- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Youppi wants in the game, I think.
No. 1 Star: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Chara had a game-high 5 shots on goal, two of which went into the net. It was all the offence the Bruins would need in a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames, in large part because Chara's such a force at the other end.
No. 2 Star: Valteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning
Filpulla scored a shootout goal in the Lightning's comeback 3-2 win over the New York Islanders, but he was also the only reason they were there. He scored twice late in the third period to send the game to overtime, including his second of the night with four seconds remaining in regulation:
Defense: the Islanders are doing it wrong.
No. 3 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings
In his sixth NHL game, Jones picked up his third career shutout, which is absurd. The Kings' rookie made 24 saves in LA's 3-o win over the Edmonton Oilers.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Earlier this evening, we looked at Kyle Quincey's hit from behind on Ryan Getzlaf, which seems likely to draw some attention, and maybe a suspension, from the Department of Player Safety.
That is, unless Quincey's hit is overshadowed by this arguably worse hit from behind courtesy Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals on Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers:
Schenn left with a likely concussion, which makes sense, because… good Lord.
Wilson was given a five-minute major for charging, and a game misconduct, as well as another five minutes for fighting. And he'll get more once the Shanahammer comes down.
Here's the thing: Schenn turns as Wilson approaches, and that's bound to be a divisive, and potentially mitigating factor. But I'll bet you that Wilson could have adjusted to this sudden movement and made a clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit instead of boarding the Hell out of him if he wasn't traveling at warp speed. Seriously, it's a wonder he didn't enter hyperspace.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Ryan Getzlaf came into Tuesday night riding a 16-game point streak, and considering his Ducks have collected points in 14 of of those 16, I think it's safe to say he's been a pretty important part of their success of late.
That in mind, this hit, which saw Kyle Quincey shove him headfirst into the end boards at Joe Louis Arena, had to be pretty scary for an Anaheim fan. Or anyone else for that matter:
Getzlaf left the game bleeding from the mouth, but he did return.
Quincey left the game as well, handed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for this hit. Will that be all, or will he miss a few more?
There's certainly precedent. Corey Potter was suspended for a similar hit on Nick Bonino just yesterday, on what the league determined a shove "a dangerous distance from the boards". This one looks a lot like that. Unless the league decides Getzlaf caught an edge or was in the process of a reverse hit that simply went awry, one assumes Quincey will miss a game or two for this one.
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- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins pretends to carry the Stanley Cup during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena."
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Preview: Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Hindsight is 20/20, right? Lets all point and laugh at the mistakes made by others in 2013.
10. Setting the execution date of the Hockey Night in Canada brand
In the , the title character played by Elijah Wood is tasked with finding new parents because he doesn't like the one he has. There is a scene where North is with the Inuits and they're performing a rite of passage - putting their elderly on slabs of ice and shoving them off to die in the Artic. (Movie rated PG!) This is what Rogers has done with the Hockey Night in Canada brand.
As part of the $5.2-billion agreement effective next year, the CBC will give up almost everything related to the Hockey Night in Canada brand except for airing it on their channels. The partnership between the CBC and Rogers is for four years; meaning the 65th season of HNIC is likely to be its last.
The iconic institution has been put on a small glacier and we're all watching it melt. No word yet if Don Cherry gets a separate sheet of ice.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
If you missed the first episode of “HBO 24/7 Red Wings-Maple Leafs: Road To The NHL Winter Classic," you missed Randy Carlyle's struggle with a toaster over; Dion Phaneuf's wardrobe; Jimmy Howard's pre-game mental exercises; and tons of screen time for Stephen Weiss.
Our review of Episode 1 was that it was "meh," and we're such fanboys of the series that the Episode 2, premiering Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET on HBO and 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday for our Canadian friends with Sportsnet, has us hoping this was just setting up for big things to come.
Thanks to HBO, here's a censored Episode 1 in its entirety. Sorry Canada, they've made this video U.S.-only.
Be sure to enhance your viewing experience with the .
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Kesler’s unfinished business; Murray extension talks; Dineen to lead Canadian women (Puck Headlines)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.
• Even World War Z Brad Pitt supports Marc Methot's presidential candidacy.
• On Ryan Kesler's unfinished business now that he's healthy and productive again. [ESPN]
• The David Clarkson era in Toronto has gone so well that he's already being compared to Larry Murphy. [The Star]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday 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: Eric Stephens, Anaheim Ducks writer for the OC Register, breaks down the West.
• More Shawn Thornton analysis, fallout.
• The Sharks and Bruins bring holiday cheer.
• Looking at the scoring races.
• Hockey with accents.
• NHL news and notes.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins had the ignominious honor of partaking in an altercation outside of a Vancouver club recently, claiming he was assaulted by a local and having the whole thing filmed on a cell phone.
At one point when Lucic was going off, the cameraman on this TMZ-style clip bellowed “MILAN LUCIC IS BEYOND GOOD RIGHT NOW!”, leading us to predict that it would eventually become a T-shirt. And yeah, that took less than 24 hours:
The Milan Lucic Is Beyond Good Right Now shirt is available from Trending T-Shirts for $16.99, and comes in the Bruins’ iconic colors.
“Show your support for Bruins power forward Milan Lucic, who is beyond good…on or off the ice” reads the tag line. It’s also a great item to wear if you want to punch him repeatedly in a bar hoping he’ll respond so you can sue him.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The NHL is going to win the appeal case with Shawn Thornton.
Does that mean the neutral arbitrator is going to uphold the 15-game suspension given to the Boston Bruins forward for his slew-foot/gloved punch attack on Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins? Not necessarily.
As I spelled out on Monday, the only question at hand in this appeal is how the NHL arrived at 15 games.
Was it in comparison to other suspensions handed out by the Department of Player Safety? Was it in comparison with suspensions throughout NHL history, before Sheriff Shanahan rode into town? If so, how many of those seemingly comparable acts were stick or skate fouls, rather than gloved punches? It matters: The NHL, historically, has had a higher standard for punishment for high sticks and slashes than for punches, outside of a few cases.