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Capitals’ Ovechkin notches fifth career 50-goal season with goal vs. St. Louis

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By Darian Somers

For the fifth time in his career, Alex Ovechkin has scored 50 goals in a season.

His 50th this time came on the power play during the first period against St. Louis as he beat Ryan Miller with a trademark one-timer. The goal was Ovechkin’s 23rd with the man advantage, which is a new franchise record for the Capitals.

It took Ovechkin 75 games to reach the 50 mark — the first time he’s done it since 2009-10, when he scored 50 in 72.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • VIDEO: Devils’ Brodeur becomes NHL record holder for career goals against

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    By Mike McMahon

    On March 26, 1992, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur surrendered the first goal of his NHL career in the midst of a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

    On Thursday night, 22 years and one day later, Brodeur has allowed more goals (2,757) than any netminder in NHL history after giving up a second-period tally to Chris Summer in the Devils’ 3-2 OT loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Passing Gilles Meloche and Grant Fuhr in the career GA department may not be the most prestigious of Brodeur’s many records, awards (including four Vezina Trophies), or accolades, but can console himself with being the NHL’s all-time wins leader (686). Given that he’s appeared in a record 1,256 games — 226 more than any other goaltender in NHL history — the red light record was inevitable.

    Brodeur, 41, has spent his entire career with New Jersey after being picked in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and to his credit, he’s also scored two regular season goals (plus another in the playoffs) and 44 career points.


  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Henrik Lundqvist becomes New York Rangers’ all-time shutout leader

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    Henrik Lundqvist continues to certify himself as the King, staking claim to more Rangers' franchise records. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    King Henrik Lundqvist continues stake his claim to Rangers franchise records. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 50th career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, moving him ahead of Ed Giacomin on the franchise’s all-time shutout list.

    The record-setting whitewash was also the third of the season for Lundqvist, who made 10 of his 21 saves against Devils in the third period.

    Just four days ago, Lundqvist surpassed Mike Richter on New York’s all-time wins list with 302.
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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Jonathan Quick sets Kings’ franchise wins record by shutting out Panthers

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    Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his 30th career shutout, just two behind Rogie Vachon for the Kings' all-time mark. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

    Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his 30th career shutout, just two behind Rogie Vachon for the Kings’ all-time mark. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

    By Mike McMahon

    With a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon on the franchise’s all-time wins list with 172.

    Quick, 28, eclipsed the mark in 62 fewer appearances than Vachon, who did not have the benefit of overtime or shootouts to reach 171 victories. Vachon still holds the team mark with 32 career shutouts, though Quick notched his 30th blankin in the record-setting win.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Miller, Luongo among players making immediate impact with new teams

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    David Legwand's start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    David Legwand’s start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The dust has settled from the NHL trade deadline and now it’s time for teams to get down to business as the playoffs approach. But first, let’s take a look at some of the more notable traded players in their fresh starts with their new teams.
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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Nathan MacKinnon extends point streak to 13 games, breaks Gretzky’s mark

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    By Darian Somers

    Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been in the NHL for less than one year, not much time to break one of Wayne Gretzky’s formidable records. But with an assist on Andre Benoit’s overtime winner against Detroit, the first overall pick in last June’s draft surpassed the Great One’s mark of 12 consecutive games with at least one point by an 18-year-old player, set in 1979-80. Gretzky finished that season with 137 points.

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2014
  • Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin pots 20th goal, continues to score at record pace

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    By Michael Blinn

    Alex Ovechkin is one of the NHL’s elite goal scorers, but this season he’s taking things to another level, one just a handful of players have been to before him.

    On Saturday night, the Russian winger potted his 20th goal in the Capitals’ 22nd game of the season, increasing his League-leading total in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

    At his current clip of 0.91 goals per game, Ovechkin is on pace for over 74 on the season – the highest since countryman Alexander Mogilny scored 76 with Buffalo in 1992-93. The total would shatter Ovi’s personal best of 65, set in 2007-08, and displace Wayne Gretzky’s 1984-85 season as the eight-best ever. Some have suggested that he could be the first players to hit the vaunted 50-goals-in-50-games mark since Brett Hull did it in back-to-back seasons in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

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  • Published On Nov 23, 2013
  • Survey reveals NHL’s best beer bargains

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    Canucks fan with a free beer

    This one was a post-lockout freebie, but Canucks fans typically cough up $7 (U.S.) for a 16-oz. suds at Rogers Arena. (Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Now this is the kind of advanced numbers analysis we all can comprehend.

    The folks over at saveonbrew.com have compiled their (apparently) annual report on the cost of a frosty beverage at each of the NHL’s 30 rinks. And while there are no happy hour-style bargains out there, the survey revealed there are still a few buildings that don’t require a co-signer if you want to pick up a round for you and your puck-loving buddies.

    The best bargain (relatively speaking) in the league? A 24-ounce silly pop will set you back just $6.25 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. Contrast that to the $8.00 you’ll shell out for a 12-ounce thimble at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay and it’s no wonder Lightning crowds sound like a golf gallery most nights.

    The survey also states that 18 million 12-ounce brews will be sold over the course of the shortened season, generating $142 million. That’s about enough for each team to pay for a solid second-line forward…or to park a goalie in the minor leagues if you’re the Islanders.

    Ready to feel envy, or maybe a little relief, the next time you belly up to the concession stand? Check out this handy infographic.


  • Published On Feb 25, 2013
  • Are hockey fans ready for advanced stats?

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    Manny Malhotra of the Vancouver Canucks

    Are complex numbers better than words for measuring a player’s performance? (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    “I like him. Great shot, quick release, high compete level, and his Fenwick and Corsi Relative numbers are off the charts!”

    – Something no one in hockey has said to me. Ever.

    Bruce Dowbiggen wrote a solid column on Monday for the Globe and Mail about a missed opportunity to explain the true value of Vancouver’s Manny Malhotra in the wake of his apparent career-ending injury.

    Now, anyone who has paid the Canucks a lick of attention could point to Malhotra’s success in the face-off circle and defensive prowess as attributes that the team will miss. And honestly, for a fourth-line center who averaged about 11 minutes a night, that might be as in-depth as the eulogy needed to go.

    But Dowbiggen, a vocal proponent of the use of advanced analytics in hockey — let’s just call ‘em “fancy stats” — saw a chance to weave a more nuanced yarn.

    He pointed to a fancy stat that highlights zone starts. It painted exactly how effective (and nearly exclusively used) Malhotra was in his role, and from that Dowbiggen was able to correlate how Malhotra freed up the Sedins to save their energy for the offensive zone. And that, he argued, gave a more accurate assessment of Malhotra’s impact than the “amiable banter” most television analysts offered.

    Dowbiggen might have a point. Hockey has traditionally been an under-analyzed sport. It’s only within the past 15 years that the NHL began officially recording stats such as giveaways, takeaways, blocked shots and hits. To this day, things like zone time, passing accuracy and puck possession are concepts left to individual teams to track, if they’re so inclined.

    That data vacuum led to a new generation of homemade and highly unofficial stats that purport to reveal hidden truths, as well as give fact-based support to concepts that originated in the gut.

    HACKEL: Stats the NHL ought to keep

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  • Published On Feb 20, 2013


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