NHL Headlines: Week of Feb. 3

Story posted February 3, 2021 in CommRadio, Sports by Jacob Cheris, David Fortunato, Alex Rocco and Mac Young

Superhumans: Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl combine for 11 points

The Edmonton Oilers’ two superstars, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, had a combined total of 11 points in an 8-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. McDavid tallied one goal and four assists against Ottawa, while Draisaitl had a whopping six assists. Edmonton’s dynamic duo leads the NHL in points; McDavid currently has 24, which leads the NHL, and Draisaitl is sitting at second with 22.

Stars shine in overtime: Ovechkin, Crosby and McDavid all score OT winners

In a season unlike any other, there are often rare moments. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid all scored overtime winners in a span of about 12 minutes. Crosby was the first player to score out of the three at around 9:35 p.m. vs. the New York Rangers to give the Penguins a 5-4 win. Ovechkin, who missed the last four games due to being put on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, scored at 9:36 p.m. against the Boston Bruins 28 seconds into the overtime frame. Finally, McDavid capped the night off scoring at 9:47 p.m. to give the Oilers at 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tony DeAngelo placed on waivers by New York

On Monday, Tony DeAngelo was placed on waivers by the New York Rangers. Though DeAngelo has produced offensively ever since the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has struggled mightily on defense. There were also problems off the ice as well. According to The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello, DeAngelo got in a small fight with goaltender Alexander Georgiev after the Rangers fell to the Penguins in overtime. Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said that releasing DeAngelo was not related to his presence on social media but rather because he “could not let go” being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season. DeAngelo tallied 53 points (15 goals, 38 assists) in 68 games last season.

Nathan MacKinnon out with lower-body injury

Nathan MacKinnon sustained a lower-body injury against the Minnesota Wild. It is unclear how or when the injury occured. He will be out for at least one to two weeks. This is a huge loss for the Avalanche, as they have had a tough time staying healthy. MacKinnon joins Devon Toews, Erik Johnson, Matt Calvert, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and goaltender Pavel Francouz on the injury list. MacKinnon currently has 14 points, which is tied for third in the NHL, and it will be interesting to see how the Avalanche play without him.


Jacob Cheris is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jacobcheris19@gmail.com.

Alex Rocco is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email afr5646@psu.edu.

Maclain Young is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email macyoung21@gmail.com.

David Fortunato is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email dforch2344@gmail.com.

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Jacob Cheris

Fourth-Year / Broadcast Journalism

Jacob Cheris is a fourth-year majoring in broadcast journalism from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is an aspiring sports writer. Jacob is a huge Washington Capitals fan and has a great passion for hockey. He played all throughout high school. He is also a member of Penn State Sports Night, where he analyzes hockey and other sports on YouTube. Jacob also covers Penn State Men’s hockey as the lead editorial writer for Penn State Rivals, giving in depth analysis on the team, and feature stories on specific players.  Jacob is also the host of CommRadio’s hockey talk show “The Sin Bin”. Jacob is looking to expand his love for hockey and use it across all sports.

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David Fortunato

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

David Fortunato is an aspiring broadcast journalist with a passion for both sports and the arts at Penn State. Along with being one of the directors for the CommRadio arts & entertainment department, he has written articles, participated in podcasts and even done a live show for the CommRadio sports department. In addition to his work for CommRadio, David is also involved in PSNTV’s Penn State Sports Night. David was also an intern for the Penn State men’s club hockey team, where he did player interviews, produced live streams, did camerawork and even did some play-by-play. He can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Alex Rocco

Third-Year / Broadcast Journalism

Alex Rocco is a third-year student from Long Island, New York majoring in broadcast journalism. Rocco is a general manager, football reporter and broadcaster for CommRadio. Along with covering football for CommRadio, he’s a women’s soccer reporter for The Daily Collegian. Rocco got his start as the president of his high school sports media department, where he wrote numerous articles and broadcasted many games. If you would like to contact him, his email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Mac Young

Second Year / Broadcast Journalism

Maclain Young is a third-year student from Ocean City, New Jersey majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He writes articles weekly for CommRadio’s sports department ranging across all five major sports. Maclain also contributes with play-by-play coverage, beat writes, board ops, and has even helped new members by producing State High Calls. Maclain usually goes by “Mac” and enjoys writing about the Philadelphia sports teams, which he follows vigorously. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).