- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 mins ago
Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic recently gave thanks to the city of Boston for eight years of his career. On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins and their fans thanked Lucic for his service to the organization and his embracing the city.
During a first period stoppage of the Kings’ game at TD Garden, the Bruins paid tribute to Lucic with a stirring video.
The Bruins fans then showered he big winger with screams of “Loooooooooch” while giving him a standing ovation before the puck dropped and play resumed.
The video had several of Lucic’s big moments, including a 2011 Stanley Cup Final goal, and a 2008 hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn that shattered the TD Garden glass.LiveLos Angeles5 - 1BostonFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils retired goalie Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was there to honor him. As one might expect, one of these people received a rather healthy amount of cheers, while the other received … the opposite.
Bettman was booed when he was announced. He was booed when he walked to the podium to give his speech.
"Thank you for that enthusiastic welcome,” Bettman said, sarcastically. More boos happened, as they would through his lengthy speech.
“It’s always tough for Gary Bettman. He told me beforehand, ‘I’m taking a bullet for you tonight, you know that?’ He knew it was coming.” said Brodeur.
This is tradition, of course, as was the tradition when Lou Lamoriello – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and the architect of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup champions – walked to the podium. The sellout crowd bellowed “Loooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu!” as the veteran executive smiled.
(Remember, they’re not “booing,” they’re “Louuuuuuuing.”)
That’s when Lamoriello tilted his head, looked at Bettman, and said:LiveEdmonton1 - 1New JerseyFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Milan Lucic returns to Boston on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Kings, which meant it was time for a new tradition in the NHL: The Players Tribune article in which he bares his soul about seeing the Bruins bear again.
“I have to say, every day as an LA King has been a happy one. I don’t think I could have landed in a better spot for me and my family. But I’ll always appreciate how Boston shaped my life,” he wrote. “Coming back to the Garden for the first time this week, I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure. Who knows, maybe I’ll just go out there and drop the mitts just to get the blood flowing. For old time’s sake. Boston: Thank you. For everything.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche players have faith in Patrick Roy. They trust in his system, even in the face of constant criticism about his perceived non-belief in puck possession.
Is this conviction misguided, or is there really something to Roy and his system with the Avalanche as an NHL coach?
His first year saw his team exceed expectations by winning the Central Division with 112 points. Last season saw a regression as the team missed the playoffs. It was the first time in Roy’s head coaching history between the NHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League he missed a postseason.
This year, the Avs have gained traction of late to vault into the wild card after a tough start. Colorado has 58 points, three ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the final postseason spot in the West.
“We have our systems in place that we believe in and Patrick believes in,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Absolutely you can say we rally around him and his philosophy. “Tue, Feb 96:00 PM PSTVancouver at ColoradoPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
- A big old star-studded podcast! Former New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire Jacques Lemaire talks about Marty Brodeur, the 1995 Cup, the trap and coaching an expansion team. It's great. (Interviews start around 24 minute mark)
- Martin Brodeur joins us as well, to talk about getting his number retired, his statue, becoming a star despite the Devils and the trapezoid.
- Marek and Wyshynski, on the phone, breaking down the Dion Phaneuf trade.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Last week, while the Chicago Blackhawks were in Arizona during a four-game road trip, goaltender Scott Darling went out of his way to help someone in need.
Kane Van Gate, who describes himself as a “legendary beer league goalie” on his website, Tweeted out a story Sunday night passed on to him by an Uber driver.
Here's another example of hockey players being awesome people... pic.twitter.com/mR1eNNB97F
Darling confirmed the story later that night and told Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune, "I just started talking to him, was interested in his life, seemed like a good guy and just needed a helping hand. That’s how it happened.”Tue, Feb 95:30 PM PSTSan Jose at ChicagoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
NEWARK, NJ – Taylor Hall, 24, and Connor McDavid, 19, are housemates this season for the Edmonton Oilers. And when they’re in that house, they tend not to talk about the Edmonton Oilers.
“When we’re there, we’re not talking about hockey at all. Just normal guys. It’s good to get away from hockey a little bit,” said McDavid.
His roomie said it’s not exactly a hockey-free zone.
“Hockey’s always a topic. We both love the game, love to watch it. But certainly you try to get away from it,” said Hall. “Edmonton can be a little bit of a fishbowl. Always in your face. Always on TV."
McDavid and Hall room with a bigger fish in their bowl: Luke Gazdic, 26 and 192 career penalty minutes. Along with being someone who makes sure no one tries to enter the house and slash them on the wrists at night, he apparently knows his way around the kitchen, said McDavid.
“Hallsy doesn’t cook. Gads does. He’s a great cook.”
The players eat Chef Gadzic’s meals. They watch some movies. They rarely fire up the Xbox. “We haven’t played too many video games. We stick to cards,” said Hall.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
by Neil Parker
Twelve games don the National Hockey League schedule Tuesday, and there are plenty of storylines to add excitement. Milan Lucic returns to Beantown, it is Martin Brodeur night in New Jersey and the divisional showdowns between Dallas and Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Montreal and Winnipeg and St. Louis project to be excellent games. A fast and physical showdown between the Ducks and Flyers might prove to be must-watch television, too. And how about the Sharks-Blackhawks date and Capitals-Predators tilt? Saddle up for the games with some daily lineups and enjoy the action Tuesday.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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