- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Martin Brodeur visited the site of his 2012 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
And things were … weird.
Weird in the sense that the St. Louis Blues managed to secure a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see the Kings rally to tie; and then a 4-3 lead entering the third, only to see the Kings score three goals in 12:06 to secure a 6-3 win.
Weird in the sense that Brodeur made a save on Tyler Toffoli in the third period, and then had the puck literally disappear in his gear. It took about 90 seconds for the game officials to locate the puck, searching his glove and his pads and, finally, watching as Brodeur basically dropped it on the ice like a chicken would an egg:
The highlight that launched a million “Marty ate the puck!” jokes on social media.
Weird in the sense that, moments later, things got a little less funny for Brodeur.
Although we can’t say the same for the Kings and Dwight King:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Montreal Canadiens could have used Max Pacioretty late in their game against the Anaheim Ducks. But as they scrambled to find a way to tie Thursday night’s game – which ended in a 2-1 win for the visiting Ducks – Pacioretty was getting evaluated after a brutal Clayton Stoner hit along the boards.
Pacioretty left the game at 4:04 of the third period. He passed the puck up ice and, frankly, admired the pass a bit. But Stoner delivered a hard check to his side, twisting the Montreal forward’s body around. Pacioretty face-planted into the glass. He was helped to the back and was eventually taken to the hospiral for precautionary tests.
Expectedly, the two sides had differing views of the incident. From the Gazette:
“I didn’t like the hit,” said [Montreal Coach Michel] Therrien, but he refrained from discussing the matter further.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
“Decimated” might be putting it kindly.
The Winnipeg Jets currently have their top four defensemen out of their lineup, at least through mid-January. Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian are out with lower body injuries, and won’t be back until next month. Jacob Trouba is out until February with an upper body injury. Ditto Mark Stuart with a lower body injury.
That’s four of the team’s five leaders in ice time, and their top four penalty killers by ice time.
Pressed to make a move, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff did what he does best: Acquire a body without giving up one.
The Jets snagged Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes for a sixth-round pick in 2015 which previously belonge to Ottawa.
The 32-year-old defenseman has four points and a minus-5 in 20 games this season. He’s been a healthy scratch on multiple occasions for the basement-dwelling Hurricanes.
Harrison carries a $1.5 million cap hit through 2016.
Maurice knows him well, having coached him with the Toronto Maple Leafs and with the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
What is it about Simon Despres that is so ‘prank-able’ for the Penguins?
Seriously… we’re asking, because nothing seems off about the 23-year-old blueliner that makes him such a target.
Who knows … but thank goodness he has a sense of humor about it. The Penguins were at it with Despres for the third publicized time, making a crime scene out of the spot where he caught an edge and bit it in a Monday game against Tampa, hence the above photo courtesy of the Penguins’ website.
Below is the video of the play.
Ouch and ha…
This is not the first time Despres has been pranked. As the website says…
It all started back during the 2011-12 season, when Despres played 18 NHL games with the Penguins. When the team was on the road in Carolina that year, Despres’ dress shirt ‘went missing,’ forcing him to wear a workout T-shirt with his suit jacket.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
When you get to the rink this week for your rec hockey game, just know that your career is far from being over, no matter how bad or old you get.
Meet Jan Loos. He turned 85 on Thursday and still plays in an adult hockey league in London, Ont. The “Huff N Puff” league is for players 55 and older, and Loos isn't the only super veteran on the roster. He has four teammates over the age of 80.
Loos plays three times a week, but when he steps on the ice Friday for his next game, he’ll be making history by becoming the oldest man to ever play in a competitive hockey game. The current record is held by 78-year old Fred DeWit, a goaltender from Holland.
A 90-year old referee? And you want to complain about Tim Peel?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Like a few other teams in the NHL this season, the New York Rangers have been hit with a mumps outbreak. Forwards Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard were both out with the viral infection, and forward Lee Stempniak is being tested for it.
Now, it appears mumps have been demoted to the AHL, too. And behind the bench.
AHL Hartford Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander has been isolated from the team for five days and is being tested for mumps. He’s the first coach in the NHL or AHL to go missing in action due to suspicion of the mumps.
Forward Joey Crabb was also isolated and is being tested for the disease.
Assistant coaches Jeff Beukeboom and Pat Boller will take the bench for practices and for home games vs. the Syracuse Crunch and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Gernander has been the head coach for Hartford since 2007. When he retired as an active player, he was the top-scoring American-born player in AHL history.
The incubation time for mumps is about two weeks. Interestingly, the Rangers haven’t shuttled anyone from MSG to Hartford or vice versa during December.
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- Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The Kontinental Hockey League’s meeting between its president and the managers of its franchises was scheduled some time ago. But it took on new, vital importance this week thanks to the league’s crisis over the ruble’s drop in value and teams struggling to pay players.
KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko, still new to the job, revealed what course they decided to take to steady the league:
“For the first time the KHL and its leadership met with member clubs to openly, without the media, discuss all internal questions, problems, challenges we are facing. We need to understand that I, as a new President of the League, was tasked by the Board of Directors with presenting a new development strategy for the KHL. The League right now is a serious developed product. This is not a situation where something needs to be saved. The task is to make it more interesting and appealing [emphasis added]…”
The most interesting notes from the meeting:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 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.
• Some amazing hockey Christmas village photos depicting the Battle of Alberta, which include the above described as, “Feeding Wayne Gretzky to a pack of wild lions and tigers at Peyto Lake, near Banff, Alberta.” [Greatest Hockey Legends]
• Gordie Howe is doing much better. He’s doing some walking and has been getting stronger, says his son Mark. [MLive]
• The Nashville Predators put Viktor Stalberg on waivers. The forward has been a total bust for them. [Rinkside Report]
• Saku Koivu expects quite a return when he is honored Thursday night in Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Ryan Miller has this sort of ‘screw you’ mentality. He has confidence. He has bravado, and he has flair – and a sick flow.
This is totally different than Miller’s predecessor, Roberto Luongo, who seemed to chafe at the constant drama that surrounded him.
Unlike when Luongo tended the crease, the numbers aren’t there yet for Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller.
A 2.69 goals against average and .900 save percentage are quite poor, actually.
But when it comes to tending net in Canada’s ‘Lower Mainland’ you need more than just a high save percentage and a low goals against average. You need to be able to shake off constant scrutiny, and the ability to forget what just happened on the last score and move forward. And you also need to focus on the one number that matters … wins.
Currently Miller is 16-7-0, despite losing his last three starts.
We recently caught up with Miller and chatted about life in Vancouver, stopping his brother on a breakaway, and finding peace in training in Los Angeles over the summer.
Q. Your numbers probably aren’t what you would expect out of yourself, but does that really bother you?
MILLER: I think the numbers do indicate a consistency.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
The NHL's face of the mumps looked, well ... normal in a video produced by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sidney Crosby, the league's biggest star (and unofficial mumps spokesman after a Quagmire from Family Guy-like shot last Friday) skated with teammates in advance of their Thursday evening game against Colorado, talked to reporters and most importantly ... didn't rip the Penguins or their medical staff for their handling of his issue.
"I felt good. To be honest with you I think that … my situation is probably the wrong one to try to analyze because I had a previous thing that happened a couple of weeks before that I was dealing with for at least 10 days to two weeks," Crosby said, also noting it was generally in the same area the mumps afflicts.
And then added, "Our staff was well aware of it, they did a great job."
Below is a video of a less mumpy Crosby ... though the camera person clearly is shooting the left side of Sid's face.