- Puck Daddy7 mins ago
At every NHL game, two large nets separate fans in lower level seats from the ice, stretching from the top of the glass to the rafters. They serve to protect fans from pucks that fly from the rink into the spectator areas.
But on Thursday night, it was one of the nets themselves that ended up injuring two fans.
After most fans had emptied out of the arena the Boston Bruins’ 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals at TD Garden, two women were standing near the glass near the end boards. Suddenly, a pole that holds the protective netting fell from the Garden roof and landed on them.
A few other fans rushed to their aid before medical personnel arrived on the scene.
WARNING: The following image is graphic in nature.
Via the Boston Globe, the aftermath:
Boston police did not release the names of the victims, only to say they’re women in their 20s. The incident happened around 9:40 p.m. At least one of the women was taken away on a stretcher, her neck immobilized.
- Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Perfect Human returned to Detroit for a perfect number retirement ceremony, as Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 was hoisted to the rafters before the Red Wings’ game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Among the speakers honoring Lidstrom were coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland. But it was Lidstrom that was the star – ironic when you consider how often others grabbed the spotlight while Lidstrom did the heavy lifting in the background.
One of his most memorable moments was a look back at his beginnings with the Red Wings:
“I didn’t know much about the history of the team. I knew that Steve Yzerman was the captain and had played here a long time, but besides that I didn’t know a whole lot about the team. So when the trainer at the time ask me what number I would like if I made the team, I told him ‘I wore No. 9 in Sweden and it would be great if I could get No. 9 again.’ He just said, ‘Kid that just ain’t going to happen,’” he said, standing under the retired No. 9 of Gordie Howe.
“So I came back here in the fall of ’91 and just kept my mouth shut. No. 5 was handed to me.”
- Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Playing the lifeless carcass of the Vancouver Canucks, Seguin had a 5-point game in the Stars’ 6-1 win. He scored two straight goals in the first period and then again in the third, assisting on goals by Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski. It’s his second 5-point game of the season.
No. 2 Star: Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres goalie made 43 saves against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Buffalo won, 3-1. Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored the goals.
No. 3 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Can a player land a star of the night with a single assist? Sure, when that assist sets up an overtime game-winning goal by Andre Benoit, and when that assist earned him a point in his 13th consecutive game, the longest streak ever by an 18-year-old – breaking a Wayne Gretzky record. The Avs won, 3-2, on Nicklas Lidstrom Night in Detroit.
- Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
There isn’t much in life that can separate a Texan from his Stetson. But even a cowboy can’t deny one of hockey’s greatest traditions.
Conrad Shindler is a Texas A&M alum and a Dallas Stars fan. He had the good fortune of attending their game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, and made a vow via Twitter once Tyler Seguin scored his second goal: If Seguin completed the hat trick, he would hurl his black cowboy hat onto the ice in celebration.
In the third period, Seguin scored his third goal in the 6-1 victory. Hats littered the ice from the Dallas faithful … including Shindler’s cowboy hat (video via cstetter on Instagram):
God bless Texas.
So amazing was this moment for Lone Star hockey fandom that linesman Derek Amell couldn’t help but briefly model Shindler’s hat:
Now, usually hats tossed on the ice are collected by the home team’s ice crew, never to be seen again for the fans that threw them.
- Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The Vancouver Canucks had a no good awful very bad first period against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, giving up three goals in the first 12 minutes of the game. So naturally they started playing chippy hockey as the period went on. And then Zack Kassian did something stupid.
Here’s Kassian hitting Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon from behind, in glorious GIF form (via Pat Iversen).
Kassian was given a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Dillon left for the dressing room in the first period but returned to play in the second.
Will this earn him a suspension? Keep in mind that Kassian was given three preseason and five regular season games for a high stick on Sam Gagner in the preseason.
Watching this hit, it seems even Kassian seemed to realize he had just punched his ticket for a Shanaban.
- Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
There were 20 trades on 2014 NHL Deadline Day involving 38 players and around 24 draft picks. Even more players and picks moved in the days leading up to it.
So who struck gold, and who wallowed in garbage? Which teams made smart decisions, and which ones acted recklessly?
Coming up, we grade all 30 teams on their 2014 trade deadline performances.
Enjoy. Or cry. You know who you are.
Anaheim Ducks: B+
The Dustin Penner trade led to the Stephane Robidas trade, and that’s the real keeper for this deadline for the Ducks. When he’s healthy, he’ll add a veteran presence to the D-corps as well as some toughness. They solved the Viktor Fasth issue by flipping him to Edmonton for two picks, as Frederik Andersen made him expendable. A solid deadline for Bob Murray, but only a B-plus because they cleared the decks for Ryan Kesler and didn’t land him.
Boston Bruins: C
- Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
So Lou Lamoriello appears to have outsmarted everyone. Again.
From the NHL, on the Ilya Kovalchuk cap circumvention penalty reduction first reported by Darren Dreger on Thursday:
NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect. The sanctions originally imposed on the Club included a significant fine, the forfeiture of the Club’s third-round draft selection in 2011 (which was forfeited) and the forfeiture of a first-round draft selection which has been deferred by the Club until this year in accordance with the terms of the original penalty. As a result, as it relates to the portion of the discipline relating to the first-round draft pick, the Devils stand to forfeit it entirely in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.Fri, Mar 74:30 PM PSTNew Jersey at DetroitPreview Game
- Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
The NHL trade deadline passed, and Ryan Kesler is not a Pittsburgh Penguin.
Oh, they tried: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the discussed deal involved center Brandon Sutter, a first- and third-round pick, and the Canucks' choice of any prospect defenseman not named Derrick Pouliot; who, of course, is the guy they wanted.
So nothing happened, either because GM Mike Gillis didn’t like the price or because, as the Tribune-Review also reported, it was ownership that was deciding on whether the trade happened or not.
“That’s not true,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun. “That did not happen and I don’t know where that information is coming from. Our ownership did not nix a deal. On days like this, owners, whether they own a hockey team or own a baseball team or own a football team, they’re going to be involved in major decisions you make. They expect you to have a plan and they expect you to carry through with that plan.”
So what’s the plan for Kesler?
Waiting. And waiting.
And more waiting.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
Here’s what the Buffalo Sabres were able to do at the expense of Garth Snow and the New York Islanders this season:
Turn Thomas Vanek – an impending free agent with a significant salary (Buffalo retained $2.1 million of it) and little chance of returning to Buffalo – into a first-round pick in either 2014 or 2015, three second-round picks and forward Torrey Mitchell, a cheap role player.
Four picks and a player for Vanek.
Imagine if Snow was able to get even a crumb off that cake during the trade deadline?
Snow and the Islanders take more gleeful whacks than a beer-filled piñata from critics. It’s not always warranted. But here, now, when it comes to Thomas Vanek, they are completely valid and encouraged: This is an epic failure in judgment of assets and marketplace by Snow. This was a terrible investment; like, "Wolf of Wall Street" bad.
The deal with the Montreal Canadiens for Vanek, essentially: Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg, an undersized winger, for Vanek. If Montreal makes the playoffs, they trade a second-round pick to the Islanders and the Islanders, inexplicably, send a fifth-round pick to the Habs.Fri, Mar 76:00 PM PSTNY Islanders at CalgaryPreview Game
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
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