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23 Feb 19
PAISLEY HOCKEY

Colorado College’s third-period and overtime woes continued as No. 8 Western Michigan rallied for a 5-4 OT victory Friday night. Hugh McGing scored 18 seconds into overtime to complete the rally after the Broncos trailed 4-2 early in the third period at The Broadmoor World Arena. “They are the best team in the second half […]

23 Feb 19
VIEW FROM CENTER ICE

Omaha, NE – The Huskies continued their mastery of the Omaha Mavericks with a convincing 4-1 win at Baxter Arena in Omaha on Friday, February 22. SCSU junior forward Ryan Poehling had a big night scoring twice including the game-winning goal to lead the Huskies attack. Sam Hentges scored the lead off goal for SCSU […]

23 Feb 19
CBS Denver

Skating in his home state, J.T. Compher helped keep the Colorado Avalanche rolling.

23 Feb 19

The Hershey Bears are skyrocketing up the standings. After spending most of the season at or near the bottom of the AHL’s Eastern Conference, the Bears now sit third in the Atlantic Division and are in playoff position. On Friday night, Capitals prospect Riley Barber scored a hat trick, helping the Bears defeat their rival, […]

23 Feb 19
CBS Chicago

Skating in his home state, J.T. Compher helped keep the Colorado Avalanche rolling.

23 Feb 19
Calgary Sun

The Calgary Flames have been able to outscore their opponents all season. On Friday, they had to win with defence. Up against the Anaheim Ducks (24-28-9), who have seemed to frustrate the Flames like no other team for the better part of a decade, the Flames (38-16-7) had to grind. It wasn’t pretty and the […]

23 Feb 19
Toronto Sun

7 p.m., Scotiabank Arena TV: Sportsnet/HNIC RADIO: FAN 590 THE BIG MATCH-UP RW Mitch Marner vs,. RW Brendan Gallagher Stuck in a season-worst three game points drought, Marner needs a big game against a player of similar stature who brings a physical edge to his game with the ability to counter Marner’s creativity. Gallagher’s first […]

23 Feb 19
SCNG
#gallery-1644350-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1644350-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1644350-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1644350-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The Ducks’ Brian Gibbons, right, tries to get past the Flames’ T.J. Brodie during the second period of Friday’s game in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Anaheim Ducks’ Brian Gibbons, right, misses a check on Calgary Flames’ Austin Czarnik during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) The Ducks’ Brian Gibbons, left, is checked by the Flames’ T.J. Brodie during the second period of Friday’s game in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Anaheim Ducks’ Adam Henrique, center, struggles to reach the puck in front of Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) The Ducks’ Jaycob Megna, left, checks Calgary Flames’ Garnet Hathaway during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Ducks goalie Ryan Miller makes a diving save during the first period of Friday’s game against the Flames in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) The Ducks’ Corey Perry, right, gets to the puck ahead of the Flames’ Mark Giordano during the first period of Friday’s game in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Anaheim Ducks’ Carter Rowney, left, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Garnet Hathaway during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) The Ducks’ Devin Shore, right, has his shot swatted away by Flames goalie Mike Smith during the second period of Friday’s game in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller lets in a goal by the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) The Flames’ Andrew Mangiapane, left, celebrates his go-ahead goal with teammates during the final minutes of the third period of Friday’s game against the Ducks on Friday in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) Calgary Flames’ Andrew Mangiapane, right, celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks with teammate Garnet Hathaway during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) CALGARY, Alberta — The Ducks’ top goaltender remained in Southern California, sidelined by back, neck and head injuries for the sixth consecutive game. Their top center couldn’t play Friday against the Calgary Flames because of an unspecified upper-body injury, scratched only minutes before the opening faceoff. If they were hamstrung by playing without John Gibson and Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks didn’t show it during a 2-1 loss to the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. They soldiered on without them and they continued their dramatic turnaround after their Feb. 10 coaching change. Andrew Mangiapane scored the tiebreaking goal for the Flames with 3:29 to play, a pinball play on a 2-on-1. Mangiapane’s cross-ice pass was deflected back to him after Ducks defenseman Jaycob Megna blocked it. Mangiapane then beat goalie Ryan Miller from close range. Miller, tracking the puck from one wing to the other, simply couldn’t get set to make the save. The Flames gained possession after Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour made an unwise pinch along the boards in an attempt to create something from nothing. TJ Brodie picked up the puck and passed ahead to Mangiapane and, suddenly, the Flames had an odd-man rush. In the final analysis, Calgary clicked on its best scoring chance in the third period, after Miller played another superb game in place of the injured Gibson. The Ducks came up empty on two power plays in the final period, one an abbreviated man-advantage chance that carried over from the second. “We played a good hockey game, but we lost,” said Bob Murray, the Ducks’ general manager and interim coach, after their modest two-game winning streak came to an end. “It’s a game. We’ve just got to keep doing the same things and we’ll get rewarded.” Asked if he had an update on Getzlaf’s condition, Murray said, “No.” Asked if Getzlaf came to him and said he couldn’t play, Murray said, “Yes.” Losses in seven consecutive games and 19 of 21 prompted Murray to fire Randy Carlyle and assume the coaching duties himself. Murray expected the Ducks to rally around each other after the change and to improve their play. In fact, they look like a totally different team. The Ducks have eliminated the defensive lapses that plagued them during a seven-game stretch in which they were outscored 37-8. Their passing, especially when exiting their own zone and skating down the ice, has been on target. They don’t get pinned in their own end of the ice as often. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Patience and poise defined the Ducks’ play for the fifth consecutive game, following victories over the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Sunday and the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. There was a sense of purpose to the Ducks’ game Friday that was sadly lacking during Carlyle’s final days. There was no sense of panic after Brodie scored on a perimeter shot that deflected off the knee of Megna and sailed past Miller at 1:22 of the second period. The Ducks withstood a brief surge in the Flames’ momentum and then pushed back and produced the tying goal with a gritty play. Derek Grant slammed home a centering pass from Ducks teammate Carter Rowney to tie the score at 1-1 at 6:13 of the second. Rowney outhustled Calgary goalie Mike Smith to a loose puck behind the net and then fed a pass out front for Grant to shoot into the empty net. “There are a lot of positives to carry over from this game to (Saturday),” Ducks center Adam Henrique said, referring to Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. “They (the Flames) have a good group and we stuck with them for most of the game.” "I thought we played a pretty good game. We can't let it frustrate us… We got to get right back at it and keep pushing." — @carterrowney ⬇️⬇️@AnaheimDucks pic.twitter.com/seN3QgevZO — FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 23, 2019 Empty net? Oh yeah, @DGrant57 will bury that 😎#LetsGoDucks | @AnaheimDucks pic.twitter.com/VaQj5apuqo — FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 23, 2019
23 Feb 19
Edmonton Sun

It could very well have been a first-round playoff preview between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Red Deer Rebels at Rogers Place on Friday. A 2-1 win for the home side saw the Oil Kings now earn points in 12 of their past 16 games, coming in clinging to a two-point lead in a jam-packed […]

23 Feb 19
The Denver Post
MATT CARLSON, The Associated Press CHICAGO — J.T. Compher scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to snap a tie with 5:22 left in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 Friday night for their third straight win. Compher broke in alone from center ice after taking a pass from Patrik Nemeth and beat Collin Delia with a shot over the glove. Carl Soderberg also had two goals, including a short-handed empty-netter, and Gabriel Landeskog scored his 32nd goal early in the third. Colorado got 41 saves from Semyon Varlamov. Patrick Kane scored his 39th goal to extend his points streak to 20 games and goal-scoring run to five straight. Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat also scored for Chicago, while Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafssson each had two assists. Delia finished 26 saves as Chicago lost for just the third time in its last 13. Kane has 17 goals and 26 assists during his points streak. Both the Avalanche and Blackhawks entered with 61 points, one behind Minnesota for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado led 1-0 after a brisk first period that had only one whistle in the opening 9:45. Soderberg opened the scoring with 3:51 left to cap a rush. After plowing past Gustafsson, Soderberg drove to then net, took a pass from Alexander Kerfoot and beat Delia between the pads for this career-high 20th goal. Strome tied it with a power-play goal at 10:48 of the second. Gustafsson’s shot from the blue line whizzed past the left post. The puck bounced off the back board and to Strome, who tucked it in from the edge of the crease. Compher’s power-play goal with 1:55 left in the second put Colorado back ahead, 2-1. He connected from the right side of the slot, and was set up by Mikko Rantanen on a play from a faceoff. The Blackhawks replied from a faceoff in the Colorado zone when Kane scored with 29 seconds left in the frame. Kane was wide open in the right circle when he one-timed in a cross-ice feed from Toews. Landeskog put Colorado in front 3-2 at 3:36 of the third after he rode Toews off the puck deep in the Chicago zone. The Avalanche captain kept skating with the puck, circled across the slot, fired and beat Delia low on the glove side. DeBrincat backhanded in a second rebound midway through the third on a power play to tie it at 3. With Colorado ahead 4-3, the Blackhawks pressured during a power play and with Delia pulled for an extra attacker in the final 1:43. Varlamov was sharp before Soderberg sealed it with his empty-netter with 34 seconds left. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] NOTES: Kane is the seventh player in NHL history to have multiple point streaks of 20 more games. … Rantanen’s assist on Compher’s goal was his 200th NHL point. … Chicago D Brent Seabrook missed his third game with an abdominal strain and D Carl Dahlstrom sat out with flu-like symptoms. … The Blackhawks recalled D Henri Jokiharju from Rockford of the AHL and put him in the lineup. The 19-year-old, a first-round draft pick in 2017, played 37 games for Chicago earlier this season. … Avalanche F Colin Wilson (upper-body injury) missed a sixth straight game and D Ian Cole (upper body) sat out an eighth straight. UP NEXT Avalanche: At Nashville on Saturday. Blackhawks: Host Dallas on Sunday afternoon.
23 Feb 19
WGN-TV

CHICAGO — J.T. Compher scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to snap a tie with 5:22 left in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 Friday night for their third straight win. Compher broke in alone from center ice after taking a pass from Patrik Nemeth […]

23 Feb 19
National Post

CHICAGO — Skating in his home state, J.T. Compher helped keep the Colorado Avalanche rolling. Compher scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to snap a tie with 5:22 left in the third period, and Colorado beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 Friday night for its third straight win. Compher, from the Chicago […]

23 Feb 19
Twin Cities
DETROIT — As the Wild prepared to leave snowy Minnesota on Wednesday for a crucial two-game road trip to New York and Detroit, general manager Paul Fenton served notice to his restless team that a popular player like Charlie Coyle could be traded away in a snap. The message was received loud and clear. After stumbling through a winless four-game homestand, the Wild once again revived their stagnating playoff chances with a pair of convincing road victories, including Friday night’s 3-2 victory over the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. “Paul made a trade and I kind of think it woke us up,” said defenseman Ryan Suter. “We lost a guy that we were all really close with. Good player, brought in a really good player, too. But I think everyone woke up. We’re scoring goals.” Indeed. Seven in the past two games, including Thursday’s 4-1 over the Rangers, after being shut out the previous two during a 171-minute, five-second scoreless streak. And they are getting contributions from everywhere. Trade bait Eric Staal scored his first goal in 12 games. Newly acquired Ryan Donato bagged his third assist in two games. Fellow rookie Luke Kunin had a goal and assist. And previously struggling Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for his second straight victory after going 1-6-2 in his previous nine games. Moreover, he improved to 9-3-1 in his past 13 road starts, most among NHL goalies on the road since Dec. 29. The Red Wings, who have lost seven of their last nine, were easy pickings. The victory allowed the Wild to stay one point ahead of Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. “At this stage of the game any time you can get two points it’s what the doctor ordered,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. The Xcel Energy Center has been a house of horrors lately for the Wild, who couldn’t score on home ice, let alone win. But Donato is playing with the confidence of a veteran. Jordan Greenway, who scored his 11th goal, is playing big minutes along with Kunin and a resurrected Joel Eriksson Ek. “These guys are our life force,” said Boudreau. “They’re going to drive this organization for a few years. They’re paying the price. It’s great to see young guys improving. To see them develop really makes you feel good.” The game featured a monster opening 20 minutes by the Wild, who attacked, threw the body around and shot with abandon for once. Fifteen total, which produced a pair of well-earned goals. Donato split two defenders to get the puck behind the net, won a board battle and fed Eriksson Ek for a wraparound pass to Kunin, who chipped in the rebound at 16:56. Two minutes later, Greenway doubled the lead with a rocket from between the hash marks that roasted Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier. “It was a good look,” Greenway deadpanned. “If I didn’t put that one in, I wouldn’t be sleeping tonight.” Meanwhile, Dubnyk stood tall for the Wild in the waning seconds of the first period, making a flurry of saves through traffic to preserve the 2-0 lead. He also received a huge assist from Mikael Granlund. Dubnyk wandered into the right faceoff circle to play a puck. Inexplicably, he held it long enough for Darren Helm to pick his pocket and fire a shot that was destined for the middle of the net before Granlund calmly put his stick down to block a sure goal. Boudreau’s eyes widened like saucers for several seconds when asked about Dubnyk’s roving adventure. “He played great,” the coach offered. Staal’s scoring slump dated to Jan. 23 — the final game before the all-star break/bye. Kunin, Parise and Staal crashed the net during a power play after a tipped puck sat flat in the crease, with Staal doing the dirty work. He reacted with more relief than pure joy at breaking the spell. A pending unrestricted free agent, Staal could be on the move before Monday’s trade deadline. “I needed it,” he said. “I think, too, that moment in the game it was 2-1. You want to have a successful power play and come away with something. It was nice to get a little break there in front and see one go in the back of the net.” Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha scored for the Red Wings, who poured on the pressure in the final five minutes but could not break the Wild’s resolve. “It’s been challenging the last little bit because of the situation, finding ways to lose and now you switch it around here and you’re finding ways to win,” Staal said, referencing the trade deadline. “We had some huge saves and a power-play goal to get us ahead; key moments in games that can make the difference.”
23 Feb 19
Lacrosse Bucket

Cornell started off their 2019 campaign with a 19-16 road win over Hobart on Friday night. While the Big Red showed their superiority Hobart was able to hang with them and make it an offensive shootout of sorts, even with some terrible mistakes in the clearing game.  Jeff Teat led the way for Cornell as […]

23 Feb 19
THE FARMIES

Whats up R/Canucks, the snow is back and so are our Utica Comets for another key tilt in the battle for supremacy in the AHL’s North Division! Tonight should be a banger…and by banger…I mean fucking bizarre…there’s a huge flu bug destroying the Comets right now so we have basically all our young guns out […]

23 Feb 19
Backseat Directing

2018 has been a hell of a year, and in many ways has felt like an eternity.  In that eternity, we’ve gotten a huge variety of great films.  Here are some of my favorite elements and moments from film in 2018.  This will be mostly [spoiler-free] unless otherwise noted.

22 Feb 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1603548-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1603548-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1603548-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1603548-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Winnipeg Jets’ Brendan Lemieux (48) battles with Vegas Golden Knights’ Nate Schmidt (88) in front of Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Ja. 15, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP) The Golden Knights continue their four-game homestand Friday when they host the slumping Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena. Opening faceoff is 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. “It’s a big game. They’ve struggled lately like we have also, so I think it’s two teams that are hungry to get a win tonight,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “They got blown out their last game 7-1, so they’ll be ready to go. I thought we played a real good game last game, but we lost. It’s two teams hungry for points, and I think it’s two real good clubs.” The Knights (32-25-5, 69 points) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Boston and have lost nine of their past 12 games overall. Defenseman Colin Miller will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game, as Gallant confirmed he will use the same lineup from Wednesday’s game. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who lost his past four decisions, will try again for his 30th victory. He is 2-4-1 with a 3.24 goals-against average and .894 save percentage since the All-Star break. ”It’s a team that is big, and they are fired up early,” Knights center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. “Our start to the game is going to be a key point to be able to win that one, for sure.” Winnipeg (36-20-4, 76 points) has lost three straight and dropped a point behind Nashville for the top spot in the Central Division. The Jets started their three-game road trip with a 7-1 rout at Colorado on Wednesday, and captain Blake Wheeler was critical of his team’s effort after Winnipeg allowed five goals in the third period. “They’re the whole package again this year,” Knights left wing Jonathan Marchessault said, “and they lost 7-1 last time out, so we need to be ready for them.” Speedy winger Nikolaj Ehlers will return to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 4 after he participated in the Jets’ optional morning skate. Ehlers missed 20 games with an upper-body injury. Connor Hellebuyck (26-17-2, 2.98 GAA, .909 SP) will start in goal for Winnipeg. Wheeler leads the team in scoring with 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists), and center Mark Scheifele has 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in 60 games. The Jets are 11-3-2 and have won six of the past eight games against the Pacific Division. Winnipeg defeated the Knights 4-1 on Jan. 15 in the first meeting between the clubs since the Western Conference Final. “I want their best shot. I want this to be a great game tonight,” Gallant said. “I want us to play the same way we played the other night. You like to see two teams battle it out. It’s about getting two points, but I’d like to see a great game tonight.” Golden Knights projected lineup Forwards Jonathan Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith Brandon Pirri-Paul Stastny-Alex Tuch Max Pacioretty-Cody Eakin-Oscar Lindberg Tomas Nosek-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Ryan Reaves Defensemen Nate Schmidt-Deryk Engelland Brayden McNabb-Shea Theodore Jon Merrill-Nick Holden Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury More Golden Knights: Follow at reviewjournal.com/GoldenKnightsand @HockeyinVegas on Twitter. Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.