- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Hockey Hugs is a feature that celebrates the best in hugging from around the sport of hockey, because who doesn't love a good hug now and then? Have you seen a particularly good hug photo lately? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet it to @HarrisonMooney.
Team USA and Team Russia were arguably the two biggest disappointments at the men's Olympic hockey tournament, but at the Paralympic sledge hockey tournament, they faced off in the gold medal game.
Team USA took a 1-0 lead in the second period, thanks to breakaway goal by Josh Sweeney, and after that, it was up to American goaltender Steve Cash, known to teammates as "Cash Money", to shut the door. He did, the 1-0 score held up, and the Americans won their second consecutive Paralympic gold.
Despite the obvious difference -- the sledges, which allow the physically disabled athletes to shoot around the ice, the fact that players wield two sticks, and the penalty of teeing, which is charging someone head on with one's sledge -- sledge hockey isn't all that dissimilar from ice hockey. All the regular rules apply.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Montreal Canadiens have lost three straight, i.e. every game Thomas Vanek’s played for them since his trade deadline acquisition. They’re 5-4-1 overall in their last 10 games, falling to a wild card spot with 77 points and suddenly sniffing the Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils lingering near the bubble.
They’ve scored two goals or less in four of the six games they’ve played this month; which, again, is a little frustrating after you’ve landed the biggest offensive fish in the trade ocean and he’s managed a single assist in a blowout loss to the Boston Bruins.
From Sean Gordon of the Globe & Mail, Coach Michel Therrien on Vanek’s “adjustments” to his new lineup:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
Playing in only his third game for the Washington Capitals, the long-awaited rookie scored his first NHL point, and had his first NHL multi-point game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kuznetsov assisted on three goals, including this beautiful pass to Tom Wilson for the goal:
No. 2 Star: Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Josi is one of the hidden gems of the NHL; probably because he's usually paired with some guy named Shea Weber. On Friday, Josi provided assists on all three of Nashville's goals against the defending champ Blackhawks; Preds won the game 3-2. On the GWG, Josi hit Ryan Ellis with a pass right as he stepped out of the penalty box:
No. 3 Star: Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers
Congrats go out to Hagelin on scoring his first NHL hat-trick in the Rangers 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Kevin Klein assisted on two of Hagelin's three goals.Sun, Mar 1612:00 PM PDTToronto at WashingtonPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The last time the Ducks and Avalanche met, it was the first game of the new season, and Patrick Roy was making his head coaching debut.
Few people expected anything from the Avs. They were a very young team with a brand new coach. The Ducks counted themselves in that category and decided take the night off. Naturally, they were shellacked by Colorado, 6-1.
The best part of the game came at the end when a very frustrated Bruce Boudreau and (usually crazy) Patrick Roy had a war of words that resulted in an innocent piece of glass being manhandled. Roy's wallet was $10K lighter the next day.
Flash forward to Friday's game between the two teams. It was their first meeting since the now-infamous glass incident.
After a total nine goals were scored in the second period, the third consisted of mostly beating the crap out of each other. Towards the end, the teams got into another war of words on the bench. Corey Perry decided to sit himself right where he was the first time Gabby and Roy went after each other.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
A quick look at the NHL's overall standings tells you that there's nothing at all for the Anaheim Ducks to worry about. After all, they're second in the entire NHL with 93 points from 66 games, having played in a division consisting of San Jose and Los Angeles, both of which are likewise in the league's top-8.
That is, on a number of levels, outright domination. So too is their plus-43 goal differential, which is sixth in the league, and that also goes for their 41 regulation or overtime wins from those 66 games, which is one back of the league lead held by the powerful Boston Bruins (both teams having won just two shootouts, and one of the Bruins' was actually against the Ducks).Sat, Mar 157:30 PM PDTAnaheim at Los AngelesPreview Game
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Roy vs. Gabby, Part 2; SJ circling Pac lead; Schneider against Lu, post-CanucksJen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day 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.
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Preview: San Jose Sharks at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ESTSun, Mar 1612:00 PM PDTVancouver at FloridaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The fight begins like many do in minor league hockey: Music pounding from the arena speakers as two combatants drop the gloves, grab each other’s jerseys and then the punching commences.
Oh, lord, the punching. Joel Theriault’s fight with Gaby Roch on March 8 wasn’t exactly out of place in Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a Quebec-based semi-pro league renowned for its fisticuffs.
But the quality of the brawl was superb: Theriault and Roch throwing punches by the dozen before it becomes a war of attrition, neither man refusing to allow the other to knock him off his skates. Theriault rallies. Roch responds. It’s over a minute of stamina, determination and pride on display.
And then it happens: The fight stops, and moments before the officials officially break it up, the two men share an emphatic high-five followed by a legitimate hug, unlike the embrace they’d been in for the previous 60 seconds.
“In my career, I’d never seen that before,” said Dean Lygipsakos, Roch’s head coach with Jonquiere Marquis.
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Hockey games can offer their share of compromising positions between players. Such was the case in a game in Norway between Sparta Sarpsborg and Storhamar Dragons this week.
Storhamar’s Nathan Martz, who played at the Univ. of New Hampshire from 2000-04, fell down while pursing the puck in the offensive zone. Sparta’s Erlend Lesund had his leg briefly pinned under Martz, but then both recovered in an odd position: Lesund straddling Martz as he was on all fours on the ice.
What happened next? RIDE’EM, NORWEGIAN COWBOY!
Seriously, we were about three seconds away from Martz being bridled ...
Martz understandably was looking for a holding penalty during that horseplay, but the referee said “nay.”
But look at Lesund’s arms! They were totally not holding him. His groin? OK, fair point, but show us that in the Norwegian League rulebook.
In a related story, Lesund and Martz are officially Norway’s entry in the 2016 Olympic equestrian event. Those jerseys will be nifty regalia for the dressage competition.
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 day ago
By Melissa Geschwind
The NHL has made a strong statement over the past couple years that it welcomes fans of all sexual orientations. There are still slip-ups, but teams are working to eliminate casual homophobia from the rink.
Casual sexism, on the other hand, remains a constant hum that teams not only tolerate, but generate.
Arena organists play “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to taunt opposing players headed to the penalty box. Mike Milbury refers to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as “Thelma and Louise.” Chris Neil calls out Johan Franzen by suggesting Franzen “drop his purse [and] take his lipstick out.” And in about half of NHL arenas, the ice is shoveled by women in various states of undress.
For the most part, these women are more than capable of doing the job. They’re seasoned skaters who clear the ice quickly, efficiently and without interfering with the game. And they show leg, midriff and cleavage for some reason.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day 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.
• Via Risto Pakarinen, Sami Kapanen says goodbye to hockey after playing his final game on Thursday.
• Also retiring is Petr Nedved, who at 42, summed up his hockey experience like this: "Hockey was everything to me. I dont know if I will ever find something so beautiful as hockey." [@jedli]
• Speaking of old Czechs, one who will continue playing next season, Jaromir Jagr, is looking good to come back next season as a Devil, says his agent. "[T]here's a really great chance." [Star-Ledger]