NHL 2019-20 Recap Week 13 – Cotton Bowl Winter Classic, Washington Captials epic comeback, John Tortorella rightful tirade, Oilers almost choke
The 2020 Winter Classic emanated from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It was nice to see different teams in the Winter Classic. And most people agreed because the game sold out in an hour. 85,000 tickets in an hour is not too shabby. But I really missed the snow. There’s something about watching a hockey game played in snow that’s magical. The game was kind of blah to watch. It was mostly grinding. The Dallas Stars put themselves into a two goal hole thanks to Corey Perry and his elbow and a delay of game penalty creating a 5 on 3. The Nashville Predators were happy to take advantage of it. It didn’t look like anymore goals would be scored after that either. Or certainly not on even strength. And that’s pretty much what happened because only one goal wasn’t scored on a power-play or directly after one.
The aforementioned after one is when the Stars scored their first goal at the end of the second period to make it interesting. And that must have given them momentum because they came out balling at the beginning of the third period. The produced waves of chances and three goals in the first six and a half minutes of the period. They were also aided by a bad delay of game penalty. I’m pretty sure the puck hit the glass before it went out of play. That’s something the NHL should really rectify. The ref can call the penalty and then Toronto can confirm or deny the penalty. After this run, the game was effectively over.
One thing that was sorely missed at the game was Jeremy Roenick who was suspended for his threesome comments. NBC made the right call suspending him but I hope he comes back at some point. And Jeremy, those are things you say in your head, not out loud.
Next year’s Winter Classic will be in Minnesota. I applaud the selection even though I find the Wild to be one of the more uninteresting and boring teams in the NHL. But at least it’s a new team and there’s a good chance there will be snow.
And we finally found out what former Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery was fired for, alcohol abuse.
Things I like
1. Never say never this season. The Washington Capitals were down 3-2 against the Sharks when they pulled their goalie. The Sharks scored an empty net goal with a minute left in the game and you’d probably think that would be it. Normally you would be right. But the Capitals attacked quickly, pulled their goalie and scored only 13 seconds later. Then about 30 seconds later, they score again with the goalie pulled. The Capitals ended up wining in overtime on a two on one started by their goalie. With an assist to all the Sharks on the ice being completely out of position.
Things I don’t
1. Now at the halfway point, the Eastern Conference standings is beginning to look exactly like last seasons. It took a while for them to get going, they weren’t in playoff spots a month ago, but the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning are now playing like we thought they would. The big three in the Atlantic Division are back and here to stay at the top of the division the rest of the season. The only difference in the standings is the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers are in instead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Western Conference is a little different but the Central Division is almost the same. Only the Pacific Division is vastly different. After what seemed to be an interesting start to the season has become less interesting by the game. Although the race for the last wild card spots should be intriguing, you’ll have to wait until the playoffs to get much drama.
2. I missed this last week because I was watching football but I have to say I agree with John Tortorella on his assessment of the ending of the Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks. And me agreeing with him says a lot because I think he’s a loon. The timekeeper let too much time run off the clock for the Blackhawks too many men on the ice penalty at the end of overtime. Nobody bothered to fixed. It looked like it was off by eight tenths of a second. That might not seem like much but it made a huge difference. The Blue Jackets scored at the end of overtime. Only it didn’t count because it went in the net about two tenths of a second after the horn. The eight tenths really would have came in handy there. To make matters worse, the Blue Jackets lost in the shootout and they lost their starting goalie Joonas Korpisalo for four to six weeks when he tore his meniscus making a save. But getting back to Tortorella he grilled the officiating after the game. His main point was we have all this technology and we still can’t get anything right. He’s right. They can’t. In hockey or football. It’s like clockwork. Instead of admitting they screwed up, the NHL fined Tortorella for his post game tirade. But it doesn’t change the fact that you screwed up NHL and rather than trying to get it right, you just try to silence the people pointing out your mistakes.
3. The Edmonton Oilers have been slowly sliding down the standings and out of a wild card spot. They currently reside in one now but they aren’t making it easy on themselves. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead against the New York Rangers only to see the Rangers score five unanswered goals themselves. The Oilers ended up scoring an empty net goal to ice the win but scoring one of those is not something you should need to do when you’re up 6-0.
Fights of the Week
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Mikhail Sergachev vs Jake McCabe
This one was short and fast.
Jarred Tinordi vs Kyle Clifford
This one was a little different and definitely slower but it still had some good punches.
Goat of the Week
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens were sloppy on both Lightning goals in this game but this one was far worse. Price goes out to play the puck, always a recipe for disaster, plays it poorly and gets zero help from his defensemen. That was the game-winning goal in the first period. Nobody else scored in the game.
Stat Line of the Week
01/02/20 Vancouver 7 vs Chicago 5
This was a wild game that the Canucks ended up barely winning. The Blackhawks scored three goals in about four minutes in the second period to go up 4-2. But the Canucks scored five of the last six goals. I don’t know if the Canucks will make the playoffs this season but they will be making them consistently shortly. Bo Horvat was just one of the young standouts in this game. He had two goals and an assist in this game and he has seven points in his last three games to go with his plus seven in those games. J.T Miller had four points in the game and Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson also had three points.
13 – Shots on goal by Patrik Laine in a loss against the Maple Leafs
3 – Hat tricks on December 31st (Kyle Connor, Zach Werenski, James Neal)
11 – Points in his previous five games for William Nylander
10 – Game point streak for the Maple Leafs
7 – Game winning streak for the Lightning
This Week in Hockey History
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December 30, 1989 Chicago rookie Jeremy Roenick scored his first career hat trick to lead the Blackhawks to a 7-5 win at Toronto.
December 31, 1921 Ottawa’s Harry “Punch” Broadbent began an NHL-record 16 game goal scoring streak during a 10-0 Senators win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.
January 01, 1952 New York Rangers ended their team-record 16 game road winless streak (0-12-4) with a 2-1 win at Boston.
January 02, 1992 Jeff Hackett established Shark records for most shots faced (59) & most saves (57) in a game, and most shots faced (22) and most saves (21) in a period as the Sharks beat the Kings 7-2 at the Cow Palace to end their 13 game losing streak.
January 03, 1927 Montreal Canadiens goalie George Hainsworth and Alex Connell dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game played at Ottawa. It was the 12th scoreless tie in NHL history and the first for the Montreal Canadiens.
January 04, 1977 Vancouver’s Curt Ridley became the first NHL goalie to shut out a touring Soviet team when the Canucks beat Moscow Spartak 2-0. Rick Blight scored both goals for the Canucks.
January 05, 1991 Detroit’s Bryan Murray became the ninth coach in NHL history to record 400 career wins, with a 6-4 victory at Chicago. The win gave Murray a record of 400-294-95 for his career.
The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.
1. Tampa Bay
27. NY Rangers