Sabres rookie Victor Olofsson ties NHL power-play goal record

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Victor Olofsson has tied an NHL record in becoming the fourth player to score each of his first six career goals on the power play. Olofsson made it six in a row with a one-timer off Jack Eichel‘s pass into the right circle to open the scoring 5:04 into the first period against Montreal on Wednesday night. The Swede’s streak dates to the end of last season, when he scored twice in two games. Winnipeg’s Craig Norwich in 1979-80, Hartford’s Sylvain Turgeon in…

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Franchise icon Patrick Marleau back as Shark for 2nd stint

After a winless start to the regular season, the San Jose Sharks are hoping an old friend named Patrick Marleau can bring some stability. GM Doug Wilson announced that the team is signing the 40-year-old Marleau, who is the franchise leader in games (1,493), goals (508) and points (1,082). The deal is for one year with a $700,000 cap hit, which is the league minimum. The signing would necessitate a roster move, as Cap Friendly had the Sharks with just $7,837 in cap space without Marleau on the roster. Wilson…

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Top 25 under 25 – Ranking the NHL’s best young players

The continued youth takeover of the NHL shows no signs of slowing. Each season brings a new crop of high-end rookies who take the league up a notch, and several of these young talents could be considered among the best players in the game, regardless of age. 2 Related Every single year, this list of the top 25 players under the age of 25 becomes more difficult to compile, as I attempt to combine the subjective and the objective. This year, I made a short list that included 43 of…

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NHL experts – Bold predictions, breakout and trade candidates, bounce-back teams, more

Hockey is back, so we asked our NHL insiders some burning questions around the league about what you can expect this season, including bold predictions for the campaign, surefire breakout candidates and which lottery teams could be headed back to the playoffs. Let’s dive in. What is your bold prediction for the 2019-20 season? Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: The Vancouver Canucks make the playoffs. No, it hasn’t been the best start, but I have faith in their young core of stars — Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and…

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Men’s college hockey preview – National title hopefuls, prospects to watch and more

The road to the 2020 Men’s Frozen Four in Detroit begins in earnest Saturday afternoon with Boston University traveling to Union to kick off the regular season (ESPN+). The field often feels wide open, but Minnesota Duluth enters the season as the two-time defending champion. Despite not having the high draft picks or the historic success of some other programs, the Bulldogs have pretty much owned the past decade. Can anyone catch them? That chase should be a lot of fun to watch. The men’s college hockey landscape is littered…

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Former Sabres captains help kick off franchise’s 50th season

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Floyd Smith still vividly remembers the ceremonial faceoff he took against Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau before the Buffalo Sabres‘ first home game in franchise history. “[Beliveau] let me win it,” Smith said with a laugh. At 35, Smith was lured out of retirement to serve as the Sabres’ first captain in 1970. Some 50 years later, the 84-year-old Smith was back in Buffalo on Saturday night. Amid chants of “Let’s go Buffalo!” Smith dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff and to kick off the Sabres’…

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Peters and Bucci – 2020 Frozen Four picks, surprise college hockey teams

Oct 4, 2019 Chris Peters Close ESPN Staff Writer Chris Peters is ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously covered the NHL for CBSSports.com and founded the popular independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com where he covered the game at all levels since 2010. John Buccigross Close SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross joined ESPN as an anchor in October 1996. He currently can be seen as an anchor on “SportsCenter.” Buccigross frequently contributes to ESPN.com during the season. With the men’s 2019-20 season kicking off, we asked our college hockey experts…

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How Sharks vs. Golden Knights became hockey’s hottest rivalry

LAS VEGAS — Jim Breus is standing in front of T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights, dangling a large, plush-toy shark from a stick, with a noose tied around its tail. Nearby, another stuffed shark is impaled on a medieval sword, and a mini plush mako has been repurposed as a chew toy for a Sin City canine. The message was clear: Not even stuffed animals were safe from the searing rage Knights fans felt toward their team’s newly-cemented archrival, the San Jose Sharks. “I was born and…

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Philadelphia to honor late Flyers owner Ed Snider with mural

PHILADELPHIA — Ed Snider, the Philadelphia Flyers founder who died in 2016, will be honored with a mural in South Philadelphia. The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia will dedicate “Snider Hockey: Inspiring Our Youth” on Saturday at 10th Street and Snyder Avenue. Snider had long said he wanted his youth hockey foundation to become his legacy. The Flyers won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 under Snider, who was arguably the most influential executive in Philadelphia sports history. Snider Hockey, which was founded in 2005, has…

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Arizona Coyotes 2019-20 season preview

Veteran goal-scorer Phil Kessel was acquired this summer to ignite an Arizona Coyotes team that struggled offensively last season. Can he carry them to the playoffs? Here’s everything you need to know about the the Coyotes heading into the 2019-20 NHL season: The big question: Can Phil Kessel ignite the offense? The Coyotes scored 2.55 goals per game last season, which ranked 28th in the NHL. Part of the problem: a woeful 8.3 shooting percentage, which was third worst in the league. Need goals? Go get a goal-scorer, which is…

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