- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings star scored at 14:05 of the third period to complete a rally against the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored at 2:04 of a frantic 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings an impressive 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anze Kopitar set up both goals.
No. 2 Star: Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes forward tallied a hat trick in their 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. That included an insurance goal in the third period, his ninth of the season, that ended up being the game-winner. Anders Lindback made 35 saves.
No. 3 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
It’s hasn’t been the best offensive year for Simmonds, but it was a hell of an offensive performance from him in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers. He scored two goals and set up Sean Couturier’s tally, giving Steve Mason (24 saves) all he’d need for the shutout victory.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was suspended for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after giving Sidney Crosby a cross-check to the head, and then another one to his back while he was down on the ice.
Dubinsky argued that his stick rode up on Crosby and that the Pittsburgh Penguins star put himself in a prone position. The NHL answered that argument in its suspension video, rather effectively.
The Blue Jackets could have used Dubinsky in a tightly-played game against the St. Louis Blues, which Columbus lost 3-1 on two Blues goals in the third period.
“He’s contagious. All the things you need to do against a club like this, Dubi brings that,” Coach John Tortorella said after the game. “We still have some guys that need to jump aboard, as far as what you have to do to win these games. But Dubi certainly would have helped.”
But he wasn’t, and Tortorella was asked after the loss if he felt the suspension was justified. And … well, he went the full Torts:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Carlo Colaiacovo has an injury history in the NHL that could probably fill a few medical journals. There have been concussions and hand injuries and knee injuries and leg injuries and countless other ailments.
But never a “dented trachea.” Not until Saturday night, at least.
The Buffalo Sabres defenseman was guarding his crease when the Nashville Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson spun into him and cross-checked him in the throat.
Colaiacovo went down to the ice, in obvious pain, slowly crawling in his own zone as the whistle sounded. He was helped to the back.
Arvidsson was given a cross-checking major and a game misconduct. The Sabres got some measure of revenge for their fallen teammate, getting power-play goals from Jamie McGinn and Sam Reinhart in their 4-1 win over Nashville.
After the game, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma announced that Colaiacovo had a “dented trachea:
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma says Carlo Colaiacovo is at hospital and being treated for "dented trachea" but is OK
Well, if it’s anything like our car, they just need to get in their with a tiny hammer and bang out that dent, right?
So … guess the suspension for Viktor Arvidsson. Yikes.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Patrick Kane’s torrid start to the 2015-16 season is now a record-breaking start.
Kane scored 11:10 into the first period at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, tallying on the power play for the Chicago Blackhawks. The goal gave Kane a point in his 19th straight game, setting a record for points in consecutive games by an American-born player -- breaking a tie with both Eddie Olczyk of the 1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel of the 2008-09 Boston Bruins, who both had a point in 18 straight games.
Kane now has 11 goals and 19 assists during the streak. It began on Oct. 17 with a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kane scored multiple points in eight of the 19 games. Kane has 13 goals and 22 assists in his first 23 games.
The sniper is two games with points away from the Blackhawks’ record 21-game point streak set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72) season.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins is basically a human highlight reel lately.
Followingthis fabulous deke against the Minnesota Wild last week, Malkin scored one of the nastiest goals of the season against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Malkin potted his 10th goal of the season on this steal-and-snipe against the Oilers in the second period. He picked the pocket of Oscar Klefbom and then left Mark Fayne defenseless with that awesome backhand shot from long distance.
The puck beat goalie Anders Nilsson, and the Penguins cut the Edmonton lead to 2-1. A few minutes later, it was Malkin, again, to tie it.
That was just 360 degrees of nasty, from the hustle back to steal the puck to the incredible backhander. The two goals gave Malkin 10 points in his last six games.
Breaking: Geno is good at hockey.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Nail Yakupov’s injury misfortune gave Edmonton Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira a chance to make some hockey history on Saturday night.
Khaira is just the third Punjabi player to appear in the NHL, according to Harpreet Pandher, an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition.
He suited up for the Oilers at the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing on a line with Anton Lander and Matt Hendricks.
Khaira was called up earlier in the week and looked like he might debut against the Detroit Red Wings. Instead, it was against the Penguins and players that Khaira admitted he admired.
“It’s going to be exciting if I do. There’s going to be a lot of emotions, and a lot of fun,” he said. “Those are outstanding players. I’ve been watching them growing up, and getting a chance to play with them is special.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
1. Puck Daddy reported the online broadcasting deal between the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) and ESPN. Much of the reaction to it has been positive with fans recognizing how huge this partnership is for the league. Like with the contract with NESN, both sides have remained tight lipped on the financial details. At this point, the league is focused on two things: legitimacy and staying power. The broadcasting deals
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
The rivalry between Brandon Dubinsky and Sidney Crosby continued Friday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. During the second period, Dubinsky cross-checked Crosby in the neck and then broke his stick on a second blow after the Penguins captain fell to the ice.
Those actions were enough for the Department of Player Safety to hold a hearing with Dubinsky on Saturday and later hand him a one-game suspension.
(So I guess this means Matthew Barnaby is out a grand?)
“I'm not surprised,” Crosby said afterward, via the Tribune-Review. “If I was going to get one of those shots, it would probably be from him.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins was called for goaltender interference during Friday’s matinee against the New York Rangers when he collided with Henrik Lundqvist.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien, dubious that it was the correct call, had some advice for the Rangers netminder after the game.
"I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice,” he said, via WEEI’s DJ Bean.
In response, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault defended his netminder Saturday morning with one simple question.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – In his second year, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has figured out a balance at forward.
As players with offensive nature tend to push back at trying to better understand defense, Gaudreau has been able to boost his offensive numbers while becoming a better all-around player.
“We saw the total package. How competitive he was, how good defensively he can be, how responsible he can be in key situations,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "That’s why when we lead by a goal, he’s on the ice for the last minute, because I think he’s proven to us he can read the play. He can commit when the other team has the puck and his skill set when he gets it, he can make plays that can allow us to win games.”