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Archive for May 6th, 2018

Historical highlights for Saturday, May 5, 2018: Cinco de Mayo and the 125th Day of the Year

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KENTUCKY DERBY

America’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, has been held continuously since 1875 at Louisville, Kentucky, and has become one of the country’s largest civic celebrations (and betting opportunity). Not bad when you consider that the event lasts only two minutes! Modeled on England’s Epsom Derby, it is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds and was originally run at a mile and a half (now at a mile and a quarter). Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark organized the first race, and since he wanted the occasion to be festive, he gave a Derby breakfast for his friends before the first running (mint juleps anyone?). Dances, parties, and carnival-like gaiety have long been a feature of Derby week. The Derby is the first event in the “Triple Crown” series, followed by the Preakness (the second Saturday after the Derby) and the Belmont Stakes (the fifth Saturday after the Derby).

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Historical history for Friday, May 4, 2018: Day 124 of the Year

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Blue Jackets report defenseman Zach Werenski undergoes successful shoulder surgery

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Zach Werenski during CBJ season-ending exit interviews back in April (megasportsnews.com)

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski underwent successful surgery on May 3 to repair an injured shoulder, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Watson, one of the club’s OhioHealth team physicians, at Orthopedic ONE in Columbus.  Full recovery is expected to take five to six months.

 

“Zach has been dealing with this injury since early in the season and while he was able to play through it, our medical team determined that surgery was the best option at this time,” said Kekalainen.  “The surgery went very well and the expectation is Zach will be ready to play by the start of the season or shortly thereafter.”

 

Werenski, 20, collected 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points with 16 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 77 games this season.  His 16 goals were a team record for goals by a defenseman, tied with teammate Seth Jones, and ranked fourth among NHL blueliners.  He ranked second on the club in time on ice at 22:34 and made his All-Star Game debut at Amalie Arena in Tampa in January.

 

The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native was an NHL All-Rookie Team selection and finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s most outstanding rookie in 2016-17 after he notched 11-36-47, 14 PIM and was +17 in 78 games.  The club’s first pick, eighth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft, Werenski has registered 27-57-84, 30 PIM and is +25 in 155 career NHL games.

 

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Blue Jackets announce signing of 2017 Sixth Round Draft pick Jonathan Davidsson

 

Johnathan Davidsson in action (courtesy CBJ)

GETS THREE-YEAR ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT

Davidsson was second-leading scorer for SHL’s Djurgårdens IF in 2017-18

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Jonathan Davidsson to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on May 4.

 

Davidsson, 21, recorded 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points with 12 penalty minutes, a +18 plus/minus rating and averaged 14:24 of ice time in 52 regular season games with Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2017-18 season.  He finished second on the club in assists, points and plus/minus (tied) and third in game-winning goals (three-tied).  He also added 4-4-8 and six penalty minutes, while averaging 17:02 of ice time in 11 playoff contests.

 

“Jonathan is a fast, skilled player who put up good numbers in the Swedish Hockey League this season,” said Kekalainen.  “He is a smart player and mature young man and we believe he has a very bright future with our organization.”

 

A native of Tyreso, Sweden, Davidsson has collected 13-30-43 with 30 penalty minutes and a +11 plus/minus rating in 108 career games with Djurgårdens IF (SHL) and has added 4-4-8 in 13 career playoff contests.  The 5-11, 185-pound winger has also collected 32-63-95, 64 penalty minutes and was +43 in 89 career games with Djurgårdens IF J20 of the SuperElit (Juniors).  In 2016-17, he notched 3-9-12 with 16 penalty minutes in 44 games in the SHL and added 5-7-12 in 11 contests in the SuperElit league.

 

Davidsson was selected by the Blue Jackets with the club’s sixth round pick, 170th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.  He has represented Sweden in junior international competition, registering 9-19-28 and 20 penalty minutes in 59 contests.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, May 6, 2018: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition; Capitals put 2-time defending champion Penguins on brink of elimination after winning game 5

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SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Rookies Kyle Connor (WPG) and Jakub Vrana (WSH) posted three points apiece as the Jets and Capitals took 3-2 leads in their respective Second Round series. When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as was the case in both of Saturday’s contests, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 202-54 (78.9%).

CONNOR LIFTS JETS TO GAME 5 VICTORY
The Jets scored four goals in the second period, led by a pair from Kyle Connor (2-1—3), en route to a Game 5 win and a 3-2 lead in their Second Round series. Winnipeg, which added two more goals in the final frame, paces all teams with a 3.80 goals per game average in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Connor, who led all rookies with 31 goals in the 2017-18 regular season, scored his first two goals of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He established Jets/Thrashers franchise records for most goals and points in a playoff game by a rookie.

* Only one rookie recorded more points in a playoff game with the original Winnipeg Jets: Dale Hawerchuk in Game 2 of the 1982 Division Semifinals (0-4—4 vs. STL). Only three scored two goals in a postseason contest: Paul MacLean (Game 2 of 1982 DSF vs. STL), Keith Tkachuk(Game 6 of 1992 DSF vs. VAN) and Teemu Selanne (Game 3 of 1993 DSF vs. VAN).

Mark Scheifele (1-1—2) has collected multiple points in six of his last seven outings dating to Game 4 of the First Round at MIN (8-5—13). He is tied for second in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with nine goals overall (9-5—14).

VRANA SCORES LATE GAME WINNER AS CAPITALS TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Evgeny Kuznetsov
(1-2—3) tied the game 52 seconds into the third period and Jakub Vrana (1-2—3) scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 remaining in regulation as the Capitals took a 3-2 lead in their Second Round series.

* The Capitals hold a 3-2 lead in a Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Penguins for the fourth time in 11 meetings and first since the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 PIT series win). Washington went on to win the series on one prior occasion, doing so in the 1994 Conference Quarterfinals (4-2 series win).

* Vrana became the second Capitals player to score a winning goal in the final five minutes of regulation in their Second Round series, joining Alex Ovechkin in Game 3 (58:53). Elias notes that Washington became the first team to score two such goals in a playoff series since 2016, when San Jose did so in the Second Round vs. NSH en route to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Vrana became the fourth rookie in franchise history to record three points in a postseason game, joining Sergei Gonchar (Game 1 of 1995 CQF at PIT), Richard Zednik (Game 3 of 1998 CF at BUF) and Kuznetsov (Game 5 of 2015 FR vs. NYI).

* Less than 24 hours after his wife gave birth to a baby boy, John Carlson scored his 16th career playoff goal (all w/ WSH) to move into a tie with Kevin Hatcher for the most by a defenseman in franchise history. He has recorded 3-8—11 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one shy of the franchise record for most points in a postseason by a defenseman.

CROSBY CONTINUES TO CLIMB ALL-TIME LISTS . . .
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (66-118—184) scored his 66th career playoff goal to pass Bryan Trottier (71-112—183) and Nicklas Lidstrom(54-129—183) for sole possession of 11th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list and tie Joe Nieuwendyk and Denis Savard for 19th place on the League’s all-time postseason goals list. Only one player in franchise history has scored more playoff goals than Crosby: Mario Lemieux (76).

* Crosby (9-11—20) reached the 20-point mark in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth time in his NHL career, the most in franchise history. Elias adds that only four players in NHL history have recorded at least 20 points in more postseasons than Crosby: Wayne Gretzky (9x), Mark Messier(7x), Jari Kurri (6x) and Glenn Anderson (5x).

. . . JOINS PAIR OF PLAYERS ALSO SCORING AT HISTORIC PACE
Sidney Crosby
became the third player to reach the 20-point mark in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, joining Penguins teammate Jake Guentzel(10-11—21) and Bruins forward David Pastrnak (6-14—20).

* The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are just the fourth postseason to feature at least three players with 20-plus points by the conclusion of the second round. The others: 1981 (Mike BossyWayne GretzkyKen Linseman), 1983 (Gretzky, Rick MiddletonBarry Pederson) and 1989 (Gretzky, Tim KerrBrian Propp).

* Only four players recorded more than 20 points in the entire 2017 postseason: Evgeni Malkin (10-18—28), Crosby (8-19—27), Phil Kessel (8-15—23) and Guentzel (13-8—21).

QUICK CLICKS

· Lightning coach Jon Cooper, facing Bruins in playoffs, has sentimental ties to them (via Dave Stubbs)

· Bruins top line has been first-rate in playoffs (via Amalie Benjamin)

· Golden Knights can make more history in Game 6 against Sharks (via Nick Cotsonika)

· Panthers cheer on Vino Rosso at 144th Kentucky Derby
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
The Lightning and Golden Knights look to clinch berths in the Conference Finals on Sunday. Vegas can join the Toronto Arenas (1917-18) and St. Louis Blues (1967-68) as the only franchises in NHL history to win multiple series in their inaugural season. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, looks to return to the Eastern Conference Final after appearances in 2004, 2011, 2015 and 2016.

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