- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy26 mins ago
(As the NCAA hockey season is done, our own Ryan Lambert needed something on which to opine. Say hello to a special series from yer boy RL, PUCK LISTS, in which he arbitrarily lists hockey things.)
The 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft was held this week, and once again has provided a startling glimpse into the naming conventions for modern day parents. Here are the 60 most ridiculous names in 2016 WHL bantam draft:
Dead last. Matthew Robertson, D, Edmonton (7th overall)
Whoa whoa whoa. Hey, Matt, do you not understand the concept here?
The WHL bantam draft is exclusively for children named things Lukahs, Carsynn, and Koldlan. Get outta here with your normal-sounding name.
Now if you name had been Mathyeiu, it would be a different story. And the last name too! Where are the Zs? The double-vowels? The symbols? It doesn't look like the email password of a particularly cautious security software engineer at all.
What are you, a middle-manager at a mid-sized company in a mid-sized city? Can't have it. But this is far too normal. Please stop it.
59. Jackson Van de Leest, D, Calgary (16th)
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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• Dylan Strome with an "embarrassing" photo of Connor McDavid.
• The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks put on a sensational show (in Game 4) which will enervate them both for Game 5 Saturday night in San Jose -– almost a doubleheader, followed by a 1,800-mile plane trip. [CSN Bay Area]
• The Sharks can’t let a hangover from their Game 4 triple overtime loss linger into Game 5. [Mercury News]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs have reached their second round, and that means it’s time to start really noodling through which players are candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy, an annual award given by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs.
(Or to Connor McDavid, whom we assume will be a finalist despite the Oilers missing the playoffs.)
Here’s how we see the field through Thursday night’s games. Please keep in mind that for the Conn Smythe Watch, we weigh candidates more if their teams appear headed to advancement. Also keep in mind that the PHWA's potential favorites were also factored in.
10. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Joe Pavelski, Tyler Johnson and Colin Wilson were close here, but the No. 10 spot goes to Tarasenko for his 11 points in 11 games performance, including six goals. Five of them have come at even strength. A rough one-goal-in-four-game stretch prevents him from being higher.
9. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning will finally reach Game 4 of their second-round series on Friday night nine days after it began. You can blame a radio station rock concert and Justin Bieber for that – though the Lightning, specifically Vladislav Namestnikov, didn’t mind seeing the Biebs perform.
Concerts at both Amalie Arena in Tampa and Barclays Center in Brooklyn have been the reason why there’s been two full days off between the first four games of the series. The extra day’s rest has been good for the Lightning considering they’ve won the last two games and look to take a 3-1 series lead Friday night.Fri, May 67:00 PM EDTTampa Bay at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Portland, Maine, has only had two seasons without an AHL franchise since 1977.
The last time was the 2013-14 season, when the Pirates moved over to Lewiston during a protracted lease dispute with the city. The man who helped mend those feelings and bring the team back was businessman Ron Cain, who became the team’s majority owner and negotiated a five-year lease with Portland.
He’s also the guy who has deprived the city of an AHL for next season, and who knows for how long after that.
Cain sold the Pirates, the Florida Panthers’ AHL affiliate, to investors in Springfield, Mass., as a replacement for the Springfield Falcons, the Coyotes’ affiliate that will be moving out west next season. The sale is pending AHL approval.
The city was blindsided by the news this week. Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling was told first by a reporter. And then there was this scene, via the Portland Press Herald:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been extremely lucky in this series against the Washington Capitals in two respects.
First and foremost, given the politicking (see also: whining and gamesmanship) involved, they were in many ways fortunate to only see Kris Letang suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety. The penalty theoretically could have been harsher given Marcus Johansson's status at the time the decision was made; he didn't skate the day after, but made a miraculous recovery in time to participate in Game 3.
More to the point, though, the Penguins were lucky to pick up the W in overtime of Game 4, and go up 3-1 in the series as a consequence. This is true insofar as anyone is lucky to win an overtime playoff game, but also because winning in Letang's absence has long proven difficult for Pittsburgh. This year alone, Letang missed 11 games, and the Pens rescued just three points of a possible 22. That's beyond abysmal.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators
Fisher scored two goals in the 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. His first goal put the Predators ahead by one in the first period. His second came in triple overtime to win the game.
No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne played one of his best games of the playoffs in the match that felt like it would never end. He faced 47 shots in total and only allowed 3 goals.
No. 3 Star: Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars
Unlike the Preds and Sharks, the Stars and St. Louis Blues only needed less than three minutes of the first overtime to wrap things up. Eakin sniped a shot over the shoulder of Brian Elliott into the top corner for the win.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The San Jose Sharks thought they had Game 4 won just over four minutes in to the first overtime period; however, those in the NHL's Situation Room said otherwise.
Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, [Joe Pavelski] did so from his stomach, while laying on top of goalie Pekka Rinne, have barreled into him on a confusing, controversial play that ended with the Sharks have a goal waved off on the ice and then having the ruling confirmed by the NHL War Room.
The published ruling by the War Room was nothing more than: "At 4:08 of overtime in the Sharks/Predators game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal San Jose."
Yeah... not very revealing.
The game went on to see the Predators win in triple overtime. As expected, San Jose was spitting hot venom in the post game.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Sleep be damned! It's the playoffs. There is nothing like a three overtime game to get the heart racing and the coffee percolating.
As if Mike Fisher's life couldn't get any better, he got to be the hero in a record setting game for the Nashville Predators as they draw the series even.
The Predators struck first just 41 seconds into the game.
A Mattias Ekholm blast from the point was blocked by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and behind goaltender Martin Jones. Colin Wilson pounces on the puck and puts the Predators up 1-0.
Nashville set a couple of records in this game. This goal marked one of them as the fastest home playoff goal scored in team history. Wilson picked up a point in his fifth straight game to tied Joel Ward - who he is playing against - for a franchise playoff high.
The Predators scored on their first shot of the game. Not to be outdone, the Sharks followed up with a goal on their first shot.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Joe Pavelski put the puck over the Nashville Predators’ goal line with 15:52 left in the first overtime of Game 4 on Thursday night.
Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, he did so from his stomach, while laying on top of goalie Pekka Rinne, have barreled into him on a confusing, controversial play that ended with the Sharks have a goal waved off on the ice and then having the ruling confirmed by the NHL War Room.
It was a mess of a play.
The no-goal call was upheld, sending Sharks coach Pete DeBoer into a fury.
Was he checked from behind by a Predators player? Was he tripped onto Rinne by Shea Weber? Did he land on the goalie by his own volition?
According to the NHL Rulebook, a goal is allowed if it’s scored when the attacking player is shoved or fouled into the goalkeeper “after having made a reasonable effort to avoid contact, makes contact with the goalkeeper at the time a goal is scored.”
Two issues here. The first is whether Pavelski made a reasonable effort to avoid Rinne. The second is “at the time a goal is scored.” This isn’t a bang-bang play as the puck crosses the line, but rather a goal that was scored by the player literally pinning down the goalie with his body.