- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy25 mins ago
"That's intent to blow the call," was the way CSN Bay Area play-by-play man Randy Hahn described the no-goal decision by referee Dave Jackson to deny the San Jose Sharks a go-ahead tally against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.
Midway through the opening period, Tommy Wingels deflected down a Matt Irwin shot from the point, followed his own rebound and put the puck behind James Reimer for a 2-1 San Jose lead. But it wasn't meant to be as Jackson intended to blow his whistle while he believed the puck was under Reimer's pad.
Here's the video:
As you see, the puck was live the entire time and was never covered by Reimer. Jackson explains he believes the puck was under Reimer's pad on Wingels' second poke, when it was already over the goal line at that point.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption: "Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders scrambles to make a save with Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks on his doorstep."
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Preview: Nashville Predators at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The National Hockey League surveys thousands of its fans through the NHL Fan Faceoff program, asking all manner of questions about the game, fan behavior and the direction of the League.
In the latest survey, two questions caught the eyes of a few of our readers; ones that specifically ask about eight cities (s/t Matt C.):
And then the follow up question, via reader Dan K.: “If you were in those cities, and if they had an NBA or NHL team, would you go and see a game there?”
Now, the common thread is that none of these cities currently have either an NHL or NBA team. In other words, if the NHL theoritically expanded to any of them, they'd be "first in market," which is a significant advantage to whoever becomes the city's only pro arena team. (See: Oklahoma City, and a blown opportunity for the NHL years ago.)
- Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
It’s not a coach’s challenge, but the NHL’s general managers have discussed one way to handle blown goalie interference calls during games: Allowing on-ice officials to use monitors inside the penalty boxes to determine the validity of goals onl interference plays they whistle.
There are, of course, questions about how in the name of Tim Peel any of this would work.
“Do we blend it into a coach’s challenge? Do we keep the coach’s challenge out of it? Is every one reviewed? Does a referee use a monitor in the penalty box instead of gong to Toronto and having them see it?” asked St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, after Tuesday’s GM meetings session in Boca Raton, Fla. “It was great dialogue, and there was really no consensus coming out of it. It’s something we need to continue to explore.”
There was no formal proposal on this idea or any ideas surrounded expanded replay, as least not yet. But there was general consensus that the NHL’s “war room” should broaden its scope in reviewing goals that should or shouldn’t count in a variety of situations.
- Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Evgeni Malkin made the media standing outside the Penguins locker room wait for him after the Pittsburgh Penguins' Monday night win in Washington against the Capitals. The pain of losing in Sochi is still present on Malkin’s face every time a question is asked about it. And he doesn’t hold back answering. Malkin talked walking to the team bus on Monday night.
The Washington-Pittsburgh games have lost their luster a little. Don’t you think?
“I don’t know. I think fans still like them. The playoffs will start and if we play against each other I think everything will come back. The season is long, there are a lot of games. And now every time we play against Washington now the hype is not the same. Maybe because Sid had some injuries in the past the draw of this game was lost.”
This is the first time after the Olympics you played against Washington. Did you and Alex Ovechkin talk?
“No. We arrived late last night, and we are leaving right after the game. They are also leaving right away. Maybe we will talk tomorrow. But what’s there to talk about? To remember Sochi?”Tue, Mar 11Washington0 - 2PittsburghGame Recap
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy8 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.
• Is this a new Arizona Coyotes logo? Or just a prototype? [SportsLogos]
• Is Patrick Roy the Jack Adams frontrunner? [The Hockey News]
• The Avalanche may be hosting an outdoor game next season at Coors Field. [Denver Post]
• The Colorado Avalanche have lost P.A. Parenteau for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. [NHL]
• Dave Andreychuk gets a statue in Tampa Bay. [Lightning]
• The Flyers will be unveiling a Fred Shero statue on Saturday. [Flyers]Wed, Mar 126:30 PM PDTChicago at ColoradoPreview Game
- Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
When Rich Peverley was being carried to the back by Dallas Stars medical and training personal, having slumped over on the bench during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, rookie forward Alex Chiasson sat on the boards, his back to the ice.
Moments later, he was seated on the bench, his head down. Like his teammates, have had an idea what ailed Peverley – he missed the preseason with an irregular heartbeat – and like his teammates, he wasn’t sure what happened to him after he was carried off, looking lifeless.
Peverley was taken to UT Southwestern St. Paul hospital on Monday night, alert and resting according to doctors who treated his “cardiac event” during the first period of the game.
According to the Stars, Chiasson also went to the hospital last night as well, distraught over the Peverley incident. He was released, but the Stars felt it was best that he didn't play 24 hours after the incident.
The rookie did not fly with the team to St. Louis for their game against the Blues on Tuesday night.
- Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Former NHL great Keith Primeau talks to us about the state of the game and his storied past.
• The latest on Rich Peverley.
• What ails the Capitals.
• Jeff Marek discusses being the single most important person in the HNIC/Rogers revamp.
Question of the Day: Should they allow more kicked-in goals in the NHL? Email at email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Kimmo Timonen’s in an interesting career crossroads, ahead of what assumes is the end of the road for his NHL career.
The nearly 39-year-old defenseman seems to have discovered a fountain of youth amidst the stray dogs of Sochi: He has seven points in four games since the Olympic break, including two goals in the Philadelphia Flyers’ overtime loss at Toronto on Saturday. He’s playing well as the Flyers push for the playoffs and potentially achieve Timonen’s dream of winning the Stanley Cup.
It’s that dream that brought him back to the Flyers for one season at $6 million.
“That’s why I’m still here,” he told CSN Philly. “It keeps you motivated every night, thinking about that I still have a chance to get it. Hopefully it’s this year.”
But is it a dream that’ll bring him back to the NHL again next season?
Timonen told Sarah Baicker of CSN that he’s undecided about next season. It all depends on how his body reacts to this season and if he believes he can rev up the engine for another 82 games in 2014-15.Tue, Mar 11New Jersey2 - 1PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
After Finland’s women’s team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden at last month’s Olympic tournament in Sochi, goaltender Noora Ratyannounced that she was retiring from the national team. The 24-year old also noted she was retiring from club play, but only if she couldn’t find a competitive league to participate in.
With the lack of professional women’s hockey leagues around the world, Raty will be taking her skills and facing off against men. The netminder will join Kiekko Vantaa of the Mestis League, Finland’s second highest division, next season after signing a one-year deal.
Last week, gold medal-winning Canadian goaltenderShannon Szabados signed a contract for the rest of the seasonwith the SPHL's Columbus Cottonmouths, days after practicing with the Edmonton Oilers.