NHL News and Notes from Friday, April 14th, 2023
- The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, General Manager Ron Hextall, and Assistant General Manager Chris Pryor would all be relieved of their duties.
- The Anaheim Ducks announced that they would not be offering head coach Dallas Eakins a contract extension.
- Buffalo Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson announced his retirement.
- Anderson would also play for the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, and Washington Capitals.
- Anderson would play 709 career NHL games and record 319 wins.
- The Washington Capitals announced that the team and head coach Peter Laviolette have agreed to mutually part ways.
- Laviolette was in the final season of a three year deal with the team.
- Buffalo Sabres v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 730p ET
- In Columbus the Blue Jackets would play host to the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup that was supposed to take place in December, and in the first period Johnny Gaudreau would score to give the Jackets the 1-0 lead. In the second period Jeff Skinner, Victor Olofsson, and Alex Tuch would score for the Sabres to take the 3-1 lead, but Tyler Angle would score his first career NHL goal to get the Jackets back within one. Then in the third period Casey Mittelstadt and Peyton Krebs would score to give the Sabres the 5-2 victory over the Blue Jackets.
- Colorado Avalanche v. Nashville Predators – 8p ET
- In another game that was being made up due to a postponement the Nashville Predators would play host to the Colorado Avalanche with the Central Division on the line for the Avs, and in the first period Devon Toews and Nathan MacKinnon would score to give the Avs the 2-0 lead, but Kiefer Sherwood would score to get the Preds on the board and back within one. However, before the period would end MacKinnon would net his second of the game to retake the two goal lead for the Avs. In the second period Luke Evangelista would score to get the Preds back within one and Sherwood would net his second of the game to tie the game at three. Then in third period MacKinnon would complete the hat trick to give the Avalanche the 4-3 victory over the Predators and clinch the Central Division.
Noteworthy in Hockey
- “This is it,” said Buffalo Sabres goalie Craig Anderson after what he described as a perfect final game on Thursday against his former team, the Ottawa Senators. (The Hockey News)
- Blues begin house cleaning by firing assistants Van Ryn, MacTavish (The Hockey News)
- 32 Thoughts Podcast: Black Friday (SportsNet)
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