Sunday, January 17, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
"Larks is such a strong skater; he kind of split in between those two guys and created a little bit of chaos right off that situation," Blashill said of the goal that was set up by Larkin's 16th helper of the season. "He's on the puck a lot, so he's able to get back on the puck. He's a transporter, he's a shooter, but he can make a play, and he made a play there and good for Danny to bury it."DeKeyser, no doubt thrilled to be on the receiving end of Larkin's handiwork, also had high praise, according to Khan. "His skill for a 19-year-old ... huge playmaker, and he really flies out there. So we try to hit him with speed when we can and just let him make plays." Larkin is currently third in the NHL in rookie scoring with 30 points and tied for first in overall plus-minus at plus-23. The 19-year-old is the first Red Wings rookie to be named to the NHL's all-star team since Steve Yzerman in 1984. With the new three-on-three format don't be surprised if he takes over the game at times...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Sharks would survive the OT and take the win in a shootout, thanks to goals by Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi. The victory marks the first time that San Jose has won back-to-back games at home all season.
At least Sekera has a sense of humor. pic.twitter.com/ePHfOpN05u— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) January 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Sam Bennett's Hat Trick Hats!! pic.twitter.com/qK5A1S1594— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) January 14, 2016
The NHL came down pretty hard on Devils left wing Bobby Farnham for his late hit on Blues Dmitrij Jaskin. Farnham went hunting for somebody to hit after he was taken out by Kevin Shattenkirk after the play, and he found his man in Jaskin--only he levelled the Russian a full second after he had cycled the puck up the boards. "A full second after Jaskin has moved the puck--well after the time when players are permitted to finish checks--Farnham delivers a violent, predatory hit to defenseless Jaskin, slamming him to the ice. This is interference. What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is its extreme lateness and the predatory nature of the hit," says the NHL's Department of Player Safety. This is Farnham's first suspension in his 38-game NHL career. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Farnham will forfeit $12,365.60. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
New Jersey's Bobby Farnham suspended four games for interference on St. Louis' Dmitrij Jaskin. Video: https://t.co/zBLsbPKn07— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 14, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Province also told us everything we needed to know about last night's melee. The bad blood started when Shawn Thornton called the twins "sisters," and escalated from there when Sedin taunted the Panthers bench after scoring the winner (see the top of the page for video). Now we see why Sedin was mad, why the Panthers reacted and why the world is flat and why Denis Potvin is still pissed off Here's what Potvin said about Daniel Sedin today on the radio, per Pro Hockey Talk:
Henrik and Daniel post game: pic.twitter.com/3zN32dguDB— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) January 12, 2016
“It ended badly because of Sedin’s actions. I mean, if in any game in any era, in any decade, a guy turns around and starts goading the team after scoring the winning goal — can you imagine? Can you imagine doing that in Philly, or Boston, or Long Island after a winning streak, or let’s make it a Stanley Cup championship? What you do normally — normally — after you’re the team that beats the team on the streak, is you just talk about incredible respect for what they were able to accomplish.”There should be one caveat to what Potvin says. If you and your twin brother have been called "sisters" in the third period, all bets are off.
Monday, January 11, 2016
With Johnny Boychuk out for 4-6 weeks, since last week, the Islanders struggles have already begun. They were sliced and diced by the goal-challenged Flyers on Saturday as the rookie pairing of Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield took their lumps. Boychuk and Hamonic are the team's two most physical defenseman, and were key players on the Islanders penalty kill, which has been among the best in the league this year.
#Isles will be without Travis Hamonic (lower) for next 2-3 weeks, Newsday has learned.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 12, 2016
Edmonton's Matt Hendricks will be suspended for three games without pay after his reckless hit on Florida Panthers' defenseman Aaron Ekblad on Sunday night. READ MORE ABOUT SUNDAY'S CHIPPY GAME BEETWEEN EDMONTON AND FLORIDA HERE "Hendricks hits forcefully into Ekblad's back shoulder, driving Ekblad face-first into the glass with significant impact," says the NHL's Department of Player Safety. "It's important to note that at no point is Ekblad eligible to be checked by Hendricks on this play. From the moment Hendricks hits the top of the face-off circle, he sees nothing but Ekblad's numbers." Ekblad was woozy after this hit, and while he returned to last night's game, he was deemed unavailable by the Panthers for Monday night's game in Vancouver. There was quite a bit of discussion on Monday about this hit, as many knew that Hendrick's hit on Ekblad was a reaction to a big hit earlier in the game that Erik Gudbranson layed on Oilers star Taylor Hall. Hendricks fought with Florida's Robert Petrovicky after the hit, but he apparently wasn't satiated. After the game, Hendricks denied that his hit was retaliatory in nature. “I don’t hit dirty,” he said. “I’ve never been known to hit dirty. I thought it was a clean hit. I’m glad he came back and played. I’d feel bad if he was injured from that.”
Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks suspended three games for boarding Florida’s Aaron Ekblad. Video: https://t.co/RimEToTdLl— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 12, 2016
The speedy Sharks winger is currently fourth among active NHL players in goals. Here's more on Marleau's streak, per the San Jose Mercury News:
Marleau closing in on 500 goals, in case you're scoring at home. pic.twitter.com/geDlp73ExJ— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) January 12, 2016
Patrick Marleau will become just the 22nd player in NHL history to play in 500 consecutive games when the Sharks face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Monday. Marleau began the streak on April 9, 2009 when the Sharks played against the then-Phoenix Coyotes. Starting with that game, he has 151 goals and 174 assists, and is now third on the active ironman list, behind Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks (663 games) and Keith Yandle (510) of the New York Rangers. “It just means you have a good supporting cast,” Marleau said. “The training staff here has always been good. If you do get some bumps and bruises, they take care of you right away. If there’s some competitive stuff you can you, you work with (strength coach) Mike Potenza and take care of that."
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Hendricks was hungry for more so he tattooed Ekblad into the boards before being chased down and challenged by Logan Shaw (see video of that full play at top of page). Ekblad who looked woozy after the hit, came back to the ice later in the period. As far as Hendricks goes, he may have a meeting with the NHL's Department of Player Safety coming. Hendrick's fights weren't the only one in this game. Earlier in the first period, Nick Bjugstad squared off with Eric Gryba, and the result was not too pretty:
R.I.P Taylor Hall pic.twitter.com/JjfSazkKy8— Jeanshorts (@JSBMjeanshorts) January 11, 2016
In case you're curious about who actually won the game, it was the Florida Panthers coming up with their 12th consecutive victory, 2-1.
Better look at Bjugstad's war wounds - VG pic.twitter.com/minY1QGZIH— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) January 11, 2016
That's one nice piece of vulcanized rubber. pic.twitter.com/gEX66Wc3Kn— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) January 11, 2016
Ovechkin became the first Washington Capital to achieve the milestone with his goal. Ovi reached the milestone in his 801st NHL game. Only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Brett Hull reached the 500-goal mark faster: Washington ended up notching a 7-1 win over the Sens.
ICYMI, Ovi's mom was feeling it. pic.twitter.com/o1y6inlNQM— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) January 11, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Ovechkin is currently third on the NHL's active goals scored list, behind only Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr. For those scoring at home, Ovechkin passed Glenn Anderson to move into 43rd place on the all-time list, just one behind Lanny McDonald, who has 500.
Fastest to 500 Goals(Game # goal was scored) 1.Wayne Gretzky 575 2.Mario Lemieux 605 3.Mike Bossy 647 4.Brett Hull 693 5.Phil Esposito 803— SiriusXM NHL Network (@SiriusXMNHL) January 9, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Thomas Hickey on Johansson hit: "I haven't seen the replay yet. He's an honest player. It's probably 50% me. I've got to get my head up."— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) January 8, 2016
Later in the period, after returning to the game, Hickey was plastered by Tom Wilson into the boards. There was little to no reaction from the Islanders after each play, and that fact left former Islanders Goring and Pat Flatley a little miffed. "I was a little surprised the Islanders didn't get into it a little quicker," said Goring. "Especially with that cheap shot on Hickey. I would have that though that that would have really got the ire of the Islanders [and caused them] to get much more involved physically." Goring wanted Flatley's take, and the former Islander was more than happy to admit he felt the same way. "The push back is not there right now," he said from his post at ice-level between the two benches. "I'm not sure why. It's a very big game it's a measuring stick for the rest of the year." Some of the hottest fire came from the Islanders dressing room after the game. “If they want to play that way, we can do that too next time,” said Isles defenseman Travis Hamonic, who took a hit up high from Alexander Ovechkin in the third period. On the ice there wasn't much edge from the Islanders. They were outskated and outhit. There was a moment where Isles' enforcer Matt Martin appeared to challenge Wilson to fisticuffs, but it never materialized and the team never picked up its energy enough to match the high-flying Capitals. Washington seem to take this game as more of a statement game than New York did. Very little separated these two teams in the first round of the playoffs, a series won by Washington in seven games. This season it appears that the Capitals are opening the gap.
Hickey on Johansson: "He's not a dirty player, but maybe it was a dirty hit. Like I said, I don't think he's got bad intentions."— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) January 8, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Is it true? And if so, what are the Habs willing to give in return for a highly coveted, highly skilled albeit struggling talent like recently dog-housed Jonathan Drouin? Here's one idea from Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon:
BREAKING: HABS CH I can confirm from a strong source the Habs are aggressively pursuing Drouin.— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 7, 2016
A better question might be, what does Tampa Bay need? And how much would they be willing to take from a Division rival like Montreal?
If the Habs are hard after Drouin, Tinordi has to be part of what they’re dangling.— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) January 7, 2016
Let's be honest. This is one of those things that's going to be fun to talk about for a month, probably more, but right now, NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HOW THIS IS GOING TO END UP. But one thing we can all be sure of is that Drouin will not play for the Lightning again. This situation is in no way similar to what we're witnessing with Travis Hamonic in New York, where the Islanders defenseman has personal needs and no timetable--in addition to being a massively important and effective player. What we have in the case of Drouin is an injury riddled, unhappy player who has teamed with his agent to say "Get me out of here." Montreal likely does have strong interest in him, along with several other clubs. And interest will only heighten if Drouin puts his nose to the grindstone and starts to put up numbers in Syracuse. Drouin will certainly be dealt. The bigger question is, when, and for what? Surely Lightning G.M. is in an unenviable position right now, but if things go well--if Drouin proves he's healthy at Syracuse and starts to dominate there--Yzerman and Tampa could see things turn in their favor. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Scouts, fans and NHL brass have been drooling over Drouin for a while now, it's a shame he hasn't been able to find a home in Tampa. Here's to hoping that he finds one somewhere else, and this drama is all behind us pretty soon.
Last RT regarding #Habs strongly pursuing Drouin. Makes sense for them, but hard to envision Yzerman trading him within division.— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) January 7, 2016
What we're wondering is: What was up with Ryan Johanssen and Ryan Murray on that face-off?
The NHL record for fastest 2 goals by both teams was first set Dec 19, 1987: Ken Linseman (BOS)- 19:50 & Doug Gilmour (STL)- 19:52 #MINvsCBJ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 6, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
How about this World Junior final?! What a game!— Mike Hoffman (@MHoffy68) January 5, 2016
Selanne and Koivu celebrate pic.twitter.com/rVymncV42Y— Stephanie (@myregularface) January 5, 2016
Man of the hour pic.twitter.com/lJjUnfE7lG— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 5, 2016
Here’s Kasperi’s grandfather Hannu as coach of the '98 gold medal team. Saw him 20 minutes ago. Lucky jacket was on pic.twitter.com/e3OK6su3kL— Risto Pakarinen (@puckarinen) January 5, 2016
What a game!— Max Domi (@max_domi) January 5, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
And, no, nobody is calling Daniel soft on this night:
Daniel Sedin to room, face a bloody mess, missing teeth … on positive note, reporters will be able to tell apart from brother Henrik tonight— Kevin Woodley (@KevinisInGoal) January 5, 2016
Daniel Sedin has puck thrown into face. Teeth fly out of his mouth...bleeding away on the bench. Can't wait to see who calls him soft.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 5, 2016
Iggy accepted hearty congratulations from the boys after the game. pic.twitter.com/CyqxlS5Ouz— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 5, 2016
According to SI's Allan Muir, that number is down 20 percent from last year's game between Washington and Chicago and down 40 percent from the 2014 game between Toronto and Detroit. But it may not be as terrible as it sounds. The trend is down but the game itself is still a viable entity for the NHL. This, from Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing:
Per NBC Sports, the 2016 Winter Classic earned a 1.6 household rating in the US with 2.775 mil. viewers. Lowest of the 8 Winter Classics.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) January 3, 2016
Still, this should all be kept in perspective. A 1.6 rating and 2.78 million U.S. viewers may be bad by the standards of previous Winter Classics, but it’s better than most opening-round playoff games in 2015. That’s especially true for the opening-round games that aired on NBCSN, where the best audience was 971,000. And this is a regular-season game. The Winter Classic blows the rest of the NHL regular season out of the water ratingswise, and it’s better than many of the early playoff rounds.
Apparently it didn't work. Jagr was voted an all-star captain, and he's not exactly thrilled. "I don't know what I'm going to do. I'll probaby have to go--I don't know what the rules are. Probably the fans think I need to get into shape." When asked if he didn't like Nashville, Jagr deadpanned "Yeah, it's great, I'd rather be in Florida, trust me. Or Bahamas."
Fans-I appreciate your votes for All-Star game, but 3 on 3 would kill me,and i don't want to die yet:)Thank you for understanding. Too old:)— Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) December 2, 2015
“On behalf of Jonathan Drouin, I formally requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in November,” Walsh said in the statement. “We have not said one word about this untenable situation publicly until today. It’s in everyone’s best interests that Jonathan be allowed to move on and play hockey. Let’s be clear, Jonathan loves playing for the fans in Tampa, he loves his teammates and many people within the Lightning organization have treated him well. It was his sincere intention to play in Tampa for many years.’’Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman released a statement Sunday evening addressing the situation:
“We acknowledge, via communication from his agent, Jonathan Drouin’s request to be traded,’’ Yzerman said. “Moving forward, my sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club. In the meantime, Jonathan has been assigned to our American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and we expect him to report for practice with the rest of his teammates this Tuesday morning.’’Drouin's usage by the Lighting, particularly during the teams run to the Stanley Cup final last season, was a bone of contention for many. Drouin only dressed for six of the team's games in the post-season and ended up scoreless with a minus-6 rating. He appeared to have turned things around this season after he led the team in scoring during the pre-season, but he has only mustered eight points in 19 games during the regular season. Drouin, the CHL player of the year in 2012-13, netted 242 points in 128 games for the Halifax Mooseheads in three seasons, and led his team to the Memorial Cup. He's considered to be an elite talent with tremendous upside.