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Latviešu uzbrucējs Miks Indrašis piektdien svinēja uzvaru Kontinentālās hokeja līgas (KHL) regulārā čempionāta spēlē, bet vārtsargs Jānis Kalniņš cieta zaudējumu.

Indraša pārstāvētā Maskavas “Dinamo” viesos ar 2:1 (1:0, 0:0, 0:1, 0:0, 1:0) pēcspēles metienu sērijā pārspēja Ņižņijnovgorodas “Torpedo”, kurā par galvenā trenera asistentu strādā leģendārais Sandis Ozoliņš.

Maskavieši svinēja sesto uzvaru pēdējās septiņās spēlēs.

Viesus devītajā minūtē vadībā izvirzīja Mihails Čaikovskis un nākamās 50 minūtes “Dinamo” atradās priekšā. Tiesa, nepilnas divas minūtes pirms pamatlaika beigām Daņiils Iļjins izlīdzināja rezultātu.

Pagarinājumā vārti netika gūti, tādējādi tika aizvadīta pēcspēles metienu sērija, kurā Indrašis savu metienu netrāpīja, tomēr viesi svinēja uzvaru, izšķirošo “bullīti” mērķī raidot Andrē Petešonam.

Indraši šajā dueli uz ledus pavadīja 19 minūtes un 57 sekundes, kuru laikā četras reizes meta pa vārtiem un uzvarēja 11 no 17 iemetieniem.

Viņš šajā sezonā 26 spēlēs guvis četrus vārtus un veicis astoņas rezultatīvas piespēles.

Tikmēr Kalniņa pārstāvētā Helsinku “Jokerit” savu līdzjutēju priekšā ar 1:4 (1:1, 0:1, 0:2) atzina Novosibirskas “Sibirj” pārākumu. Viesiem ar diviem vārtiem un rezultatīvu piespēli izcēlās Mikaels Ruhomā.

Kalniņš šajā duelī atvairīja 16 no 19 pretinieku metieniem, bet vienu ripu viesi ieraidīja tukšos vārtos.

Indraša pārstāvētā komanda ar 43 punktiem 33 spēlēs Rietumu konferencē ieņem trešo vietu, bet Kalniņš ar kolēģiem iekrājuši 37 punktus 31 cīņā, kas dod astoto pozīciju.

Šosezon KHL čempionātā piedalās 24 komandas – pa 12 Rietumu un Austrumu zonā.

Regulārajā čempionātā katra komanda tāpat kā iepriekšējā sezonā aizvadīs pa 62 spēlēm, pēc kurām pa astoņiem labākajiem klubiem iekļūs Gagarina kausa izcīņā.

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před závěrečnou sirénou vítězství 2:0 nad Zlínem.

„Chtěl jsem to dostat ven směrem k bráně. Ani jsem kvůli ledu nevěděl, jestli to tam dojede,“ popsal Olesz, který hrál ve třetím útoku s Vilémem Burianem a Lukášem Nahodilem.

Po konci utkání si pak střihl i skromnou děkovačku, před kterou si zašel i pro radu k brankáři Branislavu Konrádovi. „Je těžké hned vědět, co se vše dělá. Led tomu nepřál, aby se nějak skákalo,“ usmíval se.

Nejen fanoušci, ale i trenér Zdeněk Moták byl s výkonem svého nejnovějšího svěřence spokojený. „V zápase ukázal, že tou svou zkušeností a spolehlivostí dokáže mužstvu opravdu pomoct,“ hodnotil starší z trenérské dvojice hanáckého celku.

Rostislav Olesz
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Jinak se mu zápas navzdory výhře hodnotil těžko. Na vině byly špatné podmínky.

„Led byl šílený, počasí ten zápas hodně ovlivnilo. Každý kotouč, který jel po ledě, tak skákal. To v přesilovkách nemůžete chtít po hráčích vůbec nic,“ řekl po utkání, v němž jeho tým nevyužil osm početních výhod.

Olesz přikyvoval: „Byly těžké podmínky, ale snažili jsme se nějak hrát. Bylo tam několik šancí, ale i ten led přispěl k tomu, že to třeba nakonec nedopadlo,“ zmínil. Sám měl velkou šanci už v první třetině, únik mu ale faulem překazil Žižka. K údivu tribun se nepískalo trestné střílení, zlínský kapitán dostal jen menší trest.

V ZÁVĚRU BERANI DVAKRÁT ZAZVONILI
První gól utkání padl až v 36. minutě, kdy Valenta krásně našel volného Strapáče, který sám před brankářem nezaváhal. Berani sahali po vyrovnání v závěrečných minutách střetnutí, když Dufek a po něm Nosek nastřelili tyč Konrádovy branky. Vyrovnat se jim ale nepovedlo a následně přišlo Oleszovo razítko.

Hanáci tak Zlín porazili v přípravě i podruhé, tentokrát navíc s nulou, kterou se jim povedlo připsat poprvé během testovacího období. „Nula určitě těší. I když tam byly na konci tyčky, pro sebevědomí mužstva je to dobré,“ uvedl Moták.

K dalšímu zápasu nastoupí olomoučtí hokejisté v úterý. V rámci přípravy se představí naposledy doma, hostit budou brněnskou Kometu s ex-trenérem Kohoutů Petrem Fialou.

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HC Olomouc – PSG Berani Zlín 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Branky a nahrávky: 36. Strapáč (Valenta, Kolouch), 60. Olesz. Rozhodčí: Mrkva, Kubičík – Gebauer, Rožánek. Vyloučení: 6:8. Bez využití.

Olomouc: Konrád – Škůrek, Vyrůbalík, Jaroměřský, Ondrušek, Švrček, Dujsík, Valenta – Tomeček, Knotek, Ostřížek – Klimek, Kolouch, Strapáč – Olesz, Nahodil, Burian – Hecl, Handl, Laš.

Zlín: Huf (31. Kořének) – Žižka, Gazda, Ferenc, Řezníček, Nosek, Freibergs, Buchta, Talafa – Fořt, Okál, Šlahař – Honejsek, Szturc, Fryšara – Popelka, Köhler, Dufek – Sedláček, Kratochvíl, Fajkus.
Zdroj: https://olomoucky.denik.cz/hokej_region/mora-na-silenem-lede-skolila-zlin-olesz-slavil-premierovy-gol-20190829.html

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It was only a couple of months in and already Roberto Luongo was bored.

He had barely left behind his NHL career, having retired June 26 at 40 years old. But as he told NHL.com on Wednesday, “There are just so many naps you can take during the day before you’ve reached your limit.”

So when training camp began for the Florida Panthers, there was the former goalie, watching games and practices, having conversations with executives, hanging around and learning. He was even in Boston on Tuesday for the Panthers’ come-from-behind shootout win against the Boston Bruins, a day before his role with the organization would become official, as a special advisor to general manager Dale Tallon.

And yet, this hadn’t been the plan from the start.

Luongo said he hadn’t contemplated rejoining the organization where he spent 11 of his 19 NHL seasons, or certainly not quite so soon, though he thought it was something that eventually might appeal to him. But the Panthers approached him during the summer and, given his empty schedule and the long days stretching before him, he was happy to listen.

NHL Now: Goldstein on Luongo
06:46 • June 27th, 2019

“My decision was made, knowing that it was time for me to step away,” Luongo said. “Obviously I wanted to somehow stay involved in the future with the team, but I didn’t expect it to come this early.

“It was something that excited me right away because I was, at that point, not in a great space. Really kind of in limbo. I wasn’t training to get ready for the season, so I was having a tough time with it at that point.”

He wasn’t missing the game, exactly. But he felt adrift.

This made sense.

He started shadowing people in the organization, from director of player personnel Bryan McCabe, to assistant general manager Eric Joyce, to director of hockey operations and salary cap management Braden Birch.

NHL Tonight: Luongo retires
02:15 • June 27th, 2019

“Right now it’s just about learning everything,” Luongo said. “The day-to-day activities is what makes it exciting, roster construction, roster decisions, what do we do, what can’t we do, as far as the cap. There’s kind of a big puzzle piece that you’re trying to put together every day. I find that super interesting and it’s something that I like doing.”

For years, Luongo has played fantasy sports, of both the daily fantasy and season-long varieties.

“I’m a huge fantasy guy, fantasy baseball, fantasy football, and I know it’s a lot different, but the concept is a little bit the same, as far as managing teams, making rosters, and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “It was always something I had a fascination with, that I enjoy.”

Add that to nearly two decades of time around the NHL, including a trip to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, losing in Game 7 to the Bruins, and he thinks he has the tools and experience to add to the Panthers.

Luongo, who lives year-round in Parkland, Florida, is second in NHL history in games played by a goalie (1,044), third in wins (489), and ninth in shutouts (77), and is one of three goalies to have topped 1,000 games.

Best of Roberto Luongo
01:04 • June 27th, 2019

He can see himself, eventually, being part of the decision-making process, being part of making the Panthers a perennial contender. They have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past three seasons and have not won a round since they made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1995-1996, their third season in the League.

“It’s home,” Luongo said. “I think the main thing is just to bring a little stability to the franchise and I think we’re right there, about [to turn] the corner, just being a team that’s there every year. You look at [the Tampa Bay Lightning], they’re a contender every year now, for how many years straight? You want to be in that same type of place, where every year you’re contending. People get excited about that.”

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Sabres (10-9-3) vs Panthers (12-6-5)
17 h HE (TVAS, FS-F, MSG-B, ESPN+, NHL.TV)
Les Sabres de Buffalo voudront éviter une quatrième défaite de suite, une dixième en 11 matchs, en rendant visite aux Panthers de la Floride au BB&T Center.

Depuis le 28 octobre, les Sabres montrent un dossier de 1-7-2 et ils ont inscrit seulement 20 buts, en plus d’en accorder 35.

Les Sabres disputent le deuxième de trois matchs à l’étranger. Ils se sont inclinés 3-2 contre les Bruins de Boston jeudi, encaissant une troisième défaite consécutive en temps réglementaire. Ils croiseront le fer avec le Lightning de Tampa Bay, lundi, avant de revenir à la maison pour deux matchs.

Même si l’offensive des Sabres est au ralenti, l’attaquant Jack Eichel pourrait obtenir au moins un point dans une cinquième sortie de suite. Il cumule cinq buts et deux aides au cours de cette séquence.

Beau but de Eichel
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Buffalo pourrait saluer le retour au jeu du défenseur Zach Bogosian, qui pourrait faire ses débuts cette saison. Bogosian, qui a été opéré à la hanche durant l’entre-saison, s’est entraîné samedi, et l’entraîneur Ralph Krueger a indiqué qu’il devrait jouer contre les Panthers ou le Lightning. À l’entraînement, il était jumelé à Rasmus Dahlin.

Les Panthers disputent quant à eux un deuxième match en deux jours. Ils se sont inclinés 4-2 face aux Hurricanes de la Caroline samedi.
La troupe de Joel Quenneville a toutefois récolté cinq victoires à ses sept dernières sorties. Au cours de cette séquence, la Floride a notamment comblé un déficit de quatre buts pour gagner à deux reprises, le 12 octobre face aux Bruins (5-4 en tirs de barrage) et jeudi dernier contre les Ducks d’Anaheim (5-4 en prolongation).

Cette victoire face aux Ducks a été le début d’une belle séquence pour le défenseur Aaron Ekblad, qui a été impliqué dans quatre filets consécutifs des Panthers (trois buts, une aide) à partir du match contre les Ducks et dans la rencontre face à la Caroline, samedi. Il s’agit de la plus longue séquence du genre pour un défenseur des Panthers depuis la période allant du 9 au 14 novembre 1997 (Robert Svehla).

Puisqu’ils ont joué samedi, les Panthers feront confiance au gardien auxiliaire Samuel Montembeault. Son vis-à-vis sera Linus Ullmark.

Hurricanes (14-8-1) vs Red Wings (7-15-3)
19 h HE (FS-D, FS-CR, ESPN+, NHL.TV)
Les Red Wings de Detroit seront privés des services de l’attaquant Anthony Mantha quand ils accueilleront les Hurricanes de la Caroline au Little Caesars Arena.

L’attaquant s’est blessé au bas du corps en première période d’un revers de 5-1 face aux Devils du New Jersey, samedi, et il devrait rater au moins une semaine d’activités.

L’attaquant recrue Filip Zadina a été rappelé de Grand Rapids, dans la Ligue américaine de hockey (LAH), pour remplacer Mantha. Zadina, le sixième choix au total du Repêchage 2018 de la LNH, a obtenu 13 points (sept buts, six passes) en 19 parties dans la LAH cette saison.

La perte de Mantha est un coup dur pour les Red Wings, qui ont perdu leurs cinq derniers matchs (0-3-2). Ils disputent un deuxième match en deux jours, alors qu’ils se sont inclinés 5-1 face aux Devils du New Jersey samedi.

Il s’agira du deuxième affrontement entre Detroit et la Caroline cette saison. Les Red Wings avaient encaissé un cuisant revers de 7-3 au PNC Arena le 1er novembre.

La situation est complètement différente chez les Hurricanes, qui ont remporté cinq de leurs six derniers matchs. Eux aussi en sont à une deuxième sortie en deux jours, ayant pris la mesure des Panthers au compte de 4-2 samedi en comblant un déficit de deux buts.

« J’ai trouvé que c’était l’un de nos meilleurs matchs du début à la fin, même si nous avons tiré de l’arrière », a affirmé l’entraîneur des Hurricanes Rod Brind’Amour au sujet de son équipe, qui a comblé un déficit de deux buts pour vaincre les Panthers. « Nous jouions bien. J’ai aimé le fait que ça n’a pas changé notre approche. »

L’attaquant des Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov fait flèche de tout bois présentement avec 11 points (cinq buts, six aides) au cours d’une série de sept rencontres avec au moins un point. Il mène l’équipe avec 26 points (11 filets, 15 mentions d’aide).

Tir vif de Svechnikov
00:33 • 20 novembre 2019

Le gardien auxiliaire James Reimer sera le partant pour la Caroline. Son vis-à-vis sera Jimmy Howard.

OILERS (15-7-3) vs COYOTES (14-8-2)
20 h HE; NHLN, SN, FS-A Plus, NHL.TV
Connor McDavid tentera d’augmenter sa séquence de matchs avec au moins un point à 11 alors que les Oilers d’Edmonton rendront visite aux Coyotes de l’Arizona.

McDavid a amassé 23 points (12 buts, 11 passes) pendant cette séquence et a marqué deux buts dans la victoire de 4-2 de son équipe face aux Golden Knights de Vegas samedi.

« Nous avons trouvé des moyens de passer au prochain défi rapidement, on ne s’attarde pas trop aux résultats précédents. … Nous aurons un gros match à disputer en Arizona et il faudra être prêts. Nous avons eu un très bon départ, il faut continuer de bâtir sur celui-ci, mais ça prend beaucoup de travail », a relaté le capitaine McDavid.

Leon Draisaitl a récolté 31 points (10 buts, 21 passes) lors de ses 15 dernières rencontres. Draisaitl et McDavid sont les premiers coéquipiers à atteindre le cap des 45 points pendant les 25 premiers matchs d’une saison depuis Mario Lemieux et Jaromir Jagr des Penguins de Pittsburgh en 1995-96.

McDavid contourne Fleury
00:50 • 24 novembre 2019

Le gardien Mikko Koskinen devrait obtenir le départ pour Edmonton. Ce dernier a maintenu une fiche de 2-0-2 contre l’Arizona, avec une moyenne de buts alloués de 1,96 et un pourcentage d’arrêts de ,933.

Du côté des Coyotes, c’est Darcy Kuemper qui sera d’office. En carrière face aux Oilers, Kuemper affiche un dossier de 8-1-3, avec une moyenne de buts alloués de 2,05 et un pourcentage d’arrêts de ,928. L’Arizona a remporté cinq de ses sept derniers matchs et jouera ce soir le deuxième match d’une série de deux en deux soirs; ils ont vaincu les Kings de Los Angeles 3-2, samedi.

« Nous affrontons deux des meilleurs joueurs au monde en (Leon) Draisaitl et (Connor) McDavid. Il faut évidemment les avoir à l’œil et jouer intelligemment. Il faut comprendre que c’est un match contre des rivaux de division », a mentionné l’entraîneur des Coyotes Rick Tocchet.

L’attaquant Derek Stepan a marqué quatre buts en sept matchs contre des équipes de la division Pacifique cette saison et n’a besoin que d’une passe pour atteindre les 300 dans la LNH.

Statistique intéressante : les Coyotes ont une fiche de 31-7-7 lors des 45 dernières parties entre les deux équipes.

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With 44 days left until the regular season starts up again, let’s take a look at a former Calgary Flames player with that number.
Since the start of August, we’re counting down the number of days left until the regular season starts up again! Everyday until the start of the season, we’ll be talking about a Calgary Flames player whose number correlates with how many days there are left.

Yesterday we talked about a player who hasn’t been playing in the NHL anymore, but he’s still playing overseas in Austria. So we may be seeing him at the Olympics, with NHL players not being able to go. But yes, we’re talking about #45 Jamie Lundmark.

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Today, let’s look at a player who was drafted before I was even born. With 44 days left until the regular season starts up again, let’s look at #44 Rob Niedermayer.

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Who is Rob Niedermayer?
Name: Robert Wade Niedermayer Jr.

Birth place: Cassiar, BC, Canada

Position: C

Shoots: Left

Birthdate: 1974-12-28

Height: 6’2” / 188 cm

Weight: 93 kg / 204 lbs

Drafted by: Florida Panthers, 5th Overall 1993

Stats with all NHL teams, regular season:
NHL Standard career statistics
Scoring Goals Assists Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV Awards
1993-94 19 FLA NHL 65 9 17 26 -11 51 6 3 0 2 8 9 0 67 13.4
1994-95 20 FLA NHL 48 4 6 10 -13 36 3 1 0 0 4 2 0 58 6.9
1995-96 21 FLA NHL 82 26 35 61 1 107 15 11 0 6 23 12 0 155 16.8
1996-97 22 FLA NHL 60 14 24 38 4 54 11 3 0 2 16 7 1 136 10.3
1997-98 23 FLA NHL 33 8 7 15 -9 41 3 5 0 2 6 1 0 64 12.5
1998-99 24 FLA NHL 82 18 33 51 -13 50 11 6 1 3 23 10 0 142 12.7 1745 21:17
1999-00 25 FLA NHL 81 10 23 33 -5 46 9 1 0 4 15 8 0 135 7.4 1545 19:04
2000-01 26 FLA NHL 67 12 20 32 -12 50 8 3 1 0 14 5 1 115 10.4 1373 20:30 Selke-34
2001-02 27 CGY NHL 57 6 14 20 -15 49 3 1 2 1 12 2 0 87 6.9 1027 18:01
2002-03 28 TOT NHL 66 10 12 22 -10 57 7 3 0 1 8 4 0 125 8.0 1128 17:05
2002-03 28 CGY NHL 54 8 10 18 -13 42 6 2 0 1 6 4 0 104 7.7 944 17:29
2002-03 28 MDA NHL 12 2 2 4 3 15 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 21 9.5 184 15:21
2003-04 29 MDA NHL 55 12 16 28 -6 34 6 6 0 2 13 3 0 111 10.8 1071 19:28
2005-06 31 MDA NHL 76 15 24 39 -5 89 10 4 1 2 12 12 0 140 10.7 1358 17:52
2006-07 32 ANA NHL 82 5 11 16 -8 77 5 0 0 0 11 0 0 106 4.7 1365 16:39
2007-08 33 ANA NHL 78 8 8 16 1 54 7 0 1 1 6 0 2 111 7.2 179 1382 17:43 23 46 33.3 28 61 33 45 Selke-18
2008-09 34 ANA NHL 79 14 7 21 -17 42 12 1 1 2 7 0 0 88 15.9 136 1230 15:34 26 42 38.2 42 64 23 30
2009-10 35 NJD NHL 71 10 12 22 3 45 9 0 1 0 10 1 1 93 10.8 141 1194 16:49 478 467 50.6 24 83 22 19 Selke-32
2010-11 36 BUF NHL 71 5 14 19 -8 22 5 0 0 1 14 0 0 80 6.3 121 906 12:46 129 147 46.7 21 37 14 23
8 yrs FLA NHL 518 101 165 266 -58 435 66 33 2 19 109 54 2 872 11.6 4663 20:17
3 yrs MDA NHL 143 29 42 71 -8 138 17 11 1 4 27 15 0 272 10.7 2613 18:16
3 yrs ANA NHL 239 27 26 53 -24 173 24 1 2 3 24 0 2 305 8.9 421 3977 16:38 49 88 35.8 70 125 56 75
2 yrs CGY NHL 111 14 24 38 -28 91 9 3 2 2 18 6 0 191 7.3 1971 17:45
1 yr NJD NHL 71 10 12 22 3 45 9 0 1 0 10 1 1 93 10.8 141 1194 16:49 478 467 50.6 24 83 22 19
1 yr BUF NHL 71 5 14 19 -8 22 5 0 0 1 14 0 0 80 6.3 121 906 12:46 129 147 46.7 21 37 14 23
Career 17 yrs NHL 1153 186 283 469 -123 904 130 48 8 29 202 76 5 1813 10.3 2018 15324 17:43 656 702 48.3 115 245 92 117
Data courtesy Hockey-Reference.com.

Rob Niedermayer, as we can see with these stats above, had quite the long career. It did start off slow in his first couple of seasons after being drafted by the Florida Panthers, but he finally picked things up in the 1995-96 season. He set a career high in both goals and points and it would for the rest of his career be the highest. He had 26 goals and 61 points that year which was second on the Panthers in both categories.

And what happened that year? The Panthers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history (and they have yet to reach that point again). Unfortunately, they were swept in the finals, but nonetheless, they were conference champs.

Unfortunately for Niedermayer, he suffered a concussion the following season and he would never fully recover to his full potential. He may have played over a thousand NHL games, but he never reached that career high he achieved then. Which is very unfortunate because he was still in his early twenties when he was dealing with head injuries.

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Niedermayer was traded to the Calgary Flames in 2001 during the off-season before the 01-02 season would start, but he would only spend about a year and a half with the club. He managed 38 points in 111 games with the team. The following season on March 11th 2003, he was traded to Anaheim (they were the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the time). That year, the Ducks also made it to the Stanley Cup Finals (but no Cup). Actually, in those finals, he played against his brother, Scott Niedermayer. Man, that must have been a tough choice for their parents, hey?

They became the first brother duo to play against each other in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1946. Well, it’s a good thing that it’s so rare because if I was a parent of two brothers against each other in the Finals, my head would explode.

Rob stayed with the team for over five years.

Now, if I’m good at math, that means he stayed with them for at least until the 2008-09 season… which means… Oh! That’s right! He’s a Stanley Cup Champion. The Anaheim Ducks (they decided that Ducks aren’t mighty and changed their franchise name) won the cup in 2007. But something else happened just a couple of seasons before.

If you hear the name “Niedermayer”, his brother’s name is usually who most people think of first, like I mentioned above. Scott Niedermayer was drafted two years prior to his brother, and in 2005, he signed with the Ducks as a free agent. Looks like they don’t have to stress their parents out anymore! They would now be playing for the same team. And something else neat, but they would end up winning the Cup together in 2007.

They also became the first brother duo to win the Stanley Cup together since Brent and Duane Sutter in 1982 (and 83). Phew, I’m glad that one’s more common than playing against each other.

Rob went on to play for the New Jersey Devils, the Buffalo Sabres, and even a team in Switzerland, before he finally decided to hang up his skates in 2012.

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There is something to say for longevity. In professional sports, longevity typically means one thing more than any other – it means relevancy. A player needs to be good enough at his/her craft, willing to adapt and adjust over the years, keep healthy, and be relevant to their sport and to their team in order to compete for a considerable length of time. Winger Ray Whitney certainly possessed relevancy throughout his entire NHL career.There is something to say for longevity. In professional sports, longevity typically means one thing more than any other – it means relevancy. A player needs to be good enough at his/her craft, willing to adapt and adjust over the years, keep healthy, and be relevant to their sport and to their team in order to compete for a considerable length of time. Winger Ray Whitney certainly possessed relevancy throughout his entire NHL career.

The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta native played 22 seasons in the league. He suited up for eight different NHL teams for a total of 1,330 regular season games. Whitney even won a Stanley Cup in his 14th season. He was relevant enough to have been around for 14 seasons prior to being a vital cog for a team achieving the pinnacle of NHL success – and then he went on to maintain that same relevance for another eight seasons after that.

And Whitney was talented enough to do it.

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Ray Whitney played 22 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup during the 14th season of his career (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images).
Primarily seeing play as a left winger, he was also capable of playing center or even the right side if needed. Whitney’s tremendous playmaking and passing abilities earned him the nickname of “The Wizard”. Never generating a 100-point season in his career, Whitney still managed to assemble seven seasons of at least 40 assists. The first of those 40-assists seasons came after his first eight campaigns in the NHL. By the time all was said and done, Whitney scored 1,064 career points. That was due to his longevity – and his relevancy – as opposed to any prolificacy.

22 seasons is a very long time to play in the NHL. Most hockey players never even come close to such a number. While Whitney lasted in the league longer than the vast majority of his contemporaries, there was one season – his 20th – when he gave a performance that exceeded most players, some half his age. Even at 39 years old, Whitney was good enough to earn the only individual accolade of his NHL career and was in consideration for numerous others. He also put a bit of icing onto his own cake too.

We look back now at Ray Whitney’ 2011-12 season with the Phoenix Coyotes. Leading the “Desert Dogs” on a very improbable playoff run, it became his one for the ages season.

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Breaking Into the League With the Sharks
When Whitney announced his retirement from hockey on Jan. 21, 2015, he did so as the sole remaining member of the inaugural 1991-92 San Jose Sharks. San Jose made him the first selection of the second round for the 1991 NHL Draft. Whitney had previously made a big name for himself during his junior career with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He led the entire WHL in scoring during the 1990-91 season when he scored a whopping 67 goals, 118 assists and 185 points in 72 games. Whitney ultimately led the Chiefs to that season’s Memorial Cup championship as well.

The Sharks took notice of his talents, and made sure that he was going to be a part of their expansion team’s future. Whitney would end up playing more NHL games than any other player selected in the 1991 Draft. It is somewhat shocking that he was not chosen until the second frame. Fortunately for San Jose, Whitney was still on the table after they used their opening round selection – and second pick overall – on winger Pat Falloon. Whitney and Falloon were teammates together with Spokane, and the Sharks hoped that combining the two together in San Jose would lead to a natural scoring dynamic. Unfortunately, it would not work out that way.

The expansion Sharks were a very interesting team. 45 different players would suit up in the teal uniforms during San Jose’s first season. The team’s captain – 34-year-old defenseman Doug Wilson – was one of the final helmetless players in NHL history. They also possessed a colorful collection of players including Brian Hayward, Craig Coxe, Jeff Odgers, Arturs Irbe, Brian Lawton, and the rather notorious defenseman Link Gaetz.

Whitney would spend the bulk of the season in the IHL playing for the Sharks’ minor affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. In 63 games to start his professional career, he scored 36 goals and 54 assists for 90 points. The Sharks would call Whitney up at the very end of the 1991-92 regular season. He would play his first two NHL games on Apr. 15, 1992 against the Calgary Flames and Apr. 16 against the Winnipeg Jets. Whitney would record points in both games and ended up with three assists in two games total.

San Jose Would Be a Slow Start for Whitney
The Sharks’ young prospect would play six seasons with the organization. Unfortunately though, these first six campaigns were not indicative of a player who would last a total of 16 more to follow. Whitney’s time with San Jose was limited due to injuries and stints in the minors to give a really slow start to his NHL career.

In 200 career games for the Sharks, he managed to score 121 points off of 48 goals and 73 assists. Certainly decent numbers for a player who was not yet 25 years old. However, the fullest season that Whitney ever played for the Sharks was 1993-94 when he played 61 games. Across the six seasons with San Jose, he averaged playing just slightly more than 33 games a season. Hard to surmise that he would eventually play over 1,300.

Whitney’s best offensive season with San Jose came in 1995-96. Appearing in 60 games, he wound up scoring 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points that season. Also worth noting is that in this early portion of his career, two of Whitney’s San Jose teammates were the Russian greats Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov – both eventual Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. Both tremendous players that were capable of imparting tutelage to youngsters like Whitney and Falloon.

Numerous Stops Around the League
The Sharks and Whitney would ultimately pursue different paths. On Oct. 1, 1997 he signed with the Edmonton Oilers to start his seventh professional season. Whitney’s time with the team would last a mere nine games in which he scored a single goal and added three assists.

A little more than month after he had signed with Edmonton, the Florida Panthers came calling and claimed Whitney off of waivers. Whether it was the warmer weather or a fresh start, he simply exploded upon his arrival in South Florida. In 68 games Whitney would end up being the Panthers leading scorer for the 1997-98 season as he fired away for 32 goals, 29 assists and 61 points. He suddenly was generating the numbers which teams had long hoped he would.

From 1997-98 through 2003-04, Whitney would play for four different NHL teams – the Oilers, Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. On five different occasions he eclipsed the 20-goal mark. In both 1997-98 and 1998-99 with Florida and then 2001-02 and 2002-03 with the Blue Jackets, he was his team’s leading scorer. Whitney would earn the only two All-Star Game appearances of his career in 2000 with the Panthers and 2003 with the Blue Jackets. He signed with the Red Wings as a free agent in July 2003 with aspirations of winning a Stanley Cup, but it never materialized.

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However, it would not be much after this that his name would eventually end up inscribed upon Lord Stanley’s chalice.

An NHL lockout cancelled the 2004-05 season in its entirety. Following the cancelled season, Whitney would sign with the Carolina Hurricanes as a free agent on Aug. 7, 2005. Combining him with a slew of savvy veterans such Rod Brind’Amour, Doug Weight, Glen Wesley, and Bret Hedican, along with up-and-comers including Eric Staal, Cam Ward and Andrew Ladd, the 2005-06 Hurricanes would go on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Edmonton Oilers.

Further rejuvenated upon achieving a childhood dream – he had been a former stick boy for the Oilers during their dynasty years in the 1980s – Whitney produced the best offensive seasons of his career from 2006-07 through 2011-12. After winning the Cup with the Hurricanes he remained with the team for four more seasons, before signing with the Coyotes on Jul. 1, 2010. Between those aforementioned seasons, Whitney scored totals of 143 goals and 270 assists for 413 points in 466 games. The top point total of Whitney’s career came in 2006-07 when he scored 32 goals and 51 assists for 83 points in 81 games.

A Veteran in the Valley of the Sun
Following four straight 20-goal seasons in Carolina, Whitney took up residence in the Valley of the Sun. 38 years old at the time that he signed with the Coyotes, he was still generating points and setting up goals. Whitney fit in with the Coyotes’ proclivity of assembling a particular type of roster. For much of the 2010s, Phoenix – eventually adjusting their team name to Arizona starting with the 2014-15 season – collected NHL cast-offs, raw prospects, and silver-haired veterans to be the bulk of their team. The recipe seemed to work. With head coach Dave Tippett at the helm from the 2009-10 season through 2016-17, he was able to get blood out of what many perceived to be a proverbial stone.

In eight seasons under Tippett’s leadership, the Coyotes posted a winning record five times. During Whitney’s first season with the team he finished third in team scoring with 17 goals, 40 assists and 57 points in 75 games. Combining his passing ability with 10 other Coyotes besides himself reaching double digits in goals that season, the assists added up for Whitney.

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Tippett did the best that he could with the roster that was afforded to him. The Coyotes with Whitney were in many instances overachievers. They may not have been the most talented team in the league, but they were undoubtedly the hardest working. The 2011-12 season would see that culminate into the franchise’s greatest success since being in Arizona.

Let us take a closer look at the composition of the team aside from Whitney, as it is indeed interesting:

The Coyotes’ team captain was the beloved Shane Doan who was in his 16th of his 21 seasons with the franchise. Radim Vrbata was Phoenix’s sniper with 35 goals on the season. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was in his sophomore season and his first full one in the NHL. Daymond Langkow, Michal Rozsival, Derek Morris and the bullet-shooting Adrian Aucoin were all well into their 30s. Anchoring the rise was the goaltending duo of Mike Smith and Jason Labarbera.

Add into the mix quality players like Taylor Pyatt, Keith Yandle, Lauri Korpikoski, and Raffi Torres to help round out the squad, and the Coyotes were in some ways a rag-tag group of upstarts that legitimately cared for each other and worked for one another.

Whitney’s 2011-12 NHL Season
On top of all that, you had Ray Whitney leading the team in scoring. Playing in all 82 regular season games, he scored 24 goals and led the team outright in assists with 53 and points with 77. The 53 helpers not only tied Whitney’s own career high, but were fourth most in the entire league that season.

Quietly but steadily, Whitney had also been working towards 1,000 career points. Posting some of the best numbers of his career, even as he was only months away from the age of 40, he would reach and surpass the pinnacle points plateau during the 2011-12 season as well.

Whitney helped the Coyotes to a record of 42-27-3-10. Such a record amounted to 97 points in the standings and won them the Pacific Division.

Because of this tremendous performance in the twilight of his career, Whitney came into close consideration for a number of NHL awards during this time. With the season coming to a close, he finished 15th in voting for the Lady Byng Trophy for his sportsmanship, 16th in consideration for the Hart Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player, and 12th in voting for the Selke Trophy as the top defensive-forward.

While none of those trophies would be bestowed upon him, Whitney would receive one significant honor that season. One that he earned outright and is forever marked in the annals of NHL history. Based upon his superb individual performance in leading the Coyotes, Whitney was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team. Only 12 players each season are named either a First or Second Team All-Star, and very few players ever receive the nod at all.

We take a look now at some of the finer moments from Whitney’s 2011-12 NHL season:

Oct. 15, 2011:
Whitney had his first multi-point game of season in only his fourth game. After three games on the road, the Coyotes had their home opener against the Winnipeg Jets. Whitney earned the primary assist on Langkow’s opening tally of the game, and the Coyotes would be up 3-1 by end of the second period. Whitney removed any potential of a Winnipeg-comeback when he scored a power play goal from Martin Hanzal and Doan at 6:43 of the third. The goal would be his second of the season, and the Coyotes would go on to take a decisive 4-1 victory.

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The Coyotes’ Ray Whitney (#13) and Boyd Gordon (#15) try to pinch the Kings’ Dustin Brown off of a loose puck ( Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE).
Oct. 27, 2011:
The Coyotes hosted New Jersey in the desert , and ended up firing 42 shots on Devils’ goalie Johan Hedberg. This would be Whitney’s only 2-goal game of the season as he would help lead Phoenix to a 5-3 victory. After the Coyotes Patrick O’Sullivan opened the scoring, New Jersey would score two straight to take a 2-1 lead. Whitney’s power play goal at 11:24 of the second period from Vrbata and Yandle would tie the game. The Coyotes would then score three straight – one from Torres, Hanzal and a second from Whitney – and would never look back. Whitney would also get the primary assist on Hanzal’s goal to have a 3-point night.

Nov. 29, 2011:
On the road in Chicago, Whitney would have another 3-point performance, against the Blackhawks this time. The Coyotes would cruise to a 4-1 victory as they scored four straight before the Blackhawks even got one. Whitney set up the first and third goals of the game – one from Langkow and one from Vrbata. He then beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to get Phoenix’s fourth, with assists from Hanzal and Vrbata. Whitney’s four shots on goal were the most for all Coyotes and tied for the most among both teams.

Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, 2011:
In less than 24-hours time Whitney would generate four points for the Coyotes. He would have a goal and an assist on Dec. 20 against the Florida Panthers, and then repeated the performance the next day against the Carolina Hurricanes. Both 2-point games would end up in victories for the Coyotes. Whitney was nearly a one-man show against the Panthers. He scored the first goal of the game on the power play when he beat Jose Theodore. Whitney then set up the game-winning goal from Vrbata as Phoenix won the game 2-1.

When they faced the Hurricanes the next day, Whitney was again the difference maker. The Coyotes only mustered 19 shots on goal, but they made them count. Whitney’s power play goal opened the scoring when he converted from Ekman-Larsson and Hanzal. The Hurricanes then stormed back to take a 3-1 lead. Cal O’Reilly and Rostislav Klesla scored to tie the game for Phoenix. Then Whitney and Morris combined to set up the game-winning score from Korpikoski. The Coyotes would take the 4-3 win.

Feb. 4, 6 and 7, 2012:
For three games in a row Whitney generated a pair of assists in each game. Subsequently, the Coyotes earned victories on Feb. 4, 6 and 7 against the San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars respectively. These particular games were also part of an 8-game point streak from Whitney. Against the Sharks, he would help spark a 5-3 victory. Whitney set up Phoenix’s third goal of the game which came from Hanzal, and then earned the primary assist on Vrbata’s empty-net insurance goal with one second left in the game. Two days later the Coyotes hosted the Red Wings at home and defeated them 3-1. After Boyd Gordon scored unassisted for the team’s first goal, Whitney set up Hanzal for both the game-winner and an empty-netter. The very next day the Coyotes found themselves on the road against the Stars. In a relatively simple 4-1 victory for Phoenix, Whitney again fed Vrbata for the game-winning tally in the second period. Then he and Vrbata combined to set up Morris for the fourth goal of the game.

Mar. 14, 2012:
Whitney would put forth a 3-assist night for Phoenix as the team earned a hard fought 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver actually out-shot the Coyotes 43 to 33. Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler put the Canucks up 2-0. That is when Whitney went into action. He helped generate three Coyotes’ goals in a row – earning the secondary assist on tallies from Klesla, Doan and Ekman-Larsson. The two teams would trade goals the rest of the way, but it was Phoenix’s power play score from Antoine Vermette in the third which would hold up to be the decisive mark. The three assists were Whitney’s 42nd, 43rd and 44th of the season.

Ray Whitney finished his NHL career having scored 1,064 points during the regular season. His 1,000th point came as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes (Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE).
Mar. 31, 2012:
This was an extra-special night for Whitney. Not only would the Coyotes earn a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, but he would join a select club that only 78 players before him had ever been a part of. With the Coyotes already on the power play from Anaheim’s Corey Perry getting an instigator penalty from a fight with Phoenix’s Gilbert Brule, the “Desert Dogs” had the puck hemmed in the Ducks’ end.

Whitney had moved back to the point where he could better orchestrate play, and Vrbata positioned himself to the right of goalie Jeff Deslauriers. The two Coyotes exchanged a bit of a give-and-go. Vrbata saucered a pass, skimming the ice from the side of the Ducks’ net to Whitney at the opposite point. Immediately after receiving the puck, Whitney put a hard pass straight back to Vrbata. The Czech winger one-timed the pass to cleanly beat Deslauriers. With Whitney picking up the primary assist on the goal, it would be the 1,000th point of his NHL career. Vrbata scooped the puck out of the net as an obvious keepsake for Whitney.

An exclamation point was added when the Coyotes fourth and final goal of the game was scored by Whitney himself late in the third period to up him to 1,001 points.

The Playoff Success of the Coyotes
The 2011-12 Coyotes would turn the NHL on its ear by shockingly making it all the way to the Stanley Cup semi-finals. This still marks the only time in the team’s history since they have played in the state of Arizona that they made it beyond the first round.

Phoenix would eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round by defeating them in six games. A rather staggering five of the six games went to overtime in the series – all but the decisive Game Six which the Coyotes won 4-0. They would move onto the second round where they faced the Nashville Predators. The Coyotes would make relatively short work of them, winning the series in five games. Whitney scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game One of the series against Nashville.

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It would not be until the semis where they faced the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings that Phoenix would finally be halted. The Kings took a 3-0 lead in the series, and although the Coyotes won Game Four and forced overtime in Game Five, they would eventually be eliminated when L.A.’s Dustin Penner scored the series-winner in OT.

Antoine Vermette – a trade deadline acquisition for Phoenix – was the team’s only player to score double digits in points during the playoffs. Meanwhile, Smith manned the nets for each of the team’s postseason contests. Whitney played in all 16 of the Coyotes playoff games. He ended up scoring a pair of goals and five assists. It would be the third and final time that he would play in a Stanley Cup semi-final.

Wrapping up His Career
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Ray Whitney finished his NHL career with the Dallas Stars for two seasons (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports).
Ray Whitney would play two more seasons in the NHL after his All-Star season with the Coyotes. On Jul. 1, 2012 he would sign as a free agent with the Dallas Stars – a two-year deal worth $9 million. Quite the lucrative contract for a hockey player who had just turned 40 years old.

An NHL lockout abbreviated the 2012-13 season to just 48 games. Whitney’s was even shorter at just 32 games due to injury. Still, he scored at nearly a point-per-game pace as he generated 29 points off of 11 goals and 18 assists. Those 29 points tied him for second in Stars scoring with Loui Eriksson who had played the full 48 contests.

In what would be his final NHL season, Whitney’s numbers dropped to a modest nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points in 69 games in 2013-14. He would play in five of Dallas’ six playoff games in what would be the final postseason play of his career.

While it is unlikely that Ray Whitney will end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame, he still checked off a number of the right boxes. A Stanley Cup and over 1,000 career points, namely. Whitney’s 1,064 points were comprised from 385 goals and 679 assists – both above-average numbers of their own.

Throwing his one for the ages season into the mix – when as a 39 year old he showed he could still be an All-Star caliber hockey player – and one could make a fairly decent argument for induction.

Above all else, Ray Whitney has relevancy in his corner and that speaks volumes.

More ‘One for the Ages’ Stories:

1968-69 Doug Harvey, St. Louis Blues
1970-71 Charlie Hodge, Vancouver Canucks
1970-71 Roger Crozier, Buffalo Sabres
1972-73 Alex Delvecchio, Detroit Red Wings
1972-73 Bill ‘Cowboy’ Flett, Philadelphia Flyers
1973-74 Bill Goldsworthy, Minnesota North Stars
1979-80 Dave Keon, Hartford Whalers
1979-80 Jim Schoenfeld, Buffalo Sabres
1981-82 Billy Smith, New York Islanders
1983-84 Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres
1985-86 Mats Naslund, Montreal Canadiens
1993-94 Sergei Zubov, New York Rangers
1995-96 Wayne Gretzky, St. Louis Blues
2002-03 Steve Thomas, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

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Fayetteville hockey teams haven’t had a full-time assistant coach since the FireAntz helped form the Southern Professional Hockey League for the 2004-05 season.

That changed — in a big way — Monday when the second-year Marksmen announced the hiring of former NHL enforcer Peter Worrell to be Jesse Kallechy’s assistant coach. Worrell, 6-foot-7 and 230-pounds-plus as a pro player, spent the bulk of five seasons and parts of two others in the NHL. He racked up more than 1,500 minutes in NHL penalty boxes with the Florida Panthers, who drafted him in the seventh round in 1995, and Colorado Avalanche.

“I was trying to cast a wide net,” Worrell said Monday evening. “I sent resumes to teams at a whole different bunch of levels, and this is one of the groups that called me back. After talking to Jesse and seeing what his vision was and how his philosophy is in coaching hockey, I thought we aligned pretty well and I thought this would be a good situation.”

Since 2010, the 40-year-old Worrell has been the head coach of a club hockey team at Florida Atlantic University, and he later added the dual role as varsity coach at North Broward Prep School.

“I put some feelers out there and posted the job on a pretty credible hockey website,” Kallechy said. “I got probably 200-plus applicants, some of whom were really, really good. I got everything from assistant coaches in the NHL to one guy who had never played or coached hockey and was a football coach.

“Peter and I talked for about an hour and a half the first time we talked, and we spoke on and off for a couple of weeks. So it was probably about a month in the making with the interview process and me weeding through the candidates.”

Worrell was a fearsome force in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, racking up 464 penalty minutes in one season for the Hull Olympiques and 495 the following year. Those two seasons came after he had been drafted 166th overall by Florida, and he spent 19 games on the Panthers roster as a rookie in addition to 50 with the New Haven Beast in the Triple-A American Hockey League.

The next season, he played in 62 of the Panthers’ 82 games, followed by four full years in Florida. In 2003-04, he joined the Avalanche, then was forced to sit out the next season due to an NHL lockout. He completed his pro playing career in Charlotte in 2005-06 with the Double-A ECHL Checkers.

During his NHL days, especially in Florida, he was a team’s go-to tough guy — someone who didn’t back down from dropping the gloves against the likes of Bob Probert, Zdeno Chara, Tie Domi and Stu Grimson.

Worrell said he can bring a different perspective to the bench from most players who toil in the Single-A SPHL in their attempt to reach higher levels and more.

“I know where they’re coming from and what they’re trying to aspire to,” Worrell said. “I was by no means that top prospect destined to be in the NHL, I had to work for it. I had to get a lot of lucky breaks, I had to do things the right way, and I was able to persevere. If I can teach guys above and beyond the game about how they can represent themselves, that’s one way I can help out.”

He’ll be a valuable asset to Kallechy, a first-time head coach who was hired in the offseason after helping guide Huntsville to the 2017-18 SPHL crown as a Havoc assistant.

A full-time assistant coach “is something I talked with Chuck about,” Kallechy said of team owner Chuck Norris. “I know the value that an assistant coach can bring, and I know that being a head coach is a lot of work for somebody to do by themselves.

“One thing I’ve learned is that in this job, the right partnership between the head coach and an assistant is pretty fluid. There’ll be issues that’ll come up that we won’t be prepared to deal with, but we’ll try to balance our strengths and weaknesses and help each other as much as possible. I’m excited to see where it goes. With his experience, all of the players and myself would be silly not to take advantage of it.”

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There hasn’t been a single Rangers win this season without Artemi Panarin on the stat sheet in some form.

In the 11 victories the Rangers have had, the Bread Man has registered a point in each. Coming as advertised doesn’t exactly describe Panarin, who chose to sign for seven years with the Blueshirts for what now looks like a bargain price of $81.5 million.

Going at the rate that he has, Panarin is on pace for 112 points this season, which would count as the second-highest scoring season in Rangers history behind Jaromir Jagr (123 points in 2005-06). It would likely be the third most prolific single season on a per-game basis, behind Jagr and Jean Ratelle, who posted 109 points in the 1971-72 season despite only competing in 63 games due to a broken ankle that sidelined him for 15 games.

“I thought he was going to be impactful, it’s been better than I envisioned,” coach David Quinn said following practice Tuesday. “Not just because of what we’ve seen on the ice but, I’ve talked about this before, what he brings away from the rink. His personality and how much he loves the game. He’s a great example for our young players.”

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With his three assists in Monday night’s overtime victory over the Wild, which included an assist on Tony DeAngelo’s game-winner, Panarin became the first Ranger to post eight multi-point performances in a 10-game span since Pavel Bure during the 2001-02 season.

Aside from leading the Blueshirts in goals (12), assists (18) and points (30), the Russian winger has been on the ice for 43 of their 74 goals this season.

“He’s unreal,” DeAngelo said. “I think everybody is impressed with him, his skill set, the plays he makes, he plays both sides of the puck, too. Sometimes you just think a guy is all offense. I don’t know if you guys saw, but [Monday] night he had a huge backcheck in the game, too. There was a two-on-one and he backchecked and took two guys out of the play. And then we went on the attack. He’s been really impressive and been great for us so far. We’re happy to have him.”

Filip Chytil had a maintenance day Tuesday, but Quinn said he should be good to go for Wednesday’s matchup with the Hurricanes.

Greg McKegg did not participate in practice as he continues to nurse a lower-body injury sustained in Saturday’s come-from-behind win over the Canadiens.

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NEW YORK — Center Nick Bjugstad has had core-muscle surgery and will miss at least eight weeks for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Coach Mike Sullivan addressed Bjugstad’s status after a morning skate Thursday, prior to the Penguins’ 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders.

Sullivan also said that defenseman Justin Schultz will be out “longer term” with a lower-body injury for the Penguins, who have now lost two straight and four of the past five.

Bjugstad was injured during a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last Friday. Acquired by Pittsburgh from the Florida Panthers last season, Bjugstad has one goal in 10 games.

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Bjugstad joins captain Sidney Crosby as Pittsburgh centers who have undergone core-muscle surgery this season. Crosby had his surgery last Thursday and is expected to be out at least another five weeks.

As the injuries mount — especially on defense with Schultz and Kris Letang (lower body) out of the lineup — the Penguins have had to call on reinforcements from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Zach Trotman, in fact, were recalled Thursday, and both made their season debuts, patrolling the blue line against the Islanders.

“I think we have capable guys, and that’s how we look at it,” Sullivan said after the loss. “Once again, it’s just the adversity, it’s the reality of the game, and we’re just going to have to learn to deal with it and find ways to win.”

The Penguins, at 11-7-4 with 26 points, are 10 behind the front-running Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.

“We believe we’ve got capable people. We’ve got a deep organization; we feel as though we’ve got a deep roster,” Sullivan said. “We’ve got capable guys that we can plug in, and it’s a great opportunity for players to step up.”

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BOSTON – It is pretty telling of the incredible decade that Boston sports teams have had when one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the decade is not only the best game of the decade for Boston, but is not the best comeback. However, the seventh game of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs is definitely the best Bruins game of the decade.

The series got off to a fairly even start for the Bruins. They won the first game by a score of 4-1, but conceded game two to Toronto, 4-2. The Bruins then won the next two games, 5-2 and 4-3 (overtime), to take a commanding lead in the series. But when Toronto roared right back with a pair of 2-1 victories, the series was sent to a seventh game. And what happened here still blows my mind to this day.

The scoring began with Matt Bartkowski of the Bruins recording his first goal of the post-season about five minutes into the game. This would be the only scoring Boston would see for a long time as Toronto took a stranglehold on the game. On a power play four minutes, later, the Leafs’ Cody Franson even the game at 1-1. In the second period, it was Franson again as Toronto took a 2-1 lead, which they carried into the third period.

From there, it seemed like the Leafs were off to the races. Two minutes into the final period, Phil Kessel stormed out for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Three minutes later, Nazem Kadri netted a goal past Tuukka Rask to give Toronto a dominant 4-1 lead. They held this lead until about nine minutes into the third period, where Nathan Horton answered with his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The game was then at 4-2, which was still an astounding lead to have in a game seven of a playoff series. When the clock eventually passed to 18:38, it seemed like the Bruins were out of it. Fewer than ninety seconds remained in the game and the Bruins trailed by two goals. The series was over, it seemed.

However, Boston pulled Rask to add another skater onto the ice and the move worked perfectly as the combined efforts of Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron led to a Milan Lucic goal. Then, the unthinkable happened as thirty-one seconds later, Bergeron himself scored a goal off the heels of assists from Jaromir Jagr and David Krejci. Miraculously, the Bruins had stormed back in seconds, with the clock dwindling down, to tie the game at four goals apiece.

With the match moving to overtime, the series became a sudden death one for the seasons of the two rivals. With a few minutes of tense play, the game eventually came to an end when Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand opened up the lane for Bergeron who scored the game-winning goal.

The Bruins would go on to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals that season, but no one has forgotten the miracle comeback they orchestrated over Toronto.