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  • NHL Three Stars: Atkinson, Giroux, Miller net OT winners; four points for Toews

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Atkinson deserves to be an All-Star, and yet, somehow he’s not. In an insane back and forth game between the Jackets and the Ottawa Senators, Atkinson scored Columbus’s third straight goal in the third period to give them the 6-5 lead. Kyle Turris, playing in his 500th NHL game, tied it up at 6-6. In overtime, Atkinson’s speed and skill overwhelmed the Sens.

    No. 2 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

    Remember how Blackhawks fans were being all delusional about Toews struggling and how he could possibly be dealt? Bet that particular group changed their tune after the captain put up four points in the Blackhawks win. The Vancouver Canucks overcame Chicago’s 2-0 lead in the third. Toews landed what would be the game winner with 1:14 to go.

    No. 3 Star: J.T. Miller, New York Rangers

    The game between the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings was booooring. The game remained scoreless until 1:56 in overtime when Mats Zuccarello made a perfect pass to Miller for the game winner.

    Did You Know? Peter Laviolette earned his 500th win as a head coach in the NHL tonight.

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  • Ryan Johansen hits trick-shot for empty net goal (Video)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    If Ryan Johansen is ever looking to make some scratch on the side being a pool shark might be his best bet.

    The Nashville Predators forward put the proverbial nail in the coffin of the Minnesota Wild with a trick-shot-esque empty netter.

    Defenseman Ryan Ellis swipes away a loose puck in the neutral zone and back to Johansen – who is about five feet behind the blueline. The forward chips the puck high up in the air, like he’s going for an alley-oop, but the arc is so perfect it coasts into the net.

    (Let’s give a little love to his time in Columbus for allowing him to work on his chip game while on the golf course… sorry.)

    The point was the third of the evening for Johansen, and iced the game against the Minnesota Wild, 4-2.

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  • Hole in Pittsburgh's ice causes early end to first period

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Playing at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins were sent back to their respective locker rooms with 6:26 left on the clock in the first period.

    For the second time this week during a game, invoked Rule 77.3, which states that “if a delay takes place with more than five minutes remaining in the first or second period, the referee will order the next regular intermission to be taken.”

    The ice crew in Pittsburgh determined they would need more time to fix a massive hole in the ice along the boards.

    They brought out the heavy artillery to fix the issue; however, there is no word (yet) on what caused it in the first place.

    Once the hole was patched to the ice crew’s satisfaction, the ice resurfacers came out and flooded the ice as if it was a normal intermission.

    Here’s the after shot prior to the two teams coming back on the ice.

    The improvised intermission was probably welcomed by the Bruins. It was a 0-0 game, however the Penguins were out-shooting Boston 11-3 at the time of the stoppage.

    UPDATE:

    Here’s Sportsnet video of what went on in Pittsburgh.

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  • Claude Julien still not worried about Bruins firing him

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    The most interesting Claude Julien has been as head coach of the Boston Bruins might be in his last moments as head coach of the Boston Bruins.

    Julien’s been forthright and introspective in recent days, as the latest round of rumors circulate that the end is bear for the veteran head coach. He’s been on the chopping block roughly a dozen times in the past seven years. He’s there again as the Bruins take on the Pittsburgh Penguins this Sunday afternoon.

    We had his comments about “shock journalism” and the coverage of his job status. Julien continued to opine about it this weekend. There was this:

    Bruins coach Claude Julien addressed the rumors of his job security. This was his answer. pic.twitter.com/HMhDYFlTZ3

    — Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) January 21, 2017

    And then more from the Boston Herald:

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  • NHL Three Stars: Eberle, Vrbata record four-point nights

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers

    The Oilers chased Chad Johnson after six minutes with three goals en route to a 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Eberle had a big night, scoring twice and assisting on two others. Laurent Brossoit stood tall in goal making 38 saves to earn his first career NHL win.

    No. 2 Star: Radim Vrbata, Arizona Coyotes

    Vrbata tied a career best with a goal and three assists and Martin Hanzal and Tobias Rieder each chipped in three points as the Coyotes downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Mike Smith stopped 44 saves, the seventh time this season he’s had to make at least 40 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Hartnell scored twice during a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. His second was the most important goal of the game when it came 10:25 into the third period and broke the 2-2 deadlock for good.

    Nineteen seconds of overtime was all Jay Beagle needed to help the Washington Capitals beat the Dallas Stars 4-3. Alex Ovechkin scored his 204th career power play goal and Matt Niskanen assisted on three of Washington’s four tallies as the team extended its point streak to 13 games.

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  • Dallas Stars use jumbotron to make Donald Trump attendance joke (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Dallas Stars jumboton takes no prisoners, from pop stars to the fake girlfriends of football players to opposing cities to new presidential administrations.

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    Stars Jumbotron with a topical joke. pic.twitter.com/9vsmTG1Agj

    — Kate Morrison (@unlikelyfanatic) January 22, 2017

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  • Carey Price, Robin Lehner trade game-saving glove saves (Videos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    There was plenty of drama at the end of Saturday night’s 3-2 overtime win by the Buffalo Sabres over the Montreal Canadiens.

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    In the dying moments of the third period, with the score tied at two, Rasmus Ristolainen had a glorious chance to put home a late winner, but Carey Price had other ideas.

    The great saves didn’t end there. In overtime, it was Robin Lehner’s turn to get on the highlight reel with some robbery on Alex Galchenyuk, which was followed moments later by Zach Bogosian’s winner.

    It was a busy night for both Lehner and Price, with the Sabres netminder making 36 saves and the Canadiens goalie stopping 35 shots. Nice that their evenings could produce a gem apiece.

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  • Most successful brothers in NHL history

    Kyle Cantlon at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    With a swift move to the backhand and a display of that soft Swedish touch, Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin slid a gorgeous goal past former teammate and good friend Roberto Luongo for his 1,000 career NHL point Friday night. What made it most fitting was that his brother Daniel, as he always seems to do, made the pass across for the primary assist on his twin’s milestone tally.

    Henrik Sedin gets his 1000th point with goal on Luongo, then Luongo congratulates him: pic.twitter.com/iGldRXyeqB

    — Cats On The Prowl (@Cats0ntheprowl) January 21, 2017

    The goal was Henrik’s 11th of the season and No. 233 of his career, to go along with 767 assists over 1,213 games with the Canucks. Brother Daniel’s helper on Henrik’s benchmark goal was the 968th point of his career, leaving him just 32 back of joining his brother in the 1,000-point club. There’s no doubt that Daniel and Henrik Sedin are two of the most skilled and productive brothers to ever hit the ice, and so in honour of Friday’s milestone, we recall some of the other memorable siblings in hockey history:

    Sutter Brothers

  • Jersey Fouls of the Week: Jesse Pool Party; Nicklas Backstorm

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    In hockey, name misspellings can sometimes happen. There are just so many players with tough last names, that a mistake isn’t out of the ordinary.

    If such a typo is on the back of a jersey, it suddenly becomes a major foul, and an expensive one at that. We saw quite a few issues where fans struggled to spell players’ last names correctly.

    In the above foul, his last name is Backstrom, not Backstorm. Thanks to cdmbearcats for posting that jersey.

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    If you want to submit, make sure to email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com  or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to give credit where credit is due. If you want to see more fouls, check out our Tumblr page and  Instagram  page!

    5. Alex Oravechkin

    Alex Ovechkin? May have been in reference to this guy.

    4. Joel Edmundosn

     3. Crazy Asian in Nashville

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  • Zamboni jousting and other NHL All-Star events we want (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition is nearly here! The League has killed the “Breakaway Challenge,” and all its prop comedy, and replaced it with the “Four Line Challenge,” which includes shots from the opposite end of the ice.

    But why stop there? Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski offers five events he’d like to see added to the skills competition, including Zamboni Jousting.

    The Wysh List is a weekly countdown on Yahoo Sports hosted by Greg Wyshynski. Questions? Comments? Hit us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    What’s your favorite skills competition? Put’em in the comments.