- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Michael Hutchinson, Winnipeg Jets
The Jets’ netminder kept rolling by stopping 29 shots as Winnipeg downed the Boston Bruins 2-1. Hutchinson won for the third times in four starts. Mathieu Perreault’s goal late in the second period snapped a 1-1 deadlock and stood as the game-winning tally.
No. 2 Star: Patrik Elias, New Jersey
Elias scored his second goal in three games and later put home the only goal in the shootout as the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. After his goal in the first period fooled Evgeni Nabokov, he later helped New Jersey earned the extra point with some lovely deking:
No. 3 Star: Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators
Hoffman scored twice as the Senators cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He was one of five Ottawa players record a pair of points, joining Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, and Erik Karlsson. Craig Anderson made 32 saves for his third win in four starts. One of Turris' two points came via this nasty shorthanded goal:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The New Jersey Devils edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 after a shootout Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. They jumped on Evgeni Nabokov in the first period scoring twice before Nikita Kucherov would force overtime by scoring with 41 seconds left in the third.
Late in the first, Patrik Elias put the Devils up 2-0 in nifty fashion. Entering the Tampa zone one-on-one with Matt Carle, Elias turned on the Patrick Kane Mode on his controller and performed a spin-o-rama backhand that knuckled by Nabokov:
Such a helpless feeling for Nabokov. He’s in position ready for a shot and the puck deflects off Carle’s stick, throwing everything off, and he’s left to adjust to a knuckler floating his way.
Said Elias afterward, via Tom Gulitti: "That was more about luck, more of a lucky goal on that one. Good move, but lucky.”
Elias wouldn't be done there. He would later haunt Nabokov by scoring the only goal in the shootout to give New Jersey the extra point.
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- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
Players come and go; it's part of the business of hockey.
In 2014, the business just so happened to include many star-studded trades. Some of the reasons for the trades were pretty clear cut (i.e. get me the hell out of [location]), and others not so much.
Now we look back at the famous faces that changed places. Enjoy!
10. June 29, 2014: Sam Gagner dealt twice in same day
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Tired of hearing "Holiday Sweater" over and over again in your head?
Probably not, because that San Jose Sharks video is awesome. But the Pittsburgh Penguins sure did give the Sharks a nice run for NHL holiday video awesomeness in their spoof of the movie "Christmas Vacation."
The video below:
The Penguins buried the lead unfortunately. We had to wait until the end to see Sidney Crosby yell "Where's the Tylenol?" and Evgeni Malkin doing his best Cousin Eddie with "Bingo."
Nice hat Geno.
In that sense, it was almost like watching the credits in a Marvel action movie.
Regardless, there was more than enough good stuff before, between Jim Rutherford as Mr. Shirley or Beau Bennett and Robert Bortuzzo playing the Griswold family's neighbors.
So far, nothing beats the rapping Sharks, but this is a pretty funny video if you're a "Christmas Vacation" fan ... and if you like the Penguins and hockey in general.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Say, were you on the fence about casting an NHL All-Star Game ballot for Jonathan Toews?
Perhaps you’re worried he can’t rock a headband. Or pump iron. Perhaps you’re concerned about him not being the Canadian dream.
Well, the Chicago Blackhawks are about to knock your backside off that fence. Because it’s time to Exercise Your Right To Vote!
(Well, clearly someone inside the Blackhawks video team is a Tim and Eric fan…)
The Blackhawks debuted the first in what we assume is a series of kitschy player-centric videos that feature headbands, tanktops, pastel colors and a 1980s aesthetic.
And if you’ve ever wanted to see a super-intense Patrick Kane in aerobics gear on a step machine winking at you, merry Christmas.
Is it uh hot in here did someone maybe leave the Yule log on a little too long swoon …
The lesson here, folks: Jonathan Toews is a comedy genius who chooses not to unleash his powers, and any time you mine the 1980s for comedy, it’s gold.
And yes, that is an excuse to run this Los Angeles Kings video again:
GOOOOO KIIIINGS!Sat, Dec 204:00 PM PSTChicago at ColumbusPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The thing you hear people who have come to understand the game more fully in the past few years talk about a lot is “The Process.”
The Process, in hockey, is everything.
It's hard to define exactly what The Process is or isn't, because people may see it as different things. For some people, it's defined by wins and losses: If you're winning, you're doing things right, and if you're losing, you're doing things wrong.
For others, it relates to goals: If the goals are going in, or being kept out, for any given length of time, that too is an indicator that a team is good or turned a corner from being bad or has had something go horrible wrong. And for some, something as simple as possession numbers indicate whether things are going right or wrong for a team.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 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.
• Washington goaltending coach Mitch Korn wishes everyone a Happy Hanukkah. Barry Trotz is not impressed. [ Via Twitter @mitchkorncaps ]
• Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta has the mumps. Robert Bortuzzo and Thomas Greiss each tested negative. Maatta recently came back from thyroid cancer surgery. [ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ]
• Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno is on fire at the moment, right on time for next month’s All-Star game in Columbus. [ Fox Sports]
• The Kings and the Blackhawks showed us the best overtime we’ve ever seen in last year’s playoffs. [ Grantland ]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
The NHL’s mumps ‘Team Zero’ is clear and obvious to Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin.
“I tell everybody who said the mumps started in Anaheim, if you look back from where players started missing games the first team that had some kind of the flu was the St. Louis Blues,” Beauchemin said via phone. “They had (a bunch of) guys that had what they called a ‘bacterial infection.’ They probably didn’t know they had the mumps but my guess is that’s probably what they had. Then Minnesota got it then we got it.”
Keep in mind, there is possibly credence to Beauchemin’s statement. The Blues have been really mumpy … I mean shady about how a bunch of their players had a mysterious bacterial infection on their team before without definitively saying what it was. In fact, they still haven't.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
It's a (Gettin' down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on the KHL crisis and the NHL in general.
• Marty Brodeur's rough night.
• Bruins, Blues talking trade?
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! ASK US ANYTHING! Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Many fans take to public forums to push for an ouster of various people in their favorite organization. Talk radio, message boards, article commenters etc.
But when a fan or fan group puts its money where its mouth is ... that's a little different. Behold the below screen grab from an ad by the "Kevin Lowe Must Go" Facebook group in the Edmonton Sun.
According to the Sun's website, a full page ad costs $5,680 dollars for a weekday. Wow, that's a lot of oil money -- or at least money that could be better spent on a vacation out of Edmonton. But if you got it, may as well spend it. It's not the first time fans have put in time and effort to asking the Oilers to fire Lowe, and not the first time this social media group has pushed for Lowe's ouster in a paid public setting.