- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning rookie recorded his first career NHL hat trick during a 5-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings. The win set a franchise record with their ninth straight win at Amalie Arena.
No. 2 Star: Anton Lander, Edmonton Oilers
Lander had a hand in all three Oiler goals in their 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the “McDavid Bowl.” After recording a pair of helpers, Landers put home the eventual game-winner 7:52 into the third period:
No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Behind Zach Parise’s 20th of the year and 30 saves from Dubnyk, the Wild shutout the Calgary Flames 1-0. It was the 11th shutout of Dubnyk’s career and his third straight win.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Katelyn and C.J. Mckeen were under the impression they were about to participate in an intermission game at Thursday’s Tampa Bay Lightning game. The brother and sister were slated to take a shot on goal of some sort, but little did they know they were in store for a huge surprise.
Just before they were to attempt their shots, the Lightning game-night emcee Greg Wolf introduced their father, Master Sergeant Chris Mckeen of the U.S. Air Force:
“I’m just extremely grateful that I get to come back to my family safe and get to see them,” said Mckeen, who was on tour in South Korea.
These military reunions are always the best, and the family reactions really make you want to grab the tissues.
Welcome back home, Master Sergeant Mckeen.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Watching hockey games is a wonderful family event. Crowd around the television, turn the volume up and enjoy hearing lustful sexual screams in the background. Wait, what?
Yup, that’s what happened during Nashville’s broadcast in St. Louis. Just listen to the vine below. We joke about #hockeyporn on this blog all the time. This is real, legit literal hockey porn ... (s/t to Rinkside Report’s Jim Diamond for alerting me to this while I was catching up on lower grade porn known as "The Bachelor" on my DVR. Needless to say, the channel has been changed).
The game’s still not over as of this blog, but I feel like we’ve reached the climax. Below is some more, um, dubious noises.
And I thought the Predators had let go of Michael Del Zotto.
In case anyone thinks the video was doctored, Diamond is the Chapter Chair of the Nashville Professional Hockey Writers' Association and a highly trusted NHL resource in the area.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The Toronto Maple Leafs held a 1-0 lead on the Arizona Coyotes and were on a power play as the third period began. Things were looking good.
Five seconds later, Jonathan Bernier channeled Vesa Toskala and oh, no:
Oliver Ekman-Larsson will never get a luckier goal in his career, especially shorthanded. He also entered the NHL record books in the process. The goal was the fastest shorthanded tally to start a period ever at five seconds.
That’s a rough one for Bernier. That puck dipped just as he thought he was about to catch it. And now he joins Vesa Toskala with his own Maple Leaf memory to forget.
The goal was the start of a bad third period for the Leafs. Martin Hanzal would score three minutes later and the Coyotes would add on an empty-netter for a 3-1 victory.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
When the NHL and the NHLPA announced the 2016 World Cup of Hockey last weekend, it was clear that they would find new and excited ways to generate revenue from an event that could gross as much as $120 million.
This is because NHL players (and fans and media) are all really keen on Olympic participation, and the League knows the only way to knock dreams of gold medals out of their heads is to smack them with bags of money.
So, to the surprise of no one except those delusional enough to believe there won’t be advertising on NHL jerseys in the near future, there will be advertising on World Cup of Hockey sweaters, according to Rick Westhead of TSN:
The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Remember when hockey in California was a novelty? You had the Golden Seals with their goofy jerseys and white skates. The Los Angeles Kings seemed like nothing more than a token gift to the West Coast.
Now, hockey in California is real, it’s a thing, and it’s getting much more serious with the American Hockey League’s announcement of the formation of the Pacific Division and the addition of five California franchises to start play in 2015-16. The breakdown from the release:
- The Anaheim Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals AHL franchise and will relocate it from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif.
- The AHL franchise owned by the Calgary Flames will relocate from Glens Falls, N.Y., to Stockton, Calif.
- The AHL franchise owned by the Edmonton Oilers will relocate from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Bakersfield, Calif.
- The AHL franchise owned by the Los Angeles Kings will relocate from Manchester, N.H., to Ontario, Calif.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Oh the amazingness of tabloid newspapers never ceases to amaze. Behold the above cover of the Ottawa Sun featuring Jason Voorhees from the film “Friday the 13th” to commemorate Dallas forward Jason Spezza and his return to Ottawa for the first time since a summer trade.
And if there was a question as to whether he was going to be booed in his Thursday night return? A horror movie villain certainly adds to fan anger. Or scares children readers.
And then there was this little delicious morsel from the Dallas Morning News.
“It’s been challenging. It’s not easy to move teams when you’ve been in one spot for so long. But I think it’s made me a better player,” he said. “There’s been a learning curve, probably a little more than I expected. But I guess that’s been being a little naïve in moving teams for the first time — you expect everything to fall into place, but it takes a little bit of work.”
OK, not exactly an ‘I hate Ottawa’ quote. But moving to Dallas made him a better player? Goo.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 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.
• "Dollar Beer Night" in Cincinnati ends with a monstrous beer pyramid. [Sporting News]
• “Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too.” Jason Spezza returns to Ottawa for the first time as a Dallas Star. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
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Special Guest Star: Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington on the Capitals vs. Penguins.
• Brodeur retires.
• Spezza in Ottawa.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
They call my home state of New Jersey the “Garden State.” I always imagined it was the runner-up to the rejected original winner, “Constant State of Inferiority.”
We’re a punch-line. We’re a weird growth on the ass of New York. We’re trash heaps and smoke stacks and odd odors that creep through your vents while traveling down I-95. We’re Snooki and The Situation and Joe Piscopo and Chris Christie and clichés about Springsteen songs and where everyone looks like Tony Soprano.
When you’re from Jersey, you always hear about the concept of “Jersey Pride.” It’s this notion that we’re something more than the jokes that define us, something more than the being “The Garbage State.”
It’s a difficult concept to grasp for many reasons, being that we’re a collection of self-deprecating jerks half the time. It was especially difficult growing up as a sports fan in New Jersey during the 1980s and ‘90s, because nothing that was good about Jersey sports was actually ours.