- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The NHL announced on Sunday that the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars that was postponed due to Rich Peverely’s cardiac incident on March 10 has been rescheduled for April 9 in Dallas at 8:30 p.m. ET.
From the Stars:
The original game, which was halted at 6:23 of the first period due to a medical emergency involving Stars forward Rich Peverley, will be played for a full 60 minutes of regulation time, plus any potential overtime and shootout. The rescheduled contest will begin with the Blue Jackets ahead, 1-0 -- the score at the time play was stopped Monday. A goal will be credited to Nathan Horton, with assists to Matt Calvert and James Wisniewski. All other statistics will be expunged.
Today's decision mirrors actions the League took in rescheduling the postponed game between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 21, 2005, as a result of a medical emergency involving Detroit player Jiri Fischer at 12:30 of the first period.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The New York Rangers have had their share of “goals” that turned out not to be goals this season, either through the work of the on-ice officials or the war room in Toronto.
Here’s another, from Sunday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, as a Carl Hagelin wraparound managed to get the puck past Antti Niemi’s pad and into the net. But the ultimate ruling was “no goal”:
At 16:45 of the second period in the San Jose Sharks/New York Rangers game, the Situation Room initiated video review to further examine Carl Hagelin's wraparound attempt on the San Jose net. No camera angles provided to the Situation Room provided a clear image of the puck completely across the goal line. As a result, video review was inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal New York Rangers.
The wrong call, with not enough evidence to overturn it. Cue the usual questions about camera coverage and chips inside of the puck …
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Montreal Canadiens have lost three straight, i.e. every game Thomas Vanek’s played for them since his trade deadline acquisition. They’re 5-4-1 overall in their last 10 games, falling to a wild card spot with 77 points and suddenly sniffing the Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils lingering near the bubble.
They’ve scored two goals or less in four of the six games they’ve played this month; which, again, is a little frustrating after you’ve landed the biggest offensive fish in the trade ocean and he’s managed a single assist in a blowout loss to the Boston Bruins.
From Sean Gordon of the Globe & Mail, Coach Michel Therrien on Vanek’s “adjustments” to his new lineup:
The fight begins like many do in minor league hockey: Music pounding from the arena speakers as two combatants drop the gloves, grab each other’s jerseys and then the punching commences.
Oh, lord, the punching. Joel Theriault’s fight with Gaby Roch on March 8 wasn’t exactly out of place in Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a Quebec-based semi-pro league renowned for its fisticuffs.
But the quality of the brawl was superb: Theriault and Roch throwing punches by the dozen before it becomes a war of attrition, neither man refusing to allow the other to knock him off his skates. Theriault rallies. Roch responds. It’s over a minute of stamina, determination and pride on display.
And then it happens: The fight stops, and moments before the officials officially break it up, the two men share an emphatic high-five followed by a legitimate hug, unlike the embrace they’d been in for the previous 60 seconds.
“In my career, I’d never seen that before,” said Dean Lygipsakos, Roch’s head coach with Jonquiere Marquis.
It's a (gettin' down on) Friday 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: GAME SHOW FRIDAY! And it's a special PI Day edition ...
• The Hart Trophy race in all its splendor.
• Breaking down the wild card races.
• House goaltenders, revisited.
• Playoff race updates.
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Can Phil Kessel win the Hart Trophy?
At this point, he may have played himself into the Top 3 for the MVP trophy, as No. 2 in scoring and No. 1 in our hearts, that big lug. But there are many, many other worthy candidates as well.
Here’s a look at the field for the Hart Trophy as the season nears the stretch run. Keep in mind that some of the best teams in the NHL season – the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings come to mind – don’t have a clear MVP candidate, at least in my eyes. If you want to make a case for Rask or Kopitar in the comments, please do.
One ground rule here for the list: One player per team. Which does affect the number of candidates the Blackhawks can have, but so be it.
10. Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils
Take a look at the Devils’ scoring leaders. Jagr has 15 points more than the next guy, Patrik Elias. He has 17 of his 57 points on the power play, six game-winning goals and an overtime game-winner.Mon, Mar 174:30 PM PDTMinnesota at BostonPreview Game
Mike Greenlay of Fox Sports North is one of those “between the benches” reporters, which means he deserves the combat pay he receives. Although, in all honesty, the risk of standing there like a target for pucks and sticks is balanced out by getting to hear every single colorful chirp originating at the benches.
But still – risky job, that one. Witness Greenie on Thursday night as the Wild faced the New York Rangers. Norwegian Hobbit Wizard Mats Zuccarello checked Matt Cooke of the Wild near the benches and … well, Greenlay took the damage.
Please be careful when you’re all rushing to the comments to be the first to say “should have been you, Pierre…”
As the broadcasters noted, it’s important for a player to be in control of his stick at all times. It’s also important to note that other spectators watch the game behind glass and puck-catching netting for a reason.
Last night's MVP? Greenlay's mom, who sent along this email to him after the game:
Thx for tweets!! Great W by Wild. Thx Don Fuller & Docs for stitching me up. Lastly, this email from my mom = Comedy pic.twitter.com/7HRC6m9Axl
Defenseman Richie Regehr is the 31-year-old brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, and has been kicking around European leagues since he had a cup of coffee with the Calgary Flames from 2005-2007.
He’s with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League, which faced Linkoping in a playoff play-in game this week. In the third period, there was a loose puck in the neutral zone during a MODO power play. Sebastian Karlsson of Linkoping raced after it shorthanded; Regehr sought to cut him off from the puck.
Well, and cut him off from consciousness, too.
Regehr angled his body and nailed Karlsson in the head with his shoulder, dropping him face-first to the ice. A streak of blood followed his head as his body glided around the zone, finally settling into a pool of blood dripping from his face and collecting in the ice.
Karlsson was eventually helped from the ice, a towel soaking the blood on his face. He was taken to the hospital, where teammate Mike Helber later tweeted a photo showing fans that Karlsson was OK:
Snygg var han aldrig men hans "smile" gör många glad! pic.twitter.com/BUvYyBjLtW
It's a Thursday 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: It's Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen, talking Blue Jackets and GM meetings with us.
• Looking at some of the awards races.
• The West tightens up.
• Beer scams in minor league hockey.
• Playoff race updates.
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On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins scored three second-period goals against the Montreal Canadiens. The referees decided to play another 20 minutes, even though the game was effectively over ...
It was the 34th time in 65 games this season in which the Bruins entered the third period with a lead. They’ve won 32 of those games, including last night’s 4-1 victory over the Habs. It was the nearly same story last season: The Bruins had a lead after two periods in 23 of their 48 games, although they were a bit more vulnerable: Losing four games in regulation and four games in overtime.
That said: 47-6-4 in their last 113 games when leading after two periods, which they’ve done 57 times. The old line from “Glengarry Glen Ross” from Alec Baldwin was that “coffee is for closers”; were that the case, then the Boston Bruins are practically Starbucks.
OK, maybe they're Caribou Coffee; the Los Angeles Kings, going 21-0-0 this season when leading after two periods, are Starbucks.