- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy23 mins ago
Blake Comeau has been suspended two games for boarding Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night in Columbus, which seems about right. Let's take a look:
Knowing what's about to happen, this is a little bit like watching that woman skinny-dip at the beginning of Jaws. It's just not going to end well for her. (This video could do with a suspenseful score to really up the fear factor, come to think of it.)
Smith skates into the corner after a loose puck, and Comeau tracks him all the way across the zone, looking at nothing but Smith's numbers.
That never changes, but Comeau crushes Smith anyway. "As Smith plays the puck up the ice, Comeau finishes him into the boards, from behind, and with significant force, causing a violent collision," explains Patrick Burke.
Burke also explains what Comeau was supposed to do: not this. You can see in the final angle, played as Burke announces the suspension, that Comeau has both hands square on Smith's back as he drives through the Red Wings' defender. That's never going to end well.
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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.
• Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger was officially named the new chairman of Barclays Premier League side Southampton. Maybe he can help Rickie Lambert out of his little goal slump and help a certain blogger's fantasy Premier League team. [CP via Yahoo]
• Why the Canucks must resist making any moves out of panic given their current situation, and 30 thoughts from Elliotte Friedman. [ CBC ]
• Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford, who was missing for over a week, was found dead Tuesday. Michigan State police are still investigating and a cause of death has not been determined. [Buzzing the Net]Thu, Mar 135:00 PM PDTEdmonton at St. LouisPreview Game
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Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis, admittedly, has had a tough couple of days since his team yielded seven third-period goals to the New York Islanders. “When you're not performing up to a standard that you think is acceptable, it's never easy,” he said, at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., on Wednesday.
It’s bad for Gillis’s Canucks, as The Province surmised:
“Tortorella is in the crosshairs because of a 2-11-1 slide, his tunnel tirade to get to Bob Hartley that didn’t help morale and a preoccupation with push and pace. It has led to a rash of injuries and indifferent play and the inability to maintain consistency or have anything left in the tank.”
This had led to critics saying these are “fireable offences.”
So are they, Mike Gillis?
“Well, there's a lot of rumor and speculation out there, and for me to comment on it would lend some degree of credibility to it, which is not something that's good for anybody. I think right now we have to get behind our team and behind our players and behind our coaching staff and try and win some hockey games.”Wed, Mar 124:30 PM PDTVancouver at WinnipegPreview Game
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It's a Wednesday 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 George Stroumboulopoulos, the new host of Hockey Night In Canada!
• More goalie interference calls and intent to blow gone bad.
• Wrapping up the GM meetings.
• What ails the Capitals.
• Playoff race updates.
Question of the Day: Jeff and Greg are GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft. After playing eight games for the Whale during the 1996-97 season, he was dealt to the Calgary Flames.
Almost 20 years later, Giguere is still an NHL player, but possibly not for much longer.
The 36-year old Giguere's contract runs out after season and with the Colorado Avalanche having Semyon Varlamov signed long-term and recently acquiring Reto Berra, who could ink a multi-year deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, the end could be near for the former Whaler.Wed, Mar 126:30 PM PDTChicago at ColoradoPreview Game
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So what happened?
Did Scott Hartnell interfere with Martin Brodeur in his crease with 40 seconds to play on Tuesday night, stopping his momentum, hitting the goalie and forcing the puck free and over the goal line?
Was Hartnell pushed into Brodeur by defenseman Anton Volchenkov?
The end result was the Flyers failing to get a tying goal with less than a minute remaining against a division rival chasing them for a playoff seed, and losing 2-1 in regulation to the New Jersey Devils. Referee Tom Kowal waived it off based on goalie interference.
The NHL claimed:
At 19:20 of the third period in the New Jersey Devils/Philadelphia Flyers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the New Jersey net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell pushed goaltender Martin Brodeur across the goal line with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal Philadelphia.
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[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
8. Changing the rules
The following is a list of rule changes I would like to see the NHL adopt while the league's general managers fecklessly fiddle around with not-really-changing the impact of shootouts, and maybe moving the hash marks back for some reason:
1) Puck over the glass results in the offending team not being able to make a change rather than getting a minor.
2) If a goal is scored on a delayed penalty, the offending team still serves the penalty.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Fleury earned his fifth shutout of the season and 28th of his career with a 32-save night as the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 for the second time in as many nights. Goals from Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby were enough as Pittsburgh won their third straight game and eighth in a row over Washington.
No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
A three-goal third period helped power the Blue Jackets over the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Bobrovsky made 39 saves for his fifth win in six starts. Columbus scored their three third period goals in a span of 5:48, kicked off by Boone Jenner's 12th of the season:
No. 3 Stars: Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes / Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Vrbata is heating up for the Coyotes and now has six points in his last four games after a three-point night during a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. His goal was his 19th of the season, second on the Coyotes. Phoenix has now won two straight on the road for the first time since Nov. 27-Dec. 3, according to the AP. Mike Smith made 31 saves in the win.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs were already having a rough night getting dominated by the San Jose Sharks and barely testing Antti Niemi on the shot counter. To make matters even worse, James van Riemsdyk left the game with an injury in the third period after being taken out by his own teammate, Dion Phaneuf.
Not the greatest decision to go for the big hit while your teammate is busy defending against the intended target. It was so mis-timed and executed from a bad angle that Phaneuf barely even got a piece of Patrick Marleau.
You might remember previous incidents of teammate-on-teammate violence featuring Alex Radulov concussing Jason Arnott during a goal celebration and Keith Ballard almost decapitating Tomas Vokoun after allowing a goal.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
"That's intent to blow the call," was the way CSN Bay Area play-by-play man Randy Hahn described the no-goal decision by referee Dave Jackson to deny the San Jose Sharks a go-ahead tally against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.
Midway through the opening period, Tommy Wingels deflected down a Matt Irwin shot from the point, followed his own rebound and put the puck behind James Reimer for a 2-1 San Jose lead. But it wasn't meant to be as Jackson intended to blow his whistle while he believed the puck was under Reimer's pad.
Here's the video:
As you see, the puck was live the entire time and was never covered by Reimer. Jackson explains he believes the puck was under Reimer's pad on Wingels' second poke, when it was already over the goal line at that point.