Pat Foley has been the voice of the Blackhawks for decades, but he announced he’ll be stepping down once this season is over. Throughout the season a variety of people will be stepping into the booth to fill Foley’s shoes. However, calling the play-by-play for Chicago’s second game of 2021-22 was a veteran journalist.
PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) For the first time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Marc-Andre Fleury will be playing against his former team. A veteran of 18 NHL seasons, Fleury spent the first 13 years of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Over his years in the NHL, not only has Fleury...
The tragic and untimely death of former NHLer Jimmy Hayes earlier this offseason rocked the hockey world, leaving many, including Hayes' family, wondering what led to the death of a seemingly healthy 31-year-old man. One cause of death that has now officially been ruled out is foul play. On Friday,...
Head coach Jared Bednar says the lineup is "going to be a blender" Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said the team's lineup for tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues will be a "blender" of combinations. Valeri Nichushkin will miss his first game of the year as he is...
Welcome to NHL On Tap. Three NHL.com writers will share what they are most looking forward to on each day. Today, their choices from 14 games on Saturday. The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning will have some of the top offensive players in the NHL on display when they meet Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, BSSUN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). Topping that list is Alex Ovechkin, who looks to continue his climb up the all-time NHL goals list. The Capitals captain scored two goals in a 5-1 win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday to move past Marcel Dionne for fifth place all-time with 732, nine behind Brett Hull (741) in fourth place. And Ovechkin, who also had two assists Wednesday, has good history against the Lightning with 48 goals in 72 games, tied for the most he's scored against any opponent (48 against the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers). But don't forget the Lightning's superstar scorers, including forward Steve Stamkos (two goals, three assists) and defenseman Victor Hedman (five assists), each of whom has scored five points and is tied for the NHL scoring lead with Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings. Expect offense to take center stage Saturday; the teams have combined to score at least seven goals five times in their past six games. -- Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor.
"I thought Andreas played his best game as a Devil." Devils head coach Lindy Ruff had high praise for forward Andreas Johnsson following the team's season opener on Friday. In the 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center, the winger tapped in rookie center Dawson Mercer's shot on the goal line to give the Devils a 3-1 lead in the third period.
The Colorado Avalanche continues the start of the 2021-22 regular season on Saturday at home against the St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche and Blues last played in Round 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs when Colorado earned a 4-0 series win. Both teams competed in the West Division last season and they remain division opponents this year with both clubs moving back to the Central Division.
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The New Jersey Devils earned their first two points of the season last night in their home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks. The game was full of excitement and drama as overtime was needed to declare a winner. Plenty went right for the young team, including their core players stepping into the spotlight to provide big moments. As surprising as the team’s first victory was for fans, the atmosphere at Prudential Center may have been even more a surprise.
The Chicago Blackhawks have their first back-to-back game of the season tonight. After playing in New Jersey yesterday, they had to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins tonight. Still searching for the first win of the season, Chicago faces off against the Penguins at six central. The first two games haven’t been great but battling for a point was a good look from the team on Friday night.
PITTSBURGH -- Mike Sullivan became the winningest coach in Pittsburgh Penguins history with a 5-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in the home opener at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday. The win was No. 253 for Sullivan, passing Dan Bylsma. Sullivan is 253-131-44 in seven seasons with Pittsburgh, which includes...
The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward Bryan Rust on injured reserve retroactive to Thursday with an undisclosed ailment. During a 5-4 overtime road loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Rust was injured 13 seconds into the third period on a check from Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. Coach Mike Sullivan did...
PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) Ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins home opener, the team could be losing another key piece to the lineup. Bryan Rust, who left the game early on Thursday in Florida, is not on the ice for the team’s morning skate. Following the Thursday game, head coach Mike...
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When the Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Myers destroyed the Edmonton Oilers’ Duncan Keith with a clean hit, the Canucks fanbase rejoiced and celebrated. While it was a fair yet nasty hit on a player from a rival Pacific division team, the response seemed a bit over the top unless you know the whole story.
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The New Jersey Devils’ 2021-22 season got off to a thrilling start last night. It looked like things were close to unraveling after the Chicago Blackhawks scored two late third-period goals to tie the game at 3. But Jack Hughes saved the day with two goals, including the overtime winner that left Blackhawks netminder Kevin Lankinen completely helpless.
Drew O’Connor and Brock McGinn each had a goal and an assist Saturday as the Pittsburgh Penguins built a four-goal
The possible reunion of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury will not happen Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena. Only Fleury will be present as Crosby did not participate in the morning skate, and Malkin is injured. The Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup core members who will be on the ice are Fleury for the Chicago Blackhawks and Kris Letang for the Penguins.
Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and defenseman Henri Jokiharju are expected to be sidelined at least two weeks due to
The Bruins opened their 2021-22 NHL season Saturday night in Boston, and there was a special decal on the players' helmets as they stepped onto the ice at TD Garden. The "Jimmy 11" decals honor former Boston Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 23 at his home in Milton, Massachusetts. The married father of two young boys was just 31.
Zach Aston-Reese could make his season debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night, after being activated from the COVID protocol earlier in the day. It was nearly three weeks ago that Aston-Reese first tested positive for COVID-19, but after returning he ended up back on the list a few days ago. With Bryan Rust’s placement on injured reserve, the Penguins have the roster spot available to activate Aston-Reese and potentially put him into the lineup for Saturday night’s game.
Drew O’Connor and Brock McGinn each had a goal and an assist Saturday as the Pittsburgh Penguins built a four-goal lead in the first period and won their home opener 5-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks. Teddy Blueger, Jason Zucker and Danton Heinen also scored for Pittsburgh. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry...