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Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup.’

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS: Vancouver goes up 2 games to 0 with 3-2 win

 

Alex Burrows scored the second-fastest overtime goal in finals history, giving Vancouver a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins and a 2-0 lead as they try to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Burrows circled the net and scored a stunner of a goal just 11 seconds into overtime at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Alex Burrows of Vancouver Canucks vs NY Islanders on March 16 2010 (photo by Orlandkurtenbach via wikipedia commons)

With Boston down 2-0, it brings to the forefront that only four teams have rallied from a 0-2 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup Finals in 46 tries.

Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic scored goals for the Bruins.

The fact that Boston lost, lies heavily on their goaltender Tim Thomas, who despite stopping 30 shots, gave away two goals by being out of position with being too overaggressive.

Rafalski retires from Red Wings

 

37-year-old Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski chose to spend time with his family over the team and has retired.

Rafalski, a three-time Stanley Cup winner is retiring after 11 seasons in the National Hockey League, with one season of $6 million on his contract.

Brian Rafalski (file photo)

Rafalski had knee and back ailments that limited him to 63 games in 2010-2011, a career-low. He scored just four goals.

In previous years with the New Jersey Devils and Red Wings, he produced 515 points.

Rafalski won two Stanley Cups with New Jersey and one in Detroit.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Detroit Red Wings news

NHL referee McCreary officiated final game at Washington

 

Bill McCreary (NHL media guide photo)

Veteran NHL referee Bill McCreary officiated his final regular season game at Washington last Saturday as the Capitals were hosting the Buffalo Sabres.

The site was appropriate as McCreary began his four-decades-spanning NHL career by working Capitals home games. His NHL debut as a referee was on November 3, 1984, when the Caps hosted the New Jersey Devils at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. His final games as a referee reads, 1,737.

Regarded as one of the best ever to officiate the game, McCreary holds the League record for most playoff games (297) and most Stanley Cup Final games (44) refereed. He finished his career second on the NHL’s all-time games-refereed list. The native of Guelph, Ontario, is one of only four referees to reach the 1,500 games mark, an accomplishment McCreary registered on February 16, 2008. The quality of his refereeing was recognized by selection to work the post-season 23 times.

McCreary’s long list of accomplishments includes refereeing 15 Stanley Cup Final series (13 consecutive from 1994-2007), the 1991 and 1994 Canada Cups, the 1994 NHL All-Star Game (New York), and the Winter Olympics in 1998 (Nagano), 2002 (Salt Lake City) and 2010 (Vancouver), drawing the gold medal assignment each time.

McCreary will be recognized by his colleagues at a special ceremony held during Officials Training Camp prior to the 2011-12 NHL season.

 

Info courtesy of the National Hockey League

Blackhawks escape Jackets in shootout, 4-3

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel told the media during the post-game press conference , when asked about his team playing 18 games past regulation into overtime or a shootout, what does that say about his team, how close are they to the playoffs or how far they are away. His answer was “we’re getting closer, we can work on being able to win those games by working on the skills necessary to do so.”

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

After being down 2-0 in the first six minutes of game, the Jackets, playing without Rick Nash, Grant Clitsome, Steve Mason, rallied back to challenge the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks tooth-and-nail.

They lost 4-3 in the shootout after Viktor Stalberg scored the only goal in the third round.

Columbus had several stars in Maksim Mayorov, Derick Brassard and Sammy Pahlsson scored goals and defenseman Anton Stralman set a career-high with three assists. Mathieu Garon, starting in place of Mason, had 26 saves.

 

THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

* Patrick Kane, RW of the Blackhawks had two fantastic plays with a goal and an assist

* Anton Stralman, Defenseman of the Blue Jackets set career mark with three assists

* Maksim Mayorov, RW of the Blue Jackets his first NHL goal got the team going

 

Avalanche hire Sakic for front office position

Joe Sakic October 1997 in Edmonton (photo by Hakah Dahlstrom via wikipedia commons)

41-year-old Joe Sakic, a fan-favorite around the National Hockey League, retired almost two years ago after a stellar 20-year playing career with the Colorado Avalanche.

He led the Avs to two Stanley Cup titles and won the league MVP award in 2001.

His old team is now rewarding him for being loyal to the franchise.

Sakic will be joining the Colorado front office.

He will serve as an executive as an adviser, involved in all facets of hockey operations. He will represent the team at the board of governors meetings as an alternate governor.

compiled from Colorado Avalanche & NHL news

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