BUFFALO, N.Y. - Michael Grabner got the New York Phil Simms Jersey Islanders off to such a quick start it didn't matter that Buffalo's Nathan Gerbe nearly matched the NHL record for fastest two goals by a player.Grabner and Matt Moulson scored 3:04 apart midway through the first period, and the Islanders built a 4-0 lead before coasting to a 5-2 victory over the Sabres on Friday night. Grabner added an empty-netter, and P.A. Parenteau and Jack Hillen Rhett Ellison Jersey also scored to help the Islanders beat Buffalo for the second time in seven days.And this time they did it by getting off to a fast startsomething that had been mi sing for an Islanders team that had given up the first goal in each of its previous eight games."Our starts were real slow the last couple of weeks," Grabner said. "We wanted to get the first goal and play with the lead for once and have the other Landon Collins Jersey team scramble back."The Sabres didn't have much in response, except for Gerbe's brief and sudden eruption.The forward scored on a backhander to cut it to 4-1 with 3:22 left in the third period. Gerbe scored again five seconds later to set the franchise record for the fastest goals by one player.The five-second span matched Pete Mahovlich for the third-fastest goals by a player in NHL history. Mahovlich did for Montreal in 1971. The record is four seconds, set by the Montreal Maroons' Nels Stewart in 1931 and matched by Winnipeg's Deron Quint in 1995.It wasn't nearly enough for a Sabres team that was flat from the beginning, and was undone by it's own mistakes."It's embarra sing," said Gerbe, who Justin Pugh Jersey wasn't in any mood to talk about his two goals.The Sabres lost for only the third time in 11 games (7-3-1).
If the Phoenix Coyotes could win more games that extend beyond three periods, they might be at or near the top of THNs new Power Rankings. Even without those wins, though, theyre still making people sit up and take Will Compton Jersey notice. The Yotes have lost just once in regulation in their past 10 games (7-1-2) and have more overtime or shootout lo ses (five) than any other NHL team. Theyre also the only squad currently in a playoff position in the Western Conference to have allowed more goals (59) than theyve scored Art Monk Jersey (57). Their succe s is coming in part from the contributions of unrestricted free agent acquisition Ray Whitney (who has a team-leading 11 a sists and 14 points), as well as solid defensive play from veterans Ed Jovanovski and Adrian Aucoin (both a team-best plus-six). In addition, the steady hand of reigning coach of the year Dave Tippett has allowed Phoenix to overcome the DeAngelo Hall Jersey lo s of defensive presence Zbynek Michalek, who left via free agency. The Coyotes have a light schedule coming up this week, with games only on Tuesday and Saturday, followed by a break until the following Tuesday. Both games Sam Huff Jersey are in Phoenix and come against beatable teams (Edmonton and Anaheim), leaving a golden opportunity for the Yotes to solidify their presence in the standings. THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
Dallas acquired the speedy winger on Monday from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange Lavonte David Jersey for a first-round draft pick and forward Mathias Tjarnqvist. "Ladislav brings speed and skill to our hockey club and has proven to be a top-six NHL forward over his career," said Stars GM Doug Armstrong. "We look for him to come in and make an immediate impact on our roster."Nagy is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He became expendable after Coyotes GM Mike Barnett was unable to sign him to a long-term deal. He's earning US$3 million this season.The push is on for the Marcus Peters Jersey Stars, who are currently sixth in the Western Mitchell Schwartz Jersey Conference but trail Anaheim by just four points for first place in the Pacific Division.Nagy had 41 points (eight goals, 33 a sists) in 55 games for the Coyotes this season. He spent six seasons with the Coyotes, racking up 249 points in 321 games.Tjarnqvist is more of a role player. He had four points in 18 games for Dallas this year and has 12 points in 69 career NHL games. The 27-year-old is earning the league's minimum salary of $450,000 Ryan Kalil Jersey .Phoenix now has two first-round selections at the upcoming entry draft in Columbus.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - After watching the last three games from the bench, Chris Osgood made himself right at home back in the crease.Osgood made 24 saves and turned aside three shootout attempts in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night."The Cameron Fleming Jersey type of competitor he is, he hasn't been happy to see the other goalie out there the last three nights," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We're always trying to get his competitive juices flowing James Develin Jersey . He's a competitor. He's a pro and he's one of the best of all time."Osgood has 375 career regular-season victories."The way it's going I'm just trying to push onward and play better and better," Osgood said. "I'm close to where I want to be but I'm not over that hump yet."Osgood closed out the shootout with a pad save on Shane Doan's attempt to secure the victory - Detroit's fifth in six games."Give him credit," Doan said. "He did his job and our shooters didn't do ours."Johan Franzen scored his second goal of the game with 19.9 seconds left to force overtime, and Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler scored in a shootout Andrew Hawkins Jersey for the Red Wings."When we get down one or two goals we put everything out there," Franzen said. "We play better that way than when we have a lead. It gives us confidence we can come from behind. If you do it once, you can do it again."Franzen sent the game to overtime when he beat Ilya Bryzgalov from the low slot with the Red Wings on the power John Hannah Jersey play and with a sixth attacker on the ice.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have signed Cory Schneider to a new contract that will give the young goaltender a chance to prove Andrew Whitworth Jersey himself in the NHL and po sibly open the door for a future trade.Starting goaltender Roberto Luongo begins a US$64-million, 12-year contract next season. It's unlikely Schneider will want to play in Luongo's shadow that long."I don't think it's any stretch to say Roberto is the goaltender that will backstop this team to as great a height as we are going to achieve," said Canucks a sistant GM Laurence Gilman."Time will tell what happens with Cory. It is conceivable that at some stage down the road a team will come to us and view Cory as a potential starting goaltender. We will cro s that bridge when we come to it."Schneider, who was a restricted free agent, signed a two-year contract worth $900,000 a season. At 24, he's seven years younger than Luongo.Schneider Alec Ogletree Jersey was Vancouver's first pick in the 2004 draft. He has played three seasons with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.He was the AHL goaltender of the year in 2008-09 and led Manitoba to the Calder Cup final before losing to the Hershey Bears. Last season he had a 35-23-2 record with the Moose, a Cory Harkey Jersey 2.51 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and four shutouts.Schneider's NHL exposure has been limited. The six-foot-two, 200-pound native of Marblehead, Ma s., has played just 10 games with the Canucks over the last two seasons. He has a 2-5-1 record and allowed 25 goals."While he has clearly made Kurt Warner Jersey tremendous strides, he has yet to establish himself as anything more than a top goaltender at the American League level and a player capable of playing in the NHL," said Gilman. "We feel that this contract will bridge the next portion of his career."Playing more games in the NHL would showcase Schneider's skills.
MILWAUKEE - Triston Grant scored twice, Mike Santorelli added three a sists and the Milwaukee Admirals beat the Manitoba Moose Dan Feeney Jersey 4-2 in American Hockey League action Saturday.Peter Olvecky and Hugh Je siman also scored for the Admirals (11-8-5), who got 22 saves from Chet Pickard.Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Aaron Rome replied for Manitoba (14-12-4) while Daren Machesney stopped 26 of 30 shots.The Moose opened the scoring on their third shot of the night when Labrie, back after mi sing 13 games due to injury, knocked the puck past Pickard Junior Seau Jersey from in close.The Admirals came out soaring in the second period and it paid off with an early goal. With Machesney sprawled on the ice and a crowd of players in front of the net, Grant poked the puck behind the goal-line to knot Tyrell Williams Jersey the game 1-1.Grant gave the Moose their first lead of the night when he wrapped the puck around the net and in between Machesney and his goal post for his second of the night.With 60 seconds left in the second period, the Admirals hustled Dan Fouts Jersey down the ice and Olvecky scored Milwaukee's third consecutive goal.The Moose pulled within a goal as Rome scored his third of the season when he went high on Pickard.Fifty-five seconds later, Je siman fired the puck and beat Machesney on his blocker side to put Milwaukee up 4-2.
CALGARY - Curtis Glencro s thought it was about time the Calgary Flames caught a couple of breaks.Glencro s had a goal and three a sists and the Flames beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Bilal Powell Jersey Tuesday."Any time you can get some breaks and bounces go your way, it's kind of nice for a change," Glencro s said. "We've been on the other hand of that. We'll take 'em when we can get 'em."Jarome Iginla scored his 501st career goal and set up two others for the Flames (20-19-5), who have won seven straight on home ice and have gone 9-0-1 in their last 10 games at Scotiabank Saddledome."Hopefully we can bottle that up and bring it on the road," said forward Lee Stempniak, who finished with a goal and an a sist. "We'd like to see some more consistency on New York Jets Jersey the road and play with the same mentality and see the same results."Jay Bouwmeester also had a goal and an a sist for Calgary, while Cory Sarich and T.J. Brodie also scored. Olli Jokinen and Mikael Backlund chipped in with two a sists Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey each.Adam Henrique and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal and an a sist for the Devils (23-17-2), whose winning streak ended at two games. Patrick Elias also scored, while Zach Parise had two a sists."We were flat in the first," Henrique said. "We made a few mistakes, myself included on the third goal. You cant fall asleep for 20 minutes here. We dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't get out of tonight."Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made 35 saves, including 20 in the third period to preserve the victory."Kipper played great tonight," Stempniak said. "We needed him to. We sat back on our heels and Shamarko Thomas Jersey they had some really good chances. He made some big saves and we had timely scoring tonight."
NASHVILLE - Phil Ke sel picked the perfect time to bust out of his scoring slump.The Maple Leafs' winger beat Nashville's Dan Ellis with under six minutes to go in the third to give Toronto a 4-3 win over the Predators on Monday night. Despite not scoring in his previous eight games, Ke sel leads Toronto with three game-winning goals on the season."It was a huge goal for Drew Stanton Jersey our hockey club," centre Matt Stajan said. "Playing with Phil during this stretch he was pre sing. He was trying his best to score that goal and get rolling again."It was big goal for him and the team. We know he is going to get his fair share of chances. Hopefully, this will get Carson Palmer Jersey him rolling."Any win on the road has been good for the Maple Leafs, who have only two victories in their last 11 away from home."We really persevered," said Toronto head coach Ron Wilson. "We hope we can turn this into something, but we have a tough week ahead with three more road games."The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Adrian Wilson Jersey After Toronto scored on three of its first eight shots, Predators coach Barry Trotz replaced goalie Pekka Rinne with Ellis with 11 minutes left in the first. Ellis held the Maple Leafs scorele s until Ke sel's winner."I thought Ellis was Patrick Peterson Jersey the star of the game," Trotz said. "Ellis made two or three big saves. Toronto could have run away with the game."Niklas Hagman gave Toronto a 1-0 lead 2:02 into the game when he put a shot between Rinne's pads. It was Hagman's first goal since Dec. 23.Alexei Ponikarovsky doubled the advantage a little more than three minutes later on a backhander that bounced in off Rinne.
The maturation of Rick Nash continues.Since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach of the Chance Warmack Jersey Columbus Blue Jackets in the middle of last season, hes made it a priority to turn Nash into a more complete player.Think Mike Modano. Maybe even Steve Yzerman.Nobody has ever doubted Nashs talent, from the time he was selected first overall in 2002 to winning a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk in just his second NHL season.But Nash never demonstrated the consistency or attention to defensive detail required to be the lead dog on a winning team. Now, as the Blue Jackets fortunes Randall Cunningham Jersey finally look to be rising, Nash, still a couple months shy of his 24th birthday, is growing into the role of all-around talent and leader.The 6-foot-4, 215-pound left winger sometimes looks like he has the hands and size to bury about one puck per shift. When hes fired up, Nash Wes Hopkins Jersey has the potential to score the kind of goals only a handful of guys in hockey can net. Remember that crucial goal he scored for Team Canada in the gold medal game of the World Championship last spring? The one where he was kind enough to give a Finnish defender a piggyback ride from about the top of the circle in?Thats a Rick Nash goal.And that skill, coupled with his evolution as a leader, is why hes the right Jordan Matthews Jersey candidate to guide Columbus as it moves toward what should be its most and first prosperous era.
MONTREAL - Don Maloney figures the ball is in his court Cassius Marsh Jersey now.The Phoenix Coyotes GM continued to conduct busine s as usual during the first round of the entry draft on Friday, the same day Jerry Reinsdorf submitted a US$148-million bid to purchase the team.Now that it appears the Coyotes will remain in the desert, Maloney figures it's up to him and the hockey operations Ethan Pocic Jersey staff to start getting more fans to games."We have to do our job," he said. "If we do, it's a great sports town - people will show up, people will support us. We have to show them something too."We're happy we're still breathing and hopefully we can do some good things."The Coyotes hope they made a step in that direction by selecting Swedish defenceman Oliver Ekman-Lar son sixth overall on Friday. He played for Leksand in his country's Thomas Rawls Jersey second division last season.Ekman-Lar son will remain in Sweden next season and hopes to put on some muscle - he's currently six foot two and 176 pounds."We've got to fatten him up," said Maloney.The 18-year-old has no qualms about joining the organization. He was absolutely beaming while wearing one of the Coyotes white jerseys in the bowels of the Bell Centre."It's the biggest day DeShawn Shead Jersey of my life so far," said Ekman-Lar son.
Ottawa SenatorsGoal: Ray Emery was rock solid during the second period. His stunning glove save Vincent Jackson Jersey on Francois Beauchemin kept the Senators close at a time when Anaheim looked to have taken control of the game. Can't be faulted for any of the goals that got past him. Grade: B.Defence: Anton Volchenkov looked silly on Anaheim's second goal while Wade Redden's neutral zone gamble led to the 2-on-1 that resulted in the winner. The Ottawa six need to be better against an opportunistic team like the Ducks. Grade: C-minus.Forwards: Call off the search party - Dany Heatley has been found. The 50-goal man scored his first of the series to pull Ottawa into a tie in the second period. After an energetic first period, this group didn't do nearly enough to generate scoring chances in a tight game. Grade: C-plus.-Anaheim DucksGoal: A good rebound performance for J.S. Giguere Ronde Barber Jersey . He weathered the storm early, making seven saves in Charles Sims Jersey the first five minutes of the game. The Ducks goaltender appeared to be in control all evening long and didn't blink when the Senators pre sed for the tying goal late in the game. Grade: A-minus.Defence: Give this group credit because it held its own without suspended star Chris Pronger. Francois Beauchemin was a workhorse - he'd played more than 22 minutes through two periods. Unheralded rookie Kent Huskins was another bright spot while getting more playing time than he would have with Pronger in Lee Roy Selmon Jersey the lineup. Grade: B-plus.Forwards: Andy McDonald is feasting on the Senators. He has four goals in the series and had three points in this game. Expect him to get some consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Teemu Selanne also stood out in Game 4 and made a great play to get the puck to Dustin Penner on the winning goal. Grade: B-plus.
PHILADELPHIA - Wojtek Wolski's shootout goal lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.Wolski's goal came in the second round of the shootout after Erik Christensen Jared Cook Jersey had scored for New York in the first. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Nikolay Zherdev and Claude Giroux on the Flyers' shootout chances.The Rangers picked up two points to remain David Amerson Jersey in eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York leads ninth-place Carolina by two points and trails seventh-place Buffalo by one. All three teams have three games left.Bryan McCabe and Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Rangers in regulation and James Van Riemsdyk and Zherdev had the Flyers' goals.The Atlantic Division-leading Flyers pulled even with the Washington Capitals atop the Eastern Conference.RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)Marc-Andre Gragnani scored 2:56 into overtime to Khalil Mack Jersey lift Buffalo over Carolina.Chris Butler also scored and Jhonas Enroth made 35 saves for the Sabres, who won a tense matchup with a post-season feeland plenty of playoff implications.Buffalo, which has 90 points, kept hold of seventh place Michael Crabtree Jersey in the Eastern Conference and put the Hurricanes' playoff hopes in peril.Eric Staal scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Hurricanes earned one point to move to 87, two behind the eighth-place New York Rangers, with three games left for both teams.Carolina's Cam Ward finished with 29 saves in his 13th straight start.
Ryan Kesler's goal in the seventh round of a shootout gave the Canucks a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars and their first five-game winning streak since October of Michael Oher Jersey 2005. "We battled hard tonight and killed off some key power plays at the end," said Kesler "It's going good for us now and we're just going to keep riding the train."The Canucks (22-18-1) won despite having to kill untimely penalties to Matt Cooke late in the third period and Daniel Sedin in overtime.Kesler's goal came after Vancouver's Brendan Morrison and Ju si Jokinen of Dallas exchanged goals in the second round of the shootout before Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Dallas' Marty Mike Adams Jersey Turco shut the door for four rounds."I was thinking about going up high but changed my mind at the last second and came backwards," said Kesler, who scored on a backhand deke.Turco admitted to being fooled by Kesler's move."I bit hard and paid the price," Turco said.The win came before a sellout crowd of 18,630 at GM Daeshon Hall Jersey Place.Before Kesler's winner, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo stole the show as the Stars outshot Vancouver 40-21. The Canucks held Dallas (25-15-1) scorele s on seven power play opportunities."We played hard and had the opportunity to get a couple of points," said Turco. "Louie (Luongo) obviously played pretty good down there. He didn't give us any easy ones. When you have power plays late like that you certainly want James Bradberry Jersey to capitalise on them."Luongo was lucky as well as good, as Sergei Zubov hit the post during
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL and NHL Players' A Marcus Williams Jersey sociation didn't just return to the bargaining table. They stayed there for a good long time and vowed to get right back at it on Wednesday.A seven-hour negotiating se sion at a secret location wrapped up at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday night and ended with both sides declining to disclose the nature of discu sions.It was a potentially encouraging sign with the talks at a critical juncture. The meeting was held in a private setting to maximize the chance for progre s and the only hint any was made came from the fact negotiations would spill over into another day."With meetings scheduled to resume Archie Manning Jersey Wednesday, the league will not characterize the substance or detail of the discu sions until their conclusion," deputy commi sioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Tuesday night.The NHLPA also declined to comment.Donald Fehr, the union's executive director, met reporters before talks resumed on Tuesday afternoon and expre sed a desire to see the parties start closing in on an agreement that would end the lockout."We're hopeful that we'll start bargaining and we'll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal," he said.The sides hadn't held a formal meeting since Oct. Cameron Jordan Jersey 18 in Toronto, when the NHL took about 10 minutes to dismi s three proposals put forward by the union.Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby attended that meeting and ended up making a "last minute" decision to fly into Tyeler Davison Jersey New York for this one. He was among 13 players who joined the NHLPA contingent. A handful of team owners took part as well.After months of public posturing and jabs between the sides in the media, the hockey world largely went silent. It seemed to speak volumes about the seriousne s of negotiations.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Carolina's power-play unit looked sloppy Tuesday night, repeatedly fumbling the puck away when it got the man advantage.Fortunately for the Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens gave them enough practice to get it right.Eric Staal scored two power-play goals and Carolina took advantage of the penalty-prone Canadiens for a 3-2 victory."We didn't start as well as we would Joe Greene Jersey 've liked to on the power play," said Carolina a sociate head coach Ron Francis, who filled in for head coach Paul Maurice in the interview room. "We ended up scoring some goals that weren't exactly pretty, but at the end of the day, we scored three goals on the power play and we won the hockey game. That's what matters."Joe Corvo added another power-play goal and Sergei Samsonov had two a sists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid. Cam Ward made Donnie Shell Jersey 22 saves, including one on a point-blank chance by Montreal's Alex Kovalev with 10 seconds remaining."For the most part, we were on the power play so much they didn't really have many quality opportunities until the third period," Ward said. "It's my job to come up with that Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey big save with 10 seconds left, and fortunately I was able to."Kovalev scored a short-handed goal for the Canadiens and Guillaume Latendre se connected on a penalty shot.The Canadiens were called for 11 of the game's first 12 penalties. With Carolina's first penalty resulting in Latendre se's penalty shot, the Hurricanes had the first 11 power plays, including four two-man advantages. Carolina's 11 power plays were their most this season, and were also a season high for a Montreal opponent."When we're moving our feet and their stick's in the air Cobi Hamilton Jersey , that's the way the game's called now," Staal said. "They're going to call them. A lot of them were hooks and trips and there's not much a ref can do but call a penalty."The Canadiens, who have lost three in a row, finished the game with one power play.
OTTAWA - The Philadelphia Flyers say they are aware of stories out Matt Darr Jersey of Ottawa "surrounding" Claude Giroux, who was reportedly arrested Tuesday night for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer.The team says it is not commenting further until they have more information.Ottawa police say they can't comment on the media reports Cameron Wake Jersey because no charges have been laid.When asked if Giroux was still in custody, a police spokesman said he "is no longer here."Police say they don't expect charges to be laid. Jason Taylor Jersey The Ottawa Police said in a separate pre s release that seven arrests were made in connection to Canada Day festivities and that all but one were for "non-criminal matters."Pat Bri son, Giroux's agent, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Giroux, a native of Hearst, Ont., who lives in the Ottawa area, was a finalist for the Hart Trophy Ndamukong Suh Jersey as NHL MVP this past season.The 26-year-old had 28 goals and 58 a sists in leading the Flyers to the playoffs.
TORONTO - Brian Burke joined the Anaheim Ducks as a part-time scout Thursday, a little over a month after he was fired as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs."Any time you can add a person of his quality to your staff, it makes your organization better," Ducks GM Bob Murray said in a Dante Fowler Jr Jersey statement. "We've had succe s working together before and look forward to doing it again."Burke was fired just days before the start Jermey Parnell Jersey of the lockout-shortened season, a surprise move by the Leafs despite the fact the team had never reached the playoffs during his four seasons at the helm.He had remained with Toronto as a senior adviser until his hiring by Anaheim."Brian and I discu sed this opportunity after Anaheim approached the Leafs for permi sion to speak with him about a po sible scouting role," said Tom Anselmi, president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. "We both agreed that taking this role with Anaheim would best position Brian for his next general Audie Cole Jersey manager opportunity in the League."Burke returns to Anaheim where he had more succe s than in Toronto as the Ducks' executive vice-president and GM from 2005-08. Over his three-plus seasons with the organization, the Ducks captured their first Stanley Cup Justin Blackmon Jersey in 2007.The Ducks also qualified for the post-season in all three seasons, winning six of eight playoff series over that span.Burke was named president and GM of the Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008.
NEW YORK ISLANDERSLAST SEASON: 34-37-7, Sean Spence Jersey 79 points. Mi sed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old centre is already establishing himself as a star Jabaal Sheard Jersey heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise Kendall Langford Jersey some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around Al Woods Jersey and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.___NEW YORK RANGERSLAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
Datsyuk, earning $3.9 million this season, leads the Wings with 27 goals and 60 a sists in 78 games and Pat Elflein Jersey would have been eligible for free agency in the summer.Instead, he will remain Detroit's first-line pivot for years to come and earn an average of $6.7 million per season."Pavel really wanted to commit here for his career," general manager Ken Holland said of the longest contract extension in team history. "In the end we felt very comfortable with a long-term Ben Gedeon Jersey commitment to Pavel."Datsyuk, 28, led the Red Wings in scoring last season with 28 goals and 59 a sists. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player and represented Ru sia at the Olympics.More importantly, he gave the Red Wings another dominant offensive presence on the top line reminiscent of the retired Steve Yzerman and departed Sergei Fedorov."Everyone in the organization wanted him to stay with us," said Cris Carter Jersey team owner Mike Ilitch.Ilitch singled out Yzerman for his insistence that the Red Wings' management retain Datsyuk."We felt it was extremely important to lock this player up for as long as we can," Yzerman said.Datsyuk's play has helped keep the Red Wings among the league's elite despite the recent turnover in its star-laden roster.The Eric Kendricks Jersey Wings clinched their sixth straight Central Division earlier this week and one more point will secure its third consecutive Western Conference title, the first of the post-Yzerman era."This contract was extremely important to me," Datsyuk said. "Especially since I have been a Red Wing since 2001."Datsyuk won the Stanley Cup during his rookie season in 2001-02 and broke out in 2003-04, when he set a career-high with 30 goals.
MONTREAL - Everyone knows Maurice (Rocket) Richard for his relentle s drives to the net as a Montreal Canadien.Fewer know him for his bread. But there it sits - or at least one of the product's wrappers Justin March-Lillard Jersey around a fake loaf - in a gla s display case in Montreal's Chateau de Ramezay Museum as part of a travelling exhibit chronicling the hockey legend's storied 18-year career.The enriched white Rocket Number Nine bread wasn't made by Richard. It's among the stuff he licensed his name to when he left the game in 1960 to supplement an income that pales beside that of current NHL stars.Richard always said he played for the love of the game, and that drive catapulted him to an iconic status that still endures."He's a source of inspiration to me," said David Turenne, a 30-year-old hockey fan, whose only up-close encounter with Richard was when Turenne paid his respects to the hockey player as he lay in state before his funeral in 2000."He gave Eric Berry Jersey me a source of courage that I have never let down," Turenne said after studying the artifacts in the three-room exhibit.The exhibit, titled "Rocket Richard - The Legend The Legacy," was first mounted by the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., and is Mitchell Schwartz Jersey now making a stop in Richard's hometown. It will head to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008 after it has been refurbished.The exhibit takes viewers back to a simpler but no le s competitive time in hockey history."It tells all the story about the Rocket's career - his goals, his performance, his trophies and also all the products produced with his image and his name," said Andre Delisle, the Chateau de Ramezay's director and curator. "Skates, of course, but also a radio, lamps and even bread."Richard's sticks are also there. There's a gallery of photos spanning his life and many of his fabled jerseys are present, a little worn, but still giving off an almost saintly glow as they hang bathed Phillip Gaines Jersey under strategically placed overhead lights.