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  • NHL Three Stars: Trocheck's late winner; Smith, Langhamer team up for Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    No. 1 Star: Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers

    Trocheck’s goal with 4.6 seconds left in the third period helped give the Panthers the two points in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Kyle Brodziak tied the game for the Blues earlier in the third period, but it was Trocheck’s shot through a big screen that extended his point streak to six games and earned the win.

    No. 2 Stars: Mike Smith / Marek Langhamer, Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes’ goaltending tandem teamed up to help them beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Smith made 27 saves before being taken out of the game due to concussion concerns and Langhamer, making his NHL debut, played the final 15:31 and stopped six of seven shots he faced, including a very late chance by Sami Vatanen.

    No. 3 Star: James Reimer, Florida Panthers

    Reimer made 26 saves for his eighth win in his last 11 appearances. One of this saves included this robbery of Jori Lehtera:

    Did You Know?

    The Panthers played 18,000 seconds of hockey on this road trip and trailed for 93 of them.

    — Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 21, 2017

  • Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues provide special birthday surprise for young fan (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    When the St. Louis embark on the final two games of a five-game road trip in mid-March, there will be a very special guest along with them.

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    Arianna Dougan is a friend of Vladimir Tarasenko. The 11-year-old met the Blues superstar two years ago during a Hockey Fights Cancer event and later connected two other times, including during a pre-game ceremony last November.

    The best selfie you'll see today. #HockeyFightsCancer #stlblues pic.twitter.com/BekcFGoupx

    — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 6, 2016

    Is it pollen season already? Jeez. Very dusty in here.

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  • Calgary Flames add Michael Stone for draft picks

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The Calgary Flames added defensive depth Monday, acquiring blue liner Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for a 2017 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2018 fifth-round pick.

    According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Coyotes will retain half of Stone’s $4 million salary cap hit for the rest of the season. The condition kicks in if Stone is re-signed by the Flames. He is on a one-year contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

    “One of the things we wanted to do is add depth at the blue-line, so we looked at what makes sense without selling the farm,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said according to the Calgary Sun. “I was (in Arizona) when we drafted Mike from the (Calgary) Hitmen, so I know the kid and he’s a good person. That was a number of years ago – he’s married now and has twins – but he’s a solid NHL player. He can do a lot of things. He’s a right shot who can log minutes, he has a heavy shot and can play power play and can kill penalties.”

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  • Jacob Trouba given 2-game suspension for hit on Mark Stone (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets will sit for two games after he was suspended for his hit on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone Sunday evening.

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    Here’s Patrick Burke of the Department of Player Safety explaining things:

    It’s the same story here as many other NHL suspensions for illegal checks to the head. Trouba made Stone’s head the main point of contact and should have taken a better angle to deliver the hit through the Senators forward’s body. A clear cut violation of Rule 48.

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    The two-game ban means Trouba will be donating $33,333.34 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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  • Grand Rapids Griffins’ bring back their fun LEGO stop-motion videos

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Saturday was “Toy Night” for AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, your current West Division leaders. That meant it was time for the organization to break out the stop-motion LEGO videos, something they’ve done in the past.

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    There was the Hockey Night in Grand Rapids opener:

    And then the tribute to WWE NXT superstar Bobby Roode:

    Finally, the stop-motion greatness ended with one last video to tune of the great Martin Zellar tune, “I Wanna Drive the Zamboni.”

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  • Ryan's bad injury luck; Strader's return broadcast (Puck Headlines)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 11 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 . 

    • It’s spelled Nickelback. [Columbus Blue Jackets]

    • Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan could miss over a month with a possible broken right index finger. This continues a string of bad injury luck for the winger. [Ottawa Citizen]

    • After missing the first 59 games of the 2016-17 campaign while battling through different forms of treatment for bile duct cancer, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader returned to the broadcast booth Saturday and called his first game of the season. An inside look at Strader’s return with comments from Strader. [Dallas Morning News]

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  • Make Hockey Day In America great again (or for the first time)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    How did you celebrate “Hockey Day In America,” assuming this isn’t the first you’re hearing of it?

    Did you wear your jersey to the supermarket? Paint your face? Did you plant your butt on the couch for multiple games, before inevitably flipping over to HBO or the NBA All-Star Game in the evening?

    The made-for-TV “Hockey Day In America” unspooled on Sunday, with four games that featured American teams, with American players who were identified with gusto by American Pierre McGuire. (“BA BA BABA BA [insert obscure NCAA hockey fact here] BA BA BABA BA DOC.”)

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    There were a dozen original video projects created for the day.

    The closest thing we got to the rest of America was a feature on a St. Louis Blues AAA hockey program, and the five players it produced in the first round of the 2016 NHL draft.

  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Monday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    After a busy weekend in the NHL — Saturday was Hockey Day in Canada and Sunday was Hockey Day in America, after all – there are only two games Monday. That’s a big step down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play daily fantasy. The pickings are slimmer, but you still have some decisions to make about who to target and who to avoid.

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    GOALIE

    Jake Allen , STL vs. FLA ($30): Here’s how bleak the goaltending situation is Monday: Arizona’s Mike Smith is the most expensive netminder. Allen hasn’t had a great, or even a good, season, but his team should still be able to get him a win. The Blues are 18-9-4 at home, and St. Louis has scored 2.85 goals per game. Meanwhile, the Panthers have only scored 2.53 goals per contest, and Roberto Luongo has a 3.93 GAA and a .892 save percentage in his last nine games. In a vacuum, Allen wouldn’t usually be a great choice, but he’s the best of an uninspiring set of options.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSE

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

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  • What We Learned: Why Bruce Boudreau might be the best coach alive

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)

    It is generally accepted that Mike Babcock, or maybe Joel Quenneville, is the best coach in the NHL.

    You see all the success they’ve had for years and years, getting winning hockey out of good or even great teams despite immense pressure. They have the Cups. They’ve proven plenty.

    But here’s a question that’s been nagging for at least a few weeks now: What if Bruce Boudreau is better?

    The idea there, obviously, is that Boudreau does more with less. Yeah, those Washington Capitals teams had Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Semin and Mike Green in their primes (and if they’d also had Holtby in his prime, well…) and those Anaheim Ducks teams had Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in their primes. It’s not like he hasn’t been blessed with talent throughout his career.

    Look what he’s done to improve last year’s Wild team, which added minimally in the summer, to what he’s getting this year.

    What We Learned

    Play of the Weekend

    Gold Star Award

    Minus of the Weekend

  • NHL Three Stars: Drouin’s shift, Gibson’s shutout

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    The Lightning forward had one of the best shifts of the season before ending the game in overtime, as Tampa defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.

    No. 2 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

    Gibson stopped all 24 shots he faced, as the Ducks shut down the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0. Josh Manson scored the game’s lone goal.

    No. 3 Star: Ryan Strome, New York Islanders

    Strome scored two goals and assisted on John Tavares’s 21st of the season in the Islanders’ 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils.

     

    Did You Know? The Blackhawks have won 11 consecutive games against the Sabres (9-0-2) dating to Oct. 11, 2010.

    Dishonorable Mention: Chris Kunitz was a minus-4, while Kris Letang was a minus-3. … Jacob Trouba had a hearing for this hit on Mark Stone. … P.A. Parenteau, Jacob Josefson and Pavel Zacha were a minus-3. … Phillip Di Giuseppe and Jeff Skinner were a minus-3. … Cam Ward was pulled after giving up four goals.