- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 mins ago
TORONTO – Brad Marchand’s shorthanded goal with 44 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final gave Canada the tournament championship, the result of a stunning third-period rally against Team Europe on Thursday night.
The host team finished the tournament 6-0, overcoming the toughest opponent they faced and the tightest game they played in the two-week tournament.
Carey Price made 32 saves. Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP.
In Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final, Canada showed how it could win ugly. In Game 2, they nearly showed they could lose that way, too, playing a disjointed and sloppy game.
Until the last three minutes of the game, that is.
With Europe leading 1-0, Anze Kopitar was called for holding 16:25, a questionable call. After building pressure in the Europe zone, Brent Burns fired a shot from the blue line that Patrice Bergeron deflected home from the slot for his fourth goal of the tournament.
Patrice Bergeron ties the game pic.twitter.com/UBxLactfzA
— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 30, 2016
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Hockey on-ice officials deserve hazard pay for the amount of abuse they take during scrums, battles and fights.
Take for example Pyotr Alyoshin, 39-year-old linesman.
In a game between Sibir and Metallurg on Thursday, Evgeny Timkin earned a slashing penalty for the latter team. Sibir’s Yuri Sergiyenko decided to let him know this wasn’t cool, so he engaged in a scuffle with him.
Timkin threw a gloved punch at him … and walloped Alyoshin.
Take a gander:
Here’s the GIF:
— KHL_English (@khl_eng) September 29, 2016
Alyoshin slouched for a moment but didn’t seem too affected by a gloved bunch to the face. Which is why they’re pros.
Metallurg won the game, 3-0. Timkin was given two minutes for slashing and, we’re guessing, the admiration of his teammates.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Where were you when New Jersey Devils fans saw their franchise shaken to its foundations?
Lou Lamoriello, ruler of all he surveyed since 1987 with the Devils, left the team for the Toronto Maple Leafs in July 2015, two months after stepping aside as general manager in favor of Ray Shero. (And, obviously, stepping down as one-third of their coaching staff.) “Lou Lamoriello created and defined what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil,” said owner Josh Harris, in an understatement.
But it was time for something new, something different. Shero hired John Hynes from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 and generally being like a little pitbull in look and comportment.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
James Upham of Moncton has invented something he hopes will catch on as between periods entertainment.
It’s called the “human hockey puck hovercraft” and it was used to delight fans at last Friday’s Moncton Wildcats season opener during intermission.
Upham is in charge of programming at Moncton’s Resurgo Placeand the Wildcats asked him to come up with something for in-game entertainment for their first game of 2016-17.
CBC got the story behind the “human hockey puck hovercraft” and how it was created.
“The idea came up — why not a human hockey puck? So I sat and drew a thing up and it’s scaled to an actual hockey puck,” Upham said.
It took him two weeks to build the giant hockey puck, which measures 120 centimeters in diameter and 40 centimeters high and is large enough for hockey fans to ride.
“It’ll lift about 300 pounds. It’s got two, 40-volt lithium-ion battery-powered leaf blowers that’ll move about 600 cubic feet of air per minute,” he said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
TORONTO – In Game 1 of the World Cup final series, Team Europe hit Canada with their best shot. On the other side the Canadians played their worst game of the tournament.
Canada still won 3-1, which isn’t a good sign if Europe wants to win the tournament. “We feel good. I think we played arguably the best game so far in this tournament but we just fell short,” said Team Europe captain Anze Kopitar. “Because of that, we can’t get discouraged. Our backs are against the wall now. We’ve gotta win two games now to win the thing. We’ve got to come, play with confidence. There’s no reason for us to be nervous about anything. Come out, play hard and we’ll see what happens.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw three preseason games for boardingWashington Capitals defenseman Connor Hobbs in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
The Department of Player Safety points out that Shaw could have been angered from an earlier play where he got tangled up withWashington forward Jay Beagle. This led to him taking out the frustration on Hobbs.
“Hobbs is never eligible to be checked by Shaw on this play,” Player Safety said in the video explaining the suspension. “From the moment Shaw arrives at the face-off dot, he sees nothing but Hobbs’ numbers. Hobbs makes no sudden movement prior to contact that turns this hit from a legal hit into an illegal one. The onus is on Shaw to ensure he can deliver this hit in a legal fashion, minimize the force or avoid this hit completely. Instead, he hits forcefully through Hobbs from behind, driving him dangerously through the glass.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
TORONTO – That Sidney Crosby needed the World Cup of Hockey as a referendum on his success, his abilities, his acumen, his work ethic or his status as the best hockey player on Earth always seemed a little peculiar to me.
This exhibition tournament featuring two made-up teams was held a scant three months after Crosby won the most grueling tournament in professional sports, hoisting both the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of his team, with four points in the six-game Final against the San Jose Sharks.
That victory, and Crosby’s performance in leading his team there, came after a regular season in which there were a number of questions about whether he had plateaued or, worse, was in decline. Then Mike Johnston bungled his way out of a job; Mike Sullivan was promoted; the Penguins played an aggressive offensive style; Crosby found his smile and, eventually, his second Stanley Cup.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TORONTO – Christian Ehrhoff isn’t worried that he doesn’t have a professional hockey contract for the upcoming season.
The Team Europe defenseman knows he’ll sign somewhere after the tournament. At the age of 34 and after a down year that spot may not be in the NHL, but the World Cup of Hockey has shown Ehrhoff can at least hold his own against the NHL’s best in a short tournament.
“There’s no stress level. For me it’s not a big deal. I know I can play somewhere in this world if I want to, so it’s not that I will sit at home and not do anything,” Ehrhoff said. “I feel good about my game and I just focus on the next task with Team Europe.”
Before this tournament, it appeared Ehrhoff’s days in the NHL were over. Last season continued a stretch of struggles for Ehrhoff that have dated back for several years.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TORONTO – The NHL has announced that the World Cup of Hockey viewing party scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey Final between Canada and Team Europe is scheduled for 8 p.m., as Canada has the opportunity to win the World Cup.
The NHL held a World Cup of Hockey viewing party during Game 1. The photo above is from that viewing party on Tuesday night.
Standing room only. Lots of it. Maple Leaf square. pic.twitter.com/M0Lh2oj4aS
— Joe Warmington (@joe_warmington) September 28, 2016
— ahmed hagar (@ahmhagar) September 28, 2016
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TORONTO – Canada played their worst game of the World Cup of Hockey in Game 1 and won. Team Europe played their best game of the tournament but was on the wrong side of the 3-1 scoreline. So what’s the mood among Ralph Krueger’s men with Game 2 Thursday night?
“We feel good. I think we played arguably the best game so far in this tournament but we just fell short,” said Team Europe captain Anze Kopitar. “Because of that, we can’t get discouraged. Our backs are against the wall now. We’ve gotta win two games now to win the thing. We’ve got to come, play with confidence. There’s no reason for us to be nervous about anything. Come out, play hard and we’ll see what happens.”
Team Europe pressed Canada for much of Game 1, which included a good scoring chance on the opening shift, but could only beat Carey Price once after a fortunate bounce landed on Tomas Tatar’s stick. Against a powerful opponent, they know they cannot waste any of their opportunities.