- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy32 mins ago
No. 1 Star: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Notched five assists in his first game back after being slammed into the boards by Zac Rinaldo before the All-Star break in a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Forward Patric Hornqvist also returned for the Pens in the victory after missing a month of action.
No. 2 Star: Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders
Halak has turned into Rangers kryptonite, stopping 40 of 41 shots on goal in a 4-1 victory over the Islanders’ rival. This comes on the heels of a shutout over the Rangers before the All-Star break. Overall on the season, Halak is 3-0-0 against the Rangers.
No. 3. Star: Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
The slick Danish netminder stopped 17 shots on goal in a 4-0 blanking over the Canucks. The victory for the NHL-leading Ducks was Anaheim’s sixth in a row and the shutout was Andersen’s third this season and second this month.Wed, Jan 285:00 PM PSTPittsburgh at WashingtonPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin slammed Stars forward Jason Spezza into the boards from behind.
He pushed him, Spezza flew, and he bled after the play. Which meant ... boarding of course and a game misconduct for the blueliner.
Take a look at the video from Tuesday night’s showdown between the two teams:
So in regards to this hit and Department of Player Safety …
Emelin was given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for boarding. He’s a repeat offender, after being fined $11,021.51 for an illegal check to the head of Brian Gionta on Nov. 29. He was also fined $5,000 for a butt-end of Pascal Pelletier of the Canucks the prior February.
But … Spezza only suffered a cut on his nose and returned after being stitched per Stars beat scribe Mike Heika.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Did you ever like Zach Parise's smile? Did you ever think his pearly whites emanated sunshine, rainbows and happiness. Then today is a bad day for you.
Take a look at what happened to Parise in Minnesota's Tuesday evening game against Edmonton Parise took a puck in the face and lost a tooth. Ouch. The video please.
And then Parise had the wherewithal to pick up said Chiclet and skate off the ice with it. How nice of him. Look at the concern on Ryan Suter’s face as he watches his partner in 13-year $98 million contract crime go through pain. And then as Parise skates off, Suter gives him a stick-tap on the behind. How cute.
Anyway, Parise returned. Because he’s tough. He’s a hockey player. And losing teeth is a badge of honor for these guys.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
In exchange for a two-way defensive center, the PIttsburgh Penguins acquired another two-way defensive center. On Tuesday, after a win over WInnipeg the Pens picked up Maxim Lapierre from St. Louis for Marcel Goc.
From the PIttsburgh release:
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Lapierre has played 579 games in a 10-year NHL career with Montreal, Anaheim, Vancouver and St. Louis, recording 65 goals and 72 assists for 137 points with 570 penalty minutes.
The Penguins acquired Goc from Florida late in the 2013-14 season. He had two goals and six assists for eight points in 55 games over two seasons in Pittsburgh.
It's not exactly a major swap for either team -- just a move to bring in assets with different skill sets at the same position. As TSN's Darren Dreger tweets, Lapierre gives the Penguins fourth line depth. Goc won almost 54 percent of his face offs, but wasn't much of a scorer. Lapierre 55 percent, and has more of a physical presence.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Radek Dvorak was one of the few bright spots for the New York Rangers circa 1998 through the first lockout. He Petr Nedved and Jan Hlavac made sweet, sweet music as New York’s ‘Czech Mates’ line and were pretty much the only reason to watch the Rangers back then, unless you were a Valeri Kamensky fan. Gaaa, forgot about that guy.
Now, he has retired from the league per an NHLPA release.
Dvorak carved out quite a lengthy career -- mostly because he could skate incredibly well. He played 1,260 contests in his career for the Florida Panthers, Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sadness, we lose another Thrasher.
“It was an honor for me to play in the best league in the world for 18 seasons,” Dvorak said in the release. “I would like to thank to all the organizations, coaches and teammates I played for or with. Also, thank you to my parents, wife and kids who have always supported me and helped me throughout my whole career. At last I would like to thank to my fans who believed in and followed me all these years.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Seriously. You had ONE JOB.
At the risk of throwing a stone in a glass house – and acknowledging that our own adventures in editing can sometimes read like a junior jumble puzzle – the editors of the official game program of the Pittsburgh Penguins made a rather egregious error on their cover on Tuesday night.
The Jan. 27 game between the Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets didn’t feature Sidney Crosby, who’s out with an injury. But neither did the cover of their game program … although it did feature a “Sindey Crosby,” making us curious if they’re outsourcing their copyediting to Philadelphia.
Dejan Kovacevic of Pittsburgh Sports, who snapped the image, said that the Penguins pulled the program off arena stands. Congrats to anyone who snagged a collector’s item. It'll go well with the Crosby bobblehead they handed out as well,
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Remember Mike Richards?
Not the fourth-liner that cleared waivers for the Los Angeles Kings and was demoted to AHL Manchester on Tuesday. That’s not the guy we’re talking about here.
The Mike Richards we remember was a Selke-worthy defensive center with offensive upside, a player that could be mentioned in the same breath as Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron for that duality and not have many scoff at it. A player who drove possession for his teams, even when pressed into situations that weren’t exactly corsi-friendly as a defensive forward. A player with an edge to his game that allowed him to piss off players like Sidney Crosby as he was shuttering them offensively.
We miss that guy.
Figuring out where he went … well, novels could be written. Justin Bourne has a nice take on it last year, a year that earned Richards his second Stanley Cup ring:Wed, Jan 287:30 PM PSTChicago at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Having covered Alex Semin with the Washington Capitals for several seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes’ decision to hand him a 5-year contract in 2013 was fraught with potential disaster.
One the one hand, Semin’s line with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty was downright dominant in 2012-13; at the time of the contract, he led the team with 22 assists and was second in points and plus-minus. Then the injury bug hit, and hit again the following season, when he was limited 65 games, scoring 22 goals.
On the other hand, he’s a player whose motivation and preparedness have been at issue throughout his career. So far this season, it’s been disastrous: One goal in 22 games, several healthy scratches and Coach Bill Peters calling out his effort in what’s been a lost season for the Canes.
From the News & Observer, Peters torched Semin on Tuesday:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio — At this time last season the Washington Capitals were on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, a photo they wouldn’t get a chance to be in come mid-April. After a summer of change, they sit in a pretty comfortable position as the second half begins.
The Capitals didn’t head out on their All-Star Weekend vacations on a good note. They lost three in a row, allowing 13 goals in that stretch after winning six of seven. Two of those losses came at the hands of the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers, two teams not in playoff position in the West. The other defeat came against head coach Barry Trotz’s old team, the Nashville Predators. The homecoming ended with a sour taste after Matt Niskanen’s turnover allowed James Neal to pot the winning goal with 1:40 left in the game.
But the the six-day break did allow for them to rest up, decompress and take their minds off those losses. Washington re-grouped Monday in Columbus ahead of their game against the Blue Jackets, a team desperate for points.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The NHL hasn’t released a video explaining Zac Rinaldo’s eight-game suspension, which was for “charging and boarding” Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins last week. But one assumes Rinaldo didn’t do himself any favors with his behavior after the game.
Please recall Rinaldo making light of the incident after the game, an incident that sparked a fight-filled second period between the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. “Yeah, I changed the whole game, man. [Expletive], who knows what the game would have been like if I didn’t do what I did?” he said.
The NHL Department of Player Safety quickly announced he’d have an in-person hearing for the hit.