Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
With the Minnesota Wild’s win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, goalie Devan Dubnyk is now 26-8-3 in his stints with the Wild and the Arizona Coyotes, playing a total of 41 games this season.
He has a 2.11 goals-against average, which is second to Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens (1.92) for goalies with at least 20 starts. He has a .927 save percentage, which ties him for third in the NHL behind Price (.935) and Cory Schneider (.928). His even-strength save percentage (.933) ranks him seventh in the NHL for goalies with at least 20 games played.
He's also starting his 23rd straight game for the Wild against the Hurricanes tonight.
And this is where we remind you that he’s DEVAN DUBNYK.
That he’s a goalie that’s had a save percentage better than .920 once in his career, in 38 starts with the 2012-13 Edmonton Oilers. That he was a spare part reclamation project for Sean Burke and the Coyotes after a disastrous 2013-14 season that saw him bounce from Edmonton to Nashville along with the AHL.
The Lady Byng
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago
Cammy Babiarz is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. She’s five years old. She doesn’t have the ability to communicate verbally or walk, as she was born with Rett syndrome.
But thanks to Duncan Keith, she’s now a goal-scorer.
Her mother, Jackie Corrado Babiarz, planned on submitting a photo of Cammy and a pink leg brace with a Blackhawks logo to the team’s #WhatsYourGoal social media campaign. She asked her daughter which Blackhawk she’d like to meet if her entry was chosen.
Jackie and Bill Babiarz watched her eyes as they read off the Blackhawks roster. Cammy communicates with her eyes. She looks at them for a “yes,” and away for a “no.”
Jonathan Toews? No look. Patrick Kane or Patrick Sharp? No look.
Duncan Keith? “She gave us a resounding smile, her eyes locked on us,” said Bill Babiarz.
So Jackie submitted the request: Her daughter wanted to meet Duncan Keith and score a goal.
The Blackhawks reached out and invited them to the team’s practice facility.
Only Cammy’s parents knew what was going on. Cammy knew they were going to the rink, but not meeting a Blackhawk. Her grandfather assumed it was part of a documentary project.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago
OK, here’s the situation. Jokerit was playing Minsk in the KHL's Gagarin Cup playoffs. They were winning 6-0. They were on a power play, in the third period.
So the puck is passed to Linus Omark behind the Minsk net. Omark, who never met a trick shot he didn’t take, decided to place the puck on his stick blade. One assumed he was going for a lacrosse-style wrap-around, which would have been insult to injury for Minsk.
Nope! Instead, he decided to go with an even bigger insult to injury.
Omark tried to bank the puck off the back of goalie Dmitry Milchakov. He failed, thanks in part to a last-second stick check from Oleg Goroshko, who then gave Omark a shove after the whistle. And yes, that was a Lukas Krajicek sighting as he covered the puck on top of the net.
Seriously, dudes: The man is playing with a jester on his jersey. YOU DIDN’T EXPECT THIS?
Jokerit won the game, 7-1, as Omark had two assists.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago
When Torey Krug and Reilly Smith signed one-year, $1.4-million bridge contracts last September, some predicted it would lead to a hellish salary cap-fueled negotiation this summer that could have cost the Boston Bruins one or both of the restricted free agents.
After all, the team has roughly $46 million committed to nine players already for next season.
But the deals were good ones for this season, and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli came through with healthier deals for both on Friday: Krug signed a 1-year extension for $3.4 million and Smith was given two years at $3.425 million against the cap.
What might seem like overpayment may actually be the fulfillment of a promise made before the season: Take peanuts now so we don’t have to further blow up the roster, and we’ll take care of you later…
From the Bruins:
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins lost in a shootout to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night thanks to a goal by something called “Dave Schlemko,” and coach Claude Julien spoke on behalf of our bittersweet hearts afterwards regarding the skills competition.
So, when asked about shootouts following Thursday’s loss, Julien cut off the question.
“They suck,” he said.
The reporter responded, “Hmm?” before Julien enunciated a little better.
“They suck,” he repeated as clearly as he could. “That’s my [feelings on] the shootout.”
He added that “It’s the not the reason we lost tonight, but we’ve been definitely challenged in that area.” Which is correct, as the Bruins have gone 2-7 in the shootout, leaving five valuable points on the table.
Then again, the also-rans that are creeping up on the Bruins for the last playoff spot haven’t exactly killed it in the shootout either. The Philadelphia Flyers are 3-7 and the Ottawa Senators are 3-6.
Remember Nik Antropov?
Preposterously tall forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets? He’s in the KHL now with Barys Astana, which is in the playoffs vying for the Gagarin Cup, a.k.a. the only trophy in sports named after a Cosmonaut.
In a game on Wednesday against Avangard Omsk, Antropov got into it with Chad Kolarik, whom who may remember from cups of coffee with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers. After a stoppage in play, Antropov stuck his stick in the midsection of Kolarik, who had scored Omsk’s second goal, in a dastardly little move.
Now, it’s entirely possible that he caught Kolarik in the how-do-you-do or exerted more force than it appears he did. But from the angles we see here … it appears Kolarik may have embellished this a little . In the sense that we haven’t seen overacting like that since the last episode of GIRLS.
But then Summanen has always been, ahem, a fan of the refs:
Oh yeah: Omsk won the game, 4-3. Kolarik was able to recover from that Spear From Hell and played 18:47.
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The Battle of Cole Harbour was fought in Denver on Wednesday night, as Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby (a.k.a. the Hockey Prince of Nova Scotia) faced off against Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon (a.k.a. the other guy).
MacKinnon got the best of him, as the Avs won the game, 3-1, and he scored a goal while Crosby went scoreless.
"Sid was my favorite player growing up and we're buddies, and it's always fun to play against him," MacKinnon told the Denver Post.
(Please wrap your brain around the fact that a star player in the NHL “grew up” watching Sidney Crosby play. Then grab your AARP card and head to Denny’s for the senior citizen discount.)
But when MacKinnon attempted to exchange pleasantries with Sid on the ice, he discovered that Sid wasn’t … pleasant.
From Terry Frei:
"He's a little bit more serious than moist [sic] of the buddies I play against. You usually can talk to your friends, but he's all business on the ice."
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As you know, sportsmanship is the universal language. And there’s no better symbol of sportsmanship than the postgame handshake line in hockey. Ice warriors, putting aside their differences and congratulating each other on a game well-played. So inspiring!
That is until one player bumps into another, and then another bumps another, and then the wrong thing’s said and all of a sudden the handshake line has descended into a chaotic postgame brawl.
This apparently also applies to … eight year olds?!
A Valentine’s Day game (of course) in Kazan, Russia, ended with players born in 2006 turning going from handshakes to helmet shots, as the game officials tried to restore order.
The coaches finally get involved, some literally tossing eight-year-olds aside, and the brawl dissipates.
All it takes is one Milanov Lucicovich to turn a handshake line into murder alley …
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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)