- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators
Fisher scored two goals in the 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. His first goal put the Predators ahead by one in the first period. His second came in triple overtime to win the game.
No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne played one of his best games of the playoffs in the match that felt like it would never end. He faced 47 shots in total and only allowed 3 goals.
No. 3 Star: Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars
Unlike the Preds and Sharks, the Stars and St. Louis Blues only needed less than three minutes of the first overtime to wrap things up. Eakin sniped a shot over the shoulder of Brian Elliott into the top corner for the win.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The San Jose Sharks thought they had Game 4 won just over four minutes in to the first overtime period; however, those in the NHL's Situation Room said otherwise.
Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, [Joe Pavelski] did so from his stomach, while laying on top of goalie Pekka Rinne, have barreled into him on a confusing, controversial play that ended with the Sharks have a goal waved off on the ice and then having the ruling confirmed by the NHL War Room.
The published ruling by the War Room was nothing more than: "At 4:08 of overtime in the Sharks/Predators game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal San Jose."
Yeah... not very revealing.
The game went on to see the Predators win in triple overtime. As expected, San Jose was spitting hot venom in the post game.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Sleep be damned! It's the playoffs. There is nothing like a three overtime game to get the heart racing and the coffee percolating.
As if Mike Fisher's life couldn't get any better, he got to be the hero in a record setting game for the Nashville Predators as they draw the series even.
The Predators struck first just 41 seconds into the game.
A Mattias Ekholm blast from the point was blocked by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and behind goaltender Martin Jones. Colin Wilson pounces on the puck and puts the Predators up 1-0.
Nashville set a couple of records in this game. This goal marked one of them as the fastest home playoff goal scored in team history. Wilson picked up a point in his fifth straight game to tied Joel Ward - who he is playing against - for a franchise playoff high.
The Predators scored on their first shot of the game. Not to be outdone, the Sharks followed up with a goal on their first shot.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Joe Pavelski put the puck over the Nashville Predators’ goal line with 15:52 left in the first overtime of Game 4 on Thursday night.
Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, he did so from his stomach, while laying on top of goalie Pekka Rinne, have barreled into him on a confusing, controversial play that ended with the Sharks have a goal waved off on the ice and then having the ruling confirmed by the NHL War Room.
It was a mess of a play.
The no-goal call was upheld, sending Sharks coach Pete DeBoer into a fury.
Was he checked from behind by a Predators player? Was he tripped onto Rinne by Shea Weber? Did he land on the goalie by his own volition?
According to the NHL Rulebook, a goal is allowed if it’s scored when the attacking player is shoved or fouled into the goalkeeper “after having made a reasonable effort to avoid contact, makes contact with the goalkeeper at the time a goal is scored.”
Two issues here. The first is whether Pavelski made a reasonable effort to avoid Rinne. The second is “at the time a goal is scored.” This isn’t a bang-bang play as the puck crosses the line, but rather a goal that was scored by the player literally pinning down the goalie with his body.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
After receiving a metaphorical 'kiss of death' from Ryan Reaves at the end of Game 3, the Dallas Stars had to come up big in Game 4 to keep their season from going on the brink of elimination.
They did, but they needed overtime to do it. Snapping an eight-year overtime scoring drought for the franchise.
The game's scoring started on a blunder by the Stars. Carl Gunnarsson separated Travis Moen from the puck. Jaden Schwartz picked it off and sent a laser of a pass to Vladimir Tarasenko at the top of the neutral zone. Tarasenko could not be more alone as he went in for the breakaway on Kari Lehtonen.
Here's the thing. On the play, Dallas had six (6!!) skaters on the ice. Even then they couldn't catch Tarasenko who was cherry picking.
Blues close out the first period 1-0.
Just over four minutes into the second period, it was time for St. Louis to have a silly play of their own.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals, and are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Jack Adams Award which is awarded to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."
Who wins the coach of the year award as voted on by the members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association?
Why Gerard Gallant deserves the Jack Adams
The NHL says:
Gallant led the Panthers (47-26-9, 103 points) to the Atlantic Division title and franchise records for wins and points in a season, besting their previous marks of 43 wins and 98 points established in 1999-00. Florida established several other team marks this season, including longest overall winning streak (12: Dec. 15 to Jan. 10), longest home winning streak (7: Dec. 10 to Jan. 3) and longest road winning streak (6: Dec. 15 to Jan. 10). A Jack Adams Award finalist for the first time, Gallant has piloted the Panthers to a double-digit point gain over the previous season in both years at the helm (+25 in 2014-15, +12 in 2015-16).
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:
- Breaking down the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including whether or not the Capitals are cooked.
- The Arizona Coyotes hire youngest GM ever, and our analysis of what these changes mean for the organization.
- How did you follow sports as a kid vs. now?
- The Calder Trophy and the McDavid debate.
- 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.]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Like many hockey-obsessed 26 year olds, John Chayka would occasionally fire up his gaming system and play a little EA Sports NHL. Those games included a “Be A GM” Mode, in which you manage a team under the salary cap, make trades and even help facilitate locker room chemistry.
Unlike many hockey-obsessed 26 year olds, John Chayka now has a chance to do all of this in the actual NHL, rather than the pixelated one.
“I can certainly tell you from my experience here and around the league that, in general, it’s a much different approach to making a trade [than in a video game],” he said on Thursday, hours after being announced as the Arizona Coyotes new general manager.
Chayka becomes the youngest GM in NHL history, surpassing Gord Stellick, who was 30 when he was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988. He replaces Don Maloney, who was fired after nine years at the helm. He joined the team last season as an assistant general manager with a focus on analytics, involved in all areas of hockey operations and player development.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
In a Game 3 of their second-round playoff series, the San Jose Sharks slipped against the Nashville Predators.
Up until that point the Sharks had cruised through the postseason going 6-1 and dispatching the Los Angeles Kings, a team with win-now Stanley Cup aspirations, in five games. Nashville was arguably the better team in Games 1 and 2 – both Sharks wins – but couldn’t get the big goals at big moments.
In Game 3, San Jose suffered their worst defeat of the playoffs, a 4-1 loss to the Preds. How they respond in Game 4, a contest where San Jose can put a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, will help determine if Game 3’s loss was just a blip, or something more troubling for San Jose
“I would expect our desperation level to be in a real good place tonight,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
As of right now, four NHL teams are without their head coaches.
The first to jettison theirs, way back while the season was still going on, was the Minnesota Wild. John Torchetti was their interim coach down the stretch and right up until this second, but the Wild are actively looking at other options as well.
Then came the Ottawa Senators, which turfed Dave Cameron right around the time when the regular season came to an end. Last week it was the Anaheim Ducks giving Bruce Boudreau, who lost another Game 7 with Anaheim, the ol' heave-ho. And on Tuesday morning it was the Calgary Flames unceremoniously kicking Bob Hartley to the curb because he wasn't a good head coach.
So that's four vacancies and, as we'll see in a minute, there remains no shortage of options. In doing the research here, you would have had to clock out pretty early to find fewer than a dozen names mentioned in connection with at least one of these jobs, so obviously this is going to get very heated very quickly.