- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy51 mins ago
Daniel Briere is one of only 35 players in NHL history to average more than a point per playoff game, entering the Montreal Canadiens’ Game 1 battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night with 109 points in 108 playoff games.
Make that 110 points in 109 games. Briere made the key play in overtime, leading to Dale Weise’s game-winner at 18:08 and the 5-4 victory.
The play was started by Michael Bournival, who forced a pair of turnovers by Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas and got the puck deep. Briere fired a shot that was blocked, the puck traveling back to the point where Josh Gorges corralled it. He sent it in back of the net where three Lightning players were defending two Canadiens.
It traveled to Briere, who shook his check by Eric Brewer – who had a terrible night – and sent a pass in front to Weise for the snap-shot that beat a frozen Anders Lindback.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Despite not being traditional rivals, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning located their animosity rather quickly in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs divisional semifinal on Wednesday. That including a scrum during the game in which Steven Stamkos (of all people) went after Andrei Markov after a late hit on Ondrej Palat.
As true hockey fans know, there is but one reaction to seeing this kind of passion and postseason drama: Lemme get a selfie!
Now, on the one hand, the idea of turning your back on the action to self-indulge when playoff action is unfolding a few feet away from your pricy lower bowl seats is nearly a hockey sin.
On the other hand … you have to admit that’s a pretty sweet selfie. Unless this was just more viral marketing for Samsung …
With that – Pass or Fail: Taking a selfie during a scrum at the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Stanley Cup Playoffs. Brutality. Passion. Heroes. Villains. Celebrations. Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls.”
There are a few of our favorite things, and Hockey Night In Canada’s mad genius Tim Thompson put it all together in an incredible montage for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs’ opening night:
Really, any opening that can feature James Hetfield, Pat Burns and the California Golden Seals gets all the love and affection we can shower on 3 and a half minutes of hockey highlights.
Kudos for not using "Enter Sandman," as well.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Happy Hockey Christmas every!
The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday night, so tell your family you’ll catch up with them sometime in June. As a reminder, here are the first-round battles:
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Who wins the first round battles? Who wins the big prize?
Glad you asked … here are the official Puck Daddy playoff picks from our editors, writers and friends.
Greg Wyshynski, Editor
Bruins in 7 Lightning in 7 Blue Jackets in 6 Rangers in 5
Ducks in 5 Sharks in 7 Avalanche in 5 Blackhawks in 6
Stanley Cup: Sharks over Bruins in 6
Conn Smythe: Patrick Marleau
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
8. The Leafs, still in the news
In a shocking turn of events, the Toronto Maple Leafs did something this week to distract from the fact that they missed the playoffs again in spectacular fashion.
Brendan Shanahan in, no one (as of today) out.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 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.
• Jonas Hiller prepares for Round 1 by rocking out.
• Ray Emery will start Thursday's Game 1 for the Philadelphia Flyers as Steve Mason nurses an upper-body injury. [Broad Street Hockey]
• Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray on Paul MacLean's job this season: "The players like the old Paul, they liked the guy who sat and talked to them and treated them in a more easygoing fashion. That talked, not confronted. There were some mistakes, obviously." Meow. [Ottawa Citizen]
• Here are your referees and linesmen chosen to work the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [NHL Officials]
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Facebook knows that you like hockey. They know because you told them, clicking the "Like" button on your favorite NHL team, in an attempt to further personalize your profile, but really just helping them to advertise to you.
They knew you were going to like this map, then. Facebook knows all. Stop telling Facebook all your secrets.
Still, it's a pretty cool map. This colour-coordinated look at North America illustrates which playoff team each state and province is rooting for, based on the number of Facebook Likes.
There are some interesting takeaways:
• The San Jose Sharks are California's most Liked franchise. Anaheim and Los Angeles may have been assigned colors, but the Golden State is San Jose teal. (I guess that's really more of a persian green.) It seems strange that the state of California would be rooting predominantly for the one local team that's never won a Cup, but perhaps it's in the interest of fairness?Thu, Apr 177:30 PM PDTLos Angeles at San JosePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday 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: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on the Lightning and the Habs.
• Yea, analytics!
• Eastern Conference playoff preview.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Happy Stanley Cup Playoffs Day everybody!
To celebrate the greatness that is the start of the NHL postseason, your friends at Puck Daddy present a special playoff mega chat at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Yell at us about our awards picks! Yell at us about our playoff picks! Just yell at us to make you feel better about work stress! Whatever you'd like.
You bring the funny; we bring the abrupt changes in tone and Hamburger Women. That's how it works.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Paul Maurice has signed a 4-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets to remain their head coach, which is good news for both.
Maurice works well with young players and preaches an up-tempo style that you need to play to thrive in the Western Conference. Plus, the idea that the Jets would have three coaches in two seasons does not make for consistency.
So that’s good news.
Less than good: GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Ondrej Pavelec will also return next season.
"Ondrej Pavelec is our No. 1 goalie next season,” he said at Wednesday’s press conference, via Illegal Curve. When asked if he felt the beleaguered goalie was holding the team back, he responded, "No one person on this team is greater than the sum of its parts."
That’s actually correct, because Pavelec is worse than the sum of the Jets’ parts.