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Dallas coach Lindy Ruff gets career win 600 against old club, Buffalo

Lindy Ruff (photo by Arnold C. Buchanan-Hermit via wikipedia commons)

When Lindy Ruff was an NHL hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, he gained a reputation as a player for his toughness, character and hard work on the ice as a left winger/defenseman.

He brought that same mentality behind the bench as one of the top coaches in the league.

Monday night, his Dallas Stars team defeated his former club, the Sabres, 3-2. The win earned the 54-year-old Ruff his 600th career win. Overall his record as a coach is 600-454-88 in 16 years.

Ruff was the head coach at Buffalo for 15 years, from the 1997-98 season until the middle of the 2012-2013 season. On February 20, 2013, the Sabres announced that Ruff had been relieved of his coaching duties. That ended his tenure as the NHL’s longest active-serving coach with one team and he was second only to Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA as one of the longest-employed coaches in all of the four major sports in North America (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB).

 

Rangers’ Lundqvist posts 48th shutout; sits one shy of Giacomin record

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings to collect his third shutout of the season and lead the New York Rangers improve to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games. The Rangers finished up their most recent homestand at 3-1-0.

The 31-year-old Lundqvist, a native of Sweden, has 48 shutouts, all as a Rangers goalie, one shy of the franchise record held by the legendary Ed Giacomin.

Henrik Lundqvist (photo by Robert Kowal via wikipedia commons)

NHL holds draft lottery tonight; Florida Panthers have the odds of gaining #1 pick

(courtesy Florida Panthers)

The National Hockey League holds its annual draft lottery tonight, and the Florida Panthers, who finished with a record of 15-27-6 and 36 points, have the best odds of winning. Florida’s chances are at 25 percent, followed by Colorado at 19 percent.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the NHL’s top non-playoff team and their chances of winning is at 1-in-200 of winning the lottery. If they don’t, the Jackets will pick 14th. Columbus also has two other first-round picks from the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.

The draft lottery determines the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the NHL’s amateur draft on June 30.

All 14 teams that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs have a shot at the #1 overall pick.

Blue Jackets streak reaches four in 3-0 victory over Red Wings; earns first season series win over long-time nemesis

DETROIT RED WINGS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,925 Jonas Gustavsson Detroit goalie His first start was not too good

51,928 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Was the effort there against Columbus

51,930 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Were the penalties from a lack of energy

51,931 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Tomorrow night at home vs CBJ what can you do better

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,934 Jared Boll Columbus LW Red Wings players say they see a confidence in CBJ this season

51,935 Nick Foligno CBJ LW Columbus in control of game starting 3rd period vs. Detroit is rare

51,937 Nick Foligno CBJ LW The team has been starting games strong during win streak

51,940) Nick Foligno CBJ LW The young guys from the AHL farm team have been keys during win streak

COLUMBUS, O. — There was a time when the Columbus Blue Jackets probably never looked forward to playing the Detroit Red Wings.

Back in the early days of the franchise, the CBJ would play a good game, be in the game, be leading and somehow would lose due to bad luck, bad goaltending, bad defense or just not having a talented team to overcome one of the NHL’s all-time winningest franchises.

Cam Atkinson

But today, the Blue Jackets are a team on the rise. They’re scrappy, can play with anybody, has a very solid defenseman corps and the goaltending is on par with anybody.

On Saturday, they beat the Red Wings 3-0 in a game where they dominated from start to finish before a delighted crowd of 17,957 at Nationwide Arena. All of the Detroit fans, who always make the 250-mile trip, probably left the game thinking, the CBJ can’t be counted on for an easy win anymore.

Columbus did not play into overtime as they had the previous five games. ”It’s nice to play 60 minutes instead of 65,” Nick Foligno said with a laugh, to several reporters after the game.

The Red Wings usually have a very strong power play, but they’re 24th in the NHL at only 14.7 percent. However, on the road, their having all kinds of problems. going 0 for 36 after an 0-for-3 day yesterday.

According to a radio report after Saturday’s game, Detroit’s streak of ineptness on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, who came into the NHL the same season as the Blue Jackets, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0 for 42 in 2001-2 and the New York Rangers  in 1999-2000 were 0 for 39.

Jack Johnson

The Blue Jackets have beaten Detroit three straight games and has a 3-0-1 record this season and has earned points in every game for the first time ever in a season series.

Granted, the Blue Jackets were facing a backup goaltender in Jonas Gustavsson, but the Red Wings still have an explosive team on the ice in Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jordin Tootoo, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen. They can score a bunch of goals at anytime, but they can be stopped and frustrated if you control the puck and that’s exactly what Columbus did. In fact, the CBJ won 64% of the faceoffs against a team that is tough to win a draw from.

But this is a Detroit team that no longer has the services of Nicklas Lidstrom, their long-time captain and defenseman who led the team on the ice, but he retired after last season. And the difference in the team’s defense has been very noticeable as the opposition are able to penetrate deep and beat their goalies on a consistent basis.

The Red Wings could not solve Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had who made 29 saves in his first career shutout.

The team received goals from Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Foligno to garner 10 points in their last six games after getting 12 in their first 19.

Nick Foligno

The Blue Jackets are 9-12-4 with 22 points, good for 12th in the Western Conference.

COLUMBUS GAME NOTES

* Some of the Blue Jackets said they’re slowly getting used to the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. starting times this season. The Red Wings are more used to it due to playing in several nationally-televised games than most teams in the Western Conference.

* This year in the first period, the Blue Jackets, due to slow starts, are a minus-10. You would not have known by yeaterday’s game.

* Are 20-39-12 all-time vs. Detroit.

* The Blue Jackets are perfect on the penalty kill over the past eight games, stopping all 21 power plays they’ve encountered.

* Columbus hadn’t won four in a row since March 1-8, 2012.

* Prior to yesterday’s game, Columbus had not had any shots on goal on the power play in the previous four and did not on their first man advantage Saturday.

* Scratches for Saturday were C Artem Anisimov and D Cody Goloubef.

DETROIT RED WINGS

* Prior to Saturday’s game, had only given up only 3 goals in last 8 games.

* Were 5-1-1 in its previous five games.

* played without defensemen Kent Huskins and Ian White who were scratches.

* Detroit was without the services of C Valterri Filppula, with a bad shoulder for the sixth game in a row.

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

 

 

 

Mac Tavish back with Edmonton Oilers front office

Craig Mac Tavish (2011 photo by Leech44 via wikipedia commons)

The Edmonton Oilers have hired former coach Craig Mac Tavish as their senior vice president of hockey operations.

The 53-year-old Mac Tavish coached the Oilers from 2000-2009, including Edmonton’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, when it lost in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes.

As a player, Mac Tavish wore the sweaters of Boston, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

 

Info compiled from NHL, Edmonton Oilers, Radio & TV news

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