- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
In the battle of the top teams, Dallas came emerged victorious over Washington by a score of 4-3. Seguin scored two goals for the Stars giving him a total of 30 on the season. Scary moment for Seguin near the end of the game when he was sliced by a skate on the arm. It required stitches. His status is unknown.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
For the first time this season, the Ducks won in overtime. The Ducks captain, playing with a full cage due to a broken nose, scored his sixth goal of the season in extra frames against the Chicago Blackhawks. He also assisted on David Perron's goal earlier in the game. Chicago now shares the lead in the Central with Dallas.
No. 3 Star: Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators
The Atlantic Division leading Florida Panthers could not break the impenetrable wall that was Carter Hutton. The netminder earned his sixth win of the season on the back of a 22 save performance. Check out this incredible blocker save.
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Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm dealt a legal hipcheck to Marian Hossa with 5:12 to go in the second period. The check sent Hossa spinning into the end boards where he suffered an apparent leg injury.
He was able to skate off with help, but could not put any weight on his left leg.
After the game, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times spoke with Coach Joel Quenneville on the forward's status:
“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks, their third loss in as many home games. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”
When asked if Hossa could be out weeks, Quenneville said, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”
That's a generally positive prognosis from the coach, but again, they'll know more (i.e. what they should tell the media) on Sunday.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
When Teemu Selanne gives his blessing, good things happen.
Just ask Brendan Leipsic of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The rookie is the curly-haired toddler sitting with the future Hall of Famer in this picture tweeted out earlier today by Selanne.
Me And Brendan Leipsic eating pasta before My NHL game, tonight He is playing his First NHL game as a Maple Leaf👏👍 pic.twitter.com/ItDS3mvsVC
Whatever magic the Finnish Flash imparted to the kid worked as Leipsic scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Best part is he scored the goal in front of his parents, who had a reaction that was a mix of joy, shock, and relief.
The goal put the Leafs up 3-1. They went on to win the game 5-2.
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- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Caroline Ouellette leads all-girl pee-wee team into historically male tournament in Quebec.
The Tournoi international de hockey pee-wee de Québec is the most
Led by four-time Olympic gold medalist, and current member of Les Canadiennes de Montreal, Caroline Ouellette, Équipe Québec Féminin, a AA pee-wee hockey team comprised of entirely 11 and 12 year old girls, makes history. The team played a tune-up game on Thursday against the all-boys squad out of Connecticut called ... wait for it ... the Doritos. (Could they be more American??) The ladies blanked the Doritos by a score of 3-0.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
During the 2015-16 season, the Minnesota Wild saw the losses pile up for a team that was built to ‘win now' and it became apparent that something needed to change.
A star player questioned the coaching staff, and the team had a host of other issues that needed to be addressed.
On Saturday, the Wild fired coach Mike Yeo after he went 173-132-44 in five years with the team. Yeo – an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins on teams that went to the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals – couldn’t get past the second-round of the playoffs. The Wild came into Saturday three points (56 points total) behind the Nashville Predators for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference. A year ago the Wild had 100 points.
Torchetti has been an interim coach with the Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings in the past.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune's story set the scene on Saturday against the Boston Bruins as the Wild lost their eighth straight contest.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
After the Minnesota Wild dropped their eighth-straight game early Saturday, Mike Yeo remained steadfast," I’m not freaking quitting here, and I’m not quitting on this group. I’m going to show some fight, and I believe in the group, but better start believing in each other and better start delivering."
Well, he may not quit, but it appears the franchise has quit on him.
Rich Walsh of KDKA in Pittsburgh was the first to report of Yeo's firing. Everyone was somewhat hesitant to go off of what he said because he's not Mike Russo. About 20 minutes later, the beat writer chimed in:
Via text, Mike Yeo confirms he has been fired by the #mnwild
As the losses began to stack up, it felt inevitable that Yeo's days were numbered. The loss to Boston appeared to be all that GM Chuck Fletcher could take.
No word yet on who will replace Yeo behind the bench. We'll update this report as soon as news is released.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
It’s been known for some time that the Winnipeg Jets were getting an outdoor game in the 2016-17 NHL season.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL “owed” Winnipeg a gameafter plans for the Heritage Classic in Manitoba fell through. In January, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the game would likely be played at Investors Group Field – home of the CFL’s Blue Bombers – in December 2016 against an undetermined opponent.
This would be the earliest an outdoor game will be played during the regular season, breaking the tradition for the NHL since the Winter Classic debuted in 2008 to have that be the first outdoor game of the season.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
One name that's not appearing often enough in the Calder Trophy discussion: Shayne Gostisbehere. Probably because his last name really hard to spell.
He's a defenseman playing on the Philadelphia Flyers who was called up nearly a month and a half into the NHL season. In a mere 36 games played, he's put up 30 points (10-20=30).
He scored point No. 30 on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Not only did it tie the game for Philly, the point set a rookie defenseman scoring record. The goal marked the 11-straight game the one the fans call "Ghost Bear" has registered a point.
According to NHL PR, Barry Beck was the previous record holder with two separate 10-game point streaks in the 1977-78 season for the Colorado Rockies.
With his goal, Ghost Bear (a.k.a. 👻🐻) ties Sean Couturier for fourth on the team in scoring, and his 30 points is best among Flyers defenseman.
One person none too impressed with Gostisbehere's record is Lee Stempniak. Not too long after the rookie scored his goal, the Devils forward gave the kid, to put it nicely, a cup check.Sun, Feb 144:30 PM PSTPhiladelphia at NY RangersPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Carrie Underwood, wife of Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher, may just have cemented her status as the First Lady of Hockey, at least among active players. She did so by chirping Fisher's Predators teammate Ryan Johansen on Twitter.
In Friday's game between the Preds and the Tampa Bay Lightning, t he camera caught Johansen giving his hockey stick a little smooch at the bench. The following day, Underwood took to Twitter to give RyJo the business.
It started a little raunchy with a quick GIF of the kiss set to the Color Me Badd classic, "I Wanna Sex You Up."
She followed it up with the same GIF, this time set to the more wholesome "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc is confident his team may have some kind of announcement on a new home in the Phoenix area by the end of the NHL’s regular season.
LeBlanc indicated the location could be in the East Valley, where he said a lot of the team’s fans are located.
“Like any business you look at heat maps of a geography of where our fan base is and for us we look at where people who are attached to hockey are. It tends to be on the east side of the Valley, which is Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale,” LeBlanc said. “One of the things we’ve been pretty open about as have they is we’ve had deep discussions with Arizona State University. There are so many natural synergies with ASU especially since they’ve moved to a Division One (hockey) program.”