Weekly NHL Recap: February 23rd – March 1st

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March 3, 2013 2:39 PM by Smash

Rick DiPetro

I wasn’t kidding when I said I should make a template for these recaps. The Blackhawks have extended their point streak to 21 games. They’re sitting atop the Western Conference at 18-0-3 with 39 points…10 ahead of the Ducks in 2nd. After watch the game against the Blue Jackets, it’s clear why the Hawks have been dominating. It’s a complete team effort. From Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have stellar years and even some lucky bounces here and there, the Hawks can do no wrong. They look to extend their steak against their rivals from Detroit in a matinée on Sunday at 12:30 EST.

In other NHL news, Rich DiPetro caused some drama across the League after dropping some comments mentioning suicide. In an interview with News 12 Long Island’s Kevin Maher, DiPetro was quoted in these tweets:

DiPetro later said those comments should not be taken literally and he was more so trying to get the point across of how much his wife has meant/helped him in this long, injury ridden journey.

The NHL has also discussed the possibility of a realignment of divisions. The League proposed 4 divisions in two conferences, which would look as follows:

Eastern Conference:

Atlantic Division: Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Capitals, and the Penguins.

Central Division: Bruins, Sabres, Red Wings, Panthers, Senators, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Lightning.

Western Conference:

Midwest Division: Blackhawks, Avalanche, Wild, Stars, Predators, Blues, and the Jets.

Pacific Division: Ducks, FLames, Oilers, Coyotes, Kings, Canucks, and Sharks.

In terms of how the playoffs would change, it would switch from the current top 8 teams from each conference to top 3 teams in each division, then the next highest point totals across both divisions in said conference will get the remaining 2 spots.

Bonus: King Henrik killing on the SportsCenter commercials:

Three Stars of the Week:

3. Sydney Crosby: 3 GP, 2G, 4A, 6PTS

2. Steven Stamkos: 4 GP, 3G, 4A, 7PTS

1. Ryan Getzlaf: 4 GP, 2G, 6A, 8PTS

Highlights of the Week:

Zdeno Chara’s spin o rama:Chara-Spin-Move-Goal

Loui Eriksson beats Sergei Bobrovsky with a tremendous effort for the game winner in OT:Loui-Eriksson-beats-Bobrovsky-to-win-it-in-OT

Semyon Varlamov robs Joe Thornton’s rip off a one timer: Semyon-Varlamov-robs-Joe-Thornton-Feb-26-2013


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