- Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Let’s begin with an obvious nod to the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets medical staffs for their proactive and immediate reaction to Rich Peverley’s health scare that postponed the teams’ game on Monday night.
No. 1 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs star had a goal and two assists in their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim. He had a secondary helper on Tyler Bozak’s goal and scored his 34th in the first; he then assisted on Paul Ranger’s second-period goal. Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Duchene scored at 2:33 of overtime to give the Avs a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He schooled Dustin Byfuglien with a spin move in the corner, fired the puck off Tobias Enstrom and then collected the rebound for his 21st of the season.
No. 3 Star: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh PenguinsTue, Mar 117:30 PM PDTToronto at San JosePreview Game
- Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars collapsed on their bench during the first period of Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and was immediately tended to by medical personnel before being taken to the hospital.
After a lengthy delay, and with the players on both teams stunned, the NHL elected to postpone the rest of the game.
The NHL's statement:
Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.
With 13:37 left in the first period, Dallas players started pouring over the boards to get the officials’ attention to stop the action. The Blue Jackets’ players stood up and craned their necks to the left toward the Dallas bench, where personnel were frantically surrounding Peverley.
Trainers quickly carried him to the back without a stretcher by his hands and legs. The players stood around for several minutes, some players on one knee on the ice, before both teams returned to their locker rooms.Tue, Mar 114:00 PM PDTDetroit at ColumbusPreview Game
- Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Think about the day you’re having. Perhaps it’s a good day. Perhaps it’s a bad day.
But no matter what kind of day it is, it’s undoubtedly better than the day Cody Ceci of the Ottawa Senators is having. Because Cody Ceci took a Shea Weber slap shot to the head.
Here’s the aftermath, as the Sens defenseman crumpled to the ice after taking the NHL’s second-hardest shot to the noggin.
Check out a GIF of the shot via SB Nation.
Ceci fell to the ice in front of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson after he was hit on the side of the head by Weber's drive from inside the blue line at 10:21 of the first period. The 20-year-old rookie was bleeding from the right side of his head as he was helped off the ice to the dressing room.
The Senators reported that “Ceci will not return to tonight's game after sustaining a laceration behind his right ear.”
Well, yeah …Mon, Mar 10Nashville4 - 3OttawaGame Recap
- Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption: " Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center."
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Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.
Preview: Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m.
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m.
- Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Ted Nolan let it slip on Monday that the Buffalo Sabres and his agent are hammering out the details on a new deal that will keep him behind the bench through the team’s transition years.
Said Nolan: "I put into my representative's hand and I guess him and [GM Tim Murray] will be talking soon if not have talked already. Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We'll leave it in their hands for now."
So “just a formality” would seem to indicate that this thing is getting done, which is at least a little surprising given how Nolan was knocked on his ass by the resignation of Pat LaFontaine from the Sabres.
Luckily for himself and the Sabres, Ted Nolan’s not an idiot.Tue, Mar 114:00 PM PDTNashville at BuffaloPreview Game
- Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche are practically locked into a Western Conference playoff seed, after many predicted they wouldn’t even make the postseason this year. This defying of expectations has prompted their playoff run battle cry: “WHY NOT US?”
Well, little did we know the true meaning of the phrase until the team released a playoff pump-up video on Monday: “No NHL team has made an embarrassingly awful cover of Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ featuring sweaty players, terrible acting and shirtless dudes making awkward faces in the bathroom mirror … so WHY NOT US?”
Here are Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and the Avalanche covering “Imagine Dragons.” Thus begins your frantic search for a “Men In Black” neurolizer to rid your mind of these images:
A few reactions:
1. The only way we could be more uncomfortably close to Matt Duchene’s face is if someone hit us with a shrink ray and we held a picnic on his lip divot.
- Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Daryl "Razor" Reaugh on the Dallas Stars; Nick Cotsonika on the GM meetings.
• Jeff Marek is now a superstar of superstars for Rogers Sportsnet.
• The great overtime debate.
• The Playoff Races in the East and West.
Question of the Day: What's your preferred OT format? Email at email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!Tue, Mar 115:00 PM PDTDallas at St. LouisPreview Game
- Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
The NHL’s general managers are on vacation playing golf attempting not to giggle when passing Garth Snow in the hallway having their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. through Wednesday, with one major topic on the agenda: overtime and minimizing the shootout.
Of the 967 games played in the 2013-14 regular season through Sunday, 122 have been decided in a shootout. That’s 12.6 percent of the regular season ending in a skills competition, which is actually down from the average since the shootout began in 2005-06: 13.3 percent of all regular-season games.
The momentum has been building to do something to reduce the number of shootout games.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s 4-on-4 then 3-on-3 OT format may be the most radical, which is why it probably won’t be ratified without a season or two of lab-ratting in the AHL. (The Southern Professional Hockey League, by the way, has both 3-on-3 OT and a female goalie. Your move, NHL.)
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
EHC Red Bull München is a hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and home to such former NHL luminaries as Danny Richmond (owner of a 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring) and Matt Smaby, who was a semi-regular defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2007-11.
ECH Red Bull has made the 2014 DEL playoffs, and decided to rally its community to support the team as it contends for … well, we have no idea what the German equivalent of the Stanley Cup is. If it’s not DAS BOOT, they’re doing it wrong.
To do so, they used one of the time-honored traditions in hockey: The fist-bump and/or glove tap. With a camera attached to mitt and fan passion on their minds, the team took to the streets of Munich for one of the most random playoff pump-up videos we’ve ever seen:
Well, they’ve got Pinocchio, a fruit vendor and an Imperial Stormtrooper on board.
Good luck, rest of the DEL …
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The King made 30 saves to lead the Rangers over the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0. That included 18 saves in the first two periods to hold a 1-0 lead, until Chris Kreider scored a pair in the third.
No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter opened the scoring with a goal before scoring another on the power play in the third and then assisting on Trevor Lewis’s game-breaking tally, in the Kings’ 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Alas, he also took a misconduct in the third.
No. 3 Star: T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Oshie opened the scoring and tallied the first goal of the shootout in the Blues’ 3-2 win at the Minnesota Wild.
Honorable mention: Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists in the Boston Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Jimmy Hayes had two goals for the Panthers. … Jonathan Toews scored a third-period goal in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Brian Elliott made a heck of a paddle save for the Blues: