Ice Hockey – St. Louis, Ovechkin and Chicago goalies claim NHL awards

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Louis, Ovechkin and Chicago goalies claim NHL awards Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis captured his second scoring crown while Washington forward Alex Ovechkin and Chicago goaltenders Corey Crawford and Ray Emery also earned season-ending awards, the NHL announced on Sunday. Reuters –  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 06:38 BST Eurosport – Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis celebrates his second goal of the game during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tampa (Reuters) Related Content Bet on Ice Hockey St. Louis captured his second scoring crown while Washington forward Alex Ovechkin and Chicago goaltenders Corey Crawford and Ray Emery also earned season-ending awards, the NHL announced on Sunday. The NHL’s lockout-shortened regular season drew to a close with the Senators beating the Bruins 4-2 in a game postponed in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, finalising the league’s individual races. Ovechkin claimed his third Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy as the league’s goal-scoring leader with 32, while Crawford and Emery combined to win their first William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals during the 2012-13 regular season. St. Louis ended up with 60 points to claim the Art Ross Trophy as the overall scoring champion, edging out Lightning team mate Steven Stamkos by three points, with Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby just behind on 56. source: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/ice-hockey-st-louis-ovechkin-chicago-goalies-claim-053847129.html

Martin St. Louis becomes oldest player to win NHL scoring title

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The 36-year-old stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 win over Anaheim.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports April 19: Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith scored a goal, notched two assists and played nearly 25 minutes against Nashville. The Blackhawks beat the Predators 5-4.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports April 19: Rangers center Brad Richards scores his third goal against the Sabres. Richards recorded the first hat trick of his career in the 8-4 win against Buffalo.  Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports April 18: Ottawa’s Kyle Turris had two goals in the Senators’ 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. Ottawa’s win halted the Capitals’ eight-game winning streak.  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports April 18: New York Islanders forward John Tavares had two goals and one assist in the 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York’s win prevented Toronto from clinching a playoff birth.  John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports April 19: New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur recorded his 121st shutout in the 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The win brought New Jersey’s 10-game losing streak to a halt.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports April 17: Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin reacts after scoring the winning goal in overtime. Columbus beat the Ducks 3-2.  Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports April 17: Calgary’s Steve Begin celebrates his goal with teammate Roman Horak (51). Begin scored twice in the third period to lead the Flames past Detroit, 3-2.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports April 17: Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow scored twice and added an assist in a 6-4 win over Montreal. It was Morrow’s second straight three-point game.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports April 16: Kyle Brodziak skates past his teammates after scoring against Edmonton. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/27/martin-st-louis-lightning-oldest-player-to-win-scoring-title/2118401/

Florida Panthers top Lightning to wrap up season

“If I didn’t score in 11 games, it would have been a long summer. I didn’t even think about that shot; I just put it on net.” Florida tied it early in the second on Tomas Fleischmann’s first of two goals before the Lightning made it 3-2 when St. Louis cleaned up a loose puck behind Jacob Markstrom (28 saves). The Panthers then outscored the Lightning 3-0 in the third as Scottie Upshall, Fleischmann and Marcel Goc all scored within a span of 14 minutes to put the Lightning away. Goc’s ninth of the year went into an empty net with 48 seconds left. Selleck plays Jack Skille was scratched from Saturday’s game as Dineen gave Eric Selleck a second NHL game. Selleck was knocked out during a fight in his NHL debut on March 19. Selleck came up big in the third as it was his shot that Upshall followed up on to tie it at 3 with 14:30 left. “This last month was a long road,” Selleck said afterward. “To get in and then get a point was great. This was a great win for the boys. source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/28/3368893/florida-panthers-top-lightning.html

Three Reasons Tampa Bay Lightning Didn’t Make the Playoffs

Injuries Injuries continued to plague the Lightning during the shortened season, including big-name players like Ryan Malone and Vincent Lecavalier . Malone, a left winger, dealt with multiple injuries this season, including both upper- and lower-body injuries. Every minute Malone had to watch from the bench, the Lightning lost hope to make the postseason. Lecavalier, a 6-foot-4 captain, was out for most of the season after a game against the Panthers on March 14, 2013, when he sustained a lower-body injury. The injury caused Lecavalier to be benched up until the final games of the season. 3. Defense Most people know the players on the offense for the Lightning, but how many people really know the players on the defense? A strong offense means nothing in the game of hockey if you can’t protect the net, and the Lightning had problems in their end zone this season. Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, made attempts to tackle this issue leading up to the NHL trade deadline. Yzerman acquired defenseman Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings , Keith Aulie from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators to alleviate some problems in the defense zone. Still, last year’s added defensemen did not have enough time to develop within the team and failed to produce on the ice — despite Yzerman’s efforts. The Lightning failed to hit the mark on the ice this season, landing 14th in the Eastern Conference standings, and it comes to no surprise to anyone who follows them that they didn’t make the playoffs. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/three-reasons-tampa-bay-lightning-didn-t-playoffs-161900085.html

Panthers, Lightning close disappointing seasons in Tampa

It would take quite a performance by the young winger tonight to overtake Ovechkin and capture his second straight Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, an honor he won last season with a 60-goal campaign. Given the point totals of St. Louis and Stamkos, it isn’t surprising that the Lightning were shut out for only the second time this season when they lost 2-0 at the Boston Bruins on Thursday. The first instance came on March 14 versus the New York Islanders and was also a 2-0 final. Anders Lindback made 22 saves versus Boston for Tampa Bay, which had snapped a six-game slide with Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs. “I feel for our guys because everybody makes mistakes. I think, truthfully, we may have made less mistakes than the Bruins did, but we couldn’t bury our chances,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. The Panthers were also held without a goal in their last game, but the struggling club was shut out for the seventh time this season when it lost 4-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Jacob Markstrom was beaten four times on just 17 shots in the loss, Florida’s seventh in the past eight games that clinched the league’s worst record. The Panthers are last in the NHL with 34 points. “That stinks, when you’re at the bottom of the pile,” said Florida head coach Kevin Dineen said. “But that is the brutal reality of our situation and it’s something we have to sit on for four months.” That will give them a 25-percent chance at landing the top pick of the upcoming draft in Monday’s lottery and the Panthers will select no lower than second overall. source: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/04/27/panthers-lightning-close-disappointing-seasons-in-tampa/

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Stamkos had an eight-game goal streak before being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 shootout home loss to Florida (14-27-6) on April 2. St. Louis’ seven-game point streak in this series also ended that night as the Panthers’ season-best third straight victory ended an 0-4-3 slide against Tampa Bay. Florida, though, has dropped a season-high five straight on the road since that matchup. The club clinched the worst record in the league with a 4-0 home loss to Toronto on Thursday. “That stinks, when you’re at the bottom of the pile,” coach Kevin Dineen said. “But that is the brutal reality of our situation and it’s something we have to sit on for four months. … I think it’s going to be a long summer.” The Panthers will have the best chance to secure the No. 1 overall pick when the draft lottery takes place Monday. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/preview/2013042720/florida-panthers–tampa-bay-lightning

 

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