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Archive for April 5th, 2018

NHL names Vegas’ Karlsson, Arizona’s Raanta and Buffalo’s Eichel as March “Three Stars of the Week”

 

 

William Karlsson skating in 2018 game at Washington Capitals By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

 

Antti Raanta

Jack Eichel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK (April 2, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 1.

 

FIRST STAR – WILLIAM KARLSSON, C, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Karlsson led the NHL with 3-6—9, including a pair of shorthanded goals, in four games as the Pacific Division champion Golden Knights (50-22-7, 107 points) became the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish first in its division (excluding mergers and all-expansion divisions). He posted 1-2—3 in a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche March 26, becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 40-goal milestone for a club in its inaugural season (and first since Brian Bradley in 1992-93 w/ TBL). Karlsson added one assist in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes March 28 before again collecting 1-2—3, including a helper on the overtime winner, in a 4-3 triumph over the St. Louis Blues March 30. He capped the week with 1-1—2, including a highlight-reel game-winning goal (while shorthanded), in a 3‑2 division-clinching victory against the San Jose Sharks March 31. The 25-year-old Marsta, Sweden, native shares third place in the League with 42 goals in 79 contests this season (42-33—75) after scoring 18 times in his first 183 career NHL games prior to 2017-18 (18-32—50).

 

SECOND STAR – ANTTI RAANTA, G, ARIZONA COYOTES

Raanta went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout as the Coyotes (28-40-11, 67 points) won three of their four games for the week to improve to 16-8-2 dating to Feb. 8. He made 19 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning March 26, followed by 27 stops in a 3-2 triumph against the Vegas Golden Knights March 28. Raanta then denied all 34 shots he faced to earn his 11th career shutout (and third of 2017-18) in a 6-0 win over the St. Louis Blues March 31. The 28-year-old Rauma, Finland, native has appeared in 45 contests this season, going 20‑16-6 while ranking third in the NHL with a 2.27 goals-against average and fourth with a .929 save percentage. That includes a League-best 1.87 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in 25 outings since Jan. 1 (minimum 15 GP).

 

THIRD STAR – JACK EICHEL, C, BUFFALO SABRES

Eichel placed second in the NHL with 3-5—8 in three games to help the Sabres (25-41-12, 62 points) pick up a pair of victories. He scored twice, including the winning goal, in a 3-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 26 before adding another goal in a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings March 29. Eichel then collected five assists in a 7-4 victory against the Nashville Predators March 31. In doing so, he became the first Sabres player to register five points in a game since Jan. 31, 2013 (Thomas Vanek) and the first with five assists in a game since Feb. 10, 1993 (Pat LaFontaine). The 21-year-old North Chelmsford, Mass., native paces Buffalo with 25-37—62 this season (63 GP) despite missing 15 games due to injury.

 

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

NHL fines Bruins’ Marchand for illegal cross checking

 

Brad Marchand watching action 2011 photo by HvSAB - Own work via wikipedia commons

 

NEW YORK (April 2, 2018) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald during NHL Game No. 1218 in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 18:55 of the second period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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

 

NHL awards “Three Stars of the Month” for March to Oilers’ McDavid, Bruins’ Marchand and Ducks’ Gibson

Connor McDavid pondering during a game 2015 photo By Connor Mah - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Brad Marchand in action 2016 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_4618, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

John Gibson (courtesy Anaheim Ducks)

NEW YORK (April 1, 2018) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March.

 

FIRST STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS

McDavid led the NHL with 13 goals and 28 points in 16 games (13-15—28) to move into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race and propel the Oilers(34-39-6, 74 points) to a 7-7-2 March. He registered at least one point in 13 of his 16 appearances, highlighted by five three-point performances as well as his fourth career four-point effort (March 22 at OTT: 2-2—4). McDavid also scored in 10 of his 16 outings, including a career-high five-game streak March 22-29 (7-6—13), and potted a pair of winning goals (March 10 vs. MIN and March 24 vs. LAK). The 21-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native and reigning Art Ross Trophy winner overtook Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov – who had held the outright lead since Dec. 12 – in the NHL scoring race March 24. He then eclipsed the 100-point milestone March 27, becoming the seventh player in League history to record multiple 100-point campaigns prior to his 22nd birthday. With 41-62—103 in 79 total contests this season, McDavid is aiming to become the first repeat Art Ross Trophy winner since Jaromir Jagr won four straight from 1997-98 through 2000-01.

 

SECOND STAR – BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS

Marchand ranked second in the NHL with 10-16—26 in 15 games to power the Bruins (49‑17‑11, 109 points) to an 11-2-3 March and into first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. He collected at least one point in 12 of his 15 contests, highlighted by 3-2—5 March 6 vs. DET. That included his third career hat trick, fourth career five-point performance and franchise-record 11th career overtime goal. Marchand potted two other overtime goals (March 3 vs. MTL and March 25 at MIN) to match a single-season League record with five in 2017-18. He also scored the winning goal in three straight games (March 3-8), becoming the seventh player in Bruins history to accomplish the feat and first since Tyler Seguin (Nov. 5-10, 2011). The 29-year-old Halifax, N.S., native paces the NHL with 1.33 points per game this season, totaling 34‑50—84 in 63 outings.

 

THIRD STAR – JOHN GIBSON, G, ANAHEIM DUCKS

Gibson went 9-3-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and three shutouts in 13 appearances to guide the Ducks (40-25-13, 93 points) to a 9-4-1 March and into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He yielded two or fewer goals in seven of his 13 starts, highlighted by shutout victories March 6 vs. WSH (36 SV), March 14 vs. VAN (32 SV) and March 21 at CGY (29 SV). The 24-year-old Pittsburgh native has played in 59 games this season, sharing ninth place in the NHL with a career-high 31 wins (31-18-7, 2.43 GAA, .926 SV%, 4 SO). That includes a 14‑4-2 record with a 1.93 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and three shutouts in 20 contests since returning from the All-Star break.

 

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

 

NHL Playoffs clinching scenarios for Thursday, April 6, 2018

 

The Columbus Blue JacketsPhiladelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils can clinch playoff berths on Thursday, April 5.

The Nashville Predators also can clinch the Central Division, Western Conference and Presidents’ Trophy.

Click here to view the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff race through games of Wednesday, April 4.

 

 

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

 

Coyotes center Clayton Keller named NHL Rookie of the Month for March

 

 

Clayton Keller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK – Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, who led all rookies with 13 assists and 19 points in 17 games (6-13—19), has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March.

 

Keller edged Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (5-9—14 in 16 GP), Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (2-10—12 in 14 GP), New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (2-10—12 in 15 GP) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (1-11—12 in 15 GP) for the honor.

 

Keller registered at least one point in 14 of his 17 March appearances. That included a 10-game streak March 11-28 (5-9—14), the longest by any rookie this season and tied for the third-longest by a rookie in Coyotes/Jets history (behind only Teemu Selanne: 17 GP and Keith Tkachuk: 12 GP, both in 1992-93).

 

Keller – the seventh overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft – has played in 79 games this season, ranking in the top five among rookies in shots on goal (1st; 201), points (2nd; 63), assists (2nd; 40), power-play assists (3rd; 14), power-play points (4th; 20), power-play goals (t-4th; 6) and goals (5th; 23).

 

The 19-year-old Chesterfield, Mo., native – who also earned the honor for October (9-6—15 in 13 GP) – joins Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (November and December) as a two-time Rookie of the Month winner in 2017-18.

 

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

 

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