June 24, 2010 |
General Manager Dean Lombardi and other key Kings executives were given more time to take the next step in a rebuilding process that accelerated this spring when the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Lombardi, who had a year left on the contract he signed in 2006, received a two-year extension with an option. In addition Ron Hextall , the Kings' assistant general manager, Jeff Solomon , the vice president of hockey operations and legal affairs, and Coach Terry Murray each got two-year extensions through the 2012-13 season.
March 5, 2010
— Tim Connolly scored at 2:31 of overtime, Adam Mair had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, on Friday night. Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres (34-20-9), who won for the second time in their last 10 games and moved a point in front of Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division. Simon Gagne and Mike Richards scored for the Flyers (33-26-4), who have lost two straight after a five-game win streak.
February 25, 2010 |
They gave their best, but it wasn't good enough to beat goaltender Jonas Hiller for the first 35 shots and 42 minutes of their quarterfinal playoff game against Switzerland on Wednesday. So members of the U.S. Olympic hockey team put aside their annoyance and dug into a well of determination. "You're kind of mentally prepared for that type of game and when you're playing a goalie that good we're expecting that," Zach Parise said of Hiller, the Ducks' No. 1 goaltender and backbone of a Swiss team that had to win a qualifying-round shootout Tuesday to get this far. "But we kept reaching on the bench to not get frustrated, to not allow ourselves to fall asleep and to keep playing the way we were playing and hopefully one was going to go in for us."
February 23, 2010
Winger Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the U.S. Olympic team is blogging for The Times during the Games. Here's his post on the U.S. team's 5-3 upset of Canada on Sunday: Hi again, everyone: That was a great game to be part of. To beat Canada in their own barn in front of their own fans was pretty special. It was a pretty quiet building at the end, it was almost eerie. We enjoyed it in the locker room afterward. It's a huge confidence boost for us. As far as the game, I thought we were outplayed for quite a while.
February 22, 2010 |
Wearing uniforms that honored the Olympic champion 1960 U.S. hockey team and deploying a lineup that included the son of a player from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" squad, the current U.S. Olympic team made some history of its own Sunday. In an exhilarating game that often went end to end without giving fans a moment's pause to do more than gasp, the Americans punished Canada goalie Martin Brodeur for his puck-handling mistakes and rode a two-goal, one-assist performance by Brian Rafalski to a 5-3 win at a jam-packed Canada Hockey Place.
February 14, 2010
Ryan Miller made 27 saves in his final tuneup before the Olympics, and the Buffalo Sabres scored three second-period goals to beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, on Saturday night. Paul Gaustad, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored to help Buffalo end a losing streak at six games. Evgeni Nabokov, also in his last game before joining the Russian Olympic squad, made 25 stops for the Sharks and had his NHL-record road winning streak ended at 11 games. Kent Huskins scored for San Jose.