- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Detroit Red Wings are bursting with new life in advance of Game 4.
On the ice, Henrik Zetterberg appears set to return, as coach Mike Babcock has him on the lineup sheet for Thursday night's pivotal contest.
"When I asked him this morning he said he's going to the doctor," Babcock said. "Because we were even talking about it I put him on a line, put him on a power play. The doctors decide, not me. I'm hopeful, but who knows. We'll know at game time, after warm-up."
If he goes, he'll be a welcome addition to a Red Wings' forward corps that's trying to stave off a 3-1 hole to the Bruins before the series returns to Boston.Thu, Apr 245:00 PM PDTBoston at DetroitPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
On Tuesday, Joey Hishon was skating with the Colorado Avalanche’s Black Aces in Cleveland. Afterward, he was called into the coach’s office and given the news that he was being called up to the NHL.
“I can’t even explain the emotion,” said Hishon on Wednesday after practicing with the Avalanche. “Very anxious, very excited.”
The call-up meant much more than the team needing a new body in the lineup. Thursday’s Game 4 between the Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild will be Hishon’s first NHL game. It’s a debut that’s years in the making and one that was in serious doubt at one point in time.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
After falling behind 2-0 early in Wednesday night's Game 4 versus the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars got on the board thanks to a Jamie Benn goal. They never looked back, scoring thrice more to win the game and even the first round series at two games apiece. Some would probably say Benn's goal kicked off the rally.
But he didn't start the fire. As the Dallas News points out, it wasn't Benn. It was the Rally Belly.
In the stoppage in play just prior to Benn's huge goal, the Dallas cameras found a group of kids up in the stands, one of which immediately lifted his shirt and started doing belly rolls. Proudly. Dedicatedly. Seriously. This kid rolled his belly like the Stars' playoff lives hinged on it.
And it did. Benn scored. Then, six minutes later, Vernon Fiddler scored, at which point the telecast went back to the kid to acknowledge the inspiring presence of the #RallyBelly (and make one Hell of a Goonies reference).Fri, Apr 257:30 PM PDTDallas at AnaheimPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Patrick Kane has scored his share of big goals for the Chicago Blackhawks. Goals that win Stanley Cups in overtime. (Reporter: “Wait, WHAT?!”) Goals that win overtime playoff games. Many, many goals.
Now, not to be that guy but he only punches around five numbers at the most. Of course, the phone’s not even connected, so that’s a moot point.
Kudos to the creators for not having Kane drop 20 cents into the phone, which is totally what we would have done ...Fri, Apr 255:00 PM PDTChicago at St. LouisPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 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.
• Unable to grow a beard for the playoffs? Upload a photo to the website and create your own Build-a-Beard just like the Puck Daddy staff. [Beard-a-thon]
• Interesting look at the complex relationship between hockey and hitting. Is Matt Cooke just a byproduct of the system? [Silver Seven Sens]
• Eric Duhatschek believe the NHL is better served when Matt Cooke is no longer a part of it. [Globe & Mail]
• In non-Matt Cooke news out of Minnesota, Mikael Granlund's has gone from freshman funk to sophomore sensation. [Aurora Sentinel]
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers who hated them the most. Here is hockey writer Brian Palmer, who inexplicably requested the Tampa Bay Lightning. Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
By Brian Palmer
Ten years ago during the halcyon days of the clutch and grab NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning captured the imagination of dozens of Central Floridians and convicted felons with a wild run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Led by opportunistic super fan and advanced stats guru Hulk Hogan (A player’s Hogan Rating is calculated by measuring the ratio of shots directed at the net to leg drops, brother), the Bolts beat the Calgary Flames in 7 games to claim the only Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 22-year history.
“HoganClose rating is the number of Suburban Commando references in the third period of a one goal game”Tue, Apr 22Tampa Bay3 - 4MontrealGame Recap
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It's a Thursday 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: Rick Tocchet on the Rangers and Flyers.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The NHL did a smart thing on Wednesday night.
It wasn’t the Matt Cooke suspension, at least in the eyes of those who feel he got off lightly, but it was the timing of that suspension announcement: Well after the East Coast news cycle, well into that night’s action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Instead of having hockey fans pouring rage all over social media during the day about Cooke’s punishment, the news dropped within hours of two overtime thrillers and a stunning upset in Dallas. Matt Cooke’s suspension was now, at best, the fourth headline of the evening.
That’s not to say fans and media weren’t outraged over the Minnesota Wild forward getting off with an “inadequate” and a “joke” of a suspension. But after predictions ranging from two rounds to the rest of the playoffs, seven games felt … anti-climatic.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Patrick Kane played the hero for the Chicago Blackhawks in Wednesday night's Game 4 with the St. Louis Blues, scoring the 4-3 overtime winner to send the series back to St. Louis tied at two games apiece. His reward: a media scrum, where he would be asked questions about the goal he just scored.
One such question: "Patrick, was this your first overtime game-winner?"
"I'll have to check that," Kane responds, "I think I've got a couple."
Kane's actually got 4 overtime winners in his career -- three in the postseason, and one in the regular season.
You could expect someone to forget that last one, which was his first one. It came over six years ago, on March 23, 2008, and even though it was the first OT winner of Kane's career, it was a regular-season winner in a year where the Blackhawks didn't make the postseason. That could slip one's mind.
But a few of the others are pretty memorable. Kane's got something of a reputation for scoring big goals.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Whether or not you’re pulling for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, let’s agree on one thing: Seeing this long-suffering fan base finally get a taste of playoff drama, let alone success, is a heartwarming thing.
So maybe it’s that or maybe it’s the unrivaled moment in pro sports that is a Stanley Cup Playoffs overtime goal … whatever it is, this raw audio of the Nationwide Arena crowd after Nick Foligno’s overtime goal gave us the chills:
If nothing else, the goal ensured we get to see and hear these Jackets fans again for Game 6.