- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition for the playing of our national anthem: They cheer. They holler. They applaud. Their volume at home games can drown out the words and music. It’s all rather inspiring.
Terry Frei, venerable columnist for the Denver Post, has a problem with it. Not in Chicago, but when Blackhawks fans are invading places like Colorado Avalanche games.
But what bothered me Tuesday was that some — some — of the Blackhawks fans attempted to transfer the United Center ritual of hollering, hooting, cheering and applauding through the national anthem to the Pepsi Center.
... When Blackhawks fans at another arena, including in Denver on Tuesday, attempt to yell, hoot, holler and clap through the anthem in a place where quiet — or at most, singing along — is the norm, it comes off as boorish, discordant and disrespectful. You can bring Gino's East and White Castle to Denver ... but leave the hockey anthem ritual in Chicago.
First, let’s get something straight: White Castle was founded in Wichita and is headquartered in Columbus.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
"I was a huge wrestling fan growing up," LaBarbera told WWE.com in 2010. "When I was a kid, I was never allowed to get the pay-per-views. I'd always go to someone else's house. I couldn't wait for Saturdays and (Superstars of Wrestling) ... It was always part of me growing up.”
Now in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, LaBarbera has created one of the most electrifying masks in hockey by featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his latest bucket.
Created by the great Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, with The Rock on one side, the mask also features the Flyers logo on the other.Sun, Feb 79:00 AM PSTPhiladelphia at WashingtonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
(UPDATE: To the surprise of no one, the video has been removed, likely after a panicked phone call from D-Boss to E-Slayer on Sunday morning. Luckily, Winging It In Motown captured the following .gif that gives us endless "1-2-3 Let's Have Fun" moments.)
Dylan Larkin is a rookie forward for the Detroit Red Wings who is pushing for the Calder Trophy and recently broke the NHL All-Star Game record for fastest skater in the skills competition.
But before that, he was ‘D-Boss,’ the dude who sniped pucks in a basement … sorry, “dungeon” net, wore a U.S. flag like a blanky and put over Patrick Kane as an American hero.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Hi Lou pic.twitter.com/7w5qcsWJSm
No. 1 Star: Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
In a big Central Division matchup against the Dallas Stars, the Blackhawks came away with a convincing 5-1 win; increasing their lead over the Stars to five points. Anisimov assisted on 3 tallies and scored his 18 goal of the season while the Blackhawks were shorthanded.
No. 2 Star: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens desperately needed a win and they finally got one at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers. Plekanec scored a goal and had 3 assists in the Habs 5-1 trouncing of the Oil. It is their first regulation win in exactly a month.
No. 3 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
The offensive-minded defenseman provided 4 assists in the Senators 6-1 beatdown of the Toronto Maple Leafs. What had everyone freaking out was the fact Karlsson logged 3:19 on the penalty kill.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Patrick Roy started to twitch after the Winnipeg Jets scored.
Andrew Ladd was positioned in front of the net when his butt makes contact with the mask of Semyon Varlamov. The goaltender is unable to recover from contact and make a save on Drew Stafford's shot.
Roy challenges the goal on the grounds of goaltender interference and is unsuccessful. Then he loses his mind.
Look at the faces of Mikhail Grigorenko and John Mitchell on either side of Roy. They're watching referee Wes McCauley as he receives the fire spit his way by Roy.
Linesman Tony Sericolo finally intervenes and gets McCauley out of the way of the coach's wrath. Whatever Roy says as the two start to separate ends up triggering a button for the referee. He tags up Roy with a 2-minute bench minor for "abuse of officials."
Lucky for Roy, because he would have literally exploded into dust, the Avs kill of the power play.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Before Connor McDavid became Connor McJesus, there was Sidney Crosby. The O.G. "Next One."
Sitting on 899 career points coming into the game against the Florida Panthers, Sid and Pittsburgh Penguins teammates waited until the 5:04 in the third period to start making things happen.
The captain begins the comeback from the corner boards, sending a laser of a pass to the tape of Kris Letang on the far side of the net. The defenseman one-times the puck past Roberto Luongo.
900 NHL points for Crosby, assists on Letang goal pic.twitter.com/OKflF2YXBB
Penguins cut the lead to 2-1 and Crosby earns career point No. 900.
With a 1:15 left on the clock, Sid scores his 22 goal of the season. The puck appears to redirect off Crosby, onto Luongo, and into the net.
make that 901 points pic.twitter.com/p0Yyt3YGRq
Game tied. Point 901 secured.
A mere 8-seconds into overtime, Jussi Jokinen is hit with a penalty for hooking Letang. The Penguins proceeded to make the Panthers pay in the 4-on-3.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
FACT: Connor McDavid poops rainbows and farts glitter. He comes to the rink on a unicorn.
The boy is magic. Straight up magic as evidenced on a play against the Alexei Emelin and the rest of the Montreal Canadiens.
In his third game back from injury, the boy wizard effortlessly moves the puck up the ice, dekes around Emelin, and feeds the puck and stick through is own legs for a shot on net. It doesn't make sense. It will when you watch it:
Sure he doesn't score a goal, but we'll give him a break. He's only in his third game since returning from injury.
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- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The second period between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders ended at 3:33pm EST. The third period began at 4:25pm EST.
56 minutes is a bit longer than your standard NHL intermission; 36 minutes longer to be exact.
The Zamboni did it's scrape during intermission; however, it snagged one of the metal pipes that anchors the goal to the ice. The pipe then dragged along the ice, creating a massive gash.
On the Islanders broadcast, they reported the gash to be so deep it nearly exposed the cement under the ice. Simply patting new ice in its place was not going to work.
The ice crew at The Joe furiously got to work patching the hole. Both John Tavares and Henrik Zetterberg were brought out to inspect the ice when it was deemed safe enough to do so.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
It's been just over a month since the last Winter Classic... SO WHY DON'T WE KNOW WHERE THE NEXT ONE IS GOING TO BE YET?!
Speculation is rampant.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are out of the running with the report earlier this week of their Stadium Series game. Others thought the game would be in Toronto; to coincide with the organization and the NHL's centennial celebration.
If the report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is correct, the St. Louis Blues will host the day after New Year's Day event at Busch Stadium.
Who will they play? The Florida Panthers.
Okay, not really. It's the Chicago Blackhawks, of course. A year cannot go by without the Blackhawks appearing in an outdoor game. It's in the small print of the CBA.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Unbelieveable night. The fans were incredible and a great team win. Thank you for the welcome back! pic.twitter.com/IPaLqe5kSo
1. Amanda Kessel returns.
Earlier this week, Sean Leahy wrote about the return of Amanda Kessel to the University of Minnesota's lineup. The women's hockey world went nuts and rightfully so.
With the boom in women's pro-hockey, it was incredibly hard to believe that one of the sport's most dynamic and talented players wasn't a part of it. Kessel, sister of Phil, suffered a concussion prior to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. While she still played in the tournament, the gold medal match between the United States and Canada would mark the last competitive hockey game Kessel participated in.