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No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The King made 30 saves to lead the Rangers over the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0. That included 18 saves in the first two periods to hold a 1-0 lead, until Chris Kreider scored a pair in the third.
No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter opened the scoring with a goal before scoring another on the power play in the third and then assisting on Trevor Lewis’s game-breaking tally, in the Kings’ 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Alas, he also took a misconduct in the third.
No. 3 Star: T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Oshie opened the scoring and tallied the first goal of the shootout in the Blues’ 3-2 win at the Minnesota Wild.
Honorable mention: Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists in the Boston Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Jimmy Hayes had two goals for the Panthers. … Jonathan Toews scored a third-period goal in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Brian Elliott made a heck of a paddle save for the Blues:
- Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers traded their skates for sneakers on Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, taking on the Harlem Globetrotters.
But they still brought a stick.
Check out these two ballers … OK, check out a baller as well as Claude Giroux … as they pull off the hockey stick alley-oop against the Globetrotters.
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The players admitted to some nerves before the exhibition game that we'll just go ahead and assume the Globetrotters won.
“I can play hockey in front of 20,000 people but I can’t even try to dunk a ball in front of … I don’t even know how many people were out there,” said Simmonds, who dunked in the game and during that little hockey stick exhibition.
Scott Hartnell also attended the game but did not play because, in the words of Giroux, he’s terrible at basketball.
- Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars currently own the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, up three points on the Phoenix Coyotes.
It’s not going to be an easy stretch run for them, with 11 games on the road to seven at home, where the Stars have been excellent (18-10-6) this season. And it may have gotten tougher on Saturday night, when starting goalie Kari Lehtonen went down on this play against the Minnesota Wild, when Erik Haula was given a 5-minute major for running him in the third period:
(Please do enjoy your suspension, Mr. Haula.)
“He hit the crossbar hard and all likelihood is, it’s a concussion on just a dirty play. He should be suspended. A fourth-liner kicks out our goaltender,” said Coach Lindy Ruff after the Stars’ 4-3 win.
If it is a concussion … well, who knows what that means for Lehtonen this season.
Luckily, the one deadline acquisition that GM Jim Nill made was in goal. It’s entirely possible that Dallas will have to cash in that Tim Thomas insurance policy to make the postseason.Mon, Mar 105:30 PM PDTColumbus at DallasPreview Game
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Officer Bobrovsky stopped all 28 shots he faced, as Artem Anisimov’s goal stood up for the 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. That included an awesome save on Colin Wilson with 28 seconds remaining.
No. 2 Star: Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lupul cashed in a Dion Phaneuf pass on the doorstep, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3. He earlier assisted on Nazem Kadri’s first-period goal. Kimmo Timonen had two goals for the Flyers.
No. 3 Star: Tuomo Ruutu, New Jersey Devils
The former Carolina Hurricanes forward set up Travis Zajac’s opening goal and scored the game-winner for the Devils, as New Jersey survived a Canes rally for the 5-4 win. Adam Henrique had two goals.Mon, Mar 107:00 PM PDTToronto at AnaheimPreview Game
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St. Ignatius and Sylvania Northview battled through regulation in their Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship game on Saturday.
Then they battled in overtime. And another overtime. And another and another and another and another and another, until the teams and OHSAA administrators came to a mutual, controversial decision: The game would end in a 1-1 tie after the seventh extra session and the schools would be crowned co-state champions, due to concerns over player safety.
Why not end it with a shootout? There’s a national high-school hockey rule that mandates that a state championship game not end in a skills competition.
Coach Pat O'Rourke of St. Ignatius said his team was headed back out onto the ice after a 15-minute break following the seventh overtime when an official grabbed him and told him the game had been halted.
This isn't unprecedented. In 2008, Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary shared the Michigan state hockey title after eight overtimes.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
On Friday night, Roberto Luongo recorded a shut out in his return to the crease for the Florida Panthers.
Twenty-four hours later, Eddie Lack, the goalie who inherited the starting gig for the Vancouver Canucks after they traded Luongo, gave up this goal to Brian McGrattan of the Calgary Flames:
Yowch. A whiff from center ice ...
Obviously, Lack was no match for the prolific goal scoring of Big Ern, who scored his second of the season and his fifth NHL goal since 2011.
Here’s the actual reaction from John Tortorella on the goal:
To Lack's credit, that was the only goal he would surrender in Vancouver's 2-1 victory, making 22 saves.Mon, Mar 107:00 PM PDTNY Islanders at VancouverPreview Game
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
There are some jersey retirement ceremonies that transcend the tradition, that become celebrations not of a man but of an era.
We’ve been blessed with one already this week when Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 was raised to the rafters at the Joe, celebrating the greatest defenseman of his generation but also the dynasty for which he was the backbone. On Saturday night, we got another: Mike Modano getting his No. 9 retired by the Dallas Stars, in a moment that honored the franchise’s greatest player and that player that introduced the franchise to Texas.
Here’s the full retirement ceremony, which stretched 62 minutes (!).
A few thoughts:
1. Modano’s speech was rather perfect for this sort of thing: a trip down memory lane with a few heartfelt moments and enough off-script lines to make it feel natural.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Established in 1981, the Canberra Knights were the oldest team in the eight-team Australian Ice Hockey League, and one of the league's last two original teams alongside the Sydney Bears. But on Wednesday, February 26, just six weeks before the start of the AIHL season on April 12, Knights owner John Raut announced the team was finished, effectively immediately.
He cited losses in the tens of thousands, as well as pessimistic concerns that they'd get "smashed again like we did last year" -- they lost many games by double digits, and he expressed -- as the reasons for the fold.
It was sudden and unexpected. Despite practicing the night before, many of the Knights players learned their fate at the same time as the public, via a Facebook posting.
But the players refused to accept their fate. And neither did the fans in the Australian capital, a loyal group that sold out the Phillip Ice Skating Centre where the Knights played on most nights during the season, despite the team's poor record. Maybe a cynical Raut was willing to let the Knights go gently (and suspiciously, as many felt his numbers didn't add up), but he was the only one.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
"For God so loved the world, He sent his only son ..." John 3:16.
Ok, that might be a bit over dramatic.
Yet, it does seem like Capitals fans are really, really, REALLY excited - and possibly relieved - with Evgeny Kuznetsov finally signing his entry-level deal with Washington.
Why is this such a big deal, you ask? A few reasons.
Kuznetsov, a center, was drafted at No. 26 by the Capitals in 2010. Considered to be a talented player with a bright future, his drop in draft stock was surprising. There were concerns over Kuznetsov possibly not coming to the NHL after all; therefore, teams didn't want to gamble on the pick.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
It was the second story mentioned on “The Today Show.”
This was back when Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were setting the conversation for Americans every morning, when the first 10 minutes of “Today” encapsulated the two or three most important things happening in the world at the moment.
On March 9, 2004, the second most important thing happening in the world at the moment was Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi’s sucker-punch on Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore from the previous evening, which sent Moore off on a stretcher after an excruciating 10 minutes on the ice.
Couric, setting up the clip, said: “We've talked a few times before about how unneccessarily violent the sport of hockey can be …”
You have to remember where hockey was in 2004. This was before the resurgence, before outdoor games and Crosby/Ovechkin and Rule 48 and Sheriff Shanahan. It was a season in which over 41 percent of the games featured a fight; this season, that number is projected at 31 percent, via HockeyFights.com.
So it was seen as a league of “unnecessary violence,” and Todd Bertuzzi provided critics of hockey with an atomic bomb.