Wayne Gretzky still views Penguins captain Sidney Crosby as No. 1

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In just his second season, McDavid leads the league in points with 36. He has the Oilers in first place in the Pacific Division after they finished last in 2015-16. There’s an argument to be made, for sure.

But the Great One isn’t having it just yet. Wayne Gretzky still views Penguins captain Sidney Crosby as No. 1.

Gretzky, who is partner and vice chairman of the Oilers, was in Florida for the NHL’s board of governors meeting, which runs through Friday. The board is expected to get an update on where the new Las Vegas expansion team is in its building process.

In an era where hulking enforcers roamed the ice alongside the league’s top stars, Semenko was one of the toughest. And he had plenty of competition, often going toe-to-toe with the likes of Bob Probert, Basil McRae and Tim Hunter, who served a similar role for the rival Calgary Flames.

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“Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favourite and dear friend to so many,” the Oilers said in a statement. “His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humour.”

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Oilers executive Kevin Lowe, a star defenseman on Edmonton’s Stanley Cup champion squads, called Semenko the “Wayne Gretzky of the tough guys” in his book “Champions.”

Wayne Gretzky had been traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings four years earlier, in the summer of 1988, and hockey was cooler than cool in California. The Kings, who began play 50 years ago as one of the 1967 expansion teams, had become the toast of the town. In that first season behind the bench in L.A., Melrose led the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes that “the depth of our offense is showing up much earlier in this spring than it ever evolved to last year,” and it isn’t really about the aggregate numbers.

“I think people can put that all to rest,” Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky said with a hearty laugh Sunday morning. “He’s proven over and over that he’s the best player in the game today. And it seems like the more important the game, the more impact that he makes on a game. He’s a tremendous player, and great leaders are the guys who come through in the clutch — and he comes through in the clutch quite a bit.”

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There was also a silent auction. One could bid on, for example, a Wayne Gretzky-signed hockey puck or Taylor Swift’s guitar.

Not even megastars Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan were struck by such pressure at such a young age. Few athletes have lived almost their entire lives in the spotlight. Most were at least teenagers before their athletic prowess blossomed and their privacy disappeared. But not Wayne Gretzky.

“It’s really positive for the game,” he said. “It shows how big our sport is getting and it excites the people in those cities to have those games and jerseys wholesale and host those games. They want to put on a show. In some ways, it’s taken over the character of the All-Star Game.”

Gretzky last month was hired by the NHL to act as an official ambassador during the league’s centennial year celebration.

“I’ve had opportunities over the last three, four or five years to be involved in the NHL,” Gretzky said. “I chose to step back and take my time. We felt like this was a really great opportunity for me to get back in the game and do what we all want to do: win a Stanley Cup. I’m privileged and proud to be back as an Oiler.”

Now he’s back working with an NHL team for the first time since he stepped down as head coach of the Arizona Coyotes in September 2009.

Gretzky was a big part of growing the game in Los Angeles and Phoenix as a player and coach. He offered this advice for the new Vegas franchise: Get the kids in Nevada playing hockey, and you’ll have a family of hockey fans eager to attend NHL games.

Tarasenko did not feel excited about the lack of time for the Blues power

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The Cardinals have won 11 World Series. Edmonds was a member of the 2006 championship club, and he’s a big hockey fan. Some of his closest friends are former Blues players. He understands firsthand how this city celebrated a World Series, but a Stanley Cup would be over the top.

What to expect from Russia? Fast, physical, powerful — just like its best player, left winger Alex Ovechkin, who netted 50 goals for the Caps last season. Russia’s forward group — led by Ovi, St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko, Pavel Datsyuk and Chicago’s Artemi Panarin — averaged 0.33 goals per game last season, third best of the eight teams. But will that be enough to counter shortcomings on the defensive side? The defense lacks a true game breaker, and none of Russia’s three goalies bettered a 2.75 goals-against average last season.

The Blues have won 15 of their last 19 games. They’ll open the postseason with a best-of-seven series against Minnesota. Colorado finished the season with an NHL-low 48 points. The Avs have lost 11 of their last 13 games in St. Louis. Sobotka played in the NHL for the first time since April 27, 2014. He spent the last three years with Omsk Avangard of the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League. His last NHL goal came on April 6, 2014 as a member of the Blues. Sobotka scored at 3:20 of the third period to tie it at 2. Vladimir Tarasenko scored the winner 79 seconds later. Blues #91 Vladimir Tarasenko White 2016 All Star Stitched NHL Jersey

“It’s really proud for me and for them to be on top, not just scoring, but being good players and teammates,” Tarasenko said. “It’s most about our teammates, because we both have great teams to play on and we have really good players and coaches here. It’s the same in Chicago. When we grew up together we were dreaming about playing in the discount NHL jerseys. After we won world championship, I was like ‘Hey, are we going to meet anytime in the future, or no?’ We were so sad because we thought we would never meet again. But our friendship keeps going.”

Cameras caught a brief exchange between Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and star winger Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues’ bench after the second period of Game 6. It was clear Tarasenko wasn’t thrilled with his lack of time on the Blues’ power play.

There was a heated exchange of words, and on Sunday, Hitchcock not only shrugged it off but also said he loved the passion from Tarasenko. Panarin has had striking chemistry with Kane this season, which is remarkable considering the language barrier and that this is their first time playing together. Imagine how strong the chemistry would have been with Panarin’s good friend and fellow Russian. Actually, for Blues fans, it might be better not to. No use beating yourself up for an old mistake.

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The 40-goal scorer played 16:56 against the Blackhawks, a number that looks low now, considering the magnitude of the game and how badly the Blues needed a goal. Hitchcock defended the ice time and said to instead look at the number of shifts Tarasenko plays in a game. He is the kind of guy who can’t have extended shifts, Hitchcock said, so the strategy is to get him out there often in short bursts to maximize what he brings to the team.

“The one thing for us, the big rivalry with Chicago, to have a big spectacle like that and see 95 percent were Blues fans,” Brodeur said. “We were kind of a little shocked, because we thought it would be half and half because it’s Chicago. It’s like the New York Rangers compared to the Devils. But [winning a Cup] is the goal. One of the alumni said to me, ‘In St. Louis, we don’t have oceans. We don’t have mountains. We’ve got sports teams.’ That really sums it up, and that’s what you saw today. You just hope that we’re going to have a chance eventually to get to that point. We’re working on it. We’d love to do that for these people, because they support us rain or shine. You usually say that for baseball, and now we can say it for hockey too.”

Tarasenko shared the League lead with four goals in three outings (4-1—5), and also paced the NHL with two game-winning tallies, as the Blues (14-7-4, 32 points) earned five of a possible six standings points to maintain second place in the Central Division and Western Conference. He scored his sixth career overtime goal – and second of the campaign – in a 4-3 triumph against the Dallas Stars Nov. 28. Tarasenko (3-1—4) then registered his third career hat trick, including the winning goal, and matched a career high with four points in a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 1 before being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets Dec. 3. The 24-year-old Yaroslavl, Russia, native ranks third in the NHL with 13-14—27 in 25 contests this season.

Sidney Crosby and the other Penguins stars can’t repeat all by themselves

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 4 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday because of a concussion he suffered in the third game of the series, coach Mike Sullivan said on Tuesday.

Watching it over and over again, the injury to Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby could have been caused by so many things. There’s a stick to the head from Alex Ovechkin, there’s a twisting leg as he starts heading down, there’s the final blow to the head from Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen — all of which left Crosby writhing on the ground in front of a stunned home crowd.

The details will emerge as to why he didn’t play another minute after that first-period sequence, one that might change the course of this postseason.

Sidney Crosby china jerseys nhl has two Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, a world junior championship, a world championship and a World Cup, so another trip to the Stanley Cup finals would normally be par for the course for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar. But if the Penguins are able to finish off the Ottawa Senators and advance, this trip to the Cup finals might be the most impressive accomplishment of Crosby’s career.

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Sidney Crosby and the other Penguins stars can’t repeat all by themselves. Pittsburgh is a win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup finals thanks to a next-man-up approach and newcomers like Carter Rowney who have shined this postseason.

On some level, Sidney Crosby understood the challenges that come with trying to captain a team to a second consecutive Stanley Cup. Having already gone through it once, he grasped that his team would need luck. The Pittsburgh Penguins would need bounces. They’d have to have a singular game-by-game focus, something this group does exceedingly well.

“Great teammate Phil Kessel came and picked me up,” Bonino said after the Penguins’ blowout win over the Senators. “I owe a lot to Phil tonight for being here. Great guy.”

“You never want to see a guy go out and get hurt, but at the same time he got a little rest,” Crosby said of Rust. “You could see it with the way he’s skating. He’s confident out there and feels good.”

The 7-0 rout, which moved Pittsburgh within one game of a return to the Stanley Cup finals, was a reminder of what the Penguins looks like at their best. It’s a mix of star power and key contributions coming from throughout the lineup. It’s winger Bryan Rust returning to action after an upper-body injury with jump, injecting the tired Penguins with a burst of energy they hadn’t felt in a while. In Game 5, however, the Penguins were clicking on all cylinders.

Rust’s first-period goal in Game 5 was his sixth of the postseason, equaling his total from last postseason — but in eight fewer games. Penguins center Scott Wilson pitched in with his second goal of the playoffs.

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Then there was Carter Rowney. The third-line winger, who finally made the NHL this season at age 27 (he turned 28 on May 10), picked up three assists for Pittsburgh in Game 5, a remarkable amount of offensive output from a player who hadn’t registered a point yet in the postseason. He was on the ice for four Penguins’ goals and continues to earn the trust of Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, who played Rowney more than 15 minutes for the third consecutive game. Before that, Rowney hadn’t eclipsed that amount of ice time even once in the playoffs. Olympic CA. #87 Sidney Crosby White 100th Anniversary Stitched NHL Jersey

Especially, it seems, Malkin. His numbers for the Penguins without Crosby in the lineup are staggering. In 118 career Crosby-less games, he has 66 goals and 154 points. That’s an average of 1.31 points per game, a pace that works out to a total of 107 points over an 82-game schedule, a total that would have won him the Art Ross Trophy this season by seven points.

The Penguins are getting good at stepping up without injured stars. When they lost star defenseman Kris Letang, they turned to a balanced attack on defense. Opposing coaches also noticed they simplified their game defensively.

“They don’t ask their D-men to make a lot of high-value plays or second-level plays,” said one NHL assistant coach on Tuesday. “They ask them to make the simple play — it’s off the boards or up in the air. Get it out of there, chuck the puck north and away you go.”

Bobrovsky led the NHL in both goals against (2.06) and save percentage (.931) as the Blue Jackets enjoyed the best season in franchise history.

McDavid won the scoring title by posting a league-high 100 points behind 30 goals and 70 assists as the Oilers reached the postseason for the first time in 11 years.

The depth of the penguin is more experienced than that of Chicago

Their first-round opponent is the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Matt Murray may still be a rookie but the 22-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins goalie already has won the Stanley Cup and showed few signs of a championship hangover with a .923 save percentage this season that matched his postseason mark last year. Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was even better this season, finishing as a favorite to win his second Vezina Trophy with an NHL-best .931 save percentage after losing 19 pounds in the offseason. Their styles contain similarities and differences that could decide the winner of their first-round series.

With 21 NHL appearances before Murray’s playoff debut last season, there wasn’t much video for opponents to dissect. But even after the spotlight of a Cup run that inevitably leads to intense analysis of every goal, perceived mistake and scoring trend, there hasn’t been a lot to nitpick about Murray’s well balanced approach.

In fact the Penguins depth players are more experienced than Chicago’s and likely would be able to handle the playoff grind better. That might be the deciding factor in a Pittsburgh-Chicago Cup Final.

You could argue the Penguins won’t repeat because they aren’t healthy. In fact, they figure they will have every one of their regulars except Letang return either for Game 1 or shortly after, which means they should have the same level of depth, speed and skill that carried them to the championship last season.

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In fact, his first contact with the playoffs came last season when he played six games for the Philadelphia Flyers in an Eastern Conference First Round loss to the Washington Capitals.

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“It was great last year to get that experience,” Gagner said. “I felt we were playing playoff-like hockey even leading up to the playoffs, so that was important as a step in my development.

Their first-round opponent is the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Blue Jackets don’t have home-ice advantage or a superstar like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, and they stumbled down the stretch too.

The two playoff wins in Columbus history? They came against the Penguins in 2014, when the Blue Jackets weren’t as good cheap hockey jerseys as they are now. They went 2-1-1 against the Penguins this season. Though they don’t have a Crosby or Malkin, they have a Cam Atkinson, one of the League’s top goal-scorers, and they have balanced scoring, which you need to sustain a long playoff run. The late struggles were more about easing up on the gas with a playoff spot secure than anything else.

Few fans will be unhappy should these old foes go to overtime again, unlike the grumbling majority in 1930 when the Canadiens and Rangers played a Montreal Forum doubleheader (and change) in their first-ever playoff meeting. Canadiens rookie forward Gus Rivers beat Roach 8:52 into the fourth overtime at 12:45 a.m. on March 29, nearly 4 ½ hours after the opening faceoff. Montreal’s 2-1 victory left fans of the home team more relieved than happy to have been a part of history; many of them were scowling when they headed to wee-hours streetcars after what then was the NHL’s longest game. It’s still the ninth-longest game in playoff history.

We had easy opportunities to advance the puck

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For years, the NHL and Glendale politicians have been at odds over Gila River Arena. The city in 2015 canceled its arena management deal with the Coyotes, effectively ending all public subsidies the team was receiving. The franchise has since said it is no longer financially viable to play at the arena due to its inconvenient proximity to the majority of its fans and sponsors.

“The two even-strength goals, we had the puck on our stick and gave it away,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We had easy opportunities to advance the puck and we didn’t. This team has shown lots of character all year in terms of staying with it and continuing to grind, but we need a little more out of more people.”

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If Patrick Kane (one of Ho-Sang’s favourite players) is too brash, and Tyler Seguin jersey is too self-centred, and P.K. Subban celebrates too much, what will [the hockey world] do when confronted with Ho-Sang, a player who, after scoring an end-to-end goal earlier this season on which his teammates might as well have stood on their skates and watched, beelined directly toward the opposition bench so he could perform a shimmy shake in front of it?

Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last year, and he cheap nhl jerseysset the FBS record for passing efficiency. He led the Sooners to a victory over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl and was the game’s MVP after passing for 296 yards and two touchdowns. In his best game of the season, he passed for 545 yards and seven touchdowns in a 66-59 win over Texas Tech.

Lighting GM Steve Yzerman has as good an understanding of this as anyone in the game. He could have done nothing at this deadline and defended it pretty well. Steven Stamkos is getting healthy. He has a team that could make the playoffs. But it would have come with a painful price this offseason, when contract bonuses would have rolled into next season’s salary cap, and useful players would have had to have been moved for cap or expansion draft purposes. The Lightning would have lost all leverage in making moves this summer to improve their chances of winning a Stanley Cup next year.

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Just over three minutes into the period, Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Malkin dropped the gloves. In the team’s last meeting Feb. 16 in Pittsburgh, Malkin hit Wheeler in the head and only drew a minor interference penalty. Wheeler ended up punching Malkin to the ice to loud cheers from fans at MTS Centre.

Paajarvi, 25, opened the season with the Blues, then in October was sent to the cheap NHL jerseys, where he remained until Robby Fabbri was ruled out for the season in early February. Paajarvi has four points (three goals, one assist) and two penalty minutes in 10 games with the Blues this season. He has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 25 games with Chicago.