- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
No. 1 Star: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
Seabrook provided three assists in the Blackhawks regulation comeback and eventual overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks. Down 0-2 with 1:41 to go in the game, Maria Hossa scored a power play goal. With 27-seconds on the clock, Duncan Keith tied it. Artem Anisimov provided the game winner less than two minutes into overtime:
No. 2 Star: Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky hit .500 this season thanks to Cam Atkinson's overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins:
No. 3 Star: Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
Since his call up, Gostisbehere has 5 points in 7 games. 2 of those points have been game winning goals. He picked up his second game winner in overtime against the Nashville Predators:Sat, Nov 2810:30 PM ESTChicago at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It took the Department of Player Safety nearly 10 hours to say that Matt Beleskey would not face supplemental discipline for his hit that resulted in Derek Stepan's broken ribs. Approximately three hours after Brandon Dubinsky cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head, DoPS released this Tweet:
Columbus's Brandon Dubinsky will have a hearing tomorrow for cross-checking Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
Realistically, when Dubinsky delivered a cross check to the back of the head of Crosby, the question was not IF Dubinsky would be suspended; it was how long would the suspension be. He did cross check the most famous player in the league who has had serious issues in the past with concussions/soft-tissue abnormalities in his neck.
Crosby left the game after this crosscheck to the neck pic.twitter.com/prWrhFWE4N
Dubinsky broke his stick on Sid's head and received a 2-minute minor for cross checking. Sid left the ice for the remaining 1:20 of the second period and returned for the third.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Following the New York Rangers 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, head coach Alain Vigneault had bad news for the Blueshirt faithful:
Vigneault says Derek Stepan broke some ribs and is out indefinitely
Stepan broke his ribs after Matt Beleskey checked the Rangers forward into the boards. For his indiscretion, Beleskey was immediately confronted and threw down with Dylan McIllrath. Aside from the fighting major, Beleskey did not receive a penalty on the play.
Beleskey hit on Stepan pic.twitter.com/bl6pHfvb4V
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com tweeted the Department of Player Safety was looking into the hit; however, it was later determined to not warrant discipline:
Confirmed with a league source that no supplemental discipline is coming for Matt Beleskey hit on Derek Stepan. Felt clean to me
What could have warranted supplemental discipline was the lateness of the hit. Players have eight-tenths of a second to hit the opposing player after he releases the puck. Beleskey's hit comes about two seconds after Stepan passes the puck.Sat, Nov 281:30 PM ESTPhiladelphia at NY RangersPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. - We as hockey fans blame the officials for a lot of things. One of the most egregious though is depriving people of a fight nearly everyone and their mom (including the players moms) wanted to see: Ryan Kesler versus Jonathan Toews.
The two center icemen are not fond of each other. At the end of a very physical first period, the two reached their boiling points. From Steph (@myregularface), take a look:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, LINESMAN RYAN GIBBONS?! Does the man not know he's depriving two nations of a life force unknown to most humans?!
The two continued to chatter as they were escorted to their respective benches. Kesler with a smug, s--- eating grin. Toews with an angry scowl as if he smelled something bad.
Had this fight gone down, it would have been Toews' third bout of the season. Earlier he fought Adam Henrique and followed it up with David Backes. Who knew he was such a goon? (RELAX BLACKHAWKS FANS. IT'S A JOKE.)
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
During this time of giving thanks we are grateful for jersey fouls.
We are thankful for the fans who make them and the people who take their smart phones out of their pockets and snap photos of the foulers. It’s truly a team effort.
This week, that team produced some solid fouls – a few from the hipster haven known as Barclays Center, and some goodness from the Vancouver area.
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due. We’ll throw them up on our Tumblr page!
5. Hipster Lindros foul
Spotted at Barclays – of course. (Peter Ragone)
4. A Steven Stamkos Toronto Maple Leafs jersey
'Stamkos to the Leafs' is sort of cliché, but he still hasn’t re-signed with Tampa. (Pro Image Pickering)
3. Alex Ovechkin as a drink
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
At 21-years-old, Paige didn't want to date a professional athlete, but she found out the guy she just exchanged numbers with is then 22-year-old Anaheim Ducks forward, Ryan Getzlaf.
"Obviously, the stereotype [of athletes] is there," said Paige, "It’s not an easy life with their travel and everything. It’s definitely a different life."
But this Getzlaf guy was persistent, and she gave him a shot.
"When Ryan and I started dating, we had that connection you just can’t resist. It was just something different than I’d ever had before. I was like, 'I love this guy, and I’m going to marry him.' When you know, you know, for sure. That’s what changed [my mind]."
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Suppose there's a team that looks a lot like the Los Angeles Kings, from a statistical perspective.
We're talking score-adjusted possession numbers that are among the best in the league; the ability to limit high-quality against them at some of the most impressive levels in recent years; maintaining elite numbers when it comes to things like shot suppression, and not even letting their opponents attempt many shots in the first place.
Now suppose that team, the Carolina Hurricanes, is sitting tied for 20th on the league table — 20 points in 22 games — and it's probably a little better than most people expected through 22 games.
This from a team that finished fifth from the bottom of the league last season and didn't really make too many significant changes in the offseason? Really, all they did was get Eddie Lack, James Wisniewski and Kris Versteeg. Versteeg is first among team forwards in scoring with 14 points in 22 games, sure, but that's not anything to write home about. Wisniewski has played one game so far this year because of a torn ACL. Lack has been terrible.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Connor McDavid really isn’t going to shake this McJesus stuff if he continues to do things like healing faster than the Edmonton Oilers had anticipated.
McDavid broke his clavicle on Nov. 3 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, who intentionally injured him according to Don Cherry. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli set his recovery time at five months, which could have meant early March.
Well, praise Connor! He will hath risen by mid-to-late January, according to this report from Mark Spector of Sportsnet:
Though no one would offer a firm date for McDavid’s return, at this rate the betting is that he could be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup in mid-to-late January, rather than the early March return originally forecasted by the team.Sat, Nov 287:00 PM ESTEdmonton at PittsburghPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
[Breaking down the plausibility of the week's biggest rumor.]
There's no doubt that all of this is real.
Unlike most NHL rumors, this started last week with a very concrete, “Travis Hamonic has asked for a trade” from Elliotte Friedman. He asked for it over the summer, and he asked for it for family-related reasons. These were all presented — rightly — as the indisputable facts of the situation.
Within a day, Hamonic himself confirmed pretty much all details.
So basically, Hamonic has played all season knowing he doesn't want to be with the organization, and he's done pretty well for himself. He leads the team in TOI, is a possession monster (53.1 percent against top competition, and everyone else is 47.7 percent when he's off the ice), and so on. If nothing else, he's ensuring that the Islanders get absolute max value for him, and he's 25 years old.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of our favorite writers and hockey people, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Consider these the tastiest leftovers you’ll have today!)
When you cover hockey for a living, you get incredibly jaded. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that your "work" involves going to practices, talking to players and coaches, eating free food and basically doing what just a lot of other people would kill to do for "work." Somehow, someway, you just lose a lot of joy you have for the sport.