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No. 1 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
The game-breaking winger broke the game in overtime, as the Blues completed a rally against the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3. Tarasenko scored on a great individual effort, turning around Justin Schultz.
No. 2 Star: Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres
It’s possible Ennis is actually a leprechaun. How else to explain the incredible luck he had in scoring a goal of the year candidate and then setting up Matt Moulson’s game-winner with a shot off the glass that ended up being a layup? The Sabres won, 2-1.
No. 3 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Miller pitched his second straight shutout, making 31 saves in a 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets that was closer than the score would indicate.
Did You Know? Jaromir Jagr's goal moved him into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL's all-time goals list, passing Mike Gartner.
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“That’s one of those goals you’re going to be looking at probably for the rest of the season,” Therrien’s counterpart in Buffalo Ted Nolan said. “That was one beautiful goal.”
That it was.
Ennis took a Zemgus Girgensons’ pass in the neutral zone and was off to the races. He blew around Alexei Emelin on right wing and cut to the net. With Emelin on him and Carey Price moving over for a save attempt, Ennis miraculously kicked the puck to himself while leaping in the air over Price. He then collected the puck on his backhand and fired the thing through Price as Ennis fell to the ice.
This wasn’t just scoring a goal. It was defying gravity. This was some Neo-in-The-Matrix stuff right here.
“You look at his skill set and the way he competes, the things he can do with the puck, I mean a couple times he almost flipped the puck to himself … he’s highly skilled and it’s great seeing him play the way he’s capable of playing,” said Nolan.
Apparently never having gotten the “Dishonor For Connor” memo, Ennis leads the Sabres in goals (7) and points (15).
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Derek Dorsett spent five seasons in Columbus. We’re sure he misses some of the boys.
How nice of him, then, to pay a visit to the Blue Jackets bench on Friday night. Only we’re pretty sure it wasn’t intentional.
In the first period of the Vancouver Canucks’ game at the Jackets, Dorsett had Brian Gibbons lined up for a big hit, only to whiff on it, going skates-over-scrotum into the Columbus bench.
Then the fun starts, as Scott Hartnell attempted to delay Dorsett’s return to the ice by grabbing him. Dorsett, not realizing it was Hartnell that had him hooked, then gave David Savard a shot before getting back on the ice.
Dorsett had the last laugh as Vancouver won, 5-0.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
Black jerseys have been considered a scourge on the NHL.
Some teams have no business wearing them. They’re used for a cash grab, or because someone in marketing saw the sales figures for the Oakland Raiders for the last 20 years and said “GIMMIE.”
Since it’s Black Friday – a day dedicated to commercial excess and clichéd marketing – we figured it was a perfect time to look back at the history of black sweaters in the NHL, pit them against each other and come up with a definitive ranking … as definitive as one man’s opinion can be, when that man is nursing a turkey hangover.
Here are the Black Jerseys in NHL History: RANKED!
Please note that all the jerseys are linked to the NHL Uniform Database, so click the names to see the sweaters. Also note that these are for jerseys that are primarily black. So that Tampa jersey with the Lightning on it? That’s a blue jersey.
And here … we … go. (And let us know if we spaced on any. )
The Gretzky Jersey. ‘Nuff said.
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No. 1 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne made 37 saves for the Thanksgiving shutout, appropriately over those Western Conference turkeys the Edmonton Oilers. That included a penalty shot in overtime by Jordan Eberle, after Shea Weber covered the puck in the crease. The Preds won, 1-0.
No. 2 Star: Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Forsberg scored his 10th of the season at 3:55 of overtime, spinning around Taylor Hall before beating Viktor Fasth for the 1-0 win.
No. 3 Star: Viktor Fasth, Edmonton Oilers
Hey, 24 saves, a regulation shutout and a point on the road isn’t bad.
Honorable Mention: Roman Josi had the primary assist on Forsberg’s goal and rang one off the iron in overtime. … Although he failed to convert in OT, Eberle had five shots in the game to lead all Oilers forwards.
Did You Know? Mike Fisher played for the first time this season after missing 21 games with his Achilles injury.
Dishonorable Mention: Edmonton forward Matt Hendricks blocked a shot by Weber in the first period and did not return to the game. … Oilers D Justin Schultz was a healthy scratch for the first time this year. … The Predators are now 1-for-37 on home ice on the power play.
What would it take to instantly become acquainted with a person, place or thing?
A starter pack, of course!
We asked you last week to create NHL Starter Packs for our latest Reader Art Contest. That you did, with hilarious results.
Here’s our second gallery. Remember: It’s four photos that capture the quintessential essence of a given subject. Like the Sidney Crosby Starter Pack you see above by Katie Hardy! "Here's my Sidney Crosby starter pack including a quick lesson on how to give crosby interviews, one of his.. Uh... Superstitions, the famous dryer, and of course his faithful linemate Chris Kunitz."
Mention your favorites in the comments. We’ll post the winners on the Puck Daddy Facebook page soon!
And here ... we ... go.
Pierre McGuire Starter Pack by Randy Sobel
St. Louis Playoff Disappointments by Scott Hoskins
I assume this is all pretty straight forward, but just in case,
Top left is Bobby Orr knocking out the blues in 1970 - I'm old enough to have watched this, but I feel my fellow fans' pain.
Marty St. Louis will cross back over the smoldering, charbroiled bridge he left behind in Tampa Bay to visit the Lightning for the first time as a Ranger on Wednesday night.
It’ll be an awkward moment for Bolts fans. Not the whole “franchise’s greatest player returns in opposing jersey” thing; no, it’ll just be strange to see his front again, after he turned his back on them in February.
This is not a happy homecoming. This is not a welcomed returned. The bygones are not bygones. This is the first chance for Lightning fans to let this alleged leader know the consequences for the captain jumping ship, with a court-matial of jeers.
This is the opportunity to inform St. Louis that 972 games and 953 points and 13 seasons of blood and sweat and dedication can be packed up in a mothballed box until the pain subsides from his selfish decision to abandon the franchise.
“I'd like for people to remember the great years,” he said on Tuesday.
They will. Eventually. Just not now. (Unless the video tribute they run during the game makes them all weepy and nostalgic for a moment.)
"We had 14 years together. I hope they can respect my decision. I think I've earned that.”
The Edmonton Oilers are winless in seven games after losing to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Changes will be made, and reports say that forward David Perron’s change of address will be one of the first.
Aaron Ward of TSN reported that Perron could be shipped out to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with center Artem Anisimov potentially headed back to the center-starved Oilers.
This would reunite Perron with Jackets president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who knew him well during their days with the St. Louis Blues.
Anisimov is signed through 2016 with a $3.283 million cap hit. Perron is also signed through 2016 with a $4.5 million cap hit.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes the Montreal Canadiens would have interest in Perron, and that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the derby too, given their need for another veteran wing in the top six after the loss of Pascal Dupuis.
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Another multi-goal game for Seguin, as the Stars star is up to 17 goals on the season with a 2-goal second period in their 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Miller made 20 saves in shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias had the goals. This was a shutout vs. former Canuck Cory Schneider.
No. 3 Star: Danny Briere, Colorado Avalanche
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Briere flung the puck towards Zach Redmond, but it deflected off the stick of Martin Hanzal and past Mike Smith at 3:16 into overtime to complete an Avs’ rally, 4-3 over the Arizona Coyotes. Gabe Landeskog had two goals in the win.
Did You Know? The Coyotes are 0-for-20 on power plays in their last five home games, including 0-for-1 on Tuesday.
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In overtime between the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes, defenseman Erik Johnson was given a little drop pass from Danny Briere. He shoveled a quick shot on Mike Smith, who made the save.
And then he was freight-trained by Martin Hanzal.
The collision knocked Johnson to the ice where he was face-down before being helped off to the back.There was no penalty on the play.
The Avs would win the game on a Briere overtime goal. Coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was feeling good after the game, which is good news for all parties.
As far as the hit goes, it’s a tough one to assign blame.
Johnson was crouched down when he took the shot; Hanzal stands at 6-foot-6, so he was lined up for a hit to the head. He definitely delivers a check, not really attempting to avoid Johnson; but Johnson’s eligible to be hit there, according to previous NHL rulings.
So despite Hanzel having two supplemental discipline punishments last season -- a fine and a suspension -- he could be OK on this one.