- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Sergei Bobrovsky was forced to pull out of the NHL All-Star Game last week after he suffered a groin injury during a loss to the Winnipeg Jets. And now that the weekend is over and players are returning to their teams, we’ve learned that this season for the Columbus Blue Jackets is definitely cursed.
The team announced on Monday that Bobrovsky will miss the next 4-6 weeksbecause of the injury. Goaltender Anton Forsberg has been recalled from Springfield.Tue, Jan 274:00 PM PSTWashington at ColumbusPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Did you hear the news that the Devils reportedly put Tim Sestito on waivers? Oh and Mike Richards as well.
Wait, THE Mike Richards?
Yes, that Mike Richards, who has been extraordinarily unproductive this year in spite of having a $5.75 million salary cap hit over the next five seasons.
Richards was an integral part of the Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup championship win, and although his role was diminished last spring when they won the Cup again, he did manage 10 points in 26 playoff games. This year, Richards has five goals and 15 points in 47 games and is a minus-7; since Nov. 22, he has managed to score just once.
The move will give the Kings cap reliefon a player that they were getting absolutely nothing out of. Will someone claim him? The answer is probably no … mostly because he does not have the one ring to rule them all.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Like many six-year-olds, little Alex is losing his baby teeth.
Like any hockey player, he knows losing a Chiclet on a slap shot is a rite of passage.
So with some parental supervision -- and kids, don't try this at home without some -- Alex combined his passion for the game with some amateur dentistry and yanked his own tooth out.
By tying it “super tight” to a puck and then firing the disc at the goal.
(Has Shea Weber considered this as a side job?)
According to his father, the experiment was a success, and Alex now has an official hockey smile. And, not for nothing, an incredible hockey set-up in his basement. Things have come a long way since Sidney Crosby fired pucks at a washer/dryer.
Question is, does this moment put him on the road to becoming an oral surgeon or winning the shot accuracy contest at the 2030 NHL All-Star Game?
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad sat on the Team Toews bench at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game and started to get a little nervous. There was such anxiousness in the 18-year-old’s body that he started to shimmy a little.
“I was sitting on the bench getting the shakes a little bit. I was trying not to try too hard,” he said. “That’s kind of like the thing to do almost. It is hard to do. I got chirped a little bit for trying too hard.”
An All-Star Game for a first year player is tough. You want to play at your regular season pace. You want to look good in front of your boyhood heroes. You don’t want to embarrass yourself. But really, it’s just a glorified exhibition.
“That was like summertime hockey,” Ekblad later said.
With several players pulling out at the last minute before the mid-winter classic/sponsor-fest, there were few replacements close and available. So the league had to add its pool of rookies it originally designated for the Saturday skills competition.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio — We need a recount! Just as Latvians and Chicago Blackhawks fans voted in droves for the NHL All-Star Game starting six, Columbus Blue Jackets fans inside Nationwide Arena on Sunday did the same for Ryan Johansen.
Even though Johansen and Team Foligno lost 17-12 to Team Toews, the Blue Jackets forward (four points) won Most Valuable Player honors after an in-arena Twitter vote. He's the first losing player to take home the car since Daniel Briere and his five-point night in 2007. He’s also the first player since Alex Kovalev in 2009 to win the award in front of the home fans.
But if there are two fanbases who might have some beef with the results it’s those of the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. John Tavares joined Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Vincent Damphousse, Mike Gartner and Dany Heatley as the only players with four goals in an All-Star Game. Voracek, meanwhile, tied Lemieux’s All-Star record of most points with six with a hat trick and three assists.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Ovechkin wanted a car in Columbus this weekend. Badly.
He lobbied to be the last pick in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday, as the “Mr. Irrelevant” for each team was given a brand new Honda – a campaign hilariously chronicled on his Instagram feed, including a hand-written sign that read “I WANT TO BE LAST. I NEED A CAR.”
Alas, he was picked second to last.
On Sunday, he vowed to win the Most Valuable Player in the NHL All-Star Game, a wild affair that saw a new record established for goals scored in a game with 29.
Alas, he finished with three assists, but his linemate and local fan favorite Ryan Johansen won the car.
"I'm not disappointed,” said Ovechkin. “There's going to be a couple surprises."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Imagine you’re at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena. You’re sitting down, about to have a nice cold soda. You put the straw to your lips. Team Foligno scores a goal! You hear AC/DC come on the loudspeakers … “For those about to rock …” (BOOM) a fake cannon blast sound fills the entire building.
You're shocked. You're scared. You almost had a heart attack. The soda? All over your recently cleaned shirt. Oh the humanity.
This is something that actually happens at every Blue Jackets game when the home team scores. But it took extra prevalence Sunday in Team Toews’ 17-12 win over Team Foligno.
Even the players in the game seemed to be getting annoyed. Team Toews/Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo tweeted mid-game that he wanted the cannon to stop.
The canon has to go @BlueJacketsNHL
Don’t worry Bobby Lu … you had many friends in the press box.
“I didn’t like the cannon. After a while, you get used to it, but the first few times … yesterday and stuff was a little bit freaked out,” Luongo said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 60th NHL All-Star Game was an offensive affair.
Take that any way you’d like.
The teams captained by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets set a new League record for most combined goals in an All-Star Game, in a 17-12 victory for Team Toews on Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Patrick Kane’s (Foligno) goal at 13:09 of the third period was No. 27 for the night, breaking the 26-goal record set in 2001 during the North America vs. The World format.
We don’t want to say the 29-goal night was overwhelming, but at one point the Civil War-dressed workers that fire a cannon after every home-team goal seemed to simply forget to do so. Maybe they ran out of ammo; the teams certainly didn't.
John Tavares of Team Toews became the sixth player in history to score four goals in the NHL All-Star Game. Tavares scored once in the first period, twice in the second and another in the third period.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
John Tavaras just cost Kevin Shattenkirk the Norris Trophy.
Ok, maybe that's a little too severe of a conclusion considering it's was a scoring play in the All-Star Game.
Puck handling against Shattenkirk as he crossed the blue line, Tavares dangles the puck behind his skate, brings it back to the front, skates around the front of the net and fires a wrister at Carey Price from an awkward angle. At first the announcers thought Price made an unconventional semi-pad stack/turtle on its shell save, but alas, Tavares had scored.
The video is way better than words can express:
The goal tied the game at 4-4 with 57-seconds left in the first period. The camera caught the New York Islanders captain enjoying the replay of his goal from the bench and the look on his face is about as magical as his puck handling.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
It's the 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Columbus and the Yahoo Sports crew is here to chat it up!
Team Foligno vs. Team Toews!
But the real intrigue is with some of the first timers at the game.
Twelve 2015 NHL All-Stars are under age 25. Thirty-two of the 41 players have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday. The youngest 2015 NHL All-Stars are 18-year-old Aaron Ekblad (2/7/96) and 20-year-old Filip Forsberg (8/13/94). Ekblad will be the second 18-year-old to skate in the past three NHL All-Star Games, following Jeff Skinner in 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.
So join the Puck Daddy crew and your Yahoo Sports friends for all the action at 5 p.m. ET.