After making 36 saves for the Florida Panthers in their 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, Roberto Luongo surpassed the legendary Ed Belfour to move into third all-time on the NHL goalie wins list.
Luongo didn’t think too much about his accomplishment following the game, and was more pleased that the team escaped the Pepsi Center with a much-needed road victory.
“I’m happier we got the two points,” said Luongo.
“It’s a big road win for our club against a team that’s one of the good teams. They had won four in a row, so it was a gutsy effort for our club in a road game in a tough building.”
The 39-year old, who is currently playing in his 20th NHL season, has accumulated 485 wins, 2.51 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 1033 combined games with the Vancouver Canucks and Panthers.
He is also a six-time NHL all-star, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and holds NHL records for most saves in a single season and most regular season overtime wins. He needs 67 more wins to pass former Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche great Patrick Roy for second overall.
He still has three years remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $5,333,333 following the 2018/19 campaign.
Should Cale Makar’s goal have counted? A closer look at the controversial rule that allowed it to happen
In case you missed it, the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers exploded for 14 goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final last night.
Colorado ended up winning the game 8-6 and taking a 1-0 series lead, but it didn’t happen without controversy.
One of the goals still being talked about was Cale Makar’s late first period goal that appeared to be an easy offside goal but was surprisingly not overturned after being reviewed by the head office in New York.
A lot of fans were left wondering why it was a good goal when another attacking player CLEARLY crossed the blue line before the puck. In most scenarios this would be the case, but according to rule 83.3, this was one of the exceptions. The video below explains it:
Do you agree with the call? If you do, do you think the league should make changes to this controversial rule? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Canadiens officially name Martin St. Louis the 32nd head coach in franchise history, sign him to three-year extension
The Montreal Canadiens believe in Martin St. Louis’ ability behind the bench, and are keeping him there for the foreseeable future.
The team has officially removed the interim tag from his role, and named him the 32nd head coach in franchise history. The two sides have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2024/25 campaign
“We are happy to officially appoint Martin as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Montreal general manager Kent Hughes.
“Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey. His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future.”
The 45-year old, who played in 1134 NHL games as a player from 1998-2015, took over as Habs’ bench boss after replacing Dominique Ducharme on February 9.
During his tenure last season, he led the last place Canadiens to a combined 14-19-4 record to finish off the 2021/22 campaign. Prior to that, the Canadiens were an abysmal 8-30-7.
WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.
Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.
They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!
After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.
The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.