- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Blues captain David Backes slammed Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner into the boards hard and from behind and was ejected from Sunday's game between the two teams. Backes is 6-foot-3, 221 pounds and was skating full speed.
Mega-ouch for Alzner. The below video:
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Is this hit Department of Player Safety worthy? In Backes’ defense, Alzner turned at the last possible second as Backes was already pushing him into the boards. That being said, Backes is one of those ‘plays on the edge’ type guys but within a threshold.
Alzner just sustained a cut under his eye. To his credit, he didn’t exactly throw Backes under the bus under the game. Per Comcast’s Chuck Gormley, Alzner said Backes had a “lapse in judgment.”
Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, any ‘DoPSing’ on Backes likely won’t come til Monday. In Backes' favor ... the fact that Alzner returned and was OK. Not in his favor. That was a brutal-looking boarding call.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning brought in Evgeni Nabokov as a veteran backup for Ben Bishop this season, just in case they had an injury catastrophe like last season's and were left without an experienced fill-in.
Unfortunately, Nabokov turned out to be a disaster himself.
The 39-year-old netminder went 3-6-2 with an .882 save percentage and a 3.15 GAA in 11 games. So they waived him on Sunday, and recalled AHL standout Andrei Vasilevskiy to become the team’s backup.
So much for the veteran fallback plan …
Is this it for Nabby? He was 15-14-8 with a .905 save percentage for the New York Islanders last season. He turns 40 in July. There are a finite number gigs available for veteran goalies in the NHL; does he have enough left to be a viable option if a team needs an emergency solution to an injury problem?
If this is the end, Nabokov will go down as one of the best regular-season goalies of the last 15 years. He won the Calder in 2001, and is No. 3 among active goalies with 353 victories – No. 18 all-time.
But what separates Nabokov from, say, Chris Osgood is that he was as responsible as anyone for the San Jose Sharks’ postseason disappointments.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The return of James Neal to Pittsburgh on Sunday for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators is not a tale of a prodigal son coming home to a place where he was loved, championed and adored.
Will he be cheered? Who knows. Will he be booed? Eh, maybe. Neal wasn’t exactly the most liked player around the Penguins at the time of his draft day trade to Nashville. If Jason Spezza can get an ovation from Ottawa fans when he came back with Dallas after he demanded a trade, anything is possible.
But as we come up upon ‘Neal Bowl II’ (the Penguins beat the Predators 3-0 in October in Smasvhille) it has become increasingly clear that the deal of Neal to the Preds for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling has worked out pretty well equally for both sides.
Said SB Nation:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Davies High School beat Williston 5-4 in girls' hockey on Friday, but the story of the night was what occurred at the end of the first period.
While the teams took a break for intermission, the driver of the ice resurfacer was weaving around the ice “erratically” and bumping into the boards. After police were called to South Sports Arena, 27-year-old Steven Anderson, a six-year seasonal employee for the Fargo Park District, was arrested for a suspected DUI. He was charged and released on bail Saturday morning.
Anderson had recently been in trouble for another DUI charge.
He was arrested and convicted of another DUI charge in December, according to North Dakota court records.
Anderson has since been fired and district officials will discuss the incident on Monday.
The coaches for Davies and Williston decided to play on the non-resurfaced ice rather than wait for another driver to come and replace Anderson.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks
The ex-Blackhawk made 31 saves in shutting out Chicago, 2-0, on goals by something called Melker Karlsson and Joe Thornton. Niemi made 15 saves in the second period alone.
No. 2 Star: John Klingberg, Dallas Stars
The rookie defenseman had two goals and two assists in their big 5-2 win on the road at the Winnipeg Jets. His two third-period goals put the game out of reach.
No. 3 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Price made 36 saves in shutting out the Washington Capitals, 1-0, as Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner in overtime. It was Price’s second straight shutout.Mon, Feb 27:30 PM PSTEdmonton at San JosePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Dustin Byfuglien is a rather competitive guy, and the Winnipeg Jets were playing an important Western Conference game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. So he did what it took to win. Also, he was hungry. Let us explain.
In the third period, Byfuglien checked Jamie Benn of Dallas to the ice and then attempted to keep him out of the play … by squeezing his legs around Benn’s head while the Stars captain was on his gloves and knees.
Byfuglien raised his hands in that “hey I’m just as confused as all of you about this precarious situation” way, and then appeared to make amends with Benn as the two skated away.
Because, in the end, Big Buff doesn’t want to hurt anybody. Even when his insatiable hunger makes it difficult for him.
That was Byfuglien, in a scrum with the Stars, doing everything he can to resist his cannibalistic urges when Travis Moen’s hand got a little too close his maw. Frankly, given Byfuglien’s proportions, it’s a minor miracle he hasn’t taken his skate and sliced off a porterhouse from an opponent at some point in his career.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
The New England Patriots are playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl in between commercials, so the Boston Bruins decided to lend some support from afar. And also get those extra five seconds on local newscasts tonight.
The Bruins wore New England Patriots toques during warm-ups before their game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. They were emblazoned with the slogan “Do Your Job”, which is the most blue-collar thing to hit Boston since that one time Gregory Campbell bussed his own table at Menton.
But in case you needed a reason to find the Patriots anymore loathsome:
No word if the Vancouver Canucks will be wearing Seattle Seahawks toques on Sunday, being that everyone in Vancouver has apparently discovered the NFL in the last three years.
As for the Bruins, it was a nice shout-out to their city mates, and a great way to help get them pumped up for the big game. After all, we’d hate to see the Patriots deflated.Sun, Feb 13:30 PM PSTNew England at SeattlePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks currently has what they call the hotness: 11 points in his last seven games, including two goals and assist in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Hey, would you look at that: Kane sits second in the NHL in points at 56 (in 49 games), having closed the gap with Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers (58 points in 50 games).
Kane is having his best offensive season, save for the 48-game post-lockout campaign. He’s scoring at a 1.14 points per game clip, and a 0.51 goals per game average. He leads the Blackhawks in points by 14 over Jonathan Toews (42) and in goals by 10 (Toews and Brandon Saad both have 15). He’s also skating at a plus-13, and has just two penalty minutes (for all you Lady Byng watchers).
Most of all, however, the Blackhawks are entrenched in the playoffs, which gives Kane an advantage over many of the other Art Ross candidates: Voracek, Tyler Seguin (53) and Claude Giroux (52) could all finish out of the playoffs, which kills their candidacy. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, share the wealth for voters.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Julius Hudacek of Orebro is our favorite goalie in the world.
Who else would lead fans in a postgame celebratory Macarena? Or play leap-frog with his goaltending teammate?Or have a teammate pull him around on a sled as he delivered fans gifts after a Christmastime win?
Well, after Orbero’s 1-0 win over Modo this week, it was time for another #HudaShow, as the goaltender skated back out to salute the fans after a victory.
This time wearing cross-country skis.
And using his ski poles to lead cheers from the adoring crowd.
Hockey needs more Julius Hudacek. No … humanity needs more Julius Hudacek.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
Notched four assists in Chicago’s 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks to give the Hawks a road sweep over the Pacific Division leaders. Sharp now has nine points in his last five games. It’s the third time in his career he has picked up four assists in a game.
No. 2. Star: Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
Stopped 23 of 23 Nashville shots on goal to defeat the Central Division leading Predators. The win for Colorado kept the Avalanche within playoff striking distance – just two points back of Calgary for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. It was Varlamov’s fourth shutout of the season and moved his save percentage up to .922.
No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Scored two goals and added an assist in Chicago’s win over the Ducks. Kane now has 56 points in 49 games played to move him into second overall in the NHL’s scoring race. He’s just two behind Jakub Voracek for the league lead.