- Puck Daddy15 mins 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.
- Puck Daddy3 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 Daddy3 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!Mon, Mar 105:30 PM PDTColumbus at DallasPreview Game
- Puck Daddy4 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 Daddy7 hrs 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 …Mon, Mar 104:30 PM PDTPhoenix at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Puck Daddy13 hrs 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:
- Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers traded their skates for sneakers on Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, taking on the Harlem Globetrotters.
But they still brought a stick.
Check out these two ballers … OK, check out a baller as well as Claude Giroux … as they pull off the hockey stick alley-oop against the Globetrotters.
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The players admitted to some nerves before the exhibition game that we'll just go ahead and assume the Globetrotters won.
“I can play hockey in front of 20,000 people but I can’t even try to dunk a ball in front of … I don’t even know how many people were out there,” said Simmonds, who dunked in the game and during that little hockey stick exhibition.
Scott Hartnell also attended the game but did not play because, in the words of Giroux, he’s terrible at basketball.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Dallas Stars currently own the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, up three points on the Phoenix Coyotes.
It’s not going to be an easy stretch run for them, with 11 games on the road to seven at home, where the Stars have been excellent (18-10-6) this season. And it may have gotten tougher on Saturday night, when starting goalie Kari Lehtonen went down on this play against the Minnesota Wild, when Erik Haula was given a 5-minute major for running him in the third period:
(Please do enjoy your suspension, Mr. Haula.)
“He hit the crossbar hard and all likelihood is, it’s a concussion on just a dirty play. He should be suspended. A fourth-liner kicks out our goaltender,” said Coach Lindy Ruff after the Stars’ 4-3 win.
If it is a concussion … well, who knows what that means for Lehtonen this season.
Luckily, the one deadline acquisition that GM Jim Nill made was in goal. It’s entirely possible that Dallas will have to cash in that Tim Thomas insurance policy to make the postseason.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Officer Bobrovsky stopped all 28 shots he faced, as Artem Anisimov’s goal stood up for the 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. That included an awesome save on Colin Wilson with 28 seconds remaining.
No. 2 Star: Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lupul cashed in a Dion Phaneuf pass on the doorstep, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3. He earlier assisted on Nazem Kadri’s first-period goal. Kimmo Timonen had two goals for the Flyers.
No. 3 Star: Tuomo Ruutu, New Jersey Devils
The former Carolina Hurricanes forward set up Travis Zajac’s opening goal and scored the game-winner for the Devils, as New Jersey survived a Canes rally for the 5-4 win. Adam Henrique had two goals.Mon, Mar 107:00 PM PDTToronto at AnaheimPreview Game
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
St. Ignatius and Sylvania Northview battled through regulation in their Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship game on Saturday.
Then they battled in overtime. And another overtime. And another and another and another and another and another, until the teams and OHSAA administrators came to a mutual, controversial decision: The game would end in a 1-1 tie after the seventh extra session and the schools would be crowned co-state champions, due to concerns over player safety.
Why not end it with a shootout? There’s a national high-school hockey rule that mandates that a state championship game not end in a skills competition.
Coach Pat O'Rourke of St. Ignatius said his team was headed back out onto the ice after a 15-minute break following the seventh overtime when an official grabbed him and told him the game had been halted.
This isn't unprecedented. In 2008, Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary shared the Michigan state hockey title after eight overtimes.