January 6, 2014 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Good to see the late Ruslan Salei elected to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Ducks defenseman played internationally for Belarus; he was killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. Retired Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom also were chosen, with Soviet-era Olympic champions Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khumotov. + Ed Jovanovski returned to Florida's lineup on Saturday, eight months after undergoing a relatively new procedure called hip resurfacing surgery.
January 3, 2014 |
Ben Lovejoy's life-changing week added another wrinkle Friday night, when he scored near-duplicate goals in a 2-minute 43-second span of the first period to pace the Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. “I just tried to hit the net,” the defenseman said. “Two good shots, great feeling, great win. It's been an awesome couple of days, and I'd love to keep it going.” Lovejoy called Tuesday “an all-around amazing day,” when he witnessed the late-morning birth of his first child, daughter Lila, then contributed the defensive play of the night to help the Ducks beat San Jose.
December 31, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Despite being plagued by injuries - they lost four of their top six defensemen at one point - the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 12 of their last 14 games and lead the East. Their latest injury was to first-line winger Pascal Dupuis, whose season might have ended when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Monday. But they did get valuable defenseman Rob Scuderi back from a broken ankle Sunday.
December 23, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Washington's Alexander Ovechkin is the NHL's first 30-goal scorer, his ninth consecutive season with 30 or more. On Friday, he recorded his 400th goal in his 634th game, the sixth-fastest player to reach 400 after Wayne Gretzky (436 games), Mike Bossy (506), Mario Lemieux (508), Brett Hull (520) and Jari Kurri (608). + Tampa Bay defenseman J.P. Cote on Thursday made his first NHL appearance since he played eight games for Montreal in 2005-06.
December 17, 2013 |
The Martin Jones Era has been so blissfully straightforward. Six starts. Six wins. Three shutouts. About the only thing the Kings goalie hasn't done in his short and poised NHL career is score a goal. Just give the kid some time. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Edmonton 0 The latest chapter featured yet another composed performance from the 23-year-old rookie, who made 24 saves in the Kings' 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
December 16, 2013 |
The NHL was right to suspend Boston's Shawn Thornton 15 games for his premeditated assault Dec. 7 on Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, though it should have suspended Pittsburgh forward James Neal more than five games for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand in the head in the same game on a play that had nothing to do with hockey, civility or sense. The verdict rendered Saturday on Thornton by Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's czar of discipline, triggered predictably partisan reactions and absurd claims that Orpik was to blame because he declined Thornton's invitations to fight.