- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr 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.Wed, Dec 177:00 PM PSTDallas at VancouverPreview Game
Hospital visits canceled after mumps concern; Canada hoping for Lazar; Sharks watch 'Holiday Sweater' (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 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]Wed, Dec 174:00 PM PSTOttawa at New JerseyPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 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 Daddy5 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 Daddy6 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.Wed, Dec 175:00 PM PSTBoston at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 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?”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
(ED NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)
“I wish that I could be like the cool kids/Cause all the cool kids, they seem to get it/I wish that I could be like the cool kids/Like the cool kids..."
Remember when hockey was hanging with the cool kids?
When we fit in with “Game Of Thrones” and Larry David and Lena Dunham and everyone else on HBO?
There’s always this yearning in the U.S. to get hockey a seat at the cool kids table. Fans still geek out when SportsCenter mentions the NHL in the first five stories of the show. I blew a gasket when Sports Illustrated put P.K. Subban on the cover ... but only in Canada. And yeah, having the NHL in the same reality series as NFL teams and mega-famous boxers was cool.
Having the NHL on HBO was cool.
The first episode of the NHL’s new reality series leading up to the Winter Classic, on a new network?
Don’t confuse “not cool” with “not entertaining,” because it’s literally impossible not to glean some fun from the “24/7” format and watching hockey players curse, carouse and cohabitate. Even the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs, who were the television entertainment equivalent of a rice cake dunked in warm water, managed to be watchable.Thu, Dec 184:00 PM PSTWashington at ColumbusPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
The young Hab netted his first career hat trick as Montreal downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. All three goals were assisted by Max Pacioretty. Galchenyuk’s opening goal was definitely the prettiest one of the night after some slick passing in the Carolina zone:
No. 2 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
After Marian Gaborik helped the Los Angeles Kings race out to a 2-0 lead, Tarasenko and Blues answered five times en route to a 5-2 victory. The forward netted his second career hat trick and reached the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season:
No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t solve Bob as the Blue Jackets grabbed the extra point after a 1-0 shootout win. Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career. Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen scored Columbus’ only goals in the shootout.Thu, Dec 184:00 PM PSTToronto at CarolinaPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Forty shooters. 11 goals. Nearly 20 minutes worth of shootout action. NHL history.
The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals made NHL history on Tuesday night when they took part in the longest shootout ever. In the 20th (!) round, Nick Bjugstad beat Braden Holtby and sent Panthers fans home happy with a 2-1 victory.
Because of how long it went, Alex Ovechin, Nick Backstrom, Jussi Jokinen and Bjugstad were all able to take two shots apiece. The Panthers, meanwhile, staved off defeat five times to extend the proceedings.
Here is the shootout in its entirety:
Look at this box score:
Roberto Luongo, your thoughts?
I blacked out what just happened???
The previous NHL record for the longest shootout? That came back in the first season of its existence when Marek Malik went into his trick bag and beat Olaf Kolzig as the New York Rangers triumped over, you guessed it, the Capitals in Nov. 2005.
Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann were a part of that record-setting evening as well.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings formally revealed their 2015 Stadium Series jerseys on Tuesday. They match the artist’s rendering that was leaked earlier this month.
Which is unfortunate because … white pants.
Look, when you’re the reigning Stanley Cup champions, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. And the Kings have clearly decided to turn in that swagger for the chance to wear pajamas on the ice.
Or an officially licensed tennis kit.
Or a giant diaper.
The two-toned jersey actually doesn’t look that bad … OK, we just noticed the giant numbers on the sleeves that look like a melting clock from a Salvador Dali painting. It's not good. No sir or ma'am.
According to Jack Wilson, who snapped these photos, Kings exec Luc Robitaille said that the two small crowns on the collar represent the two Stanley Cups the Kings have captured.
No word if the San Jose Sharks Stadium Series sweater has three happy faces on one side of their collar and four straight frowny faces on the other side …