- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders
Okposo tallied his second career hat trick and second four-point game as the Islanders routed the Edmonton Oilers 8-1 in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee. Two of Okposo’s three goals came via the power play. Nick Leddy chipped in three helpers and John Tavares also recorded three points in the win. Thirteen Islanders recorded at least a point. Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for his 50th career NHL win.
No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens
Scrivens made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all five shots he faced in the shootout as the Canadiens edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Montreal has now won two in a row for the first time since late November. Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal of the shootout. In two starts this weekend, Scrivens has made 57 saves out of 59 shots and won both games.
No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Holtby made 33 saves and Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season as the Capitals edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Matt Niskanen’s goal 5:24 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie as the Capitals became the first team to hit the 80-point mark.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Malcolm Subban was expected to start Saturday night’s Providence Bruins game against the Portland Pirates, but during warmups he was hit in the throat with a puck. He immediately left the game and was taken to a local hospital where he remained overnight.
On Sunday, the Bruins released a statement on his condition:
Malcolm Subban was struck in the throat with a puck Saturday night during pregame warmups. He was transported to Maine Medical Center and was diagnosed with a fractured larynx. He stayed overnight at Maine Medical Center and was transported to Mass General Hospital on Sunday for further evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team will provide additional details when they become available.
Subban was sent down to the AHL on Thursday after Jonas Gustavsson was activated from injured reserve. He’d won eight of his last 10 starts with the AHL Bruins.
Best wishes to Subban as he takes his time to recover.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The NHL and NFL share some commonalities. They’re winter sports. They’re perfect for tailgating. They have a multitude of equipment players wear. They both used to have hitting.
But as the Super Bowl arrives on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers – we repeat, the CAROLINA Panthers – we decided to look at 15 times the NFL was mixed with the NHL, and vice versa. The Winter Classic has certainly made this more frequent.
Here are 15 times the NHL and the NFL collided:
1. Sidney Crosby attempts 70-foot ‘field goal'
To celebrate the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to take some 70-yard field-goal attempts … with his stick and some pucks. Probably because, as usual, the Penguins didn't give him anyone to pass to.
But there was another player who attempted an actual field goal.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition for the playing of our national anthem: They cheer. They holler. They applaud. Their volume at home games can drown out the words and music. It’s all rather inspiring.
Terry Frei, venerable columnist for the Denver Post, has a problem with it. Not in Chicago, but when Blackhawks fans are invading places like Colorado Avalanche games.
But what bothered me Tuesday was that some — some — of the Blackhawks fans attempted to transfer the United Center ritual of hollering, hooting, cheering and applauding through the national anthem to the Pepsi Center.
... When Blackhawks fans at another arena, including in Denver on Tuesday, attempt to yell, hoot, holler and clap through the anthem in a place where quiet — or at most, singing along — is the norm, it comes off as boorish, discordant and disrespectful. You can bring Gino's East and White Castle to Denver ... but leave the hockey anthem ritual in Chicago.
First, let’s get something straight: White Castle was founded in Wichita and is headquartered in Columbus.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
By Sasha Yodashkin
Sunday's three-game NHL slate is Metro-heavy with four of six teams hailing from the division. The first-place Capitals have many enticing fantasy options in their matchup with the Flyers, but it's important not to forget about the top players from other games. Predicting the goalscorers is the key to victory with such a small slate, and the players listed below have the best chance of lighting the lamp.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
"I was a huge wrestling fan growing up," LaBarbera told WWE.com in 2010. "When I was a kid, I was never allowed to get the pay-per-views. I'd always go to someone else's house. I couldn't wait for Saturdays and (Superstars of Wrestling) ... It was always part of me growing up.”
Now in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, LaBarbera has created one of the most electrifying masks in hockey by featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his latest bucket.
Created by the great Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, with The Rock on one side, the mask also features the Flyers logo on the other.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
(UPDATE: To the surprise of no one, the video has been removed, likely after a panicked phone call from D-Boss to E-Slayer on Sunday morning. Luckily, Winging It In Motown captured the following .gif that gives us endless "1-2-3 Let's Have Fun" moments.)
Dylan Larkin is a rookie forward for the Detroit Red Wings who is pushing for the Calder Trophy and recently broke the NHL All-Star Game record for fastest skater in the skills competition.
But before that, he was ‘D-Boss,’ the dude who sniped pucks in a basement … sorry, “dungeon” net, wore a U.S. flag like a blanky and put over Patrick Kane as an American hero.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
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No. 1 Star: Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
In a big Central Division matchup against the Dallas Stars, the Blackhawks came away with a convincing 5-1 win; increasing their lead over the Stars to five points. Anisimov assisted on 3 tallies and scored his 18 goal of the season while the Blackhawks were shorthanded.
No. 2 Star: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens desperately needed a win and they finally got one at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers. Plekanec scored a goal and had 3 assists in the Habs 5-1 trouncing of the Oil. It is their first regulation win in exactly a month.
No. 3 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
The offensive-minded defenseman provided 4 assists in the Senators 6-1 beatdown of the Toronto Maple Leafs. What had everyone freaking out was the fact Karlsson logged 3:19 on the penalty kill.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Patrick Roy started to twitch after the Winnipeg Jets scored.
Andrew Ladd was positioned in front of the net when his butt makes contact with the mask of Semyon Varlamov. The goaltender is unable to recover from contact and make a save on Drew Stafford's shot.
Roy challenges the goal on the grounds of goaltender interference and is unsuccessful. Then he loses his mind.
Look at the faces of Mikhail Grigorenko and John Mitchell on either side of Roy. They're watching referee Wes McCauley as he receives the fire spit his way by Roy.
Linesman Tony Sericolo finally intervenes and gets McCauley out of the way of the coach's wrath. Whatever Roy says as the two start to separate ends up triggering a button for the referee. He tags up Roy with a 2-minute bench minor for "abuse of officials."
Lucky for Roy, because he would have literally exploded into dust, the Avs kill of the power play.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Before Connor McDavid became Connor McJesus, there was Sidney Crosby. The O.G. "Next One."
Sitting on 899 career points coming into the game against the Florida Panthers, Sid and Pittsburgh Penguins teammates waited until the 5:04 in the third period to start making things happen.
The captain begins the comeback from the corner boards, sending a laser of a pass to the tape of Kris Letang on the far side of the net. The defenseman one-times the puck past Roberto Luongo.
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Penguins cut the lead to 2-1 and Crosby earns career point No. 900.
With a 1:15 left on the clock, Sid scores his 22 goal of the season. The puck appears to redirect off Crosby, onto Luongo, and into the net.
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Game tied. Point 901 secured.
A mere 8-seconds into overtime, Jussi Jokinen is hit with a penalty for hooking Letang. The Penguins proceeded to make the Panthers pay in the 4-on-3.