- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is all about making amends.
He was pulled in Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning after giving up four goals on 18 shots. But every other time he was pulled this season, he responded with an awesome effort, going 3-0-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
His bounce-back in Game 3 was even better: a 3-0 shutout on Tuesday night, making 22 saves and giving the Red Wings a 2-1 series lead. Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit, which won on home ice.
The Red Wings played much better in front of Mrazek after giving up 30 shots to the Bolts in Game 3. Steven Stamkos was limited to three shot attempts. Tyler Johnson was limited to two shots. Ondrej Palat had one shot attempt. Detroit blocked 10 shots to Tampa’s five.
“I thought we were way better. We looked like a real hockey team," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock.
Earlier, Babcock said he didn’t believe in bounce-back games, saying that NHL goalies don’t need them if they’re playing up to standards.
“If you think you need a bounce-back game, that means you had a bad game,” said Babcock.
“We expect him to play good every night.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
During the Ottawa Senators’ push for the playoffs, I pointed my phone at my television, fired up Periscope and streamed a shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs while offering pithy commentary.
Within minutes, without any promotion on other social media, I had hundreds of people watching along with me.
It was at that point I realized the potential of the app and the completely nebulous legalities of it. Was this kosher? No idea. Was this awesome? Absolutely.
So the question then became how I could use this technology during coverage. At Game 1 of the New York Rangers’ series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, I did live Periscope intermission coverage. That seemed OK.
Some of the other people in the press box that were Periscoping the pregame skate or postgame comments? That seemed a little more dicey, given the NHL’s rules about shooting video at events where big media companies held the broadcast rights.
On Tuesday, the League finally addressed the real-time streaming issue, via a memo from deputy commissioner Bill Daly:Wed, Apr 227:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at PittsburghPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
And your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy finalists are …
Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.
The award is annually given to “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Generally, this ends up being some sort of combination of the best player with the fewest penalty minutes.
So let’s break down the finalists as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association shall we?
Datsyuk had eight penalty minutes in 63 games played. Hudler had 14 penalty minutes in 78 games played. Kopitar had 10 penalty minutes in 79 games played. Datsyuk is a four-time winner of the award.
The NHL awards are June 24, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
As a voting member, I can say this is one of the hardest to pick, because the criteria is pretty loose and somewhat arbitrary. Last year’s winner was Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly who had two penalty minutes in 80 games played. His 12 penalty minutes in 82 games this year clearly put him in the goon category.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
As Scott Darling makes save after save in Round 1 of the playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Nashville Predators must feel horrified.
Darling, the Blackhawks backup who has won both games for Chicago in its first series against Nashville, was essentially created by the Predators.
Last season, Darling, 26, sort of entered the Predators organization on an American Hockey League contract, first with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, and then with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals – both affiliates of the Predators.
While he wasn’t brought into Nashville with the Predators, he worked with then-Nashville goaltending coach Mitch Korn and Admirals netminder coach Ben Vanderklok. Korn is now with the Washington Capitals, and Vanderklok has the pleasure of watching his former pupil essentially destroy his current organization. OK, it’s not that extreme. But think of Darling as Skynet, and the Predators as the humans to some degree.LiveNashville2 - 1ChicagoFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The arrest report of Jarret Stoll for suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy was released Monday. And according to details in a story from the Los Angeles Times, it does not sound good for the Kings forward and pending unrestricted free agent.
Stoll, who was arrested Friday in Las Vegas at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand, “consented to a voluntary pat-down upon entrance” to the pool per the Times.
The security guard, according to the report, “found an off-white powder in two pink baggies, small baggies, he recognized as contraband, also a clear plastic baggie containing numerous gel-caps with an off-white powder inside the caps.”
The baggies were found “in the right, back pocket of Stoll's swimsuit shorts.”
Also per the Times:
A field test identified the off-white powder as cocaine, weighing 3.3 grams, according to the report. The gel-caps weighed 8.1 grams.
The police officer said he asked Stoll if the powder was cocaine and Stoll answered, “Yes,” according to the report. The gel-caps were seized pending chemical analysis.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Goalie Petr Mrazek gets the start in Game 3 of the Detroit Red Wings’ series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and his series this far as gone as expected. As long as you expected him to play well in giving up two goals in a 44-save Game 1 effort, and then fall apart in giving up four goals on just 18 shots in Game 2.
The Red Wings should have, as this has been Mrazek’s M.O. this season: Look brilliant one night, human the next, but then look just as brilliant in the next start.
As Bill Roose pointed out in the Red Wings’ site, Mrazek getting pulled for Jimmy Howard in Game 2 could mean good things for Game 3:
On the four previous occasions that Mrazek was relieved, he has responded by posting a 3-0-1 record with a 1.71 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in the four starts that followed the games in which he was replaced.
“That’s what he does and that’s what he has been doing for us all year,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I will say however, I didn’t think (any) of those goals were faults on him. We made some big mistakes and he was left hung out to dry. We have to do a better job in front of him.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Calgary Flames take the ice on Tuesday night to battle the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of their Pacific Division semifinal, with the chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead.
Should that good fortune visit the Flames, there would be only one catalyst for it: The incredible playlist of inspiring playoff anthems that have been generated by Calgary fans, artists and radio stations.
But until that playlist is located, please enjoy this collection of ear-bleeding songs inspired by Johnny Hockey, Bob Hartley and the Red Mile.
It's the battle of the terrible Calgary Flames Playoff Anthems!
“All About The Flames”
Inspiration: Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”
How Terrible Is It? Two talented young ladies dance with a mannequin in a Jonas Hiller mask and attempt to awkwardly shoehorn the word “Canucks” into the chorus. Points for rhyming “time to shine” and “1989.” Points off for the Sedin Sisters joke. Not bad, especially when challenged with creating a song about a Flaming 'C' out of one about butts.
“Arenas Can’t Hold Us”
Inspiration: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us”LiveVancouver1 - 3CalgaryFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Alex Burrows has a broken rib, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA.
Burrows was taken to the hospital Tuesday, after the Canucks' morning skate, in advance of their evening Game 4 match up against Calgary. In his tweet, Lavoie notes Burrows is "out of danger." Unsure of what that means, but the details seem to still be coming out, including the how and where of the injury.
Per the team's website:
"We can now add that Burrows was taken to hospital for the upper body injury, there are no medical issues involved. That’s all the information we’ve been given from the Canucks media relations team following Alex Burrows suffering an injury during the team’s morning skate Tuesday in Calgary."
Burrows left the ice in pain and was helped to the dressing room by team medical staff; it’s unclear what exactly happened, but it’s clear he won’t be playing in Game 4 after leaving the Scotiabank Saddledome on a stretcher.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Enough time had elapsed between the puck going into the net and Byfuglien’s punch on Perry that it wasn’t a case of being the Winnipeg Jets defenseman mistiming things:
Byfuglien was given two minutes for roughing and the Ducks ended up winning 5-4 in overtime and grabbing a 3-0 series lead with Game 4 Wednesday night back at MTS Centre.
On Tuesday, Byfuglien met with the media and didn’t have much to say. In fact, he only had one thing to say, really.
"As long as we stick together as a team, we'll be all right."
Ah, the Marshawn Lynch school of media relations.Wed, Apr 229:30 PM EDTAnaheim at WinnipegPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
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• This seems like a pretty good sign for the Islanders ahead of Game 4 after an overnight thunderstorm on Long Island.
• Nick Cotsonika on a loud, wild night at MTS Centre as Stanley Cup playoff hockey returned to Winnipeg. [Yahoo]
• That “Katy Perry” chant for Corey Perry last night, Jets fans? Not original and definitely not cool. [Eye on Hockey]