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  • Beauvillier scores game-winner, makes dad cry in Quebec debut

    Mackenzie Liddell at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Anthony Beauvillier had a night to remember in his first game back home in Quebec on Thursday.

    Beauvillier’s night started in predictable rookie fashion, as he was sent on a solo skate around the Bell Centre ice with his teammates looking on. It only got better from there, when just over five minutes into the game Beauvillier took a pass from Brock Nelson and snapped a shot past Carey Price to open the scoring.

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    It was an unforgettable moment for the Islanders rookie, who made his dad shed proud fatherly tears of joy.

    When your son's dreams are coming true right before your eyes. ???? @titobeauvi21 #IslesFamily pic.twitter.com/EWTs1oeIXl

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  • Meet the hockey goalie that’s allergic to ice

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Chris Truehl is a junior hockey goalie for the NCAA Quinnipiac Bobcats. He’s also that person who’s allergic to cats but becomes a veterinarian, or that person who’s allergic to nuts who works on the assembly line for Skippy.

    Truehl is an ice hockey player who’s allergic to ice.

    Ice, and significantly cold temperatures. Which would, in theory, make playing hockey a rather arduous task.

    “I know. There is absolutely no shortage of irony there,” he told Quinnipiac Now.

    Truehl has cold urticarial, which are hives that develop from exposure to the cold. It first showed up in 2013, when he was playing hockey with the U.S. Air Force – red welts on his skin, growing intensely more painful. His coaches thought it could have been from an insect bite. It turned out it was due to the very surface he was playing on.

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    Unfortunately, the condition spelled the end of his military career. He eventually ended up at Quinnipiac, where he’s been on a goalie rotation with Andrew Shortridge.

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  • Dog drops puck before KHL playoff game, is a very good boy (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    As part of pre-game festivities celebrating Defender of the Fatherland Day on Thursday, SKA of the KHL had a very special guest do the honors for the ceremonial puck drop before they faced Vityaz in Game 2 of their first-round series.

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    They didn’t bring out a member of the military or summon an ex-SKA player, however. SKA called on a very special dog named Jay, a member of the Guard Service, who did a very good job because he’s a very good boy.

    Good move by Jay’s handler to led him have the puck. That thing’s gonna get so chewed up now. But who could be mad at this very special boy?

    SKA would go on to win in a 7-2 rout to take a 2-0 series lead.

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  • NHL Power Rankings: Things are getting Wild

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    The Washington Capitals remain atop our NHL Power Rankings, with a hard charge coming from the Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks.

    The rankings are through Wednesday’s games, so they include the Blackhawks’ statement win over the Wild. But we still give Minny the edge in the West for now.

    (And keep in mind that the Islanders would be a hit higher after that win against the Habs on Thursday night.)

    Here are the top spots.

    These power rankings are a combination of performance on the ice, expectations before the season and expectations on where they’ll finish.

    The NHL Power Rankings from Yahoo Sports publish every other week. Stick with Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog for hourly news and views on the NHL.

  • NHL Three Stars: Forsberg gets tricky in second straight game

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

     

    No. 1 Star: Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

    Two games, two hat tricks for the Predators’ scoring ace. After posting three goals in a 6-5 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Forsberg had another three goals in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He now has 22 goals on the season, and will probably be the player of the week, we guess. The last player to score a hat trick in consecutive games was Alex Burrows (Jan. 5-7, 2010).

    No. 2 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

    Patrick Kane put the game away with goals in the second and third period, completing a hat trick for the Blackhawks in their 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. He now has 23 goals on the season. It was his first hat trick of the season and third of his career.

     No. 3 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

    Greiss made 24 saves as the Islanders shut out the Montreal Canadiens in Claude Julien’s 1,000th game. John Tavares had a goal and an assist.

    Did You Know? Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was scratched because of an illness and replaced by Cory Conacher in the lineup.

     

  • Kevin Shattenkirk spiked Lightning trade by refusing new contract: Report

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    The St. Louis Blues are going to trade defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Or at least try to trade the pending unrestricted free agent, whose next contract will be too rich for the team’s salary cap, before the trade deadline on March 1.

    According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, and confirmed by beat writer Jeremy Rutherford, the Blues had a trade in place for Shattenkirk. But the defenseman spiked the deal, which was in the works six weeks ago, when he his camp nixed a seven-year, $42-million contract with the new club.

    From STLToday.com:

    League sources have independently confirmed that the 28-year-old pending unrestricted free agent turned down the offer. The Blues are now believed to be shopping Shattenkirk as a “rental” player, according to those sources, meaning they don’t expect him to sign a long-term deal with another club before the NHL trade deadline Wednesday.

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  • Hurricanes' Bryan Bickell nearing NHL return after MS diagnosis

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Bryan Bickell was waived by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, but in this instance that’s good news.

    The Hurricanes plan is for the 30-year-old forward to go down to the AHL — should he clear waivers — and get back to playing games for the first time since Oct. 30. Bickell has missed the last 48 games after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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    “He’s tackled it head on,” said Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters. “It’s a moving target of when he’s going to get back and play for us at the NHL level, but I’m not betting against Bryan Bickell.”

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  • Lazar's trade market; Boudreau's Wild results (Puck Headlines)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 21 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 . 

    • A fan craving a beer at a Toronto Maple Leafs game. [Instagram]

    • What could a trade market for Ottawa Senators forward Curtis Lazar look like? The team’s asking price for Lazar is rumored to be a first or second-round draft pick. [TSN]

    • The Minnesota Wild hired Bruce Boudreau to push the team to the next level. So far he has gotten results with the Wild leading the Western Conference. [New York Times]

    • Taking a look at the top college free agent possibilities for the Vegas Golden Knights. [Sin Bin Vegas]

  • Puck Soup: Will Leitch talks St. Louis Blues, hockey vs. baseball, sports media

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    (WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.)

    PUCK SOUP is the hockey podcast on the Nerdist network from Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”

    Get it on iTunes here!

    Here is your Episode 39 syllabus:

    OPENING: A discussion about that Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild wedding naturally becomes a discussion of moose and zombies before circling back to the original point.

    14:30: Auston Matthews has made Toronto Maple Leafs fans cuckoo, and a look at the Calder race with Patrik Laine et al.

    22:00: How context is ruining sports’ greatest highlights.

    32:00: The Miracle On Ice, and it’s downside for American hockey.

    1:27:00: It’s our heartfelt tribute to Ryan Johansen on behalf of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    1:37:00: Puck Soup mailbag!

     

  • What it's like to be a GM on NHL trade deadline day

    Jim Cerny at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    For fans, media and league executives alike, the NHL’s trade deadline is one of the most anticipated days on the calendar.

    Leading up to this year’s trade deadline, which arrives at 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 1, Yahoo Sports picked the brains of three men well acquainted with the highs and lows of this important day.

    Describing, in their own words, what it’s like to be a general manager on trade deadline day are Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, a 20-year executive with two Stanley Cup championships on his resume, Brad Treliving, who is in his third season as general manager of the Calgary Flames, and Don Waddell, team President of the Carolina Hurricanes and former GM of the Atlanta Thrashers.

    Treliving: The trade deadline is like five lanes merging into one. It becomes busy and hectic, so if you’ve clearly identified what you’re trying to do, and get your work done ahead of time, that can eliminate you from all the congestion.

    Treliving: The trade deadline is unique. With each hour that goes by there’s an excitement level building, but you have to block all of that out and be methodical in your approach and then have a sense of when it’s the right time to strike.

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