- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy56 mins ago
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Jack Capuano’s frustration was evident following the New York Islanders’ Game 3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The build up for Brian Boyle’s winning goal was aided by a headshot that went uncalled, he believes.
Early in overtime, Boyle took out Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey with a high hit along the boards. Hickey’s intended pass was intercepted by the Lightning and when Tampa transitioned and entered the offensive zone, Hickey was down on the ice as Boyle took possession of the puck as part of a 3-on-2.
Hickey was just getting to his skates as Boyle corralled Victor Hedman’s wide shot off the back boards and scored his second of the playoffs to give Tampa a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series lead.
The Islanders and their fans were obviously unhappy with the no call. Afterward, Capuano was predicting a coming suspension for Boyle.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Viral sensation Tony X. received a hero’s welcome at Scottrade Center on Tuesday. He mugged for photos, was videoed by the St. Louis Blues, shown on the jumbotron, and tweeted out a few observations from the contest.
It was reportedly the first live NHL game for Anthony Holmes (aka Tony X. on Twitter) who became a social media hero during Game 7 of the Blues’ first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Holmes became such a big deal that he was interviewed on Good Morning America.
There, Blues vice president Brett Hull offered Holmes tickets to Tuesday night’s Game 3 between St. Louis and the Dallas Stars.
The Blues paid tribute to Holmes at the first TV timeout, showing him on the jumbotron, which included one of his signature tweets from Game 7.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey exploded into Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin with a big open-ice hit in the second period of Game 3 of their second-round series.
The body check happened midway through the frame. Drouin tried to skate the puck into the Islanders zone looked down for a second and then Hickey hit into Drouin.
The young forward skated to the Tampa bench on his own power, doubled over after the play, which was not penalized. Drouin then left the bench, again under his own power. He returned during the third period and set up the game-tying goal.
It's unclear whether the play will merit any supplemental discipline, but doesn't seem likely. Hickey played the body as Drouin tried to make a play with the puck. Also, it didn't appear Hickey targeted the head, though it did seem his shoulder hit Drouin in the chin.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
(As the NCAA hockey season is done, our own Ryan Lambert needed something on which to opine. Say hello to a special Tuesday series from yer boy RL, PUCK LISTS, in which he arbitrarily lists hockey things.)
8. Any one of several of the guys on the team, Nashville Predators
I don't particularly care if the Predators win the Cup except to say that they are ostensibly the team I want to see do the best in general. Any one guy who wins it, sure, that's fine. Whatever. Go Preds and all that.
But there are a list of guys on that team I definitively do not want to see win the Cup. Mega-creep Mike Ribeiro is probably Nos. 1-65 on the list. I also kinda don't want to have to hear how Shea Weber is one of the league's great defensemen (he is absolutely not) when and if he wins a Cup. And James Neal, given all the elbowing and so on, probably doesn't deserve it.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
When we last heard hockey talk from WFAN radio icon Mike Francesa, a.k.a. The Sports Pope, he was trashing the New York Islanders’ public relations efforts and calling it a “third rate” organization.
That prompted Rick DiPietro, former Islanders goalie-turned-radio host on rival 98.7 FM, to fire back that Francesa was a “fatso.”
On Tuesday, it was Francesa’s turn to lob some grenades in this New York sports talk radio war, first taking a shot at the Islanders, saying tickets were still available for their Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“They don’t know how to market, and the rink is run by a bunch of clowns. But otherwise, I think they’re OK,” he said.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Stanley Cup Playoffs bring out the rivalries in many cities. Sometimes those rivalries extend to off the ice. Sometimes they involve zoos and elephant poop.
OK, maybe they don't involve elephant poop all the time, but for the Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues series, there’s definitely some of that involved.
The respective zoos of St. Louis and Dallas agreed to a friendly wager on Twitter last week where the loser’s vice president would have to travel to the winner’s zoo, don a jersey and hat of the victorious team and shovel 250 pounds (!) of elephant poop.
The smack talk was in full effect prior to Game 1.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was suspended one game on Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for illegally checking Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson in the first period of Game 3 of their conference semifinal series.
Hence, Letang will miss Game 4 of the their series. Which is pretty significant when you consider defenseman Olli Maatta is also likely out for Game 4 after Brooks Oprik delivered a head-shot on him in Game 2, earning a three-game suspension for the Capitals defenseman.
That suspension prompted Washington coach Barry Trotz to hint that the NHL gives the Penguins preferential treatment. Less than 24 hours later, Letang gets a one-game suspension.
Here’s the NHL suspension video:Wed, May 48:00 PM EDTWashington at PittsburghPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars played coy on their goaltending starter for Game 3 of their second-round series with the St. Louis Blues.
According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Antti Niemi left the ice first at morning skate. Generally the goaltender that leaves the ice first at morning skate will start that night.
Then, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Kari Lehtonen would start.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins announced some significant injury news on Tuesday. Since it’s May, we suppose it’s good news. Outside of the whole “missing the playoffs allows for longer recovery time” thing.
Center David Krejci is expected to have five months of recovery time after surgery on his left hip. He led the Bruins with 46 assists and was tied for second on the team with 63 points.
Not for nothing, but he had three goals in his last 23 games this season.
“It’s been bothering me for 20 or so games,” Krejci said during the team’s breakup-day media availability at TD Garden, via NESN. “I felt like I was still in decent shape to play games and help the team, and there’s been games where I’ve felt pretty good."
His hope is that he’s ready not only for Bruins camp, but for the World Cup of Hockey, having been named to the Czech Republic team.
Krug, meanwhile, had right shoulder surgery and will need six months to recover. Krug had career highs with 81 games played, 40 assists, 44 points and 33 penalty minutes.
He had two goals from Dec. 5 to the end of the season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
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• The cat has to be photoshopped right? (San Jose Sharks)
• The second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins has been marred by dirty plays. [ESPN]
• Why Penguins goaltender Matt Murray isn’t a “hot goalie.” The Penguins are up 2-1 on the Caps currently. [Washington Post]