Weekly NHL Recap: March 16th – March 22nd

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March 25, 2013 9:00 AM by Smash

sergei-kostitsyn-quit-on-playOnce again, the Ducks are making news with another signing. After locking down Ryan Getzlaf to an 8-year, $66 million dollar deal, Anaheim locked down the 27 year old winger for a $69 million dollar, 8-year extension. With the success the Ducks have seen this season, it’s no surprise they inked two high caliber weapons for long term deals. Although I think they overpaid for Perry and I’m not a fan of long term deals, they should definitely pay off and the Ducks should see continued success in the coming seasons.

During a game between the Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers, Sergei Kostitsyn demonstrated the perfect way to piss off your fans and teammates. With the game tied at 1 a piece with under 10 minutes left to play, Craig Smith sent a pass to Kostitsyn that goes by his stick. As the puck sails into the neutral zone and quickly toward the Predators zone, Kostitsyn seemed to have had enough of his shift and goes for a line change. By doing so, he gives the Oilers a 2 on 1 shorthanded opportunity and a one timer goal from Sam Gagner to Lennart Petrell. The Oilers would go on to win the game 3-2.

On Wednesday, the general managers across the League met to discuss several pressing issues, mainly regarding players safety. Topics discussed included: whether visors should be made mandatory, hybrid icing, and coache’s review. The visor discussion I’ve touched on before and coach’s reviews is a fairly straight forward topic. However, hybrid icing and coach’s reviews could bring fairly significant changes to the game.

Hybrid icing would modify the current state of icing. Icing now is won or lost by which team touches the puck after it crosses the goal line. Hybrid icing would keep the same concept, except a predetermined line would be set and if a player on the icing team crosses that line before the defense, the icing would be ruled off. This would obviously be put in place to reduce the number of injuries that are caused by big collisions with the end boards in a rush to prevent icing calls.

Another weird yet notable (but not highlight worthy) event was the goal scored by Martin Brodeur to put the Devils up 1-0 against the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Three Stars of the Week:

3. Nazem Kadri: 3 GP, 2G, 6A, 8PTS

2. Alex Ovechkin: 4 GP, 5G, 2A, 7PTS

1. Jonathan Toews: 3 GP, 4G, 3A, 7PTS

Highlights of the Week:

Patrick Kane’s beautiful spin move tops off the Blackhawks huge win over the Stars:

Kane-Spin-Goal-vs-DallasNikolai Kulemin’s receives a pass from Nazem Kardi, stops on a dime, and fires a filthy wrist shot past Anders Lindbäck:

Kulemin-Goal-vs-LightningJohan Hedberg flashes the glove and stops Carl Hagelin’s point blank shot:

Hedberg-Robs-Carl-Hagelin

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