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  • Holmgren on late brother; blame for Cam Neely; Duchene to Senators? (Puck Headlines)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 44 mins 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.

    • Hockey is bringing families back together, no matter what planet or galaxy they’re from. [@SanJoseSharks]

    • After the crash of the Columbus Cottonmouths bus, ‘the Peoria Rivermen rushed to provide food, clothes, phones, transportation. Then players, too, as Peoria assisted the league in building an emergency roster for Columbus, arranging and paying for flights for players the Cottonmouths wanted.’ [PJ Star]

    • Bryan Bickell continues to fight through his multiple sclerosis diagnosis and aims for a return to the NHL in the playoffs. [ESPN]

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  • Jonathan Quick out until March, Kings consider goalie options

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 45 mins ago

    Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi admitted on Tuesday that the rehabilitation for Jonathan Quick’s groin is going to keep him out until early March.

    According to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, the original prognosis was for a mid-February return:

    Quick has not resumed skating in any capacity. Lombardi acknowledged that there was a big difference between Quick getting onto the ice to test his injured groin in a limited step forward, and actually getting onto the ice and facing shots in a more structured setting. In any case, while the former may occur in the relative near future, the latter is still a ways off.

    Lombardi told Rosen that he sees the team’s defense improving, but the team’s goaltending – with Peter Budaj and Jeff Zatkoff – remains subpar. To wit: They have a team goals-against average of 2.49 but have a team save percentage of .904, which is in the bottom third of the NHL.

    Budaj is at .916 in 40 games; Zatkoff is at .881 in 12.

    So are the Kings thinking about another goalie move, with Quick out for another month and a half? From Rosen:

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  • Inside the unlikely Maple Leafs power play unit taking the NHL by storm

    Nick Ashbourne at Puck Daddy 50 mins ago

     

    One of the most remarkable stories in the NHL this season has been the rise of the Columbus Blue Jackets, largely on the strength of a league-best power play. In recent weeks, however, Columbus has returned to earth going 5-5-0 in its last 10 with its famed power play dropping to 17th league-wide since the calendar turned to 2017.

    In that time, another team has emerged as the league’s top 5-on-4 threat: The Toronto Maple Leafs. This (calendar) year the Maple Leafs have scored 12 power-play goals in 10 games and converted on a league-best 38.7 percent of their opportunities with the man advantage.

    This flurry in scoring is not being done by the prolific Auston Matthews, or even the club’s current power-play points leader William Nylander. Instead, the Maple Leafs have assembled a rather unassuming quintet of Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, Mitch Marner and Nikita Zaitsev that has caught fire and accounted for 11 of the 12 goals in question.

    He has scored as many as 12 goals in a season at the KHL level, so there’s likely some potential for growth, but Shea Weber he is not.

    How are they doing it? By playing very specific roles and playing them well.

  • Peter Holland fined for punch to Ondrej Palat

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Arizona Coyotes forward Peter Holland was fined $3,611.11, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for punching Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat last Saturday.

    The play happened at the 9:05 mark of the second period in the Coyotes’ 5-3 win, after Palat drilled hit Holland along the boards. Holland didn’t seem to like the play, dropped his gloves and quickly punched Palat in the face.

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    A scrum then ensued between the two teams and Holland received a minor penalty for roughing. Above is a screen shot of Holland’s punch on Palat.

    Coyotes analyst Tyson Nash noted, “That’s a great hit there by Palat” who was not penalized for the hit or for anything that happened in the ensuing scrum.

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  • Meet the blogger who took Dallas Stars’ Donald Trump joke viral

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    The Dallas Stars goofed on the Donald Trump administration on Saturday, which is something that can carry consequences in this political climate. But were it not for Kate Morrison, a baseball blogger in Dallas, the joke never would have seen the light of day.

    The Stars used their Jumbotron to mock White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s “alternative facts” about the size of President Trump’s inauguration crowd, claiming that their own attendance was 1.5 million for their game against the Washington Capitals. As we wrote yesterday, the fact they were playing Washington, D.C.’s hockey team had more to do with the joke that partisanship.

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  • Capitals, Wild are championship picks in NHL coach’s poll

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    TSN released its annual midseason coach’s poll featuring “responses from 25 of the league’s 30 head coaches.”

    (Our guess: John Tortorella, Darryl Sutter, Doug Weight, Randy Carlyle and Lindy Ruff were the stragglers. But that’s just a wild, completely grounded in logic, guess.)

    What did the coaches reveal?Well, that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the best player of the season, and Brent Burns is the best defenseman of the season, and Auston Matthews is the best rookie of the season. Duh.

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    But what was interesting were their team picks.

    For the Stanley Cup, it’s Washington (10) then Pittsburgh (8), followed by Minnesota (3) and Chicago (2).

    A couple of thoughts:

     

  • NHL Three Stars: Marleau's 4-goal night; Leafs blank Flames

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

    It was a memorable night for Marleau as he recorded his fifth career NHL hat trick and first four-goal game as the Sharks downed the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. According to the NHL, Marleau is the 12th player in league history to score four times in one period and first since Mario Lemieux did it in Jan. 1997.

    No. 2 Stars: Frederik Andersen / Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Andersen did his work in goal stopping all 26 shots he faced and Kadri popped in two goals to reach 20 on the season and 100 for his career as the Leafs blanked the Calgary Flames 4-0. Mitch Marner added a goal and an assist to take the lead in the rookie scoring race with 39 points.

    No. 3 Star: Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals

    The Capitals routed the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 and Orlov doubled his goal output on the year with a pair. Andre Burakovsky set up three goals and Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his 23rd win of the season. The Capitals now have points in their last 14 games and have scored 44 goals over their last eight.

  • Patrick Marleau spends third period scoring four goals vs. Avs (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Monday night and were powered in a big way by Patrick Marleau. The veteran forward not only tallied his third career NHL hat trick, but added another one for his first ever four-goal game. And he did all of his work in the third period.

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    Sigh. Shoulda been you, Joe Thornton.

    Big win and what a night for Patty beast Marleau!! #yearoftherooster ????????????????

    — Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) January 24, 2017

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  • Johnny Gaudreau on receiving end of big Leo Komarov hit (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames briefly left Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after a thunderous hit along the wall from Leo Komarov.

    There was no penalty called for the hit and Komarov and Mark Giordano somehow only ended up with roughing minors instead of fighting majors for their brief tilt that featured dropped gloves and punches thrown. Hmm.

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    Gaudreau only missed a few minutes of the game before returning to the ice. He was welcomed back by Zach Hyman, who increased the Leafs’ lead to 3-0 with a shorthanded goal.

    "I feel fine. It's a part of hockey – you're going to get hit sometimes." – Johnny Gaudreau

    — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 24, 2017

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  • Thatcher Demko to wear awesome glow-in-the-dark pad set in AHL (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    When the AHL’s Utica Comets host the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday it will be “Save of the Day Night,” benefiting the Thea Bowman House, which helps low-income, at-risk children and families in the city.

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    For the game the Comets will be donning some sweet specialty jerseys that will remind you of the 2015 NHL All-Star game design. Goaltender Thatcher Demko is getting into the act and will don a great looking pad set, designed by Brian’s, that glows in the dark.

    Stick-tap Ryan Biech

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