Vasilevskiy recovered brilliantly after appearing to lose sight of a shot that rang off the crossbar behind him. Vandevelde had Vasilevskiy at his mercy, but even despite the open net, the 21-year-old backstop got back in time to get a skate on the puck.
In a showdown with Steve Yzerman, the Red Wings icon always wins. Ask Jonathan Drouin.
Drouin blinked first last week. Suspended for walking out on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL team after requesting a trade, Drouin called his general manager and told him he wanted to do what he should've been doing all along: play hockey.
It was a call Yzerman was waiting for, likely expected. He was never going to back down, never going to have his arm twisted. Drouin, after not being traded by the Feb. 29 deadline, and set to lose a year on his entry-level contract, had no choice. He needs to play. And so, in a showdown with Yzerman, Drouin - and his agent Allan Walsh - were the unequivocal losers.
"I will do whatever I think is right for the Lightning and that could include recalling Jonathan," Yzerman said. "If he gets back, plays well, he’s going to help us win, in the right frame of mind and he deserves it, he’ll get recalled."
Yzerman has proven as a player and executive that nothing and no one comes before the team. He left Martin St. Louis off Team Canada, eventually trading his captain. He did the unconventional, coming out and saying pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos wouldn’t be traded. And Drouin’s been watching with the rest of us as the Lightning have won a franchise-best nine in a row.
Drouin, Walsh, and the NHL once again learned a familiar lesson: No one bullies Steve Yzerman.
The 34-year-old hasn't played since Feb. 21 due to a groin injury, and has only 12 goals and 12 assists in 57 games. It's been a nightmare few months, a season removed from scoring 31 goals.
Vrbata will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and he's got the remainder of his season to up his value. He wasn't moved at the trade deadline, which means suitors won't likely be banging on his door on July 1.
The drop in global oil prices has hit Calgary's economy hard, and while the Flames have been awful on the ice, this decision is more about the community, said Rollie Cyr, the Flames' vice president of sales, ticketing, and customer service.
"We thought it was the right thing to do," said Cyr. "We're not blind to what's going on in our economy. We're looking after the consumer who has been our partner for a long time. Being a good corporate partner and citizen is important."
Oil markets were active Monday, jumping more than five percent, according to Reuters. Brent crude oil hit $40 a barrel, up more than 50 percent from $27.10 on Jan. 20, a 12-year low. A New York-based consultancy told Reuters that "major OPEC producers are talking about a new oil price equilibrium of around $50."
In addition to falling oil prices (the price per barrel was close to $100 in October 2014), a falling Canadian dollar has taken its toll on the Flames, as well. But the club is looking towards the future, and Cyr says that while cancellations have come in, the waiting list for season tickets is 3,000-people long. The Flames have the fifth-highest season ticket prices, Francis writes.
The Flames were very active at the trade deadline, selling unrestricted free agents Jiri Hudler, Kris Russell, and David Jones for draft picks and young players. General manager Brad Treliving's been lauded for how he's rebuilding his team.
"People can see the light at the end of the tunnel," Cyr said. "We are doing the right things."
Lundqvist suffered neck spasms due to the collision, and won't play Tuesday in Buffalo. He's hoping to return on the weekend, and said Monday that he did what he did because he needed a whistle - and when it didn't come from the referee, he took matters into his own hands.
"When I realized the puck is in our end, I was not really ready to play. That was the truth," Lundqvist said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "I don't know how I came up with the conclusion to move the net, but that's what came up in my head, and I'm not gonna apologize for it because I was just not in a position where I could play the game. I needed a break."
Lundqvist's opponent that night, Marc-Andre Fleury, called the incident "baby stuff," but the Swede refused to address the comment, saying he wasn't ready to play, and did what he had to do.
"I needed a whistle. If the ref's not gonna give me one I'm gonna deal with it my way," Lundqvist said. "Could I have done it differently? Absolutely. But at the same time it was a really tough hit where I was not really thinking straight, I think. But I got the whistle."
The Rangers are in Detroit on Saturday, and home to Pittsburgh on Sunday, so expect Lundqvist back in the crease in one of those games - hopefully the one versus the Penguins.
Fox has spent the majority of the season in the East Coast Hockey League, with Kalamazoo, where he has a team-leading 26 goals and 50 points, but he's moving on up to the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers.
The 22-year-old was an undrafted free-agent signing of the Canucks in 2013. He's 6-feet tall and weighs 188 pounds. He had 30 goals in his first ECHL season, after scoring 64 goals in 67 games in his final season of junior hockey.
Nazem Kadri learned a valuable lesson, according to Nazem Kadri.
A year ago this week, Kadri was suspended by the Toronto Maple Leafs for off-ice related issues. Asked about it Monday, Kadri called the suspension his "moment of clarity," according to TSN's Mark Masters.
"I mean, that could've went one of two ways. I could have taken it one of two ways," Kadri said. "I'm proud of myself for just battling my way out of it. Obviously, it was a hard time for myself, but I stuck with it, I worked hard, I didn't let that bother me and I came back with something to prove and I think I've proved that."
Kadri's numbers don't show it, but he's one of Toronto's better players this season, tied for the team lead with 35 points on an offensively-challenged team. He remains a positive possession player and elite at drawing penalties. And he hasn't let a lack of box-score results - he's shooting 5.5 percent with only 12 goals on 220 shots - influence his work ethic, which is the only thing he can control.
"Every single day I want to be the hardest-working guy in practice and I want to bring that work ethic and lead by example not only on the ice but off the ice as well," Kadri said, adding that he's matured as a player and a person.
Head coach Mike Babcock, who's been vocal in his praise for Kadri in his first year coaching him, pumped the brakes a little bit, saying the 25-year-old still has far to go.
"Well, let's not get carried away, work in progress," Babcock said. "If Naz was right here I'd say the same thing to him. A big thing for him, for all kids who come in to the league obviously, is you've got to figure out what a pro is. When you start getting paid you think you're a pro. To me, that has nothing to do with it. That just means you're getting paid. When you become a pro, you learn how to practice hard, you know how to sleep right, how to eat right, you know how to bring it every day, you know how to fight through adversity, you know how to control your emotions. There's lots of things and you're a work in progress and so Naz is that."
The Maple Leafs continue to strip their roster, and are seeing an infusion of youth, as the team begins to develop its own talent. Kadri's one of the older guys now, and he'll only turn 26 in October.
"Especially with the young guys coming in, I want to be a person they can look to," Kadri said.
Kadri needs a new contract, as he's due for restricted free agency after signing a one-year bridge deal worth $4.1 million. He can help as the rebuild continues, and Toronto may be able to lock him in at a cheaper rate after his unlucky season.