UND, Union, Friars, Ferris survive and advance

CINCINNATI – Mark MacMillan was standing his ground in front of the goal when the puck caromed off his side and into the net. His deflection set up an NCAA tournament upset.

MacMillan's goal broke a tie with 1:44 to go, and North Dakota added a pair of open-net goals in the final minute Friday night, pulling away to a 5-2 victory over top-seeded Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional semifinals.

No. 3 North Dakota (24-13-3) will face second-seeded Ferris State for the regional title Saturday and a trip to the Frozen Four. Ferris State beat Colgate 1-0 in the other semifinal.

The seven-time national champions got an at-large berth when Wisconsin (24-11-2) beat Ohio State for the Big Ten title, eliminating the Buckeyes. North Dakota then knocked out its longtime rival with three late goals, the most important one coming quite by chance.

Brendan O'Donnell shot from the right wing, and the rising puck hit MacMillan and went past goaltender Joel Rumpel for a 3-2 lead.

"I was just trying to go to the net," MacMillan said. "It just went off my side and bounced into the net. Bit of a lucky one, but we'll take it."

The goal was reviewed to see whether the puck deflected off MacMillan's raised stick or whether he had interfered with Rumpel.

"The ref did come over and say the North Dakota player did not bump your goaltender," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "It hit him and it went in."

Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute, giving him three goals in the game and ending the latest installment of a long-standing hockey rivalry.

It was the 164th game between the schools. They've met three times in the NCAA tournament, and North Dakota has won all three – 5-2 in the 1982 title game and 3-2 in overtime in a 2008 regional final.

Union 5, Vermont 2

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to help top-seeded Union beat Vermont 5-2 on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

Mat Bodie also scored for Union, which came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season. Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4).

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

Union is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games.

The Catamounts took eight penalties, and Union converted three times on special teams.

The Dutchmen got on the board 4:15 into the game with a short-handed goal. Hatch went almost end-to-end unimpeded, skating down the right half-wall before cutting into the slot and beating goalie Brody Hoffman to the glove side.

"That really got the bench going," Bodie said. "Special teams often dictate who wins, and I thought our special teams did it tonight."

Vermont tied in the period when McCarthy went behind the Union net, threw the puck in front and saw it ricochet back to him for an easy shot past Colin Stevens, who made 23 saves. Hoffman had 34 for Vermont.

Union took the lead back just more than a minute later with a power-play goal. Carr's slap shot rebounded to Sullivan, who found Novak to the left of the goalie. Novak backhanded it into the net from his knees.

Carr played give-and-go with Novak on the power play to give the Dutchman a 3-1 lead in the second. Novak's pass back to Carr hit the stick of Vermont's Yvan Pattyn and into the net.

"We were moving the puck well, but more importantly we were winning the battles down low, and that's a huge component to the power play," Novak said.

Bodie made it 4-1 on a 4-on-1 rush after taking a pass from Sullivan in front of the net.

Vermont cut the deficit to two goals on a backhander by McCarthy at 13:19 of the third. But Hatch got his second goal on an empty net to put the game away.

"Our kids played their hearts out, but just took too many penalties," said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who coached Union from 1999 to 2003.

The Dutchmen, who lost to Quinnipiac in last year's regional championship game in Providence, will face the Friars, winners of Friday's second East Regional game, on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

"We're very honored to be going to that game," coach Rick Bennett said.

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Jon Gillies made 37 saves, and third-seeded Providence beat second-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 on Friday night in an NCAA East Region semifinal.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first and scored three second-period goals.

That was more than enough with Gillies in net.

"It's unbelievable when you have a goalie like Jon behind you," Jankowski said. "If we bend a little too much, we have Jon back there to help us out."

The Friars will play top-seeded Union on Saturday in the regional championship game. The Dutchmen beat Vermont 5-2 in the first semifinal.

The game will pit Providence coach Nate Leaman against the program he led from 2003 to 2011 and former assistant Rick Bennett, a former Friars star.

"I think once the puck is dropped, I don't think anyone on the ice is going to think about it," Leaman said. "It's one game to see who advances. That's our goal, and there's really nothing that's going to distract me or the team, I think, from that."

Providence is making its first tournament appearance since 2001. It last won an NCAA game during a three-game first-round series with Minnesota in 1991.

Michael Garteig made 22 saves for Quinnipiac, which finished the season 24-10-6, a year after making it to the national championship game.

"It was a different game out there than what we've been used to all year," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "There was a lot of obstruction and hooking and holding, and we've got to find a way to fight through it a little bit better."

Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

CINCINNATI – C.J. Motte got past his rough weekend with an NCAA tournament shutout.

The Ferris State junior goalie turned away 35 shots Friday, making Gerald Mayhew's power-play goal midway through the first period hold up for a 1-0 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final, where they will meet North Dakota, by pulling off their sixth shutout of the season, their fifth with Motte in goal.

The Bulldogs finished the season by giving up eight goals in two games at the WCHA Final Five championship last weekend. Coach Bob Daniels thought it had more to do with leaky defense in front of Motte than with the goalie himself.

Both were solid Friday, repeatedly turning away a Colgate (20-14-5) team that had more shots on goal but couldn't get one to go in.

"He's always good," defenseman Scott Czarnowczan said of his goalie. "He might have been better today."

Motte made two impressive stops during a power play in the third period. He also made a glove save on Spiro Goulakos' slap shot with 1:37 to go. Colgate's Tyson Spink was called for cross checking with 57.9 seconds left, allowing Ferris State to finish it off on a power play.

"We just didn't get a bounce tonight," Goulakos said.

Colgate freshman goaltender Charlie Finn was solid Friday, stopping 26 shots. Mayhew flipped the puck over his leg from in front of the goal for the only score.

Mayhew, a freshman forward, had a pair of goals at the Final Five championship last weekend, including the game winner during a 5-4 victory over Anchorage Alaska.

"He's played well as of late," Daniels said. "Gerald's got a very quick stick. You could see the chances coming more and more."

Once he scored, it was a matter of holding on.

"They played their game," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "They did a great job defending the lead when they got it."

 

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Madden: Niners owner has to choose Harbaugh

If the 49ers only keep one of these guys, John Madden says it should be Jim Harbaugh. (USATSI)
If the 49ers only hold one of these guys, John Madden says it should be Jim Harbaugh. (USATSI)

Former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden lives simply outside of San Francisco, so he’s had a front row seat to the ongoing drama that the 49ers have develop into. It is gotten so unhealthy in the Bay Space that there may come a day where the crew has to choose between coach Jim Harbaugh and normal manager Trent Baalke, in response to CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

If that day comes, Madden thinks the 49ers ought to dump Baalke and maintain Harbaugh, “It is rather a lot easier to get a suit than it’s to get a coach,” Madden advised KCBS on Wednesday. “The proprietor has to choose the coach.”

Principally, Madden would not think the 49ers should eliminate Harbaugh because they won’t discover anybody better to replace him with.

“Jim Harbaugh has executed an important job of coaching within the NFL irrespective of how you set it,” Madden mentioned. “Getting to a few championship games in a row with that group or with any group is a heck of a thing that he is accomplished… You inform me the place they’re going to get a man that is any higher than him.”

Madden is aware of one thing about dysfunction, he won Super Bowl XI as the coach of a Raiders group owned by Al Davis. The 77-12 months-previous Pro Football Corridor of Famer says the ability performs need to cease in San Francisco.

“The best mannequin [for working the workforce] is they get along,” Madden mentioned. “Eventually they have to decide collectively. It might probably’t be a power play. It could actually’t be the place one needs one participant and one needs the opposite, and so they have to have a power play over it. And in the event that they do, I believe the coach has to have it, as a result of if he would not just like the man and if he is not going to educate him and play him, then it doesn’t do any good to draft him.”

Madden thinks that Harbaugh ought to completely have the ultimate name on the 49ers roster, “When you get right down to fifty three [players], I feel the coach has to do that. He has to decide who the players are going to be,” Madden said. “The opposite energy – wage cap and all of that stuff – I would not need something to do with that and I don’t assume coaches ought to.”

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Devils’ Zidlicky pins penalty problems on ‘new NHL’

Zidlicky has 586 PIM in 661 NHL games. (Getty Images)
Zidlicky has 586 PIM in 661 NHL video games. (Getty Photographs)

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky has a bit of an issue; He has a tough time staying out of the penalty field. He leads the Devils this season with forty two penalty minutes and those 42 minutes precisely describe the image as he has incurred precisely 21 minor penalties.

Just know that it isn’t Zidlicky’s fault based on Zidlicky. Blame these folks asking for extra penalties to increase the offense.

Per Randy Miller of the Newark Star-Ledger:

Ask Zidlicky about the 21 minors called on him this season, and he’ll argue that he’s often been charged responsible as an innocent man despite the fact that the teammate closest to him, Dainius Zubrus, is 9 behind with thirteen.

“It isn’t cool to get a penalty once you just contact the guy with your stick,” Zidlicky said after Monday’s practice. “One time I touched any individual on the glass and he fell down and a penalty is known as. That is robust. I simply touched the man.”

Zidlicky blames his penalties on what he calls the “new NHL,” which he says now has officers calling penalties for issues he beforehand may do when defending opponents.

“They’re on the lookout for extra power plays within the video games,” he says.

Indeed, there have been loads of calls in recent years for officials to emphasize the foundations extra and begin calling penalties. Presumably there will be more scoring if there are extra energy plays and with scoring frequently going down, that may be a worthwhile purpose for the NHL.

Besides there may be one problem with Zidlicky’s New NHL idea: It isn’t really backed up by the numbers.

Zidlicky, now 36, has been taking part in within the NHL going again to the 2003-04 season. This season there are an average of 3.33 power play opportunities per group per sport. That’s the second fewest number of energy-play probabilities in Zidlicky’s career. When he was a rookie there have been a median of 4.24 power plays per sport. In his second NHL season, after the lockout, there were 5.85 power play probabilities per sport. The new NHL has fewer energy performs than any time earlier than, not more.

It is in all probability not something that Zidlicky desires to just accept, but the 42 PIM in 43 video games is likely a lot more about him than it’s the refs. In truth, it’s probably not something new as a result of in 661 NHL games he has 586 minutes in penalties. His finest profession season came as a rookie when he had 53 points for the Predators. In 82 games that season, back in 03-04, he had 82 minutes in penalties. Would not appear too new.

Nevertheless this does not appear to be an enormous downside for the Devils, coach Peter DeBoer was conscious of the penalties before they acquired Zidlicky. But it surely’s not a problem that won’t be corrected if Zidlicky continues to assume it is the officials.

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Strong USA routs Germany 8-0 at World Juniors

Video games like Sunday’s are always tough. The U.S. knew it was going to roll over Germany, and of course they did, profitable eight-zero. Staff USA is now three-zero-zero-0 and is guaranteed to go into Tuesday’s recreation against Canada as the first place workforce in Group A. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 19-four in WJC motion up to now.

2014WJCLogoHeading into the time without work earlier than meeting Canada, it’s good to get right into a scoring rhythm and keep the arrogance stage high, but there wasn’t a lot competitiveness or depth in Sunday’s contest. Now Workforce USA will get an additional day to arrange for the highly anticipated New Yr’s Eve game. That one might have some actual interesting implications for the medal round, relying on what Canada does towards Slovakia on Monday.

Getting back to the sport in opposition to Germany, Group USA did plenty of things nicely, most notably on the facility play the place they had been simply scoring at will. Their 5v5 play was better as nicely, however with all the German penalties, they didn’t have as much time as they probably would have liked.

This U.S. workforce has shown a lot more skill than I thought they had and the best way the lineup is structured, they’re built for success.

USA Scoring Abstract

First Period
1. Hudson Fasching (Copp, Matteau), eight:09 — After taking a pass from Andrew Copp, Hufson Fasching entered the zone, reduce slightly to the center and launched a shot from the highest of the faceoff circles that slipped by the goalie’s 5-hole.

2. Nic Kerdiles (Hinostroza), 11:56 (pp) — Vince Hinostroza threaded a move by way of a number of German defenders to seek out Kerdiles on the back door. Kerdiles then slipped the puck inside the proper put up to make it 2-0.

Second Period
three. Will Butcher (Eichel, Erne), 2:21 (5×three pp) — After Leon Draisaitl obtained a significant and recreation misconduct for checking Andrew Copp from behind, Group USA took benefit after one other Germany penalty gave them a 5-on-3. Working the puck around on the PP, Eichel arrange Butcher who ripped a shot from the appropriate level into the higher-left nook. The goaltender by no means noticed it.

four. Vince Hinostroza (Copp, Carrick), three:27 (pp) — On the same power play from the Draisaitl main, Connor Carrick’s move slipped underneath Andrew Copp’s stick and right to Hinostroza, who blasted it contained in the left put up to make it 4-0.

5. Riley Barber (Grzelcyk, Stepan), 11:46 (pp) — With another power play, Barber had the puck on the half wall, took the area he was given and wired a shot low from the left faceoff circle, leaving the Klein no chance. It was a extremely nicely-positioned shot for the 5-zero lead.

6. Matt Grzelcyk (Barber, Hinostroza), thirteen:57 (5×3 pp) — With the U.S. on yet one more power play, Grzelcyk unleashed an absolute laser beam of a shot that went off the crossbar and down.

Third Interval:
7. Steven Santini (Grzelcyk, Kerdiles), 10:39 (pp) — On one more power play, Crew USA obtained experimental. Santini was put used as the web-entrance ahead regardless of being a defensive defenseman. It paid off. Grzelcyk’s shot went off Santini’s shin pads for a goal.

8. Vince Hinostroza (Shore), 13:46 — After Quentin Shore made some strikes round a defender, he misplaced the handle on the puck. It went right to Hinostroza’s stick and he roofed it to make it an 8-0 game.

Goalie Summary
Anthony Stolarz — 15 saves on 15 photographs

Stats of be aware:

- Workforce USA had 14 players put up at the very least a point and 5 players register multi-point games: Vince Hinostroza (2-2–four), Matt Grzelcyk (1-2–three), Riley Barber (1-1–2), Nic Kerdiles (1-1–2), Andrew Copp (0-2–2)

- USA went 6-for-10 on the power play

- USA out-shot Germany 53-15

- USA took 4 minor penalties and finished 3-for-three on the PK

- Andrew Copp was once once more dominant on the faceoff circle, profitable 76 p.c of his faceoffs (thirteen-of-17). Jack Eichel gained 9 of 13 (sixty nine.2%)

- Right here’s the official score sheet from the IIHF. (PDF)

Group USA Basic Notes

- The U.S. didn't have Danny O’Regan in the lineup right now. According to the printed, he was held out only for precautionary reasons and is day-to-day. Zach Stepan stepped into the highest line with Nic Kerdiles sliding from left wing to O’Regan’s heart place. The road was less efficient with out O’Regan, but Kerdiles and Barber nonetheless work rather well collectively.

- The U.S. power play is clearly humming along right now, by far the perfect within the match. They scored six energy-play tallies in the recreation. The actual secret's how the U.S. works its factors. They’ve bought Will Butcher and Matt Grzelcyk quarterbacking their two models and they are doing a improbable job at that. Massive credit to assistant coach Greg Brown for devising a scheme that clearly is enjoying to USA’s strengths.

- This German squad had good energy early and examined the U.S. a bit. Workforce USA truly took three minor penalties in the first interval, however cleaned things up later. The PK was once again very good, particularly the work executed by Tommy Di Pauli, Steven Santini and Brady Skjei as a 5-on-3 PK unit. The U.S. obviously doesn’t need them to must work too often, however that’s a stable unit.

- Group USA didn’t fall into the trap of taking part in down to their opponent. They kept doing the issues they needed to do to win. The depth stage of the whole recreation was low, however the U.S. stored working on the things it needed to work on heading into the off day and a date with Canada on New Yr’s Eve. There weren’t many indicators of laziness or bad habits. They only performed the game.

- The U.S. didn’t score many cheap goals on this game, which alludes to the talent degree. When you've gotten a workforce that provides you time and space, it's a must to take it. USA did that and scored loads. The one aim that was moderately fluky was the one which went of Santini for an influence-play objective. Past that, Staff USA was choosing corners and finishing plays better than they have all tournament. That’s an amazing sign heading into the Canada sport.

Player Notes

Seeing because it was an 8-zero sport, there’s a whole lot of guys that might get covered here, however within the curiosity of your time and mine, listed here are a couple of guys I assumed had notable performances.

Anthony Stolarz — He only needed to make 15 saves to earn a shutout, however Stolarz made a few harder stops early and a pleasant glove save in the second. Those weren’t gimme saves, so he did a good job there. Stolarz is so fast and so massive, he simply offers nothing to shoot at. As he continues to develop, he could be a really special goalie in the near future.

Matt Grzelcyk — How enjoyable has this kid been to watch on this tournament? After being the final cut last 12 months, Grzelcyk has taken on a big leadership position this yr. He’s main as a captain, but in addition in his performance. Consistently Crew USA’s most noticeable defenseman recreation in and sport out, Grzelcyk’s three-point efficiency was nicely earned. He is a weapon on the back finish and has been stable when needed defensively. Grzelcyk is even outperforming lofty expectations coming into the tournament. He leads Group USA with six points (2-four) by way of three video games.

Andrew Copp — Copp received hit onerous from behind by Leon Draisaitl and was on the ice for a while. It was a troublesome hit, however Copp was OK after receiving some consideration on the ice. He didn’t miss a shift and has been Staff USA’s most dominant middle for the entire event in all three zones. He had one other multi-level efficiency with a pair of assists and is a tremendous leader for Staff USA’s excellent energy line. He has 5 assists in tournament play now.

Hudson Fasching — Named Workforce USA’s participant of the game having scored the primary purpose, Fasching was a dominant drive on many, if not all of his shifts. He is so arduous to take off the puck and does an incredible job down low. From the faceoff dots down within the offensive zone, the U.S. doesn’t have a man who has been better than Fasching there. It’s an essential space and will probably be much more vital against Canada.

Vince Hinostroza — With four points, including a pair of nice targets, Hinostroza has been nice all through the match. He’s on the fourth line, but has produced at such a excessive clip and is a menace every time he’s on the ice it seems. His velocity and ability stage have made him a much larger factor and permits Crew USA to roll three strains with offense throughout. Hinostroza now has five points in the event.

Nic Kerdiles — Transferring over to middle in O’Regan’s place didn’t hinder Kerdiles a bit offensively. He does a pleasant job of setting issues up from the center and got his first purpose of the tournament today. I like seeing him on the wing somewhat better, solely because I believe O’Regan permits he and Barber to do extra offensively. Nonetheless, Kerdiles showed he can produce from the center as well as the wing. He has 5 points within the tournament with a goal and four assists.

Brady Skjei — Skjei was incredible in the first interval defensively. He was additionally doing an incredible job shifting the puck out of the offensive zone. On Crew USA’s first purpose, he made the entire thing occur by starting up the transition with just a little refined move round a pair of German forwards and a easy go forward to Matteau. Those kinds of performs are what Skjei does so properly and must continue to do effectively for the U.S. to have success.

Steven Santini — Again, Santini has been wow-worthy in his personal zone. It’s harder to gauge on a recreation like right now’s, however he was stable all through. When he got thrown out on the PP for the primary time, most likely all season, he acquired a aim. He’s been actually good throughout the tournament, so it was good to see him get on the rating sheet. He doesn’t rating many.

Ryan Hartman — I’ve thought Hartman has gotten better each recreation and was once once more superb against Germany. He made some nice moves out there, drew a penalty or two and was physical throughout. Hartman performs the sport so hard each shift. He’ll need to have his finest effort yet towards the equally physical Canada.

That’ll do it for today’s recap. You'll want to check back for extra WJC coverage Monday within the construct-up to Team USA’s extremely-anticipated preliminary-spherical tilt with Canada. Ought to be a very nice recreation.

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Crosby, Pens take shutout vs. Ovi, Capitals

Penguins Shut Out Capitals

 

WASHINGTON – Even Sidney Crosby acknowledged his objective – and the lickety-cut up sequence of passes that led as much as it – was “fun” and “one of many nicer ones.”

Crosby delivered that spotlight-reel objective and an help to get the higher of a quiet Alex Ovechkin prior to now league MVPs’ first matchup as division rivals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a 3-sport road dropping streak by beating the Washington Capitals four-zero on Wednesday night time.

Crosby’s one-timer from a tough angle whereas leaning on his left knee capped fairly a sequence of touches from Evgeni Malkin on the point to Chris Kunitz in the slot to James Neal slightly behind the online to Crosby in the left circle. When the puck flew previous goalie Braden Holtby with 29 seconds left within the third interval to make it 3-zero, Crosby raised his fists, threw his head again and set free a yell.

“It’s powerful to get these,” Crosby stated. “Groups know the place all people is on the ice. To get that many fast passes in – you enjoy these, because you do not see these too often. It is proper up there.”

Even Holtby sounded impressed afterward.

“For Crosby to one-time that one off his off-wing, put it the place he did – guys like which might be going to attain goals,” Holtby said, pursing his lips and shaking his head.

With Pittsburgh “smothering” Washington, as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma put it, Marc-Andre Fleury wanted to make only 18 saves for his second shutout this season and twenty fifth in the NHL.

“It was not our day at all – on power play, PK, 5-on-5,” said Ovechkin, who hit a publish early but in any other case was largely held in check. “That form of games happen.”

Pittsburgh wound up with forty pictures. Paul Martin, off a move from Crosby, and Beau Bennett, with an help from Malkin, scored lower than 5 half minutes aside to present Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in a first interval it dominated. Neal tacked on the Penguins’ fourth goal 7:16 into the final interval.

The Penguins beat the Capitals for the fifth time in a row.

Washington had been playing its finest hockey of the season, going into Wednesday with three consecutive wins total, and six straight at dwelling.

Pittsburgh and Washington came in as the top two golf equipment in the new Metropolitan Division. The last time they played each other as members of the same division was 1993.

“It was a game you have been trying ahead to, a team that you simply want to beat,” Capitals coach Adam Oates mentioned. “A measuring stick.”

There was a time when Crosby and Ovechkin dominated the NHL – with their slick play on the ice and by drawing plenty of consideration off it – and their rivalry meant games between the Penguins and Capitals were should-see affairs. That included an exciting seven-recreation playoff sequence won by Pittsburgh in 2009, when each star scored eight targets.

Over the next few seasons, though, Crosby’s accidents and Ovechkin’s all of a sudden sporadic scoring diminished the attraction of the matchup.

Both appear to be again on the top of their powers: Ovechkin, who won his third Hart Trophy final season as NHL MVP, entered the day tied for the league lead with 17 goals, whereas 2007 MVP Crosby was tied for the points lead.

“There’s at all times these type of little matchups in the sport that as a participant you realize are there. That is simply sort of a pure factor occurring. You’re used to it. These ones, there’s a few more eyes on the video games,” said Crosby, who scored his eleventh purpose. “I do not suppose that is a nasty factor. I believe it brings out the perfect in everyone.”

Sport notes

Washington’s energy play entered the day ranked second in the NHL at 24 percent, however went zero for 3… The Capitals have been shut out twice of their past sixteen games after going with out a goal simply once final season… The Penguins gained all three games in opposition to the Capitals last season, Pittsburgh’s first sweep in opposition to Washington since 2006-07… Pittsburgh hasn’t dropped four consecutive highway video games since a skid from Dec. 29, 2009, to Jan. 3, 2010… Malkin began the game with a league-excessive 10 assists in November… Six of the teams’ previous eight video games in Washington had been decided by one purpose.

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Pacioretty’s hat trick leads Habs over Wild

Pacioretty’s Hat Trick Leads Canadiens

 

MONTREAL – Loads of fingers had been pointed lately at Max Pacioretty and his middle, David Desharnais, for Montreal’s lack of scoring.

That situation was put to relaxation – at least for now – on Tuesday night time when Pacioretty had a natural hat trick within the second interval and the Canadiens skated to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Pacioretty acquired his first objectives in 10 video games since Oct. 12 in Vancouver, although he missed eight video games with a leg damage during that stretch.

“There’s numerous issues in all probability being mentioned about me out there. That’s how it is in this enterprise while you’re not performing,” stated Pacioretty, who had been criticized for being a “perimeter” player of late, among other slights. “Everybody goes through it, but it felt good tonight.

“You can look at stats all you want but I missed quite a lot of good alternatives lately. One game I had eight photographs. It started entering into my head, considering that I can not score, so it’s positively a monkey off the again. The first one was fortunate, off a skate and in, but you are taking them as they arrive.”

Desharnais had two assists, giving him three factors in 20 video games this season. Solely last week, newly elected Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre brought on a stir when he prompt Desharnais be despatched to the minors. He was scratched for one game, but bounced back with higher efforts of late.

When he is on his recreation, the stocky middle is a intelligent passer and playmaker, though he appears to click best with Pacioretty.

Part of the breakthrough came when coach Michel Therrien put tenacious right wing Brendan Gallagher on their unit. That threesome was Montreal’s best line in the second half of final season.

Pacioretty went exhausting to the front of the web for 2 of his goals Tuesday.

“Davey and I, our chemistry is at a degree the place he is aware of the place I am going and he can throw blind passes, and that is what occurred,” Pacioretty mentioned.

“Gally will get everybody going,” he added. “He is an energetic player. With him moving into the forecheck and disrupting the protection a little bit, all it takes is a break up second. He is a hound on the puck and he got us going.”

Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, who managed solely 18 targets of their previous 11 games.

Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who had won 4 straight. They were 7-zero-1 of their past eight video games since a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Oct. 28.

Minnesota seemed nothing just like the air-tight defensive membership that was piling up wins in recent weeks. As soon as Pacioretty’s first goal went in, the Wild put up little fight. Prime defenseman Ryan Suter ended the night time minus-three, while his partner, Jonas Brodin, was minus-four.

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo desires to see his workforce push back Wednesday night time in Ottawa.

“It’s all a matter how you are taking this one in,” Yeo said. “If we simply sit right here and say, `We have been on a nice run and this was certain to happen,’ then I don’t suppose we should count on much difference from tonight.

“If this stings like it should, it needs to be motivating for us to win that recreation.”

Wild starter Josh Harding, one of many NHL’s three stars for his three wins last week, was pulled in the second period for third-stringer Darcy Kuemper after allowing three goals on 19 photographs.

Kuemper seemed shaky in permitting three goals on nine pictures.

Yeo stated pulling Harding was partly to maintain him fresh to play in Ottawa. Harding has given up three targets solely twice this season, each times to Montreal.

Pacioretty’s hunch ended at 2:fifty seven of the second period when Desharnais’ pass went in off his skate from in front of Harding.

The Canadiens, coming off a 1-0 loss at residence to the New York Rangers on Saturday evening, had not scored since Lars Eller’s aim at 7:34 of the second period in a three-2 shootout win final Friday in Columbus.

Pacioretty converted a spin-around go from Desharnais at 10:06 at even power and then ended Harding’s evening when he tipped in P.Ok. Subban’s point shot on a power play at 13:36.

The one different hat trick of Pacioretty’s career got here on Feb. 9, 2012.

Bournival came from behind the web and beat Kuemper contained in the close to publish at 16:sixteen. Briere one-timed Brian Gionta’s cross-ice move behind Kuemper on a counter assault four:42 into the third.

Niederreiter spoiled Carey Worth’s shutout bid less than a minute later when he went to the net to bang in his own rebound after a feed from behind the online from Kyle Brodziak.

Galchenyuk converted Andrei Markov’s feed on a power play at 7:35.

Heatley jammed in a aim on a power play with 1.3 seconds left for his third aim in 22 games.

Recreation notes

The six objectives have been a season high for Montreal, and essentially the most allowed by Minnesota… Montreal wing Rene Bourque (lower physique) sat out and Ryan White returned to the lineup… Douglas Murray and George Parros were scratched… Minnesota sat defenseman Matt Dumba… The Wild started a four-sport street journey that takes them to Ottawa on Wednesday, Winnipeg on Saturday and St. Louis on Monday… In forty three profession video games towards Montreal, Heatley has 25 objectives and 52 factors.

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Rask, Bruins ruin Nash’s return to Rangers

Bruins Edge Rangers

 

BIG APPLE – Tuukka Rask had his busiest sport of the season, just how he likes it.

Rask, playing on a second straight night time, stopped all but one of many season-excessive 44 pictures the Boston Bruins allowed and lifted his club to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Rask gave up just a rare power-play objective to Derick Brassard in the second interval, however made the offense supplied by Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille get up as the Bruins earned their sixth win in seven games.

“The primary two (intervals), we have been really taking part in with fireplace,” Rask stated of the 33-thirteen shots edge the Rangers had through 40 minutes. “We gave them a whole lot of opportunities, but then in the third we mounted that.

“I usually really feel higher the second evening, however I don’t think you want that many pictures every time you play the again-to-backs.”

The Rangers put additional heat on the Bruins, who played many of the recreation with solely five defensemen after Dennis Seidenberg was injured early within the first.

Rask was up to the duty, and he set the tone when he stopped Chris Kreider’s penalty shot.

“I don’t know if it was any momentum changer,” Rask stated. “That they had four or 5 breakaways. It obviously helps, and we type of felt like we survived that first interval being zero-zero, so perhaps it had one thing to do with it.”

Kreider recorded 4 pictures in the sport to earn Third Star honors. All he had to show for it was an help on Brassard’s goal.

“I’ve to give him a whole lot of credit score. He had an incredible recreation, and he is a superb goaltender,” the 22-year-outdated Kreider said of Rask. “I’m confident in my capability to shoot a hockey puck. When I hit my spot, it tends to go in.

“When your linemates are providing you with opportunities and helping you get chances, you need to end. You want to reward them.”

The Bruins (14-6-1) finished a 2-1 road journey, after successful at Carolina on Monday, and spoiled the return to the Rangers lineup of star ahead Rick Nash.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 photographs, however most of the motion was on the different end. The Rangers have only two objectives in three games, splitting a pair of 1-zero selections in the previous two. New York has dropped three in a row at house.

Lundqvist has held opponents to 2 targets or fewer in 9 of his 15 starts, however he is solely 6-9 general and 4-5 at home.

The Rangers had gained 11 of 15 towards the Bruins, who knocked them out of final season’s playoffs. The teams have performed one-goal video games in 20 of the past 25 meetings.

“It is powerful,” Lundqvist said. “Now we have to accept that lots of games are going to be low-scoring. I simply need to attempt to minimize down one objective, but I really feel like I’m doing the best things.”

Rask was still sharp in the third interval when the Bruins killed a cross-checking penalty against Brad Marchand, who shoved Mats Zuccarello from behind into the boards in entrance of the Rangers bench.

Nash skated effectively and had a number of scoring chances in his return from a 17-game absence caused by a concussion sustained in New York’s third game of the season on Oct. eight.

He finished with 5 photographs on objective.

“It was disappointing we couldn’t end, but chances had been definitely there,” Nash mentioned. “We didn’t outwork their goalie sufficient to attain.”

The Bruins recorded solely seven shots in the second period – compared to 17 for the Rangers – however cashed in on two to take a 2-zero lead. Thornton broke the seal on the scoreless game at 4:58 when he sent a rising wrist shot over Lundqvist’s glove for his third purpose.

The Rangers (10-eleven) got a chance to get even a couple of minutes later after they went on their second power play in opposition to the vaunted Bruins’ penalty killers, profitable in 33 consecutive brief-handed situations. Not only did Boston hold New York at bay, Paille gave the Bruins a 2-zero lead.

Ryan McDonagh tried to get the puck to Ryan Callahan just contained in the Boston zone at the proper level, however Paille broke up the cross and headed the opposite manner alone, with Callahan chasing. Paille moved to his backhand and beat Lundqvist between the pads for a short-handed purpose at eleven:30.

New York obtained that one again with solely a few seconds remaining on the facility play when Brassard sent a floating wrist shot from the left circle into the top far nook at 12:31 for his fourth aim, ending Boston’s streak.

The early lead was sufficient as the Bruins improved to a hundred and one-6-6 in games in which they held a two-aim edge, together with eleven-zero-2 this season, dating to the 2010-eleven campaign.

Nash saw early motion and took half on the first energy-play unit after huge Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was called for high-sticking Zuccarello at four:23. Nash had a prime scoring probability within the closing minutes of the first period when he got here in on Rask for a partial breakaway, however was denied.

“I felt OK,” Nash said. “The timing and the speed, that will come. The primary couple of shifts, it was robust, however I discovered (my game) and located some possibilities.”

Game notes

Bruins C

Patrice Bergeron

performed in his 600th NHL game, all with Boston… The Bruins hadn’t allowed a power-play purpose since Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh…

J.T. Miller

was scratched to make room for Nash. D

Michael Del Zotto

was a healthy scratch for the third straight recreation.

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