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  • NHL Three Stars: Rakell, Kuznetsov two goal night; Russell's first with Oilers

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks

    Rakell had two big goals in the Ducks 5-3 win against the Boston Bruins. His first goal tied the game at 2-2. The second game stood as the game winner. Both goals came on assists from Corey Perry who now has 31 on the season. Yes, Corey Perry.

    No. 2 Star: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals

    Doesn’t it seem like a long time ago when Kuznetsov was struggling? He’s snapped out of it. Against the Philadelphia Flyers he scored two goals. The first was an absolute rocket in and out of the goal.

    No. 3 Star: Kris Russell, Edmonton Oilers

    Russell was saving his first goal of the season for a big moment. He earned his first goal, sixth point on this game winning goal facilitated by the speeeeeed of Connor McDavid.

     

     

    … The Florida Panthers were 2 for 2 on the power play with Keith Yandle and Jonathan Marchessault getting the goals.

     

    … Braden Holtby earned his 30th win of the season as the Caps beat the Flyers, 4-1. Alex Ovechkin, Justin Williams, Nick Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and Kuznetsov each picked up two points. Brayden Schenn was the lone goal scorer for the Flyers.

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  • Bernier submits 'save of the year' play in wacky second period (Video)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

     

    Whatever Sami Vatanen was (or wasn’t doing) during the play above led to an unbelievable save by Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

    On the power play Brad Marchand was floating uncontested as Patrice Bergeron got into position on the far post. Marchand sends a perfect pass to Bergeron who has a wide open net. Bergeron’s split second decision to stop the puck with his skate and put it on this stick may have been a millisecond too long.

    Bernier dives sideways and gets his paddle on the puck. He pulls it into his body so Bergeron can’t get the rebound. Afterwards, defenseman Sami Vatanen gives his goaltender a ‘my bad’ tap on the mask.

    The period continued as one that’s encapsulates Bernier’s season with Anaheim; a lot of luck, .

    Not too long after the incredible save, the Boston Bruins appeared to score on the power play; howver, the officials called it off as ‘no goal’ right away.

    The Bruins challenged the play saying it wasn’t goaltender interference. Take a look.

    From @PeteBlackburn:

    Bruins goal disallowed because of Marchand goaltender interference pic.twitter.com/2YOer5ogde

    Therefore the original call stands – no goal Boston Bruins.

  • Gibson day-to-day with lower-body injury; Ducks turn to Bernier, Enroth

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The last thing the Anaheim Ducks need right now is John Gibson getting hurt.

    That’s why the fan base had an aneurysm when Eric Stephens of the OC Register tweeted this out about two hours prior to game time:

    Hearing Jhonas Enroth is being called up from AHL San Diego as John Gibson is questionable for tonight. Jonathan Bernier likely to start.

    — Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) February 23, 2017

    The Ducks later clarified with a press release: Gibson is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

    Jonathan Bernier will get the start at home against the Boston Bruins tonight. Jhonas Enroth was called up from the San Diego Gulls to back up.

    This happens to be the second consecutive start for Bernier.

    He played on Monday night in Arizona and it was … not so great. He allowed 3 goals on 6 shots and was pulled after the first period. To give him credit, the team wasn’t great in front of him.

    If the team doesn’t wake up in front of Bernier and/or he can’t get rid of the yips, the team hopes to have a diamond in the rough of sorts with Enroth.

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  • Ryan Callahan out indefinitely following hip surgery

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan had a follow-up surgical procedure on his right hip on Tuesday and is out indefinitely, the team announced.

    On Jan. 15 Callahan left the lineup to rest and rehab the hip, which was surgically repaired in June for a laberal tear. This hip surgery was supposed to take five months of healing. The veteran forward played his first game on Oct. 30 of this season and struggled with four points in 18 games played. Callahan’s most recent absence, which started in January, was supposed to take a month.

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    The Lightning had yet to announce if they moved Callahan to LTIR.

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  • Hockey at NY Toy Fair 2017: Rods, knees and stuffed Auston Matthews

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    NEW YORK – Toy Fair is the annual trade show where toymakers large and small converge to show off their best sellers and innovative ideas.

    It’s like Comic-Con without actors from “Star Trek: Voyager” charging $75 for a photograph. It’s also like “Shark Tank” if “Shark Tank” was only the parts with the optimistic pitches and not the parts where Kevin O’Leary asks you to throw yourself into a volcano for inventing a line of gourmet animal crackers.

    As I wandered the aisles on the final day of the 2017 event, I had but one mission: Find hockey stuff.

    And here’s what I found…

    BLEACHER CREATURES

    The weirdly lifelike dolls are available for every sport and every entertainment genre. This season, they have a Creature for Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs (above) that in no way looks like Billy Zane with a $3 hairpiece.

    STARSPORTS BACKPACK

    These are backpacks that have large plastic helmets on the back. Some are hockey masks, but most are NCAA football helmets from schools like Ohio State.

    They just closed a deal with the Montreal Canadiens to make these backpacks with a Habs mask on the back, so expect that to catch on like wildfire.

    LIL TEAMMATES

    ROD HOCKEY

    Here’s the box:

    What a world.

  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Wednesday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    There are three games on the NHL slate Wednesday, which is business as usual for the league on hump day. Here are some players to target and avoid…

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    GOALIE

    Roberto Luongo , FLA vs. EDM ($28): While Luongo has had some struggles recently, the Panthers are still 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and they’ve won five in a row. Despite those issues, Luongo also still has a 2.69 GAA, which is far from concerning. The Oilers are also the one team who was in action Tuesday, meaning the Panthers get them on the second night of a back-to-back. Luongo is the second cheapest goalie Wednesday, so if Florida remains hot, he’ll get you a win for cheap regardless of how well he plays.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSEMEN

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

  • SKA Saint Petersburg’s KHL playoff promo is all sorts of intense (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The KHL’s 2017 Gagarin Cup playoffs began on Tuesday with regular season champions SKA St. Petersburg taking Game 1 of their series with Vityaz by a 3-1 score.

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    In preparation for the team’s attempt to win its second title in three seasons, SKA released a hype video on Wednesday ahead of Game 1, and boy, is there a lot going on.

    That video had everything, from Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, to our very happy friend above, to an ode to their military history, to this guy, who’s probably been watching that Colorado Avalanche/Imagine Dragons mash-up from 2014 a few too many times:

    There was also the hockey glove-wearing rocker who has no need for a pick:

    We’re already eagerly awaiting next season’s video.

  • Miracle On Ice: 7 unbelievable facts the Russians really hate (Puck Lists)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    PUCK LISTS are lists of hockey things. They run every Thursday on Puck Daddy, except today, because today is special.

    A mere 37 years ago — and really it feels like just yesterday — the United States played in a hockey game. You might have heard of it. It was called: an Olympic semifinal I mean the Miracle On Ice.

    Oh yeah, the United States of America back when it was really great was able to beat the Soviet Union (or “Russia” in today’s parlance) in a game without broader implications or the transference of anxieties. Obviously, no one analogized something as trivial as a hockey game with geopolitical tensions or the clash of two powerful economic ideologies that had dominated the global landscape for decades.

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    7 – The Russian guys were basically the best team in the world, but our Brave College Kids were not professional athletes at all

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  • Smith on concussion protocol system; Wisniewski’s KHL experience (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • Featured at this weekend’s Stadium Series game in Pittsburgh: The Philly Chicken & Waffle Fry Stak vs The Steel City Pot Roast Stak. Droooool

    • After being pulled from Monday’s game by a concussion spotter, Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is no fan of the system. “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.” [Arizona Republic]

    • Matthew vs. Laine is the new Crosby vs. Ovechkin. [Vice]

    • Finally, here’s CSKA and Jokerit having a line brawl during the KHL playoffs on Tuesday:

  • Why the Flames should be buyers and sellers at the trade deadline

    Jonathan Willis at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    For Stanley Cup contenders and NHL cellar dwellers, the league’s annual trade deadline features few complex decisions. Potential champions add to their rosters. Bad teams collect futures, sending away players on expiring deals and older veterans without long-term utility.

    Teams like the Calgary Flames have it tougher. Sixty games into the season it isn’t clear whether they’ll be good enough or lucky enough to make the playoffs. They have only the narrowest of leads on the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets for the West’s final playoff berth.

    On Monday, general manager Brad Treliving signaled that the possibility of the postseason was worth some risk, bringing in defenceman Michael Stone at the relatively cheap price of a third-round pick. Included was a conditional fifth-rounder in the event he signs an extension with the Flames.

    The Flames can afford to take a few risks, and should be willing to make modest outlays to address areas of real need. At the same time, they should shop their own assets and avoid expensive additions. It’s difficult to prepare for the playoffs and simultaneously safeguard the future, but such is the plight of any rebuilding team.