- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 mins ago
NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey fans wear old jerseys.
It’s one of their most enduring qualities, along with sexually explicit chants about division rivals. Walk into any New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center, and you see menagerie of sweaters with names new, old, forgotten and comedic. (Yes, I’m talking to you, “No. 17 Ilya KovalSUCK” guy.)
On the night when Martin Brodeur’s jersey was retired, you could trace his career timeline through the fans’ fashion.
The hipsters in the No. 29 Christmas-colored jerseys, the first sweater Brodeur wore in the NHL, back when he was rocking a flat top and one of the worst peach-fuzz mustaches in the history of follicles.
The All-Star Game jerseys, from different eras and event formats. The Team Canada jerseys from his 2002 gold medal performance, which to this day Brodeur says is what elevated him to elite status. A few St. Louis Blues jerseys to remind us how it all ended. The jersey with “RANGERS SUCK” on the nameplate where “BRODEUR” should have been, because of course .Tue, Feb 9Edmonton1 - 2New JerseyGame Recap
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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane believed he beat Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in their first two fights during their game against each other. And Kane wanted to publicly let the First Niagara Center crowd know exactly how he felt.
After their second tussle, Kane appeared pumped up, and flashed a sign with his hands, denoting he was ‘2-0’ against Petrovic in their two brawls. Kane and Petrovic would go one more time. Kane would receive a game misconduct for their third fight. It was the first time the same players hooked up for three fights in one game since Bob Probert and Jody Shelly on Jan. 10, 2002.
Here is their first fight, which came almost two minutes into the second period.
Here is their final fight of the evening midway through the third.
Kane finished the game, a 7-4 loss to Florida, with 29 penalty minutes and one goal. His final fight came shortly after his goal at the 10:14 mark of the third period.
Petrovic scored a goal, added an assist and also had 29 penalty minutes.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic recently gave thanks to the city of Boston for eight years of his career. On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins and their fans thanked Lucic for his service to the organization and his embracing the city.
During a first period stoppage of the Kings’ game at TD Garden, the Bruins paid tribute to Lucic with a stirring video.
The Bruins fans then showered he big winger with screams of “Loooooooooch” while giving him a standing ovation before the puck dropped and play resumed.
The video had several of Lucic’s big moments, including a 2011 Stanley Cup Final goal, and a 2008 hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn that shattered the TD Garden glass.
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The Calgary Flames have benched forwards Sean Monahan, Lance Bouma and Johnny Gaudreau for their Tuesday night game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
An official reason was not given as to why the three were scratched for the game, though TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted the scratching was for disciplinary reasons. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector wrote that Monahan and Bouma, both roommates, were almost late to Monday’s practice at Scotiabank Saddledome. It was set to start at 10:30 a.m., and both players were seen entering the building at 10:15 a.m. per Spector.
After 15 minutes, Bouma was removed from the ice, with Hartley reportedly later saying Bouma wasn’t feeling well.LiveToronto1 - 4CalgaryFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils retired goalie Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was there to honor him. As one might expect, one of these people received a rather healthy amount of cheers, while the other received … the opposite.
Bettman was booed when he was announced. He was booed when he walked to the podium to give his speech.
"Thank you for that enthusiastic welcome,” Bettman said, sarcastically. More boos happened, as they would through his lengthy speech.
“It’s always tough for Gary Bettman. He told me beforehand, ‘I’m taking a bullet for you tonight, you know that?’ He knew it was coming.” said Brodeur.
This is tradition, of course, as was the tradition when Lou Lamoriello – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and the architect of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup champions – walked to the podium. The sellout crowd bellowed “Loooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu!” as the veteran executive smiled.
(Remember, they’re not “booing,” they’re “Louuuuuuuing.”)
That’s when Lamoriello tilted his head, looked at Bettman, and said:
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Milan Lucic returns to Boston on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Kings, which meant it was time for a new tradition in the NHL: The Players Tribune article in which he bares his soul about seeing the Bruins bear again.
“I have to say, every day as an LA King has been a happy one. I don’t think I could have landed in a better spot for me and my family. But I’ll always appreciate how Boston shaped my life,” he wrote. “Coming back to the Garden for the first time this week, I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure. Who knows, maybe I’ll just go out there and drop the mitts just to get the blood flowing. For old time’s sake. Boston: Thank you. For everything.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche players have faith in Patrick Roy. They trust in his system, even in the face of constant criticism about his perceived non-belief in puck possession.
Is this conviction misguided, or is there really something to Roy and his system with the Avalanche as an NHL coach?
His first year saw his team exceed expectations by winning the Central Division with 112 points. Last season saw a regression as the team missed the playoffs. It was the first time in Roy’s head coaching history between the NHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League he missed a postseason.
This year, the Avs have gained traction of late to vault into the wild card after a tough start. Colorado has 58 points, three ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the final postseason spot in the West.
“We have our systems in place that we believe in and Patrick believes in,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Absolutely you can say we rally around him and his philosophy. “LiveVancouver2 - 1ColoradoFollow Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
- A big old star-studded podcast! Former New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire Jacques Lemaire talks about Marty Brodeur, the 1995 Cup, the trap and coaching an expansion team. It's great. (Interviews start around 24 minute mark)
- Martin Brodeur joins us as well, to talk about getting his number retired, his statue, becoming a star despite the Devils and the trapezoid.
- Marek and Wyshynski, on the phone, breaking down the Dion Phaneuf trade.
- 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.]
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Last week, while the Chicago Blackhawks were in Arizona during a four-game road trip, goaltender Scott Darling went out of his way to help someone in need.
Kane Van Gate, who describes himself as a “legendary beer league goalie” on his website, Tweeted out a story Sunday night passed on to him by an Uber driver.
Here's another example of hockey players being awesome people... pic.twitter.com/mR1eNNB97F
Darling confirmed the story later that night and told Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune, "I just started talking to him, was interested in his life, seemed like a good guy and just needed a helping hand. That’s how it happened.”LiveSan Jose1 - 0ChicagoFollow Game
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NEWARK, NJ – Taylor Hall, 24, and Connor McDavid, 19, are housemates this season for the Edmonton Oilers. And when they’re in that house, they tend not to talk about the Edmonton Oilers.
“When we’re there, we’re not talking about hockey at all. Just normal guys. It’s good to get away from hockey a little bit,” said McDavid.
His roomie said it’s not exactly a hockey-free zone.
“Hockey’s always a topic. We both love the game, love to watch it. But certainly you try to get away from it,” said Hall. “Edmonton can be a little bit of a fishbowl. Always in your face. Always on TV."
McDavid and Hall room with a bigger fish in their bowl: Luke Gazdic, 26 and 192 career penalty minutes. Along with being someone who makes sure no one tries to enter the house and slash them on the wrists at night, he apparently knows his way around the kitchen, said McDavid.
“Hallsy doesn’t cook. Gads does. He’s a great cook.”
The players eat Chef Gadzic’s meals. They watch some movies. They rarely fire up the Xbox. “We haven’t played too many video games. We stick to cards,” said Hall.