henrik Lundqvist made 50 saves again to backstop the Rangers to their second straight win on the heels of a seven-game slide (0-6-1).

 

* Lundqvist, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday, became the third goaltender to make at least 50 saves in consecutive appearances (since 1955-56 when shots on goal became an official NHL statistic). Lundqvist, however, is the only goaltender to earn wins in each game.

Henrik Lundqvist NYR MS 3 3 18 50 saves in consecutive games (NHL PR)

* Lundqvist became the first goaltender to record multiple 50-save wins with the Rangers (since 1955-56). He became the first netminder to post multiple 50-save wins in a season since Roberto Luongo in 2003-04 (2x w/ FLA).

 

MacKINNON (FIVE POINTS) POWERS AVALANCHE’S SEVEN-GOAL OUTBURST

Nathan MacKinnon (2-3—5) factored on five of Colorado’s seven goals to power the Avalanche (35-24-5, 75 points) to a 13-1-0 record in their last 14 home games. Colorado is one point back of Anaheim (32-21-12, 76 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

 

* MacKinnon posted his second five-point game of 2017-18 (also Nov. 16 vs. WSH: 1-4—5) and became the first Avalanche player to record at least five points in a game multiple times in a season since Paul Stastny in 2007-08 (2x). He joined Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal (3x) as the only players to record multiple five-point games in 2017-18.

 

* MacKinnon has established single-season career highs for goals, assists and points with 31-45—76 in 2017-18 (56 GP). He became the first Avalanche player to score more than 30 goals in a season since 2006-07, when Joe Sakic (36) and Milan Hejduk (35) did so.

 

* MacKinnon has scored a career-high 10 game-winning goals this season, trailing only Calgary’s Sean Monahan (11) for the most in 2017-18. Only two players in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history have scored more such goals in a season: Michel Goulet in 1983-84 (16) and Sakic in 2000-01 (12).

 

JETS MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD FOR MOST HOME WINS IN A SEASON

Patrik Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to seven games (8-5—13) and help the Jets (38-17-9, 85 points) improve to 6-2-0 in their last eight contests. Winnipeg is second in the Central Division, six points back of Nashville (41-14-9, 91 points) for first place.

 

* The Jets improved to 24-7-2 (50 points) at Bell MTS Place in 2017-18 and matched their franchise record for most home wins in a season, a mark set by the Thrashers in 2005-06. The most home wins in a season by the original Winnipeg Jets was 25, a mark set in 1986-87 (25-12-3, 53 points).

Winnipeg Jets MS 3 3 18 MS most home wins season (NHL PR)

* Laine (33-22—55), who scored 36 goals as a rookie in 2016-17, has 69 career goals and will celebrate his 20th birthday on April 19; only five players in NHL history have scored more goals as a teenager.

 

Connor Hellebuyck (30 saves) improved to 33-10-8 in 2017-18 (2.40 GAA, .921 SV%, 6 SO) and moved within one win of matching the franchise record for most in a season by a goaltender, a mark set by Kari Lehtonen in 2006-07 (34 w/ ATL).

 

PREDATORS RALLY TO EXTEND WIN STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES

Ryan Ellis (1-1—2) tied the game with 2:15 remaining in regulation and Calle Jarnkrok (1-1—2) scored in overtime as the Western Conference-leading Predators (41-14-9, 91 points) earned their seventh straight victory, the longest active win streak in the NHL. Nashville recorded a win streak of at least seven games for the third time in franchise history.

* Nashville also extended its road point streak to 11 games (8-0-3), the second-longest such run in franchise history (13 GP in 2015-16: 10-0-3).

 

Mike Fisher, who recently announced his intention to end his retirement, scored in his return to the Predators lineup. Nashville signed him to a one-year contract on Feb. 26.

 

HURRICANES MOVE INTO FINAL WILD CARD SPOT . . .

Teuvo Teravainen scored the go-ahead goal at 9:37 of the third period as the Hurricanes (29-25-11, 69 points) picked up their second straight win on the heels of a six-game slide (0-4-2). Carolina moved past Columbus (32-28-5, 69 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

* Teravainen has netted the game winner in each of the Hurricanes’ last two contests. He has established single-season career highs in goals, assists and points with 18-33—51 in 2017-18 (65 GP).

 

. . . PANTHERS KEEP PACE IN PURSUIT OF A PLAYOFF POSITION

Four different skaters found the back of the net to help the Panthers (31-25-6, 68 points) extend their win streak to five games and improve to 12-3-0 in their last 15 outings. Florida remained a point back of Carolina.

 

Aleksander Barkov (1-0—1) extended his point streak to five games (4-4—8), including at least one goal in each of his last three outings. Barkov has collected 24-38—62 overall this season (61 GP), including 13-16—29 since Jan. 1 (24 GP).

HALL SCORES TO EXTEND STREAKS

Devils forward Taylor Hall scored to extend his point streak to 17 games (12-10—22), marking his 24th consecutive appearance with a point dating to Jan. 2 (17-17—34).

 

* Hall, who began his 17-game point streak upon his return from a three-game absence on Jan. 30, is the first player in Devils franchise history to record at least one point in 17 consecutive team games. His point streak is the longest in the NHL this season.

 

* Hall’s stretch of 24 consecutive appearances with at least one point also is the longest such run in Devils franchise history. He is just the eighth different player in the last 30 years (since 1987-88) to record at least one point in 24 or more consecutive appearances.

* Hall leads the Devils with 29-41—70 overall in 2017-18 (60 GP). He reached the 70-point mark in a season for the second time in his NHL career and became the first Devils player to hit the plateau since 2011-12, when Ilya Kovalchuk (37-46—83) and Patrik Elias (26-52—78) did so.

 

GALCHENYUK (HAT TRICK) HELPS CANADIENS EXTEND POINT STREAK

Alex Galchenyuk (3-1—4) found the back of the net three times to snap a 15-game goal drought and help the Canadiens extend their point streak to six contests (3-0-3). Galchenyuk scored the second hat trick of his NHL career (also Dec. 16, 2014 vs. CAR).

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Navy players soak in Stadium Series practice (via Dan Rosen)

· Military families enjoy day on ice with Capitals

· Shayne Gostisbehere to host Marjory Stoneman Douglas High hockey team

· Predators make cameos in Carrie Underwood‘s new music video

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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