Saturday, December 27, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Check out a GIF of the play below:
INJURY UPDATE: Both Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno will not return to tonight's game. #BUFvsBOS— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) December 22, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time for some fun with numbers. Divide three goals by 36 seconds, multiply that number by 60 (seconds), and multiply that number by 60 (minutes) to get Hammond’s GAA for the night. You get 299.999999. Probably fair to round that puppy up to an even 300.00.No AHL team has ever scored three goals quicker than the Phantoms' trio on Wednesday. Read more about the historic night from the team's official website here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
See video here: Galchenyuk notched his triple in Les Habs 4-1 win over Carolina and in the process joined Guy Lafleur, Boom Boom Geoffrion and Stephane Richer in a special club:
Last St Louis Blues player b4 Vladimir Tarasenko to have 4 Points in a game more than once in a season --- Pavol Demitra 2000-01 #stlblues— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
"I've never seen anything like that," Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said. "The great thing is I don't know how many time guys bailed me out where they had to score to keep it alive, and they did every time. It was amazing." Luongo also took to Twitter to share his excitement with fans on social media:
#WSHvsFLA shootout also set records for most shooters (36), shots by one player (2-Bjugstad/Jokinen/Ovechkin/Backstrom) & saves (15-Luongo).— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 17, 2014
Rumor has it that this stressed-out fan also blacked out, but we have no official word yet... The Panthers must have known luck was on their side when Sean Bergenheim, previously 0-9 in shootouts, scored to keep his team alive in the 11th frame. Florida needed a goal to stay alive five times in total, and each time they were able to find a way to put one past losing goalie Braden Holtby. “Definitely wasn’t fun to be a part of it,” Holtby said, according to the Washington Post. “Being on the end that, I just had to make a save when the game was on the line numerous times and I didn’t, that’s not a fun spot to be in. I thought we showed a lot of character, kept battling, got some big goals from some unlikely guys. That’s just a spot where I’d like to make a save and reward those guys.” Finally, Nick Bjugstad put an end to festivities in the 20th frame as he deked then faded out to the forehand side before sailing a wrister past the fatigued Capitals netminder. While Holtby and the Caps felt shame, Florida Panthers and their fans felt pride. They headed to the exit cheering "Let's Go Panthers" at full throat: 3-2, 15-frame shootout loss to the Rangers in 2005.
I blacked out what just happened???— Strombone (@strombone1) December 17, 2014
National Mumps League pic.twitter.com/spTyEd0GgD— Everyday Hockey (@EvrydayHockey) December 14, 2014
Redondo Beach police officer: Voynov's wife had laceration over left eye, blood streaming, red marks on neck.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Officer: Voynov pushed wife to ground multiple times, kicked her repeatedly while on ground, chocked her three times.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Officer: Voynov pushed her into flat-screen TV where she cut her face.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Officer: Voynov's wife required eight stitches to close wound above left eye.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Voynov will be arraigned on Dec. 29th. He could face up to nine years in prison if found guilty.
I can only catch quick glimpses of photos of the injuries to Voynov's wife. Lots of blood.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Nashville (19-8-2) has only allowed 57 goals on the season, and Rinne, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist who missed most of last season due to an infection after hip surgery, has been a huge reason for that number. The 6'5" Finn is on pace for career-best save percentage and goals against averages, and he's No. 1 in the league in wins, save percentage and goals against average. But Rinne has been boosted by Nashville's vastly improved defense, and the advanced stats show it. The chart below shows that Rinne and co. have allowed their opponents much lower shooting percentage numbers in 2014-15 (right on the chart) vs. 2013-14 (left). Numbers above one are above the league average in shooting percentage allowed, while numbers below one are below. In 2014-15, Nashville allowed more than the league average shot percentage from the vital areas in front of the crease and the slot. Fast forward a year and one can see that Nashville is taking away those chances at an alarming clip. One could quickly credit Rinne's resurgence, and that would be partially correct to be sure, but it doesn't tell the whole story about the Predators newfound ultra-stinginess. Rinne is seeing less shot attempts from his doorstep and the slot and high slot, and slightly more from the tops of the circles and points. In other words, not only is Pekka Rinne healthy again, he's also been bolstered by a defense that is very good at limiting high-quality scoring chances from in close. That isn't to say that Nashville isn't giving up shots. Their Corsi against and Fenwick against numbers don't show much disparity from last season, but they are clearly prioritizing differently under Laviolette's scheme.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Opinion: Why the NHL Got the Seidenberg Hit on Toews Wrong First a slash, then the disgruntled Smith snaps his shaft over Panik's back before the two get engaged in a good old-fashioned scrap. The decision, like the game, went to Toronto, as Panik got Smith's jersey up around his head to score a unanimous decision. Oh, and the Leafs won the back end of their home-and-home with Detroit, 4-1, to notch their second straight against Detroit and fourth in a row over all.
Brendan Smith breaks his stick over Richard Panik's back, then Panik Pulls Smith's jersey over his head http://t.co/1CwZhjwqXF— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) December 14, 2014
Is it what the NHL wants? Regardless of who the player is (megastar like Toews or rookie call-up), do we want guys getting jolted like this? The argument that many seem to be making is that Toews needed to be aware of Seidenberg and protect himself. It's a good point. Rather then get the hell out of dodge, Toews spreads his legs and keeps his back to Seidenberg, looking as if he's going to delay there for a while, feeling safe that he won't get pummeled and perhaps waiting for Seidenberg to pick a side before he darts in the other direction. Well, he was wrong. Next, time he'll know. One of the most creative, talented players in the NHL will be forced to play in fear of the hit from behind rather than playing the instinctive game that has made him such a venerable and mind-blowing talent during his tenure in the league. Is that what we want? Apparently, most do. Not me.
But Seidenberg "DIDN'T MEAN IT" pic.twitter.com/d6MySlsCqn— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) December 12, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Nikita Kucherov on his two goals tonight, thanks to fortuitous breaks: “I never had this kind of bounces in my life,”— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) December 12, 2014
Dave Cameron should take credit for the loss of Chris Neil. He would become a blogger-fav instantly..— Callum Fraser (@CallumFraser18) December 12, 2014
ok maybe we lost but OH MAN bobby's goal. AND chris neil is injured!!! possibly long term, YESSSSS i mean oh no how very tragic..— emma (@mcconnellem) December 12, 2014
Hope he's okay, but Chris Neil on the IR is an absolute gift to the Sens.— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) December 12, 2014
Hope Chris Neil takes his time with this recovery, never want to rush it and risk making it worse...take all the time you need— ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ (@_Tyler65) December 12, 2014
"Soon, he will be the NHL’s highest-paid coach. And he will continue to earn that pay behind the Wings’ bench. Expect a new contract between the Wings and Babcock to be announced sooner rather than later.... According to multiple NHL sources familiar with the negotiations, the announcement could be imminent, perhaps even a holiday gift for the man who’s guided Canada to the last two Olympic gold medals."Babcock is in his tenth year behind the Red Wings bench, but when he didn't get a contract done prior to the start of 2014-2015, speculation became rampant that he might be headed for another city. Babcock has guided the Wings to a Stanley Cup and another final, and they have not missed the playoffs during his tenure. Update: According to the Hockey News, Mike Babcock denies Duff's report. Here's part of TSN's report:
“Guys, that’s like a fantasy world or something like that,” Babcock told reporters after practice on Thursday. “Ken Holland and I talked before the year. We agreed we wouldn’t do this during the year. Our team is doing good, our team is playing good. I like the way we’re playing. We don’t need any distractions.”Okay then, right back where we started...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Marco Scandella loses $11,021.50 in salary. 2 days salary (based on 186 days in a season). #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) December 11, 2014