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NHL Rewind: Alex Ovechkin makes more history, Bruins get torched for tone-deaf signing

Another weekend of NHL action is in the books. A couple of legends hit milestones on the ice and one star put on a show in his home country. However, one team took center stage with a deaf personal decision.

Let’s run through the best highlights and biggest stories from the weekend he was in the NHL.

Goal of the Weekend: Brad Marchand beats Ilya Samsonov

In Saturday’s game between the boston bruins Y the toronto maple leaves, Marchand scored a penalty and made the most of it. Marchand hit Samsonov with a dirty fake shot, and the Toronto goalie took the bait, hard.

The goalkeeper collapsed completely, and when Marchand slammed his backhand, all Samsonov could do was dive backwards.

Unfortunately for the Maple Leafs and Samsonov, this penalty kick was a double whammy. Samsonov will not only receive featured packages, but he also suffered a knee injury on the play, head coach Sheldon Keefe announced after the game.

Weekend Heist: Kevin Shattenkirk Channels His Inner John Gibson

Here we love goalkeepers. We have absolutely nothing against them. However, when a skater comes up with a big saving while wearing a fraction of the protection, we can’t ignore it. that is what Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk made on Sunday against the florida panthers.

Some slick passes by the Panthers knocked Gibson down and out of position, and Sam Bennett thought he had a layup. That’s when Shattenkirk slid into the picture and made an incredible save using both his stick and glove to keep the puck out of the net.

That will register as a blocked shot on the stat sheet, but not all blocked shots are created equal. That was the best save you’ll ever see.

Alex Ovechkin breaks a Gordie Howe record

With every game he plays, Ovechkin continues to climb the NHL record books. In Saturday night’s game against the arizona coyotesOvechkin scored his 787th career goal and broke Gordie Howe’s record for most goals with a single franchise.

Howe had 786 in his 1,687 games with the red wingsand it took Ovechkin 400 fewer games with the Washington Capitals to exceed that number.

Fittingly, Ovechkin’s record came in characteristic fashion, with an outright missile from the left circle on the power play. The fact that Ovechkin has outdone Mr. Hockey in that beautiful retro reverse jersey makes it that much better.

Now, it shouldn’t be long before Ovechkin overtakes Howe on the NHL’s all-time target list. He only needs 15 more to do that, and then he’ll be in sole possession of second place behind Wayne Gretzky.

The Boston Bruins mess up the Mitchell Miller situation

Not content with the Bruins’ 2022-23 season getting off to a strong start, president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney wanted to make a splash. But in doing so, they executed an astonishing display of poor decision making.

On November 4, the Bruins announced that they had signed defenseman Mitchell Miller to an entry-level contract. Miller was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2022 NHL Draft, but the team rescinded the selection after it emerged that Miller had been convicted of bullying in juvenile court. In 2016, Miller was charged with assault after bullying a black student with a learning disability. The victim, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, said Miller called him the “n-word” repeatedly, physically abused him and tricked him into eating candy that had been cleaned in the urinal.

Isaiah’s mother, Joni Meyer-Crothers, claims Miller reached out to apologize to her son on Snapchat about a week before the signing. She doesn’t think Miller’s apology was that sincere.

“When Mitchell Snapchatted my son a week and a half ago, he apologized and said, ‘It has nothing to do with hockey.’ Well, it has everything to do with hockey.” Joni Meyer-Crothers told NBC Boston.

When news broke that the team had signed Miller, there was an immediate backlash. The Bruins’ front office also put players in the awkward position of having to answer for management decisions, even if they didn’t fully agree with them. Captain Patrice Bergeron made it clear that he had doubts about whether Miller would fit well into the culture the team has built:

“Don (Sweeney) asked me, almost a week ago, about my opinion. As you just said, I had my concerns. I shared my opinion. I think, in a way, I didn’t agree with it.” To be honest with you, I think the culture we’ve built here goes against that kind of behavior. I think we are a team that has built something on character and people with character. What he did is obviously unacceptable, and we don’t do it. keep that. For me, in this locker room, we are all about inclusion, diversity and respect. Those are keywords and core values ​​that we have.

“We expect the guys who wear this jersey to be people of high character with integrity and respect. That’s how they should act. My understanding is that he will work on development programs and community programs to improve. It’s up to him to do that. That’s all. My point of view is that it’s a hockey operations decision. We can control what we can control. Hopefully, there’s some growth and some change. If it’s the same 14-year-old coming into this locker room, he wouldn’t be accepted, wanted and welcome in this locker room, to be honest with you.”

To make matters worse, the team claimed to have done its “due diligence” on Miller’s signing, but hadn’t even contacted Meyer-Crothers’ family or verified whether he would be eligible to play in the NHL. According to commissioner Gary Bettman, the Bruins were allowed to sign Miller, but he had not yet been cleared to play in the NHL.

Sunday night, Neely announced that the Bruins had parted ways with Miller.ending a short but embarrassing saga that should never have started in the first place.

Mikko Rantanen shows skill for the Finn in his home country

On Friday, the colorado avalanche Y Columbus Blue Jackets played the first of two Global Series games in Tampere, Finland. That gave Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen a chance to play in his home country, and it looked like home.

In Friday’s game, Rantanen scored a hat-trick in a 6-3 victory and sent the Nokia Arena into a frenzy. He even added an assist on a Cale Makar goal and was named the first star of the match. At the end of the game, fans would serenade Rantanen by chanting his name.

On Saturday, the Avalanche completed their two-game sweep of the Blue Jackets and Rantanen added an assist in that win to cap off a five-point weekend. It was a great weekend for the Finnish striker, and it’s one that neither he nor the fans will forget.

Claude Giroux scores his 300th career goal against his former team

It really couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for Claude Giroux to score his 300th career goal. Just 2:44 into Saturday’s game against his former team, Giroux scored his 300th career goal thanks to a tremendous drive by teammate Tim Stutzle.

With the goal, Giroux has now registered a goal against every team in the NHL. Despite the early count, the philadelphia flyers were able to rally and defeat Giroux and the Ottawa Senators 2-1. After the contest, Giroux revealed that he wasn’t happy about the loss “but I’ll wake up tomorrow and it is what it is.”

“We’re in a little hole, but I’ve been in bigger holes before and got out of it, so right now I’m very frustrated, but I’m not worried,” Giroux said.

The Senators are currently riding a five-game losing streak and their next chance to break it will be Tuesday against the vancouver canucks.

View appointments this week

calls a Devils | Tuesday, November 8: Both of these teams went to overtime in Calgary on Saturday night, and the Devils were able to come away with a dramatic win. New Jersey is one of the best teams in the league right now, and Calgary has a chance to get a big win after going through a bit of a slump.

golden knights in maple leaves | Tuesday, November 8: The Maple Leafs were under fire after a lackluster start to the season, but wins over the Bruins and hurricanes on consecutive days they seem to have quelled those concerns momentarily. Toronto has the opportunity to build even more momentum with the arrival of Las Vegas in the city.

penguins in Capitals | Wednesday, November 9: Neither of these teams is playing their best hockey right now, but I’ll never take Sidney Crosby against Alex Ovechkin for granted. They are still two of the best in the game today.

Flames in Bruins | Thursday, November 10: These two teams are going in very opposite directions. The Bruins have won seven of their last eight games and are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Flames have lost four straight games after a strong start.

oilers in panthers | Saturday November 12: Connor McDavid has recorded points in six straight games, but the Oilers have lost back-to-back games to the Devils and Stars. The Oilers will be looking to get back on track against a Panthers team that hasn’t won consecutive games since the first week of the season.



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