- Puck Daddy47 mins ago
Kimmo Timonen’s in an interesting career crossroads, ahead of what assumes is the end of the road for his NHL career.
The nearly 39-year-old defenseman seems to have discovered a fountain of youth amidst the stray dogs of Sochi: He has seven points in four games since the Olympic break, including two goals in the Philadelphia Flyers’ overtime loss at Toronto on Saturday. He’s playing well as the Flyers push for the playoffs and potentially achieve Timonen’s dream of winning the Stanley Cup.
It’s that dream that brought him back to the Flyers for one season at $6 million.
“That’s why I’m still here,” he told CSN Philly. “It keeps you motivated every night, thinking about that I still have a chance to get it. Hopefully it’s this year.”
But is it a dream that’ll bring him back to the NHL again next season?
Timonen told Sarah Baicker of CSN that he’s undecided about next season. It all depends on how his body reacts to this season and if he believes he can rev up the engine for another 82 games in 2014-15.Tue, Mar 114:00 PM PDTNew Jersey at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It was chaos.
Rich Peverley had come off the ice on a line change Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Roughly 30 seconds later, he was keeled over on the Dallas Stars bench.
“I instantly stood on the bench and started screaming up in the crowd for a doctor,” said Coach Lindy Ruff. “And actually there was I think one lady put her hand up. I think she had a Stars jersey on, said she was a doctor. I was just screaming to let the doctors know we needed somebody ASAP and they were there ASAP.”
Ruff knew Peverley’s health history: He had an ‘a-fib’ condition that was treated in the preseason, as doctors shocked his heart to get it back into the proper rhythm. He missed the preseason but felt fine through much of the regular season. Then, last week, Peverley missed a game with Dallas because he “felt strange” but returned to the lineup for games against Vancouver and Minnesota, in which he had three points.
But on Monday, something was very, very wrong.
“I was scared,” said Ruff. “My first emotion was we need somebody here real quick. When he dropped, it was red alert.”
The Dallas Stars medical staff answered the alarm.Tue, Mar 115:00 PM PDTDallas at St. LouisPreview Game
- Puck Daddy1 hr ago
After Finland’s women’s team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden at last month’s Olympic tournament in Sochi, goaltender Noora Ratyannounced that she was retiring from the national team. The 24-year old also noted she was retiring from club play, but only if she couldn’t find a competitive league to participate in.
With the lack of professional women’s hockey leagues around the world, Raty will be taking her skills and facing off against men. The netminder will join Kiekko Vantaa of the Mestis League, Finland’s second highest division, next season after signing a one-year deal.
Last week, gold medal-winning Canadian goaltenderShannon Szabados signed a contract for the rest of the seasonwith the SPHL's Columbus Cottonmouths, days after practicing with the Edmonton Oilers.
- Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Next Monday is Saint Patrick's Day, the day where my people celebrate the patron saint who brought Christianity to Ireland. The rest of you celebrate by wearing green, drinking Guinness and asking random people to kiss you because you're Irish for the day. (OK, I do all that stuff as well.)
Patrick Sharp recently got in the spirit of things and while teaming up with the Illinois Lottery, had a creepy leprechaun lure Blackhawks fans to the team store to meet the Olympic gold medalist.
If you saw a leprechaun in your city dancing a jig and holding a sign telling you to follow him "to the gold," chances are you'd probably find a nearby police officer or, at the very least, Chris Hansen.
This isn't the first time Sharp has surprised Blackhawks fans. For Valentine's Day, he dressed up as a dog and delivered a gift basket to an unsuspecting fan. We're disappointed he wasn't in the leprechaun suit. Maybe he needs work on his Irish jig?
- Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Let’s begin with an obvious nod to the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets medical staffs for their proactive and immediate reaction to Rich Peverley’s health scare that postponed the teams’ game on Monday night.
No. 1 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs star had a goal and two assists in their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim. He had a secondary helper on Tyler Bozak’s goal and scored his 34th in the first; he then assisted on Paul Ranger’s second-period goal. Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Duchene scored at 2:33 of overtime to give the Avs a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He schooled Dustin Byfuglien with a spin move in the corner, fired the puck off Tobias Enstrom and then collected the rebound for his 21st of the season.
No. 3 Star: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh PenguinsTue, Mar 117:30 PM PDTToronto at San JosePreview Game
- Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Every time the Vancouver Canucks hit rock bottom this season, there’s seemingly another rock bottom to hit. Their 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night – in which the Islanders scored all seven goals in the third period – might actually have the Canucks nearing the Earth’s core.
“This is a kick in the teeth,” said Coach John Tortorella after the game.
There was no classic Torts explosion in the postgame. Every question asked received at least a dozen-word answer. He seemed as flabbergasted as the rest of us over a team that’s now lost 12 of its last 14 games; a coach desperately trying to remain positive for a team just four points out of a playoff spot, but feeling as though they’re 40 away.
“I have to try to show them the good things that we did,” he said.
One of the few players Tortorella mentioned by name was goalie Eddie Lack, who stopped just 21 of 27 shots. The Islanders’ fourth goal, by Frans Nielsen, was a stoppable shots that beat Lack to complete a 5 minute, 9 second sprint to the lead.
“Eddie makes a mistake there. Don’t put this all on Eddie, but he makes a mistake there,” said Tortorella.
- Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars collapsed on their bench during the first period of Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and was immediately tended to by medical personnel before being taken to the hospital.
After a lengthy delay, and with the players on both teams stunned, the NHL elected to postpone the rest of the game.
The NHL's statement:
Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.
With 13:37 left in the first period, Dallas players started pouring over the boards to get the officials’ attention to stop the action. The Blue Jackets’ players stood up and craned their necks to the left toward the Dallas bench, where personnel were frantically surrounding Peverley.
Trainers quickly carried him to the back without a stretcher by his hands and legs. The players stood around for several minutes, some players on one knee on the ice, before both teams returned to their locker rooms.Tue, Mar 114:00 PM PDTDetroit at ColumbusPreview Game
- Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Think about the day you’re having. Perhaps it’s a good day. Perhaps it’s a bad day.
But no matter what kind of day it is, it’s undoubtedly better than the day Cody Ceci of the Ottawa Senators is having. Because Cody Ceci took a Shea Weber slap shot to the head.
Here’s the aftermath, as the Sens defenseman crumpled to the ice after taking the NHL’s second-hardest shot to the noggin.
Check out a GIF of the shot via SB Nation.
Ceci fell to the ice in front of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson after he was hit on the side of the head by Weber's drive from inside the blue line at 10:21 of the first period. The 20-year-old rookie was bleeding from the right side of his head as he was helped off the ice to the dressing room.
The Senators reported that “Ceci will not return to tonight's game after sustaining a laceration behind his right ear.”
Well, yeah …Mon, Mar 10Nashville4 - 3OttawaGame Recap
- Puck Daddy19 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: " Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center."
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Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.
Preview: Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m.
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The NHL is out to end head shots, but they're still willing to condone the occasional punch to the head. That's not a headshot. I mean, sure, it's a shot directly to the head, but it's different.
And still, they draw the line at sneaky punches. NO SNEAKY PUNCHES.
It would appear that Jordan Nolan forgot about this distinction, unfortunately, so he's been handed a gentle reminder in the form of a one-game suspension for this cheap and despicable sucker-punch on Jesse Joensuu of the Edmonton Oilers.
"It is perfectly reasonable for Joensuu to expect that he will not be punched in this situation."
Story of my life.
This might be the rare instance where the Department of Player Safety's video does more damage than good. Rather than explaining things, it just serves to confuse. As we see what Nolan did from multiple angles, it seems pretty clear that this calls for more than a brief one-game grounding, so when Patrick Burke explains, at the end, that this is all Nolan is getting, it's a stunner.
The argument for more games is right there in the script.Tue, Mar 115:00 PM PDTEdmonton at MinnesotaPreview Game