The Red Wings withstood the Chicago Blackhawks’ opening barrage and showed why they are still the top team in Central Division.
Ty Conklin made 36 saves for his seventh NHL shutout, and Johan Franzen scored twice to lift Detroit to a 4-0 win that snapped the Blackhawks’ team-record, nine-game winning streak.
Chicago came into the game only four points behind the first place Red Wings and dominated early, outshooting Detroit 12-1 in the first 9:21. James Wisniewski hit the goal post during a power play a little over seven minutes in. Conklin, who earned his third shutout this season, made several outstanding saves to keep the game scoreless.
Petr Prucha provides quite a punch when he gets into the New York Rangers lineup. His only problem has been getting regular work.
Prucha got the Rangers even Monday night when he scored one of New York’s four third-period goals that carried them to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders. The speedy Czech forward has only two goals this season, but both were scored after lengthy benchings.
“I got lucky,” said Prucha, who hadn’t played in eight games. “It’s tough being out of the lineup for so long, and it was frustrating. I got the chance to play again and scored, so hopefully I will be in the lineup for the next game.”
New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov, who collapsed and died during a game on Oct. 13, was alleged to be blood doping for several months before he died, investigators revealed Monday.
Russian investigators further revealed that during his last year the 19-year-old player suffered from myocarditis, a condition where not enough blood gets to the heart. As a result, Cherepanov should not have been playing professional hockey according to the investigation.
Russia’s federal Investigative Committee said experts concluded from analysis of blood and urine samples that for several months Cherepanov “engaged in blood doping.” There was no elaboration in the statement, and a spokeswoman at the committee refused further comment.
The committee said the club’s medical team may carry legal liability, contending a “row of gross violations was committed by the medical brigade” helping Cherepanov.
“Among them, doctors arrived on the scene a full 12 minutes after Cherepanov collapsed, and the battery on the defibrillator to attempt shock Cherepanov’s heart back into life was drained,” the statement said.
Prosecutors this month accused the club’s director of negligence. Mikhail Denisov has since been fired, and Monday’s statement did not mention him.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Claude Lemieux to a two-way contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“This is simply the next step in the evaluation process with Claude,” said Wilson.
Lemieux must still clear NHL waivers, which would run through Tues., Dec. 30 at Noon PST. Should he clear waivers, Wilson said he would be assigned back to Worcester.
I really want to get a Sharks fan opinion on this one. Of all the old guys to go after, (Shanahan, Forsberg, Gretzky, Howe) the Sharks sign Claude Lemieux.
I am only going to say one phrase and leave it at that: WTF!!!?!?!?!