- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
1) Beware of Bettez.
Lost in the greatness of Caroline Ouellette and Marie-Philip Poulin is Ann-Sophie Bettez.
In addition Poulin and Ouellette's combined 11 points over two games, Bettez was kicking in 5 points of her own. Game 2 against Toronto saw Bettez score her first hat trick of the season. Here's the first goal of three, via Eyes on the Prize:
2) Brampton's dual threat in net.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Nick Foligno may have been public enemy No. 1 in Montreal on Tuesday night. Not, like, on the Zdeno Chara “call 911!” level, but pretty hated.
In the second period between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens, Tomas Fleischmann skated down the boards into the Jackets’ zone. Foligno decided to stop him but sticking out his left knee and connecting with Fleschmann’s knee, sending the Canadiens forward down in pain.
Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu skated over and asked for Foligno to answer for his hit.
The Jackets captain obliged and … well, he walloped Beaulieu with a few massive punches, the last one staging the Canadien and sending him wobbling to the ice.
They both received five minutes for fighting and that was it. No kneeing penalty on Foligno, which enraged some Montreal fans, who watched Alexei Emelin ejected for this hit on Matt Calvert earlier in the game.
also a game misconduct for Emelin for the hit on Calvert pic.twitter.com/KGxqSoEHLr
Oh, and Foligno also scored a goal in the first period, for some extra sand in the Canadiens’ collective face.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It doesn’t get much closer to a goal than what Max Domi had on Tuesday night in Nashville.
With the Arizona Coyotes on the power play, the shot from Domi was less a shot than a redirection, as the puck slid softly toward the open Nashville Predators’ goal. It glanced off the post, and looked like it would cross the goal line.
One problem: This dude named Pekka Rinne, who reached back with his paddle to the goal line to deflect the puck. It hit his blocker, and Rinne swept it out of harm’s way with his arm.
Was it a goal? Was it a save?
The NHL War Room checked it out and confirmed the call on the ice: No goal.
The puck was on edge, and it appeared there might be some white between the line and the puck before Rinne smacked it. But the video review said no goal, and all we have now are HDTVs, zoom edits and human eyes until they put those sensors in the puck …
PS - The Coyotes' power play was the result of a Rinne tripping penalty. He made up for it.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
It takes strength and creativity for a player to put a puck between his legs and fire it into a net for a breakaway goal.
Forward Viktor Crus Rydberg of HC Vita Hasten (Allsvenskan) showed both in a recent shootout goal. Take a look at the above video of the 2013 New York Islanders fifth-round draft pick (136th overall) with the score.
How does this compare to the standard of between-the-legs breakaway goals?
Here is a video of Tomas Hertl on Cam Talbot from 2013.
Last season Crus Rydberg, 20, notched 45 points in 55 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. He played seven games with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2013-14 where he was held pointless.
s/t Hockey Webcast
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- Arpon Basu of NHL.com checks in to talk about the Montreal Canadiens, Carey Price, P.K. Subban and many other topics.
- Garret Sparks, weeping goalie.
- A bit about enforcers and concussions.
- Jim Kyte vs. Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand.
- Much listener mail answered.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Girls high school hockey players in Anchorage, Alaska thought they were about to embark on their final season. The program needed money to keep it afloat.
Enter Dick’s Sporting Goodsand their Sports Matter program. The organization recently surprised players with a $200,000 grant that will fund teams through a donation to the Scotty Gomez Foundation, an organization founded by St. Louis Blues forward and Anchorage area native Scott Gomez.
In 2013, the foundation provided funds for the league to continue to operate through this year. That funding was about to run out before Dick’s Sporting Goods stepped in to make the donation.
According to Dick’s, “The donation will cover the operating fees for the league and fund each of the girls’ pay-to-play fees through the 2018 season.”
Dick's Sporting Goods also donated $15,000 worth of new equipment, which included 100 sticks, 100 helmets, practice jerseys, equipment bags, goalie equipment and new pucks. The video of the donation is above.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
On Oct. 13, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene played just over a minute of the third period in a loss against the Vancouver Canucks.
He took a maintenance day at practice the next day. He hasn’t appeared in a game again for the Kings, and won’t be any time soon.
Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports that Greene, who had been trying to overcome his shoulder injury through rest and rehab, will actually undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday. He’s out indefinitely, and the recovery time is expected to be “long term.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter clarified comments made Monday about not wanting to be paired with Jonas Brodin on defense.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo spoke with Suter at Tuesday’s morning skate at the United Center in Chicago, where the All-Star defenseman admitted he made a mistake the prior day in calling out the coaching staff.
"We’re obviously on the same page," Suter said. "It’s a story that shouldn’t even be a story. I think the heat of the practice yesterday, I was just saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said. But at the end of the day, it’s about winning and it’s about what's going to be best for our team. Obviously Brods is a great defenseman, Spurge is a good defenseman, we’ve got a lot of good defensemen. I told you at the beginning of the year, our D corps I think is up there at the top of the league. It’s not really news to me anymore."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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• Adam Henrique said goodbye to his Movember mustache and hello to an interesting looking holiday jacket. [Fire and Ice]
• Secret NHL emails have been unsealed in regards to a concussion lawsuit against the league with some interesting words from exec Colin Campbell. [TSN]
• The Steven Stamkos contract saga has an “eerie” feel to it. And not in a good way for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]