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  • NHL Three Stars: Cammalleri leads comeback; Kreider powers Rangers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils

    Cammalleri started and finished the Devils’ big comeback against the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon. Down 4-1 in the third period, Cammalleri scored the first of three New Jersey goals in the final 20 minutes and then put home the winner with 18 seconds left in overtime.

    No. 2 Star: Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

    Kreider scored a pair of goals 4:46 apart late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Derek Stepan picked up three points, including assists on both of Kreider’s goals and Mats Zuccarello chipped in a pair of helpers himself. New York is now 8-0-1 after losses this season.

    No. 3 Stars: Mike Condon, Ottawa Senators / Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

    Condon earned his second shutout in five starts since joining the Senators as Ottawa blanked the Florida Panthers 2-0. Erik Karlsson and Derick Brassard did all the damage with goals 19 seconds apart in the first period.

    The Stars shut out the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 as Curtis McKenzie, Tyler Seguin and Patrick Eaves scored in each period. Lehtonen made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and 35th of his career.

  • Coyotes' Mike Smith sets franchise record with 58 saves in loss

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one to remember but also one to forget for Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith.

    The Coyotes dropped their third straight with a 3-2 shootout loss, but Smith was outstanding as he made a franchise record 58 saves on the night, including 22 in the third period.

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    Columbus scored on both of their shootout attempts while the Coyotes failed on their two chances, which led to Smith nearly sending his twig to goalie stick heaven in frustration.

    Saturday’s game was the fourth time this season Smith faced at least 40 shots and the third time in his last four starts. The Coyotes allow 35.5 shots per night, most in the NHL. As you could imagine, suffering a loss after his effort didn’t sit well with the netminder.

    Last 4 goalies w/ 58SV in regular-season game Smith: 58 on 12/03/16 Scrivens: 59 on 01/29/14 Roloson: 58 on 11/23/09 Tugnutt: 70 on 03/21/91 pic.twitter.com/4LCOBk2CgA

    — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 4, 2016

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  • Avalanche lose Erik Johnson for 6-8 weeks with broken fibula

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    On top of holding the NHL’s worst recording and getting shut out by the Dallas Stars, the Colorado Avalanche got some more bad news after the loss.

    Defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the next 6-8 weeks after fracturing his fibula during Saturday night’s game, according to head coach Jared Bednar. The injury occurred when he was hit by a Tyler Seguin shot.

    Despite their rough start, Johnson has been a bright spot through 23 games with 11 points while averaging 22 minutes a night. He’s also been a positive possession player.

    Johnson joins captain Gabriel Landeskog (day-to-day) on the sidelines as the headache during Bednar’s rookie season behind the bench continue.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

  • Women's Hockey Notebook: All about the money

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    Picking up where we started with the notebook last season, we look at the number one topic surrounding women’s professional hockey this season – money.

    1. NWHL

    This weekend’s games:

    Saturday Buffalo Beauts (2-4-1) at New York Riveters (2-3-1) – 4:30pm ET Connecticut Whale (2-3-0) at Boston Pride (6-0-0) – 7:30pm ET

    Sunday Boston Pride at New York Riveters – 4:00pm ET

    1A. Salary cut fallout

    Needless to day, it’s been a complicated two weeks for the NWHL after announcing salary cuts for players.

    Morgan Fritz-Ward became the first player to announce that she will be leaving the league following the announcement of the salary cuts. She’ll play her final two games with the New York Riveters this weekend.

    Thank you @fritz_ward for everything you’ve given to this team. We wish you the very best in future adventures! ????#AlwaysARiveter pic.twitter.com/JlzwfErtQZ

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  • Corey Crawford out 2-3 weeks after appendectomy

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has acute appendicitis and is undergoing an appendectomy, the team announced Saturday.

    “We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play,” the Blackhawks team doctor Michael Terry said through the team’s Twitter account, though he added he couldn’t give a timeline for Crawford until after the surgery. The operation is taking place in Philadelphia where the Blackhawks are playing Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers.

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    The Blackhawks signed Eric Semborski, a 23-year-old who plays club hockey at Temple as an emergency backup to Scott Darling for Saturday. Darling, who is 5-4-0 with a 2.76 goal-against average and .909 save percentage, is likely to receive most of the workload with Crawford out.

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  • 'Fit of rage' led to Erik Gudbranson's postgame threat toward Matt Martin

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night and there’s a lot of anticipation for this game after the last time these two sides met.

    Remember that third period? A lot happened.

    • Morgan Rielly’s hit on Jannik Hansen • Nazem Kadri’s hit on Daniel Sedin • Alex Burrows’ spear on Morgan Rielly • Derek Dorsett losing it • Ryan Miller, Troy Stecher and Matt Martin mixing it up, and Frederik Andersen teasing us with a goalie fight.

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    The penalty sheet was a long one that evening, and the fireworks didn’t end there. As the teams went to their dressing rooms following the game, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson had something to say as he walked by the assembled media, yelling out “Matt Martin’s dead. Everyone can hear that now. F—— dead.”

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  • NHL Three Stars: Jones bests Price; Flames beat Wild in shootout

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

    The San Jose netminder stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Jones has won five of his last six starts and currently holds a 1.99 goal-against average and .924 save percentage. The Sharks have won 10 straight home games against the Canadiens dating back to March 12, 2001.

    No. 2 Star: Chad Johnson, Calgary Flames

    Johnson stopped 21 of 23 Minnesota Wild shots on goal in a 3-2 shootout win. He has won six of his last eight starts, going 6-2-0 with a 1.50 goal-against average and .951 save percentage with three shutouts in that span. In 14 games played Johnson has a 9-4-1 record with a 2.05 goal-against average and .930 save percentage. The Flames are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games played and Johnson has been in goal for all seven wins.

    No. 3 Star: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks 

    With two assists in the win over the Canadiens, the 37-year-old Thornton reached 1,356 career points and moved ahead of Brendan Shanahan (1,354 points) for 25th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. John Bucyk is next at No. 24 with 1,369 points. Thornton’s points ended a five-game scoreless stretch. 

     

     

  • Alex Radulov bloodied by Logan Couture high stick (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Radulov was bloodied after he took a high stick from San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture late in their Friday game.

    During an offensive zone opportunity for the Habs, Couture got his stick up under Radulov’s visor. The Canadiens forward went down and clutched his face as blood streamed out. Couture received a double-minor for high sticking and Radulov went to the Canadiens locker room.

    Radulov bleeding profusely after taking Couture's stick to the face. Hopefully he's ok. pic.twitter.com/jZIl1AnlHG

    — Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 3, 2016

    The play occurred with 4:06 remaining in the third period and the Sharks up 2-0. Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen scored with 1:17 left to put the game at 2-1, but the Habs couldn’t tie the game and fell to 1-2-0 on their current road trip and 0-2-0 during the California portion of the voyage. Radulov did not return to the game.

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  • Martin Jones robs Alex Galchenyuk with gorgeous glove save (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made a gorgeous glove save on Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk in their Friday game.

    Midway through the first period with the Canadiens pressing in front of Jones’ net, Paul Byron whipped a feed to Galchenyuk. Jones moved to his left and put himself in position to make the save on the former 30-goal scorer.

    Jones has been one of the best recent acquisitions for the Sharks. San Jose traded for Jones from the Boston Bruins – who earlier in the offseason picked up Jones from the Los Angeles Kings – in the summer of 2015 and last season he led the Sharks to their first Stanley Cup Final.

    So far this year, Jones holds a 13-8-1 record with a 1.99 goal-against average and .924 save percentage.s Jones is 8-2-1 in his last 11 starts, with a 1.46 goal-against average and a .945 save percentage. Against the Canadiens he stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal in a 2-1 victory.

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  • New York Islanders looking for new team executive: Report

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The New York Islanders could be in the market for someone new to step into their front office.

    According to Newsday citing a league source, new Islanders owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have been looking for someone to take over the the team president role, which general manager Garth Snow has held since 2006.

    … pretty much since July 1, when Malkin and Ledecky took over the majority ownership role from Charles Wang, the new owners have been on the hunt for someone to step into the executive suite to either work with Snow or make front-office changes.

     

    “They’re looking for a big name,” the source said. “They’ve talked to a lot of people already.”

    The story said a hire is not imminent but the Islanders have talked with former team icon Pat LaFontaine and former NHLer Brad Richards. They also “spent time with” CAA agent Pat Brisson, who represents John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and several other elite NHL players. The piece also reported that New York talked with former Montreal Canadiens COO Kevin Gilmore.

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