- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy46 mins ago
No. 1 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
Scored a goal and added an assist for the Isles in a 4-3 downing of the Central Division leading Nashville Predators. Tavares now has points in four of his last five games and nine of his last 11. New York took control of first place in the Metropolitan Division with the victory. He played 20:32 and won 60 percent of his face offs. New York had lost two in a row before the contest.
No. 2 Star: Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes
Channeled his inner mid-20s Nikolai Khabibulin (or Darcy Wakaluk) stopping 32 of 34 Vancouver shots on goal including all three Canucks shootout shooters in the Coyotes’ 3-2 retro night win. The victory ended a 10-game losing streak for Arizona. Check out that sweet old school 'Yotes jersey in action.
No. 3. Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Improved to 17-3-1 with Minnesota, stopping 24 of 25 Washington shots on goal in a 2-1 win over the Caps. Seriously, this guy is on fire. He has started 22 straight games for Minnesota. In that stretch he has a 1.62 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
When we thought of players in the NHL with the skill, speed and bravado to attempt the famous Peter Forsberg ‘Stamp’ goal, David Schlemko rated very low on the list … before Thursday night.
Check out this beauty by the Flames defenseman in the eighth round of Calgary’s 4-3 shootout victory over Boston.
Schlemko has just nine goals in 213 games played in his NHL career. The Flames are his third NHL team this season. But if Calgary makes the playoffs by say, one point, the Flames will have to thank Schlemko for this brilliant maneuver.
Said Schlemko to NHL.com: “Maybe it was a little risky if we had to score to tie it, but I thought I might as well go for it.”
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Mike Smith’s sick retro Coyotes goal mask got to meet its maker … well sort of. While the front and sides of Smith’s mask for the Coyotes throwback night had all sorts of cool designs harkening back to the team’s original logo in the desert.
But the best part was the back, which had an painting of Coyotes megafan Alice Cooper. In the above photo, Cooper got to see the mask live and in person.
I don’t know what’s the best part of this? The mask? Cooper? Or the fact that Cooper’s jersey is made by Starter (click it to see a larger image).
This is just horrifying, and incredible at the same time:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Tim Peel on the phone with the Toronto situation room on a reviewed goal? Yesssss.
This happened in the Islanders 4-3 win over Nashville on a Predators score Thursday. Check out the goal by Predators forward Mike Ribeiro:
Conclusive? Not quite via video! Here is the explanation from the NHL:
At 10:16 of the third period in the Islanders/Predators game, video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck was deflected by a high stick before it entered the New York net. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - good goal Nashville.
Video review inconclusive so they go with the call on the ice? Sounds like a Peel game. But in all sincerity when you look at it on review, it was very close and hard to tell.
The goal could have meant something. It made the game 3-2 in favor of the Islanders in the third period. Nashville then tied it up before Brock Nelson notched the game-winner at the 13:52 mark of the third. It’s now five straight losses for the Central Division leading Predators, a season-high. And it won’t get any easier for Nashville with a West Coast trip coming up after a Saturday game against Winnipeg.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Congratulations Florida Panthers, you have created maybe the best reactionary promotion ever. Well, maybe not that great but it’s still a funny response to that whole backup goalie situation you had going on Tuesday.
From the team’s official website:
The Florida Panthers announced today the club’s plans for their “Goal of a Lifetime” contest that will give one lucky Panthers' fan the opportunity to sign a one-day amateur try-out and serve as Florida’s back-up practice goalie for a day.
“We are very excited to launch this contest and expect a great turnout for this ultimate fan experience,” said Florida Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. “This contest provides our hockey community with the opportunity to earn a chance to skate with the Panthers and serve as the team’s back-up practice goalie for a day.”
And goaltending coach Robb Tallas will oversee the tryouts, which hence makes this even better. Tallas was the emergency goaltender who almost had to play Tuesday when Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were both injured against Toronto. Luongo returned and finished the game.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Remember Nik Antropov?
Preposterously tall forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets? He’s in the KHL now with Barys Astana, which is in the playoffs vying for the Gagarin Cup, a.k.a. the only trophy in sports named after a Cosmonaut.
In a game on Wednesday against Avangard Omsk, Antropov got into it with Chad Kolarik, whom who may remember from cups of coffee with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers. After a stoppage in play, Antropov stuck his stick in the midsection of Kolarik, who had scored Omsk’s second goal, in a dastardly little move.
Now, it’s entirely possible that he caught Kolarik in the how-do-you-do or exerted more force than it appears he did. But from the angles we see here … it appears Kolarik may have embellished this a little . In the sense that we haven’t seen overacting like that since the last episode of GIRLS.Fri, Mar 67:00 PM ESTColumbus at New JerseyPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Las Vegas NHL season ticket drive has slowed considerably. But does that mean hockey in Sin City is doomed? Not according to a story by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
The drive started at a brisk pace with 5,000 ticket deposits in two days after it started Feb. 10. Then 13 days later it had reached just under 7,000. It’s now at 7,700 as of last week per the piece and doesn’t involve casino ticket requests.
"The numbers that are coming out are ... within very strict parameters," Daly told me Wednesday in Toronto. "When they designed their ticket drive, they did it with our input and basically we told them what we'd like to see is how many local, non-corporate fans they can get to put up real money without a promise of having a NHL team.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
The Battle of Cole Harbour was fought in Denver on Wednesday night, as Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby (a.k.a. the Hockey Prince of Nova Scotia) faced off against Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon (a.k.a. the other guy).
MacKinnon got the best of him, as the Avs won the game, 3-1, and he scored a goal while Crosby went scoreless.
"Sid was my favorite player growing up and we're buddies, and it's always fun to play against him," MacKinnon told the Denver Post.
(Please wrap your brain around the fact that a star player in the NHL “grew up” watching Sidney Crosby play. Then grab your AARP card and head to Denny’s for the senior citizen discount.)
But when MacKinnon attempted to exchange pleasantries with Sid on the ice, he discovered that Sid wasn’t … pleasant.
From Terry Frei:
"He's a little bit more serious than moist [sic] of the buddies I play against. You usually can talk to your friends, but he's all business on the ice."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Tuesday’s game for the Florida Panthers brought up a horrifying (or exhilarating) scenario for goaltending coaches in the NHL.
What if both your netminders got hurt, and you have to strap on the pads and play? All of a sudden nostalgia and adrenaline set in. You’re about to go in and re-live your glory years. And the first save you make … you pull a groin, because you’re in your 40s and haven’t tended pro net in years.
Florida’s Robb Tallas almost went through this, before being saved by the injured Roberto Luongo after Al Montoya pulled a groin in relief of Luongo.
The NHL is going to address this ‘third goalie’ problem in its upcoming general manager’s meeting according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston:
Bill Daly figured it was bound to happen eventually.
Boston heads to CWHL's Clarkson Cup Final; Panik fined for diving; Bickell's hot dog (Puck Headlines)Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 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.
• What kind of an effect has Ralph Krueger had on Southampton FC since he became chairman? They’re playing hockey now. Well, OK, just as a team-bonding event in Switzerland. [ProSoccerTalk]
• Led by a Hilary Knight hat trick, the Boston Blades clinched a spot in the CWHL's Clarkson Cup with a 7-3 win over the Toronto Furies. They'll face either the Montreal Stars or Calgary Inferno in the Final. Montreal took Game 1 of the other semifinal series. [CWHL]