Sleepless in Seattle? More like listless in Buffalo for the Washington Capitals the day after Christmas.
Buffalo jumped on the Capitals early with four first period goals from Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis, Christian Erhoff and rookie Brayden McNabb's first NHL tally in route to a 4-2 win over the visiting Caps at First Niagara Center.
The Sabres scored just 51 seconds into the first, keying a period that would doom the Caps despite righting the ship in the second and third by pulling within two. Those goals came from Matt Hendricks, his first of the season late in the second, and Alex Ovechkin on a powerplay in the third.
Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers showed something in their small west coast swing last week. Yes, they came back against the lowly Anaheim Ducks and won. Yes, they started strong and cruised to a win in Phoenix over the Coyotes. Yes, the team took care of business and did what they were supposed to do.
Was it a litmus test? In terms of the ability to win on the road after a long layoff and a plane trip longer than one in-flight movie, it was.
It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.
The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.
However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.
With the Islanders searching for ways to improve their hockey club's anemic offense, the organization called upon David Ullstrom from their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Ullstrom had 14 points in 17 games played with the Sound Tigers and was showing that he was ready for a chance to prove himself at the NHL level.
The 6'3 Swedish forward was drafted by the Islanders in the 4th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at 102nd overall. He weighs in at 198 pounds and is a versatile hockey player, possessing the ability to either play center or wing, although he is a natural center-man. He also has great speed and was clocked as the team's fastest rookie skater durin...
It seems like its time to talk about this hit, finally. I have given it time to digest and really give it some solid viewing time, as well as waiting for league rulings to come through. There isn't any part of this hit that fans of either team should be happy about. While this may seem like a bold statement, let me just remind fans that the whole idea behind policing hits to the head is to prevent injury and specifically concussions.
There are two things we know for sure, this was a dirty hit and Ryan Miller did suffer a concussion as a result of it. Ryan Miller is a goalie, a goalie was given a dirty hit to the head that could have been avoided, a...
A tale of two games in one. One in which the Habs dominated and the other where the team sat back and allowed the Sabres not only back in the game but lead to the eventual loss in a shootout.
In the first two periods the Habs dominated the Sabres and the player of the game was none other than Erik Cole. He played a whale of a game in regulation, finishing checks, going to the net and scoring a rare power play goal. The Sabres had no answer to the line of Cole, Pacioretty and Desharnais in regularion. They were buzzing the net and creating chances. Spacek also played a heck of a game until he got injured in the middle of the game. Engqvist also played decently until he got injured by...
Once upon a time there was a team in the NHL that teams couldn’t quite figure out how to defend against. There was no hope in line matching because their fourth line was putting up just as many points as their second, and it made for some fantastic hockey. This team was the Buffalo Sabres the first two years after the lock out. For the first time since Buffalo lost a good amount of that team, the Sabres have a chance to have four lines that can play against any team in the league.
Sure, the Sabres have had success since those years, but after two playoff runs that were one and done, the team is on the cusp of something great. Captain Jason ...
Its hard to see Ryan Miller as anything other than one of the leagues top goalies. He has been the rock in Buffalo since the lock out, and has outplayed entire offensive units time and time again to keep a shaking hockey club in games. This season however seems to be getting the better of the silver medalist, and it only seems to be getting worse.
Last night against the Philadelphia Flyers, Miller let in three goals within the first six and a half minutes. Not only is this unheard of for Miller, but he has never been one of the teams weak links, especially at home. It seems this season’s expectations might be too much pressure for the 31 year old. ...