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NHL REVIEW APRIL 6 2018 – HUMBOLDT TRAGEDY CLAIMS 16

NHL REVIEW APRIL 6 2018 – HUMBOLDT TRAGEDY CLAIMS 16

Editor’s note: Usually we have our NHL update start here, but today we are thinking of the terrible tragedy affecting the Humbodlt Broncos junior hockey team, parents, relatives of the victims and survivors from the towns of Humboldt and Nipawin, Saskatchewan. But it goes further than these two towns, the entire hockey community is affected because these kids come from all over to play hockey…far away from their homes. Sadly today is the 2018 OHL Priority Selection day.

HUMBOLDT BRONCOS UPDATE 

Update: April 11. Athletic trainer Dayna Brons, the lone woman traveling with the Humboldt Broncos’ has also died as a result of her injuries.

HUMBOLDT BRONCOS UPDATE 

Update: April 7 5:20pm. RCMP confirm a 15th person has died from their injuries.

Nipawin RCMP – Fatal motor vehicle collision
April 7, 2018 
Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Nipawin RCMP along with police officers from the surrounding Detachments and specialized investigational support units remain on the scene of this fatal collision. Investigators have determined there were 28 people on the bus at the time of the collision, including the driver.

We can now confirm 14 people have died as a result of this collision. The other 14 people were sent to hospital with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature. We are not confirming the identity of the victims at this time, including whether the deceased are players or coaches. We will be working with our partner agencies to ensure families are notified as soon as possible and the appropriate supports are provided to families and others who are impacted by this extremely tragic incident.

Commissioner Bettman Statement on the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement on the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team:

“Our thoughts are with the players, families, coaches, team management and all those throughout the community who have been affected by the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. The NHL mourns the passing of those who perished and offers strength and comfort to those injured while traveling to play and be part of a game they all love.”

CHL Statement:

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, our teams, staff, players, families, and fans, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Humboldt Broncos Junior A Hockey Club and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Hockey is all about community and last evening, the Canadian hockey community suffered an unimaginable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, teammates and fans of the Broncos and the entire Humboldt community during this most difficult time.”

HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT:

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from chief executive officer Tom Renney, and president and chief operating officer Scott Smith:

“We are shocked and saddened over the tragic news of the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos Junior A hockey club. We are devastated to learn of the fatalities and the serious injuries.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Broncos organization, the families, the friends, the fans and entire Humboldt community.

Our hockey community is a tight-knit family. We will come together in support of each other in the days ahead, as we mourn those lives lost, remember the injured and support those whose lives are forever changed by this tragedy.”


FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 4, Ottawa 0
TAMPA BAY 7, Buffalo 5
St. Louis 4, CHICAGO 1
ANAHEIM 5, Dallas 3

PENGUINS BLANK SENATORS TO EARN ANOTHER 100-POINT SEASON

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each produced 1-1—2 and Casey DeSmith (35 saves) recorded his first career shutout to backstop the Penguins (47-29-6, 100 points) to their third consecutive 100-point season and the 12th in franchise history. With the victory, Pittsburgh secured the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Pittsburgh has now recorded seven 100-point seasons in the last 10 campaigns (since 2008-09), joining the Blackhawks and Capitals (seven apiece) for the most 100-point seasons over that span.

The Penguins concluded their 2017-18 schedule with a 30-9-2 record at PPG Paints Arena and join the Jets(31-7-2) as the only clubs to record at least 30 home wins this season. After posting a 31-6-4 home record in 2016-17, the Penguins became just the fourth different team in NHL history to win at least 30 home games in consecutive seasons. The others: Calgary (2005-06 and 2006-07), Philadelphia (1974-77 and 1984-86) and Montreal (1975-78 and 1979-81).

KUCHEROV CONTINUES CAREER YEAR WITH 100TH POINT
Nikita Kucherov collected 1-1—2 to propel the Lightning (54-23-4, 112 points) back into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division standings and became just the third player in franchise history to record a 100-point season.

Kucherov (39-61—100), who sits second in League scoring behind only Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (41-65—106), became the sixth different Russian-born player in NHL history to record at least 100 points in a season and the first to do so since Evgeni Malkin in 2011-12 (50-59—109).

Yanni Gourde (1-2—3) and Alex Killorn (0-3—3) each collected three points to spark the Lightning offense to a seven-goal outburst. It marked the sixth time this season Tampa Bay has produced at least seven goals in a game, the most of any team in 2017-18.

Gourde boosted his season totals to 25-39—64 to establish a franchise rookie record for goals and points in a single season. Overall, there are four rookies with at least 25 goals this season. Only two campaigns since 1990-91 have featured more than four 25-goal rookies: 1992-93 (8) and 2005-06 (6).

Brayden Point collected his League-leading 12th game-winning goal of the season to match the single-season franchise record set by Steven Stamkos (12) in 2011-12.

DUCKSBLUES CLIMB STANDINGS WITH CRUCIAL VICTORIES

The Ducks (43-25-13, 99 points) and Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) each earned crucial victories to climb the Western Conference standings and collect vital points in their respective playoff races.

Ryan Getzlaf (0-2—2) was one of four players with multiple points as the Ducks earned their seventh consecutive victory at Honda Center. Anaheim, who moved past idle Los Angeles (45-28-8, 98 points) for the No. 3 seed in the Pacific Division, have won at least seven consecutive home games for the first time since a 10-game run from Dec. 9 – Jan. 15, 2014.

Anaheim goaltender Ryan Miller (23 saves) earned the 369th win of his NHL career to move into a tie with Tom Barrasso for second place on the NHL’s all-time wins list among U.S.-born goaltenders. John Vanbiesbrouck paces all American netminders with 374 career victories.

Patrik Berglund (3-0—3) scored his second career hat trick to help the Blues leapfrog the idle Avalanche(42-30-9, 93 points) and move into the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference – setting up a one-game showdown between the clubs on Saturday.

Berglund improved his season totals to 17-8—25 in 56 games this season, with eight of his 17 goals scored in his last 10 outings (8-1—9).

LOTS ON THE LINE AS REGULAR SEASON ENTERS FINAL WEEKEND

The Eastern Conference championship, Atlantic Division title and final Wild Card positions in the Eastern and Western Conference are all still to be decided as the 2017-18 season enters its final weekend with a 15-game slate on Saturday and a single contest on Sunday (FLA at BOS: rescheduled from postponed game on Jan. 4).

In addition, seven of eight First Round matchups will be finalized over the final two days of the season. The Central Division’s No. 2-seeded Jets will face the third-seeded Wild in the only locked-in First Round series to date.

AVALANCHEBLUES FACE OFF FOR FINAL BERTH IN THE WEST

The Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) hold a one-point lead over the Avalanche (42-30-9, 93 points) as the teams face off at Pepsi Center in Colorado with the final playoff berth in the Western Conference on the line.

The Blues will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they earn at least one point against the Avalanche.

The Avalanche will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Blues in regulation.

St. Louis aims to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh consecutive season while Colorado is in search of its first postseason appearance since 2013-14.

SPURRING MEMORIES OF PHI-NYR SUDDEN-DEATH SHOOTOUT IN 2010

Saturday’s Blues/Avalanche contest marks the first time since 2010 that two teams will meet in their final game of the season while competing for the lone remaining playoff berth in the conference. The Flyers hosted the Rangers on the final day of the 2009-10 regular season in a winner-take-all showdown in which the victor would advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the loser would be eliminated. Tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime, the teams required a shootout to determine the playoff fates of both participants.

Foreshadowing their important role in Philadelphia’s run to the Stanley Cup Final over the weeks to come, the Flyers got shootout goals from Danny Briere and Claude Giroux to upend the Rangers 2-1 in the tie-breaker.

FLYERSPANTHERS CONTEND FOR EAST’S FINAL WILD CARD SPOT

The Flyers (41-26-14, 96 points) and Panthers (42-30-8, 92 points) remain in contention for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

The Flyers can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and reach the postseason for the second time in three campaigns if they earn a single point in their matinee game with the Rangers. Philadelphia would also clinch if the Panthers lose to the Sabres. The Flyers are led offensively by Claude Giroux, who ranks third in the League with 31-68—99 and looks to become the first Flyers player to record a 100-point season since Eric Lindros in 1995-96.

Meanwhile, the Panthers – who have already reeled off wins against the Hurricanes, Predators and Bruins this week – aim to push their winning streak to four games as they continue their pursuit of the Flyers and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The NHL announced an additional tiebreaking procedure to determine playoff eligibility between the Flyers and PanthersClick here for details.

LIGHTNINGBRUINS CONTINUE BATTLE FOR TOP SPOT IN THE EAST

The Lightning (54-23-4, 112 points) and Bruins (49-19-12, 110 points) continue to jockey for the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division titles when they face the Hurricanes and Senators, respectively.

The Lightning will clinch the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference if they defeat the Hurricanes in regulation or overtime

OR

If they defeat the Hurricanes in a shootout AND the Bruins fail to defeat the Senators in regulation or overtime

OR

If they get one point against the Hurricanes AND the Bruins lose to the Senators in any fashion

OR

If the Bruins lose to the Senators in regulation.

The Lightning can capture the third division title in franchise history (2002-03 and 2003-04) and the club’s second Eastern Conference championship (2003-04).

PANTHERS’ MATHESON FINED FOR DIVING/EMBELLISHMENT

Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

Citation # Player Fine(s) * Head Coach Fine(s)

1 Warning N/A
2 $2,000 N/A
3 $3,000 N/A
4 $4,000 N/A
5 $5,000 $2,000
6 $5,000 $3,000
7 $5,000 $4,000
8 $5,000 $5,000

*For head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

Matheson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 647 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 7. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 15:53 of the third period during NHL Game No. 1193 against the Ottawa Senators on March 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

NHL Schedule for Saturday Apr 7 2018

Matchup

Time

 NY Rangers@ Philadelphia

3:00 PM ET

 Chicago@ Winnipeg

7:00 PM ET

 Ottawa@ Boston

7:00 PM ET

 Montréal@ Toronto

7:00 PM ET

 NY Islanders@ Detroit

7:00 PM ET

 Buffalo@ Florida

7:00 PM ET

 New Jersey@ Washington

7:00 PM ET

 Tampa Bay@ Carolina

7:00 PM ET

 Columbus@ Nashville

8:00 PM ET

 Anaheim@ Arizona

9:00 PM ET

 St. Louis@ Colorado

9:00 PM ET

 Vegas@ Calgary

10:00 PM ET

 Vancouver@ Edmonton

10:00 PM ET

 Dallas@ Los Angeles

10:30 PM ET

 Minnesota@ San Jose

10:30 PM ET