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Maple Leafs’ Matthews sets one season goal score for the franchise

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored his 55th and 56th goals this season in a 4-3 overtime win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday. His first goal of the match at 18:58 of the second half passed over Rick Fife, who scored 54 goals for Toronto in 1981-82, for the most goals scored by a Maple Leafs player in a single season. He finished the historic night with a winning goal in the 2:10 minute of extra time.

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvine/The Hockey Book)

“It means a lot,” Matthews said. “The names that have come before us, just to be in the same breath as some of these guys, it’s so humble. It’s such an honour. … That’s a really great feeling, but we’re working toward something bigger than this. It’s a great starting point, but there is work to be done.” have to be done.”

Black Hawks announce plan to retire from 81st Hausa next season

The Chicago Blackhawks announced, Thursday, their retirement, ranked No. 81 next season, in honor of former striker Marian Hossa, who won three Stanley Cup championships with Chicago and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2021. He joined goalkeepers Glen Hall (No. 1) and Tony Esposito ( 35), defensive backs Pierre Bilott and Keith Magnuson (each with number 3), and forwards Bobby Hull (No. 9), Dennis Savard (No. 18) and Stan Mikita (No. 21) as the only players to be retired by the Black Hawks. In 1,309 NHL career games, he scored 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) as a member of the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Blackhawks.

Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Marianne Houssa, Chicago Blackhawks (Amy Irvine/The Hockey Book)

“As a kid, you know you dreamed of one day playing in the National Hockey League, the best league in the world,” Hessa said. “So your goal is to win the Stanley Cup. Your goal is not to go to the rafters or go to the Hall of Fame, but I think someone really loved my game during those years and that success that we had. … I was fortunate to play with so many great players and a great coaching staff. “Thank you to them too. It’s great news for me and my family. I’m drowning. Still not drowned (in). Amazing.”

Wilson is stepping down from Sharks as general manager after 19 seasons

On Thursday, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson resigned as general manager after 19 seasons with the franchise. He has been on medical leave since November 26, 2021, and made the decision in the interest of his health. Wilson selected the Sharks for 14 playoffs, and reached the Western Conference Final five times (2004, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2019) and the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

“I would like to thank everyone who reached out to me while I was on vacation,” Wilson said. “Although I have made significant progress over the past several months, I feel that it is in the best interests of the organization and myself to step down from my current duties and focus on my health and full recovery. I look forward to continuing my NHL career in the future.”

On Thursday, Vancouver Canucks defender Oliver Ekman-Larson returned to Arizona for the first time since the Coyotes traded him on July 23, 2021. He was the fourth captain in Coyotes franchise history and played in Arizona for 11 seasons, scoring 388 points (128 goals and 260 assists). decisive) in 769 matches. Coyotes fans welcomed him back with a video of greetings and lots of cheers.

For everything I did on and off the ice. For being an incredible person, colleague and leader. Welcome back to the desert, OEL. 🌵

“Lots of memories from my time here,” Ekman Larson said. “I couldn’t be more grateful for what this organization has done for me and just to be able to come back. It feels great, but it also has some mixed feelings. … This will always be my second home. I loved it when I was here and still do, it was The fans are great and the people have been very kind to me. I can’t say anything bad about this place, and it’s nice to be back.”

Atkinson Airmen returns to Columbus for the first time since the trade

On Thursday, Philadelphia Flyers forward Cam Atkinson returned to Columbus for the first time since the Blue Jackets traded him on July 24, 2021. He scored 402 points (213 goals, 189 assists) in 627 games with Columbus over 10 seasons. It has been a fan favorite for many years. As expected, he was greeted with loud cheers and video greetings upon his return.

“That was all feeling. Definitely emotional. I got a little choked up,” Atkinson said. “I have so many great memories here and so many friends. This is my home, this is where I’ll be out of season and when I retire. Fans, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I was trying to squeak by that guy Elvis, but he didn’t seem to want to let me have one.”

Josie the Predator sets franchise score for one season

Nashville Predators defender Roman Jose scored three assists in the 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. His solid performance gives him 87 points (19 goals, 68 assists) in 68 games this season, surpassing Paul Carria (85 points in 2005-06) for the most points in a single season in Predators history. Josie is having a great season which is one of the main reasons Nashville sat in the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Roman Nutty Nashville Predators
Roman Josie, Nashville Predators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Book)

“Paul Carrea is clearly an incredible player, a man I grew up watching as a kid,” Josie said. “He’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a great player, and he’s definitely very surreal. Like I said before, I love this team. I get a lot of free points because the guys are playing well and the guys are scoring and our strength is doing really well. It’s so much fun to be a part of This team.”

Hurricanes Clinch Berth 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Carolina Hurricanes claimed a berth in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday. It’s the fourth consecutive season that the Hurricanes have qualified for the post-season, all under head coach Rod Brend Amour. Carolina ranks third in the NHL and first in the DC division with a score of 46-17-8 (100 points).

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Bringmore
Rod Brende Amour, Carolina Hurricane (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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“It’s a huge achievement,” Brentmore said. “We’ve been grinding all year round. We know there are bigger and better things that we want to achieve, but you have to achieve that first. I give these guys a lot of credit. They play with their butts every night. It doesn’t always work out, but they are a very committed group.”

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