- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy32 mins ago
John Scott is a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks. At least, that's what we're told. Jury is still out on if that is in fact true.
On Monday night, Scott and Anaheim's tough guy Tim Jackman came together at far side of the net as the play was whistled dead. From far away, it looks slightly innocuous as Jackman flays on the ice. When the moment is shown up close, Scott takes a look at Jackman before sending the butt-end of his stick right into Jackman's jaw.
Take a look...
Jackman stayed on the ice in the same position he landed on it in before starting to move his arms. A few minutes later, he was helped back to the bench. If it wasn't for the concussion protocol in the league, Jackman would have tried to get back on the ice right away to beat people up. It was announced at the beginning of the third that Jackman would not return to the game.
There was only one penalty as a result of the whole ordeal, and it was to Andrew Desjardins for goalie interference. None of the officials saw what took place between Jackman and Scott.LiveSan Jose2 - 2AnaheimFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
With the saturation of outdoor games and no semblance of rivalry between the two participants, many of us have no doubt wondered how the 2015 Winter Classic could be marketed to maximum effect.
The answer, really to anything in life: Marian Hossa in an ice bath.
Katie Brown of District Sports Page discovered these Winter Classic one-sheets at the Navy Yard Metro station, as Reebok puts the spotlight on Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals and Hossa, the star winger for the Chicago Blackhawks.
This is honestly the weirdest direct-to-video knockoff of “Hot Tub Time Machine” we’ve ever seen.
The ads use “Winter Is Coming,” the classic tagline from “Game Of Thrones.” That, combined with the beckoning look of shirtless athletes in ice baths … well, we’re glued to the TV on Jan. 1, don’t know about you.
Here’s another ad featuring Ward and Hossa:
Incidentally, the current long-range forecast for Winter Classic Eve is 38 degrees with evening snow showers. So save those “they might as well be in a swimming pool instead because the game’s in D.C.” jokes. At least until they release the five-day forecast.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Some of them wear suits, some of them wear jerseys. Some of them wield pens, some of them wield sticks.
All of them had moments of controversy in 2014; but which one wears the crown as the most controversial people of the year?
10. Gary Bettman
Look, the commissioner is always going to make this list by virtue of being the commissioner. It’s not as if he wasn’t a divisive figure as always, from the usual gripes about his handling of NHL player safety issues to the league’s hasty decisions in the wake of Slava Voynov’s suspension. And it’s not like he wasn’t booed for roughly an hour at the draft.
But as Gary Bettman years go, this one wasn’t all that controversial. Heck, he might have actually charmed some people with his meeting with KISS and his ice bucket challenge.
9. Josh Ho-SangLiveCalgary1 - 3Los AngelesFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
As his family does at the end of every year, President Barack Obama is currently in the great state of Hawaii, vacationing during the holiday as best as the leader of the free world can kick back.
Here’s the thing: The 2015 Winter Classic? The hockey game between the Washington Capitals, D.C.’s local team, and the Chicago Blackhawks, Obama’s local team from back home, played at Nationals Park, the baseball stadium a short motorcade away from the White House?
Yeah, not in Honolulu.
So as Russian Machine Never Breaks reminds us, despite public pleas to have him attend the game, President Obama will not be watching hockey at Nationals Park on Jan. 1.
Because he’s not getting back to D.C. with his family until Jan. 4.
But hey, he did catch that Oregon State/Akron game in Hawaii this week.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
When you think of creative hockey jerseys, you don't necessarily think of "The Hobbit" as a design template ... until the Bakersfield Condors showed their awesome uniforms based on the recently-released fantasy flick, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." The jersey will be worn Saturday, Dec. 27 against the Stockton Thunder.
Behold the glory of the front of the jersey, which includes some writing in Elvish. Fortunately you don't have to throw it in the fire to read the words.
And the back ... it's Smaug!
Even if "The Hobbit" movies are way worse than the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, these are still fantastic. And they're all for charity as well. The unis will be auctioned off during the game and donations will go to the California Living Museum.
Ex-Pens unhappy with handling of Bylsma; Daly responds to Fehr lockout comment; WJC viewing details (Puck Headlines)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.
• Santa and his elves in LA [@LAKings]
• Former Penguins Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik react to Dan Bylsma’s firing. “The organization can say whatever it wants, that it wasn’t sure what it wanted to do, all that stuff,” said Niskanen. “But it was (bull)." [Trib Live]
Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Mike Heika on the Dallas Stars; Ryan Lambert on world juniors; Frank Seravalli on the FlyersGreg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
It's a (I don't like) Mondays edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Mike Heika on the Dallas Stars; Ryan Lambert on world juniors; Frank Seravalli on the Flyers.
• The Bartkowski hit.
• The playoffs race.
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: Who deserves coal in their stocking this hockey Christmas? Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!Tue, Dec 234:00 PM PSTToronto at DallasPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Matt Bartkowski’s hit on Brian Gionta on Sunday was one of those moments when you wonder how it couldn’t be a suspension.
The velocity of the contact. The way the Buffalo Sabres forward's head flew back, before his body tumbled into the air, skates over shoulders, and he face-planted on the ice. The fact that he didn’t have possession of the puck, and the fact that the hit was so heinous that the on-ice officials handed him a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. And the fact that Gionta was injured.
And yet, from the NHL on Monday: No hearing. No fine. No suspension.
According to the League, this was an attempt at a full body check from the Boston Bruins defenseman. The main point of contact was the shoulder; while the head rocked back, the League contends it was from the jolt of the check and not because Bartkowski’s hit principally connected with it.
Looking at it again, there’s also some question about whether this hit should have been a major at all. Gionta touches the puck – was that enough to give him some semblance of “possession” before Bartkowski railroaded him, i.e. was he “ eligible to be hit”?Tue, Dec 234:30 PM PSTBuffalo at DetroitPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Haven’t we all struggled in life? To find our footing? To accomplish something that might seem so perfunctory, so simple, so routine?
To that end: We are all Anton Khudobin.
The Carolina Hurricanes goalie battled the boards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, and the boards won. After stumbling in his attempt to climb onto the Canes bench, like a newborn fawn attempting to walk across a frozen pond, Khudobin finally flopped his entire body over the boards with the help of Cam Ward.
It was a perfectly symbolic moment for Carolina, considering they couldn’t get one over all night: The New York Rangers won, 1-0.
But as Anton Khudobin has taught us all, if at first you don’t succeed, do what ever you can to not embarrass yourself until your buddy literally drags you to safety.
Also, that the game is played on ice.Tue, Dec 234:00 PM PSTCarolina at New JerseyPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Combining the mind of Ilya Bryzgalov and the iconography of the Anaheim Ducks can only lead to one thing: an absolutely awesome goalie mask.
Like, for example, a Darkwing Duck tribute.
For the uninitiated, “Darkwing Duck” was a show that ran from 1991-95, back when Disney’s Duck-related programs ruled weekday afternoons. (See also: “DuckTales,” “TaleSpin”). It was a spin on golden age superheroes like The Shadow. The city he defended was St. Canard. One of his main adversaries was Negaduck, his evil doppelganger. It was pretty much the best.
Obviously, it made an impression on Bryz, too. He has Darkwing featured on his new mask riding his super-bike “The Rat Catcher,” which itself was a takeoff on Judge Dredd’s motorcycle.
From that mad genius Dave Gunnarsson, who designed the mask:
Ilya Bryzgalov´s new Ducks mask is here, and the mask is transformed into Darkwing´s awesome super bike ”The RatCatcher”! The mask is full of speed, action and burnouts…
Bad guys, watch out, Mr Darkwing is back in town, and of course Darkwing has his gas gun ready to take action on some bad guys…