Watching three players form a juggernaut is one of those “unique-to-hockey” things we take for granted, so we ranked the best current trios. Plus, why Quebec City is on the outside looking in and the story behind that shirtless Jumbo Joe bobblehead.
Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals' 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game stretch without a goal and added two assists, and Washington's top-line trio each scored a goal in the first period […]
TORONTO – On a frigid November afternoon, Auston Matthews has the hockey world hanging on his every word. He’s returning to practice after missing the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ previous three games due to injury, and reporters have swarmed his locker. Standing on the opposite side of the room is Zach Hyman, the oft-forgotten third member […]
The Caps' top stars weren't producing so Barry Trotz shuffled the top-six and now the Caps are on a roll.
Fourth liners are out there to bring energy, to bring a physical presence, the sandpaper, the grit, all those familiar terms. "You know, we all play this game for one reason and that's to score goals," Tommy Wingels said recently. For Wingels, Lance Bouma and John Hayden, who have comprised the Blackhawks' fourth line for […]
The Tampa Bay Lightning‘s top line isn’t shining as brightly these days. After a cracking start that sent Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov to the top of the NHL scoring leaderboard, the unit, rounded out by Vladislav Namestnikov, has cooled off significantly, and the team has lost three of its last four. The trio has […]
The good news is that David Pastrnak pulled off another highlight-reel goal in Sunday's loss to the Edmonton Oilers when he toe-dragged and snapped in his 12th score of the season before knocking down all the Oil defenders in front of the net like bowling pins. This is all good for an undermanned Bruins team […]
A line that's been clicking recently just might help the Carolina Hurricanes escape from the bottom of their division. Behind Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen, Carolina goes for its fourth straight win over the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at KeyBank Center.
After Wednesday, you can add the Detroit Red Wings to the list of teams that simply can’t stand Keith’s rambunctious son. Tkachuk was the catalyst or one of the catalysts for quite the wild line brawl between the Red Wings and Flames, with goalies being involved and quite the mess for the Department of Player […]
Keep the Flyers' potent top line off the scoresheet and there is a good chance you'll keep the entire team off the scoreboard. "Yeah, it's a really boring game they play," Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk stopped all 32 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout while increasing his shutout […]
Don't think for one minute Michael Raffl isn't having fun. For a guy that scored 21 goals in 2014-15 and was at times featured in a top-line role alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, remaining his jovial self would seem like a challenge. At 28 years old, Raffl is an elder statesman of sorts among Laughton […]
The Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek trio scored all three of the Flyers' goals Thursday, dominating the Blackhawks' top line in the first 25 minutes of a 3-1 victory (see observations). "When you get a chance to play against one of the top lines in the league, you get excited about it," Claude Giroux said. "Coach told us that we […]