- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings went into TD Garden and upset the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 thanks to a 25-save shutout from Howard. The game was scoreless until late in the third period when Pavel Datsyuk pulled some sorcerey for the game's only goal.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim captain has had an eventful three days. On Wednesday, he took a puck to the face. Then Thursday night, he and his wife had a baby girl. During Game 2 Friday night he scored a first period goal and assisted on what would eventually stand as the game-winner as the Ducks went up 2-0 on the Dallas Stars with a 3-2 victory.
No. 3 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The way goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask were playing in Game 1 between Boston and Detroit, you knew it was going to take something special to break the scoreless tie. Fortunately, that's sort of where Pavel Datsyuk excels.
The Red Wings stole Game 1 of series with a 1-0 win Friday, and the difference, as he often is, was the wizardly Datsyuk, who scored the game-winner on a dazzling, beautiful individual effort with just over three minutes remaining.
I was going to go out tonight. I think I may just stay in with this goal.
So much beauty here, and it begins at the moment that Datsyuk corrals this puck. The play begins with a truly terrible pass from Johan Franzen, who tries to flip it to Datsyuk to start the breakout and winds up losing it in traffic.
But no matter. Already dashing through the neutral zone like a one horse open sleigh, Datsyuk reaches back behind him and snags the puck, dragging it between all three Bruins' forwards, then slingshotting it through his legs and up to his stick. He does all this at full speed.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Before the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play Game 2 on Sunday, Milan Lucic will be a few dollars short in the wallet.
In the second period of Game 1 Friday night, Lucic had enough with Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and decided to give up a cup check:
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That's just... with the amount of television cameras in NHL rinks these days, of course this was going to be caught. No penalty was called, but you can be sure Stephane Quintal and the Department of Player Safety will have something to say about it.
Lucic is no stranger to the spear, having done something similar to Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens in March. He went unpunished, but this blatant attempt will likely not be dismissed.
If Joel Quenneville is out $25,000 for grabbing his junk while arguing a call, what's the wallet hit on Lucic going to be?
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
As the Tampa Bay Lightning try to deal with the losses of Ben Bishop and Ondrej Palat, the Montreal Canadiens are taking advantage in their first round series. An overtime win in Game 1 has been followed up by a strong start in Game 2.
David Desharnais tipped home a power play goal for Montreal early in the second period to open the scoring. It was their first goal with the man advantage in 28 opportunities. Eight minutes later they doubled their lead after a pretty series of moves from Rene Bourque.
Here in all its glory is the RDS call:
Montreal took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at the second intermission on Bourque's second goal since Feb. 4. Meanwhile, the injuries continued to build for the Lightning as forward J.T. Brown left the game in the second period after getting hit along the boards by Alexei Emelin.
The Canadiens ended up winning 4-1.
Do the Lightning stand a chance heading back to Montreal down 0-2 in the series?
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- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The NHL announced a $25,000 fine to Joel Quenneville for "inappropriate conduct" Friday, after his double overtime tirade against the officials Thursday night ended in a crotch grab that would have made Michael Jackson proud.
Quenneville had already apologized for the gesture. "It was a bush-league move on my part," he said earlier in the day.
Now, we don't know about bush-league. It seemed just a little lower than that.
Still. He wasn't happy with it, and neither was the league, who would prefer their coaches not do this.
The Internet, on the other hand, loved it. Loved it. On Friday, Joel Quenneville was everywhere.
Pete Blackburn had a ton of fun with it, noting that pointing that dramatic is better suited for John Travolta feature films than the NHL playoffs. Something tells me we'll be seeing a lot of this GIF in the playoffs, especially if the Blackhawks win an elimination game to stay alive , as it were.
Thank goodness Game 2 goes Saturday during the day. That gives Quenneville plenty of time to get to a postgame dancefloor before Saturday night fever sets in.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Game 1 of the divisional semifinal series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning was a nail-biter: a 5-4 win in overtime for the Habs on a Dale Weise goal.
But this was your proverbial “closer on the scoreboard than it actually was” kind of game, because Montreal dominated them in shots on goal (44-25) and possession (60 percent to 40 percent in corsi close, i.e. corsi in a 1-goal game). To those ends, it was a blowout.
Check out this shot attempt chart from Extra Skater:
And then check out what it looked like in their previous meeting on April 1.
So yeah, the Canadiens controlled this one.
The question then becomes “why?” As in, why did the 10th best team in the league in puck possession when the score was close in the regular season get dominated by the 26th-best team in that metric in Game 1?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Torey Krug probably thought he was safe.
His employer, the Boston Bruins, were an Eastern Conference team. His childhood idols, the Detroit Red Wings, were a Western Conference team. The only time that odd collision of NHL career and hockey fandom would occur was in the Stanley Cup Final.
And then realignment happened.
And then the Red Wings finished in the last wild card slot, and the Bruins finished with the conference’s best record, and the Livonia native and Michigan State product was suddenly preparing for a playoff date with the Red Wings.
He was familiar with them, of course, having carried a broom around town as a kid when the Red Wings were on the verge of a sweep.
“My favorite on ice memory was Steve Yzerman’s overtime goal against St. Louis in 1996. That was a pretty special moment. Just how it brought the city together, the community,” recalled Krug to the Detroit News, which is pretty impressive considering he was around five years old at the time.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Beginning next week, a unique piece of sports memorabilia will hit the auction block. Mark Pavelich, a forward on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey team, is selling his gold medal via Heritage Auctions.
The auction will run through mid-May and likely sell for a couple hundred thousand dollars, if the price of the only other “Miracle” gold medal to be sold is any indication.
In 2010, the gold medal of defenseman Mark Wells was sold through Heritage Auctions for $310,700. He had previously sold it to a private collector. Now, his teammate on that legendary hockey team is doing the same with family reasons in mind.
“I’m doing a lot for my daughter here,” Pavelich said by phone on Wednesday. “I want her to get a step forward in life. That’s probably the biggest reason.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 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.
• Fun with Google translations. [Expressen]
• Steve Mason took shots Friday morning and said his goal is to start Game 2 vs. the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon. [Philly Inquirer]
• Brad Richards was talked about as being a potential buyout for the Rangers last summer. He came up big in Game 1. [Bleacher Report]
• In praise of Steven Stamkos's "subtle genius." [National Post]Sun, Apr 209:00 AM PDTPhiladelphia at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
In 1993, the NHL named its first commissioner in Gary Bettman, a former general counsel and senior vice president for the NBA. Among the motivations for the move was to change the very image of the League to attract a young, hip American audience.
And what better way to accomplish this than with a young, hip American commissioner, right?
This original black and white photo from the archives of The Sporting News was auctioned and quickly sold on eBay for $22.99.
And no, it’s not Michael Scott representing Dunder Mifflin at the 1993 NHL All-Star Game – it’s actually Gary Bettman!
Pretty amazing that even on his first day in office, Bettman was already supporting a cap for the NHL …
Here's hoping the winner of this incredible keepsake is able to get it autographed.
By either Bob Goodenow or Chris Chelios, we mean …