Most fans and hockey pundits will agree that the the Dallas Stars goalie situation is a mess. With both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi combining for over 10 million dollars of salary cap space but providing some of the league’s worst goaltending in return.
Former Stars goalie Marty Turco thinks new coach Ken Hitchcock’s system will help the team no matter who is minding the crease.
"He runs a system that helps the goalie," Turco said. "He helps reduce the numbers of quality chances, he slows the pace down, and he makes sure people are responsible in their own end. I've been able to watch it for years."
Hitchcock is coming from a team that also utilized a goalie share program.
"I wouldn't just say I like it, I would say it's necessary," Hitchcock said. "With the schedule the way it is now, I think you need to have two goalies. How you split it? Well, that's a big part of the season, but you really want both goalies involved."
The rest of the story. (SportsDayDFW)
Since Texas and San Antonio are the only 2 teams from the AHL Pacific Division to play 76 games. When Tucson and the California teams play a 68 game schedule. One has to wonder if it was a good idea for the AHL schedule makers to schedule 3 games in 4 nights for the state of Texas foes.
Things got pretty chippy in the 2nd period, last night, with Gemel Smith and Rampage goalie Spencer Martin engaging in a post whistle scrap. Stars goalie Justin Peters drew a penalty for leaving his crease and crossing the red line to try and engage Martin in a fight.
San Antonio scored the 1st goal and the Stars tied things up in the 3rd but sloppy defensive play did them in losing 6-3 in the final game of the season for both teams. (100 Degree Hockey)
The AHL Playoff Bracket is set.
There were 4 playoff games last night with 2 of them going to OT:
Toronto evened up their series with Washington when Kasperi Kapanen potted his 2nd goal of the night in double overtime for the 4-3 win. (Pension Plan Puppets)
Calgary defenseman Dougie Hamilton took a bad penalty late in the 3rd with the game tied 2-2 and Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf deflected a shot in for the 3-2 win. Ducks lead the series 2-0 (Anaheim Calling)
Columbus’ Matt Calvert suspended one game for cross-checking Pittsburgh’s Tom Kuhnhackl. https://t.co/dHkqt2sBEV— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 15, 2017
For the teams that didn’t make the playoffs what crucial line decisions face them as the head into the offseason. (The Hockey News)
St Louis has both games at Minnesota to take 2-0 lead in the series. They have done it while being hemmed in the their defensive zone for most of the game. (FanRag Sports)
For Dave Strader, a.k.a. "The Voice," playoff hockey calls provide an escape from chemo treatments https://t.co/u84tev1uWg— Post Sports (@PostSports) April 15, 2017
The American Airline Center’s goal horn is in the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated ranking of NHL goal horns. (SI)
Penguins goalie Matt Murray was injured during pregame warmups in the 1st game of their Stanley Cup playoff series with Columbus. Which makes GM Jim Rutherford’s decision to not trade Marc-Andre Fleury look wiser. (Deadspin)
USA held off a late Russian surge for a 5-4 victory in the preliminary round of the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship. (USA Hockey)
Finally check out this skate assist on a goal.