At this time of the season, when the Wild has a day or two in between games, Jason Zucker typically favors rest over practice. "In my opinion, the more rest, the better," the winger said. That said, Zucker believed Wednesday's practice at Tria Rink "was something we needed." As coach Bruce Boudreau promised after Monday's 3-0 loss to San Jose, the Wild spent most of the session tending to a troublesome power play that has not scored in its past 18 chances. The team worked to solve the problems that have short-circuited its ability to convert. The Wild enters Thursday's game against Dallas one point out of a wild-card berth. To break a six-game rut without a power-play goal, Boudreau wants to see his team do a better job of gaining and maintaining control of the puck. "When we get it set up and make plays, we're getting a lot of chances," Boudreau said. "What we're not doing is getting second chances. Retrievals are vital in this game, and winning the faceoffs. The first faceoff is … [Read more...] about In a six-game rut, Wild works to right its power play
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By Jim Clark | [email protected] | Boston HeraldFebruary 3, 2019 at 11:46 am When Milton’s Mark Guerra achieved the rare feat of being credited with a goal Wednesday night, we turned to the collective memories of the hockey community to find other rare occurrences of goalies scoring a goal throughout the sport’s history. Guerra’s goal came nearly 33 years to the day after Sean Hart of Marblehead fired home what was believed to be the first and only goal scored by a goalie in Massachusetts high school history, on Jan. 29, 1986. As always, we would love to unearth any details if they exist. And if we happen to have missed another goal scored by a goalie, feel free to contact us at the email above, or on Twitter @In_The_Slot. But there are several Massachusetts connections to goals that have been scored by goalies throughout hockey history. The Bruins were on the receiving end of one of the 14 official “goalie goals” scored in an NHL game. Facing … [Read more...] about Empty nets and coming up empty: A look at some other local goalies who scored goals … or didn’t
Rudi Schuller @RudiSchuller Updated at 10:28 p.m. ET Updated at 10:28 p.m. ET Alexander Ovechkin can't stop scoring. The Washington Capitals' star headed into Tuesday leading the NHL with 33 goals on the season. He ended the day with three more tallies to his name, scoring in each period and adding an assist in the Capitals' 7-6 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks. His first goal came on the power play, when Ovechkin pounced on a rebound and flipped the puck past a helpless Martin Jones midway through the first period. In the second period, Ovechkin struck again. The 33-year-old received a drop pass from Nicklas Backstrom before unleashing a quick shot from the top of the face off circle that evaded Jones. Ovechkin completed his hat trick early in the third period. The Capitals sped into the Sharks' zone with an odd-man rush and Jakub Vrána found the Russian with a … [Read more...] about Alexander Ovechkin notches hat trick, extends lead in NHL goal scoring race
HARTFORD, Conn. — The Whalers have been gone from Connecticut’s capital city longer than they were in it, but for the first time in 21 years the team’s sweater will be worn in an NHL game — when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins on Sunday. The Hurricanes’ new owner, Tom Dundon, has been embracing the franchise’s heritage since last January, when he purchased controlling interest from Peter Karmanos, who had moved the team to North Carolina from Hartford in 1997. Almost immediately, the Hurricanes began selling Whalers gear at PNC Arena in Raleigh. In September, Dundon announced the team would celebrate a Whalers Night, which will happen Sunday, and would also wear Hartford sweaters on March 5 in Boston, 100 miles from the team’s old home. In and around Hartford, there have been conflicted reactions to the rapprochement. Resentment lingers from the team’s move, and some people believe the new interest in the Whalers is tied to … [Read more...] about The Whalers are back in the NHL. Sort of.
Forward Luke Kunin had hoped this opportunity would come sooner. He wanted to resume his career after recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee in the same career spot he suffered the injury — with the Wild. But after detouring to the minors to rebuild his strength and conditioning while also reacclimating to game action, the 21-year-old feels the diligence exercised by team brass was the smart approach — a patient process that enabled Kunin to rejoin the Wild feeling confident about his play. "I feel great," he said. "I really like where my game's at, so I'm looking forward to playing." The Wild recalled Kunin from the American Hockey League on Sunday, with captain Mikko Koivu sidelined with a lower-body injury suffered last week during a knee-on-knee hit from Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano. The contact resulted in a two-game suspension for Giordano. Koivu's status is considered day-to-day and although he wasn't on the ice for practice Monday, coach Bruce Boudreau … [Read more...] about After ACL injury and rehabilitation, Luke Kunin is back in the NHL with the Wild