- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Kai Quinonez got to live out a dream Monday night at Honda Center.
After Ryan Getzlaf skated onto the ice as part of the Anaheim Ducks player introductions for their home opener, the 13-year-old Quinonez glided forward one leg at a time to the cheers of a sellout crowd of 17,174, his face plastered on the team's big and bright new scoreboard.
The PA announcer described Quinonez, who is from nearby Los Alamitos, as part of “Team Make-A-Wish” because that organization and the Ducks were granting Quinonez's wish of being a member of the team.
At the age of 9, Quinonez was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. The definition is as follows from the Mayo Clinic’s website:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
After the Flyers allowed seven goals to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, they rebounded in a strong way with a 1-0 shutout on Monday. Making his first start for the Flyers, Neuvirth, who started in place of Steve Mason after the goaltender was away from the team for a personal matter, stopped 31 shots, helping new head coach Dave Hakstol earn his first NHL win. The shutout was Neuvrith’s eighth of his career and first since 2012. Brayden Schenn scored the lone goal of the game.
No. 2 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
The Islanders captain scored what ended up standing as the game-winning goal and recorded a pair of assists in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The win was New York's first at their new home at Barclays Center. Tavares could have had a second goal, but was denied by Ondrej Pavelec on a third period penalty shot.
No. 3 Star: Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
We all had/have favorite players growing up. Those idols were larger than life in our young eyes and we cheered them just a little bit more than the other players on our favorite team.
On Monday afternoon, one little Buffalo Sabres fan showed just how much Evander Kane is his favorite hockey player. During pre-game introductions he held back his cheering as the starting lineup was announced until Kane's name was reached.
Kane didn't score for his young fan, but he did record an assist on Rasmus Ristolainen's opening goal during Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
We're a week into the season and that might already have won cutest moment of 2015-16.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Funny thing happened to Alexander Nesterov during Salavat Yulaev’s 5-1 win Monday against Jokerit. Early in the third period, he fired a shot by Riku Helenius, but the puck quickly bounced in and out of the net, leading to officials to continue play unsure if a goal had occurred.
The play was eventually whistled dead after Niko Kapanen was given a minor for roughing Nesterov. Taking offense, Nesterov scrummed it up with the Jokerit forward and ended up with a double minor. But the officials still needed to review Nesterov’s shot from earlier, and when they did they ruled it a goal, leading to the Salavat forward celebrating in the penalty box with Enver Lisin:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri had a great NHL debut, scoring a goal in a 3-1 win over Edmonton. His second game didn’t go so well. He went pointless, the Blues lost and played only 3:27 after he suffered a concussion following an elbow to the head.
There is currently no timetable for his return.
What has already generated a bit of backlash is the following comment by head coach Ken Hitchcock Monday afternoon.
“We’re going to miss Robby. I was surprised on the concussion because he had three great shifts after the concussion. We’re going to miss his spunk, but (Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez) will be excellent replacements.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Several animal rights activists were in front of Honda Center in advance of the Anaheim Ducks home opener against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday holding signs and yelling while people entered the arena.
This was to protest Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner for killing a famous British Columbia grizzly bear named Cheeky in 2013.
Stoner’s trial was delayed last Friday until Nov. 13, but that didn’t stop the activists from making their voices heard Monday.
Stoner is facing five charges from the hunt under the Wildlife Act. He has yet to comment to reporters on the charges since they became public in mid-September. The group believes Stoner should be suspended by the NHL for the act.
“I realized that nothing had been done to him, so I decided we needed to put a protest together and raise awareness because it wasn’t getting any press, to at minimum get him suspended,” organizer Judie Mancuso said.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Daniel Briere retired from the NHL in August, but his time away from hockey didn’t last very long.
According to Randy Miller of NJ.com, Briere is now working a part-time gig with the Philadelphia Flyers, the team he played 364 of his 973 career games with. He didn’t divulge exactly what his role is, but Briere said he’s working in management under team president Paul Holmgren and will be doing a “variety of things.”
While contemplating his future over the summer, Briere said that he preferred signing with a team in the northeast to be closer to his three teenage sons. He'll now keep his 10-minute commute from his home in Haddonfield, N.J. to Philadelphia with this new job.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
LOS ANGELES – Jeff Carter skated in on Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith and whipped his powerful wrist shot from point blank range.
Smith reacted almost as quickly as Carter’s rocket making a sprawling, diving stop on the Los Angeles Kings sniper. But this was marred by Tyler Toffoli waiting for the rebound.
With Smith out of position Toffoli tapped the puck into the open net.
A year ago this would have spelled disaster for Smith with one goal leading to two or more. His confidence was shaken.
But this was a different Smith. That was the only goal he allowed that night as part of a 40-save performance in a 4-1 win where the Coyotes were out-shot and out-possessed by the Kings.
“That was a much different start than last year, that’s for sure,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.
The next night Smith turned away 27 of 28 Pittsburgh Penguins shots on goals to pick up a 2-1 win.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The New York Islanders defeated the Winnipeg Jets on Monday for their first regular-season win in Brooklyn, 4-2.
It was a time for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than by lifting a small child into the air like a human Stanley Cup?
Here's another look:
Pat Iversen of SB Nation capped this hilarious scene as Josh Bailey scored an empty-netter to put away the Jets. And this is why they play afternoon games on holidays: So children can attend, be gorilla pressed into the air during goal celebrations.
But who are we to criticize how one chooses to raise their child?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Should Jack Eichel be able to make it look this easy, this soon?
The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft scored his second career goal in his third career game on Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it was an awesome display of two-way talent.
Eichel tried a pass to the Jackets’ crease that failed, the Columbus transitioned the other way with Boone Jenner. Eichel hustled back and stole the puck. He skated wide down the left wing, watching defenseman Kevin Connauton track him for an attempted blocked shot. Not only does Eichel time his shot perfectly, he places it perfectly – top shelf, far corner, over the shoulder of Sergei Bobrovsky for an unassisted beauty.
Again … this is an 18 year old, and this was his third NHL game.