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  • Shane Doan won't be suspended by NHL for Kris Letang hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    As the Pittsburgh Penguins reveal that defenseman Kris Letang will be out indefinitely with a concussion, the NHL tells Yahoo Sports that there will be no supplemental discipline for Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan for the hit that put him out. 

    Letang left the game with 4:45 left in the second period after taking a shove from Doan away from the puck. He fell against the boards, hitting his head. He was taken to the hospital for observation, and was released on Sunday.

    “We have decided not to assess any supplemental discipline to Shane Doan. After reviewing the play carefully and from all angles, we have determined that this was an unfortunate result from a hockey play,” said the NHL in a statement.

    “It is not boarding, it is not charging, he doesn't hit him in the head. He finishes his check by shoving Letang and unfortunately, he falls awkwardly. It wasn't really even a violent hit, although resulted in an unfortunate injury.”

    Doan was contrite after the game:

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  • Penguins’ Kris Letang out with (another) concussion after Doan hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after suffering concussion at the hands of Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan in a game on Saturday. 

    From the Penguins, via coach Mike Johnston:

    Johnston confirmed that defenseman Kris Letang has a concussion. He's been released from the hospital, but will not be in the lineup tonight. "Like anything else, we’ll just take it as a day-to-day thing and we’ll see how he reacts and recovers from it," Johnston said.

    Johnston said the team will go with five defensemen for the game and, if need be, Daniel Winnik could drop back to defense if needed.

    The Winnik shift to defense is due to the fact that Christian Ehrhoff is also out of the lineup with an upper body injury. Said Winnik, with regard to shifting to defense:

    The Penguins have seven games left on the season.  

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Chicago Blackhawks, wild card team?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Two big developments on the playoff bubble on Saturday.

    In the East, the Boston Bruins snuck ahead of the Ottawa Senators thanks to their regulation win over the Rangers and the Senators’ embarrassing overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, blowing a third-period lead.

    Boston (87 points) is at Carolina on Sunday; Ottawa (86 points) hosts the Florida Panthers, whose season is on the line in the next two games. The Panthers have 83 points and visit the Sens and Boston. Ottawa has a game in-hand on both teams.

    The Capitals’ loss to the Predators left them with 90 points and seven games left. That’s four in front of the Senators, who have a game with the Caps on the schedule and a game in-hand. But the Caps have the ROW tiebreaker, 36-32.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    Meanwhile, in the West …

  • Game of Thrones Night left hockey fans feeling flushed (Photo)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The iconic Iron Throne from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” has been much parodied, using materials like carrots

    The Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League created their own Iron Throne on “Game of Thrones Night” … and took the “Throne” part quite seriously.

    We guess actually having this as King Joffery’s throne would have been way too appropriate, given what a little … king he was.

    “Game of Thrones” Night was held on Saturday, before the junior league team’s game against rival Cedar Rapids. The team said that there was a local tie to the fantasy book series, as creator George R.R. Martin used to live in Dubuque and has said “the harsh winters in Iowa were part of the inspiration for the fringed temperatures the books and show are set in,” according to KWWL.

    So good news, local shelters of Dubuque: Wiping is coming …

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  • NHL Three Stars: In which Tyler Bozak tallies a hat trick vs. Ottawa

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs 

    Oh, you know, just a Tyler Bozak four-point night against a team in desperate need of points on the playoff bubble. Bozak scored a third-period hat trick and had the primary helper on Eric Brewer’s overtime game-winner in the Leafs’ 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. No wonder Connor McDavid wants to be him!

    No. 2 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

    The Red Wings goalie made things interesting between the pipes as Detroit pushes towards the playoffs, shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-0. He made 23 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Crosby, who is totally having an off year, increased his hold on the Art Ross by scoring a goal and assisting on two others in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

    Did You Know? Iginla had three assists, giving him 1,222 NHL points to pass Jean Beliveau into 40th place all time.

  • Craig Anderson makes ridiculous blocker saves, somehow blamed for loss (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson made his first start since March 10, and just his third appearance since Jan. 21, on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a start he had to make, with sensation Andrew “Hamburglar” Hammond unable to go due to a “lower body injury.” 

    As usual, Anderson did some things that boggle the mind, like on this sequence above. Guess that blocker hand is feeling better …

    But Anderson also did something Hammond hasn’t done much of during his time as the starter: He lost a game, and gave up four goals in the process. Eric Brewer’s overtime goal for the Leafs gave them the 4-3 win; the Senators dropped a point behind the Boston Bruins, who defeated the New York Rangers earlier in the day.

    A check of social media found some Senators fansless than enthused with Anderson, who stopped 27 of 31 shots for a .871 save percentage. (Three of the goals came at even strength.)

    It continued a rather putrid run for Anderson, who has given up three or more goals in his last six appearances.

  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Which teams can clinch tonight?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Huge night of action in the playoffs races on Saturday night, and there are a few teams that can end any uncertainty about their participation in the postseason.

    * The Canadiens would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Panthers in any fashion  OR if the Rangers defeat the Bruins in any fashion  OR  if they get one point against the Panthers  AND  the Bruins defeat the Rangers in a shootout.   * The Ducks would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Islanders in any fashion  OR  if they lose to the Islanders in overtime or a shootout.   * The Lightning would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Red Wings in any fashion OR  if they get one point against the Red Wings  AND  the Rangers defeat the Bruins in any fashion  OR  if the Rangers defeat the Bruins in regulation.   * The Predators would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Capitals in any fashion.

    The St. Louis Blues can clinch with a win over the Blue Jackets.

    Meanwhile, in the West …

  • Will Patrick Kane return sooner than expected?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Make sure you feign shock and awe when Patrick Kane inevitably makes his return to the ice earlier than anticipated during the Chicago Blackhawks’ playoff run.

    We all know that’s how it’s going down, right? Kane had surgery on Feb. 25, one day after the then-leading goal scorer in the NHL broke his collarbone. The recovery prognosis was 12 weeks, which means the Blackhawks would have him back for a potential conference final series against the LA Kings a Western Conference foe.

    Coach Joel Quenneville said on Friday that the timetable for Kane remains the same, but that he “always hoped” his recovery could be expedited. 

    From ESPN Chicago, as Patrick Kane begins skating again:

    “I think it’s still the same timetable, but how well he’s skating and how well he’s doing, I think he feels real good about where he’s at,” Quenneville said.

    “It’s just a matter of when he gets that green light is probably going to be the hurdle. But we like his approach, and he’s doing a lot of things out there that he wants to do or is able to do. That’s a good sign.”

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: East races intensify; Flames knocked outside bubble

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Strap in … we’ve got a lot to unpack after Thursday night.

    Here’s what happened during a full slate of awesome games involving playoff teams:

    * The Los Angeles Kings are now the No. 3 seed in the Pacific, defeating the Islanders and leap-frogging the idle Flames. They’re also now just two points in back of Vancouver for second in the division after the Canucks lost at home.

    * The Flames are now in ninth place, trailing the Kings by a point and the Jets by three points for the last wild card. Oh, yeah: They finish the season with the Kings and Jets.

    * The New York Rangers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with their win over the Ottawa Senators, moving to 101 points and the conference lead.

    * The Senators saw the Hamburglar get flamed broiled in that loss, and are now tied in points with the Boston Bruins (85) after their overtime loss to the Ducks. The Bruins have 33 ROW to Ottawa’s 32, but the Sens have a game in-hand.

    Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

    Meanwhile, in the West …

  • Ten things we want at Sabres vs. Coyotes NHL Draft Tank-a-palooza

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes meet in Buffalo on Thursday night, in what is somehow simultaneously the most important and least important game of the season. 

    The Sabres are last in the NHL at 47 points in 73 games; the Coyotes have 52 points in 74 games and are second-to-last. The one who finishes in the basement is assured of getting super prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. The other one … not so much.

    These crazy kids meet again on Monday in Glendale, too. So in honor of this unprecedented mini-series between the two draft lottery darlings, we present The 10 Things We Want To See At The Sabres vs. Coyotes Tank-a-palooza, because everything sounds fun when you add “palooza” to it. Shameless written in the style of a Buzzfeed listicle! 

    And here … we … go.

    10. Instead of the national anthem, have the singer belt out Tom Petty’s “Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes.”

    9. Play a prerecorded message from Connor McDavid explaining how honored he is that both teams would sacrifice so much to have him join their team, and how both franchises are unique snowflakes and how they’re both beautiful in their own way.

    7. Two words: Tank Zamboni.

    Or …