- Puck Daddy53 mins ago
Mike Greenlay of Fox Sports North is one of those “between the benches” reporters, which means he deserves the combat pay he receives. Although, in all honesty, the risk of standing there like a target for pucks and sticks is balanced out by getting to hear every single colorful chirp originating at the benches.
But still – risky job, that one. Witness Greenie on Thursday night as the Wild faced the New York Rangers. Norwegian Hobbit Wizard Mats Zuccarello checked Matt Cooke of the Wild near the benches and … well, Greenlay took the damage.
Please be careful when you’re all rushing to the comments to be the first to say “should have been you, Pierre…”
As the broadcasters noted, it’s important for a player to be in control of his stick at all times. It’s also important to note that other spectators watch the game behind glass and puck-catching netting for a reason.
Last night's MVP? Greenlay's mom, who sent along this email to him after the game:
Thx for tweets!! Great W by Wild. Thx Don Fuller & Docs for stitching me up. Lastly, this email from my mom = Comedy pic.twitter.com/7HRC6m9AxlFri, Mar 145:00 PM PDTNY Rangers at WinnipegPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
We don't talk enough about how terrifying Stinger is. I mean, seriously, how is Alex Stalock supposed to focus with this chartreuse hell hornet in his periphery?
No. 1 Star: Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis Blues
In his return to the lineup after breaking his kneecap on January 31, Sobotka made a major impact for the Blues, scoring once and adding an assist on two others in a 6-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. Here's his lovely goal, courtesy Vladimir Tarasenko, T.J. Oshie, and the brutal Oiler defence:
No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Marleau scored twice as the Sharks edged the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in a shootout.
No. 3 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos scored his first goal since returning to the Lightning lineup Thursday, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph over the Florida Panthers.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTSan Jose at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption: "Head Coach Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames instructs his players during a stoppage in play."
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Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The changes the NHL's general managers debated in Boca Raton were not earth-shattering. None of the discussed issues would have significantly impacted the game as we know it. Leave it to the old boys club to not want to upset the status quo.
I came up with a list of rule changes that would add some spice to the NHL. Most are written with creating more offense in mind; a few of the others address debated issues around the league.
Before you start commenting and/or emailing/tweeting to Wysh about the logical implications of my changes, I remind you this is a piece of satire. My sense of humor and imagination just aren't as profound as yours. Don't waste your time.
However, if any of my proposed changes come to fruition we can assume Vince McMahon is commissioner and this is now the XHL.
New rule: Scoring a short-handed goal ends the other team's power play - for minor penalties only.
This is pretty self explanatory. The team that's killing a penalty gets their player in the box back when they score a shorty. Instead of just clearing their zone while on the PK, teams are incentivized to create offense at the same time.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Defenseman Richie Regehr is the 31-year-old brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, and has been kicking around European leagues since he had a cup of coffee with the Calgary Flames from 2005-2007.
He’s with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League, which faced Linkoping in a playoff play-in game this week. In the third period, there was a loose puck in the neutral zone during a MODO power play. Sebastian Karlsson of Linkoping raced after it shorthanded; Regehr sought to cut him off from the puck.
Well, and cut him off from consciousness, too.
Regehr angled his body and nailed Karlsson in the head with his shoulder, dropping him face-first to the ice. A streak of blood followed his head as his body glided around the zone, finally settling into a pool of blood dripping from his face and collecting in the ice.
Karlsson was eventually helped from the ice, a towel soaking the blood on his face. He was taken to the hospital, where teammate Mike Helber later tweeted a photo showing fans that Karlsson was OK:
Snygg var han aldrig men hans "smile" gör många glad! pic.twitter.com/BUvYyBjLtWFri, Mar 145:30 PM PDTCalgary at DallasPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Last week, Warrior debuted an ad for their new Dynasty hockey stick, starring Zdeno Chara. In the ad, Chara, using the slick new piece of lumber, blasts a snapshot at a goalie so hard that it causes an atomic explosion. Presumably, the goalie perishes in the blast.
It made for a pretty aggressive commercial, but as it turns out, that was the censored version. In this version of the ad, which Warrior claims was banned by the NHL, not only does Chara's snapshot produce an explosion -- IT SLICES THE GOALIE'S HEAD CLEAN OFF HIS BODY.
More NHL commercials need to utilize grind house aesthetics. Note that the time on the clock is 6:66. This is thing is a gun-legged Rose McGowan away from being an obvious Robert Rodriguez joint.
Let this be a lesson to goalies everywhere: Zdeno Chara will end you, and then ruthlessly celebrate your demise.
Jimmy Howard knows it, too. "That mother****** is crazy," he says. A fine performance, and kudos to him for going along with an ad that holds up a divisional rival as a goalie murderer.
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
So the Calgary Flames are supposed to be losing and the Vancouver Canucks are supposed to be winning. Yet the Flames are 10-6-0 in the last 16 and the Canucks are 4-11-1. If only the Canucks had Mark Giordano.
Giordano has been absolutely on fire with 17 points in his last 19 contests (plus-5). And as a bonus for fantasy owners, he has 27 penalty minutes in that span. It's enough to place him second among all skaters since January 12, when you total up the six main rotisserie categories. Courtesy of Frozen Pool:
These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTVancouver at WashingtonPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy19 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.
• Looking more and more like a marshmallow that fell on the ground with each passing day, Phil Kessel takes in an L.A. Clippers basketball game.
• Islanders fans are mad about everything, and this protest they're planning sounds like quite the operation. [Isles Nation]
• Jarmo Kekelainen on Blake Comeau's suspension: "It was a hard hit and they said he was tracking the target for a while. I heard their logic. As much as I want to support our players, we have to suffer the consequences." [Blue Jackets Xtra]
• And, speaking of the Jackets, they're forging a formidable identity at just the right time. [ESPN]
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Attending prom is a rite of passage experienced by millions of teens each year. For Jack Jablonski, his prom, or more specifically, his prom date will trump them all.
Jablonski co-hosts a weekly radio segment "Hockey Night in Minnesota", and ESPN personality Michelle Beadle was scheduled to make her second appearance on the show. Knowing the teen's soft spot for Beadle, Jablonski's co-hosts playfully teased him about his crush before she came on air.
Little did listeners know the guys had something bigger planned.
A few minutes into the segment, Jablonski asked Beadle if she would be his date to prom, and she enthusiastically accepted the invite.
This isn't big news only because of Beadle's celebrity status. Jablonski is just three years removed from a check into the boards that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The sports community wrapped their arms around Jack and his family after the accident and haven't let go.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: It's Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen, talking Blue Jackets and GM meetings with us.
• Looking at some of the awards races.
• The West tightens up.
• Beer scams in minor league hockey.
• Playoff race updates.
Question of the Day: Give us your favorite non-Teemu Finnish player. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!