- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy2 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: "Ryan Miller #39 of the St. Louis Blues eyes the puck over his head at Bridgestone Arena on March 6, 2014."
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Preview: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. ET
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...Fri, Mar 77:00 PM PSTPittsburgh at AnaheimPreview Game
- Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in future installment.
When Martin St. Louis was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers – fulfilling what we now know was a years-long desire to play closer to his home in Connecticut – one wondered how the Tampa fans would react to their captain’s departure.
He is, after all, a franchise legend and a former MVP. He had given his career to turning the Lightning into winners.
On the other hand … he peaced-out at the trade deadline, right as Steven Stamkos returned, because Steve Yzerman had the nerve not to make him a first-teamer on Canada’s Olympic squad.
So how would they react?
With the Protest Jersey you see here, via Caleigh Baldwin. So, yeah, looks like there needs to be some healing before his number gets raised to the rafters. (It still will, right? Right?!).
Coming up, more Protest Jerseys, some unfortunate ‘69’ sweaters and the most Canadian jersey ever.LiveNY Rangers0 - 1CarolinaFollow Game
- Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Shannon Szabados won her second consecutive gold medal as the goaltender for the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team in Sochi.
Her next challenge? Backstopping a professional men's hockey team.
Szabados took to Twitter to make the announcement herself:
The 27-year-old Edmonton native has signed a contract with Southern Professional Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths. From the Cottonmouths:
As mentioned in the release, this isn't Szabados' first time playing among men. Just last week she practiced with the Edmonton Oilers, who were short a goaltender after making a series of goalie swaps just before the NHL trade deadline.
"She's pretty good," Jordan Eberle said afterwards. "Once you figure that out, you try and score and put in as many as you can."
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy6 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.
• Sochi bathrooms strike again! US Sled Hockey goalie Steve Cash gets stuck in bathroom. Good old American ingenuity gets him out. [CBS Sports]
• Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik met with Martin St. Louis twice prior to trade in an effort to get him to stay with the organization. [Tampa Tribune]
• Worst kept secret in hockey: St. Louis and Steve Yzerman had a difficult relationship. [Tampa Bay Times]Sat, Mar 84:00 PM PSTBoston at Tampa BayPreview Game
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It's a (gettin' down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Kevin Dineen, coach of the gold-medal winning Canadian women's team.
• Sidney Crosby's terrible night.
• The imploding Canucks.
• The Devils get their Kovalchuk pick back.
• GAME SHOW FRIDAY!
Question of the Day: Describe the current state of the Canucks in three words. Email at email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Sidney Crosby had one of the worst games of his NHL career on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks. Zero points. A career-worst minus-5, on a night in which the Sharks won 5-3. One shot on goal amidst four shot attempts.
And this happened, on Patrick Marleau’s shorthanded goal at 5:18 of the third period:
Crosby skated hard and then trailed the play, allowing Evgeni Malkin to attempt to defend Marleau one-on-one and, well, you can see how well that went.
The view from the corner camera was rather incriminating re: Crosby’s effort on the play. Which led to one of the Internet’s burgeoning memes being applied to Sid – the Xbox controller disconnected meme. This one’s by the great Ann Frazier:
It’s hilarious, of course. Just as it was when Alex Ovechkin coasted into the Capitals zone on “defense” against the New York Rangers on this classic GIF:
My first reaction was that this was unfairly maligning Crosby, who by all accounts is a better than average defensive player and is like the love child of Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron when compared to Ovechkin.
- Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The St. Louis Blues have put out an A.B.B. – an All Bags Bulletin.
Center David Backes (USA), winger T.J. Oshie (USA) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (Canada) are all missing team bags from the Sochi Olympics.
They actually made it back to the U.S., where the Blues say FedEx picked up the luggage at Newark International Airport in New Jersey. But only 18 of the 21 pieces of luggage were returned to the team.
One of the bags contained a significant amount of Team USA autographed memorabilia belonging to Backes that he planned on using for a charity event this month. (And who wouldn’t want to bid highly to commemorate our fourth-place medal?)
If you have any information about the bags, please send it over to Dan O’Neal of the Blues at DO'Neill@stlblues.com.
Obviously we’re happy to hear that the missing bags didn’t contain a gold medal. Or a puck used to beat the Russians in a shootout. Or, like, 10 dogs, in another player’s case.
- Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
At every NHL game, two large nets separate fans in lower level seats from the ice, stretching from the top of the glass to the rafters. They serve to protect fans from pucks that fly from the rink into the spectator areas.
But on Thursday night, it was one of the nets themselves that ended up injuring two fans.
After most fans had emptied out of the arena the Boston Bruins’ 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals at TD Garden, two women were standing near the glass near the end boards. Suddenly, a pole that holds the protective netting fell from the Garden roof and landed on them.
A few other fans rushed to their aid before medical personnel arrived on the scene.
WARNING: The following images are graphic in nature.
Boston police did not release the names of the victims, only to say they’re women in their 20s. The incident happened around 9:40 p.m. At least one of the women was taken away on a stretcher, her neck immobilized.
- Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Rattle off a laundry list of all the things Mike Gillis has fumbled in the last 12 months or so, and you're going to come up with a lot of items.
Many of them are contingent upon the ongoing illusion in Vancouver that this was a team well-suited for the rigors of the newly constituted four-division NHL; in which the Canucks now had to play more, and more important, games against titans like the Kings, Sharks and Ducks on a regular basis. A look at the roster the Canucks brought in to start the year, and the coach they thought would guide them back to a Cup Final, should have been a pretty good indicator that things were about to take a hard left into the rough part of the Pacific Division neighborhood, populated already by two other Western Canadian teams, but still they pressed on.
There was some thought, and I must admit to sharing it, that John Tortorella could coax a better performance out of this team; not because they had the personnel to play his style (they didn't and don't), but because he seems to have an ability to bend rosters to his will. It doesn't always work overnight, but historically, it has always worked.
- Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The Perfect Human returned to Detroit for a perfect number retirement ceremony, as Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 was hoisted to the rafters before the Red Wings’ game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Among the speakers honoring Lidstrom were coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland. But it was Lidstrom that was the star – ironic when you consider how often others grabbed the spotlight while Lidstrom did the heavy lifting in the background.
One of his most memorable moments was a look back at his beginnings with the Red Wings:
“I didn’t know much about the history of the team. I knew that Steve Yzerman was the captain and had played here a long time, but besides that I didn’t know a whole lot about the team. So when the trainer at the time ask me what number I would like if I made the team, I told him ‘I wore No. 9 in Sweden and it would be great if I could get No. 9 again.’ He just said, ‘Kid that just ain’t going to happen,’” he said, standing under the retired No. 9 of Gordie Howe.
“So I came back here in the fall of ’91 and just kept my mouth shut. No. 5 was handed to me.”Sat, Mar 812:00 PM PSTSt. Louis at ColoradoPreview Game