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  • Top 10 shootout goals of 2014 (Puck Daddy's Year In Review)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.) 

    At some point in the near future, maybe by the time the next lockout ends, the shootout will be a distant memory. NHL executives have been slowly minimizing its impact on the standings and the talk has only increased about holding different forms of overtime to avoid the shootout altogether.

    In the meantime, we’re left to marvel at some of the magnificent moves pulled off by players in the one-on-one battle. 

    Here are the top 10* shootout goals of 2014:

    10. Yegor Milovzorov dons fish head during KHL Skills Competition

    This may not be a shootout attempt that counted for anything meaningful, but Yegor Milovzorov putting on a bit of a show with the fish head and swan dive during the KHL’s All-Star Skills Competition was funny and memorable.

    9. Nick Bjugstad finally ends it

  • NHL Three Stars: Hutchinson leads Jets; Elias haunts Nabokov

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Michael Hutchinson, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets’ netminder kept rolling by stopping 29 shots as Winnipeg downed the Boston Bruins 2-1. Hutchinson won for the third times in four starts. Mathieu Perreault’s goal late in the second period snapped a 1-1 deadlock and stood as the game-winning tally. 

    No. 2 Star: Patrik Elias, New Jersey

    Elias scored his second goal in three games and later put home the only goal in the shootout as the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. After his goal in the first period fooled Evgeni Nabokov, he later helped New Jersey earned the extra point with some lovely deking: 

    No. 3 Star: Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators

    Hoffman scored twice as the Senators cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He was one of five Ottawa players record a pair of points, joining Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, and Erik Karlsson. Craig Anderson made 32 saves for his third win in four starts. One of Turris' two points came via this nasty shorthanded goal: 

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  • Evgeni Nabokov would like a second chance at this Patrik Elias goal (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The New Jersey Devils edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 after a shootout Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. They jumped on Evgeni Nabokov in the first period scoring twice before Nikita Kucherov would force overtime by scoring with 41 seconds left in the third.

    Late in the first, Patrik Elias put the Devils up 2-0 in nifty fashion. Entering the Tampa zone one-on-one with Matt Carle, Elias turned on the Patrick Kane Mode on his controller and performed a spin-o-rama backhand that knuckled by Nabokov:

    Such a helpless feeling for Nabokov. He’s in position ready for a shot and the puck deflects off Carle’s stick, throwing everything off, and he’s left to adjust to a knuckler floating his way.

    Said Elias afterward, via Tom Gulitti: "That was more about luck, more of a lucky goal on that one. Good move, but lucky.”

    Elias wouldn't be done there. He would later haunt Nabokov by scoring the only goal in the shootout to give New Jersey the extra point.

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  • 85-year old Canadian set to break Guinness record for oldest hockey player

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    When you get to the rink this week for your rec hockey game, just know that your career is far from being over, no matter how bad or old you get.

    Meet Jan Loos. He turned 85 on Thursday and still plays in an adult hockey league in London, Ont. The “Huff N Puff” league is for players 55 and older, and Loos isn't the only super veteran on the roster. He has four teammates over the age of 80. 

    Loos plays three times a week, but when he steps on the ice Friday for his next game, he’ll be making history by becoming the oldest man to ever play in a competitive hockey game. The current record is held by 78-year old Fred DeWit, a goaltender from Holland.

    From Morris Dallacosta of the London Free Press:

    A 90-year old referee? And you want to complain about Tim Peel?

    "My motto is, don't get old, get older. Stay in shape and you live a lot longer and happier."

  • Top 10 hockey photos of 2014 (Puck Daddy’s Year in Review)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.) 

    Sometimes images stay with you longer than a video. A single moment in time, whether funny or poignant, could tell a bigger story. The game of hockey provides such stunning photography that choosing the best 10 in 2014 wasn't an easy task. 

    Here are the top 10 hockey photos of 2014.

    10. Orebro fans' touching tribute to player's mom  (STA via Aftonbladet)

    Jared Aulin has spent the last four years playing for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League. Last spring, he found out his mother had been diagnosed with cancer, a battle she would sadly lose in October. Before a game in March, Orebro fans showed support for one of their own by unveiling this banner in one end of the rink.

    9. Team USA's women see golden dreams dashed by a post. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    8. A picturesque Big House, the stage for the 2014 Winter Classic (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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  • NHL Three Stars: Anderson, Lehtonen, Svedberg make goalie union proud

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

    Anderson posted his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career during a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. He turned aside 34 shots to earn his second win in three starts. Kyle Turris scored early in the first period and put the game away with an empty-netter with one second left in the game. Anderson almost got in on the scoring himself with attempt at the empty net late in the game:

    No. 2 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

    The Stars opened up a three-game western Canada road trip with a 2-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks. Colton Sceviour opened the scoring early in the second period and then Antoine Roussel turned off the lights with an empty-netter late in the third period. Lehtonen made 27 saves and recorded his second shutout of the season and 29th of his career.

    No. 3 Star: Niklas Svedberg, Boston Bruins

    Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime helped the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 and earn their first win in four games. Svedberg was excellent between the pipes, stopping 35 shots for his second win in three starts.  

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  • Watch AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms score three goals in 21 seconds (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Binghamton Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond had a short night on Wednesday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. After facing three shots in the game's opening 36 seconds, he allowed three goals. If that wasn’t bad enough, the three goals came in a span of 21 seconds. 

    Yes, three goals. Twenty-one seconds. Petr Straka, Jason Akeson and Andrew Gordon were the history makers.

    Said Gordon afterward, via the Phantoms' YouTube page: "I've never even done it in a videogame!"

    The rest of the period was dominated mostly by the Senators, who finished the first out-shooting the Phantoms 15-6, but remained off the scoreboard until late in the second period.

    The feat tied the AHL record for fastest three goals by one team, which was set by the Hershey Bears in 1962. The record for fastest three goals in an AHL game is 20 seconds, set by the Worcester IceCats and Springfield Falcons in 1997

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  • Bob Hartley’s extension with Flames comes at a great time for Bob Hartley

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The Calgary Flames have been one of the NHL’s feel-good stories during the first two months of the 2014-15 season. The scrappy bunch have posted a 17-14-2 record and are tied with the Los Angeles Kings for the last wild card spot in the Western Conference. Mark Giordano is again in the Norris Trophy conversation; youngsters Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are producing; and Jonas Hiller is providing quality goaltending, something the team hasn’t seen since Miikka Kiprusoff retired.

    If you’re Bob Hartley, despite a current six-game losing streak, then you’d want to parlay that early-season success into a contract extension. And that he did.

    The Flames announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed Hartley to a multi-year extension after guiding the team to a 71-79-13 record over the last three seasons. 

    As their PDO drops, their possession numbers remain poor under Hartley, currently hovering around a 47-percent Fenwick, which measures shots on net and missed shots. That number hasn't improved during Hartley's tenure.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hat tricks for Galchenyuk, Tarasenko; Bob blanks Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens

    The young Hab netted his first career hat trick as Montreal downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. All three goals were assisted by Max Pacioretty. Galchenyuk’s opening goal was definitely the prettiest one of the night after some slick passing in the Carolina zone:

    No. 2 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues 

    After Marian Gaborik helped the Los Angeles Kings race out to a 2-0 lead, Tarasenko and Blues answered five times en route to a 5-2 victory. The forward netted his second career hat trick and reached the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season:

    No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t solve Bob as the Blue Jackets grabbed the extra point after a 1-0 shootout win. Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career. Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen scored Columbus’ only goals in the shootout. 

    Did You Know? "Toronto improved to 14-0 when scoring first and 13-0 after leading through two periods. The Leafs also haven't lost to Anaheim since Oct. 21, 2008, a 3-2 shootout decision." (AP)

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  • Panthers, Capitals make NHL history with 20-round shootout (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Forty shooters. 11 goals. Nearly 20 minutes worth of shootout action. NHL history.

    The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals made NHL history on Tuesday night when they took part in the longest shootout ever. In the 20th (!) round, Nick Bjugstad beat Braden Holtby and sent Panthers fans home happy with a 2-1 victory. 

    Because of how long it went, Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Jussi Jokinen and Bjugstad were all able to take two shots apiece. The Panthers, meanwhile, staved off defeat five times to extend the proceedings.

    Here is the shootout in its entirety: 

    Look at this box score:

     

    Roberto Luongo, your thoughts?

    I blacked out what just happened???

    The Capitals and Panthers set three other records during this shootout: 

    • Most goals (11)

    • Most goals by a single team - Florida (6)

    • Most saves by a goaltender - Roberto Luongo (15)

    Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann were part of that record-setting evening as well.

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