- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy49 mins ago
On Wednesday, former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby dropped a bombshell on Sirius XM Radio:
“The more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario (Lemieux) and (Sidney) Crosby. Now whether that pushes them to move him at some point? Whether he wants to move? That I don’t know.”
Barnaby went on to say that the rift is over “coaching” and “maybe the personnel” on the Penguins.
Mario Lemieux said, through the Penguins’ Twitter feed, that the claim was “not true” and “silly.”
Sidney Crosby was given his chance to refute the claim after the Penguins’ win over the St. Louis Blues, and he took it:
"I honestly don’t even know what to say to that. If people are going to make stuff up, it’s totally out of my control. I feel stupid even commenting on it, to be honest with you.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
There’s a lot to love in this clip of the Boston Bruins’ overtime game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.
Let’s start with the call from NESN’s Jack Edwards (listen here), who basically acknowledges that the Bruins had no business winning:
“THE BRUINS, AGAINST ALL ODDS AND HOCKEY JUSTICE, TURN THE TABLES ON THE RED WINGS! THE BETTER TEAM DID NOT WIN TONIGHT, BUT THE BRUINS WILL TAKE IT AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!”
Like everyone else that watched the game, Edwards knew that the Red Wings absolutely dominated in possession and the Bruins needed a Colin Miller goal at 18:16 of the third to send the game to overtime.
It was Miller’s shot that Frank Vatrano tipped home for the overtime game winner, and that brings us to the greatest thing about this clip: Vatrano’s hilarious goal celebration, rubbing his glove on the ice before throwing an air punch near the glass.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers hasn’t scored a goal since Oct. 18, and had one point in his last 10 games heading into Wednesday night’s contest at the Carolina Hurricanes.
So things were going pretty poorly for Yakupov.
And then a linesman fell on him, injuring him and ending his night in the second period.
The bizarre play occurred with the score tied 1-1 and 17:43 left in the second period. Mark Letestu of Edmonton and Riley Nash of Carolina took the faceoff. Linesman Matt MacPherson backed up and tripped over a stick. He reached out and grabbed Yakupov’s shoulder, bringing the Oilers forward down with him and pinning Yakupov’s leg under the player.
Yakupov was helped off the ice, and the Oilers said he wouldn’t return to the game.
So, in summary, you really don’t know “struggling” as a player until a linesman accidentally puts you in an MMA submission hold and ends your night.
MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Last week the NWHL announced a landmark television deal with NESN to broadcast Boston Pride games. On Wednesday, ESPNW Editor-in-Chief, Alison Overholt, tweeted out the next evolution of the NWHL's media expansion:
Exciting news!! @NWHL_ Boston Pride vs NY Riveters on Sunday at 3pm will stream on ESPN3! First game of new deal to carry the league. 🏒
Actually, the game between the Connecticut Whale and Boston Pride this coming Sunday will be streamed, but it's still exciting nonetheless.
ESPN3 is the mobile network of the sports monolith. Everyone knows how huge ESPN's footprint is in the United States. Establishing a partnership - even if it's online only - is GIGANTIC.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
[Top 6: Storylines from the past weekend in women's hockey.]
1) Pure insanity in the Connecticut Whale and Buffalo Beauts game. In total, there were 13 goals scored. 7 of those goals came on the power play. And to top it all off, the game had a bunch of “firsts” for the league, including an ejection (Megan Bozek for slashing in the first) and everyone’s favorite – a shootout!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – After he scored an empty-net goal in the Anaheim Ducks’ 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Ryan Kesler lost the usual emotionless look on his face.
His eyes grew large, he cracked a bit of a smile and shook his head.
This would probably be considered his "relief" look. The Ducks forward had scored one goal in the prior 21 games. Like the rest of the team, he has slumped on offense, which has weighed heavily on him during the 2015-16 campaign.
“To be honest I hold myself to a high standard and … do I like that I only have one goal in 21 games? No. But I’m not going sit here and whine about it and be upset,” Kesler said the morning before the win. “It’s happened and there’s still a bunch of games left.”
As a lot of the Ducks have struggled to find their offensive footing, Kesler has been more immune to criticism than teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Though he’s the team’s second-line center, he’s a high-end player and one of the guys the Ducks count on night-in, night-out to produce.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
John Collins joined the NHL in 2006. Visualizing where the League was at that moment speaks volumes about where Collins would take it over the next nine years.
No billion-dollar contracts with Comcast and Rogers. No outdoor games, and their ancillary benefits. No deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens proclaiming that they’d tapped out every local revenue stream they could find, desperately seeking national ones the NHL hadn’t located yet. The media chatting up the idea that the NHL, stumbling after its cancelled season, was primed to be surpassed by Major League Soccer in the American sports pecking order.
Hell, in the first Sports Business Journal awards that Collins attended with the NHL, the League didn’t just fail to garner a nomination – no one from the League, including Commissioner Gary Bettman, even presented an award.
But in 2011, Sports Business Journal named the NHL its “Sports League of the Year. In 2014, it did it again.
In 2006, the NHL was a $2 billion industry. As Collins leaves his position of chief operating officer of the League, resigning this month, the NHL is a $4 billion industry.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Are there issues with Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby and team owner Mario Lemieux?
Sirius XM’s Matthew Barnaby – a former Penguins player for parts of three seasons in his career – said that there are problems between Crosby, a two-time league MVP and Lemieux, a franchise icon, who co-owns the team with Ron Burkle.
Here is the full quote from Barnaby with Steve Kouleas on the air.
“But the more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario (Lemieux) and (Sidney) Crosby. Now whether that pushes them to move him at some point? Whether he wants to move? That I don’t know, “ he said.
Barnaby was asked if the falling out has to do with Crosby’s contract, the coaching staff, losing, or not winning more than one Stanley Cup.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
(There’s really no such thing as the “quarter pole” of the NHL season, but most teams have cleared their first 20 games. Here are the 10 most pleasant surprises of the season so far; we chronicled the unpleasant ones yesterday.)
10. The Devils Aren’t The Devils
So not only are they not tanking for Auston Matthews, they’re a contending team with a young roster, an aggressive offense and a strong reliance on analytics that’s kept them far from the cap ceiling. These are not Mr. Lamoriello’s Devils.
9. Twin Magic
Daniel Sedin, 35, has 23 points in 22 games, including 10 goals. Henrik Sedin – spoiler: also 35 – has 21 points in 22 games. They’ve combined for 15 points on the power play, where their Swedish sonar remains in full effect. Still a blast to watch.
8. San Jose Sharks Lovefest
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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