Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ziggy Palffy has announced his retirement, effective immediately, due to a lingering shoulder injury. The native of Skalica, Slovakia played 12 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, the Los Angeles Kings and the Penguins. In 684 career games, he had 329 goals and 384 assists for 713 points.
By late yesterday afternoon — after about a trillion replays around the world — Washington Capitals rookie Alex Ovechkin’s falling-backward, over-the-head, twisting goal Monday in Phoenix had entered NHL lore as one of the greatest plays in the history of the game.
“We were in our [Outdoor Life Network] studio last night with our three analysts when word was passed down: ‘Wait until you see this highlight. It may be the best goal this year.’ Our jaws dropped,” said Bill Clement, studio host for NBC’s and OLN’s NHL coverage. “Oh my god. It’s one of the greatest goals of all time. We are starting to talk about him for the Hart Trophy,” given to the league’s most valuable player.
Martin Brodeur broke a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL’s career victory list, making 26 saves in the New Jersey Devils’ 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Brian Gionta scored the game’s first two goals, Grant Marshall got the go-ahead goal and Patrik Elias had three assists for New Jersey.
The last thing anyone connected to the Flyers wants to hear are the words â€œPeter Forsberg” and â€œgroin strain” in the same sentence.
But here we go again. For the second time this season, the Flyers’ superstar had to leave a game with a groin strain. Last night the problem was on the left side. If there is any good news it’s that the previous injury, which kept Forsberg out of six games, was situated on the right side.