When he won at Talladega to pass Dale Earnhardt on NASCAR’s career victory list, it became clear this would be a special year for Jeff Gordon.
Ilya Bryzgalov posted his third career shutout with 28 saves just hours after joining his new Phoenix teammates, Shane Doan had a power-play goal and the Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak. The Coyotes claimed Bryzgalov off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
The Vancouver Canucks enjoyed a rare offensive outburst against an unlikely opponent. Six different players scored as the Canucks broke out of a long scoring slump in Vancouver with a 6-2 win over the normally stingy Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Averaging a league-low 1.67 goals a game on home ice and coming off a 1-0 shootout loss to Edmonton on Wednesday, the Canucks jumped out to a 4-0 lead…
Brad Boyes’ goal drought is over, and so is the St. Louis Blues’ frustration against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Paul Kariya scored in the first period and set up Boyes’ go-ahead goal with 2:27 to go in the St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Boyes had nine goals in the first 10 games, but had totaled one assist in his previous five.
Jussi Jokinen is more than a shootout specialist now. He showed he can score in bunches for the Dallas Stars — and when they really need it. Plus, he was efficient: five shots, four goals. “I’m upset I didn’t have him on the ice more,” coach Dave Tippett said after the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Friday night.
Johan Holmqvist and Vincent Lecavalier helped the Lightning overcome a sluggish performance for their fifth straight victory. Holmqvist made 28 saves, Lecavalier had a goal and two assists to extend his team record for consecutive multipoint games to seven and Tampa Bay beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Friday night.
The Buffalo Sabres knew they would break out of their scoring slump. They just didn’t know when. Clarke MacArthur scored twice and Ryan Miller made 36 saves to give the Sabres a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Buffalo won for only the second time in its past seven games after coming into the game having scored only five goals in its past five games.
Not even the second-winningest goaltender in NHL history seems to be able to pull the New Jersey Devils out of their early season funk. Martin Brodeur did everything he could Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as New Jersey fell 1-0 to the New York Islanders and Brodeur was denied his 500th career victory for the third time.
The Atlanta Thrashers have called off their coaching search for now. General manager Don Waddell said Friday that the Thrashers wouldn’t hire any outside coaching candidates this season. He fired Bob Hartley last month, took over himself and led Atlanta to a 9-4 record. “We’re keeping it internal, we’re not going to bring an external candidate in,” Waddell said after the Thrashers’ 3-0 victory over…
Marian Hossa knows how to score against the Carolina Hurricanes. Johan Hedberg knows how to beat them. Hossa had two goals and an assist, and Hedberg stopped the NHL’s highest-scoring team cold in the Atlanta Thrashers’ 3-0 victory over Carolina on Friday night. “There are some games you just feel comfortable, and right now against them, I feel my game is good,” Hossa said.
A local investor group trying to buy the Nashville Predators reached an agreement with city officials on changes to the arena lease. In the deal announced Friday afternoon, Mayor Karl Dean said the team would be required to stay in Nashville for five years or it would have to pay back the city its investment in the operations of the Sommet Center.
To his grandkids, Dick Nolan was Pop, an advice-giving, storytelling source of love and joy. Dick Nolan’s kids knew and appreciated that side of him, too. However, they also knew their dad’s tough-guy side, the persona that helped him succeed as a safety for the New York Giants on the 1956 championship team and later as a division-winning head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.