- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy45 mins ago
Patric Hornqvist pounced on a loose puck and beat Braden Holtby five-hole 2:34 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4. The Penguins now head to D.C. on Saturday holding a 3-1 series lead.
In the overtime, Conor Sheary’s floater from the point was knocked down by Capitals defenseman Mike Weber, who was making his first appearance in the series. As Weber swiped at the puck trying to clear it to the corner he didn’t get all of it, and it went straight to Hornqvist who sent the CONSOL Energy Center crowd home happy.
Prior to Game 4, the Penguins had lost eight straight playoff overtime games.
"We have the game of our lives coming up,” Capitals forward Jay Beagle said afterward.
It started bright for Washington as they got on the board early when Beagle roofed a backhand past Matt Murray 2:38 into the game. But seven minutes later Trevor Daley would answer for Pittsburgh.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The NHL announced Wednesday that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, New York Islanders forward John Tavares and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber were finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is given “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season,”
Messier chooses potential candidates after taking suggestions from team and league personnel, along with NHL fans. He then chooses the winner.
So which one of these guys will win The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award?
Why Alex Ovechkin Deserves The Messier Award
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
John Chayka will be named the next general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, replacing Don Maloney who was fired on April 11.
The team has said it will have a “major press conference” Thursday morning where a source said Chayka will be announced as the team’s GM.
ESPN’s Craig Custance initially reported the news.
The rest of the structure of the team’s hockey operations will also be announced.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
There’s no question that Connor McDavid is a better player than Artemi Panarin.
It’s entirely possible, in 10 years, that McDavid is en route to the Hall of Fame and Panarin has left for the KHL after several years toiling on lines that had a distinct lack of Patrick Kane.
There’s every chance that if the Chicago Blackhawks rookie is given the Calder Trophy this season, we’ll look back on it with the head-scratching curiosity that we do THE ENGLISH PATIENT defeating FARGO for Best Picture 20 years ago.
But none of this should matter in voting for the 2015-16 Calder, which is handed to “the most proficient player in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.” It’s about one rookie season, not a legacy. And when it comes to the seasons posted by Panarin and McDavid, the issue is that one had a season and the other is just over half of one.
Panarin played 80 games, scoring 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points. McDavid, due to his broken collarbone, played 45 games with 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points. Had he played 80 games, he probably wins this in a walk. But he didn’t.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Everything that went down during the Jonathan Drouin saga earlier this season was quickly put in the past by the Tampa Bay Lightning. If there are grudges by his behavior in taking his puck and going home, they aren’t being shown.
What’s being shown is how valuable a productive Drouin can be to a Lightning offense that is missing Steven Stamkos.
After torching the AHL with nine goals in 10 games upon his return, Drouin has gotten over not being dealt at the trade deadline and been nothing but an asset for the Lightning. He scored twice in his first two NHL games after being recalled in April and followed that up with four assists in Tampa’s first-round series with the Detroit Red Wings.
It’s been the Round 2 series against the New York Islanders where Drouin has made the biggest impact. Through three games he has a goal and three assists as the Lightning have built up a 2-1 series lead.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The NHL’s coaching carousel took an unexpected twist Tuesday when the Calgary Flames decided to part ways with coach Bob Hartley.
Until then, much of the offseason coaching drama was predictable.
• Dave Cameron was fired by the Ottawa Senatorsso new general manager Pierre Dorion could put his mark on the team. Also owner Eugene Melnyk’s recent comments about Cameron’s style made it seem like the writing was on the wall at the end of the year. Ottawa didn't make the playoffs this year.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
By Neil Parker
Wednesday's DFS contests are comprised of three games across two days. All three playoff games will be the fourth of their respective series, and each series is tied 2-1. Kris Letang 's one-game suspension will have a significant impact in the Pittsburgh-Washington bout, and after the dominance of the Capitals in losing fashion in Game 3, expect a deadlocked series after the outing Wednesday.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at email@example.com.
• Best of the worst from the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. We enjoyed this one of Brandon Prust staring into your soul. [Puck Junk]
• Brian Boyle will not face a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for his hit on Thomas Hickey that played a part in Tampa's overtime goal. [Tampa Bay Times]
• 'NHL should worry about danger more than damage in disciplining hits.' [Washington Post]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Jori Lehtera hasn’t registered a point yet against the Dallas Stars in Round 2, but the St. Louis Blues forward will earn plenty of points for his performance in this commercial for Finnish bakery Linkosuo.
Lehtera Tweeted out the video on Wednesday, and in selling the chips, he goes topless in a scene featuring his wife, Lotta; stars as an action hero; becomes internationally famous; and gets his Star Wars on by going into space.
According to Linkosuo, Lehtera’s favorite flavor of these chips is roasted corn chip sour cream, which actually sounds pretty good.
Lehtera's acting skills aren't quite up to par with that of Teemu Selanne selling milk, but at 28, he's got plenty of time work on that part of his game.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Brendan Shanahan was five months into his stint as the NHL’s vice president of player safety when we asked him how the department’s mission could be described.
"We're not in the business of punishing. We're trying to change behavior," he said.
Four years later, it’s obvious that the education facet of that mission has been successful. Blindside hits, thanks in no small part to Rule 48, are rare. Hits that target the head significantly are rare – many suspensions seem like they’re on head-shots caused by a combination of factors rather than Matt Cooke-ish head-hunting. Stretchers on the ice, thank the gods, are rare.
But let’s be honest: It was true four years ago as it is today that the NHL Department of Player Safety is in the business of punishing.