- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy26 mins ago
If you didn’t watch the Florida Panthers-Toronto Maple Leafs game Tuesday night, you missed one of the oddest third periods in recent memory.
Roberto Luongo started for the Panthers but didn’t return after the first intermission after taking a shot to the shoulder/neck area. Al Montoya came on in relief, but then injured himself during a Toronto goal early in the third period. With Luongo still in the dressing room, Florida faced an interesting predicament: who would play goal?
Officials halted the game as the Panthers attempted to figure out what to do. Scottie Upshall and Derek McKenzie ran back to the dressing room with everyone believing one of them would suit up. It turned out, they weren’t needed, as Montoya would re-enter the game, but it was obvious he was hurting.
With Montoya back, the Panthers still wanted to have some insurance in case another change was needed, so they called upon 41-year old goaltending coach Robb Tallas, who last played in the NHL in 2001 and retired from the game in 2005 after spending some time in Europe.
Watch TSN's on-air apology to Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert for adultery joke (Video)Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The network issued an on-air apology to them on Tuesday night during SportsCentre and the Leafs' game at the Florida Panthers. Delivered by lead anchor James Duthie, who hosted the TradeCentre broadcast, it read:
Whats all this crap about a lawsuit. If anyone is getting sued its TSN for being negligent not me
Yeah, about that...
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- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
One thing we've heard all year long is that the NCHC is the best and deepest conference in the country. In a lot of ways, this is certainly true.
Perhaps the biggest, and the one that's best buoyed the conference's astonishing five teams in the top eight Pairwise spots right now, is the fact that everyone has a really great strength of schedule. North Dakota's schedule is the eighth-hardest, Minnesota Duluth's is first, Omaha's is third, Miami's is fifth, Denver's is fourth. And St. Cloud, which as of now is now out of contention for the NCAA tournament because it's below .500, is second. For an eight-team conference, this is pretty incredible. Only Western Michigan (27th in the PWR but seventh in strength of schedule) and Colorado College (49th, sixth) sit outside even remote contention.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
On Saturday, footage of a fight between Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche fans at a game in Denver surfaced, showing a nasty brawl.
New video of the brawl surfaced on Tuesday, and it’s rather intense.
City Pages reader Keenan Price sent along a much better video of the fight in the stands during Saturday night's Wild game in Colorado. Just as we suspected, the whole thing started because an angry drunken Avs fan got way too fired up.
Price, a Wild fan, said his section was full of people cheering on the Wild, and as the game progressed what started as good-natured trash-talk ramped up into something more serious.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
TSN’s embarrassing publication of a Twitter joke alleging an adulterous relationship between Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul and actress Elisha Cuthbert, the wife of teammate Dion Phaneuf, may end up costing the network and the fan that tweeted it.
During TSN’s TradeCentre deadline coverage on Monday, a running scroll at the bottom of the screen published tweets sent to the #TradeCentre hashtag. One of the tweets from Anthony Adragna, a Leafs fan, made the allegation.
The players and Cuthbert have retained Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, which released the following statement on Tuesday:
"On behalf of our clients Dion Phaneuf, his wife Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul, we have sent a letter to TSN demanding that TSN issue a formal apology and pay a significant amount of damages to each of our clients for broadcasting a false and defamatory tweet during their trade deadline show yesterday. We are sending a similar letter to the author of the tweet, Mr. Anthony Adragna.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
One common theory about the NHL Awards this year was that we could see a goalie win the Vezina and the Hart. But unlike those seasons of Hasek-ian domination, the theory states that we could see different goalies win each award this June: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators for the Vezina, and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens for the Hart.
The latest Bovada NHL odds have been released, and right now, Price is the odd-on favorite to win the Hart with Patrick Kane out of the mix:
Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?
Carey Price 2/1
Alex Ovechkin 3/1
John Tavares 7/2
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Chad Johnson was traded by the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres for Michal Neuvirth on Monday, a deal many felt was an upgrade for the Isles’ backup goalie spot. Which, conversely, meant that the Sabres downgraded their own goaltending.
Why? In theory, because the Sabres want to be as terrible as possible and Neuvirth was playing too well. So, for the second time this season, they traded their starting goalie.
Johnson went on TSN after the trade, and naturally they wanted to ask him about going from a team striving for first place to a team trying to finish last. Host James Duthie twice asked him about playing for a team that’s trying to lose. Johnson remained steadfast that the Sabres are doing everything they can to win games. Like, this season.
"You play to win. I don't think an organization wants to lose,” said Johnson on TSN, in either denial or blissful ignorance.
On Tuesday, with his new team, Johnson told the Buffalo News that the tank talk upset him:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 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.
• Even the rats from New York go to retire in South Florida.
• Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky will make his first start since Jan. 21 tonight against the Washington Capitals. [Blue Jackets]
• Were the Anaheim Ducks the biggest winners of the trade deadline? [The Hockey Writers]
• The Boston Bruins have to be considered a trade deadline losers for failing to address their biggest needs. [Bruins Daily]
• If you want to win the Stanley Cup, you may have to pay a price at the deadline. [Raw Charge]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Phil Kessel put on his "good teammate" that Tuesday and simply blasted the Toronto media for the way it treats captain Dion Phaneuf. The comments came from a Toronto morning skate in Florida in the above video.
Below are some of the highlights:
“I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing.”
“I think you guys (unfairly) criticize Dion. He’s our best defenseman and you guys act like he’s not trying out there.”
“Is it is fault we’re losing? No. Did he build this team? No.”
“He’s owed some apologies by some people”
Buried in there is this nugget:
“This city is a great hockey city and I love playing here.”
So at least Phil Kessel loves Toronto!
Preach on Dr. Phil!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Joe Micheletti of NBC joins us to talk about trade deadline and Rangers.
• Trade deadline breakdown.
• Phil Kessel goes nutty.
• NHL Playoff races.
• The least desirable places in the NHL.
Question of the Day: Who won the trade deadline? Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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!