Marian Garborik netted a goal in each period to lift the New York Rangers past the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Sunday at Pepsi Arena. Gaborik last produced a hat trick during his five goal performance against his fellow Rangers as a member of the Minnesota Wild back in 2007. The 10-year veteran RW is currently leading New York in total points with 33 goals and 32 assists.
“It’s a boost of energy for this club and myself as well to finally get a win and feel good about ourselves,” said Gaborik after saving his team from losing their sixth consecutive contest. The Avalanche have also been struggling since falling short against Minnesota and Dallas last weekend.
“Anytime a guy scores a hat trick, it’s a good offensive night,” said Colorado’s T.J. Galiardi. “We’ve got to know a guy like that is going to be a threat all night and he burned us.” The Avs eventually broke the shutout through Cody McLeod’s goal 12:39 into the third. Colorado is set to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight as the Rangers travel west to take on the Kings.
The Anaheim Ducks rallied with four goals in the third period to win over the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 last night in Denver. Following a 2-0 Colorado lead 12 minutes into the final block, Scott Niedermayer found the net to begin the late-game steam rolling. Minutes later Dan Sexton notched a goal before Ryan Getzlaf broke the tie with just 26 seconds left to play. Todd Merchant added the empty net stat to wrap up the thrilling yet unforeseen comeback.
Sexton knew his team was giving the right amount of effort each period, despite their only offensive production coming in the last portion of the contest. “We played pretty consistent through the whole game,” said Sexton. “The first goal was huge for us because it kind of broke the ice for us and we were able to get a few more right after that. They had some big goals, but we carried the play.” The Ducks are next set to matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes tonight as the Avalanche wait until Saturday to host the Dallas Stars.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings were tied at 1-1 heading into the third period last night at the United Center. The Hawks then came out strong for the next ten minutes, tacking on three more goals to solidify the win and coast from there. Chicago handled LA offensively with 10 shots on goal to their two in the final period.
John Madden started off the festivities, knocking in the initial goal just over a minute into the second period. Anze Kopitar answered for the Kings soon after to tie it up, which was then followed up by Troy Brouwer, Jonathan Toews, and Andrew Ebbett’s game changing scores in the third.
The biggest factor in last night’s contest was how teams responded to power play opportunities. The Kings were given the one-man advantage twice but failed to score each time. The Blackhawks from their three chances earned two goals. “I’ve always said the power play can win you a game and penalty killing can lose you a game. And tonight, it lost us a game,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “The Blackhawks brought their work boots. They got a couple-goal lead and played prevent defense.”
Chicago is now set to host the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday at 8:30 PM. Blackhawks tickets are available now!
RW David Jones scored a short-handed goal with three minutes left in the second period for the Colorado Avalanche to secure the victory over the Boston Bruins last night at the TD Garden. Michael Ryder 6:24 into the third period to cut the lead to one, but from there the B’s were held scoreless.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien the past few days has been very frustrated with his team. “I can’t get in their heads,” he said during his postgame press conference. “There’s a time where you’re working hard and getting chances, looking like the old team, and then you shoot yourselves in the foot.” The 2008 Eastern Conference leading Bruins have now lost three out of their first five games this season.
Boston will now travel to Dallas for their next game against the Stars on Friday before heading to Phoenix to match up with the Coyotes the following day. Their next home game will be against the Nashville Predators October 21st. Boston Bruins tickets are available all season long right here at AceTicket.com!
After six years away from the NHL, former veteran RW Theo Fleury is determined to make a comeback at the age of 41 years old. Fleury ran into trouble with the league after violating the NHL substance abuse policy during the 2002-2003 season. Since then with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous and his family members, the seven time All-Star reached out for reinstatement.
Drafted 166th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1987, Fleury is currently in the process of signing back with the first team that gave him a look to begin with. During his 15 previous seasons with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks, he earned 455 goals with 633 assists. If he doesn’t make the Flames line up, he will be expected to be a part of the Abbotsford Flames farm team.
Aside from his quest to re-join the NHL, Fleury more importantly is happy to be back on the right track. “I think the biggest thing is that I’m healthy again,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot of weight and eating properly and sleeping well. It’s been all part of my personal growth more than anything else.”
The Boston Bruins got their 2008-2009 season off to a positive start last night in Colorado, topping the Avalanche 5-4 in a strong offensive effort. The two teams got the offense started early with 2 goals apiece in the opening period. Phil Kessel got it started for the Bruins, scoring the 1st goal of the game with an assist from Patrice Bergeron. For Bergeron the anticipation is finally over. Bergeron missed most of last season due to injury and had to watch as his team advanced to the playoffs without him.
With the game tied at 4-4 in the 3rd period, David Krejci provided the heroics for the Bruins with a game winning goal at the 17:24 mark of the 3rd period. Also scoring for the Bruins last night were Blake Wheeler, Marc Savard and newcomer Michael Ryder. Although far from perfect, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots and made some big saves in the final seconds to preserve Boston’s win.
The Boston Bruins will play three more games on the road before their home opener at the TD Banknorth Garden on 10/20 vs the Pittsburgh Penguins. Great Bruins tickets are available for this and all 2008-2009 Bruins games.
Forget about summer, it’s free-agent signing season in the NHL. Over the past few days, rumors have been flying around about what market will land the big names out there like Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
Sundin was reportedly offered a 2-year, $20 million dollar contract from the Vancouver Canucks, a deal that would make him the leagues highest paid player.
“We put a major offer together to try and attract the player we felt was the best center iceman on the market,” said Canucks GM Mark Gillis. “It’s an indication we are prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”
The big signing of today was by far the Detroit Red Wings landing Marian Hossa to a one-year deal worth reportedly $7.45 million dollars. The high-scoring wingman was one of the top players who propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to Detroit in six games. Hossa is 29 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks made two big signings landing probably the top defensemen on the market in Brian Campbell as well as goalie Cristobal Huet. Campbell signed an eight-year $57.12 million dollar deal and Huet inked a four-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The two other big defensemen to reach deals Tuesday were Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, who both signed with the New York Rangers.
Rozsival re-signed with the Rangers for a four-year contract worth $20 million while Redden signs a six-year, $39 million dollar deal after skating with Ottawa last season.
Defensemen Jeff Finger, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year $14 million dollar deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dallas landed forward Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million dollar deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add a player like Sean Avery to our group,” Stars co-general manager Brett Hull said. “His ability to play the game with skill and tenacity makes us a better team and is a great complement to the players we have here.”
The Washington Capitals will say goodbye to longtime goalie Olie Kolzig after he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after spending 16 seasons in Washington.
The New Jersey Devils got their hands in the mix of the free agent pool by signing Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik to contracts. Rolston agreed to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal while Holik signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
The New York Islanders made a little noise by singing Montreal’s former defensemen Mark Streit to a five-year $20.5 million dollar contract while the Boston Bruins also signed a former Canadien in Michael Ryder to a multi-year deal.
With the NHL salary cap rising up this season, teams have not been shy about dishing out the money to lure top free-agents to their squads. Over the next two weeks, look for almost every free agent out there to receive offers from teams trying to help the players find a new place they can call home.
After some enthralling game 7′s the 1st round of the 2008 NHL Playoffs is now complete. 2nd round matchups are now set and NHL Playoff tickets are now available for all games.
Eastern ConferenceMontreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers: Both teams played a hard fought 7 game series in round 1. After getting off to a 3-1 game lead over the Boston Bruins the Canadiens were forced to play game 7 at home. The Habs shutout the Bruins 5-0 in that deciding game to advance. The Flyers won game 7 in overtime against the Washington Capitals.
Canadiens Playoff TicketsFlyers Playoff TicketsPittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers: The Penguins made quick work of the Senators in round 1, sweeping Ottawa in four straight. The New York Rangers also had a quick 1st round, eliminating the Devils in 5 games.
Penguins Playoff TicketsRangers Playoff TicketsWestern ConferenceColorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings: The Avalanche needed 6 games to get past The Wild in round 1. Colorado will face the Red Wings in round 2. Detroit also had a 6 game 1st round series disposing of the Nashville Predators.
Avalanche Playoff TicketsRed Wings Playoff TicketsDallas Stars vs San Jose Sharks: The Stars needed 6 games to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in round 1. They will face the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round. The Sharks are coming off an exciting 7 game series with the Calgary Flames.
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