- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy45 mins ago
Hockey Hugs is a feature that celebrates the best in hugging from around the sport of hockey, because who doesn't love a good hug now and then? Have you seen a particularly good hug photo lately? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet it to @HarrisonMooney.
Fresh batch of hockey hugs coming right up, and I do mean fresh. Look at this embrace between David Perron and Andrew Ference. That's some fresh hug action right there. Fresher than produce. There are Bel-Air princes that can't match this level of freshness. The sixth Sly Stone album wasn't this fresh, and it was called Fresh .
But first, this week's Hockey Hugs has some bonus material, like the new Beyonce album.
We're big fans of the teddy bear toss here at Puck Daddy, but we rarely get to see the aftermath, where the bears are delivered to the kids. Thanks to the USHL's Fargo Force, however, we finally get some insight into that process, and as it turns out, it's ADORABLE.
Dawwwwwwwwww. Look at that one dude being a hug hog. Quit hogging all the hugs, you hug hog.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the lords of outdoor hockey, having eschewed the indoors and its roofy comfort for two Winter Classics already. And on March 1, they'll be taking part in their third outdoor game in the last 5 years, meeting up with the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field.
But while the game is still over two months away, Christmas is just under two weeks away. So you can see why they might want to get their Stadium Series jersey unveiled and in stores, like, now.
On Friday, the new jersey dropped. Will it overshadow Beyonce's surprise album? Well, you tell us. Here's a video of Chris Kunitz spinning around in it.
I kept waiting for him to start puking as he spun like Mark Jensen. No dice.Fri, Dec 134:00 PM PSTNew Jersey at PittsburghPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Duchene was in on every goal in the Avalanche's 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets. He scored twice, assisted on another, and scored the shootout winner. Love this goal, where he steals a puck in the defensive zone, then rushes down the other way and scores.
He should be on Team Canada.
No. 2 Star: Rob Klinkhammer, Phoenix Coyotes
Klinkhammer had a three-point night for the Coyotes in their 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders, with 2 goals and an assist. What a pickup this guy was.
No. 3 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Pavelski scored twice as the Sharks ended their four-game losing streak, beating the Minnesota Wild, 3-1.Sat, Dec 146:00 PM PSTMinnesota at ColoradoPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Much is made of the Boston Bruins' toughness, but really, it's just based on two guys: Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, both of whom take regular shifts, and both of whom are absolutely terrifying gentlemen with whom to trade fists. It's a great situation for everyone else. When you have a pair of guys with a reputation for rarely losing bouts that few are eager to test, the whole team can play bigger.
But occasionally, Lucic and Chara are going to have to prove they're still elite punchers of the face, and on Thursday night versus the Edmonton Oilers, Lucic was asked to do just that, squaring off with Luke Gazdic.
The fight was a true heavyweight tilt, with some absolute bombs thrown. But here's what makes this one really notable: You could argue that Gazdic won it.
I'm going to give the decision to Gazdic, but even if you disagree, I think it's safe to say he didn't lose. And that's something. Lucic is a terror.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Above is a photo of Scott Hartnell talking to Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens immediately following a hit to the head of Flyers' forward Steve Downie. He appears to be suggesting something is tiny. Probably the difference between a clean hit and a dirty hit in today's fast-moving NHL. Probably.
Emelin was given a five-minute major for elbowing and tossed from Thursday night's game after a nasty hit along the near boards.
I'm sure some Montreal fans will accuse Downie of embellishment on this play, especially with that delayed reaction, but it looks to me like the hit really just stunned him. It's concerning, especially since he's already missed four games this season with a concussion suffered on a blow to the head.
But that one was from a punch, which the league casually condones. This time, it's an elbow, so Emelin should probably be somewhat concerned for himself as well. He may miss some time.
It looks to me like he threw a bit of a chicken-wing, and if he did, he's in some trouble. Any time the camera catches you going the extra mile to get the head, you can expect a call from the Department.Sat, Dec 144:00 PM PSTMontreal at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "Matt Beleskey #39 of the Anaheim Ducks slides into the goal during the game against the Minnesota Wild on December 11, 2013."
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Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
When playing road hockey, it's important to keep an eye out for automobiles. After all, you're playing on their turf, and they're much, much bigger than you. So when one happens your way, you shout "Car!" and you get out of the way.
Pond hockey players face no such hazards. Your chances of being hit by a car while skating on a frozen river are slim. But, as this video shows, you do have to keep an eye out for sliding helicopters:
Yes, you did just see a full-sized helicopter nearly score a goal in a game of pond hockey.
There's more to the story, though. This wasn't some act of recklessness that narrowly missed killing a group of northern Canadian puck heads, either by running them over or cracking the ice on which they skated.
As Bradley Friesen, the helicopter pilot who shot the video and was driving the copter, notes in an e-mail written to Transport Canada, this was a carefully orchestrated shot for what's sure to be one of the greatest hockey games ever put on film.
"I truly believe it was done in a safe, and responsible manner," he says, "without danger to the aircraft or crew-members on the ground."
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• The Canucks broke out their ugly Christmas sweaters last night. Here's Zack Kassian rocking a vest. [PITB]
• Ever wonder what it's like to be a member of the DoPS Cops? Go inside the NHL's Department of Player Safety. As it turns out, the word that usually means an NHLer is screwed, suspension-wise, is "Thoughts?" [Boston Globe]
• A mystery owner wants a team in Hamilton. My money's on Jim Balsillie, having undergone extensive plastic surgery to look like Johnny Depp, like in that movie The Tourist . [The Spec]
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy2 days ago
One wonders which loss the Ottawa Senators are more embarrassed about: the 2-1 defeat at the hands of the 30th-place Sabres on Tuesday night, or the loss of Jared Cowen, who was suspended two games on Wednesday after a hit to the head of Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons during the game.
Since it was just Buffalo's seventh win of the year, we'll guess the former. But this hit's no good either, as Brendan Shanahan explains.
Even though Girgensons remained in the game, scoring the 10th-round shootout winner, you had to know there was no way Cowen was escaping supplemental discipline again -- not after he already got the benefit of the doubt on the hit that turned Pavel Datsyukinto a fisherman for two weeks.
And not after such an obvious headshot.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy2 days ago
No. 1 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin finished just about halfway to an Ovechtrick versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring a whopping four goals in the Capitals 6-5 shootout win. Nicklas Backstrom was in on all 5 Capitals' goals, scoring one himself and adding 4 assists. We already shared Ovi's fourth, so here's the hat trick goal:
No. 2 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings haven't allowed a first-period goal since November 2nd, but they didn't allow a second or third-period goal either in their 6-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Jones made 31 saves for the shutout, his second in a row.
No. 3 Star: Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Dubinsky had a four-point night in the Jackets' 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils, but after Ovechkin's four-goal game, one goal and 3 assists is like yawn .Fri, Dec 134:30 PM PSTWashington at FloridaPreview Game