- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Garret Sparks, Toronto Maple Leafs
On Monday he became the first netminder in Leafs history to record a shutout in his NHL debut. Sparks was called up from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to start in place of the injured James Reimer and a struggling Jonathan Bernier. Sparks stopped 24 of 24 Edmonton Oilers shots on goal in the 3-0 win.
No. 2 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
Gibson improved to 2-1-1 since his call-up from San Diego with a sterling 25 save performance in Anaheim’s 4-0 shutout over the Vancouver Canucks. Gibson helped the Ducks kill off a late four-minute double-minor high sticking call on Chris Stewart.
No. 3 Star: James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
The young forward notched three assists and was a plus-2 in 17:33 of action. He has 16 points in 24 games on the season and seven points in his last six games.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
In the long history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, no goaltender had shutout his opponent in his NHL debut – until Monday.
Netminder Garret Sparks made 24 saves over the Edmonton Oilers to pick up a shutout in his first NHL game. And after the 3-0 win, he got emotional when informed that he had entered the Maple Leafs record books with the blanking.
The video of this moment is above.
Said Sparks via NHL.com:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling through another mediocre season and frustration boiled over for goaltender Cam Ward in a 4-3 loss at the New York Rangers.
Ward took his anger out on his stick after he allowed a bad angle goal on a soft shot by Rangers forward Chris Kreider in the second period to put New York up 3-1. The video of the play is above.
The 31-year-old Ward stopped just 18 of 22 Rangers shots on goal in the game. He has a 2.53 goal-against average and .898 save percentage.
The loss dropped Carolina to 8-12-4 on the year and a minus-20 goal differential.
On a funny note the team’s official Twitter handle made a slight jab at a Rangers mistweet.
At least losing hasn’t dampened their sense of humor.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
There appears to be some controversy with Minnesota Wild All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter the coaching staff’s decision to change his defense partner.
Suter was not thrilled with being paired with Jonas Brodin at Monday’s practice – enough to publicly question coach Mike Yeo on the choice.
The report comes from Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
This is no swipe at Brodin because Suter respects him as a player, but Suter's had a solid start to this season, especially offensively, and he thinks playing with a right-shot like Spurgeon gives him more options in all three zones. On skating with Brodin, Suter said, "Yeah, I don’t know what’s going on there. He decided to change things up. I don’t know what they’re thinking."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
So the venerable Stan Fischler decided to take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins in his latest “One Timers” column for The Hockey News.
And it went a little something like this:
No matter how you shake it Sidney Crosby has become a curious subject for study in Pittsburgh. His slow scoring start was enough to raise eyebrows through the season’s first quarter although Sid seems to be back on track. What’s troublesome are reports of a feud with his former landlord and boss Mario Lemieux. That has created more negative vibes than the Penguins need.
Both Crosby and Lemieux were emphatic in denying a rift between them, although without a photo showing them sharing a bottle of Cabernet in Mario’s basement/Sid’s former bedroom, we’re not sure if they can ever establish there’s no heat.
The venerable Stan Fischler then decided to put on his GM fedora, and came up with this little ditty:Tue, Dec 17:30 PM PSTPittsburgh at San JosePreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The Braehead Clan’s recent contest against the Fife Flyers was more than just a game. It was a fashion statement by Braehead.
Braehead wore a kilt pattern in honor of St. Andrew’s day – a Nov. 30 holiday in honor of Scotland’s patron saint. Above is a photo of the outfit. Below is a highlight video of the game so you can see the kilt pattern in action. Braehead (the team is based in Glasgow) plays in the EIHL.
Whether they’re intimidating or not they definitely added a festive nature to the game.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- George Richards of the Miami Herald joins us to talk about the Florida Panthers, some struggling young players, potential relocation and the glory of covering Jaromir Jagr.
- Kate Cimini, Lead NWHL writer for@TodaysSlapshot, joins us to talk about the league, its future and the biggest stories on the ice this season.
- John Tortorella calls the Penguins whiners.
- Jim Kyte vs. Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand.
- Carey Price's injury.
- 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.]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Monday boasts a tidy four-game slate in the National Hockey League with a single team sporting an above-.500 record for the season. And those New York Rangers enter with a three-game losing streak. Still, the daily game churns on, and there are plenty of attractive value options to plug into your lineups to open cap space.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at .
• Shakira is a Detroit Red Wings fan! [People]
• NHL All-Star voting opens up Tuesday and ends Jan. 1 [NHL]
• Why the NHL needs to eliminate late hits. Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan happened long after Stepan got rid of the puck. [Eye on Hockey]
• Try to enjoy Alex Ovechkin while he’s still a great player. An excellent look at Ovechkin, his greatness and why we shouldn’t take him for granted. [Vice]Tue, Dec 14:30 PM PSTBuffalo at DetroitPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan will miss the next 4-6 weeks with broken ribs.
The Rangers announced the news Monday on their Twitter feed. Stepan was hurt on a hit by Matt Beleskey in the Bruins’ Friday 4-3 win over New York. A video of the hit is above. Beleskey did not received any supplemental discipline for the play.