Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 15th, 2014

Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
No. 1A Boston def. WC2 Detroit, 4-1
No. 3A Montreal def. No. 2A Tampa Bay, 4-2
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. WC1 Columbus, 4-2
No. 2M N.Y. Rangers def. No. 3M Philadelphia, 4-3
Semifinals
No. 1A Boston def. No. 3A Montreal, 4-1
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. No. 2M N.Y. Rangers, 4-2
Finals
No. 1A Boston def. No. 1M Pittsburgh, 4-2

Western Conference
Quarterfinals
No. 1C Colorado def. WC1 Minnesota, 4-2
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 2C St. Louis, 4-2
No. 1P Anaheim def. WC2 Dallas, 4-1
No. 3P Los Angeles def. No. 2P San Jose, 4-2
Semifinals
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 1C Colorado, 4-2
No. 3P Los Angeles def. No. 1P Anaheim, 4-3
Finals
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 3P Los Angeles, 4-3

Stanley Cup Final
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 1A Boston, 4-3

- Victor Fernandes
 

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: April 15th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

No. 1M Pittsburgh Penguins vs. WC1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Season records: Pittsburgh 51-24-7, Columbus 43-32-7
Season series: Pittsburgh won 5-0
Players to watch
Pittsburgh – C Sidney Crosby (36 goals, 68 assists, 104 points), C Evgeni Malkin (23-49-72), LW Chris Kunitz (35-33-88), RW James Neal (27-34-61), D Kris Letang (11-11-22, minus-8 in 37 games), G Marc-Andre Fleury (39-18-5 record, 2.37 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, 5 shutouts); Columbus – C Ryan Johansen (33-30-63), D James Wisniewski (7-44-51), G Sergei Bobrovsky (32-20-5, 2.38, .923, 5 SHO), C Brandon Dubinsky (16-34-50), RW Cam Atkinson (21-19-40), LW Nick Foligno (18-21-39)
Fast facts: Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion for the second time. He won the title by 17 points. … Letang rejoined Pittsburgh’s lineup last week after missing more than two months while recovering from a stroke. … Malkin (foot) missed the final 11 regular-season games. His status reportedly remains uncertain. … The Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs for the second time in the franchise’s 14-year history. They were swept by Detroit in the first round in 2009.
Outlook: The Penguins have been banged-up, and the Blue Jackets are a hard-working team capable of an upset. But that won’t happen this year.
Prediction: Penguins in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Pittsburgh, TBD*
Game 6 – April 28 at Columbus, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Pittsburgh, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2M New York Rangers vs. No. 3M Philadelphia Flyers
Season records: New York 45-31-6, Philadelphia 42-30-10
Season series: Tied 2-2
Players to watch
New York – G Henrik Lundqvist (33-24-5, 2.36, .920, 5 SHO), LW Matt Zuccarello (19-40-59), C Derek Stepan (17-40-57), C Brad Richards (20-31-51), D Ryan McDonagh (14-29-43, +11), LW Rick Nash (26-13-39); Philadelphia – C Claude Giroux (28-58-86), RW Jakub Vorachek (23-39-62), RW Wayne Simmonds (29-31-60), LW Scott Hartnell (20-32-52), D Mark Streit (10-34-44), G Steve Mason (33-18-7, 2.50, .917, 4 SHO)
Fast facts: Rangers RW Martin St. Louis has one goal and eight points in 19 games since being acquired from Tampa Bay in a high-profile, deadline-day trade last month. … The home team won all four regular-season meetings. … The Flyers won the last three playoff series against the Rangers. … The Rangers led the Eastern Conference with 25 road wins.
Outlook: This will be a hard-fought, evenly matched series between two fierce rivals. The winner moves on to the next round, but how much will that team have left?
Prediction: Rangers in 7 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Thursday at New York, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at New York, noon
Game 3 – Tuesday at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Game 4 – April 25 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 27 at New York, noon*
Game 6 – April 29 at Philadelphia, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at New York, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 1A Boston Bruins vs. WC2 Detroit Red Wings
Season records: Boston 54-19-9, Detroit 39-28-15
Season series: Detroit won 3-1
Players to watch
Boston – G Tuukka Rask (36-15-6, 2.04, .930, 7 SHO), C David Krejci (19-50-69), C Patrice Bergeron (30-32-62), RW Jarome Iginla (30-31-61), LW Milan Lucic (24-35-59), D Zdeno Chara (17-23-40, +25); Detroit – RW Daniel Alfredsson (18-31-49), D Niklas Kronwall (8-41-49), LW Henrik Zetterberg (16-32-48), RW Gustav Nyquist (28-20-48), C Pavel Datsyuk (17-20-37), G Jimmy Howard (21-19-11, 2.66, .910, 2 SHO)
Fast facts: Boston and Detroit meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1957. … The Red Wings were the only team to earn three wins against the Bruins. … Detroit secured its 23rd straight playoff berth by three points over Washington. … Boston edged Anaheim by one point for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Bruins led the Eastern Conference with 261 goals scored and 177 goals against.
Outlook: The Bruins have been a model of consistency, especially in the playoffs, the past several years. It won’t be any different this time around.
Prediction: Bruins in 5 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Friday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Boston, 3 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – April 24 at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Boston, 3 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 28 at Detroit, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Boston, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2A Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 3A Montreal Canadiens
Season records: Tampa Bay 46-27-9, Montreal 46-28-8
Season series: Tampa Bay won 3-1
Players to watch
Tampa Bay – C Steven Stamkos (25-15-40 in 37 games), LW Ondrej Palat (23-36-59), D Victor Hedman (13-42-55, +5), C Tyler Johnson (24-26-50), D Matt Carle (2-29-31, +11), G Ben Bishop (37-14-7, 2.23, .924, 5 SHO); Montreal – LW Thomas Vanek (27-41-68), G Carey Price (34-20-5, 2.32, .927, 6 SHO), LW Max Pacioretty (39-21-60), D P.K. Subban (10-43-53), C David Desharnais (16-36-52), D Andrei Markov (7-36-43)
Fast facts: Stamkos led the league in goals per game (0.67) despite missing 45 games with a broken right leg. …Bishop reportedly will miss Game 1 with an elbow injury. … Vanek had six goals and 15 points in 18 games since being acquired from the N.Y. Islanders at the trade deadline last month. … All four regular-season meetings were decided by two goals or fewer, with three being one-goal games and two heading to overtime. … Tampa Bay earned home-ice advantage over Montreal by one point in the standings.
Outlook: Stamkos will be a key figure in this series, but the Canadiens will win out in the end.
Prediction: Canadiens in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 24 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 27 at Montreal, TBD*
Game 7 – April 29 at Tampa Bay, TBD*
* If necessary 

Posted: March 5th, 2014

After a long day of following the NHL’s deadline deals, here’s my top winners and losers from on trade market (in no particular order):

WINNERS

Thomas Vanek

* Montreal - The Canadiens needed to solidify their offense in hopes of making a deep Stanley Cup run this season. They acquired F Thomas Vanek, one of the league’s top offensive performers who instantly becomes the club’s leading scorer with 21 goals and 53 points. And they got him for a prospect and a second-round pick (a conditional one at that). If G Carey Price returns healthy, the Canadiens will be in good shape to make that run.
* Los Angeles - The Kings do everything well…except score goals. If F Marian Gaborik stays healthy (and with him, that’s always a big if), he provides that dangerous offensive threat that has big, strong forwards like Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards up front. Better yet, the Kings reportedly got Columbus to pick up half of Gaborik’s contract.
* Buffalo - The Sabres are still the worst team in the league standings. Expect them to rank near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, if not the league, next season. But the Sabres took a big step forward thanks to new GM Tim Murray‘s deals before and at the deadline.
Murray moved players he needed to move – G Ryan Miller (St. Louis) and F Matt Moulson (Minnesota). He also stockpiled picks that should lead to some top players – Erie Otters C Connor McDavid, perhaps? – over the next three years.

LOSERS
* N.Y. Islanders - GM Garth Snow waited until the last second to trade Vanek…and got way too little in return. Sadly, it could have been worse. The deadline could have passed without a deal, and the Islanders would have lost Vanek to free agency without getting absolutely nothing in return.

Roberto Luongo

* Vancouver - GM Mike Gillis traded G Cory Schneider to New Jersey during last summer’s draft, presumably to alleviate the Schneider-Roberto Luongo controversy in net. Then Gillis trades Luongo to Florida this week, leaving his team with inexperienced Eddie Lack in goal.
Meanwhile, Gillis didn’t trade F Ryan Kesler, who apparently doesn’t want to stay in Vancouver. It all makes sense, doesn’t it?
* Winnipeg – The novelty surrounding the NHL’s return to Winnipeg has worn off. It’s time for the Jets to make the playoffs. So what was done for the stretch run? Nothing. Worse yet, the Jets lost promising rookie F Mark Scheifele to a reported knee injury.

Meanwhile, the jury is still out on…
* N.Y. Rangers - They need the offense newly

Martin St. Louis

acquired F Martin St. Louis provides. But he’s 38 years old, and the deal that sends F Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay also includes first-round and second-round picks. So the Rangers need to win the Stanley Cup this season, because the future appears tenuous.
* Pittsburgh – It’s difficult to second-guess an organization as successful as the Penguins. But they needed help on D, given the absence of Kris Letang and Paul Martin. Yet they acquired a pair of role players up front – Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak.

*** McDavid and the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was a topic of conversation on the NHL trade deadline day. How did McDavid feel about that? Find out here

Posted: November 4th, 2013

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host the 2015 NHL All Star Game… By the way, this draft is expected to be headlined by highly anticipated No. 1 pick Connor McDavid.

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: September 17th, 2013

Check out this story on Erie Otters G Oscar Dansk from the Columbus Blue Jackets’ website. Maybe he’ll get another shot in net tonight against the Minnesota Wild…

Posted: September 16th, 2013

One day after posting a solid effort in a 5-2 preseason win against Mississauga, goaltender Devin Williams (sports hernia surgery) said he’s ready to play in Friday night’s regular-season opener in Guelph. Yet head coach Kris Knoblauch will wait until Thursday, and possibly even Friday, before naming his starter.
No. 1 goaltender Oscar Dansk remains in NHL training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets. If he returns to Erie by Thursday, Knoblauch said, Dansk should start against the Storm. But if Dansk doesn’t return until Friday, Knoblauch said Williams could get the start.
Knoblauch hasn’t received an update on Dansk or rookie winger Andre Burakovsky, who’s set to make his NHL debut tonight in the Washington Capitals’ preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, rookie Daniel Dekoning remains with the club.
*** In other news, the roster stands at 28 players after the club cut forward prospect Blake Jones. Club officials plan to make one or two more cuts, most likely on defense.
Nine defensemen remain on the roster. Knoblauch also wants to keep extra players up front, since three forwards are out of the lineup to start the season – Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (final 3 games of a 10-game suspension incurred late last season) and Joel Wigle (shoulders).
Given the makeup of the blue line (see the updated roster below), it would seem that 2013 draft picks Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo are on the bubble. Ultimately, the roster will shrink to 22 or 23 players at some point into the season.
*** Here’s a few more tidbits…Patrick Murphy has permanently made the move to forward from defense. Knoblauch said that gives Murphy the best shot to stick with the team.

Goaltenders (3): Oscar Dansk (at Columbus camp), Devin Williams, Daniel Dekoning
Defensemen (9): Spencer Abraham, Travis Dermott, Troy Donnay, Justin Felker, Cory Genovese, Cole Mayo, Adam Pelech, Darren Raddysh, Jesse Saban
Forwards (16): Andre Burakovsky (at Washington camp), Nick Betz, Connor Brown, Michael Curtis, Jake Evans (injured), Dane Fox, Stephen Harper, Hayden Hodgson, Quentin Maksimovich, Connor McDavid, Patrick Murphy, Kyle Pettit, Fabrizio Ricci, Dylan Strome, Joel Wigle (injured), Travis Wood (also has seen time on D)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 11th, 2013

Erie Otters D Troy Donnay has been invited to New York Rangers training camp, which begins Thursday at Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. He joins teammates Connor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs), Andre Burakovsky (Washington Capitals) and Oscar Dansk (Columbus Blue Jackets) attending NHL main camps this week. Donnay will join former Otter Andrew Yogan at Rangers camp.

Posted: September 6th, 2013

Erie Otters G Oscar Dansk earned a win in net today at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., despite having a rough outing. He allowed five goals on 18 shots for Columbus in a 7-5 victory against Carolina (1-1-0) at Center Ice Arena. The Blue Jackets (1-1-0) scored three goals in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the third period to erase a 5-4 deficit.
D Troy Donnay had no points and a minus-1 rating for the New York Rangers in a 6-5 overtime loss to Buffalo. Former Otters F Andrew Yogan, who split time between the AHL and ECHL a season ago, had no points on four shots, a minus-2 and two penalty minutes for the Rangers (0-1-1). Former Otters D Brady Austin, now with Belleville, had no points and a minus-1 for the Sabres (2-0-0).
F Dane Fox had no points on one shot and four penalty minutes for St. Louis (1-1-0) in a 3-2 overtime win against Minnesota (0-1-1). Teams take Saturday off before returning to game action Sunday. Dansk and the Blue Jackets face Donnay and the Rangers at 6:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues against Detroit at 7 p.m. RW Connor Brown, former Otters Greg McKegg and David Broll and the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Posted: September 5th, 2013

Check out this story on Erie Otters G Oscar Dansk

Posted: July 31st, 2013

The Erie Otters completed their coaching staff Wednesday with the addition of Cam MacDonald as full-time goaltending coach. MacDonald, 36, was a special consultant for the Otters in the 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season while working with the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans. He spent the previous season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League. He also has worked with Ian Clark, goaltending coach of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. “We have two great goalies in Oscar (Dansk) and Devin (Williams),” McDonald said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get the season started.”
The Otters also filled two other positions, with Aaron Cooney joining the staff as director of broadcasting and media relations and Kevin Putzig taking over as equipment manager. Cooney, 23, a Point Park University graduate, was an intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network this past season. He also spent six months with Pittsburgh’s Sports Radio 93.7 The Fan. Putzig, 24, joins the Otters after spending the past few seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate. He worked last season alongside former Otters head athletic trainer David Stickney, who holds the same position for the Sound Tigers.

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