- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy49 mins ago
There have been three KHL goaltenders credited with goals in the league's history, and last week former NHLer Jeff Deslauriers nearly added his name to the list.
With under 30 seconds to go in Dinamo Riga’s 3-1 win over Medvescak Zagreb last Friday, Deslauriers caught a dumped-in puck from center ice, allowing him more than enough time to take a stab at scoring a goal. His attempt was fine, but Zagreb's defenseman Mark Flood’s effort to prevent the goal was finer:
Deslauriers' eyes must have bee as big as saucers once he saw the trajectory and accuracy of his shot. But what an effort by fellow ex-NHLer Flood to go all out and prevent a potential goal as his team was down two with time running out.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche
Scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-4 shootout win over Dallas. Barrie was also a plus-3. Barrie has seven points in his last four games (three goals, four assists). Colorado leaped past Dallas in the playoff chase, though the Avs are still seven points behind Minnesota for the final Wild Card spot.
No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
Made 28 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Blackhawks. It was just Bishop’s second blanking of the season. The victory was his fourth in a row and pushed his record to 31-10-3. In his last four games he has allowed just four goals.
No. 3. Star: Anton Khudobin, Carolina Hurricanes
Stopped 28 of 28 Washington Capitals shots on goal. It was his first shutout of the season. The Hurricanes now rest a comfortable 10 points clear of Buffalo in the race for the worst record in the NHL.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
And the Chicago Blackhawks appear to have gotten the defensive help they need. Wait, didn't they need a forward to replace the injured Patrick Kane? Yes, they do, but that's another story.
Chicago started its trade deadline period by landing blueliner Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia.
In return, the Flyers got a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016. Timonen hasn’t played all year due to blood clots in his lower right leg and lungs.
Good for Timonen, one of the NHL’s true good guys, to go to a contender. Good for the Flyers to get something back for a guy who may never be the same again because of this issue. Good for the Blackhawks to get a guy who hasn’t played a game all season?
Timonen had been practicing with the Flyers since early February and appeared ready to return to game action.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Bravo to the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush, for arguably the most creative jersey of the year. Better than 50 Shades of Grey from the Bakersfield Condors? Probably. The Batman v. Riddler jerseys from the Toledo Walleye and Evansville IceMen? Maybe not. But this is still cool.
Check out the book drive Dr. Seuss unis to be worn Saturday, Feb. 28 above.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
We’ve seen what it’s like to watch a giant in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara play hockey. We came close to seeing 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on the ice, but sitting on the bench during an Indianapolis Ice game in 2002 caused his chronic rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and swell his feet, preventing him from taking a shift during a publicity stunt.
But if you want to see a 7-foot-2, ex-NBA player lace ‘em up and skate, head out to the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll catch Greg Ostertag playing beer league hockey.
Ostertag, who spent 11 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, grew up in Texas loving hockey before steering himself towards a professional hoops career. Once he left the game in 2006, he eventually grew tired of the standard retired athlete hobby of hitting the links.Sat, Feb 289:00 PM ESTMilwaukee at UtahPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask recently had the bizarre honor of havinga species of wasp named for himin Kenya – Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski – as the team that discovered the insects had a Bruins fan among them.
As you know, the sworn enemy of the wasp is the exterminator, or Exterminatus Poisoninsectus . So when Terminix got wind of this honor for Rask, it decided to take a stand against wasps and all of their evil pestering by supporting those who wish to leave Rask feeling stung.
Terminix announced it’s offering free extermination services for life to the next NHL player who beats Rask for a goal:
“We’re in the business of defeating bugs. That’s why we’re offering free Terminix services for life to the next player who scores on professional hockey player Tuukka Rask, who had a species of wasp named for him this week.
“You heard right: The next player to light the lamp on ‘The Wasp’ never has to worry about bugs again!”
We called; it's legit. The reward is capped at $1,000 per year. Which sounds like a lot of dead bugs to us.Sat, Feb 285:30 PM ESTArizona at BostonPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Logan Couture is not exactly a dirty player. But he slew-footed Detroit’s Brendan Smith in San Jose’s loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night. You can’t really do that. And he was hence fined $5,000.
From the NHL release:
The incident occurred at 16:03 of the third period. Couture was assessed a minor penalty for tripping and Smith was assessed a minor penalty for hooking on the play.
Guess someone missed what actually happened. Fortunately the Department of Player Safety looks at everything. And Smith is apparently going to be OK.
Such a fine basically says ‘we saw you do it don’t try it again.' I mean $5,000 for a guy making millions isn’t a lot, though that is the maximum. But Mr. Couture … Big Brother is watching you, in case you didn’t know already.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mark Giordano was injured Wednesday night moments before the Calgary Flames scored an empty-net goal to put away the New Jersey Devils. Two days later, the team still hasn’t released an official diagnosis, other than the routine “upper-body injury.”
That can’t be good.
General manager Brad Treliving did not have an update for reporters on Giordano’s status during the team's morning skate on Long Island Friday, other than to say the captain remains with the team on the road trip.
“We know Gio,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “We know how much of a warrior he is.”
The Flames aren’t divulging much about whatever is afflicting Giordano, and Treliving didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself before an official diagnosis comes down from the medical staff. With three days until the trade deadline, however long the defenseman is out could affect the way the GM approaches a potential replacement. For the time being Corey Potter will take his place in the lineup and Tyler Wotherspoon has been recalled from Adirondack of the AHL.Fri, Feb 27Calgary1 - 2NY IslandersGame Recap
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy19 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.
• Yeesh, Toronto. Tell us how you really feel about David Clarkson... [Mike Koreen]
• Bruce Arthur believes with David Clarkson gone to Columbus, there is a 'massive weight' off the Maple Leafs. [The Star]
• A different take on the Clarkson-Horton trade: "Creative David Clarkson-Nathan Horton trade a great step in Maple Leafs' rebuild." [Bleacher Report]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The David Clarkson trade might be my favorite trade in recent memory.
Let me count the ways.
David Clarkson was born in Toronto, and was given the opportunity to make $5.25 million annually for seven years to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He said on Friday he has no regrets about signing there, and that it was a childhood dream to wear the jersey. His proudest day as a Leaf was when his father saw him wearing that sweater for the first time, on the day of his signing in Summer 2013. It was, and shall be, the only good day he had in the sweater.
Oy, that signing. Clarkson was a perfect fit for the New Jersey Devils: a power forward who they didn’t ask much more than being a physical assistant to the team’s professional scorers on a contending team. He wasn’t overpaid. He didn’t have a hell of a lot of expectations on his shoulders – even when a reunion with junior coach Pete DeBoer turned him into a 30-goal scorer.Sat, Feb 285:00 PM ESTNew Jersey at ColumbusPreview Game