- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy49 mins ago
On Sunday MLB Network/Fox Sports baseball analyst Harold Reynolds intimated Canadians couldn’t catch foul balls because only a few grew up playing baseball.
This happened during Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers. Whether Reynolds was joking or not, it drew the wrath of many Canadians who ripped Reynolds on social media – enough for Reynolds to issue an apology. The Blue Jays are in the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
"I didn't mean to offend anybody. I just thought it was just part of the fun nature of the game. Sorry, Canada, whole country, if I offended you for that. I'm well aware of the baseball players that have come out of there ... It was more of a joke. Most people grew up playing hockey in Canada. I didn't think it was that offensive, so obviously I was taken different."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Washington Capitals held their annual season-ticker holder party at Six Flags America* recent, which meant that players and their significant others had a chance to brave “Superman: Ride of Steel,” which recreates the experience of Kal-El fighting and then murdering General Zod while thousands of people die in a crumbling Metropolis (just a guess here, actually).
They slapped Go-Pro cameras in front of Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough; Alex Ovechkin and his fiancé Nastya Shubskaya; and T.J. Oshie and wife Lauren Cosgrove.
The resulting footage is pretty much what you’d expect: Hough and Laich going all-in on the fun; Ovechkin acting like he just sniped a power play goal while Nastya eases into the coaster thrills; Cosgrove having a blast; and T.J. Oshie looking like he’s one steep drop from soiling himself.
Seriously, this poor guy:
As the video shows, Oshie has a death grip on the coaster car during the ride, doing that wide-eyes smile that says “I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT PLUMMET TO MY DEMISE!!!!!!"
Well that was fun. Usually the Capitals wait until April for their emotional roller coaster.Tue, Oct 137:00 PM EDTSan Jose at WashingtonPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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• What a wonderful post-surgery photo by James Wisniewski. The Carolina Hurricanes defenseman tore his ACL in the first game of the season. [James Wisniewski]
• The Los Angeles Kings don’t want to fall back into their ways from a year ago when they missed the postseason. The Kings are winless in their first two games and have been outscored 9-2. [Los Angeles Times]
• Where do hockey teams sit on ESPN’s franchise list? The top hockey franchise may surprise you. [ESPN]
• Five minutes with Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers in which mullets are definitely brought up. [TSN]Tue, Oct 1310:30 PM EDTVancouver at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
With the theme of college hockey this year being “uncertainty,” one could be forgiven for not exactly being high on the reigning national champion Providence College Friars, who entered the year ranked No. 7 in the country.
After all, they needed .930 goaltending to even make the NCAA tournament, and they backed into that too, having lost in the Hockey East tournament's second round to UNH. And then the goalie that gave them those big numbers (Jon Gillies) went and signed with the Calgary Flames organization this summer; after three seasons of .931, .931, and .930, respectively, he had little left to prove at the college level. In addition, Providence lost 40 goals from last year's team, which only scored 123 to begin with.Tue, Oct 139:00 PM EDTSt. Louis at CalgaryPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
By Andrew Fiorentino RotoWire Hockey Writer
Tuesday night is one of the bigger early NHL slates of the year, with nine games going down. Considering the Penguins, Kings, Oilers, Devils and Hurricanes are still looking for their first victory, while a number of teams are looking to avoid their first loss, the action should be fast and furious.
With the Jets, Lightning, Canucks and Panthers playing in the second of a back-to-back set, we could see backup netminders rolled out by those teams. But it's early in the year, and the backups in Tampa, Vancouver and Florida are rather weak, so we could see some back-to-back action for those starting goalies.
Let's find some value to send your Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey rosters on to glory.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Think about all the good things GM Garth Snow has done for the New York Islanders. The Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy deals. The Jaroslav Halak signing. The way he secured the young core of his team for a decent price. These are all good things.
But there’s this other thing that Garth does that’s inexplicable in 2015 for an NHL team, which is signing bloody knuckled war horses like Eric Boulton to a one-year contract, as he did on Tuesday.
Boulton played the last three seasons for the Islanders, totaling 48 games and 154 penalty minutes. He skated 7:11 per game last season in 10 games. (Yet he scored two goals, which is really a hell of a goals-per-minute ratio.)
According to General Fanager, Boulton will make $575,000 this season with a $25,000 performance clause for each playoff round the Islanders win while he’s a healthy scratch.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
In our season preview, none of the prognosticators selected Todd Richards of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the first coach fired. After all, this is a stacked roster with a ton of momentum and optimism, right?
The Jackets are now 0-3-0 after losing to Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres (tm) on Monday. It’s only the second time in franchise history that they’ve started pointless in three games, but it’s not the first time they’ve stumbled out of the gate under Richards. Here’s their record after the first month of the season under Richards, who took over the Jackets in 2011-12.
2012-13: 4-10-2 (Jan. 21-Feb. 21)Wed, Oct 147:00 PM EDTOttawa at ColumbusPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Kai Quinonez got to live out a dream Monday night at Honda Center.
After Ryan Getzlaf skated onto the ice as part of the Anaheim Ducks player introductions for their home opener, the 13-year-old Quinonez glided forward one leg at a time to the cheers of a sellout crowd of 17,174, his face plastered on the team's big and bright new scoreboard.
The PA announcer described Quinonez, who is from nearby Los Alamitos, as part of “Team Make-A-Wish” because that organization and the Ducks were granting Quinonez's wish of being a member of the team.
At the age of 9, Quinonez was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. The definition is as follows from the Mayo Clinic’s website:Wed, Oct 1410:30 PM EDTArizona at AnaheimPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
After the Flyers allowed seven goals to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, they rebounded in a strong way with a 1-0 shutout on Monday. Making his first start for the Flyers, Neuvirth, who started in place of Steve Mason after the goaltender was away from the team for a personal matter, stopped 31 shots, helping new head coach Dave Hakstol earn his first NHL win. The shutout was Neuvrith’s eighth of his career and first since 2012. Brayden Schenn scored the lone goal of the game.
No. 2 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
The Islanders captain scored what ended up standing as the game-winning goal and recorded a pair of assists in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The win was New York's first at their new home at Barclays Center. Tavares could have had a second goal, but was denied by Ondrej Pavelec on a third period penalty shot.
No. 3 Star: Matt Moulson, Buffalo SabresWed, Oct 148:00 PM EDTChicago at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
We all had/have favorite players growing up. Those idols were larger than life in our young eyes and we cheered them just a little bit more than the other players on our favorite team.
On Monday afternoon, one little Buffalo Sabres fan showed just how much Evander Kane is his favorite hockey player. During pre-game introductions he held back his cheering as the starting lineup was announced until Kane's name was reached.
Kane didn't score for his young fan, but he did record an assist on Rasmus Ristolainen's opening goal during Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
We're a week into the season and that might already have won cutest moment of 2015-16.
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