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Eagles in the Pros 3/27 - 4/2: Brian Gionta Secures Win for Buffalo in His 1,000th Career NHL Game

Featuring Gionta’s big game, Patrick Eaves’ 30th goal of the season, and lots of points from Johnny Hockey.

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The story of the week was Brian Gionta scoring the game-winner in his 1,000th career NHL game, but it was a big week for BC alums in general. Patrick Eaves hit 30 goals for the first time in his pro career, Matt Gaudreau signed with the Sound Tigers, and Colin White scored his first pro goal in the AHL and then earned an ELC with Ottawa.


Cam Atkinson (Columbus Blue Jackets): Atkinson scored the game-winner in Columbus’ 3-1 win over Buffalo last week. His 34th goal of the season was a high wrist shot.

Brian Boyle (Toronto Maple Leafs): Boyle helped to set up Auston Matthews’ game-winner against Detroit last week, earning his lone point of the week with an assist.

Paul Carey (Washington Capitals): Carey was a healthy scratch last week.

Brian Dumoulin (Pittsburgh Penguins): Dumoulin had 2 SOG, 4 hits, and 5 blocked shots over 3 games last week.

Patrick Eaves (Anaheim Ducks): Eaves scored three times last week and now has 30 goals in a season for the first time in his pro career. Here is his 30th goal of the season:

Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames): Gaudreau scored 2 goals and picked up 3 helpers last week. He scored an empty-netter against Colorado and this beauty against the Sharks:

Brian Gionta (Buffalo Sabres): Gionta scored the game-winner against Florida in what was his 1,000th career NHL game - a home game for his Buffalo Sabres.

Stephen Gionta (New York Islanders): Gionta played in all of New York’s games last week and recorded 1 assist.

Noah Hanifin (Carolina Hurricanes): Hanifin’s 4th goal this season was an OT game-winner, leading Carolina to victory over Columbus.

Jimmy Hayes (Boston Bruins): Hayes played in 3 of Boston’s 4 games last week.

Kevin Hayes (New York Rangers): Hayes recorded 2 assists in NY’s loss to the Sharks.

Chris Kreider (New York Rangers): Kreider scored twice last week, including the game-winner against the Flyers.

Mike Matheson (Florida Panthers): Matheson scored his 6th goal of the year in the Panthers’ loss to his hometown Habs.

Brooks Orpik (Washington Capitals): Orpik recorded 5 SOG, 4 hits, and 4 blocked shots over 4 games last week.

Zach Sanford (St. Louis Blues): Sanford played in all 4 of the Blues’ games last week and saw decent ice time.

Steve Santini (New Jersey Devils): Santini had 3 SOG and 4 hits over 2 games last week.

Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils): Schneider made 38 saves against the Flyers and 33 against the Jets, but New Jersey lost both matches.

Ben Smith (Toronto Maple Leafs): Smith did not play last week.

Miles Wood (New Jersey Devils): Wood played in all 3 of New Jersey’s games last week.


Patrick Brown (Charlotte Checkers): Brown recorded 2 assists upon returning to the AHL last week.

Austin Cangelosi (Albany Devils): Cangelosi recorded an assist on Albany’s lone goal against Providence to earn his first professional point.

Tommy Cross (Providence Bruins): Cross had 9 SOG over 3 games last week.

Thatcher Demko (Utica Comets): Demko earned 2 wins and a loss last week. He recorded an assist against Rochester and made 43 saves to help Utica defeat the Penguins.

Ryan Fitzgerald (Providence Bruins): Fitzgerald played in 2 games for Providence last week.

Matty Gaudreau (Bridgeport Sound Tigers): Gaudreau has yet to see ice time for Bridgeport.

Brian Gibbons (Albany Devils): Gibbons earned an assist by setting up the game-winner against Hartford.

Ian McCoshen (Springfield Thunderbirds): McCoshen played in all 3 of Springfield’s games last week and came out of it with 2 SOG and a +1.

John Muse (Rochester Americans): Muse did not play last week. #FreeJohnMuse

Philip Samuelsson (Charlotte Checkers): Samuelsson recorded a goal and an assist last week. His goal was the game-winner against Cleveland.

Scott Savage (Cleveland Monsters): Savage played in 2 of Cleveland’s 4 games last week.

Rob Scuderi (Ontario Reign): Scuderi did not play last week.

Alex Tuch (Iowa Wild): Tuch scored the only goal not scored by Luke Kunin in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Rockford.

Joe Whitney (Tucson Roadrunners): Whitney had 7 SOG last week but was unable to convert.

Colin White (Binghamton Senators): White recorded a goal and 2 assists in his first week of play with Binghamton and was signed to an ELC with Ottawa on Sunday.


Patch Alber (Adirondack Thunder): Alber recorded an assist in Adirondack’s victory over Orlando.

Teddy Doherty (Manchester Monarchs): Doherty picked up an assist in both of Manchester’s wins over Elmira last week.

Adam Gilmour (Quad City Mallards): Gilmour scored a goal in Quad City’s 4-3 loss to Alaska.

Parker Milner (South Carolina Stingrays): Milner played in 2 losses and a win last week. He made 37 saves in South Carolina’s win over Orlando.


The NWHL season is over. Many of the Eagles in the NWHL are currently playing in the Women’s World Championship for Team USA.


The CWHL season is over.


Barry Almeida (Coventry Blaze): The Blaze’s season is over.

Nathan Gerbe (Geneve-Servette HC): Geneve-Servette’s season is over.

Tim Kunes (Stavanger Oilers): Kunes had 2 SOG and a +1 in Stavanger’s 4-3 win over Frisk Asker.

Pat Mullane (HC Karlovy Vary): Mullane did not play last week - he is injured.

Ryan Shannon (ZSC Lions): ZSC’s season is over.

Dave Spina (TPS): Spina did not play last week.

Cam Spiro (Gentofte): Gentofte’s season is over.


Brad Barone (Mississippi River Kings): Barone earned 2 wins last week, against Columbus and Evansville. He made 38 saves in the victory over Evansville.

Brian Billett (Knoxville Ice Bears): Billet earned 2 wins last week, making 34 saves against Roanoke and 42 against Pensacola.