- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
The netminder made his 20th straight start tonight for the New Jersey Devils. Talk about riding your goaltender all season. Schneider made all 29 saves against the hapless Oilers for his 19th career shut-out.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Strome, New York Islanders
The Penguins scored first, but the Isles followed with 3 straight goals all in the first period. Strome provided a goal and an assist during that scoring flurry. He added another assist to put NY up 4-2 before Pittsburgh stormed back to send the game to OT and a shootout.
No. 3 Star: Alex Khokhlachev, Boston Bruins
In the seventh (7th!!) round of the shoot-out between the Bruins and Blue Jackets, the one they call Khoko finally ended the game.
Honorable Mention: Islanders win after Kyle Okposo beats Marc-Andre Fleury in the shootout with the okiedoke ...
... In the loss, Ryan Johansen's 1 goal and 2 assists moved him up to third in the league in assists with 16 and fourth in the league in total points at 23 ... Adam Henrique scored a short-handed goal against the Oilers on a terrible turnover ...Sat, Nov 227:00 PM PSTNew Jersey at CalgaryPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's apropos the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL hosted Girl Scout Night when three women make history in the league.
Shannon Szabados, goaltender for the Columbus Cottonmouths, made 34 saves on her way to become the first female goaltender to win a game in the SPHL. Columbus beat the Fayetteville FireAntz (offical name, not kidding) 5-4 in overtime on Friday night.
This is Szabados second season with the Cottonmouths. She originally signed with the franchise in March as a backup to goaltender. Some were wary this was a gimmick by the SPHL, but she impressed the organization enough to where she re-signed in the backup role for a second go in August.
Szabados is more commonly known as the stellar goaltender for Team Canada. She backstopped the women's national team to two gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
On Monday, legendary coach Pat Burns was (finally!) enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame. His wife and son were on hand to accept the late coach's honor.
To commemorate the induction, David Leroux of Diel Airbrush created a special mask to commemorate Burns legacy with four franchises he coached for.
On the left side, a young Burns stands in a retro Montreal Canadiens jacket, whistle in mouth, no doubt putting the Habs through their paces. The Canadiens logo is beautifully illustrated as well. Above that, a passionate Pat Burns is yelling with a raised fists, demonstrating the emotion and vigor so many saw when he was behind the bench. The New Jersey Devils logo sits just to the right of the uncharacteristically un-mustachioed Burns.
More from In Goal Magazine:
On the right side of the mask, embittered rivals Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. Once again with a whistle in his mouth, a side profile of Burns wearing blue and white is coaching for the Leafs. Above the profile and a Maple Leafs logo, a portrait of Pat Burns when he was coaching for the Bruins ...
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings have finally seen the “dysfunctional” cap situation created by Slava Voynov’s suspension cleared up.
From the NHL on Friday night:
The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.
However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Thus, Voynov’s $4.1 million salary cap space is finally freed up. He’s still suspended without pay, as he was charged with a felony on Thursday for “corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily harm.” If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison and possible deportation.Sat, Nov 225:00 PM PSTLos Angeles at DallasPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars pulled off a trade of young defensemen that’s fascinating on several fronts, especially the fiscal one.
The Sharks flipped Jason Demers and a 2016 third-rounder for Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon. The former is 26 and a puck-moving defenseman; the latter is 24 and a big body. Neither one has gotten off to a good start this season, and both now have new zip codes.
From the Stars, some summary:
Demers, 26, has posted three assists (0-3=3) in 20 games played for San Jose this season. His 30 hits are second amongst San Jose defensemen and he has yet to be on ice for a power play goal against in 21:14 of shorthanded time. He set career highs in goals, assists and points (5-29=34) in 75 games played during the 2013-14 season.
The six-year NHL veteran has appeared in 300 career NHL games, all with San Jose, producing 98 points (16-82=98) and a +20 plus/minus rating. In 39 playoff contests, he has produced nine points (3-6=9) and 44 shots.Sat, Nov 227:30 PM PSTArizona at San JosePreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Jonathan Pitre’s afflication prevents him from playing sports. The 14-year old suffers from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic disease that causes blistering of the skin, making things like bathing and walking painful to do.
The Ottawa Citizen profiled Pitre’s plight last month, and included stunning photos of just how much his body blisters due to the disease.
"I’m done with the dream of trying to play sports," Pitre told the Citizen. "I knew I’d never be able to play sports, but I tried to have hope that I would. Now I know what’s reality. But I still would like to do something in sports: I’d like to be a scout, or a sportscaster on Sportsnet, you know, one of the commentators.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Daniel Alfredsson's retirement possibility seems to be getting clearer and clearer -- as if that wasn't the case already for the injured Red Wing.
Per TSN's Darren Dreger in The Dreger Report:
"Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson."
"Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action."
This shouldn't be much of a surprise since it was reported in mid-October that the former Senators captain had stopped skating because of his back issue.
Also from MLive.com in its piece about Alfie:Sat, Nov 224:00 PM PSTDetroit at TorontoPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy15 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.
• The Hershey Bears (AHL) will don these mustached covered beauts in support of the Movember campaign. How fancy! [Penn Live]
• After a group of former National Hockey League players went to court and sued the league over how it handled concussions and head trauma, the league has filed its first significant response to the litigation ... "Publicly available information related to concussions and their long-term effects, coupled with the events that had transpired – i.e., the players incurring head injuries – should have allowed (players) to put two and two together," the NHL says in its court filings. [TSN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
We asked, and once again you dear readers delivered...
Our latest Reader Art Contest is the "Create An NHL Starter Pack" competition, in which we asked you to dive into the meme sweeping the Interwebz. It's a simple concept: Four images, edited together, that represent the essentials for "becoming" a given person or team.
Like, for example, the "Ilya Bryzgalov Starter Pack" by reader Spencer Thome: The universe, fear of bears, a giant regrettable contract and the man himself in a goofy hat.
We'll continue taking entries through Monday, Nov. 24 at noon ET. Email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top five entries snag something from the Puck Daddy prize closet!
OK, enough with the logistics. How about some Starter Packs?
And here ... we ... go.
Joel Quenneville Starter Pack by Derek Harms (Mustache; Line Blender"; Sandpaper Grit"; Crotch Grabbing Ability)
Los Angeles Kings Fan Starter Pack by John Tyndall
Randy Carlyle Era Leafs Starter Pack by Tom Urtz, Jr.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Who would have thought that the Toronto Maple Leafs winning 5-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning would bring controversy the next day?
That’s what happened when the players (apparently no one told Cody Franson as you see above) celebrated the victory by exiting the Air Canada Centre ice without doing their usual post-win stick salute to the fans.
Boy, did that get some fans and some in the Toronto media in an uproar.
It’s already been dubbed Saluteghazi, but according to Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, it wasn’t meant to be a disrespect to the fans, it was about changing their losing ways.
Phaneuf, however, didn't say whether the players realized beforehand how much this move would be misinterpreted (if you’re to believe the “routine” reason) and backfire on them since they play in the media market that is Toronto. It was basically more blood in the water for the sharks.Sat, Nov 224:00 PM PSTMinnesota at Tampa BayPreview Game