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  • NHL Three Stars: Dallas scores seven; Canucks blank Predators

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 48 mins ago

    No. 1 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    The Stars captain scored a goal and notched two assists in a 7-6 win over the New York Rangers. It was the first time the Stars had scored seven goals in a road game since Nov. 14, 2013. Benn now has 10 points in his last eight games and 38 points in 42 games this season. The Stars have given up 15 goals in their last three games, a stretch where they have gone 1-2-0.

    No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

    Miller continued his recent resurgence with a 30-save shutout of the Nashville Predators in a 1-0 win. The victory by Vancouver broke a four-game losing skid and helped them improve to 48 points – tied with the Los Angeles Kings for the final Western Conference Wild Card spot though the Kings have two games in hand. Miller moved to 13-10-3 with a 2.54 goal-against average and .917 save percentage. His two shutouts this season have come in January.

    No. 3 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

    Did you know? The Maple Leafs won when trailing by two-plus goals after the first period for the first time since Dec. 27, 2013 against the Sabres.




  • Islanders have permission to speak with Gerard Gallant: Report

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    The New York Islanders reportedly have permission to talk for former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant.

    Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman broke the news Tuesday, the same day the team fired head coach Jack Capuano. TSN’s Bob McKenzie then reported that the Islanders made the request “some time ago,” potentially weeks or more. McKenzie also said that it’s unclear if Gallant is “a current candidate to be NYI next head coach or was a prior and now former consideration.”

    When the Islanders announced Capuano’s firing they said assistant general manager Doug Weight would assume coaching duties on an interim basis. There was no indication that New York was close to moving on another candidate.

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  • Morgan Rielly suffers lower-body injury in win vs. Sabres (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Early in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, defenseman Morgan Rielly fell awkwardly on his right leg and did not return after the play.

    In the first period, as Rielly skated the puck up ice in his own zone, Sabres forward William Carrier tried to strip it off Rielly and took out the defenseman. Rielly’s right leg appeared to get caught under his own body before he slammed into the boards. He took one more shift but left with a lower-body injury.

    Rielly is the Maple Leafs’ top defenseman and had averaged a team-high 22:51 of ice-time heading into Tuesday. He has one goal and 16 assists in 42 games played. Because of Rielly’s injury, Jake Gardiner played 29:24 in Tuesday’s game and Matt Hunwick played a total of 27:32.

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    The injury bug has yet to take a big bite out of the Maple Leafs, which is partially why they’re in the top three of the Atlantic Division. This is something they acknowledged after the game.

    Babcock said the team would know more about Rielly’s status Wednesday.

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  • Jared Spurgeon shows incredible hand-eye coordination on goal (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon used incredible hand-eye coordination to score a gorgeous power play goal Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

    The play came on a rebound off Devils goaltender Cory Schneider off a shot by Mikko Koivu from the outside. Spurgeon then gloved the puck and dropped it towards the ice, but instead of waiting for it to fall all the way down, he smacked it into the net from mid-air.

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    The goal was Spurgeon’s sixth of the year and put the Wild up 1-0 at the 17:58 mark of the first period. Spurgeon came into the game with the best points per-game average of his career at 0.50 in 38 contests.

    Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has seemed to hold a monopoly on mid-air goals in the NHL this season, with his tallies coming in the month of December. It’s a play that has a high degree of difficulty and when it’s done correctly, it’s generally highlight-reel worthy.

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  • Robin Lehner goes berserk after being pulled (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner was pulled in his Tuesday game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and didn’t seem too happy about the decision by coach Dan Bylsma.

    After the Maple Leafs scored three straight goals in the second period to move ahead of the Sabres 3-2, Bylsma made the switch and the fiery Lehner appeared to yell at the bench as he headed off the ice. At that point Lehner had stopped 13 of 16 shots on goal and had just let in a goal by Auston Matthews at the 9:45 mark. The Maple Leafs ended up beating the Sabres 4-3.

    “He should be upset with getting pulled,” Bylsma said according to Buffalo Hockey Beat. “That’s a part of Robin’s game, that emotion. I have no problem.”

    When Lehner got to the bench, he took off his mask and then slammed it on the ground. The Maple Leafs broadcast pointed out that shortly before Lehner was pulled he posed for a photo by a fan sitting next to the Sabres’ bench during a TV timeout.

    After Wednesday game, Lehner said he wasn’t yelling at any one person specifically on the Sabres bench.

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  • Chris Kreider punches Cody Eakin with helmet (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider punched Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with Eakin’s own helmet during a fight between the two players Tuesday.

    According to the below gif, Kreider ripped off Eakin’s helmet and then landed the blow on the player before tossing the piece of equipment to the ice.

    here is Kreider hitting Eakin in the head with his own helmet pic.twitter.com/rcDoI5JNLb

    — GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 18, 2017

    The tussle between the two occurred at the 1:52 mark of the second. Here is the full fight video:

    Both players received five minutes for fighting, but the penalty for Kreider could have been more severe per rule 53.5.

    “I mean, that’s not something you forget about, obviously. I’m sure someone will have a conversation with (Eakin) about it at some point,” Kreider said according to the Daily News.

    The Stars beat the Rangers 7-6 with Eakin getting a goal and an assist for a ‘Gordie Howe hat trick.’

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  • Ben Hutton out 3-to-6 weeks with fractured hand

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    The Vancouver Canucks will be without defenseman Ben Hutton for the next three-to-six weeks because of a “small fracture in his hand,” the team announced Tuesday.

    Hutton was injured when he blocked a shot on Jan. 6 against the Calgary Flames and has missed Vancouver’s last three games with what the team had previously called an upper body injury.

    Another angle of the Hutton injury from last night #Canucks pic.twitter.com/sqDNWriUYR

    — Vanessa Jang (@vanessajang) January 8, 2017

    Hutton ranks third on the Canucks in ice-time per-game at 20:58 and has four goals and 11 points in 41 games played. He owns a minus-0.87 adjusted 5-on-5 CF% Rel and a 46.88 adjusted 5-on-5 CF%. Earlier in the season, the Canucks signed the 23-year-old Hutton to a two-year contract extension worth $5.6 million.


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  • NCAA Hockey 101: Duluth's slide tightens NCHC

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    It’s getting tougher to say who, exactly, is the best team in the NCHC.

    Over the past few weeks there have been some, shall we say, troubling results for the nation’s second-best conference, with very good teams suffering very bad losses and allowing the door to open up a little bit for other teams to get into the conversation.

    It wasn’t so long ago that Minnesota-Duluth looked like it was going to run a box-to-wire campaign at or near the top of the conference, but two weeks ago it only got a single point (as far as the Pairwise is concerned) in a home series against Colorado College, and then only split with St. Cloud this past weekend thanks to an overtime win. This is classic “giving points away” for a team that is, frankly, a lot better than this. The Bulldogs are only 3-3-2 since the start of December after opening the year 10-2-3.

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    The Pioneers hit a weird skid after months of rolling in the area of at least three wins from every four games they played. The Bulldogs never got to that point and therefore their margin for error was significantly diminished.


  • Capuano firing the beginning of the end for Garth Snow

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    These are not Jack Capuano’s New York Islanders. These are Garth Snow’s New York Islanders.

    Yes, Capuano coached them for seven seasons. The odd lineup decisions were his. The inability to get something out of young talent, something that’s cut the legs out from this franchise, was his. The way that a 100-point team, which the Islanders have been for the last two seasons, always felt like it was 100 miles from Stanley Cup contention was partially his fault, too.

    With 40 games left in the season and eight points away from the last wild card slot, it was clear to ownership that Capuano wasn’t working. So they empowered Snow to fire him.

    “This is an organizational decision. It’s not a dictatorship. There’s lots of dialogue, all throughout the organization, when big decisions were made,” said Snow. “At the end of the day, I don’t think that Jack was going to be a coach that we were going to bring back. To name Dougie Weight the interim head coach, we can start our coaching search now and not worry about the ramifications of that with Jack as the head coach.”

    Thus the failure of Capuano is Snow’s failure, like the failure of this roster is Snow’s failure.

    Neither will the Islanders.

  • New York Islanders fire Jack Capuano, name Doug Weight interim coach

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    The New York Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano and named assistant general manager Doug Weight the team’s interim coach.

    Capuano took over as interim coach on Nov. 15, 2010, replacing Scott Gordon and was then named head coach at the end of the season. In his tenure, Capuano guided the Islanders to a 227-192-64 record that included three playoff appearance. In the previous two seasons, the Islanders hit 101 and 100 points but this year, the group’s performance dropped.

    The Islanders hold a 17-17-8 record, which ranks last in the Eastern Conference. New York is eight points out of the final Wild Card spot, but has a six-game homestand coming up. The Islanders will also play eight of their next nine games in Barclays Center.

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    Said Capuano in a statement provided by New York, “It’s an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans. I’d like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I’d also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work.”

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