- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy56 mins 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.
• Celebrating 'Whalers Wednesday' this past week, Greatest Hockey Legends brought out this little number. Based on the Whalers non-existence as a franchise now, me thinks someone broke Burke's Law. [Hockey Legends]
• Philadelphia has parted ways with goaltending coach Jeff Reese. The circumstances around his departure are a bit fishy. This is the Flyers, though. Would we expect anything else? [Broadstreet Hockey]
• Fantastic news for the Islanders, Kyle Okposo is expected to rejoin the team in Florida on Saturday. [Islanders Point Blank]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Winnipeg Jets made several moves to boost their playoff chances before the trade deadline. The city is pumped – it could be Winnipeg’s first NHL playoff team since 1995-96. But it’s not like the Jets have taken off of late, winning two of their last six games.
Byfuglien apparently was hurt on this play against Ottawa on Wednesday:
Tough to tell how or what happened there. But damage was clearly done.
So now looking at the playoff picture, the Jets are two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Kings have a game in hand. Winnipeg is without Byfuglien, an All-Star who has 42 points in 65 games as the team’s fourth-leading scorer … goo.Sat, Mar 77:00 PM ESTWinnipeg at NashvillePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Cammy Babiarz is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. She’s five years old. She doesn’t have the ability to communicate verbally or walk, as she was born with Rett syndrome.
But thanks to Duncan Keith, she’s now a goal-scorer.
Her mother, Jackie Corrado Babiarz, planned on submitting a photo of Cammy and a pink leg brace with a Blackhawks logo to the team’s #WhatsYourGoal social media campaign. She asked her daughter which Blackhawk she’d like to meet if her entry was chosen.
Jackie and Bill Babiarz watched her eyes as they read off the Blackhawks roster. Cammy communicates with her eyes. She looks at them for a “yes,” and away for a “no.”
Jonathan Toews? No look. Patrick Kane or Patrick Sharp? No look.
Duncan Keith? “She gave us a resounding smile, her eyes locked on us,” said Bill Babiarz.
So Jackie submitted the request: Her daughter wanted to meet Duncan Keith and score a goal.
The Blackhawks reached out and invited them to the team’s practice facility.
Only Cammy’s parents knew what was going on. Cammy knew they were going to the rink, but not meeting a Blackhawk. Her grandfather assumed it was part of a documentary project.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche are nine points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference. Playoff hopes are slim, and they took a big blow on Friday when the team announced Nathan MacKinnon islikely done for the year after fracturing his foot.
According to head coach Patrick Roy, via the Denver Post's Terry Frei, MacKinnon blocked shots in games against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh that caused the fracture.
This is the second bone MacKinnon has broken this week after a hit from Sean Bergenheim Saturday night did some damage to his nose.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
OK, here’s the situation. Jokerit was playing Minsk in the KHL's Gagarin Cup playoffs. They were winning 6-0. They were on a power play, in the third period.
So the puck is passed to Linus Omark behind the Minsk net. Omark, who never met a trick shot he didn’t take, decided to place the puck on his stick blade. One assumed he was going for a lacrosse-style wrap-around, which would have been insult to injury for Minsk.
Nope! Instead, he decided to go with an even bigger insult to injury.
Omark tried to bank the puck off the back of goalie Dmitry Milchakov. He failed, thanks in part to a last-second stick check from Oleg Goroshko, who then gave Omark a shove after the whistle. And yes, that was a Lukas Krajicek sighting as he covered the puck on top of the net.
Seriously, dudes: The man is playing with a jester on his jersey. YOU DIDN’T EXPECT THIS?
Jokerit won the game, 7-1, as Omark had two assists.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
When Torey Krug and Reilly Smith signed one-year, $1.4-million bridge contracts last September, some predicted it would lead to a hellish salary cap-fueled negotiation this summer that could have cost the Boston Bruins one or both of the restricted free agents.
After all, the team has roughly $46 million committed to nine players already for next season.
But the deals were good ones for this season, and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli came through with healthier deals for both on Friday: Krug signed a 1-year extension for $3.4 million and Smith was given two years at $3.425 million against the cap.
What might seem like overpayment may actually be the fulfillment of a promise made before the season: Take peanuts now so we don’t have to further blow up the roster, and we’ll take care of you later…
From the Bruins:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins lost in a shootout to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night thanks to a goal by something called “Dave Schlemko,” and coach Claude Julien spoke on behalf of our bittersweet hearts afterwards regarding the skills competition.
So, when asked about shootouts following Thursday’s loss, Julien cut off the question.
“They suck,” he said.
The reporter responded, “Hmm?” before Julien enunciated a little better.
“They suck,” he repeated as clearly as he could. “That’s my [feelings on] the shootout.”
He added that “It’s the not the reason we lost tonight, but we’ve been definitely challenged in that area.” Which is correct, as the Bruins have gone 2-7 in the shootout, leaving five valuable points on the table.
Then again, the also-rans that are creeping up on the Bruins for the last playoff spot haven’t exactly killed it in the shootout either. The Philadelphia Flyers are 3-7 and the Ottawa Senators are 3-6.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
Scored a goal and added an assist for the Isles in a 4-3 downing of the Central Division leading Nashville Predators. Tavares now has points in four of his last five games and nine of his last 11. New York took control of first place in the Metropolitan Division with the victory. He played 20:32 and won 60 percent of his face offs. New York had lost two in a row before the contest.
No. 2 Star: Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes
Channeled his inner mid-20s Nikolai Khabibulin (or Darcy Wakaluk) stopping 32 of 34 Vancouver shots on goal including all three Canucks shootout shooters in the Coyotes’ 3-2 retro night win. The victory ended a 10-game losing streak for Arizona. Check out that sweet old school 'Yotes jersey in action.
No. 3. Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Improved to 17-3-1 with Minnesota, stopping 24 of 25 Washington shots on goal in a 2-1 win over the Caps. Seriously, this guy is on fire. He has started 22 straight games for Minnesota. In that stretch he has a 1.62 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
When we thought of players in the NHL with the skill, speed and bravado to attempt the famous Peter Forsberg ‘Stamp’ goal, David Schlemko rated very low on the list … before Thursday night.
Check out this beauty by the Flames defenseman in the eighth round of Calgary’s 4-3 shootout victory over Boston.
Schlemko has just nine goals in 213 games played in his NHL career. The Flames are his third NHL team this season. But if Calgary makes the playoffs by say, one point, the Flames will have to thank Schlemko for this brilliant maneuver.
Said Schlemko to NHL.com: “Maybe it was a little risky if we had to score to tie it, but I thought I might as well go for it.”
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Mike Smith’s sick retro Coyotes goal mask got to meet its maker … well sort of. While the front and sides of Smith’s mask for the Coyotes throwback night had all sorts of cool designs harkening back to the team’s original logo in the desert.
But the best part was the back, which had an painting of Coyotes megafan Alice Cooper. In the above photo, Cooper got to see the mask live and in person.
I don’t know what’s the best part of this? The mask? Cooper? Or the fact that Cooper’s jersey is made by Starter (click it to see a larger image).
This is just horrifying, and incredible at the same time: