- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Binghamton Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond had a short night on Wednesday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. After facing three shots in the game's opening 36 seconds, he allowed three goals. If that wasn’t bad enough, the three goals came in a span of 21 seconds.
Yes, three goals. Twenty-one seconds. Petr Straka, Jason Akeson and Andrew Gordon were the history makers.
Said Gordon afterward, via the Phantoms' YouTube page: "I've never even done it in a videogame!"
The rest of the period was dominated mostly by the Senators, who finished the first out-shooting the Phantoms 15-6, but remained off the scoreboard until late in the second period.
The feat set the AHL record for fastest three goals scored by a single team that the league knows of. The record for fastest three goals in an AHL game is 20 seconds, set by the Worcester IceCats and Springfield Falcons in 1997.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Calgary Flames have been one of the NHL’s feel-good stories during the first two months of the 2014-15 season. The scrappy bunch have posted a 17-14-2 record and are tied with the Los Angeles Kings for the last wild card spot in the Western Conference. Mark Giordano is again in the Norris Trophy conversation; youngsters Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are producing; and Jonas Hiller is providing quality goaltending, something the team hasn’t seen since Miikka Kiprusoff retired.
If you’re Bob Hartley, despite a current six-game losing streak, then you’d want to parlay that early-season success into a contract extension. And that he did.
The Flames announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed Hartley to a multi-year extension after guiding the team to a 71-79-13 record over the last three seasons.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
James Neal has been fined $2,000 by the NHL for diving/embellishment. And when you see the play that led to the issue, you'll probably know why.
Behold Neal pull a 'cannonball' leap at the 19:39 mark of Nashville's Saturday game against San Jose after Barclay Goodrow gently tapped him on the leg.
The video please...
Despite the fact that Neal has gone to great pains to reconstruct his 'bad boy' image around the NHL, this certainly doesn't help. The three prior suspensions also adds a little tarnish as well. But if there were Vegas-like odds on a player to be named first in the NHL's new diving crackdownNeal would have been a good bet.
Former NHL referee Paul Stewart took Neal to the woodshed a year ago for his takedown of the then Pittsburgh forward on Hockeybuzz.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The “Wednesday Rivalry Night” franchise for NBC Sports Network tapped into something every hockey fan loves about the NHL: The storied blood feuds between franchises, and games where animosity is assumed and intensity is expected.
It’s not an exact science. The Detroit Red Wings faced the Buffalo Sabres on “Rivalry Night” in 2013, right after the Wings realigned from the West for the first time in decades. The Wings also faced the Washington Capitals on “Rivalry Night” this year, rekindling the intense emotional war we all witnessed when the Wings swept the Capitals in the … the … some Stanley Cup Final in the late 1990s.
On Wednesday night, the gimmick’s concept will be stretched like taffy as the Minnesota Wild take on the Boston Bruins. As Stanley Cup Of Chowder cheekily noted, these teams don’t really have a rivalry outside of “NBC said we do.”
This is, of course, shortchanging the storied history between the teams, including:
- Having had players like Brian Rolston, Shane Hnidy, Chuck Kobasew and Randy Robitaille spend time with both teams.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
People come to our games or tune into our games to get away from real life. It doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. That’s what they’re doing … coming to be entertained. They want to watch the game, they want to see a win hopefully and they want to have a few laughs. That’s all you try to provide at the end of the night.LiveDallas1 - 0VancouverFollow Game
Hospital visits canceled after mumps concern; Canada hoping for Lazar; Sharks watch 'Holiday Sweater' (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• We knew Emerson Etem had the mumps, but we didn't think it was THIS bad... [@brianrowland]
• The mumps strike again in Pittsburgh! Beau Bennett and an intern for the Penguins are the latest victims. Marc-Andre Fleury, Olli Maatta and Roberto Bortuzzo were being the latest players to be tested. [Tribune Live]
• With all the concern about the mumps epidemic in the league, teams are being cautious and postponing holiday visits to hospitals. [ESPN]
• For NHL players and other athletes, blood clots provide a deadly threat. [SI]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Jody Shelley of the Blue Jackets discusses the team.
• Dat shootout.
• Review of Road To The Winter Classic.
• News and notes.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
Many thoughts, ideas and actions underachieved in the year 2014.
Whether it was a free agent signing, a leadership experiment, or a country’s dominance over another in international competition – we all enter the new year upset and frustrated at various events that occurred the year before.
Here are the Top-10 events/situations/teams/people/viruses that were the biggest busts of 2014.
10. The flu
Whatever happened to the virus that used to afflict and quarantine NHL players? It has been bumped … by the mumps as the NHL’s ‘it’ problem in 2014. Both have vaccines, and both aren’t usually life threatening to young, healthy males. But a coach used to just say, “he has the flu” or “he’s sick.” Now we need clarifications on every illness to make sure the CDC hasn’t been called in. Adios flu … you’re donezo.
9. United States v. Canada in the Olympics
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – Boston forward Loui Eriksson is well aware of Tyler Seguin’s point producing with the Dallas Stars.
It’s something he says he’s not concerned with. But the annoyance and frustration for the slumping Eriksson is clear, yet also subtle in his polite ‘Swedish’ manner, when asked specifically about the former Boston Bruins wild child.
“Yeah, he’s doing a good job there scoring a lot of goals,” Eriksson said. “It’s a different system they play a different way than we do here, so yeah … he’s on fire right now and he’s playing really well, like I said, scoring goals.
"But that’s nothing I can really do about. I’m just trying to play how I want to play and not worry about that.”
No matter what, Eriksson is currently a symbol of the Bruins’ struggles. Boston, which has lost six of seven and is ranked 22nd in the NHL in offense at 2.45 goals per-game, could definitely use Seguin. But honestly, what it really needs is Eriksson (who has 15 points in 31 games this year) playing at the top of his game.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
8. Dallas Eakins
It was, what, like a week and a half prior to Dallas Eakins' dismissal that Craig MacTavish said that firing the coach wasn't really a feasible option for the club right now?
The obvious and logical question many had at that point, then, was, “What changed?”