- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 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: "Referee Rob Martell hands the helmet back to goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers after it was knocked off during a collision with David Moss."
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Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...Thu, Mar 134:00 PM PDTPhoenix at BostonPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Three Danish hockey players have been fined and suspended by Denmark's first-tier hockey league, Metal Ligaen, after admitting to betting on their own team and match-fixing in January.
(Now we know. Match-fixing: totally not Metal.)
Two of the players received slaps on the wrist for what the league called "unethical behaviour". Kiril Starkov, a Danish citizen, and Canadian Tyler Mosienko (who spent five years with the Kelowna Rockets before bouncing around the ECHL, AHL and Europe), received five-game suspensions and fines of 12,000 kroner ($2,236) and 4,000 ($735) kroner, respectively.
, These amounts corresponded with their profits from betting on matches involving their own team.
The biggest punishment, however, went to Dennis Jensen, the Energy's backup goaltender. In addition to being fined 12,550 kroner -- like his teammates, he effectively had to fork his proceeds over to the league -- he's been suspended for a full year, and for good measure.
Jensen didn't just put money down. He also tried to maximize his profits by getting his teammates to help him fix games.
- Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens meet on NHL Rivalry Night on NBCSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET) to continue one of the League’s most storied feuds.
How storied? Oh, this storied, as NHL Rivals brings us back to the intense days of the B’s and Habs battling for the chance at the Cup. It’s Don Cherry against Scotty Bowman and Hall of Famers vs. blue collar guys, peppered with the requisite controversy.
On Wednesday night, the rivalry takes another turn with the introduction of Thomas Vanek to the proceedings.
Vanek, acquired at the trade deadline by Montreal from the New York Islanders, has been known as a Bruins Killer during his career. With the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek had 29 goals and 28 assists in 50 games, skating to a plus-17. That dominance continued with the Islanders, as Vanek had a goal and three assists in three games for a plus-4.
That’s 61 points in 53 career games vs. Boston.
So what does he think of this Bruins Killer thing?
- Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars made his first public appearance after a cardiac event during Monday’s game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets, as doctors said his season was over.
“I'd like to thank the number of people who saved my life,” he said. “They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life. I will forever be grateful.”
Dr. Robert Dimeff, Sport Medicine Specialist at UT Southwestern, said that Peverley’s season is over. Now comes the next stage of the 31-year-old forward’s recovery.
The current plan, according to Dimeff, is for Peverley to go back to the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto for further treatment on his atrial fibrillation, an ailment affecting the upper chambers of the heart that affects one in every 200 people younger than 60. Dimeff believes Peverley may have played through the genetic heart disorder in the Stanley Cup Final last summer, and then showed up to Dallas camp with it after being traded with Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy11 hrs 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.
Krueger named Southampton chairman; junior player found dead; Pavelec loves Springsteen (Puck Headlines)Puck Daddy11 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.
• 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
- Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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.”
- Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
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!
- Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
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.
- Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
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.