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As a promotion for the message boards, Crash the Net is going to give away yet another hockey jersey just for signing up. However, we’d like to see people use the message boards rather than just sign up so for people who sign up and don’t post a thing will receive 1 entry in to the draw. For people with 35 forum posts they will get 35 entries into the draw so a better chance to win.

Draw for the jersey will be made as soon as we get 100 new users signed up onto the boards. We’re very excited about these new forums and really hope that you all enjoy them, too. Thanks again for your support for the few months this website has been up and running!

TK0N

 

The Winnipeg Jets’ playoff hopes took another heavy blow last night at the hands of the New York Rangers at the MTS Centre. The defeat leaves them 8 points adrift of the Buffalo Sabres, who occupy the all-important 8th spot in the east. Hope of making the post-season were high for a while, but a recent run of bad results has seen that small hope quickly fade into disappointment and thoughts of what could have been.

The game got off to a good start, from a Jets point of view. Jets piled on pressure and got a golden chance to make something of it 10:41 into the opening period. With 2 Rangers players in the box, Winnipeg had a 5 on 3 opportunity with just under 2 minutes, a stellar New York penalty kill made sure that didn’t happen. The Jets closed the period still in firm control, but with no goal to show for it.

Into the second period, and it didn’t take long for Winnipeg to finally get reward for their efforts. With 3:58 gone, Spencer Machacek strode down the right wing, and attempted a pass into the middle; his pass took a huge deflection of a Ranger stick and flew through a transitioning Lundqvist’s legs and into the net, 1-0 Jets.

Under a minute later, and Winnipeg’s relentlessness paid off again. Some nifty work from Wheeler ended with him sliding the puck to Bryan Little, who tipped the puck past a scrambling Lundqvist to double the lead, 2-0 with 15:06 remaining in the middle period.

New York seemed to have had enough, and replied quickly and in an impressive manner. The Jets were on a powerplay, but Callahan hustled the puck free in the Winnipeg zone and span round the back of the net and laid off Michael Del Zotto who had the easy task of dispatching the puck in the net, to cut Winnipeg’s lead in half, 2-1 7:44 into the second period.

Soon, the scoreline was even. Alexander Burmistrov had taken a holding penalty, and the Rangers punished him. Marian Gaborik dished the puck to Callahan who had set up shop in front of the net, and after a small scramble, it was Callahan who squeezed the puck home. 2-2 with 1:37 remaining in the second.

The final period had the same feel as the second. It took only 3 minutes for the first goal of the period to occur. Brian Boyle was behind the net, and carried the puck in to the side of the net and flipped the puck goal-bound; it trickled through Pavelec and made it 3-2 Rangers. Pavelec will certainly feel he should have done better.

New York sealed the points on a powerplay. It was Burmistrov again who was in the box, and it was the same offence, holding. After a passing move between a number of players, the puck landed at the feet of Stepan, unmarked, and he fired the puck into the net to make it 4-2, with 9:54 remaining.

The Jets didn’t have what it took to get back into the game, and they fell to another defeat.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 2-4 New York Rangers

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 24 saves from 28 shots

New York – H. Lundqvist – 22 saves from 28 shots

3 Stars -

1. Michael Del Zotto(NYR)

2. Ryan Callahan(NYR)

3. Evander Kane(WPG)

 

 

San Jose Sharks center, Logan Couture, is the sole proprietor of the “Black and Teal Jamie McGinn Welcoming Committee.” While many Sharks fans still lament the trade deadline departure of the young left winger, “Juicy” was simply happy to have a long-time friend visit the Bay Area.

Couture and McGinn were junior hockey teammates with the Ottawa 67′s before cementing regular lineup spots on last season’s Sharks squad. Although San Jose GM Doug Wilson recently traded McGinn to the Colorado Avalanche for forwards T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik, the Fergus, ON native still speaks to his fellow countryman and good friend nearly every day.

The duo regularly exchange texts and phone calls, and on Sunday, Couture tweeted that he and McGinn caught up on some much needed face time a day before San Jose hosts Colorado in Monday’s pivotal Western Conference showdown.

With less than 10 games remaining in both squads’ regular season schedules, the Sharks and Avs remain tied for ninth place in the West–percentage points behind the eighth place Kings, and one shy of the seventh seeded Coyotes.

Since being shipped to the Rocky Mountain State, McGinn, or “Ginner,” as is his colloquial locker room handle, has fit in nicely amidst a young, and at times, underachieving Avalanche team. McGinn has eight goals, including two game-winners, and four assists in 13 games with Colorado. Conversely, Galiardi is still sidelined with an “upper body injury” and Winnik appears to be just now discovering some teal swagger, netting two game-winners in as many contests.

Before tonight’s match-up and during the skate-around, McGinn, Winnik and Galiardi will undoubtedly exchange pleasantries with former teammates and current friends, but afterwards, it’s business as usual.

Even Couture, the Sharks leading goal-scorer, admits feeling a slight awkwardness and mixed emotions relating to his friend’s recent success.

“He’s one of my better friends, so it’s good to see,” Couture said in an interview with Sharks beat reporter David Pollack. But, “obviously we’re battling those guys to get into the playoffs, so it is a little tough to see him do well, but I’m still really happy for him.”

If the San Jose and Colorado lineups remain intact, the Avs fist unit of McGinn, Paul Stastny and David Jones could face off against the Sharks checking line of Winnik, Andrew Desjardins and Tommy Wingels. Since the Sharks are the home team, head coach Todd McClellan will function as the deciding vote.

Game Notes: Scoreboard watching has become a regular activity for Sharks fans and players alike; if all bodes well and the Sharks handle business against the Avalanche, the San Jose could vault as high as third place place in the West. Pacific Division foes Los Angeles and Dallas also play tonight, visiting Vancouver and Calgary, respectively. San Jose and Colorado faced off in the first round of last year’s Western Conference Playoffs; the sharks won the series 4-2.

 

I hate to pick on my favourite NHL player but I’m betting even Brent Seabrook would have a good chuckle at this mess up saying “thanks a lot” followed by a hilarious face at the end of his NBC interview.

PS: Sorry about the not too great quality as it was uploaded via my Blackberry.

Enjoy!

 

Coming off back to back scoring titles by Henrik and Daniel respectively in the last two years in the NHL, the Sedin’s scoring has dropped off quite a bit. Let’s take a look at the past three years of their scoring statistics.

2011/2012

  • Henrik Sedin 74 games played and 72 points
  • Daniel Sedin 72 games played and 67 points

2010/2011

  • Daniel Sedin 82 games played and 104 points
  • Henrik Sedin 82 games played and 92 points

2009/2010

  • Henrik Sedin 82 games played 112 points
  • Daniel Sedin 63 games played 85 points

One can’t deny the two 31 year old Swedish players skill levels but have they reached their peak in regards to scoring? They are past their prime now and it’s interesting to think what happens when both of these players’ contracts run out in a couple years. Hard to imagine them being second liners in the very near future, isn’t it?

Some will blame it on a long run to the Stanley Cup finals last year where they lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins and some will just say it’s an off year.

The lame excuse of a Stanley Cup hangover is a joke, ask Detroit, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders who have won back to back championships in the past. Sure, the Canucks did not win but they played the same amount of games as Boston did. Did fans of the Blackhawks use that hangover excuse the season after they won the cup? Most realistic Hawks fans didn’t but the media sure did. The reason the Blackhawks did not have a good season is because they were not a good team.

Without getting too far off topic, it makes Canucks fans realize what a short window they have to lift Lord Stanley before they start to decline in talent and have to start somewhat of a youth movement. Interestingly enough, the trade that sent Cody Hodgson to Buffalo was surprising as “Coho” was a future first liner on this team, without a doubt.

I guess we will see what happens in Vancouver, the Sedin’s are not old but they’re not young either. Perhaps they light the league up again next season, who knows.

Thanks for reading,

TK0N

 

It sounds too simple to be put in to words, but it comes down to this: win your games and you’re in. That’s exactly what the Stars’s mission is with just seven games left in the regular season. Of course that’s the goal from day one, but fast forward and here we are. It was almost one year ago that this team, or at least a version of it, was facing a one-win-you’re-in situation in Minnesota. They of course blew that game and fell just short of a playoff berth. Blink once and here we are again  - not quite in a one game situation, but in reality it’s a one game situation just multiplied by seven and it could inevitably come down to that.

The Stars have upped their play down the stretch big time to this point and it’s gotten them exactly where they currently sit  - a top the Pacific and in a playoff position. They’ve been making things happen rather than letting them happen, and that’s the difference between a playoff team and an early tee time. So with seven games left now, that’s what they need to do – dig deep and make it happen. The veterans who were around for last year’s game 82 disappointment, meshed with the new faces who bring a new found energy and revitalization, brings a good balance and is keeping everyone in the right direction.

Saturday’s win against the Flames was huge not only for the points they needed to climb back up in to third, but also for a rallying of the troops as they prepare for a western road swing starting in Calgary on Monday. They also hit Edmonton and Vancouver during the week, and then finish it off in San Jose next Saturday before heading home where they play two of their final three.

All playoff games from here on in. Win and you’re in – and nothing else matters.

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Hope you enjoy this “powerful” anthem at the Senators game. You can see many of the players trying to hold back their laughter.

 

Funny how she says “Let me hear you”. After that debacle I’m surprised anyone attending the Senators game tonight can hear a damn thing after her ear piercing voice.

No disrespect to Opera fans but many of us wonder how the heck you can listen to that. :)

Below is the entire video where she completely destroys the American anthem courtesy of MidwayJustyna

 

 

Daniel Winnik’s third period tally ended a personal scoring drought and propelled the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Briuns.

Following a stagnant middle frame in which the Sharks allowed Boston too slowly and didactically gain momentum, San Jose’s checking line scored an early third period goal, providing an energy boost and some much needed insurance.

It was Winnik’s first goal wearing a Sharks uniform, a game-winning wrist shot that snuck under the crossbar and over goaltender Tim Thomas’ outstretched blocker. After coming to San Jose from Colorado hours before the trade deadline, the gritty winger had registered only one point in 12 games.

After Andrew Desjardins back checked and intercepted a David Krejci pass, the Sharks’ fourth line darted towards the offensive zone, creating an odd man rush. As Joe Pavelski attracted the attention of both Boston defenders, the rookie slipped a pass to Winnik who buried his first goal in 44 games.

“I’m not a guy that racks up the points,” Winnik said in a post-game interview.” I thought since I came here I’ve been making some nice plays setting guys up. I know it’s just a matter of timing.”

Winnik’s goalless streak dated back to Dec. 15, 2011, when he recorded a “Gordy Howe hat trick” against the Sharks as a member of the Avalanche.

Although the Sharks controlled the stat sheet for two periods, outshooting the Bruins 20-9, the lone goal came in the early stages of the first period.

Sharks grabbed a 1-0 lead 3:57 into the game when Joe Thornton pounced on a Boston turnover in their own end. The Sharks captain and former Boston center cycled the puck behind the net before dishing to Patrick Marleau, who one-timed the feed. Thomas made the initial save but could not control the rebound, which landed on Joe Pavelski’s stick before ending up behind the sprawling netminder.

Following that goal, Thomas made several diving saves, keeping the game close and giving the Bruins a fighting chance heading into the third.

“The first half of the game we didn’t generate enough in the offensive zone,” Defenseman Zdeno Chara said. “We were playing a lot on the outside. We were better as the game went on and started creating traffic and putting a lot of pucks on the net. The first half we did not play up to our potential and it was still a close game. But to win, you can’t rely on playing well for 30 to 40 minutes; you have to go all out for 60 minutes.”

Chara netted a late third period goal, his 11th of the season, but it was too little too late, as San Jose won by a final score of 2-1.

The victory keeps the Sharks in 10th place in Western Conference, one point behind now eighth place Dallas, and two points shy of the third place Kings. San Jose will have an optional skate Friday as they prepare for Saturday’s Pacific Division showdown against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

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Chicago Blackhawks Duncan Keith elbowed Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin right in the head in tonight’s match up between the two rivals. Duncan Keith is not known as a dirty player and it was surprising to see Keith raise his elbow like that in the collision near center ice.  Perhaps it had to do with Keith trying to match Sedin’s height at the time but who knows really.

You can see the video of the hit below.

This will be looked at by Brendan Shanahan but how many games will Duncan Keith receive for this infraction?

We think three, what do you think?

Here a photo of Daniel Sedin’s hit to Duncan Keith’s head seven minutes prior to Keith’s elbow on Daniel. It doesn’t show the the result of Keith’s head hitting the glass but it shows the shoulder to the head when the puck was long gone.

What do you think?

The photo is from a screenshot from someone on the HF Boards.

 

 

 

 

Friday night saw the Winnipeg Jets host their rivals for a playoff spot, the Washington Capitals at the MTS centre. While every game from now on is a must win for the Jets, this one was particularly huge, due to Washington being in the position Winnipeg wanted. The Jets had recorded an impressive 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars 2 nights before this one, giving them a nice confidence boost ahead of this important clash.

It was Winnipeg who struck first through the captain, Andrew Ladd. Blake Wheeler slid the puck to Ladd just outside the Caps zone, Ladd came into the zone and tried a shot which was blocked, but a fortunate deflection landed the puck right at his stick, and he backhanded the puck straight past Vokoun to make it 1-0 Jets, 11:08 into the first period.

Washington didn’t let them enjoy the lead for long and levelled the game almost immediately. Johansson released a weak shot from the blue line and there seemed to be no danger until Brooks Laich got a touch and the puck deflected past a stranded Pavelec to tie the game.

A fairly low-key second period only saw one goal, and it was the Jets who got it. Some beautiful board work behind the caps net led to Stapleton dishing the puck across the crease and Nik Antropov tapped the puck home to make it 2-1 Winnipeg with 3:50 left in the second.

The Winnipeg Jets carried the lead and the momentum into the final period.

The third period got under way with a Capitals powerplay, which they took advantage of. Mathieu Perreault picked up a failed clearance at the left circle and had time to pick his spot and the puck trickled agonisingly through Pavelec to tie the game, 2-2 27 seconds into the 3rd.

There was one more goal in this game, and what an important goal it could turn out to be. Both teams had 4 skaters and Evander Kane had the puck on the left side. He danced past a Caps defenseman and drove to the side of the net, fed the puck into the crease and Dustin Byfuglien jammed the puck into the net, 3-2 Jets 10:39 remaining.

The final moments were all Washington, but they couldn’t find a route past Ondrej Pavelec.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Washington Capitals

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 20 saves from 22 shots

Washington – T. Vokoun – 25 saves from 28 shots

3 Stars -

1. Dustin Byfuglien(WPG)

2. Nik Antropov(WPG)

3. Tomas Vokoun(WSH)

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