- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy31 mins ago
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders wasted little time in grabbing a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 Sunday afternoon. They only needed 15 seconds of overtime.
John Tavares’ goal in the extra period helped give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Tuesday night.
“I didn’t have much room,” said Tavares, who admitted the anticipation ahead of Sunday’s game caused him a restless night of sleep. “I recognized that [Braden] Holby wasn’t quite on his post and I was just hoping it got through him, and it did.”
After being unable to hold back the Islanders through 40 minutes and behind in shots 33-13, the Capitals pushed in the third and were rewarded. Washington was finally able to get traffic in front of Jaroslav Halak, allowing Nicklas Backstrom’s shot to get through and tie the game with 6:06 to go.
In overtime, Tavares won the opening face-off, and after Johnny Boychuk fired the puck on net, Holby left it for John Carlson, who then sent the puck up the boards before it was kept in the zone by Nick Leddy. Nikolay Kulemin then re-directed Leddy’s pass on goal and the puck bounced around before Tavares got his stick on it from a tough angle:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Katie Kerrick, 19, and her sister are Montreal Canadiens fans … when they’re not playing the Ottawa Senators. But when their hometown team visits Bell Centre, they throw on their Sens gear and pull for the visiting team.
One such visit was Game 2 of their Atlantic Division playoff series on Friday night – a game during which she said they suffered assault and harassment from Canadiens fans, with Bell Centre employees doing nothing to help them.
So now they're exclusively Ottawa Senators fans.
Here’s a sad (and all too familiar tale for women who attend games) tale Kerrick posted on Facebook:
“I just got back from the Bell Centre, where my sister and I were cheering on our hometown team, the Ottawa Senators. Tonight's loss was particularly disappointing for us. We have been to the Bell Centre to cheer on the away team before and are used to the good-natured chirping from Habs fans...what we are not used to is being genuinely scared of being injured by grown men.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
ANAHEIM - If the hockey world wasn't aware of Jakob Silfverberg, they are now.
With 19.8-seconds remaining, the forward acquired in the Bobby Ryan-to-Ottawa trade, snapped a wrist shot past Ondrej Pavalec to ice the game, 2-1, for the Ducks.
The hard-hitting game was not without its controversies. And they both included Ryan Kesler… not in a good way.
Kesler aided the Jets in scoring their only goal of the game after he shoved Lee Stempniak into the net. As Stempniak was starting to leave the crease, Adam Pardy slipped a wraparound shot into the net.
Everyone in orange and black (and purple, if you include the color of Bruce Boudreau’s face) wanted the goal waived off, but as the official plainly states to Kesler, “You pushed him.” From Stephanie Vail:
GIF love this, you can clearly read refs lips as he points to Kesler and says "you pushed him" pic.twitter.com/clIKM6u7er
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1. Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
The Blues sniper is the key to St. Louis’ series against Minnesota. The Wild simply has no answer for the skilled Russian who, when he’s on, is about as unstoppable as they come in the NHL. Check out the elevation on the wrister in the below video. His hat trick helped give St. Louis a 4-1 win and tied this first round series at 1-1.
No. 2. Star: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa forward flashed his speed in the Lightning’s 5-1 pasting of the Detroit Red Wings. The victory for Tampa evened up the Yzerman Cup series at 1-1. Just look at these wheels on this goal. He looked like Luis Mendoza. Only the boards could stop him.
No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Pegnuins
The Pittsburgh captain scored two goals in a must-win comeback victory for the Penguins over the New York Rangers in Game 2. Crosby’s two second period goals ignited Pittsburgh, which was down 1-0 after one period to New York. He took a shot around the jaw area from New York forward Carl Hagelin in the third period, but remained in the game.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The St. Louis Blues have Vladimir Tarasenko. The Minnesota Wild don’t. And it was this advantage that proved the difference for the Blues on their Saturday Game 2 first round 4-1 win over the Wild, on the scoreboard and on nightly highlight shows. Because when Tarasenko scores, it always looks amazing.
Tarasenko notched a hat trick against the Wild to even the series 1-1 as it heads back to Minnesota for Game 3.
Where was that hole? How did he find it? Who cares ... it's Tarasenko, who always makes something out of seemingly nothing.
"This is a win. This is 100 percent [a] win," Tarasenko said via NHL.com. "There's no time to celebrate. We have a tough couple games coming [up]. Just bring the good part and make the next step right now. We just win. It doesn't matter how many goals you have."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Before the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 2 against the New York Rangers, Sportsnet had the latest in a series of “what’s wrong with Sidney Crosby?” segments, as the captain had one goal in his last 19 postseason games.
(He had nine assists in that span, but c’mon, that doesn’t fit the narrative.)
After the Penguins’ 4-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday night, the story changed: Sidney Crosby is still Sidney Crosby, with two goals in 4:39 late in the second period that blew open the game.
His first goal came on a backhand shot off a rebound, thanks to Patric Hornqvist’s strong drive to the net:
His second goal came on a diving tip off a Chris Kunitz shot:
Just like that, the Penguins had emphatically rallied from a 1-0 hole created by Derek Stepan’s first-period goal.
Was it perfect? Not at all. The Penguins took seven minor penalties, their second straight undisciplined game. But the Rangers managed only one power-play goal on seven chances, and the Penguins posted two power-play goals of their own via Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz.
Crosby also had a scary moment in the third period, colliding with Carl Hagelin of the Rangers.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Maybe Detroit coach Mike Babcock doesn’t have the magic touch after all. After tagging Petr Mrazek as the team’s starter for Game 1 against Tampa, and Mrazek coming up with a sterling performance, Mrazek turned into a pumpkin in Game 2. Or something like that.
Tampa won 5-1 to even the series at 1-1 and Mrazek was yanked after allowing four goals on 18 shots on goal.
"I think Petr played good, we have to give him a chance," Babcock said via NHL.com. "We didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but when we did, they capitalized, and you can’t expect your goalie to make all those saves. So it’s a five-game series now and we’ll focus on Game 3."
Maybe it was more Tampa’s offense and its fast forwards than Mrazek.
Just look at this absurd Tyler Johnson goal. Nice wheels:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish was predictably pumped after his team won the NHL draft lottery and the chance to pick Connor McDavid at the 2015 selection process.
“Any team would have been over the moon about winning the lottery. We’re the same. It’s a game-changer,” he said.
Yes … it is perhaps. If there’s one organization that should caution success over drafting No. 1, it is Edmonton. Taylor Hall was a game-changer. Just like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was. And Nail Yakupov – though maybe less than the previous two.
NHL Network launched an entire series about the Oilers and their rebuild. It premiered during the 2010-11 season. It was called Oil Change. It eventually ran its course. They could probably do it again.
And such is the issue with the Oilers, a team that has made a science of messing up top prospects. Nugent-Hopkins hasn’t progressed. Hall’s name was listed in trade rumors this year. Yakupov has been all over the place, though he has finally started to show his prodigious goal scoring gifts under new coach Todd Nelson.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
GM Tim Murray of the Buffalo Sabres knows there’s a silver lining to the NHL Draft Lottery.
He knows that the Edmonton Oilers’ winning the right to draft Connor McDavid – moving up to the No. 1 pick, from their third-worst record and third-best odds – leaves them with a chance to select Jack Eichel, a Boston University center and a franchise player in his own right.
“We're disappointed not to get 1st, but we're happy with 2nd. Two franchise-changing guys in this draft,” Murray said, via the Sabres.
But still … Saturday night was the end of a two-year journey for Murray and the Sabres. The prize at the end was McDavid. The consolation prize, as rewarding as it is, was Eichel.
"If you could have one or two, you would naturally want one,” he said, via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.
He added, "I'm disappointed for our fans."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Edmonton Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.
The Oilers’ card was pulled by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as a team with the third worst record and an 11.5-percent chance to win the lottery took the top spot and the chance to draft the OHL super prospect.
“It’s going to affect your entire lineup, and getting the No. 1 pick is certainly going to fill a big hole in our lineup,” said Bill Scott, assistant general manager.
Taylor Hall is ready.
Hey @cmcdavid97 left shot black tape left side
The Buffalo Sabres will draft No. 2 overall, where center Jack Eichel awaits. But the meticulous dive to the bottom of the standings for Buffalo targeted McDavid, and this lottery loss will sting – especially given Edmonton’s good fortune in the lottery.
It will be the fourth time in six years the Oilers will draft first overall, having drafted Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan-Nugent Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) – all of them great offensive talents, none of them on the level of McDavid.