5/13/09 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Sidney Crosby – 2 Goals, Assist
Evgeni Malkin – 2 Assists
Miroslav Satan – 2 Assists
Craig Adams – Goal
Bill Guerin – Goal
Kris Letang – Goal
Jordan Staal – Goal
Alexander Ovechkin – Goal
Brooks Laich – Goal
Marc-Andre Fleury - W, 19 of 21 Saves

3/27/09

Shutouts
Joey MacDonald
  - 42 Saves
 

Hat Tricks
None

3-Point Club
Alexander Ovechkin
– 2 Goals, 2 Assists
Nicklas Backstrom  – 2 Goals, 1 Assists
Ryan Getzlaf – 2 Goals, 1 Assists
Martin St. Louis – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Martin Havlat  – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Brooks Laich - 3 Assists

Double Lamp Lighters (Two Goals)
Alexander Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom
Tim Connolly
Ryan Getzlaf
Dustin Penner

2/15/09

Shutouts
Cam Ward
– 36 Saves

Hat Tricks
Alexander Ovechkin
Ilya Kovalchuk
 

3-Point Club
Ilya Kovalchuk
  – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
Alexander Ovechkin – 3 Goals
Teemu Selanne – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Claude Giroux – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Brian Gionta - 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Eric Staal – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Andrew Ebbett – 1 Goal, 2 Assists

Double Lamp Lighters (Two Goals)
Alexander Ovechkin
(Hat Trick)
Ilya Kovalchuk  (Hat Trick)
David Clarkson
Daniel Cleary
Marian Hossa
Teemu Selanne

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Since exploding on the scene in 2005 Alexander Ovechkin has scored more goals than anyone in the NHL.  In his first 295 NHL games he has 377 points (199 goals, 178 assists).  Sidney Crosby has 363 points (119 goals, 244 assists) in his first 265 games. Ovechkin is projected to have 416 points (220 goals, 196 assists) and Crosby 401 points (130 goals, 271 assist) when they wrap up their fourth seasons.  As Ovechkin approaches his 200th goal, it made me wonder how these two stars stacked up against the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

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In his first four seasons Gretzky had 709 points (269 goals, 440 assists).  If you combine Crosby and Ovechkin’s projected numbers you get 817 points (351 goals, 467 assists).  He had nearly as many points and assists as two of today’s biggest stars combined, and that wasn’t even his best stretch.    The next four years were actually better for Gretzky.  He had 811 points (274 goals, 537 assists).

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If you add up Ovechkin, Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin‘s points to date you get 1010 points in 773 games.  Gretzky had 1122 points after 473 games.  If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 1.31 points a game for the Big 3 and 2.37 for the Great One.  Staggering.

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What about Mario Lemiuex you say?  In his first 368 games he had 715 points.  While his 1.94 points per game is impressive, it’s still quite a difference.  To put it into perspective in 80 games Gretzky would score 34 more points than Lemieux (and 85 more than Alex, Sid, and Evgeni).

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How about Gordie Howe?  He was amazing too, but realize he only topped 100 points three times in his career.  He did manage to play 80 games for the Hartford Whalers at the tender age of 51 racking up 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists). 

So when you are watching today’s stars or even watching Gretzky coaching Phoenix, take a moment and remember just how special The Great One really was.

NHL Lester Awards

7 April 2008

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It’s time to hand out the NHL Awards.

Hart Trophy (MVP) – Alexander Ovechkin
Ovechkin led Washington to a 3 seed with his record-setting season.  He scored the most goals by a Left Wing ever.  His 65 goals and 112 points were both tops in the league.

Art Ross Trophy (Points Leader) – Alexander Ovechkin
This is the first of the awards that aren’t up for debate.  Ovechkin’s 112 goals topped the league.  Next on the list was Evgeni Malkin with 106.

Maurice Richard Trophy (Goals Leader) – Alexander Ovechkin
Another Ovechkin award that isn’t up for debate.  Ovechkin’s 65 goals topped everybody.  Also in the 50 goal group were Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla.

Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) – Guy Carbonneau
After missing the playoffs last year with 90 points, Montreal improved by 14 points, which earned them the top seed in the East.  Detroit won the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record, but they are always good. 

Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – Patrick Kane
The 2007 #1 pick did not disappoint in his first season.  He led all rookies with 72 points.  He was third in goals and second in assists among rookies.  Nicklas Backstrom was a close second.

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman) – Nicklas Lindstrom
Lindstrom led all defensemen with 70 points, 60 assists, and a +40 +/- rating.  He had the second best +/- rating in the league behind teammate Pavel Datsyuk (+41).

Vezina Trophy (Top Goalie) – Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni won an impressive 46 games for San Jose this year.  He finished tied for third with a 2.14 Goals Against Average (GAA).  He saved 91% of the shots on net.  He also tied for third with 6 shutouts.

William H. Jennings Trophy (Lowest GAA) – Chris Osgood
The last award is not up for debate either.  Chris Osgood led all goalies with at least 25 games played with a 2.09 GAA.  Jean-Sebastien Giguere was second at 2.12.

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Friday Tidbits 3/7/08

7 March 2008

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Kobe Bryant poured in 52 points in a win over Dallas.  Anything you can do, I can do better.  LeBron went for 50 and added 10 aasists and 8 rebounds.  Minnesota bought out Theo Ratliff’s contract, and he quickly joined Detroit.  Like C-Webb and J-Kidd Theo’s career has come full circle.  The Sixers cut Gordon Giricek.  Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists in a win over Charlotte. Chris Paul matched him in a win over Utah.  Miami won another game.  Danny Granger was suspended a game for busting Andres Nocioni.  Dwight Howard had 26 points and 22 rebounds in a win over New York.  Deron Williams handed out 19 assists in a win over Memphis and 20 against Dallas.  Yao’s out, but Houston keeps winning.  Make it 17 straight. Zydrunas Ilgauskas has a bad back that cost him some games.  Chris Bosh will sit out a few games with a sore knee.  Sam Cassell joined the Celtics.  Miami lost Dorell Wright for the year (knee). Chris Andersen, who oddly looks like a long-haired version of my friend Eddie D, was reinstated by the league following a drug suspension.  Gilbert Arenas has been cleared to return to practice.  Gordon Giricek signed with the Suns.  The Spurs won their tenth straight game.  Chris Webber is out of action because of a sore knee.  Tyronn Lue signed with the Mavs.  Dirk was suspended a game for his flagrant foul on AK47.  Jason Richardson dropped 42 on Golden State.  Houston won its 16th straight game.  Kendrick Perkins hauled in 20 boards as the Celtics beat the Pistons.  Chris Paul had 18 assists in a win over Atlanta.  Tyrus Thomas got suspended for two games for missing practice.  They really need to trade him.

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Alexander Ovechkin netted a hat trick in a win over Boston.  He also became the first to 50 goals this year.  Sid the Kid is back.  Pittsburgh won in his return game.  Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec recorded a hat trick vs. Buffalo.  Nashville’s Martin Erat scored a hat trick as well vs. Edmonton.  Tampa’s Chris Gratton will be out for a while following hip surgery.  This Week’s Shutouts:  Washington’s Cristobal Huet vs. New Jersey.  San Jose’s Brian Boucher vs. St. Louis.  Florida’s Craig Anderson (53 saves) vs. the Islanders.  Florida’s Craig Anderson vs. Boston.  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs, Tampa Bay.  Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Columbus.  Chicago’s Corey Crawford vs. Anaheim.  Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Vancouver.  L.A.’s Erik Ersberg vs. Ottawa.  Colorado’s Ryan Smith and Marek Svatos will miss time with injuries.  St. Louis signed Brad Boyes to a multi-year contract.  Peter Forsberg made his season debut with Colorado.  Detroit activated D Brian Rafalski from IR.

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Brett Favre is hanging it up.  John Madden is on suicide watch.  Randy Moss is staying in New England.  Asante Samuel is not as he signed with Philly for six-years.  Derek Anderson signed a multiyear deal with Cleveland.  The Jets traded Jonathan Vilma to the Saints for a 4th round pick.  I wish New England made that deal.  The overrated Jerry Porter signed a six-year $30 million deal with Jacksonville.  They just traded for Troy Williamson, so I don’t know why they would need any more WR help…hah.  The Vikings overpaid for S Madieu Williams.  He got $33 million for six years.  They alos added Bernard Berrian for six years at $42 million.  Keeper league owners are going to be saddened by the retirement of Jeff Wilkins.  Kidding aside, he probably did help some owners win a fantasy title.  LB Kawika Mitchell signed with Buffalo (five-years, $17.5 million).  Clevelend sent a third rounger and Leigh Bodden to Detroit for Shaun Rogers.  They signed him to a six-year, $42 milllion deal.  Cincinnati signed LB Dhani Jones.  Isaac Bruce signed with San Fran for two years. Four years and $32 milllion…that’s what it cost the Jets to get Alan Faneca.  S Gabril Wilson reached a six-year, $39 million deal with Oakland.  San Fran signed Justin Smith to a six-year $45 million deal.  Randall Gay and Bobby McCrat signed with New Orleans.  Alge Crumler signed a two-year deal with Tennessee.  His former team, Atlanta, signed Michael Turner.  Donte Stallworth signed a seven-year deal with Cleveland.  Big Ben signed an eight-year, $102 million deal with Pittsburgh.  The Jets signed Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal and Damien Woody to a five-year $25.5 million deal.  Warrick Dunn got the boot in Atlanta.  Denver DT Marcus Thomas was arrested for cocaine and handgun possession.  Chicago traded Brian Griese to Tampa for a draft pick.  The Giants signed Sammy Knight.  New Orleans re-signed WR David Patten.  DE Antwan Odom signed a five-year deal worth $29.5 million with Cincinnati.  Arizona signed Travis LaBoy to a five-year, $22 million deal.  St. Louis signed LG Jacob Bell to a six-year deal.  Javon Walker signed a six-year, $55 million deal with Oakland.  T Kwame Harris will join him.  T.J. Duckett signed a five-year deal with Seattle. New England signed CB Jason Webster.  Marty Booker signed with Chicago.  Denver re-signed DE John Engleberger.  The Vikigns signed Maurice Hicks.  Houston signed Will Demps to a two-year deal.  Atlanta cut Joey Harrington.  New England re-signed Jabar Gaffney.  Oakland cut Barry Sims and restructred Dominic Rhodes’ contract.  Jevon Kearse re-joined Tennessee.  Maurice Williams re-signed with Jacksonville for four years, $16 million.  The Eagles cut Takeo Spikes.  Tony Richardson signed with the Jets.  Are they hoping to draft McFadden?

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Hank Steinbrenner talked some trash about Red Sox Nation.  Good.  I want them to dislike each other.  John Henry invited Hank to be member of Red Sox Nation.  Hank declined.  Alfonso Soriano fractured his finger.  He won’t be out long.  Cincy SS Alex Gonzalez has a fracture on his knee.  He’s going to miss some serious time.  The facts are coming out.  Barry Bonds did fail drug tests.  I wonder how his ostrich fans will react? Colorado signed Brad Hawpe to a three-year, $17 million deal.  Brandon Inge is whining because he doesn’t want to play catcher.  Just like Soriano when he was asked to switch to the outfield, I say shut up Inge.  You’re being paid A LOT of money.  You play where they want you to play.  Cincinnati signed Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Corey Patterson to minor league deals.  Moises Alou will miss the start of the season following hernia surgery.  Albert Pujols has a torn elbow, and he’ll need Tommy John surgery.  He’s going to play through it, but know that if the Cardinals aren’t in the hunt he may shut it down to prepare for next season.  Noah Lowry will likely miss the first month of the season after wrist surgery.

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Coach K won his 800th game.  John Wooden broke his wrist and collarbone.  Bobby Knight will work with ESPN during March Madness.  Kentucky lost Patrick Patterson for the year because of a stress fracture in his ankle.  I’m sure that was Tubby Smith’s fault too.  Boston College’s Tyrese scored 46, but still lost to North Carolina.  Texas Tech upset #5 Texas 83-80.  Michael Beasley scored 39 in a loss to Kansas.  He’d look great on the Timberwolves.  #8 Stanford beat #22 Washington State 60-53.  #10 Georgetown beat #21 Marquette 70-68.  Arkansas beat $14 Vanderbilt 78-73.  Gonzaga beat #23 St. Mary’s 88-76.Bowling Green upset #24 Kent State 89-83.  #15 Michigan State pounded #12 Indiana 103-74.  Ohio State beat #15 Purdue 80-77.  #16 Vanderbilt beat #25 Mississippi State 86-85 behind Shan Foster’s 42 points.  He drilled nine threes. Providence beat #14 UConn 85-76.  St. Joe’s beat #11 Xavier 71-66.  #2 UCLA beat #7 Stanford 77-67 in OT to win the Pac 10.

SMU suspended QB Justin Willis from spring practice.  Auburn DE Antonio Coleman was injured in a scrimmage.  South Carolina suspended DB Carlos Thomas for rule violations.  Georgia gave Coach Mark Richt an $800K raise annually.  Iowa kicked WR James Cleveland and QB Arvell Nelson of the team for drug charges.  Syracue’s Paul Chiara and Mikhail Marinovich (yep, Todd’s brother) were arrested for breaking into the equipment room.  Penn State DT Chris Baker has been cleared of charges in an assault case.  That didn’t stop Penn State from their sixth suspension this offseason.  You know when parents have kids really late in life, and they are too old to know what the kids are up to?  I wonder if that’s what’s going on in Penn State or if they just recruited a different type of kid so they could compete?  Indiana suspended QB Kellen Lewis for rule violations.

Ernie Els won the Honda Classic.  Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a bird for making too much noise while he was recording a show.  He claims he was just trying to scare the hawk away.  Bart Bryant leads the PODS Championship by a stroke.

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Carl Edwards won again.  This time it was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  His car failed the postrace inspection though.  He was docked 100 points dropping him to 7th on the points list.  Kyle Busch took the top spot.

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Friday Tidbits 2/1/08

1 February 2008

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Plaxico Burress said the Giants may have a better receiving corps than the Patriots.  He also said they’d beat the Patriots.  At least he’s confident.  Atlanta hired Mike Mularkey to be their new Offensive Coordinator.  San Diego will face New Orleans in London next year.  On paper it sounds better than the Giants-Dolphins game we bored London crowds with.  Rex Ryan will remain the Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator.  “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”  I’m in Cleveland silly.  I just signed a two-year extension!  Greg Ellis will replace Lance Briggs in the Pro Bowl.  Terrell Owens owes the Eagles some money.  Cincinnati signed Carson Palmer’s brother Jordan to a backup QB role.  Willis McGahee will replace LT in the Pro Bowl.  St. Louis signed Al Saunders to be their Offensive Coordinator.  Defensive MVP Bob Sanders had shoulder surgery.  There stil no replacement in place for Joe Gibbs.

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Kevin Garnett beat the Timberwolves in his first meeting against his ex-team.  The Big Three scored 7, but the C’s still beat the Heat.  Kobe dropped 40 on Dallas in defeat.  Memphis bought out Damon Stoudamire’s contract.  Miami snapped their 15 game losing streak by beating Indiana.  Orlando beat the Celtics.  LeBron scored 41 as the Cavs beat the Lakers.  Caron Butler’s 40 wasn’t good enough vs. Milwaukee.  Big Al Jefferson had 40 points and 19 boards as Minnesota beat New Jersey.  He had 26 points and 20 boards in a win over Chicago.  Andris Biedrins grabbed 26 rebounds in a win over the Knicks.  Chris Webber is returning to Golden State.  Dallas will be without Devin Harris for a few weeks.  He bruised a bone on his ankle.  Chris Paul stuffed the stat sheets with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 17 assists.  Tony Parker is being forced to shut it down for a while a bone spur heals.  I can just see Eva waiting on him.  Antawn Jamison had 24 points, 20 rebounds in an overtime win over Chris Bosh (37 points) and Toronto.  Yao Ming had 36 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Golden State.  T-Mac missed it.  Shocking.  Cleveland will be without Anderson Varejao for a few weeks because of a sprained ankle.  Earl Boykins signed a deal with Charlotte.  Boston beat Dallas without KG.  LeBron missed a game with a sprained ankle.

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The East beat the West in the NHL All-Star game 8-7.  Eric Staal took home MVP honors.  Rick Nash netted an All-Star Game Hat Trick.  Toronto will be without centers Alex Steen and Darryl Boyce because of separated shoulders.  Pittsburgh picked up Kris Beech off waivers.  Anaheim’s lineup will be bolstered by the return of Teemu Selanne.  Vancouver D Willie Mitchell is out for a while after breaking a vertebra in his back.  San Jose added Jody Shelley from Columbus for a draft pick.  The Los Angeles Kings signed W Raitis Ivanans to a two-year deal.  This week’s shutouts:  Montreal’s Cristobal Huet vs. Washington, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Edmonton.  Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. Florida.  New York Rangers’ Stephen Valiquette vs. Philly.  Alexander Ovechkin had four goals in a 5-4 win over Montreal.  I guess the NHL can go on without Sid the Kid as long as Alexander the Great is lighting it up.

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The Twins made news this week by trading Johan Santana to the Mets.  They turned down better offers earlier and didn’t even get top prospects.  They also signed Justin Morneau (6 years, $80 million) and Michael Cuddyer (3 years,$24 million).  Had they signed them last year, they would have saved $20-$30 million on these two.  Not the best week for Twins fans.  Of course this depends on a contract agreement with the Mets.  The Mets want to guarantee five years while Johan wants six.  Chad Gaudin signed a one-year deal with Oakland for $1.77 million.  Carlos Pena signed an extension with Tampa Bay worth $24 million.  Washington’s Paul Lo Duca hurt his knee working out.  At least he knows of some “good meds” to help him heal quickly.  He should be out a month or so following his surgery.  Robinson Cano signed a six-year $56 million deal with the Yankees.  Mike Lieberthal has decided to hang up his catcher’s mitt.  Roger Clemens released a wordy response to the steroid allegations.  I’m not sure I believe him, but at least he’s blazing back.  Chicago sent David Aardsma to Boston Willy Mota and Miguel Socolovic.  Philadelphia signed Pedro Feliz to a two-year deal.  Johnny Estrada joined the Nationals.  Seattle signed Brad Wilkerson.  Morgan Ensberg signed with the Yankees.  Seattle and Baltimore are still discussing an Erik Bedard trade.

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Missouri’s leading scorer Stefhon Hannah broke his jaw.  He’ll miss a month or more.  He was hurt in a bar fight.  Four of his teammates got supsended for curfew vioations.  Eastern Michigan kicked C James Matthews off the team.  New Mexico State is making Jahmar Young miss a game for leaving the arena early.  UConn suspended guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins indefinitely for violating team rules.  They knocked off #8 Indiana without them, 68-63.  Ugly week for player behavior.  Purdue bumped #11 Wisconsin 60-56.  Mississippi State thumped #15 Old Miss.  Rutgers knocked off #17 Pitt 77-64.  Notre Dame beat #18 Villanova 90-80.  Richmond beat #19 Dayton 80-63.  Florida beat #13 Vandebilt 86-64.  Miami beat #25 Clemson 75-72.  San Diego beat #20 St. Mary’s 63-55.  Kansas State knocked off #2 Kansas 84-75.  Michael Beasley had 25 for K-State.  Joey Dorsey had 22 rebounds for #1 Memphis in their win over Houston.  #23 Texas A&M beat #10 Texas 80-63.  #22 Ole Miss beat #18 Vanderbilt 74-58. Arkansas thrashed #25 Mississippi State 78-58.  Tubby Smith won his 400th game.  He’s done a fine job with the Golden Gophers.  Cal beat #9 Washington State 69-64.  #13 Wisconsin beat #11 Indiana 62-49. 

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Tennessee RB Arian Foster had knee surgery.  Penn State kicked DT Chris Baker, LB Navorro Bowman, and CB Knowledge Timmons for fighting last year.  I guess Timmons didn’t use his namesake.  Wake Forest kicked RB Luke Caparelli to the curb.  Texas A & M Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner are facing robbery charges.  Jared Foster, a recruit at Mississippi, was told no thanks after he got caught selling steroids.

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Tiger Woods cruised to yet another victory at the Buick Invitational.  He’s pretty good.

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