NHL Review November 20, 2021

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NHL Review November 20, 2021

COLORADO SCORES SEVEN IN SEATTLE, WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT

Cale Makar led all skaters with 2-1—3 Friday as Colorado scored seven goals in its first visit to Seattle. The Avalanche won their fourth consecutive game and have outscored their opponents 24-8 over that span.

  • Makar (5-8—13), who trails only Predators captain Roman Josi (6-10—16) for the most goals by a defenseman this season, recorded the third multi-goal game of his career. Only two blueliners in Avalanche/Nordiques history have more: Sandis Ozolinsh (8) and Tyson Barrie (6).

BURROUGHS SCORES FIRST NHL GOAL
Kyle Burroughs (1-0—1), a Vancouver native, scored his first career NHL goal and Thatcher Demko (37 saves) made a timely stop in the final seconds of regulation to help the Canucks snap a five-game slide and earn their first win against the Jets at Rogers Arena since Dec. 20, 2016. Winnipeg had previously won its last eight contests versus Vancouver as visitors (WPG: 8-0-0, VAN: 0-7-1).

  • Burroughs (Vancouver, B.C.), who signed with his hometown team as a free agent on July 28, grew up a Canucks fan and would pretend to be the West Coast Express line of Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi as he played mini sticks in his basement as a child. In minor hockey, he would don the No. 7 after Morrison.

TEAM TRANS, USA HOCKEY SLED CLASSIC SET FOR WEEKEND

Team Trans, the first entirely transgender sports team in the United States, will take to the ice for the Madison Gay Hockey Association Friendship Series this weekend in Middleton, Wisconsin, while the 11th USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL, is currently underway at Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, New Jersey.

  • Team Trans has travelled from all over the United States, Canada and Japan, with all travel fees paid for by donations, including one from the NHL. Team Trans played its initial games together in 2019 in a Friendship Series against Boston Pride, an LGBTQ hockey team, after meeting for the first time before the game.
  • The 11th USA Hockey Sled Classic is a four-day event (Nov. 18–21) that will be hosted by the Devils for the first time and will feature more than 600 participants. Each of the 27 teams in the round-robin tournament is affiliated with one of 17 NHL teams, some of which have more than one entry. Fans attending the games Saturday will be able to see the Stanley Cup and other NHL trophies at Ice Vault Arena.

SATURDAY TO FEATURE SEVEN HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHTS
Seven venues are set to host a Hockey Fights Cancer night Saturday, including three that will be broadcast nationally as part of Hockey Night in Canada.

ICYMI: DOMINIC MOORE, STANLEY CUP VISITED HOPE LODGE IN NEW YORK
Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador Dominic Moore and the Stanley Cup visited American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in New York City, which provides a place to stay for cancer patients and their families while they are going through treatment. The support from NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer program has helped fund over 500,000 nights for cancer patients in Hope Lodges across the U.S.

ISLANDERS CONTEST HOME OPENER AT UBS ARENA
UBS Arena will officially open its doors Saturday when the Islanders contest their home opener after embarking on a 13-game road trip to start the season, the longest such run by a team in NHL history. The Islanders have an all-time record of 28-14-6 in home openers.

  • The Islanders, who contested 1,870 games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and 161 at Barclays Center, will play their first at UBS Arena which will become the ninth different venue in the New York metropolitan area to host at least one NHL game (regular season or playoffs).
  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at UBS Arena Friday to officially signify the opening of the League’s newest facility. (Photo: @NYIslanders)

Sharks’ Labanc Suspended One Game for Slew-Footing

San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc has been suspended for one game, without pay, for slew-footing St. Louis Blues forward Tyler Bozak during NHL Game No. 253 in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. The incident occurred at 8:57 of the first period. Labanc was assessed a minor penalty for tripping. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Labanc will forfeit $23,625.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Video details a full explanation of the decision.

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