-Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point missed the Lightning’s game this past Tuesday reportedly because he napped through a team meeting. A fan took matters into his own hands and gave the player a gift: An alarm clock.
It’s ok @TBLightning fans I got your back I delivered Pointer a clock so he doesn’t miss anymore meetings #GoBolts #BeTheThunder #HondaFanSalute #TBLightning #heloveshisnaps pic.twitter.com/MEZ5IQbEVK— thomas schooley (@tommyboi1014) February 21, 2019
(It looks like it was all taken as I’m sure it was intended - as good fun.)
-And now....We will proceed with the Nikita Kucherov love. Congratulations, Kuch!
Since 1995-96, only five players have recorded 42+ points across any 20-game span within a season:@88PKane (2018-19)— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 21, 2019
Nikita Kucherov (2018-19)
Mario Lemieux (2002-03, 1996-97, 1995-96)
Jaromir Jagr (1998-99, 1996-97, 1995-96)
Peter Forsberg (1995-96)#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/uDzGQ6034A
It's Feb. 21 and @86Kucherov has 100 points.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 22, 2019
The 25-year-old @TBLightning forward is the first player in 22 years to hit 100 points in 62 or fewer games - Mario Lemieux did so in his 61st game in 1996-97. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Vb2VoUwCrw
#TBLightning @86Kucherov celebrates as he picks up his 30th goal and 100th point of the season beating #Sabres G Carter Hutton to tie the game at 1-1 during second period. @TBLightning photo gallery here: https://t.co/G6VL4n5ggy #NHL pic.twitter.com/Hj2sroHfqf— Dirk Shadd (@DirkShadd) February 22, 2019
Read more on how Kuch’s 100th point helped the team to a lead in Matt’s recap of last night’s game against the Sabres.
The Buffalo Sabres came to town this evening looking to claw their way back into the wildcard race. They managed a point, but failed to secure a victory as Nikita Kucherov scored the Lightning’s only goal and the winning shootout goal to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win. Kucherov recorded his 30th goal and 100th point on the season, and in doing so became the only player in Lightning history to record multiple 100 point seasons. Andrei Vasilevskiy and Carter Hutton put on a goaltending duel as they both stopped 29 and 39 shots respectively.
-One of Kucherov’s biggest fans is his own teammate - Bolts’ captain Steven Stamkos:
“Everything stops. That’s one of the things that makes him so special. Every time he gets the puck, it’s like the game is being played in slow motion. Every time he gets the puck, you expect a certain kind of magic. He shoots — you don’t even hear it coming off his stick.”
Russian players with consecutive 100-point seasons:@86Kucherov (2017-18 & 2018-19)— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 22, 2019
Alex Ovechkin (2007-08 to 2009-10)
Evgeni Malkin (2007-08 & 2008-09)
Pavel Bure (1992-93 & 1993-94)#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/79REn3ngZS
-There’s so much that goes into every single game day that fans don’t ever get to see. For the Lightning, it begins and ends with their Zamboni drivers and ice crew.
Patrick Jesso remembers driving the Zamboni for the first time during a Tampa Bay Lightning game. Or, more to the point, attempting not to crash it.
”It’s very nerve-wracking, because you have 20,000 fans looking at you. And if you mess up, you still have 20,000 fans looking at you. You just want to make sure that you’re doing everything right,” he said.
-The Syracuse Crunch got a much-needed victory Wednesday night. Following the win, coach Ben Groulx was quick to admit that the team still has some work to do.
“I thought we could have done a better job at playing harder with the puck, but we got the job done anyway.”#SyrCrunch head coach Ben Groulx following a 4-2 win over Laval. #LAVvsSYR pic.twitter.com/in9EfFIuP1— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 21, 2019
-Regardless, a win is a win.
Last night’s win by the numbers pic.twitter.com/d2qDONDh1q— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 21, 2019
-Alex Barre-Boulet is now in a three-way tie for 6th place in Crunch rookie scoring history. He is tied with current teammate and second-year pro Alex Volkov and former Crunch forward Peter Holland.
#SyrCrunch rookie scoring in franchise history:— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) February 21, 2019
1. Lonny Bohonos - 30 - 1994-95
Geoff Platt - 30 - 2005-06
3. Kyle Palmieri - 29 - 2010-11
4. Jarkko Ruutu - 26 - 1999-00
5. Boris Protsenko - 24 - 1998-99
6. Barre-Boulet, Volkov, Holland - 23
-The Crunch is conducting a blanket drive this weekend.
We’re collecting new and gently used blankets for DJ's Gift of Warmth this Friday and Saturday.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 21, 2019
Fans that bring blankets can purchase discounted tickets for either game. All collected blankets will be donated to the @RescueMission.https://t.co/VPFb20wDlc
-Syracuse has a stick from their You Can Play night up for auction:
Our team-signed @PrideTape stick from You Can Play Night is now up for auction.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 21, 2019
Get your bids in before Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. All proceeds from the auction will benefit @YouCanPlayTeam
Bid now: https://t.co/73xeCxKTV6 pic.twitter.com/inP9VVxBLo
-The Crunch organization also donated a bunch of sticks to a local hockey program:
-Organizational forward Otto Somppi wasted no time making his presence back with the Orlando Solar Bears known.
Nothing like a little last minute magic to make things excited!— ECHL (@ECHL) February 22, 2019
Heading into second intermission, Otto Somppi lights the lamp for @OrlandoHockey to tie things up with @NorfolkAdmirals at 3
Twenty more minutes to play on https://t.co/RDjVzhzDKj! pic.twitter.com/oCrkbvo55W
As part of an in-depth new story on McAvoy’s contract situation by The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa, the 21-year-old blue liner reportedly turned down a “long-term offer” last offseason through his agent Rick Curran. A possible sticking point in negotiations has been the extension that Aaron Ekblad received from the Florida Panthers: eight years, $60 million - a $7.5 million AAV. It’s unknown if that deal actually came up from McAvoy’s camp.
-The Mark Stone drama in Ottawa continues:
Friedman on 31 Thoughts podcast says the deal the Ottawa Senators offered Mark Stone is in the area of 5 years at a $10.5M AAV. #GoSensGo— NHL Prospects Watcher (@Prospects_Watch) February 21, 2019
NEWS | Capitals have acquired forward @CarlHagelin from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. #ALLCAPS https://t.co/RnSYsSWYjE— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 21, 2019
-The waiver wire was humming yesterday. The Capitals’ Devante Smith-Pelly, Philadelphia Flyers’ Mike McKenna, and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Joseph Cramarossa all cleared. McKenna was then assigned to Lehigh Valley of the AHL, a team the Crunch will be playing one week from today. That game will first time McKenna, who helped backstop the Crunch to the Calder Cup final in 2017, could face his old team.
-With the trade deadline coming up, teams are getting prepared. The Florida Panthers are no exception:
Hearing that Mike Hoffman’s camp has been asked by Florida to submit its 10-team no-trade list which is part of the player’s modified NTC. It is a No list. Doesn’t mean he will be traded but obviously teams are calling so Panthers need to be ready.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 21, 2019
-Do you want to score some booty from the Winnipeg Jets’ You Can Play night? Now’s your chance!
The Winnipeg @NHLJets wore amazing jerseys to support the LGBTQ community earlier this month for Pride Night. ️— You Can Play Project (@YouCanPlayTeam) February 21, 2019
You can now bid on them and support You Can Play: https://t.co/wxnQNOp4xm#GoJetsGo #HockeyIsForEveryone #YouCanPlay
-Ilya Kovalchu of the Los Angeles Kings has listed his custom-built dream mansion in New Jersey for sale. The price? Oh, just $17.99 million.
The 22,000-square-foot mansion with a stucco and limestone exterior includes four turrets and a slate roof with leaded copper gutters. Inside, the eight-bedroom home — which additionally features 11 bathrooms and three half baths, plenty of room for the couple’s four children — has a formal living room and a “banquet-size” dining room.
-Teleclub and the NHL have renewed their broadcast rights partnership in Switzerland.
As part of the renewal, Teleclub will continue to deliver up to four live game broadcasts per week throughout the regular season. All regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games will be broadcast in English with select games broadcast in German and French. In addition, Teleclub will carry the “European NHL Game of the Week,” which the NHL launched this season to deliver live NHL games in primetime throughout Europe.
-This week in EBUG stories:
Here is Casey Bailey dressed in goalie gear. KHL’s “Slovan” had their no.1 goalie suspended for 5 games and due to lack of players in the organisation (injuries and financial issues) Bailey dressed as teams back-up goalie. 18-year old Michal Vojvoda started in a 7-1 loss. pic.twitter.com/FdhIroxuC8— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) February 20, 2019
-That same team had this crazy goal scored against them:
THIS. IS. INSANE.— KHL (@khl_eng) February 21, 2019
You will probably never see a goal like this again. pic.twitter.com/uQlPP7f4Yx
-This pay-walled article from The Athletic covers David Amber.
-Tomorrow is National Hockey Card Day, and UpperDeck has some deals going on:
FREE TRADING CARD ALERT: THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 IS NATIONAL HOCKEY CARD DAY!— Upper Deck (@UpperDeckSports) February 21, 2019
Get free @NHL packs and sheets are retailers throughout the USA and Canada! Check out the list of participating shops and get a look at the cards available here: https://t.co/oHH2XNlrsK #NHCD pic.twitter.com/LCbgB1Qg25