Hockey

Bye, bye Bettman and 11 other ways to improve the NHL

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Yesterday at 5:45 PM CST

You can expect NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will do his very best on Saturday to downplay any problems happening under his watch as he speaks with media prior to the NHL All-Star game in sunny Florida.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Weather

This afternoon: Light snow -10°c Light snow This evening: Cloudy with clear breaks -11°c Cloudy with clear breaks

Winnipeg MB
-17°C, Ice crystals

Full Forecast

WHL Roundup: McClennon caps two-goal effort with OT winner as Ice top Wheat Kings 7-6

The Canadian Press 4 minute read Preview

WHL Roundup: McClennon caps two-goal effort with OT winner as Ice top Wheat Kings 7-6

The Canadian Press 4 minute read 12:57 AM CST

BRANDON, Man. - Connor McClennon capped a two-goal effort with the game-winning goal 2:01 into overtime and the Winnipeg Ice slipped past the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-6 on Friday.

Evan Friesen, Jonas Woo, Conor Geekie, Ty Nash and Matthew Savoie provided the rest of the offence for league-leading Winnipeg (37-6-1), which also got 40 saves from Mason Beaupit.

Nolan Ritchie, with two goals, Zakhar Polshakov, Nate Danielson, Dawson Pasternak and Brett Hyland scored for Brandon (19-21-7). Carson Bjarnason stopped 35 shots.

After taking a 5-3 lead thanks to a run of three unanswered goals, the Ice met their match late in the second period and into the third when the Wheat Kings answered with the same to regain their lead.

Read
12:57 AM CST

BRANDON, Man. - Connor McClennon capped a two-goal effort with the game-winning goal 2:01 into overtime and the Winnipeg Ice slipped past the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-6 on Friday.

Evan Friesen, Jonas Woo, Conor Geekie, Ty Nash and Matthew Savoie provided the rest of the offence for league-leading Winnipeg (37-6-1), which also got 40 saves from Mason Beaupit.

Nolan Ritchie, with two goals, Zakhar Polshakov, Nate Danielson, Dawson Pasternak and Brett Hyland scored for Brandon (19-21-7). Carson Bjarnason stopped 35 shots.

After taking a 5-3 lead thanks to a run of three unanswered goals, the Ice met their match late in the second period and into the third when the Wheat Kings answered with the same to regain their lead.

Pettersson wins hardest shot, Crosby takes a dip at NHL all-star skills competition

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Preview

Pettersson wins hardest shot, Crosby takes a dip at NHL all-star skills competition

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Yesterday at 10:36 PM CST

SUNRISE, Fla. - Elias Pettersson provided the Vancouver Canucks with a rare memorable moment in an otherwise forgettable season.

Away from the rink, Sidney Crosby took a plunge and Nick Suzuki registered his first birdie of the year.

The NHL's all-star skills competition featured the classic events Friday — with a sprinkle of South Florida.

Pettersson won the hardest shot event with a blast off the lanky centre's stick that registered 103.2 miles per hour, beating out Alex Ovechkin and three other competitors.

Read
Yesterday at 10:36 PM CST

Vancouver Canucks Elias Pettersson (40) competes during the NHL All Star Skills Showcase, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. Pettersson won the hardest shot event with a blast off the lanky centre's stick that registered 103.2 miles per hour, beating out Alex Ovechkin and three other competitors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Marta Lavandier

NHL takes skills showcase outside, McDavid shines inside

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 5 minute read Preview

NHL takes skills showcase outside, McDavid shines inside

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 5 minute read Yesterday at 9:10 PM CST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sidney Crosby got dunked into a tank of water, Nick Suzuki holed a golf ball with a hockey stick and the NHL made hockey an outdoor sport for its skills showcase in South Florida.

Two new events outside in the sun highlighted the league's annual skills competition at All-Star Weekend, with a handful of players taking turns hitting golf and hockey shots on a par-4 course and others shooting pucks at foam surfboards to dunk opponents with the beach in the background.

Inside the Florida Panthers' home arena Friday night, Connor McDavid reminded fans and the other top players in the world why he leads the NHL in goals and is on pace to score more than 60. McDavid went 8 for 8 in the accuracy shooting competition, which was won by Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders.

“I wanted to show that I can do some other things,” McDavid said. “I wanted to do something to show I can shoot the puck a little bit.”

Read
Yesterday at 9:10 PM CST

Las Vegas Golden Knights' Chandler Stephenson (20) participates in the speed skating competition during the NHL All Star Skills Showcase, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

OHL Roundup: Rohrer’s OT winner lifts 67’s to 6-5 win over Firebirds

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Preview

OHL Roundup: Rohrer’s OT winner lifts 67’s to 6-5 win over Firebirds

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Yesterday at 11:00 PM CST

FLINT, Mich. - Vinzenz Rohrer scored the game-winning goal 1:50 into overtime Friday as the Ottawa 67's narrowly edged the Flint Firebirds 6-5.

Jack Beck had two goals and one assist, while Logan Morrison added a goal and three assists for Ottawa (33-9-2-2). Brady Stonehouse and Anthony Costantini provided the rest of the offence.

Max Donoso made 30 saves in the win.

Tristan Bertucci, with two goals and an assist, Riley Piercey, Gavin Hayes and Coulson Pitre replied for Flint (22-22-3-1), which dropped its fourth straight.

Read
Yesterday at 11:00 PM CST

FLINT, Mich. - Vinzenz Rohrer scored the game-winning goal 1:50 into overtime Friday as the Ottawa 67's narrowly edged the Flint Firebirds 6-5.

Jack Beck had two goals and one assist, while Logan Morrison added a goal and three assists for Ottawa (33-9-2-2). Brady Stonehouse and Anthony Costantini provided the rest of the offence.

Max Donoso made 30 saves in the win.

Tristan Bertucci, with two goals and an assist, Riley Piercey, Gavin Hayes and Coulson Pitre replied for Flint (22-22-3-1), which dropped its fourth straight.

QMJHL Roundup: Remparts continue rolling with 5-2 win over Armada

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Preview

QMJHL Roundup: Remparts continue rolling with 5-2 win over Armada

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Yesterday at 10:09 PM CST

QUEBEC - Nathan Gaucher scored two goals and James Malatesta had a goal and two assists as the Québec Remparts defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5-2 on Friday.

Vsevolod Komarov and Pier-Olivier Roy added the others for Québec (39-6-1-2). Quentin Miller made 16 saves.

Jonathan Fauchon and Alexis Brisson responded for Blainville-Boisbriand (17-24-5-2), which dropped its second in a row.

Charles-Édward Gravel stopped 33-of-37 shots, while Nicholas Sheehan saved two shots in 2:33 of action.

Read
Yesterday at 10:09 PM CST

QUEBEC - Nathan Gaucher scored two goals and James Malatesta had a goal and two assists as the Québec Remparts defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5-2 on Friday.

Vsevolod Komarov and Pier-Olivier Roy added the others for Québec (39-6-1-2). Quentin Miller made 16 saves.

Jonathan Fauchon and Alexis Brisson responded for Blainville-Boisbriand (17-24-5-2), which dropped its second in a row.

Charles-Édward Gravel stopped 33-of-37 shots, while Nicholas Sheehan saved two shots in 2:33 of action.

Ovechkin, and Ovi Jr., take the ice at All-Star skills night

Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press 5 minute read Preview

Ovechkin, and Ovi Jr., take the ice at All-Star skills night

Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press 5 minute read Yesterday at 7:46 PM CST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — When you’ve got the second-most goals in NHL history, you’re evidently permitted to bring a guest onto the ice for the All-Star Skills competition.

That’s why there were two No. 8 Washington jerseys out there Friday night.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin took the ice with his Metropolitan Division teammates — and his oldest child, 4-year-old Sergei.

Sergei, named for Ovechkin’s late brother, was wearing an Ovi Jr. jersey. The kid has built a bit of a following in recent weeks, after scoring a goal at a Caps practice in December and playing a role in helping the Washington crowd celebrate his dad’s 800th goal.

Read
Yesterday at 7:46 PM CST

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) and his son waits for the events to start during the NHL All Star Skills Showcase,Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Crosby, Ovechkin reunited at NHL all-star game: ‘They’ve kind of grown up together’

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Preview

Crosby, Ovechkin reunited at NHL all-star game: ‘They’ve kind of grown up together’

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Yesterday at 6:12 PM CST

SUNRISE, Fla. - Alex Ovechkin predicts he will sit down with Sidney Crosby to look back on their careers one day.

His forever rival agrees.

For now, the dynamic duo linked by talent and circumstance since they debuted in the NHL, still have plenty of unfinished business on the ice.

Both players — in their 18th seasons — dream of once again hoisting the Stanley Cup, while Ovechkin is on a relentless push to break Wayne Gretzky's all-time goal record.

Read
Yesterday at 6:12 PM CST

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) and Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin take a face-off during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Gene J. Puskar

‘Hope is disappearing’: Canucks fans frustrated over disappointing season

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press 6 minute read Preview

‘Hope is disappearing’: Canucks fans frustrated over disappointing season

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press 6 minute read Yesterday at 3:12 PM CST

VANCOUVER - Lopsided losses. A heavily critiqued coaching change. Jerseys on the ice.

Vancouver Canucks faithful have seen it all during yet another disappointing season — and several say they're frustrated not only with the on-ice performance, but with a lack of answers from the team's front office.

“We’re stuck in a state of perpetual mediocrity and it’s extremely frustrating because hope is disappearing," said fan Andrew Melo.

Ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, the Canucks vowed to make a playoff push. Through 49 games, the team sits 14 points out of a post-season berth with a 20-26-3 record.

Read
Yesterday at 3:12 PM CST

Referee Kendrick Nicholson picks up a Vancouver Canucks jersey that was thrown onto the ice by a fan as the team plays the Buffalo Sabres during the third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, October 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Support growing in NHL for longer 3-on-3 OT, fewer shootouts

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 4 minute read Preview

Support growing in NHL for longer 3-on-3 OT, fewer shootouts

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 4 minute read Yesterday at 11:08 AM CST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Troy Terry made his name in hockey with his shootout heroics for the U.S. in the 2017 world junior championship against Russia, much like T.J. Oshie did at the Olympics a few years earlier.

Still, the Anaheim Ducks All-Star wouldn't mind seeing fewer of them decide NHL games.

A movement is growing to play more than just five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime during the regular season in the hope of cutting down on the number of shootouts. Implementing 3-on-3 already has significantly reduced how often games are decided by shootout.

Two-time NHL MVP and four-time scoring champion Connor McDavid spoke out in favor of longer overtime and it's clear he's not alone.

Read
Yesterday at 11:08 AM CST

Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, right, stops a shot by Buffalo Sabres right wing Jack Quinn in the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Capitals sign Dylan Strome to $25 million, 5-year extension

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 2 minute read Preview

Capitals sign Dylan Strome to $25 million, 5-year extension

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 2 minute read Yesterday at 10:31 AM CST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Capitals signed forward Dylan Strome to a five-year extension worth $25 million.

The team announced the contract Friday during NHL All-Star Weekend, which is taking place in South Florida — the place Strome was drafted third in 2015.

Strome will count $5 million against the salary cap through the 2027-28 season. He was set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

“Dylan is an intelligent and skilled center and has been a great addition to our organization,” general manager Brian MacLellan said. “We are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract. We feel his skill set is a great fit for our team as he enters the prime years of his career at an important position.”

Read
Yesterday at 10:31 AM CST

Washington Capitals center Dylan Strome smiles as he celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Nurse’s goal electrifies crowd during NHL skills challenge

Alanis Thames, The Associated Press 3 minute read Preview

Nurse’s goal electrifies crowd during NHL skills challenge

Alanis Thames, The Associated Press 3 minute read Yesterday at 9:07 PM CST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The cheers at FLA Live Arena were the loudest when Sarah Nurse of Canada’s women’s team scored during the NHL All-Star skills competition Friday night.

Nurse used a breakaway move made popular by Swedish player Peter Forsberg to fool New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin in a goaltender shooting event, electrifying the crowd.

“One of my friends, we were talking about this event, and they were like, ‘You should try this,’” Nurse said. She added that it didn't even cross her mind that she was trying the move against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner.

“I didn't even think about it until afterwards,” she said with a laugh. “I was just like attack the day. Seize the moment.”

Read
Yesterday at 9:07 PM CST

Canadian soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Sarah Nurse scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) during the NHL All Star Skills Showcase,Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Toronto Six player founds hockey club in Canada to inspire, support young Black girls

Angela Amato, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Preview

Toronto Six player founds hockey club in Canada to inspire, support young Black girls

Angela Amato, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Yesterday at 3:00 AM CST

Growing up in Oshawa, Ont., professional hockey player Saroya Tinker was often the only Black player on the ice.

“I was always a little bit of an outsider in hockey in regards to the comments I would receive and experiencing racism in the game,” said the 24-year-old defender for the Toronto Six of the Premier Hockey Federation.

Tinker began skating when she was around four years old and began playing hockey at age six.

At 17, Tinker was accepted to Yale University and played hockey for the Ivy League school for four years.

Read
Yesterday at 3:00 AM CST

Saroya Tinker of the Premier Hockey Federation's Toronto Six is greeted by her brother Malachi, 12, after an on-ice warm-up before a home game against the Connecticut Whale, at Canlan Sports at York University in Toronto, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

QMJHL Roundup: Komarov’s OT winner lifts Remparts past Phoenix 5-4

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Preview

QMJHL Roundup: Komarov’s OT winner lifts Remparts past Phoenix 5-4

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

SHERBROOKE, Que. - Vsevolod Komarov scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in overtime to power the Québec Remparts past the Sherbrooke Phoenix 5-4 on Thursday.

Pier-Olivier Roy, Jérémy Langlois, Théo Rochette and Nathan Gaucher also scored for Québec (38-6-1-2), which sits atop the Eastern Conference. William Rousseau made 29 saves.

Cole Huckins, Milo Roelens, Jakub Brabenec and Jacob Melanson replied for Western Conference-leading Sherbrooke (31-12-3-2). Olivier Adam stopped 37-of-42 shots.

The Remparts saw an early 3-0 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit at 11:20 of the third period. However, Roy scored the game-tying marker with 41 seconds left in regulation.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

SHERBROOKE, Que. - Vsevolod Komarov scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in overtime to power the Québec Remparts past the Sherbrooke Phoenix 5-4 on Thursday.

Pier-Olivier Roy, Jérémy Langlois, Théo Rochette and Nathan Gaucher also scored for Québec (38-6-1-2), which sits atop the Eastern Conference. William Rousseau made 29 saves.

Cole Huckins, Milo Roelens, Jakub Brabenec and Jacob Melanson replied for Western Conference-leading Sherbrooke (31-12-3-2). Olivier Adam stopped 37-of-42 shots.

The Remparts saw an early 3-0 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit at 11:20 of the third period. However, Roy scored the game-tying marker with 41 seconds left in regulation.

OHL Roundup: Spitfires use dominant start to fuel 7-4 win over Greyhounds

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Preview

OHL Roundup: Spitfires use dominant start to fuel 7-4 win over Greyhounds

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

WINDSOR, Ont. - Colton Smith and Matthew Maggio each had two goals and an assist as the Windsor Spitfires used a dominant start to defeat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7-4 on Thursday.

Shane Wright had a goal and two assists and James Jodoin and Oliver Peer added the others for Windsor (30-12-3-1). Ian Michelone made 34 saves.

Justin Cloutier, Bryce McConnell-Barker, Jordan D'Intino and Alex Kostov scored for Soo (14-20-7-5), which dropped its fifth straight.

Samuel Ivanov surrendered five goals on 16 shots in the first period before making way for Landon Miller, who stopped 16-of-17 shots in relief.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

WINDSOR, Ont. - Colton Smith and Matthew Maggio each had two goals and an assist as the Windsor Spitfires used a dominant start to defeat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7-4 on Thursday.

Shane Wright had a goal and two assists and James Jodoin and Oliver Peer added the others for Windsor (30-12-3-1). Ian Michelone made 34 saves.

Justin Cloutier, Bryce McConnell-Barker, Jordan D'Intino and Alex Kostov scored for Soo (14-20-7-5), which dropped its fifth straight.

Samuel Ivanov surrendered five goals on 16 shots in the first period before making way for Landon Miller, who stopped 16-of-17 shots in relief.

NHL continues diversity efforts during All-Star celebrations

Alanis Thames, The Associated Press 5 minute read Preview

NHL continues diversity efforts during All-Star celebrations

Alanis Thames, The Associated Press 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Kim Davis sees a change in hockey from when she was a girl growing up in Chicago. Back then, she said, the sport didn’t seem like a place for Black girls like her.

“There were no intentional messages that said the sport was for me, or for us,” said Davis, the NHL’s executive vice president of social impact, growth and legislative affairs.

That is slowly changing, Davis said.

She was hired in 2017 to lead diversity and inclusion initiatives in a league that has been criticized for its efforts in those areas. As the NHL prepares for its All-Star celebration in South Florida, its attempts to increase diversity continue to attract attention, not all of it positive.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Allison Pollett, left, listens to her husband Scott as he attempts to do a play-by-play hockey game broadcast inside the United Hockey Mobile Museum, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson ready for ‘last ride’ together at NHL all-star game

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Preview

Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson ready for ‘last ride’ together at NHL all-star game

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson ran the gamut of emotions starring for the Vancouver Canucks.

Playoff highs. Crushing defeats. And a miserable 2022-23 season.

Despite this week's stunning news one would be moving on from the West Coast, they will get a few more chances to skate alongside each other.

Traded to the New York Islanders in Monday's blockbuster deal, Horvat is still set to suit up for the Pacific Division as part of the NHL's all-star festivities.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat, left, and Elias Pettersson celebrate Horvat's goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday September 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Defencemen are in very short supply at NHL All-Star Game

Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press 4 minute read Preview

Defencemen are in very short supply at NHL All-Star Game

Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press 4 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — There have been 296 players listed as defencemen who have appeared in the NHL so far this season.

Only six are All-Stars.

Such is the reality for those who play hockey’s most thankless position, one where a player is rarely called upon to score and usually gets noticed only for screwing up. The format of the NHL All-Star Game — where teams will play 3-on-3 in a tournament between teams representing divisions — doesn’t really spark an overwhelming need for defencemen.

It’s about scoring, flair, finesse, getting to open space and making the world’s best goaltenders sometimes look like sieves.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

JOHN FROSCHAUER / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILES

Josh Morrissey should be the next captain of the Jets.

Veteran Rebecca Johnston named to Canada’s Rivalry Series final roster

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Preview

Veteran Rebecca Johnston named to Canada’s Rivalry Series final roster

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

CALGARY - Veteran forward Rebecca Johnston returns to the Canadian women's hockey team for the final two games of a Rivalry Series against the United States.

The four-time Olympian was among 24 players Hockey Canada announced Thursday to finish out the seven-game series, with the U.S. currently leading 3-2.

Johnston, who has won three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014, 2022) with Canada, took a break from hockey last fall to rest a back injury.

The 33-year-old forward from Sudbury, Ont., was hired by the NHL's Calgary Flames in a player development and community relations role.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Team Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin (29) and forward Rebecca Johnston (6) celebrate with their gold medals after defeating the United States in women's hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. Johnston returns to the Canadian women's hockey team for the final two games of a Rivalry Series against the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

All-Star festivities showcase next generation of NHL stars

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 5 minute read Preview

All-Star festivities showcase next generation of NHL stars

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Jersey Devils players watch from the bench often and marvel at some of the things Jack Hughes can do on the ice.

“Every game, at least a couple times, I’ll be like, ‘Oh my God, that guy’s amazing,'” forward Michael McLeod said. “He just gets it done every night.”

The same goes in Buffalo, where Rasmus Dahlin described Sabres teammate Tage Thompson's development as “a ticking time bomb.” And in Dallas, where coach Peter DeBoer lay awake dreaming of coaching Jason Robertson with the Stars.

While being an All-Star is old hat for the NHL's old guard of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and even unquestioned best player in the world Connor McDavid, the festivities this weekend in South Florida are a showcase for the league's next generation of stars, led by Hughes and Robertson now that Thompson is out with injury and replaced by Dahlin. Hughes is an All-Star for the second consecutive season and Robertson for the first time, and their emergence could upend the way the standings — and leaderboards — look for years to come.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Buffalo Sabres center Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his overtime goal in the team's NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. This was Thompson's third goal of the night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WHL Roundup: Bedard nets shootout winner to lead Pats past Hitmen 6-5

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Preview

WHL Roundup: Bedard nets shootout winner to lead Pats past Hitmen 6-5

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

CALGARY - Connor Bedard scored the shootout winner, in addition to his league-best 44th goal of the season, to lift the Regina Pats past the Calgary Hitmen 6-5 on Wednesday.

At Scotiabank Saddledome, where a Hitmen spokesperson said 16,700 tickets had been sold by mid-afternoon for the game, Bedard came in from the right side, faked left with the puck and came back to the right where he beat Brayden Peters glove side in the shootout period.

Braxton Whitehead scored the Pats' final two goals, including the game-tying marker with 34 seconds left in regulation.

Alexander Suzdalev and Tanner Brown provided the rest of the offence for Regina (23-21-2-1). Drew Sim stopped 44 shots between regulation and overtime.

Read
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

CALGARY - Connor Bedard scored the shootout winner, in addition to his league-best 44th goal of the season, to lift the Regina Pats past the Calgary Hitmen 6-5 on Wednesday.

At Scotiabank Saddledome, where a Hitmen spokesperson said 16,700 tickets had been sold by mid-afternoon for the game, Bedard came in from the right side, faked left with the puck and came back to the right where he beat Brayden Peters glove side in the shootout period.

Braxton Whitehead scored the Pats' final two goals, including the game-tying marker with 34 seconds left in regulation.

Alexander Suzdalev and Tanner Brown provided the rest of the offence for Regina (23-21-2-1). Drew Sim stopped 44 shots between regulation and overtime.

Ice rally to knock off Blades

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Preview

Ice rally to knock off Blades

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Momentum is a funny and powerful phenomenon. Once the Winnipeg Ice captured it, they refused to let go.

Read
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Zachary Peters / Winnipeg Ice

Ice forward Vladislav Shilo swoops around Blades defenceman Spencer Shugrue while Ethan Chadwick guards the Saskatoon cage.

QMJHL Roundup: Olympiques extend win streak to four games, top Wildcats 3-2

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Preview

QMJHL Roundup: Olympiques extend win streak to four games, top Wildcats 3-2

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

GATINEAU, Que. - Cam MacDonald scored what proved to be the winner as the Gatineau Olympiques topped the Moncton Wildcats 3-2 Wednesday and extended their win streak to four games.

Riley Kidney and Cole Cormier also scored for Gatineau (30-12-4-2). Francesco Lapenna had 33 saves in the victory.

Vincent Labelle and Natan Grenier replied for Moncton (22-21-0-2), which dropped its fourth in a row. Jacob Steinman stopped 35 shots.

MacDonald's marker 2:29 into the third period put the Olympiques up 3-1 before Labelle made it a one-goal game with 1:26 remaining in the contest.

Read
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

GATINEAU, Que. - Cam MacDonald scored what proved to be the winner as the Gatineau Olympiques topped the Moncton Wildcats 3-2 Wednesday and extended their win streak to four games.

Riley Kidney and Cole Cormier also scored for Gatineau (30-12-4-2). Francesco Lapenna had 33 saves in the victory.

Vincent Labelle and Natan Grenier replied for Moncton (22-21-0-2), which dropped its fourth in a row. Jacob Steinman stopped 35 shots.

MacDonald's marker 2:29 into the third period put the Olympiques up 3-1 before Labelle made it a one-goal game with 1:26 remaining in the contest.

3 goals in third leads Bruins over Maple Leafs 5-2

The Associated Press 2 minute read Preview

3 goals in third leads Bruins over Maple Leafs 5-2

The Associated Press 2 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

TORONTO (AP) — Pavel Zacha scored twice in the third period as the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Derek Forbort and Brandon Carlo both had goals in the second period as Boston snapped a three-game winless skid. A.J. Greer also scored in the final period and Linus Ullmark made 33 saves.

Mitchell Marner scored on the power play, his 19th goal of the season, for Toronto. Calle Jarnkrok had a goal in the third to keep the Maple Leafs in the game. Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 shots in his eighth consecutive game in net for Toronto.

HURRICANES 5, SABRES 1

Read
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

TORONTO (AP) — Pavel Zacha scored twice in the third period as the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Derek Forbort and Brandon Carlo both had goals in the second period as Boston snapped a three-game winless skid. A.J. Greer also scored in the final period and Linus Ullmark made 33 saves.

Mitchell Marner scored on the power play, his 19th goal of the season, for Toronto. Calle Jarnkrok had a goal in the third to keep the Maple Leafs in the game. Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 shots in his eighth consecutive game in net for Toronto.

HURRICANES 5, SABRES 1

OHL Roundup: Wakely, Petrov lead Battalion past Wolves 5-1

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Preview

OHL Roundup: Wakely, Petrov lead Battalion past Wolves 5-1

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

SUDBURY, Ont. - Dalyn Wakely scored two goals and Matvey Petrov had a goal and three assists as the North Bay Battalion cruised past the Sudbury Wolves 5-1 on Wednesday.

Kyle Jackson had a goal and two assists and Jacob Therrien also scored for North Bay (33-12-1-1), while Dom DiVincentiis made 22 saves.

Ethan Larmand scored the lone marker for Sudbury (18-21-4-2), which dropped its third in a row. Kevyn Brassard stopped 29-of-34 shots.

The Battalion went scoreless on seven power plays, while the Wolves couldn't convert on five-man advantages of their own.

Read
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

SUDBURY, Ont. - Dalyn Wakely scored two goals and Matvey Petrov had a goal and three assists as the North Bay Battalion cruised past the Sudbury Wolves 5-1 on Wednesday.

Kyle Jackson had a goal and two assists and Jacob Therrien also scored for North Bay (33-12-1-1), while Dom DiVincentiis made 22 saves.

Ethan Larmand scored the lone marker for Sudbury (18-21-4-2), which dropped its third in a row. Kevyn Brassard stopped 29-of-34 shots.

The Battalion went scoreless on seven power plays, while the Wolves couldn't convert on five-man advantages of their own.

LOAD MORE