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In a possible playoff preview on Thursday night, Erik Haula and Timo Meier scored goals, and Vitek Vanecek slammed the door as the Devils claimed a tight, 2-1 win over the Rangers. It was glorious. [Devils NHL]
Well, well, well.
Jake Walman goal with 3.2 seconds left gives Red Wings 3-2 win against slumping Hurricanes.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) March 31, 2023
Devils one point out of first in Metro. Hurricanes have a game in hand.
Douglas Jonathan Hamilton Jr.:
Dougie Hamilton (19-50—69) factored on the @NJDevils’ opening goal for this 50th assist of 2022-23 and now sits one point shy of joining Scott Stevens (78 in 1993-94) as the second defenseman in franchise history with a 70-point season.#NHLStats: https://t.co/86n5y7k7Ve pic.twitter.com/HGF3aQpmPY— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 30, 2023
Hats off to an impressive season for Vitek:
Vitek Vanecek becomes the only goaltender in #NJDevils history other than Martin Brodeur to record a 30-win season.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) March 31, 2023
Congrats to the Bruins on clinching the Presidents’ Trophy:
Marty Walsh is in as the new head of the NHLPA. Some first impressions: [Sportsnet]
Travis Yost: “Goalies have had a rough go of it in the past few weeks – scoring rates are once again at blistering levels, and league-wide save percentages are plummeting. In the heightened scoring era we’re living in, goaltenders were barely holding onto a 90.0 per cent stop rate league wide.” [TSN]
“So for now, the reverse hit lives on unless it’s blatantly visible as a form of interference. If I had my way, however: it would be outlawed for its predatory nature.” [Daily Faceoff]
“How does a 5-foot-10 forward who doesn’t blow by defenders with McDavid- or Nathan MacKinnon-type speed become such a nightmare for players to defend against? And what does it say about how his skill set, aside from his excellent shot, might translate to the NHL? I pored into Bedard game tape to find answers.” [The Athletic ($)]
Hobey Baker finalists:
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2023 award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Logan Cooley, a freshman forward from the University of Minnesota; https://t.co/0Wyth7htuI… pic.twitter.com/q77cHp81L0— Hobey Baker Award (@HobeyBakerAward) March 30, 2023
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