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Lightning Even Series As Nikita Kucherov Sets Franchise Points Record

Sep 22, 2020 1:05 AM

With a pair of first period assists in Game 2, Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov matched -- then surpassed -- Tampa Bay's record for most points in a single postseason.

With 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) Kucherov bettered Brad Richards' franchise record, which was set during the team's 2004 Stanley Cup run. Both of Kucherov's assists on Monday were gorgeous passes, and helped ignite Tampa Bay's slumping power play.

But after leading the Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Stars on Monday, to even the Stanley Cup Final 1-1, Kucherov is still looking for more.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Game Recap, Personal Award

Oilers' Leon Draisaitl Named NHL's MVP

Sep 22, 2020 1:01 AM

The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, Alberta, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night.

Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena.

Draisaitl became the first German player to win the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the league in scoring with 110 points in 71 games. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by peers.

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Avs' Cale Makar Named NHL's Rookie Of The Year

Sep 21, 2020 7:03 PM

The National Hockey League announced this evening that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is the recipient of the 2019-20 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.

Makar received 1,538 voting points, including 116 first-place votes, beating Vancouver defender Quinn Hughes (1,337 points) and Chicago forward Dominik Kubalik (554 points). The Calder Trophy, which dates back to 1933, is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.” The winner is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers Association in a poll at the end of the regular-season schedule.

Makar is the first defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history to win the Calder Trophy.

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Isles' Lou Lamoriello Named GM Of The Year

Sep 13, 2020 12:38 AM

Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders is the winner of the NHL's Jim Gregory general manager of the year award.

The league announced Saturday night that Lamoriello finished ahead of fellow finalists Julien BriseBois of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars. Colorado's Joe Sakic was fourth and Vegas' Kelly McCrimmon fifth in voting by GMs, league executives and media members after the second round of the playoffs.

Tags: New York Islanders, Personal Award

Nathan MacKinnon Wins Lady Byng Trophy For Sportsmanship

Sep 12, 2020 2:15 AM

Nathan MacKinnon wishes he were still playing for the Stanley Cup, but after learning he won another individual award, the Colorado forward found a silver lining.

In the friendly rivalry between the two best hockey players from the Maritimes town of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, MacKinnon can now boast he has won the Lady Byng Trophy that Sidney Crosby hasn't. He also won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year his first season, which Crosby lost to Alex Ovechkin.

"I got the Calder and the Lady Byng now on him," MacKinnon said Friday after winning the award for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. "That's about it. That's probably all I'll ever get on him."

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Personal Award

Flyers' Sean Couturier Named NHL's Top Defensive Forward

Sep 11, 2020 1:24 AM

Flyers center Sean Couturier became the third Flyers player to be chosen as the NHL's top defensive forward when he was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy on Thursday night.

"It's one thing to produce offensively, but if you want to be out on the ice when you're up a goal late in the game, you've got to learn to be responsible defensively, and it's always something I've tried to take pride in," Couturier said. "Obviously over the last few years I've kind of taken my offensive side of the game to another level."

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Bruins' Bruce Cassidy Wins NHL's Coach Of The Year Award

Sep 10, 2020 1:43 AM

Bruce Cassidy's wife and kids enjoyed his NHL coach of the year honors more than he did.

Cassidy went back to coaching.

More than a week since his Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs, Cassidy spent time Wednesday after learning he won the Jack Adams Award watching the Lightning and Islanders play Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final. As much as he'd like to still be competing for the Stanley Cup, Cassidy said he keeps his eyes on coaches Barry Trotz and Jon Cooper hoping to pick up a thing or two that could help next season and beyond.

"Just want to watch the game and (A) be entertained and (B) steal some ideas from either side and then watch the coaches a little bit," Cassidy said. "They're two excellent guys, Coop and Barry, that you can learn from every day."

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Senators' Bobby Ryan Wins NHL's Bill Masterton Trophy

Sep 8, 2020 1:37 AM

Senators forward Bobby Ryan was named the Bill Masterton Trophy winner on Monday after publicly sharing his experience with alcohol abuse.

The 33-year-old Ryan missed more than two months after entering the NHL/NHLPA players assistance program on Nov. 20. Upon his return to practice in February, he pledged to share his story publicly in hopes of inspiring others facing similar challenges.

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Mike Green Retires From NHL After 15 Seasons

Aug 29, 2020 2:19 AM

Mike Green announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after 15 seasons.

The defenseman said he made the decision at home after the NHL season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

"I actually had time to spend soul-searching," Green told The Athletic. "I found that it was time, that I needed to move on. There's a lot of things going on that a lot of people are shielded from, harsh realities in culture, society. Being in quarantine kind of [underscored] that for me. I realized that I've been very fortunate, and a lot of people not so much."

Tags: Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Personal Award

Jarome Ignila, Marian Hossa Among Those Elected To Hall Of Fame

Jun 25, 2020 1:11 AM

The Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a six-member class for 2020, including first-ballot inductees Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa.

The class also included defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, both of whom saw long waits end; Canadian goaltender Kim St-Pierre in the women's category; and Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland in the builder category.

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Andrei Markov Retires From Pro Hockey

Kris Versteeg Retires After 11 NHL Seasons

NHLPA Poll Say's Sidney Crosby Most Complete Player

Matt Stajan Retires After 14 NHL Seasons

Patrick Kane Extends Point Streak To 13 Games

Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov Among Six HOF Inductees

NHL Names Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Keith Yandle 'Three Stars'

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Anders Nilsson, Auston Matthews, Cale Makar Named NHL's 'Three Stars'

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Rookie Victor Olofsson Sets NHL Power-Play Goal Record

Sabres' Victor Olofsson Ties NHL Power-Play Goal Record

Philadelphia To Honor Late Flyers Owner Ed Snider With Mural

Maple Leafs Name John Tavares Captain

Tim Thomas Breaks Silence, Fine With Seclusion

Gary Bettman Headlines 2019 Hockey HOF Class

Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall Retires After 15 NHL Seasons

Justin Williams Stepping Away From The Game

Ben Lovejoy Retiring After 11-Year NHL Career

Cam Ward Signs One-Day Deal To Retire With Hurricanes

Mike McKenna Retires After Playing For 15 NHL Teams

Chris Kunitz Retires After Fifteen NHL Seasons
Chris Kunitz is joining the Blackhawks' coaching staff.