- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Hockey games can offer their share of compromising positions between players. Such was the case in a game in Norway between Sparta Sarpsborg and Storhamar Dragons this week.
Storhamar’s Nathan Martz, who played at the Univ. of New Hampshire from 2000-04, fell down while pursing the puck in the offensive zone. Sparta’s Erlend Lesund had his leg briefly pinned under Martz, but then both recovered in an odd position: Lesund straddling Martz as he was on all fours on the ice.
What happened next? RIDE’EM, NORWEGIAN COWBOY!
Seriously, we were about three seconds away from Martz being bridled ...
Martz understandably was looking for a holding penalty during that horseplay, but the referee said “nay.”
But look at Lesund’s arms! They were totally not holding him. His groin? OK, fair point, but show us that in the Norwegian League rulebook.
In a related story, Lesund and Martz are officially Norway’s entry in the 2016 Olympic equestrian event. Those jerseys will be nifty regalia for the dressage competition.
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
By Melissa Geschwind
The NHL has made a strong statement over the past couple years that it welcomes fans of all sexual orientations. There are still slip-ups, but teams are working to eliminate casual homophobia from the rink.
Casual sexism, on the other hand, remains a constant hum that teams not only tolerate, but generate.
Arena organists play “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to taunt opposing players headed to the penalty box. Mike Milbury refers to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as “Thelma and Louise.” Chris Neil calls out Johan Franzen by suggesting Franzen “drop his purse [and] take his lipstick out.” And in about half of NHL arenas, the ice is shoveled by women in various states of undress.
For the most part, these women are more than capable of doing the job. They’re seasoned skaters who clear the ice quickly, efficiently and without interfering with the game. And they show leg, midriff and cleavage for some reason.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTSan Jose at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 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.
• Via Risto Pakarinen, Sami Kapanen says goodbye to hockey after playing his final game on Thursday.
• Also retiring is Petr Nedved, who at 42, summed up his hockey experience like this: "Hockey was everything to me. I dont know if I will ever find something so beautiful as hockey." [@jedli]
• Speaking of old Czechs, one who will continue playing next season, Jaromir Jagr, is looking good to come back next season as a Devil, says his agent. "[T]here's a really great chance." [Star-Ledger]Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTVancouver at WashingtonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's a (gettin' down on) Friday 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: GAME SHOW FRIDAY! And it's a special PI Day edition ...
• The Hart Trophy race in all its splendor.
• Breaking down the wild card races.
• House goaltenders, revisited.
• Playoff race updates.
Question of the Day: Do you have any problem with teams running up the score? 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!
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It has been almost a month since the IOC ruled Nicklas Backstrom would have to miss the gold medal game for Sweden due to testing positive for elevated level of pseudoephedrine, a banned substance by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Federation. The substance found was Zyrtec-D, an allergy medication he had been taking for seven years.
The IIHF put up a fight, but lost. And when the Olympic Games packed up from Sochi and left, there was still the matter of whether or not Backstrom would be awarded with his silver medal.
While his teammates were awarded theirs after losing to Canada, Backstrom had to wait for the results of an investigation.
On Friday, the IOC Disciplinary Commission released their decision and Backstrom will indeed get his silver medal.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Can Phil Kessel win the Hart Trophy?
At this point, he may have played himself into the Top 3 for the MVP trophy, as No. 2 in scoring and No. 1 in our hearts, that big lug. But there are many, many other worthy candidates as well.
Here’s a look at the field for the Hart Trophy as the season nears the stretch run. Keep in mind that some of the best teams in the NHL season – the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings come to mind – don’t have a clear MVP candidate, at least in my eyes. If you want to make a case for Rask or Kopitar in the comments, please do.
One ground rule here for the list: One player per team. Which does affect the number of candidates the Blackhawks can have, but so be it.
10. Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils
Take a look at the Devils’ scoring leaders. Jagr has 15 points more than the next guy, Patrik Elias. He has 17 of his 57 points on the power play, six game-winning goals and an overtime game-winner.Sat, Mar 1510:00 AM PDTCarolina at BostonPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
To work in professional sports, you have to be smart, passionate, competitive, and lucky. All the major leagues have a huge talent pool to choose from for a small number of positions. Making yourself standout among the rest is hard enough; getting your foot in the door is nearly impossible.
The Los Angeles Kings are offering a seminar series and networking opportunity to fans in order to give them a glimpse inside the business of hockey.
"This was a creative initiative conceived by our Fan Development Department," said Kelly Cheeseman, COO of AEG Sports, "to provide an insight into the behind the scenes workings of our business for students and other business executives that may have interest."
Cheeseman continues, "We have a number of special speaker series and college alumni events annually as group sales networking events. This will be more similar to other business and trade panel events, but dedicated to the business of our sport. Networking with top local executives and recruiting young talent to our business can all be a benefit to the series."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Mike Greenlay of Fox Sports North is one of those “between the benches” reporters, which means he deserves the combat pay he receives. Although, in all honesty, the risk of standing there like a target for pucks and sticks is balanced out by getting to hear every single colorful chirp originating at the benches.
But still – risky job, that one. Witness Greenie on Thursday night as the Wild faced the New York Rangers. Norwegian Hobbit Wizard Mats Zuccarello checked Matt Cooke of the Wild near the benches and … well, Greenlay took the damage.
Please be careful when you’re all rushing to the comments to be the first to say “should have been you, Pierre…”
As the broadcasters noted, it’s important for a player to be in control of his stick at all times. It’s also important to note that other spectators watch the game behind glass and puck-catching netting for a reason.
Last night's MVP? Greenlay's mom, who sent along this email to him after the game:
Thx for tweets!! Great W by Wild. Thx Don Fuller & Docs for stitching me up. Lastly, this email from my mom = Comedy pic.twitter.com/7HRC6m9AxlFri, Mar 145:00 PM PDTNY Rangers at WinnipegPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
We don't talk enough about how terrifying Stinger is. I mean, seriously, how is Alex Stalock supposed to focus with this chartreuse hell hornet in his periphery?
No. 1 Star: Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis Blues
In his return to the lineup after breaking his kneecap on January 31, Sobotka made a major impact for the Blues, scoring once and adding an assist on two others in a 6-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. Here's his lovely goal, courtesy Vladimir Tarasenko, T.J. Oshie, and the brutal Oiler defence:
No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Marleau scored twice as the Sharks edged the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in a shootout.
No. 3 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos scored his first goal since returning to the Lightning lineup Thursday, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph over the Florida Panthers.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy22 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