- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron isn’t proficient in fighting. That’s because he doesn’t do it a lot, at least in the regular season.
On Thursday Bergeron and Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler dropped the gloves and tussled in their game at MTS Centre. The fight didn’t take long but it was memorable. This is because it was only Bergeron’s second regular season fight in his career.
The other fight came on Dec. 31, 2013 between Bergeron and 6-foot-8 defenseman Tyler Myers, who at the time played for the Buffalo Sabres. Bergeron’s also had two playoff fights – one in 2013 against Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, and another in 2009 against then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges.
This was just Wheeler’s seventh fight in his NHL career.
The fight wasn’t Bergeron’s only highlight of the evening. He scored two goals in a 6-2 drubbing of the Jets. The win for the Bruins helped erase some of the sting of a 9-2 loss on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
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On Thursday at United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks paid tribute to two of the more important members of their recent Stanley Cup success.
The team played two videos, one for forward Patrick Sharp and the other for defenseman Johnny Oduya. Sharp, a former Hawks alternate captain, played 10 years in Chicago and won three Cups with the team. Oduya, who played four years with the Hawks and won two Cups with the organization.
Chicago played Sharp’s video (above) at the first stoppage of the first period. Oduya’s video was played during the second stoppage of play in the same period.
Also, here is a photo from Oduya’s moment
The Blackhawks traded Sharp to the Stars last summer for salary cap reasons. Sharp is under contract for another season with a $5.9 million cap hit.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas delivered a crushing check to Buffalo Sabres rookie Daniel Catenacci in a game on Thursday night.
The play happened near the end of their Thursday game, a 5-1 win by the Flyers. Catenacci was engaged with Chris VandeVelde going after a losse puck when Gudas stepped up and delivered the check. Gudas was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. After the game, Buffalo forward Marcus Foligno called Gudas “an idiot.”
Catenacci later went through the NHL’s concussion protocol according to coach Dan Bylsma.
It was the second altercation for Gudas in the game. Earlier in the contest he kneed Foligno, but did not receive a penalty on the play. Here is a video of that incident, which ended with the Flyers scoring and Foligno fighting Gudas.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson flew into the Minnesota Wild bench on Thursday night after bouncing off Nino Niederreiter on an attempted bodycheck.
The play happened midway through the second period of their game at Xcel Energy Center. A video of the attempted hit is above. Niederreiter clearly stands his ground as Wilson loses balance on the play.
Wilson also appeared to fall onto the floor in front of the Wild players in quite comical fashion.
He is known as one of the more physical players in the NHL so seeing him involved in some sort of altercation where he gets the brunt of the punishment is rare.
In January, Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo nailed Wilson in a physical contest between the two teams.
Coming into the game, he ranked 15th in the NHL with 154 hits.
Niederreiter ranks second on the Wild with 105 hits in 53 games played.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Steven Stamkos holds a lot of the power in his current contract situation with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Part of this comes from the fact that the 26-year-old Stamkos has a no-movement clause. On Thursday Stamkos was asked him how he would handle the no-move clause if Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman asked him to waive it. The NHL’s trade deadline is Feb. 29 and Stamkos is a pending unrestricted free agent.
“I think the answer is we’ll cross that bridge at the time,” Stamkos said. “I don’t think it’s that time right [now]. So, I continue to come to the rink every day as the leader that I am and the teammate that everyone in this room knows that I am, and give my best effort. I’ve said that since Day 1 of training camp and that hasn’t changed.”
He was also asked if he would not waive it, just order to end speculation and move forward with the Lightning for the remainder of the season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed promising defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year $5.65 million contract extension on Thursday. The young blueliner had been stung by injuries since he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Blue Jackets in 2012, but appeared to be coming around this season, showing more flashes of his potential. He was in the final year of his entry-level contract and was slated to be a restricted free agent this summer.
“Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed,” said Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a statement. “Ryan has earned more ice time, showed steady improvement and contributed in all situations for us throughout the season. We look forward to his continued growth and development with our club.”
Murray and Seth Jones had been paired together since a January trade brought jones to the Blue Jackets for Ryan Johansen. Murray had seen an uptick in his play with Jones, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 Draft.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
On Monday afternoon, the Winnipeg Jets announced they had re-signed Dustin Byfuglien, a very good defenseman who was long part of a will-they-won't-they with his club. The contract was heavy on dollars (who cares) and relatively light on term (very wisely) and did almost as much for the Jets in the immediate future as it did for everyone else who is on the hunt for blue line help.
It has been quite clear at least since the end of October that there were a lot of teams that wanted blue line help, but no real swaps have been made in this regard. Chicago and Pittsburgh swapped some of their D problems, LA took Luke Schenn off Philly's hands, the Ryan Johansen/Seth Jones trade was more of an own-self necessity in Columbus's mind than addressing a specific need (though Jones clearly does that), and that's about it in terms of actual “name” defenders switching teams all season.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
I t's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- Marek and Wysh talk about whether the NHL Draft should exist, if Toronto should be butt-hurt about getting shut out of events for its centennial and throat-slash fines.
- Down Goes Brownjoins us to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dion Phaneuf and various other NHL things.
- GAME SHOW THURSDAY! Listen to the glory that is our weekly trivia challenge.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
San Jose Barracuda coach Roy Sommer drove around downtown San Jose on Wednesday with the top of his classic MG car rolled down handing out dollar bills to homeless people on street corners.
After being stuck on 636 AHL wins – which tied a 1956 record set by Fred ‘Bun’ Cook – since Jan. 30, Sommer believed he needed all the luck he could get.
“Good karma hit me last night,” Sommer joked in a phone interview with Puck Daddy.
The Barracuda picked up the record-setting victory with a 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign in front of 3,974 people at SAP Center. Sommer, who has been the San Jose Sharks’ AHL coach for 18 seasons, won his 635th game on Jan. 15. Goaltender Aaron Dell made 50 saves to help preserve the win.
“I think the guys were as relieved as I was. It wasn’t like we were playing real bad. It was like, ‘we’ll get this one for you tonight’ and they were right,” Sommer said. “So I think it was a relief for them too. I think everyone was kind of playing real up tight because of this whole thing. I think it was more of a relief for them I think.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Joel Quenneville lost a lot on Tuesday night.
He lost a goal from the scoreboard, as Brandon Mashinter's tally against the San Jose Sharks was overturned after a coach’s challenge, with the referees determining that Chicago Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen interfered with Sharks goalie Martin Jones.
And then he lost his cool in the postgame press conference, storming out after declaring about goalie interference standards: "It has gone to a different level. I don't know the rules anymore or something has changed. … I think everybody has an interpretation, what's a good goal, what's a bad goal. But I can't believe it."
It was understandable that he was a little miffed, what with it being the second time in three games the Blackhawks had a goal taken down on a coach’s challenge.
So Quenneville spoke with the NHL this week, airing some grievances. According to CSN Chicago, they agreed with the Blackhawks coach that it wasn’t the right call: