- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 mins ago
On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins scored three second-period goals against the Montreal Canadiens. The referees decided to play another 20 minutes, even though the game was effectively over ...
It was the 34th time in 65 games this season in which the Bruins entered the third period with a lead. They’ve won 32 of those games, including last night’s 4-1 victory over the Habs. It was the nearly same story last season: The Bruins had a lead after two periods in 23 of their 48 games, although they were a bit more vulnerable: Losing four games in regulation and four games in overtime.
That said: 47-6-4 in their last 113 games when leading after two periods, which they’ve done 57 times. The old line from “Glengarry Glen Ross” from Alec Baldwin was that “coffee is for closers”; were that the case, then the Boston Bruins are practically Starbucks.
OK, maybe they're Caribou Coffee; the Los Angeles Kings, going 21-0-0 this season when leading after two periods, are Starbucks.Thu, Mar 134:00 PM PDTPhoenix at BostonPreview Game
- Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod are currently tied 2-2 in their KHL quarterfinal series. Behind goals from Igor Mirnov and Arturs Kulda, Ufa evened the series on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory. The day before, their march to tying things up began after a fortunate bounce.
Game 3 couldn't be decided in regulation so the teams went to overtime. Then another overtime. And then, in the third extra period, Ufa finally ended the game at 113:24 when Alexander Stepanov's shot went off goaltender Ivan Kasutin's mask and up in the air before dropping right in front of the goal line and bouncing into the net:
The cruelest thing is all five Torpedo players see the puck in the air and realize there's a pretty good chance that thing could drop in their crease and possibly go into the net. Give Roman Konkov (No. 19) credit, he made an attempt to swipe it away, but whiffed like Roger Dorn playing third base.
According to the KHL, the game was the second longest in league history, five minutes short of the record set by Lokomotiv and Severstal last season.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
If a hockey fan is paying arena prices for beer, that hockey fan better get what they’re paying for. A group of Idaho Steelheads fans suspected they weren’t, and were determined to force Boise’s CenturyLink Arena to own up to it.
The Steelheads, an ECHL team, play in CenturyLink Arena, which is being suedby fans Brady Peck, Michele Bonds and William and Brittany Graham, who are seeking $10,000 in damages. The reason? They claim the arena defrauded customers by charging $3 more for a large cup of beer that actually contained the same amount of brew as a squattier cup labeled “small.”
That’s right: They were paying $7 for a taller cup that contained the same amount of beer as the $4 smaller cup.
There’s video evidence of it as well. Gwen Gibbs, who attended a Steelheads game on Saturday night, posted a video showing the liquid scam on YouTube, where it quickly went viral:
More like “Steal-heads,” am I right?
The team and arena were finally pressured to respond. From the Idaho Statesman:
- Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Jake Lotocki is an 11-year old New York Islanders fan who lives in Winnipeg. When the team visited the Jets last week, Lotocki and his family attended, with the youngster donning the jersey of his favorite player, John Tavares.
Wearing the jersey of the opposing team at MTS Centre would certainly bring some heckling, that comes with fandom, and Lotocki's parents warned him prior to heading to the game that might happen. But after the Islanders won 3-2 in overtime, he soon became a target of a handful of fans' anger.
There's a happy ending to this story. While watching the Islanders play in Vancouver Monday night, Tavares, who's out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, saw the story and immediately wanted to help. He reached out to the team's PR director, Kimber Auerbach, who then got in touch with the Lotecki family, according to the Sun.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Calgary Flames routed the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night by a surprising 7-2 score. The home side had built up a 5-0 lead by early in the second period, so the game was over very early into the night.
Mikael Backlund was the game's first star with a three-point effort, but the highlight was Corban Knight's first NHL goal, which gave the Flames their final tally of the night. Whether it was the first or last one, Knight didn't care.
“It was the seventh goal but, for me, it felt like an overtime winner with how I felt after that,” Knight said afterward.
He might have felt a little down had Backlund not come to the rescue a little later. You see, after Knight scored his goal, linesman Lonnie Cameron tossed the puck into the Saddledome stands to a young fan, unaware of the milestone for the Flames rookie. Oops.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames
With two goals and an assist, Backlund and Flames routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-2. The Flames built up a 5-0 lead by early in the second period on a shorthanded marker by Backlund, the team's league-leading 11th of the season. Backlund now has four shorties on the season, tying him for the NHL lead with Tyler Johnson and Brad Marchand.
No. 2 Star: Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks
In 35 games this season, Burrows had not scored a goal. In one night, he scored two. The Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 after a shootout as Burrows helped with a pair of goals. Chris Higgins netted the only goal in the shootout as Vancouver bounced back from a 7-4 drubbing Monday night against the Islanders. Eddie Lack made 32 saves.
No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
A three-goal first period helped the Bruins snap a five-game losing streak to the Montreal Canadiens during their 4-1 win. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, while Brad Marchand recorded two helpers. The win was Rask's third in 15 career starts against the Habs.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs 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.
Create-a-Caption: "Referee Rob Martell hands the helmet back to goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers after it was knocked off during a collision with David Moss."
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Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Three Danish hockey players have been fined and suspended by Denmark's first-tier hockey league, Metal Ligaen, after admitting to betting on their own team and match-fixing in January.
(Now we know. Match-fixing: totally not Metal.)
Two of the players received slaps on the wrist for what the league called "unethical behaviour". Kiril Starkov, a Danish citizen, and Canadian Tyler Mosienko (who spent five years with the Kelowna Rockets before bouncing around the ECHL, AHL and Europe), received five-game suspensions and fines of 12,000 kroner ($2,236) and 4,000 ($735) kroner, respectively.
, These amounts corresponded with their profits from betting on matches involving their own team.
The biggest punishment, however, went to Dennis Jensen, the Energy's backup goaltender. In addition to being fined 12,550 kroner -- like his teammates, he effectively had to fork his proceeds over to the league -- he's been suspended for a full year, and for good measure.
Jensen didn't just put money down. He also tried to maximize his profits by getting his teammates to help him fix games.
- Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens meet on NHL Rivalry Night on NBCSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET) to continue one of the League’s most storied feuds.
How storied? Oh, this storied, as NHL Rivals brings us back to the intense days of the B’s and Habs battling for the chance at the Cup. It’s Don Cherry against Scotty Bowman and Hall of Famers vs. blue collar guys, peppered with the requisite controversy.
On Wednesday night, the rivalry takes another turn with the introduction of Thomas Vanek to the proceedings.
Vanek, acquired at the trade deadline by Montreal from the New York Islanders, has been known as a Bruins Killer during his career. With the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek had 29 goals and 28 assists in 50 games, skating to a plus-17. That dominance continued with the Islanders, as Vanek had a goal and three assists in three games for a plus-4.
That’s 61 points in 53 career games vs. Boston.
So what does he think of this Bruins Killer thing?
- Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars made his first public appearance after a cardiac event during Monday’s game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets, as doctors said his season was over.
“I'd like to thank the number of people who saved my life,” he said. “They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life. I will forever be grateful.”
Dr. Robert Dimeff, Sport Medicine Specialist at UT Southwestern, said that Peverley’s season is over. Now comes the next stage of the 31-year-old forward’s recovery.
The current plan, according to Dimeff, is for Peverley to go back to the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto for further treatment on his atrial fibrillation, an ailment affecting the upper chambers of the heart that affects one in every 200 people younger than 60. Dimeff believes Peverley may have played through the genetic heart disorder in the Stanley Cup Final last summer, and then showed up to Dallas camp with it after being traded with Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins.