Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marek Zidlicky, Detroit Red Wings
The trade deadline acquisition popped the puck over Cam Talbot for a power-play goal just 1:09 into overtime, as the Wings defeated the New York Rangers on RIVALRY NIGHT(!), 3-2.
No. 2 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators
Hammond did it again, making 35 saves in leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He made 12 saves in the third, when the Sens were outshot 13-3.
No. 3 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
The Avs captain scored a goal, his 17th, and had two assists in their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Honorable Mention: John Gibson made 37 saves in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jiri Sekac had an assist on Rickard Rakell’s sixth of the season. … Alex Galchenyuk scored his 19th. … Bobby Ryan scored his 17th and Kyle Turris scored his 16th. … Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and Sidney Crosby went scoreless in their Cole Harbour showdown. … Evgeni Malkin scored goal No. 27.
Did You Know? Iginla reached the 20-goal mark for the 16th time in his NHL career and tied Bobby Clarke for 43rd place on the all-time list with 1,210 points. (AP)
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
According to the NHL, the kneeing penalty that got Matt Martin kicked out of the New York Islanders’ game and put Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley out on Tuesday was a bumbling, awkward collision by a player unfortunately trying to complete his check.
And it’ll cost Martin another game.
From the NHL:
New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
After the game, a 3-2 OT win for Dallas, coach Lindy Ruff estimated Daley would be done for “weeks” and called for a ban on Martin.
Basically, the NHL agreed, although it’s clear that this is one of those “hockey plays gone bad” with the onus on Martin to not have delivered the hit.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
Math is not our strong suit, but the amount of man-games lost for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season has to be in the thousands, right?
Or so it would seem with this snake-bitten team, which has now seen this season from hell take an new and exciting absurd turn: David Clarkson, the player they acquired in exchange for an injured player, is now himself injured.
(Although we bet his contract is insured.)
From the Jackets:
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
The last time I spoke with Hilary Knight, she was super pissed off.
It was in the media mix zone in Sochi, a year ago. The U.S. women’s team had lost the gold medal in overtime to their arch rivals from Canada.
Knight had been whistled for a controversial penalty on Canadian forward Halyey Wickenheiser that led to Marie-Phillip Poulin’s game-winning power play goal.
I still remember her voice as a mixture of bitterness, disappointment and exhaustion.
“I didn’t touch her. She fell. It was a bogus call. But it doesn’t rely on one call. We had plenty of opportunity,” she said.
She was devastated. But with time comes understanding, and that gold medal game went down as one of the most memorable moments of the Sochi Games.
How many young women playing hockey around the world saw a player or a play and wondered, even for a moment, if that could be them one day?
Knight felt that way watching the U.S. women’s national team, with players like Cammi Granato. They were her role models, and now she’s like to be one to emerging generations of women athletes.
Here’s our discussion about the growth of women’s hockey locally and globally:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: George Richards of the Miami Herald gives us the scoop on Rob Tallas, Roberto Luongo and the Panthers.
• The apology to Lupul and the Phaneufs.
• The Calder race.
• NHL Playoff races.
Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
Hockey is a dangerous game.
We doubt you all need a reminder of that, but sometimes there’s an injury that just leaves you completely stunned and disgusted and stunningly disgusted.
A Redditor named “Yobay” published a few photos on Wednesday of his hockey injury. It was a knee injury. A pretty bad one.
“[I] was cutting to the net from the boards, defenseman took me out into the goalie, the goalie skate (which has corners) grabbed the side of my knee and the pressure of me falling into him with speed pushed my shin pad up and the skate sliced through.
“Ended with all 3 of us in the net and the net off into the boards.
“I didn't know it was bad until I was helped off the ice and felt something weird, pulled my sock down and revealed this horror show.”
We’re not going to publish them here, outside of the edited version up top, because we don’t want you scrolling to something just repulsive by accident. (It’s bad enough we publish Oilers box scores.)
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago
The earth shook with jaws hitting the ground when it was leaked last month that the NHL was partnering with ESPN for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
The same ESPN it spurned twice for media rights deals with Comcast/NBC? The same ESPN that reduced hockey to a footnote in its on-air coverage, especially on SportsCenter and its sports screaming talk shows (FIRST TAKE, AROUND THE HORN)?
Yes, that ESPN.
The same NHL that was so loyal to NBC that it entered into an exclusive 10-year deal rather than placing hockey on multiple networks?
Yes, that NHL.
“We’re thrilled to be back with the NHL in the United States,” said ESPN President John Skipper. ”The place is electric with excitement about getting back into hockey. We have a lot of hockey fans here.”
ESPN and Sportsnet were awarded the exclusive rights to the World Cup of Hockey, scheduled for Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto in 2016. The eight-team tournament – representing six nations, with a European all-star team and a North American Young Stars team – will conclude with a best of three final round for the Cup.
Contrary to reports, Sportsnet did not have a “right to match,” according to Bettman.
So why go back to the World Wide Leader?
Watch TSN's on-air apology to Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert for adultery joke (Video)
Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Phaneuf's wife actress Elisha Cuthbert, have threatened legal action against TSN after the network published a tweet on-air during its Monday NHL trade deadline coverage that joked about an affair between Lupul and Cuthbert.
The network issued an on-air apology to them on Tuesday night during SportsCentre and the Leafs' game at the Florida Panthers. Delivered by lead anchor James Duthie, who hosted the TradeCentre broadcast, it read:
Whats all this crap about a lawsuit. If anyone is getting sued its TSN for being negligent not me
Yeah, about that...
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On Saturday, footage of a fight between Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche fans at a game in Denver surfaced, showing a nasty brawl.
New video of the brawl surfaced on Tuesday, and it’s rather intense.
City Pages reader Keenan Price sent along a much better video of the fight in the stands during Saturday night's Wild game in Colorado. Just as we suspected, the whole thing started because an angry drunken Avs fan got way too fired up.
Price, a Wild fan, said his section was full of people cheering on the Wild, and as the game progressed what started as good-natured trash-talk ramped up into something more serious.
Here’s the video:
WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE IN VIDEO
TSN’s embarrassing publication of a Twitter joke alleging an adulterous relationship between Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul and actress Elisha Cuthbert, the wife of teammate Dion Phaneuf, may end up costing the network and the fan that tweeted it.
During TSN’s TradeCentre deadline coverage on Monday, a running scroll at the bottom of the screen published tweets sent to the #TradeCentre hashtag. One of the tweets from Anthony Adragna, a Leafs fan, made the allegation.
The players and Cuthbert have retained Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, which released the following statement on Tuesday:
"On behalf of our clients Dion Phaneuf, his wife Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul, we have sent a letter to TSN demanding that TSN issue a formal apology and pay a significant amount of damages to each of our clients for broadcasting a false and defamatory tweet during their trade deadline show yesterday. We are sending a similar letter to the author of the tweet, Mr. Anthony Adragna.
"If TSN and Mr. Adragna do not immediately comply with the demands set out in our letters, we have instructions from our clients to immediately commence a lawsuit against them.