- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Sabres general manager Tim Murray went on local radio station WGR550 to talk about his team. And the Buffalo Sabres Twitter account was armed and ready to relay Murray’s message to its masses of 263k-plus followers.
And while Murray’s tweeted words would sound bland coming from most general managers. This is the Sabres, and every quote must be taken in context of tanking and the absurdity that is the 2014-15 Buffalo organization.
So it’s our job to take the tweets and put them in the "proper" context as Murray prepares for the reported April 18 draft lottery AKA, The Most Important Day in Buffalo's season.
Murray: Players are going to play as hard as they can. That's what you expect. We have good guys in that room. #Sabres
(Parody inner monologue): You freaking idiots. Why did you beat Arizona on Monday. You were supposed to lose. Ugh, why do I have guys on this team playing for contracts next season.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Lokomotiv’s junior side in Russia’s MHL won the fifth and deciding game of their playoff series on Wednesday against Almaz 6-2.
After the final buzzer, MHC Loko participated in the traditional post-game handshakes, then lined up at center ice for their own version of human dominoes:
That's the kind of quality choreography you just won't find anywhere, even on Broadway.
MHC Loko will now face Chaika Nizhny Novgorod in the semifinals of the Kharlamov Cup where hopefully they advance and give us another group celebration. May we recommend the one that Icelandic soccer side Stjarnan pulled off in 2010?
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
There was some level of hope when Patrick Kane surfaced on Chicago’s practice ice Wednesday morning.The broken clavicle was healing quicker than expected, and Kane could maybe return sooner than originally hoped. He skated with the Blackhawks in a non-contact jersey. He shot the puck. He passed the puck to teammates.
This was the first known time he had practice with the rest of the team since his issue. It was going to happen! He's coming back!
But unfortunately for the Blackhawks and Kane, his 12-week timetable for a return from his Feb. 24injury hasn’t been moved up. Which again, could make him the greatest end of playoff ‘acquisition’ in the history of the NHL.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at email@example.com.
• Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson does not fear the giant Dustin Byfuglien cardboard cut out. [Getty]
• There is pressure on Jimmy Howard to reclaim the No. 1 goaltending spot for the Detroit Red Wings. But Detroit hopes Howard rises to this challenge. [Yahoo]
• Why rush to put Chris Pronger in the Hall of Fame. What is his status in the NHL right now anyway? [Bleacher Report]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Drew Miller is a lucky, lucky man. The Detroit Red Wings forward stepped onto the Joe Louis Arena ice Wednesday morning sporting a cage, hiding the nastiness that lie underneath.
Tuesday night against Ottawa, Miller took a Mark Stone skate to the face and needed 50-60 stitches to close up the gash.
Here’s what Miller looked like Wednesday morning:
Miller, who wears a visor, said the contact was so hard that he initially felt like he’d lost his eye. Somehow, there’s a chance he’ll be back in the Detroit lineup Thursday night against the Boston Bruins. He still, however, needs to be cleared by doctors, and added that his vision is fine.
If you think Miller wanting to play two days after this freak incident is crazy, in true hockey player fashion, he actuallywanted to return for the third period against the Senators.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
It's an April 1 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: Bobby Holik on the NHL!
• Milan Lucic makes waves.
• The Hockey Hall of Fame class and long speeches.
• Hockey News and Views
Question of the Day: Who is the person who most belongs in the HHOF of the 2011 class? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Winnipeg Jets rover Dustin Byfuglien will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. But the hearing will be via phone, which means he can’t receive more than a five-game suspension for the below brutal crosscheck of Rangers forward J.T. Miller in Tuesday night's loss to New York. DoPS did not offer Byfuglien an in-person hearing.
This is perfect (or not) for the Jets, since if it ends up being four games for Byfuglien, he’ll return right on schedule for Winnipeg’s playoff showdown with the Calgary Flames in the final game of the season. Or if it’s five games, Byfuglien is done for the rest of the regular season and has to watch his teammates try to make the playoffs without him.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy12 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.]
6. The draft lottery
The hockey world at large is having a bit of a panic about this whole “tanking” thing — hell, the league might hide the draft lottery in an intermission on the first day of the playoffs to save everyone from the... uh, embarrassment I guess? — and now that the season is drawing to a close we're facing down the very real possibility of two teams finishing the season with fewer than 60 points, which seems insane. It would be the first time since the 2005-06 season that such a thing happened.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
Well that wasfun for about a minute.
The Boston Bruins rallied with two goals in the third period to defeat the Florida Panthers, 3-2, as Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist. The Panthers’ tragic number drops to four, while the Bruins moved three points up on the Ottawa Senators, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout in the Hamburglar’s return.
Seriously, 15-1-1 for Hammond. We don’t care if he only faced 17 shots. That’s crazy good.
Meanwhile in the West … the Winnipeg Jets were defeated by the New York Rangers in regulation, 3-2, which is problematic on a couple of fronts.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Florida Panthers didn’t really ‘need’ a win to stay within the realm of playoff possibilities in the Eastern Conference. With a loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, the Panthers still technically have a chance to make the playoffs. But it’s not looking good following a 3-2 regulation loss to Boston.
With 1:09 left in the third period Bruins forward Milan Lucic fired the laser … err wrister past Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, which prevented Florida (which came into the game four points back of Boston with six games left) from gaining any sort of ground or limiting losses with a possible overtime or shootout defeat.
Said captain Willie Mitchell to the Miami Herald:
“We needed a win. That was it,” Willie Mitchell said in soft, reserved tones.
“On to the next one, you know? We’ll be playing our tails off doing everything we can to put points on the board. That’s all we can control. On to the next one.”