- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Alaska and Hawaii are forever linked as the two states added to the U.S. within an eight-month period in the 1950s. But other than that, what do they really have in common? Weather? No. Geography? No. The Pro Bowl? No. Shoot, one has pipelines that look like this and the other has pipelines that look like this.
But every season, the ECHL’s Alaska Acesattempt to build a kinship with their ocean-bound neighbors to the south and west on “Hawaii Night”, when players don jerseys inspired by The Aloha State. And this year’s jerseys are … what’s Hawaiian for “GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!?”
Jimmy Buffett called, and he’d like his bed linens back.
Seriously, every player should be required to have a bad tan and a thicket of chest hair poking out from the top button, in true Hawaiian tourist style ...
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, had the genius move of putting a Go-Pro camera on the helmet of referee David Banfield, mic’ing him and linesman Paul Carnathan for a Dec. 7 game against the Rockford Ice Hogs (the Chicago Blackhawks’ affiliate).
Why was it genius? Because it was Teddy Bear Toss Night. So yes, an ice-level view of thousands of plush animals hitting the ice (around the 3:45 mark).
Of course, the Checkers had a little luck in this experiment, what with a few fights and a video review of a potential goal:
A few highlights:
• When Banfield says, “You’re gong to push him on your own goalie, that’s a smart move.”
• That discussion between the players near the penalty box, where we wish there were hot mics at all times. Like the one at 3:30 about whether or not there should have been an instigator call.
• The acknowledgement that “this [game] could get [expletive] stupid.”
• That discussion in the penalty box about why the play was interference.
• And, of course, the video review, and the discussion with both benches as to why there wasn’t a goal scored.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
This is the danger of publishing year-end lists before the calendar turns: Something happens that might have you rearranging the top 10.
Like, for example, Linus Klasen of Sweden scoring this insanely good shootout goal against the Czech Republic in the Channel One Cup on Saturday,one day after our top 10 shootout goals of the season:
Wow. That’s Alexander Salak – who went from the Florida Panthers to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Michael Frolik trade in 2011 – as the goalie whose body moved one way while his eyes tracked the puck sliding in behind him, courtesy of that incredible move by Klasen.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Roberto Luongo and his iPad relax on the bench.
Twitter isn't always a great thing for NHLers. Consider the curious case of Tyler Seguin, who, after a few public gaffes, decided it might be best for him to shut his account down for awhile, or Scott Hartnell, who used the service to snark at his ex-wife.
But it can also be used for good, and on many occasions in 2013, it was. Here are our 10 favourite Twitter moments of the year.
The Blue Jackets and Kings have a special relationship, and not just because the Jeff Carter trade made LA's first Stanley Cup possible. It's also because of #Lumbus.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
OK, not really the most accurate headline, but without a doubt one of the coolest images of the NHL season, as the referee (not sure if this was Marc Joannette or Frederick L'Ecuyer) appears to go all Sub-Zero on the New York Islanders and New York Rangers in their game at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
No better way to let the players know the puck is frozen than shooting ice out of your hands ...
Question of the Day: What mutant power would most benefit an NHL official in his nightly occupational duties?
While we imagine most of the comments will be “invisibility”, we’ll go with the ability to look into a player mind to glean intent on a play moments after, say, a charging or boarding call.
How much easier would Shanahan’s job be then?Sun, Dec 224:30 PM PSTMinnesota at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
The Chicago Blackhawks are going back to black for their Solider Field game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1.
Their Stadium Series jerseys, revealed on Friday, resemble the ones they wore from 1996-2007, only with different striping on the arms and with those white laces around the collar.
The other big difference is the logo, which has the same “chrome-treated” look as the other Stadium Series sweaters have. And while the results have been up and down on the new jerseys, that metallic look really works here.
Granted, having the best logo in professional sports does help.
The only question is whether the overall look works, and if it’s better than any alternative for the Blackhawks. While black jerseys are a scourge on the League for the most part, and while their Wrigley Jersey was better, this is going to look rather cool at chilly Soldier Field.
What say you?
Pass or Fail: Chicago Blackhawks Solider Field jerseys.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Kyle Palmieri, Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Palmieri had about 100 friends and family in the stands at The Rock in New Jersey. The Smithtown, New York native had a two point night for the Ducks with an assist on the game-tying goal, and scored the game winning goal in overtime. Palmieri went NHL94 on the Devils with the wrap-around deflection.
No. 2 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
At 28 years-old, Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin has become the sixth fastest player to reach the 400 goal plateau. While the goal itself may not have been fantastic - it was an empty netter - the accomplishment is.
Ovi continues to lead the league in goals with 29. He's at nearly a goal-a-game pace and could end up with close to 80 goals at the end of the season should this trend continue.
No. 3 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Backstrom assisted on all four Capitals goals in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina. He leads the league in assists with 33 and is third overall in points at 41.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, what does hell have when the scorned are two angry women's hockey teams?
Now we know. In a warm-up for Sochi, the US and Canadian women's hockey teams took to the ice in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and well, I don't think they like each other.
Following the game, Grand Forks Herald reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman gathered a couple quotes from those involved:
K. Stone: "If players are going to take cheap shots at our players, there's going to be an answer for that. We will not get pushed around."
— Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) December 21, 2013
Monique Lamoureux: "If you're going to take a headshot at one of our players, there are consequences for playing like that."
— Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) December 21, 2013
In total, there were 10 fighting majors assessed. The US women won the game 4-1. You can read Schlossman's recap of the game here.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
December 4th is the last time Shane Doan played for the Phoenix Coyotes before coming down with an undisclosed illness. On Friday, Coyotes' GM Don Malone wouldn't go as far as to say Doan has contracted the actual illness but he did imply he was sick: “Shane is receiving antibiotics for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever symptoms and he’s showing improvement."
Probably safe to assume he has the totally real, not something Ferris Bueller made up, disease.
What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, you ask? Here is how WebMD describes it:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day 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: "The San Jose Sharks warm up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center."
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Preview: Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m. ET
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m. ET
Preview: Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...Sun, Dec 225:00 PM PSTWinnipeg at VancouverPreview Game