- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
No. 1 Star: Marek Zidlicky, Detroit Red Wings
The trade deadline acquisition popped the puck over Cam Talbot for a power-play goal just 1:09 into overtime, as the Wings defeated the New York Rangers on RIVALRY NIGHT(!), 3-2.
No. 2 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators
Hammond did it again, making 35 saves in leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He made 12 saves in the third, when the Sens were outshot 13-3.
No. 3 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
The Avs captain scored a goal, his 17th, and had two assists in their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Honorable Mention: John Gibson made 37 saves in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jiri Sekac had an assist on Rickard Rakell’s sixth of the season. … Alex Galchenyuk scored his 19th. … Bobby Ryan scored his 17th and Kyle Turris scored his 16th. … Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and Sidney Crosby went scoreless in their Cole Harbour showdown. … Evgeni Malkin scored goal No. 27.
Did You Know? Iginla reached the 20-goal mark for the 16th time in his NHL career and tied Bobby Clarke for 43rd place on the all-time list with 1,210 points. (AP)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
According to the NHL, the kneeing penalty that got Matt Martin kicked out of the New York Islanders’ game and put Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley out on Tuesday was a bumbling, awkward collision by a player unfortunately trying to complete his check.
And it’ll cost Martin another game.
From the NHL:
New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
After the game, a 3-2 OT win for Dallas, coach Lindy Ruff estimated Daley would be done for “weeks” and called for a ban on Martin.Thu, Mar 58:00 PM ESTNY Islanders at NashvillePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Math is not our strong suit, but the amount of man-games lost for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season has to be in the thousands, right?
Or so it would seem with this snake-bitten team, which has now seen this season from hell take an new and exciting absurd turn: David Clarkson, the player they acquired in exchange for an injured player, is now himself injured.
(Although we bet his contract is insured.)
From the Jackets:
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
These GoPro camera videos the NHL is producing are quite cool. From Sidney Crosby showing his skills to this new one with P.K. Subban trying all sorts of tricks.
It’s kind of like you’re on the ice with them – though really we're all watching them via internet. Anyway, behold Subban, one of the league’s foremost entertainers, putting on a show for us:
This is all part of GoPro's deal with the NHL, which was announced over All-Star weekend. And at the moment the videos have yet to disappoint ... at all.
How does this rate against Crosby, the other NHL star who has a GoPro video at the moment? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to see Subban’s moves, and his rifle of a shot up close is indeed something. The preview shows that there will be many more players doing ridiculous stuff on the ice.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Marc Crawford is no stranger to going off on an opposing coach while on his team’s bench. Remember the 1997 Western Conference Final
Nearly 20 years later, Crawford still has that edge and the ZSC Lions head coach took out some frustrations on EHC Biel head coach Kevin Schläpfer during a Swiss League playoff game on Saturday.
With Biel holding a 5-0 lead in the third period, things started to bubble over, and a dust-up ensued between Henrik Tallinder and Spylo Ahren. Via Bardown, when Schlapfer said something to Tallinder, Crawford had enough.
WARNING: VERY NSFW language (unless you have a really cool boss):
"If Schläpfer wants to mess with me, let him. But with a player? That will not do," Crawford said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The last time I spoke with Hilary Knight, she was super pissed off.
It was in the media mix zone in Sochi, a year ago. The U.S. women’s team had lost the gold medal in overtime to their arch rivals from Canada.
Knight had been whistled for a controversial penalty on Canadian forward Halyey Wickenheiser that led to Marie-Phillip Poulin’s game-winning power play goal.
I still remember her voice as a mixture of bitterness, disappointment and exhaustion.
“I didn’t touch her. She fell. It was a bogus call. But it doesn’t rely on one call. We had plenty of opportunity,” she said.
She was devastated. But with time comes understanding, and that gold medal game went down as one of the most memorable moments of the Sochi Games.
How many young women playing hockey around the world saw a player or a play and wondered, even for a moment, if that could be them one day?
Knight felt that way watching the U.S. women’s national team, with players like Cammi Granato. They were her role models, and now she’s like to be one to emerging generations of women athletes.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 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.
• Prepare for this awesomeness to return to the desert Thursday! Coyotes throwback night! [Arizona Coyotes]
• In spite of all the odd stuff that happened with Toronto yesterday the Maple Leafs picked up a victory against the Florida Panthers, and it was a rare road win. [Toronto Sun]
• A lesson in media relations for Toronto’s Phil Kessel. [Globe and Mail]
• Doug Wilson says he will never ask Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau to waive their no-trade clauses. It’s up to them to come to him. [Pro Hockey Talk]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: George Richards of the Miami Herald gives us the scoop on Rob Tallas, Roberto Luongo and the Panthers.
• The apology to Lupul and the Phaneufs.
• The Calder race.
• NHL Playoff races.
Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Hockey is a dangerous game.
We doubt you all need a reminder of that, but sometimes there’s an injury that just leaves you completely stunned and disgusted and stunningly disgusted.
A Redditor named “Yobay” published a few photos on Wednesday of his hockey injury. It was a knee injury. A pretty bad one.
“[I] was cutting to the net from the boards, defenseman took me out into the goalie, the goalie skate (which has corners) grabbed the side of my knee and the pressure of me falling into him with speed pushed my shin pad up and the skate sliced through.
“Ended with all 3 of us in the net and the net off into the boards.
“I didn't know it was bad until I was helped off the ice and felt something weird, pulled my sock down and revealed this horror show.”
We’re not going to publish them here, outside of the edited version up top, because we don’t want you scrolling to something just repulsive by accident. (It’s bad enough we publish Oilers box scores.)
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars’ playoff hopes are already slim — nine points out of a wild card spot — and losing one of their top defensemen Tuesday night won’t help matters.
Early in the first period of their 2-1 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders Tuesday, Matt Martin collided knee-on-knee with Trevor Daley, sending the Stars blueliner to the ice in pain.
It was nothing malicious from Martin, as you can see from his immediate response, just clumsy, and unfortunately Daley was on the receiving end. Still, just like players have to be in control of their sticks, Martin needs to be in control of his body if he's going to lay a lick on an opponent.
Daley was done for the game and Martin was given a five-minute major for kneeing and an automatic game misconduct. The NHL announced Wednesday morning that the Islanders forward will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety.