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Could Denver prosecutors prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Semyon Varlamov assaulted his girlfriend on the night of Oct. 30?
They didn’t believe they could. On Friday afternoon, they filed a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor assault charge because they lacked the evidence to prove the case when it reached the trial stage.
"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, adding that investigators reinterviewed witnesses whose statements began to shift. "It became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
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As with the other Stadium Series jerseys, your reaction to the New York Rangers’ sweaters for their games against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium next month will depend on your expectations for said sweaters.
Like, for example, hoping against hope that the Anaheim Ducks’ sweaters would have a Mighty Ducks retro logo on the front. And harboring the same hope that the Rangers might resurrect the Liberty Head logo for their spiffy outdoor jerseys this season.
Alas, that is not in the cards for the “chrome logo” jerseys of the Stadium Series, so the Rangers are essentially wearing a color-tweaked, shimmery version of their usual duds.Fri, Dec 204:00 PM PSTNY Islanders at NY RangersPreview Game
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San Jose Sharks rookie sensation Tomas Hertl was injured in that knee-on-knee collision with Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Just how injured?
Czech journalist Roman Jedlicka reports that Hertl will miss one month with his injury, and that Hertl offered the information to his father. But Bob McKenzie of TSN hears the recovery time could be longer than that, which obviously puts Hertl’s place on the Czech Olympic team in Sochi at risk.
For the Sharks, the loss of Hertl is the loss of a player with 25 points in 35 games, skating 15:19 per game and contributing to the second power play until. He’s cooled off from his torrid start, with two points in his last six games, but he’s still been one of their most dynamic offensive catalysts.
The other issue with Hertl hurt: The Calder Trophy picture.
The rookie points race at the moment:Sat, Dec 217:30 PM PSTDallas at San JosePreview Game
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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: unappealing
Special Guest Star: Rick Tocchet of CSN Philly joins us to break down the Flyers and the Meh-tro Division.
• Tom Wilson's boarding suspension doesn't happen.
• Dustin Brown's knee on Hertl.
• Watching the world junior tourney.
• GAME SHOW FRIDAY!
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The opportunity to snag a loose puck in the stands at an NHL game doesn’t come around often; and when the rubber disc does go flying from the rink into the seats, chances are there’s a some tall, aggressive person that’ll snag it before, say, a young fan gets their shot at the puck.
Perhaps knowing this, a young Tampa Bay Lightning fan put his faith in the holiday spirit to produce a souvenir puck at their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. He sat near the glass, holding a sign that read “ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS A HOCKEY PUCK.”
Santa must have heard him. Or, at the very least, Santa let some dude in the neighboring section know about this Christmas wish.
In the second period, a puck flew over the glass and was caught by a Lightning fan. As he was celebrating his conquest, the boy held out his Christmas puck wish sign. The fan immediately handed the puck over to the young lad, pointed at him with the universal sign for “you da man!” and the fans cheered the selfless act as the young fan waved the puck in the air.
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Alec Martinez #27 and Ben Scrivens #54 of the Los Angeles Kings use a sign to retrieve a soccer ball prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on December 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
No. 1 Star: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers had a miraculous 5-goal rally in the third against the Columbus Blue Jackets, led by Giroux’s 2 goals and 2 assists, including a goal of the year candidate. The Flyers won, 5-4. Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists.
No. 2 Star: Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit Red Wings
Alfredsson opened and closed the scoring for the Wings, scoring a power-play goal in overtime to give Detroit a 3-2 win over Calgary. Congrats, “HBO 24/7” producers.
No. 3 Star: Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues
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The Los Angeles Kings apparently have one criteria for their starting goaltenders, which is that they possess some sort of supernatural and/or mutant ability to magically stop pucks.
Jonathan Quick, currently injured, may or may not be a Jedi, able to control pucks with his mind. Martin Jones, currently starring for the Kings in Quick’s absence, made a save on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks that was made of magic.
Check out Jones, becoming Tommy Wingels’ waking nightmare with this incredible save:
Now, granted, some of this magic was in the San Jose Sharks blowing two clear shots at a gaping net, with Wingels’ wraparound glancing off the post. But then the puck hit Jones’ pad, and looked destined to cross the goal line … until he swept his glove back and swatted it away.
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The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4, on Thursday night. The box score reads that they scored five goals in the third period to rally for the win, and that captain Claude Giroux scored the final two goals to complete the comeback.
But his ninth goal of the season, the game-winner at 18:22 of the third? It has to be seen to be believed:
This goal of the year candidate by Giroux is remarkable on several fronts. There was the spin move to get deeper into the attacking zone and track the puck. There was the way he controlled the puck while wearing David Savard as a coat. Savard shoved him, and Giroux lost his balance; yet he had the wherewithal to put the puck on his backhand, take a stride and fire it on net.
Not only did he fire it, he fired it perfectly: a rocket over the glove of Curtis McElhinney, who flashed the leather high but couldn’t catch up with it.
What a shot.
Obviously it was exactly what Giroux planned, right?
“I was just trying to get it on net,” he said after the game. “I was at the end of a shift, pretty tired. Just trying to get it on net.”Sat, Dec 214:00 PM PSTPhiladelphia at ColumbusPreview Game
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Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings has a reputation for playing on the edge. The question is whether he actually played over it against the San Jose Sharks, in taking out rookie star Tomas Hertl in the first period.
As 18:59 of the first, Hertl swept the puck ahead and out of his own zone after a Kings offensive chance. Brown skated toward him, and his right leg connected with Hertl’s left leg.
Hertl hit the ice in pain, and would not return to the game. Brown was given a major for kneeing, which carries a game misconduct penalty.
Did he deserve it?
Look, there’s no question that Brown has found himself on the delivery side of several lower body collisions. There was a blatant knee on Jaden Schwartz of the St. Louis Blues last season. There was the thigh-on-thigh hit from Brown on Michal Rozsival in the 2012 playoffs; the Coyotes were outraged, but the NHL didn’t offer any supplemental discipline.
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At the start of the shootout between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, James van Riemsdyk skated in and slid the puck at goalie Mike Smith. The Coyotes keeper trapped the puck under his pad but momentum carried him back into the net.
Was the puck in? Did he make the save?
There was no signal from referees Paul Devorski and Rob Martell.
Up to the War Room we went for a review. The NHL found the footage inconclusive, and thus the call on the ice stood.
Which was … what?
A goal, apparently, even if neither official signaled it.
The Maple Leafs would score a second goal in the shootout via Joffrey Lupul, winning the game 2-1.
So what happened here?
“Paul Devorski told me that ‘100 percent’ it’s in,” said Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett. “You gotta take him for his word. The video was inconclusive, but Paul said ‘110 percent, Tip, I saw it in.’”
As for not signaling a goal, Tippett said that Devorski indicated to Smith that the puck had gone in.