NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/6/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 6, 2014
After last night’s relatively quiet four-game set in the NHL, we’ll be getting a heavy dose of action this evening. 10 games are on the league’s schedule, so we hockey fans will have to make some tough choices when it comes to figuring out which games to watch. Before we get settled in, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Tyler Bozak, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs were able to spoil Martin St. Louis’ debut with the Rangers last night, thanks mostly to Bozak. He posted two goals in Toronto’s 3-2 OT victory, with one coming on a penalty and the other serving as the game-winner in the extra period. Bozak’s on quite a tear; He’s got 12 points in his last 10 games.
The Leafs will take a couple of days off before finishing out the week on Saturday against Philadelphia. They’ll be on a California road trip next week, with stops in Anaheim, San Jose and L.A.
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Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Capitals in the second period last night, and it looked like they’d be running away with the game. They had to hold off a furious comeback, however, and ended up winning by the closer-than-expected score of 6-4. Giroux had a pair of goals in the victory (which gives him four scores and an assist in this home-and-home), as did fellow Flyer Jakub Voracek.
The Flyers will swing up to Toronto to finish out the week on Saturday. They’ll start things out next week against New Jersey on Tuesday.
Joni Ortio, G, Calgary Flames: The Flames got an all-around team effort last night against Ottawa, with contributions from all facets of their game. Ortio led the way on defense, logging 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 victory (it was the rookie’s first win). He got some offensive help from Markus Granlund, Paul Byron, Joe Colborne and Mike Cammalleri, who each scored a goal.
The Flames’ busy week continues tomorrow night when they host the Islanders. They’ll finish up in Vancouver on Saturday.
Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens: In last night’s lone shootout, the Canadiens were able to edge the Ducks thanks to a big night from Gallagher. He posted a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win, giving him a total of 16 scores and 19 helpers in his 63 games so far. Montreal jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but eventually coughed it up and fell behind 2-3 before Gallagher sent it to overtime with his second-period score.
It’s a quick turnaround for Montreal as their road trip continues in Phoenix tonight. They’ll close out the week on Saturday in San Jose.
NHL Daily Schedule: 20 teams will be in action tonight, so it’ll be a very busy evening for NHL fans. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Thursday, March 6, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins (RDS2, CSN-DC, NESN)
Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets (CBC, FS-W)
7:30 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning (MSG-B, BELL TV, SUN)
8:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN-US, ALT, FS-D)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks (FS-O, CSN-CH)
St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators (FS-MW, FS-TN)
8:30 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars (SNET-P, FS-SW)
9:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Phoenix Coyotes (RDS, TSN-HABS, FS-A PLUS)
9:30 PM ET:
NY Islanders at Edmonton Oilers (MSG PLUS, SNET-W)
10:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks (NBCSN, ROOT, CSN-CA)
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