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Puck Wire: Top Hockey News Of The Day: March 5th



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Only two games on the NHL slate last night, both seeing two points head north over the boarder. First, it was the Edmonton Oilers scoring three goals in the final 3:30 of the second period to steal a 4-3 win from the Buffalo Sabres. Then, it was complete domination in Calgary as the Toronto Maple Leafs went west and smacked around the suddenly flickering Flames.

Tonight sees a few key games, including the Minnesota Wild visiting the Nashville Predators and the Arizona Coyotes playing host to the Anaheim Ducks. Another key playoff match up? The Rangers will visit Dallas tonight.

Let’s get you set for another big night of NHL hockey, shall we?

  • Austin Czarnik left the Boston Bruins last summer in hopes of landing a larger contract and an NHL job. He did both, signing with the Calgary Flames last July. Czarnik nearly stayed out east, however, and signed with the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. Before the sides met last night, Czarnik revealed he has not regrets how everything went down.
  • It appears the Edmonton Oilers are starting to cross names off their list of candidates for their vacant GM job. Oilers Entertainment Group CEO Bob Nicholson is currently representing the club at the GM’s meetings in Florida and is excepted to reach out to candidates in the next 10-14 days.
  • More goals? Yup. More comebacks? Yup. Everyone happy? Apparently, yup. That’s the story from day one of the NHL’s GM’m meetings in Florida, where clubs are apparently happy with the increased offense and the high number of comebacks being made around the league. More from the CBC.
  • Matt Cullen has had quite the NHL career. The respected veteran continues his journey in Pittsburgh and is closing in on another milestone, 1,500 NHL games. His disciplined approach is a big reason why he’s made it so far.
  • We didn’t think it would be much of a contest before the season started, but the race for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie is well underway. ESPN’s award watch for March has the details on the Calder race and more.
  • Stick taps to Tyler Ennis, Toronto’s veteran forward. In his latest return to his home province of Alberta, Ennis snapped home his first career hat-trick in the Leafs curb-stomping of Calgary last night.

Photo Credit:Santeri Viinamäki [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Alex is a 2016 graduate of Springfield College who is currently a writer with Boston Hockey Now and The Oilers Rig. Outside of writing, you can find Alex in rinks around New England as the Play-by-Play voice of the USPHL’s Boston Junior Bruins. In addition, he does broadcasting work for Northeastern University, Holy Cross And UMass-Lowell. Reach him on Twitter: @Alex_Thomas14

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