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  • Bruins' Matt Beleskey out six weeks with knee injury

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Just as the Boston Bruins got Zdeno Chara back after a six-game absence, they lost Matt Beleskey for an extended period of time.

    Following the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime win against the Florida Panthers Monday night, the team announced that Beleskey will miss the next six weeks due to a knee injury suffered against the Buffalo Sabres over the weekend.

    Beleskey injury pic.twitter.com/zlofkWtEP7

    — Stephanie (@myregularface) December 3, 2016


    Beleskey, who was seen Monday night in the press box sporting a brace on his right knee, is off to a tough start in his second year in Boston with two goals and five points in 24 games.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Rust tricks Sens; Pastrnak's slick OT winner

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Brick Tamland, Le Manifique and Heisenberg take in the Penguins game

    No. 1 Star: Bryan Rust, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Rust recorded his first career hat trick as the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 8-5. Rust added an assist for a four-point night while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each chipped in a goal and two assists. Rust’s second of the night came in pretty fashion via this penalty shot:

    No. 2 Star: Sam Gagner, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Gagner factored into all four Blue Jackets goals during their 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. He scored twice and assisted on the other two in recording his third multi-goal game of the season. Rookie Zach Werenski tallied his sixth of the year as Columbus won their 500th game in franchise history.

    No. 3 Star: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins

    A back and forth game ended when Pastrnak put on a show in overtime and scored his 15th of the season, his second of the night, to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

    Honorable Mention: Jaromir Jagr scored his 754th career NHL goal in the loss. He’s now 48 behind Gordie Howe for second all-time:

    This was some impressive work by Malkin on his goal:

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  • ‘Careless, reckless’ hit earns ECHL player 12-game ban (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Tyler Murovich of the Atlanta Gladiators was suspended 12 games on Friday by the ECHL for an ugly, ugly hit on Anthony Calabrese of the Norfolk Admirals.

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    The ECHL suspended Murovich indefinitely the next day and fined him an undisclosed amount after he was given a major and game misconduct for boarding Calabrese during the third period of their Nov. 24th game.

    Brutal check from behind leads to 12-game ban in the ECHL… pic.twitter.com/ytfd9AwKDd

    — Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) December 5, 2016

    From the ECHL:

    Murovich is suspended for a careless, reckless play which resulted in an injury to an opponent. Over the course of his seven-year career, Murovich has never been previously suspended or received supplemental discipline.

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  • NHL 'comfortable' with stronger concussion spotter program

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    The NHL reportedly has no issues with its enhanced concussion spotter program, which drew criticism aftera decision to pullEdmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid from his Sunday game against the Minnesota Wild.

    In the second period McDavid was tripped by Jared Spurgeon, hit his chin on the ice and then skated off holding his mouth. The spotter had the Oilers captain pulled from the game to get tested for a concussion. McDavid voice his displeasure following the game, as did several other Oilers, since he ended up not being diagnosed with a concussion after testing.

    “We have no intention of changing the standards that are employed based on the situation in the game or season,” Daly said.

    Added Daly later in the story, “It remains a work in progress, but yes, we are comfortable with how the new protocol is working.

    “It’s always better to err on the side of caution.”

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    Oilers forward Patrick Maroon seemed to believe the concussion spotter was too quick to yank McDavid.


  • Alex Galchenyuk out indefinitely with lower-body injury

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago


    Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, the team announced Monday.

    Montreal said Galchenyuk underwent tests in St. Louis on Monday and will be further evaluated by team doctors on Wednesday. Then the Canadiens hope to give another update.

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    Galchenyuk left the Habs’ game at the Kings late in the third period, after his right leg collided with Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar.

    Here's the Galchenyuk injury #Habs pic.twitter.com/y8HohlgFyQ

    — Joey Alfieri (@joeyalfieri) December 4, 2016

    “That was the first time we put all those three guys together. As a coach you’re always happy for the guys when they get results,” Therrien said.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Monday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    The weekend may be over, much to the longstanding chagrin of a certain comic strip cat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself. For example, you could play daily fantasy for Monday’s four NHL games. You’ll likely have more fun if you do well, though, and that’s why we’re here.

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    Sergei Bobrovsky , CLM vs. ARI ($37): The Coyotes have been one of the worst teams in the NHL this season. They rank in the bottom 10 in goals for, goals allowed, power play, and penalty kill. Columbus, on the other hand, are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, and Bobrovsky has a 2.08 GAA and a .929 save percentage. That looks like a winning combination.



    Kyle Turris , OTT at PIT ($16): Marc-Andre Fleury is listed as the projected starter for the Penguins, and he brings into this game a 3.27 GAA and a .904 save percentage. The Penguins are also 26th on the penalty kill. Turris hasn’t been super productive on the power play, but he’s averaging 2:22 a night with the extra man. Plus, he’s got 10 goals and 16 points in 25 games, which is plenty of production.



  • Coroner: Former NHLer Marek Svatos died of drug overdose

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago


    One month after his death, the Douglas County Coroner’s Office released its report on Marek Svatos’ death and found codeine, morphine and Xanax were in his system.

    The 34-year-old former NHLer was found dead last month in his Colorado home.

    From the Denver Post:

    He had a history of heroin use and had gone through drug rehabilitation, according to the coroner’s report. He also had suspected depression, prior suicidal ideation, and “recent life stressors.”

    “Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene,” the report said.

    Blood panels found traces of codeine, morphine and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

    Svatos, a native of Kosice, Slovakia, played 344 games in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators after being drafted in the seventh-round of the 2001 NHL Draft.

    After last playing in Slovakia during the 2013-14 season, Svatos lived in Lone Tree, Colorado with his wife and two children.

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  • Sedins staying put; Smith's strong stretch; Nilsson's mask (Puck Headlines)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 19 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 . 

    • Former Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams was nicknamed ‘Mr. Game 7’ for his gaudy numbers in Game 7s. [Jersey Fouls]

    • Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden said that the Sedin twins are “not going anywhere.” As the Canucks have continued to founder, there have been questions on whether the franchise cornerstones would look to go elsewhere in search of a Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]

    • Tampa Bay Lightning players explain the NHLPA’s rejection of the NHL’s proposal of 2018 Olympic participation for an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement. [Tampa Bay Time]

    • Finally, check out the Hershey Bears’ Teddy Bear Toss.


  • Maple Leafs in search of new backup after waiving Jhonas Enroth

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago


    The Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping that Jhonas Enroth would be the fit behind Frederik Andersen in their crease, but after four starts they’re ready to move on.

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    The 28-year-old Enroth was waived on Monday after posting an .855 even strength save percentage in six appearances. Toronto signed the netminder in August after trading Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks.

    Babcock on Enroth: "Lou met with him today. Obviously, wasn't going good enough. We're just in a situation where we're making a change."

    — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 5, 2016

    Where will the Leafs go now? Well, Karri Ramo has been practicing with the team for a few weeks now, even gaining a dressing room stall as he works his way back from a knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season back in February.

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  • KHL player dabs while sliding on ice to celebrate goal (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    Somehow, the dab celebration is still going on. Phenomenons like that tend to fizzle out after a while (Hi there, Mannequin Challenge!), but this one continues to have legs.

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    We’ve seen Dustin Byfuglien and Ryan Reaves dab over here in the NHL, and on Friday it reached the KHL.

    Evgeny Korotkov of Ufa scored his first of the year to the tie the game against Dynamo Minsk and proceeded to incorporate the dab into his unique celebration.

    Ufa would go on to win the game 3-2 after a shootout.

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    EA Sports added the dab to NHL 17 and already have a sliding on the ice celebration in the game. Maybe Korotkov will have some influence to get the dab slide into  NHL 18?

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