McKenna becomes Flyers’ 7th goalie as Philly ties NHL record
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers tied an NHL record with Mike McKenna becoming their seventh goaltender to play this season.
McKenna started against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Tuesday night and allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 5-3 loss . He got the nod because interim coach Scott Gordon wanted to give top goaltending prospect Carter Hart a break after playing twice in three days.
Hurricanes put Darling on waivers, Coyotes claim Pickard
On a busy day for goaltenders on the NHL waiver wire, the Carolina Hurricanes put Scott Darling on waivers and the Arizona Coyotes claimed Calvin Pickard from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Darling went on waivers Thursday with two years left on his contract beyond this season at a salary-cap hit of $4.15 million. Darling became Carolina's third goaltender behind Petr Mrazek and Curtis McIlhenney, who the Hurricanes claimed from the Maple Leafs before the season began.
Skinner leads Sabres past Canadiens 3-2, winning streak at 8
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight victory.
Buffalo's win streak is the longest in the NHL and the team's best stretch since winning 10 in a row to start the 2006-07 season. Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Sabres, and Carter Hutton made 31 saves.
Couturier, Konecny lead Flyers over Rangers 4-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers got the type of consistent performance they had been missing of late.
Sean Couturier scored a pair of goals, Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his fourth career shutout and Philadelphia beat the New York Rangers 4-0 Friday to stop a four-game losing streak.
Cirelli lifts Lightning to wild win over Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Cirelli scored 1:47 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 on Saturday after blowing a big lead in the third period.
Cirelli outmuscled Wayne Simmonds and beat Calvin Pickard with a top-shelf wrist shot. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Cirelli scores in OT as Lightning beat Flyers 6-5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Cirelli saved the day for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay coughed up a four-goal lead, yet escaped with the win when Cirelli scored 1:47 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Cirelli outmuscled Wayne Simmonds to gain position in front of the net and beat Calvin Pickard with a top-shelf wrist shot. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Giroux scores twice, Flyers beat Coyotes 5-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers struggled to start the season and have seen one goalie after another go down with injuries.
They kept battling and now are back to .500 after earning seven of a possible eight points on a just-completed road trip.
Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots and the Flyers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Monday night.
Voracek, Laughton score 2 apiece, Flyers beat Senators 7-4
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jakub Voracek rebounded quickly from an embarrassing loss.
Voracek had two goals and three assists and Scott Laughton also scored twice in Philadelphia's 7-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Wednesday, a night after an 8-2 loss to San Jose in the Flyers' home opener.
"It was a tough start at home for us, but we scored seven and I think we played a pretty good hockey game," Voracek said. "We just have to take it to the home ice now."
Net loss: Maple Leafs lose 2 goalies; Capitals claim Jaskin
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was very much the diplomat after goalies Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard were claimed off waivers Tuesday.
"Good for Mac. Good for Pick," Babcock said. "Too bad for our depth."
McElhinney was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, whose projected starter Scott Darling is injured and set to miss a few weeks. McElhinney has a 62-71-13 record in 10 seasons among six teams.
Compher scores in OT, Avalanche beat Maple Leafs 4-3
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon considers Calvin Pickard a close friend, but that didn't stop the Colorado center from getting the best of his pal.
MacKinnon had a goal and two assists and J.T. Compher scored a power-play goal 3:25 into overtime to give the Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Vegas hardly a fly-by-Knight squad in 1st season on the ice
Feel free to keep treating the Vegas Golden Knights like an expansion team. Really, they don't mind being taken lightly.
Maple Leafs acquire goalie Pickard from Golden Knights
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goalie Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round pick next year.
The Maple Leafs assigned Pickard to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
Russians Varlamov, Yakupov could figure big in Avs’ revival
LAST SEASON: 22-56-4, 48 points.
COACH: Jared Bednar (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: F Alexander Kerfoot, RW Nail Yakupov, F Colin Wilson, F Dominic Toninato, G Jonathan Bernier.
LOST: F Mikhail Grigorenko, D Francois Beauchemin, D Fedor Tyutin, F John Mitchell, G Calvin Pickard, F Rene Bourque, D Patrick Wiercioch.
It’s not often area youths get the chance to skate with an active NHL player. It’s even more rare that an NHL team brings an offseason marketing caravan through the area. Both things happened at Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Favorites Russia and Canada remained unbeaten at the ice hockey world championship after convincing wins over co-host Germany and Belarus on Monday.
Vadim Shipachyov and Nikita Kucherov scored twice each as record-title winner Russia defeated Germany 6-3 in Cologne, while Nathan MacKinnon notched two more goals and an assist as Canada shut out Belarus 6-0 in Paris, where goaltender Calvin Pickard was outstanding.
DENVER (AP) — On a night when the Colorado Avalanche got a rare victory, the St. Louis Blues also left as a big winner in the loss.
Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene scored shootout goals, Calvin Pickard had 27 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout and the Avalanche beat the Blues 2-1 on Friday night.
Duchene ends slump as Avalanche beat Red Wings 3-1
DENVER (AP) — Matt Duchene raised his arms and exhaled as he circled around the net following his first goal since Feb. 19.
What he calls the "worst slump" of his life is finally over.
Duchene scored for the first time in 12 games and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Wednesday night.
"I think you could tell by my reaction how relieved I was," Duchene said. "I don't know if I've ever scored a goal that felt better than that one."
Smith sets Coyotes’ shutout record in win over Avalanche
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith knew toward the end of Monday night's game that an important milestone was within reach. As it turned out, one goal was all Smith needed from his teammates to accomplish it.
Smith set a franchise record with his 22nd shutout, making 22 saves to back Brendan Perlini's goal and help the Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Monday night.
Beauchemin’s late goal lifts Avalanche past Devils 3-2
DENVER (AP) — Francois Beauchemin and the Colorado Avalanche added another loss to New Jersey's misery.
Beauchemin scored with 1:14 left in the third period, and the Avalanche edged the Devils 3-2 victory on Thursday night.
Nathan MacKinnon and Rene Bourque also scored for Colorado, and Calvin Pickard had 25 saves. The last-place Avalanche (19-44-3) will try for their first three-game win streak of the season on Saturday against Ottawa.
Avalanche beat Hurricanes, 3-1
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have struggled to score all season.
However two quick goals helped them to a rare home win.
Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie scored goals 46 seconds apart in the second period and the Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Barrie also added two assists and Calvin Pickard had 25 saves for Colorado. The Avalanche are 9-21-2 at Pepsi Center and had lost 12 of their past 14 overall before rallying to beat the Hurricanes.
Drouin scores nifty goal in OT as Lightning beat Avs 3-2
DENVER (AP) — Jonathan Drouin made just one move to score the game-winner. He was too spent to do more than that.
Drouin stole the puck down low during a draining shift and scored 2:27 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Sunday night.
Drouin swiped the puck from forward Matt Nieto deep in Avalanche territory before faking one way and flipping a backhand past Calvin Pickard.
Mikko Rantanen lifts Avalanche past Hurricanes in OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Give the Colorado Avalanche plenty of credit for fortitude.
They came into Carolina's building Friday night on a five-game losing streak and with by far the worst record in the NHL, and left with a 2-1 victory over the well-rested Hurricanes.
Mikko Rantanen scored at 4:23 of overtime on a 2-on-1 with Matt Duchene and the Avalanche stopped their slide with a 2-1 victory.
Rantanen scores 3 goals, Avalanche beat Canadiens 4-0
DENVER (AP) — This is exactly how Mikko Rantanen and the Colorado Avalanche envisioned playing all season.
Of course, it's way too late by now.
Rantanen scored three times for his first career hat trick, Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and last-place Colorado beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Andreas Martinsen added a goal as the Avalanche posted back-to-back wins for the first time since November. Even more, it's the first time all season they've won two straight at home.
Iginla powers Avalanche past Jets 5-2
DENVER (AP) — For one day at least, Jarome Iginla and the Colorado Avalanche were all smiles at home.
Iginla had a goal and an assist, and the reeling Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Saturday.
Matt Nieto scored twice and Matt Duchene added three assists, helping Colorado stop a nine-game losing streak. Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg also scored, and Calvin Pickard had 23 saves.
Fans of the Komets may want to keep a close watch on the Colorado Avalanche the rest of the season -- I mean, if you can stomach watching a team that's an NHL-worst 13-31-2 -- because former Komets goaltender Spencer Martin is likely to be with the Avs for the duration.
The Avs' top goalie, Semyon Varlamov, is out for the season with a hip injury. Calvin Pickard is, therefore, atop the depth chart but he's anything but a sure thing.
Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov to undergo season-ending surgery
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will undergo season-ending hip surgery in an effort to fix a lingering groin issue.
He will have the procedure Thursday in Vail, Colorado.
The 28-year-old Varlamov has been dealing with a nagging groin injury since December. He has a 6-17 record with a 3.38 goals-against average over 24 games this season for the last-place Avalanche.
MacKinnon’s OT goal lifts Avs over Islanders 2-1
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche finally got to celebrate at home.
MacKinnon scored 4:43 into overtime, and the Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night for their first win at home in more than seven weeks.
MacKinnon also assisted on Gabriel Landeskog's first-period goal, and Calvin Pickard finished with 35 saves for Colorado.
Backlund, Gaudreau score 2 goals each as Flames top Avs, 6-3
DENVER (AP) — The Calgary Flames had trouble scoring on Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard, so they started using his teammates to beat him.
Once they started rolling, the Flames cruised to an easy win.
Mikael Backlund scored two of Calgary's four goals in the second period and also had an assist, and the Flames beat the Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday night.
All of Calgary's second-period goals deflected off Colorado players.
Kadri scores 2 goals, Maple Leafs blank Avalanche 6-0
DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored twice, Frederik Andersen stopped 38 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the Colorado Avalanche 6-0 on Thursday night.
Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 16th goal to get the Maple Leafs started in the first period. James Van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, and Connor Brown and Frederik Gauthier also scored for Toronto.
Flyers hold off Avalanche 4-3 for 10th straight win
DENVER (AP) — Wayne Simmonds handed his own stick to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the middle of a late onslaught by the Colorado Avalanche and continued to try to block shots with his body.
It was the kind of all-out effort the Philadelphia Flyers needed to preserve their longest winning streak in 31 years.
Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn scored 1:46 apart in the third period and Philadelphia held on for its 10th straight victory, beating Colorado 4-3 on Wednesday night.