- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy52 mins ago
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4, on Thursday night. The box score reads that they scored five goals in the third period to rally for the win, and that captain Claude Giroux scored the final two goals to complete the comeback.
But his ninth goal of the season, the game-winner at 18:22 of the third? It has to be seen to be believed:
This goal of the year candidate by Giroux is remarkable on several fronts. There was the spin move to get deeper into the attacking zone and track the puck. There was the way he controlled the puck while wearing David Savard as a coat. Savard shoved him, and Giroux lost his balance; yet he had the wherewithal to put the puck on his backhand, take a stride and fire it on net.
Not only did he fire it, he fired it perfectly: a rocket over the glove of Curtis McElhinney, who flashed the leather high but couldn’t catch up with it.
What a shot.
Obviously it was exactly what Giroux planned, right?
“I was just trying to get it on net,” he said after the game. “I was at the end of a shift, pretty tired. Just trying to get it on net.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings has a reputation for playing on the edge. The question is whether he actually played over it against the San Jose Sharks, in taking out rookie star Tomas Hertl in the first period.
As 18:59 of the first, Hertl swept the puck ahead and out of his own zone after a Kings offensive chance. Brown skated toward him, and his right leg connected with Hertl’s left leg.
Hertl hit the ice in pain, and would not return to the game. Brown was given a major for kneeing, which carries a game misconduct penalty.
Did he deserve it?
Look, there’s no question that Brown has found himself on the delivery side of several lower body collisions. There was a blatant knee on Jaden Schwartz of the St. Louis Blues last season. There was the thigh-on-thigh hit from Brown on Michal Rozsival in the 2012 playoffs; the Coyotes were outraged, but the NHL didn’t offer any supplemental discipline.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
At the start of the shootout between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, James van Riemsdyk skated in and slid the puck at goalie Mike Smith. The Coyotes keeper trapped the puck under his pad but momentum carried him back into the net.
Was the puck in? Did he make the save?
There was no signal from referees Paul Devorski and Rob Martell.
Up to the War Room we went for a review. The NHL found the footage inconclusive, and thus the call on the ice stood.
Which was … what?
A goal, apparently, even if neither official signaled it.
The Maple Leafs would score a second goal in the shootout via Joffrey Lupul, winning the game 2-1.
So what happened here?
“Paul Devorski told me that ‘100 percent’ it’s in,” said Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett. “You gotta take him for his word. The video was inconclusive, but Paul said ‘110 percent, Tip, I saw it in.’”
As for not signaling a goal, Tippett said that Devorski indicated to Smith that the puck had gone in.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
When the NHL has a hearing and decides not to suspend a player, it requires some thorough explanation to justify the decision.
Which is why the Department of Player Safety released a video that’s over three minutes long, breaking down why Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson wasn’t given any supplemental discipline for his charging hit on Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
We’re talking “coach’s diagram” specific:
Essentially, the NHL argued that Brayden Schenn knew Wilson was coming and by turning his back on the play put himself in harm’s way. If there was an injury here, significant or otherwise, the fault falls to the Flyers forward for turning his back on Wilson.
The other facet of this was the charging call on Wilson, the NHL buys his argument that he didn’t commit to the hit until he was well into the offensive zone, and that he was skating in as a forechecker and not taking a full skate from the neutral zone to hit him.
Hence, no suspension.
If the NHL wants to justify its decision not to ban Wilson for a couple of games with this evidence, it’s compelling enough to do so – especially the indictment of Schenn’s role in the potential injury.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The San Jose Sharks visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night (10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. ET), and we all win. Here are a few things to check out:
1. As You May Have Heard, The Home Team Does Quite Well
The last 15 times the Sharks and Kings have played, the visiting team has failed to win in regulation. In fact, the road team only won once in those 15 games – on April 5, 2012, which was a 6-5 shootout win. In the Western Conference semifinals last postseason, the home team won all seven games.
In their last 12 regular-season meetings, the home team has a 3.25 goals-for average, while the road team has a 2.25 goals-against average.
2. The Martin Jones Mystery
The Kings backup is 6-0-0 with a 0.82 goals against average, with three shutouts in five games.
So, uh, how do the Sharks beat this guy?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
When we lamented the cookie-cutter disappointments of this season’s Christmas hockey sweaters, we had but one request: If you’re going to ugly, make sure it’s uuuugggggly.
So kudos to the Toledo Walleye for this monstrosity, which eschews the red-and-green of other sweaters for what looks like the bastard child of Hanukkah and Christmas:
Holy Toledo …
From the ECHL team, a feeder to both the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings:
Don't put your festive holiday sweaters away right after Christmas - you'll want to wear them one more time in 2013 for Ugly Sweater Night, presented by Goodwill: Saturday, December 28. The Walleye team will be getting in on the action, wearing the ugliest holiday-themed uniforms you've ever seen!
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
It was a pretty great year for jaw-dropping transactions in the NHL. The Mikhail Grabovski buyout, which greyed the hair of more than a few bloggers. The subsequent overpayment of Tyler Bozak. The David Clarkson contract. The firing of Brian Burke. The trade for Jonathan Bernier.
And these are just transactions that didn't make our top 10 -- from one city . (You so crazy, Toronto.)
Here are the transactions that shocked us in 2013.
We all saw it coming, but it was still pretty audacious. After two disastrous seasons in Philadelphia, and just one start shy of 100 in the orange and black, Ilya Bryzgalov was disappeared from the Flyers' organization. Only two summers earlier, Ed Snider had crowed about the signing, a $51 million deal that ran through 2020, saying, "for me, the goaltender is the final piece on this team.” Now, the Flyers were paying $23 million to rid themselves of a huMANGous mistake.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 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.
• This 1973 Quebec Nordiques' Christmas card is all sorts of fantastic. There are others. [The Hockey News]
• As Tom Wilson went through his hearing with the Department of Player Safety, his head coach, Adam Oates, was still defending his hit on Brayden Schenn. [CSN Washington]
• Schenn could play Thursday night against Columbus and said he doesn't remember a thing about the Wilson hit. Yet, he did not undergo the baseline test for a concussion. [Philly Inquirer]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Tim Peel is a National Hockey League official. He’s abjectly terrible. Let’s find out what he’s been up to, shall we?
Dec. 17, Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild
Canucks rookie defenseman Ryan Stanton was roughed up from behind and into the boards during the second period of Vancouver’s game at Minnesota, and had to be helped from the ice after injuring his ankle. Tim Peel ruled this was a 2-minute minor for Zenon Konopka for tripping; Canucks coach John Tortorella disagreed in an animated discussion during the game.
“It shouldn’t have been a minor,” Tortorella said. “That’s what I thought. We are trying to get that play out of the game and look at the person who is doing it. I just thought it should have been more than a minor.”
Alas, Torts lost the a-Peel. We’ll give this one two Mario Kart banana peels. Not his worst call, and angering Tortorellla is god's work.
Dec. 16, Winnipeg Jets at Columbus Blue Jackets
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more: unappealing
Special Guest Star: George Richards of the Miami Herald is going to tell us why the Panthers are so good.
• Tom Wilson's boarding suspension.
• The fighting ban for USA Hockey.
• Ottawa Senators in crisis mode.
• NHL news and notes.
Question of the Day: In light of Darryl Sutter's idea to eliminate the penalty boxes, give us your craziest NHL idea. Email at email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek.