- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy51 mins ago
The NHL Draft Lottery is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night, and there’s unprecedented hype for it. Connor McDavid, the brilliant junior hockey star, is the top prize; Jack Eichel, the brilliant NCAA hockey star, is a heck of a consolation prize.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy54 mins ago
Scott Darling was one reasons the Chicago Blackhawks came from behind and won Game 1 of their series against the Nashville Predators. He wasn’t rewarded for being the savior and was in his familiar position as backup in Friday's Game 2. But Corey Crawford faltered again and head coach Joel Quenneville decided to make a change.
“Scotty is coming off a spectacular outing,’’ Quenneville said ahead of Sunday’s Game 3, via the Sun Times. “I think his play is deserving of getting the start here at home.’’
Darling relieved Crawford after the first period in Game 1 and stopped all 42 shots he faced during Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win. Crawford allowed three goals in the opening period of Game 1 and all six in Game 2. This is either a change to wake up the guys playing in front of Darling and Crawford, a potential changing of the guard, or both.
But is it too early to turn to Darling? The series is only 1-1 and Game 2 was a one-goal game in the third period until a disastrous 2:19 span for the Blackhawks when Nashville scored three times.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Calgary coach Bob Hartley has been fined $50,000 for the antics by his Flames during Friday’s Game 2 line brawl against Vancouver.
And the instigator penalty on Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland who racked up 42 penalty minutes in the third period of Friday’s 4-1 loss? Rescinded by the NHL.
Why was Hartley fined?
The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.
The language of that rule is amazing.
Here’s the video of what happened:
And this is not the first time Hartley was fined for the above stated rule. Remember that whole John Tortorella running into the Flames locker room thing last season? That was caused by Hartley starting his goons against Tortorella's Canucks, which led to a $25,000 fine against the Calgary coach.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – Talking to Ondrej Pavelec, there’s a certain sense he really wants the opportunity to backstop Winnipeg to a win in Game 2 against Anaheim. And it’s more than just a pro athlete cliché type thing.
In a corner of the Honda Center, when asked about his first playoff experience and what to expect in the second game, the 6-foot-3 Pavelec starts to motion more with his hands, his answer flowing through his entire body.
“That’s why you play hockey, to play those games,” he said. “We lost Game 1, but I thought we played a really good game and we know we can play those guys. For me, the atmosphere was great. The fans were great, I’m just excited to go play. That’s why you became a hockey player – to play for a Stanley Cup, right? So now it’s time.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The NHL Draft Lottery is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night, and there’s unprecedented hype for it. Connor McDavid, the brilliant junior hockey star, is the top prize; Jack Eichel, the brilliant NCAA hockey star, is a heck of a consolation prize.
The NHL is so super concerned about transparency, it's released the number combinations for all teams in order for them to win the lottery. It’s also filming the lottery, lest anyone believe it’s been fixed to benefit a particular team.
But which teams deserve to earn the first overall pick, and which ones should we pray don’t win the right to draft McDavid?
Here’s a quick guide to the teams in tonight’s lottery, and their virtue:
14. Boston Bruins
Odds of Winning Lottery: 1.0%
Connor McDavid’s Nickname If Drafted: Connor McDunkin’
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Friday to even their first round playoff series 1-1. There’s happiness in Smashville for the Predators, who blew a three-goal lead Wednesday to lose to Chicago in double overtime. They’re back in the series! Huzzah!
Oh yeah, and Shea Weber was injured midway through the second period with a lower body injury, left the game and didn’t return.
The video of the clean hit by Brandon Saad on Weber that appeared to lead to the injury:
If there was one player on the Predators – not named Pekka Rinne – who could not get hurt, it would be Weber. He’s had better years than this past season where he had 15 goals and 45 points along with meh possession numbers.
But he plays 26:22 per-night. He’s Nashville’s captain. He has a freaking rocket for a shot. And now the Predators will be without him for who knows how long. According to Rinkside Report, there was no postgame update on Weber’s condition.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
For all intents and purposes, Game 2 between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames was a letdown compared to the last 30-second heroics of Game 1.
At least is was for 58:43 of the game.
This should have been a story about Eddie Lack needing only 22 saves to earn his first ever Stanley Cup playoff win, and the Canucks first win on home-ice in the playoffs since 2011. Instead, it's now a story about a massive line brawl at the end of a 4-1 game.
Get cozy, this is going take a while. From our friends at Sportsnet:
Everyone loves a good line brawl, especially in the playoffs.
The penalties that resulted from the brawl ended up being the story of the night. As of publication, the NHL boxscore shows the following:
No one seems to be sure if this is official or even remotely accurate. Although, according to Darren Dreger, the officiating supervisor for this series, Rob Schick, has given it a once over.
Just handed final game sheet. Still shows Engelland with 2 majors, instigator and 3 game misc. Told Shick looked it over. Subject to change.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Backstrom played abig part in Washington’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2. After assisting on the Capitals’ first tally, he helped set up Alex Ovechkin’s goal late in the second period. Early in the third, Backstrom’s power play goal tied the game at three:
No. 2 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
Galchenyuk’s goal 3:40 into overtime gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-0 series lead.
No. 3 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Smith scored twice and assisted on another as the Predators evened their series with the Chicago Blackhawks with a 6-2 win. The win was Nashville’s first since March 28. Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg each recorded two points.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
According to a report by CBS Los Angeles andCBS Las Vegas, Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy.
Per a web story on CBS Los Angeles, Stoll was arrested at the Wet Republic pool complex at the MGM Grand Hotel, and Las Vegas police confirmed the situation.
Vanessa Murphy of CBS Las Vegas had the initial report via Twitter.
It was also confirmed by Orange County Register Los Angeles Kings beat reporter Rich Hammond via Twitter.
Confirmed through Clark County online police records...Jarret Stoll arrested today in Vegas, charged with drug possession
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly also released a comment to Lisa Dillman and the LA Times via Twitter:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
That circled Chicago Blackhawks player is Patrick Kane coming off the bench for a line change. Seconds later he did this:
But the first goal of these playoffs for the Blackhawks star shouldn’t have counted, as Chicago muffed a line change and should have been called for too many men. Heck, even six guys were involved in the post-goal celebratory circle.
Peter Laviolette was obviously livid following the goal, but the call isn't reviewable and still won't be next season when theleague likely implements a coach's challenge.
Despite the controversial goal, the Predators came out on top 6-2 after scoring three times in a 2:19 span in the third period to send the series to Chicago even at one.
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