- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy4 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: "Head Coach Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames instructs his players during a stoppage in play."
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Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The changes the NHL's general managers debated in Boca Raton were not earth-shattering. None of the discussed issues would have significantly impacted the game as we know it. Leave it to the old boys club to not want to upset the status quo.
I came up with a list of rule changes that would add some spice to the NHL. Most are written with creating more offense in mind; a few of the others address debated issues around the league.
Before you start commenting and/or emailing/tweeting to Wysh about the logical implications of my changes, I remind you this is a piece of satire. My sense of humor and imagination just aren't as profound as yours. Don't waste your time.
However, if any of my proposed changes come to fruition we can assume Vince McMahon is commissioner and this is now the XHL.
New rule: Scoring a short-handed goal ends the other team's power play - for minor penalties only.
This is pretty self explanatory. The team that's killing a penalty gets their player in the box back when they score a shorty. Instead of just clearing their zone while on the PK, teams are incentivized to create offense at the same time.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Defenseman Richie Regehr is the 31-year-old brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, and has been kicking around European leagues since he had a cup of coffee with the Calgary Flames from 2005-2007.
He’s with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League, which faced Linkoping in a playoff play-in game this week. In the third period, there was a loose puck in the neutral zone during a MODO power play. Sebastian Karlsson of Linkoping raced after it shorthanded; Regehr sought to cut him off from the puck.
Well, and cut him off from consciousness, too.
Regehr angled his body and nailed Karlsson in the head with his shoulder, dropping him face-first to the ice. A streak of blood followed his head as his body glided around the zone, finally settling into a pool of blood dripping from his face and collecting in the ice.
Karlsson was eventually helped from the ice, a towel soaking the blood on his face. He was taken to the hospital, where teammate Mike Helber later tweeted a photo showing fans that Karlsson was OK:
Snygg var han aldrig men hans "smile" gör många glad! pic.twitter.com/BUvYyBjLtWFri, Mar 145:30 PM PDTCalgary at DallasPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Last week, Warrior debuted an ad for their new Dynasty hockey stick, starring Zdeno Chara. In the ad, Chara, using the slick new piece of lumber, blasts a snapshot at a goalie so hard that it causes an atomic explosion. Presumably, the goalie perishes in the blast.
It made for a pretty aggressive commercial, but as it turns out, that was the censored version. In this version of the ad, which Warrior claims was banned by the NHL, not only does Chara's snapshot produce an explosion -- IT SLICES THE GOALIE'S HEAD CLEAN OFF HIS BODY.
More NHL commercials need to utilize grind house aesthetics. Note that the time on the clock is 6:66. This is thing is a gun-legged Rose McGowan away from being an obvious Robert Rodriguez joint.
Let this be a lesson to goalies everywhere: Zdeno Chara will end you, and then ruthlessly celebrate your demise.
Jimmy Howard knows it, too. "That mother****** is crazy," he says. A fine performance, and kudos to him for going along with an ad that holds up a divisional rival as a goalie murderer.
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
So the Calgary Flames are supposed to be losing and the Vancouver Canucks are supposed to be winning. Yet the Flames are 10-6-0 in the last 16 and the Canucks are 4-11-1. If only the Canucks had Mark Giordano.
Giordano has been absolutely on fire with 17 points in his last 19 contests (plus-5). And as a bonus for fantasy owners, he has 27 penalty minutes in that span. It's enough to place him second among all skaters since January 12, when you total up the six main rotisserie categories. Courtesy of Frozen Pool:
These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTVancouver at WashingtonPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy8 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.
• Looking more and more like a marshmallow that fell on the ground with each passing day, Phil Kessel takes in an L.A. Clippers basketball game.
• Islanders fans are mad about everything, and this protest they're planning sounds like quite the operation. [Isles Nation]
• Jarmo Kekelainen on Blake Comeau's suspension: "It was a hard hit and they said he was tracking the target for a while. I heard their logic. As much as I want to support our players, we have to suffer the consequences." [Blue Jackets Xtra]
• And, speaking of the Jackets, they're forging a formidable identity at just the right time. [ESPN]
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Attending prom is a rite of passage experienced by millions of teens each year. For Jack Jablonski, his prom, or more specifically, his prom date will trump them all.
Jablonski co-hosts a weekly radio segment "Hockey Night in Minnesota", and ESPN personality Michelle Beadle was scheduled to make her second appearance on the show. Knowing the teen's soft spot for Beadle, Jablonski's co-hosts playfully teased him about his crush before she came on air.
Little did listeners know the guys had something bigger planned.
A few minutes into the segment, Jablonski asked Beadle if she would be his date to prom, and she enthusiastically accepted the invite.
This isn't big news only because of Beadle's celebrity status. Jablonski is just three years removed from a check into the boards that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The sports community wrapped their arms around Jack and his family after the accident and haven't let go.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
It's a Thursday 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 Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen, talking Blue Jackets and GM meetings with us.
• Looking at some of the awards races.
• The West tightens up.
• Beer scams in minor league hockey.
• Playoff race updates.
Question of the Day: Give us your favorite non-Teemu Finnish player. Email at email@example.com 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!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins scored three second-period goals against the Montreal Canadiens. The referees decided to play another 20 minutes, even though the game was effectively over ...
It was the 34th time in 65 games this season in which the Bruins entered the third period with a lead. They’ve won 32 of those games, including last night’s 4-1 victory over the Habs. It was the nearly same story last season: The Bruins had a lead after two periods in 23 of their 48 games, although they were a bit more vulnerable: Losing four games in regulation and four games in overtime.
That said: 47-6-4 in their last 113 games when leading after two periods, which they’ve done 57 times. The old line from “Glengarry Glen Ross” from Alec Baldwin was that “coffee is for closers”; were that the case, then the Boston Bruins are practically Starbucks.
OK, maybe they're Caribou Coffee; the Los Angeles Kings, going 21-0-0 this season when leading after two periods, are Starbucks.
- Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod are currently tied 2-2 in their KHL quarterfinal series. Behind goals from Igor Mirnov and Arturs Kulda, Ufa evened the series on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory. The day before, their march to tying things up began after a fortunate bounce.
Game 3 couldn't be decided in regulation so the teams went to overtime. Then another overtime. And then, in the third extra period, Ufa finally ended the game at 113:24 when Alexander Stepanov's shot went off goaltender Ivan Kasutin's mask and up in the air before dropping right in front of the goal line and bouncing into the net:
The cruelest thing is all five Torpedo players see the puck in the air and realize there's a pretty good chance that thing could drop in their crease and possibly go into the net. Give Roman Konkov (No. 19) credit, he made an attempt to swipe it away, but whiffed like Roger Dorn playing third base.
According to the KHL, the game was the second longest in league history, five minutes short of the record set by Lokomotiv and Severstal last season.
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