Capitals have new look after bevy of trade deadline changes Sharks coach David Quinn fined $25,000 for berating referee Flyers’ DeAngelo suspended 2 games for spearing Perry Maple Leafs’ Ryan O’Reilly out long term with broken finger McDavid scores two in Oilers’ 3-2 win over Sabres
ARLINGTON, Virginia. When the Washington Capitals went on a four-game road trip in late February, the players knew change was coming.
Dmitry Orlov And Pomegranate Hathaway was traded to NHL-leading Boston and there were still many unfinished free agents on the roster, with the deadline still days away. One by one they disappeared: Markus Johansson that Minnesota Lars Eller in Colorado and Erik Gustafsson in Toronto.
The team that came to the first home practice after all these moves looked completely different. Alexey Ovechkin and the core of the Capitals remains in place to chase waning playoff hopes, but it’s also a rare transition in Washington after the organization’s first sell-out in more than a decade.
“You hate it when guys leave,” the quarterback said. Trevor van Riemsdyk, one of only two players unsigned this season has not changed. “It’s happening fast. Obviously, at this time of the year, when you’re not in the position you’d like to be, there seems to be more change than you’d like.”
Due to trades and injuries, more than half of the skaters scheduled to play against the New Jersey Devils weren’t in the roster at the premiere—four of them weren’t even in the organization.
Chief among the new faces is Rasmus SandinSwedish defender who just turned 23 years old. Acquired from the Maple Leafs for a first-round pick and Gustafsson, Sandin is part of the Capitals’ plan to try to bounce back quickly from a difficult year and win again next season.
“I think we want to be competitive next year,” the general manager said. Brian McLellan said. “I still think we want to be competitive this year. I still think we have a pretty good team.”
This battered team will try to climb the mountain and extend the Capitals’ playoff streak to nine.
Five points behind the second and last place in the Eastern Conference remaining on the wild card list is a considerable gap that can be closed with 17 games to go. But Washington is close enough, even after the trade, to still feel part of the postseason race.
“You keep looking at the standings and we’re only a few points behind and we’re playing a lot of teams that are ahead of us, so if you can win those games it could make a big difference,” van Riemsdyk. said.
“We have a lot of guys who have played in the playoffs know what it’s like to be in the big games so it looks like we’ll have a lot of those in the future and hopefully we can build on that experience and build on it. it’s in our favor.”
And an important player can return to the ice before the end of the month: the best defender John Carlson trained with teammates for the first time since being hit in the head on 23 December.
Carlson has been skating in a no-contact jersey and is still at least a couple of weeks away from his return, but his presence on the ice alone is already a sign of progress.
“It’s a remote matter,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “But there’s a process that has to do with where he is and what he’s been through, and that’s the beginning of the process when he joined our team.”
The fall of “Washington” in the standings coincided with the absence of Carlson, and the players asked to compensate for the losses that this entailed. Since then, the team has lost 17 of their 30 games.
New injuries on the blue line over the past week, as well as Orlov and Gustafsson trades, put the blame on Sandin, a rookie who is so new that he was not initially recognized when he first came to the training ground. But with a veteran Swede Niklas Backstrom around — and a host of other new faces — Sandin is trying to fit in quickly with the Capitals.
“Just by walking in here, you see how close-knit this group is,” Sandin said. “Because I just came to the first breakfast, all the guys from this team just welcomed me with open arms. They made my job very easy and I have a lot of fun here.”
SAN JOSE, California. San Jose Sharks coach David Quinn was fined $25,000 for profanity towards an umpire that led to a game violation.
On Wednesday, the NHL announced that Quinn was being punished for “degrading conduct of officials” during last Saturday’s 8-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Quinn began yelling at referee Gord Dwyer after the San Jose striker was awarded a penalty. Kevin Labank in the third period. Quinn was punished for breaking the rules of the game and continued to yell and berate Dwyer before finally leaving the bench.
Quinn said after the game that he was “embarrassed” by his actions.
“You shouldn’t behave like a coach and I want to apologize to our team,” Quinn said after the game. “It’s not how I want to act, of course, and it’s an emotional game. These judges work hard, they do their job well and this should never happen. So I’m ashamed of it.”
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Flyers quarterback Tony DeAngelo was suspended by the NHL for two games for spearing in Tampa Bay Corey Perry during the bout in front of the net.
DeAngelo received a large fine and foul for driving a club into Perry’s lower body. The action sparked a more intense fight.
DeAngelo said after the game that he was trying to give Perry “a little chance”.
“I didn’t look for it to go there,” he said. “He tried to snatch my stick from my hands a second before. He talks the whole game.
DeAngelo will miss games in the Carolinas and Pittsburgh and will lose about $54,000 in his salary.
DeAngelo has 10 goals and 34 points this season.
NEWARK, NJ — Toronto Maple Leafs center Ryan O’Reilly has been out of action for a while with a broken toe.
According to coach Sheldon Keefe, O’Reilly is going to the long-term reserve due to injuries. This means the 32-year-old should miss the next 10 games.
He won’t be able to return until Toronto’s March 29 game against Florida. The playoffs will start on April 17th.
The Maple Leafs acquired O’Reilly in exchange for the St. Louis last month. Since then, he has scored five points in eight games before hitting the puck off his left hand late in the second period after a 4-1 loss to Vancouver.
Keef added by Captain Leafs John Tavares will be held off the roster due to an undisclosed illness when the team visits the New Jersey Devils to complete a five-game trip.
In a similar move, the Leafs recalled forwards Pontus Holmberg and Alex Steves from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and loaned goaltender Joseph Wall to the club’s main affiliate.
O’Reilly was one of the Toronto General Manager’s six new players. Kyle Dubas introduced before the trade deadline to make the team more competitive. Stanley Cup winner and 2019 Playoff MVP, O’Reilly won 84.4% of faceoffs with the Leafs before hitting 3-of-11 against the Canucks.
Toronto is currently second in the Atlantic Division, five points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have lost five in a row and eight of their last 10 games. The Leafs and Lightning are on track to face each other in the first round of the playoffs.
BUFFALO, NY – Edmonton Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft likes to compare views Connor McDavid play life at the foot of Mount Everest and be almost numb from daily contemplation of the breathtaking scene.
It was a spectacular sight for Woodcroft and the Oilers on Monday night when McDavid scored twice to bring his NHL-best to 54 goals and set a career high with 124 points in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabers.
“The finish was worldwide,” Woodcroft said of McDavid hitting the go-ahead on the fly, beating Craig Anderson on a 3:23 leg in the third period, and less than two minutes after the Sabres tied the game at 2.
“I’ve seen someone who was competitive right off the puck, from the moment the puck was thrown,” he added. “Connor is at a different stage in his game right now and I think everyone saw that today.”
McDavid went on to achieve his third Hart MVP Trophy in eight seasons, becoming his 12th multi-goal game of the year. His 124 points in 65 games is one more than a career best he scored in 80 games last year, and McDavid extended his hitting streak to 11 games in which the Oilers captain scored 12 goals and made 15 gears.
“Who, if not him, can play big?” asked a teammate Zach Hyman in surprise. “He is the best player in the world and he is pushing his own limits. He has been driving a bus for a long time and continues to get better.”
Derek Ryan also scored and Stuart Skinner stopped 37 shots for the Oilers, who have improved to 5-4-3 over the past 12 and bounced back from a 7-5 loss in Winnipeg on Saturday.
Jeff Skinner And Dylan Cozens scored for the Sabers and Anderson saved 34 shots.
Down to 6-4 in their last 10 games, Buffalo have continued their season at home, losing five of their last seven.
Buffalo (32–26–4), in the midst of the NHL’s worst playoff drought in 11 seasons, failed to make headway in a tight Eastern Conference race. The day started with four points separating the seventh-place New York Islanders and ninth-place Buffalo, who were tied with four 68-point teams.
Earlier in the day, Sabres coach Don Granato declined to say whether he considered McDavid a notch above everyone else in the league out of respect for his young stars. After that, Granato had no choice but to praise the Oilers captain, who scored twice on three shots into the net.
“He’s 50+ for some reason, he doesn’t need a lot (shots),” Granato said. “He did it with many teams and goalkeepers and he was ready for his opportunities. That’s what makes it special.”
The Oilers (35–22–8) tied with Seattle for third place in the Pacific Division.
Opening the scoring in the first period, McDavid scored the go-ahead…