Personal Award - Hockey Wiretap
Toronto's Joseph Beats Atlanta For 450th Win
Maple Leafs' goalie Curtis Joseph won his 450th game on Tuesday night against the Thrashers. Joseph got his 449th win by beating Vancouver 7-1 on April 5, when he was a member of the Flames. "Wins are the most important measure for goalies, I think. Certainly it's a great accomplishment," the 41-year-old Joseph said. "I think I really read the plays well and really focused in. That's been my problem. Sometimes you're only human, and you learn."
Capitals Retire Gartner's No. 11
Mike Gartner?s No. 11 was retired by the Capitals on Sunday night before their game against the Maple Leafs, another of his former teams, as reported by the Associated Press. The current Capitals all took to the ice for pre-game warmups wearing white throwback uniforms with Gartner?s number in blue although each player had his own last name stitched across the shoulders.
Isles' Guerin Scores 400th Career Goal In Win Over Leafs
Bill Guerin scored twice to record his 400th career goal as the Islanders snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday, as reported by Yashoo.com. After netting his 399th career tally 6:27 into the second period, the captain scored his milestone goal 2:34 into the third after collecting a loose puck and depositing it past Vesa Toskala. ?Those goals came at a good time,? Guerin said. ?Everybody kept a good attitude and a good work ethic (during the streak).? Guerin becomes the eighth American-born player and 79th overall to reach the plateau.
Stars' Eriksson Named NHL 'First Star'
Stars LW Loui Eriksson was named NHL first star of the week Monday after scoring six goals in three games last week, according to a Canadian Press report. Flyers C Jeff Carter was the second star and Devils LW Patrik Elias was the third star.
Ducks' Hiller Ties Record With 51 Saves
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller tied a franchise-record with 51 saves in the team's win over Edmonton on Friday night. He stopped three shootout tries in the Ducks' 3-2 victory. "Sometimes it's better to have a lot of shots than just a couple, so it was easy to find my game and easy to be in the game and it felt good," Hiller said.
Canucks Retire Linden's No. 16
Trevor Linden and the Canucks fans who revered him celebrated his career when the team raised his No. 16 to the rafters Wednesday night, as reported by the Associated Press. The former forward wiped away a tear as he watched the banner bearing his name and number ascend in front of a cheering crowd. ?This is an incredible day,? said the 38-year-old Linden, who spent 16 seasons with the Canucks. ?To the fans of Vancouver and the province of B.C., it?s hard to express my gratitude to you.
Bruins' Kessel Named NHL's 'First Star'
Bruins' winger Phil Kessel was named the NHL's 'First Star of the Week' on Monday after scoring three goals and eight points during four games, as reported by the Canadian Press. Kessel has points in 15 straight games, which is the best run of the 21-year-old?s career. Penguins' forward Petr Sykora was named the 'Second Star of the Week' while Sabres winger Thomas Vanek was given the 'Third Star'.
Coyotes Prospect Josh Tordjman Named AHL 'Player Of The Week'
The American Hockey League announced today that San Antonio Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 7, 2008. Tordjman was 3-0-0 with two shutouts in three starts last week, stopping 69 of 72 shots to get the Rampage back in the win column. On Thursday night, Tordjman stopped all 27 shots he faced as San Antonio snapped a 13-game losing streak and a 17-game winless slide with a 3-0 win over Syracuse. The Manitoba Moose then came into the AT&T Center with the best record in the AHL and Tordjman stymied them twice, making 19 stops in a 4-3 victory on Friday and pitching a 23-save shutout in a 1-0 decision on Sunday. Tordjman finished with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage for the week. In recognition of his achievement, Tordjman will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Rampage home game. Tordjman, 23, is in his third professional season after signing with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 2, 2006. He is 4-10-1 with a 2.93 GAA in 16 outings for San Antonio this season after helping the Rampage to their first Calder Cup Playoffs appearance in five years in 2007-08. In 96 career AHL games, all with San Antonio, the Montreal native has a record of 41-42-7 with four shutouts.
Rinne, Toews, Speeza Named NHL's "Three Stars Of The Week"
Predators' goaltender Pekka Rinne on Monday was named the NHL?s ?First Star? of the week. Rinne posted three victories in as many starts last week, earning a pair of shutouts and allowing just two goals. Blackhawks' center Jonathan Toews, who tallied four goals and two assists, including a pair of game-winning scores, was named the ?Second Star.? The ?Third Star? went to Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who scored four goals as the Senators won both of their contests last week.
Wings' Chelios Sets AHL Record
Chris Chelios, 46, played for the Grand Rapids Griffins during a loss to the Marlies on Friday, becoming the oldest player in the 73-year history of the AHL, as reported by Yahoo.com. The Red Wings' veteran, sent to Grand Rapids for conditioning, had not played since fracturing his right tibia while blocking a shot in a Detroit preseason contest on September 30. Chelios received a ovation from the 9,000-plus crowd who attended the game.
Avs Prospect Kevin Shattenkirk Named To U.S. National Junior Team
Avalanche prospect Kevin Shattenkirk has been selected to the U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced on Wednesday.
Jackets' Mason Named NHL's Rookie Of The Month
Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason on Tuesday was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November.
Crosby, Hiller And Mason Named NHL's 'Three Stars'
Sidney Crosby, Jonas Hiller, and Chris Mason have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.