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Playoffs Another Brick in the Road in Stars Return to Contender Status
Returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs after missing out the past five seasons has put a smile back on the faces of Dallas Stars fans. While a deep postseason run would be unexpected, it does not mean this playoff appearance is not going to bring huge future dividends. Over the past few seasons, Dallas became an active player during the trade deadline. Caught up with a roster that was not good enough to be a l...

Dee Karl: Isles Sale, Pre-Sale and NHL Epic Fail
While reporters and bloggers discuss the potential sale of the NY Islanders, Commissioner Gary Bettman says nothing has changed. Yes, there is more than one suitor whispering into Charles Wang ear, but nothing concrete has happened as of yet. Some say a deal could be finalized by summer, personally I doubt that. What Mr. Bettman DID say was that the contractual agreement with Barclays in Br...

Rangers beat Flyers 4-1 in Game 3, Lundqvist sharp to help New York take 2-1 series lead


HNIC host Ron MacLean apologizes for French referee comments


Ryan Leong: Sharks smell blood leading LA three games to none
"It ain't over till it's over" is arguably the most famous quote from Hall of Fame baseball catcher, Yogi Berra. And as Sharks fans know all too well, they can't feel comfortable until they've gotten four wins against the Kings. But it looks good for Team Teal leading the series three games to none after a thrilling 4-3 win in overtime with the game winner coming from Patrick Marleau 6:20 in...

WATCH: LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks Highlight Game 3


Rangers vs. Flyers: Game 3 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 NHL Playoffs
For the second consecutive game, the New York Rangers jumped out to an early two-goal lead, and this time the Philadelphia Flyers couldn't recover. Even in the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Center with a passionate crowd behind them, the Flyers failed to fight back far enough. Philadelphia fell to the Rangers 4-1 in Game 3 of this opening-round Eastern Conference NHL ...

Blackhawks Buzz: April 23, 2014 vs. St. Louis Blues - Game 4
1) At The Four-Front The Blackhawks and Blues square off on Wednesday in Game 4, with Chicago looking to even up the series at two games apiece. The Blackhawks are coming off a 2-0 shutout effort on Monday, marking Chicago’s 12th playoff win on h...

Dave Lozo's Bag Skate: Inconsistent Refereeing Continues to Plague Playoffs
NBC's Brian Engblom relayed a conversation he had with Duncan Keith during Monday night's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues about the officiating in their first-round series. The topic of Brent Seabrook's awful hit on David Backes during Game 2 that left Seabrook suspended three games and Backes out indefinitely came up. Highlights of some questionable hits and dirty plays involving stick wor...

UP ON BLOCKS
PHILADELPHIA – After he had finished addressing the media, Claude Giroux asked to see the final box score. It was handed to him and he glanced at it quickly. He saw enough. He shook his head and handed it back. It wasn’t the final score that was...

Lightning coach Jon Cooper proud of his club's effort despite being swept


Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Marleau plays hero for Sharks; Habs eliminate Lightning
No. 1 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks  The Sharks forward recorded a two point night with a goal and an assist as San Jose beat the Los Angeles Kings in overtime 4-3 to take a 3-0 series lead. After Tomas Hertl's goal midway through the third period tied the game, it was Marleau who ended things 6:20 into the extra period:

Sharks push Kings to brink with overtime win
Winger Patrick Marleau scored at 6:20 of overtime and goaltender Antti Niemi made 28 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Tuesday.

Patrick Marleau's OT goal puts Sharks on brink of sweeping Kings (Video)
It was looking like the Los Angeles Kings were going to fight off falling behind 0-3 to the San Jose Sharks when Jeff Carter tipped home a power play goal early in the third period for a 3-2 lead. The Staples Center was alive with hope.  Then it all came crashing down eight minutes later when Tomas Hertl scored after four whacks in front of Jonathan Quick to tie the game. In overtime, it was Patrick Marleau scoring his 60th career playoff goal to give San Jose a 4-3 win and command...

Patrick Marleau scores OT winner, and Sharks beat LA Kings 4-3 to take 3-0 series lead


Rangers' top guns put down Flyers in Game 3
The big guns came out to play and the New York Rangers now hold a leg up on the Philadelphia Flyers.

Don't expect Penguins' Sidney Crosby's goal drought to last much longer
Eight playoff games for Sidney Crosby without a goal.

Sharks move to 3-0 with OT win over Kings
Patrick Marleau scored on a backhand 6:20 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks moved to the brink of the second round with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 first-round series lead.

Rested Canadiens will face either Bruins or Red Wings
Will the second round be a bruising clash against their No. 1 rival?

Rangers' Dan Carcillo scores goal, stares down Flyers fans in Game 3 win (Video)
Daniel Carcillo last scored a playoff goal on April 26, 2011 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Three teams later, you can excuse the Rangers forw...

And the lady sang
MONTREAL – It’s been six years and a day since the Habs last won a playoff round at home. The moment had been a long time coming. Unwittingly, the Canadiens may have started a new playoff tradition by inviting Quebec diva Ginette Reno to perform the national anthem for a second straight home game. After spurring Rene Bourque to a goal 11 seconds into Game Three, Madame Reno’s magic touch manifested itself once again in Game Four. Just before leaving the ice on Tuesday night, she made a...

Flyers' Mason returns as backup vs. Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason made his first appearance of the playoffs, replacing Tuesday night starter Ray Emery in the third period of the Flyers' 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Custance: Bruins look unstoppable in win
Boston's stingy defense leaves young Detroit squad at a loss

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Blocked and Blocked Again
For the first time in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers had a territorial advantage for the decided majority of a game. Philadelphia outshot New York by a 32-23 margin in Game Three and generated some of their best forechecking pressure of the series. The breakouts also continued to improve. For the first time in the series, the Flyers...

Travis Yost: The Line Matching Game
I'm always fascinated by the jump between games two and three in the best-of-seven format, primarily because we get to see a flip in the coaching dynamic for the first time. An awful lot's made about line-matching; sometimes, it seems like a talking point for the sake of being a talking point, and sometimes it's rather salient. I think Philadelphia's Craig Berube definitely tried to flip the sc...

Paging Claude Giroux: MIA Star Costing Flyers as Rangers Take 2-1 Series Lead
It wouldn't be surprising if law enforcement authorities in Philadelphia are flooded with missing persons reports Wednesday morning, because it's been nearly a week since anyone has heard from Claude Giroux. The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves in a 2-1 hole in their first-round, best-of-seven series with the New York Rangers following a 4-1 loss Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center, and once again, their captai...

Bruins take back home-ice
DETROIT – Like an older playground bully, the Boston Bruins pushed enough Tuesday night to finally take back what originally belong to them. The Bruins gave away their home-ice advantage in a Game 1, but forcefully took it back by soundly defea...

Blackhawks' big guns firing blanks
The Chicago Blackhawks can breath easier having now made a series of their Stanley Cup playoff matchup versus the St. Louis Blues.

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 3: Live Score and Highlights
The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that a change of scenery will bring a change of fortune as they play host to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday for Game 3 of their Stanley Cup playoff first-round series. The Kings are reeling after two resounding defeats in Northern California. After surrendering the fewest goals of any team in the regular season, they're coming into Tuesday's action with a league-worst playoff goals-against average of 6.50. Goaltender Jonathan Quick has been shaky, bu...

When Robidas breaks leg for second time, pain felt by both Ducks and Stars


Don Cherry calls Matt Cooke's hit on Tyson Barrie "absolutely ridiculous"


Ranking the Top 10 Scorers in the 2014 NHL Draft
NHL teams are evaluating the best players available in this year's entry draft. As always, players who can impact the game offensively have the highest value. The Canadian junior leagues dominate this year's top 10, with a strong group of offensive options. Teams have a wide variety of talent to choose from in 2014. Here are the top 10 scorers available in this year's draft.

Red Wings F Daniel Alfredsson scratched from Game 3 against Bruins because of back injury


Bruins' Marchand embellishes hit, fakes injury to wrong leg
Marchand embellishes hit, fakes injury

Michael Stuart: Swept
And you all got mad at me for being negative… For the first time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been swept in the playoffs. Despite the fact that their season was on the line, the Bolts weren’t able to manufacture a victory in game four of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. Being swept in the first round of the playoffs is neve...

Kings call up Cup winner Fraser from AHL
The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Colin Fraser from their AHL affiliate in Manchester.

Pacioretty goal with 43 seconds left gives Habs 4-3 win over Bolts and series sweep


Sharks at Kings Game 3 Highlights - 4/22/2014
Stay tuned for highlights from the Sharks and Kings game on April 22, 2014.

The Numbers Game - Game #4 - April 22, 2014
MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Game 4 between the Habs and the Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. 15 – Rene Bourque comes into Game 4 with a team-leading three goals in the first three matchups of the Montreal-Tampa Bay series. The left-winger’s 15 shots on goal at even strength lead the league through Tuesday. On Tuesday, Bourque added 7 more shots on net. 29:33 – Average time on ice for Andrei Markov in the first three playoff games, a team-high figure. The Russia...

Los Angeles Kings recall 2-time Stanley Cup winner Colin Fraser before Game 3 vs. Sharks


NHL notes: O'Reilly, Marleau and St. Louis nominated for Lady Byng
Not only did Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly set a career high for points in 2013-14, he also came close to hanging a goose egg under the PIM category in the NHL stats.

Bettman: Potential Isles sale drawing interest
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he spoke with New York Islanders owner Charles Wang as recently as Tuesday morning and that Wang has received a "number of expressions of interest" in the potential sale of the team.

PRESS RELEASE: Oilers Agree to Terms with Dillon Simpson
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with University of North Dakota defenceman Dillon Simpson on a three-year entry level contract. Simpson, 21, has played four seasons for the University of North Dakota, accumulating...

#BattleOn Playoff Preview: Game 4
MORNING SKATE: The Blue Jackets have a chance to answer the Penguins' victory in Game 3, and they're anxious to get Game 4 started on Wednesday night. The team will hold a morning skate at 10 a.m. at Nationwide Arena and we'll have complete covera...

Steve Palumbo: Will the Loss of Stephane Robidas Prove Costly for Anaheim?
Yes, the Ducks are still up two games to one in their opening round best-of-7 series with the Dallas Stars and yes they still have home ice advantage, but somehow this series feels like it's slipping away. After managing to hold on for two one-goal victories at Honda Center, the Ducks were blanked 3-0 by Kari Lehtonen and the Stars. Lehtonen made 37 saves to earn his first career playoff shu...

Rangers roll past Flyers for 2-1 series lead
Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Dan Carcillo scored goals, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Pacioretty lifts Habs to sweep of Lightning
Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Bruins shut out Wings to take 1st series lead
Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night for a 2-1 playoff series lead.

Mike Augello: Leafs Report Card – Defense Part I; Kessel Causes Twitter Tornado
After letting a week go by to let the some of the emotion dissipate from the end of the season collapse, it is time to take a look at the players, coach and management of the Toronto Maple Leafs, evaluate how they did and what their status should be with the club next season. Defense Dion Phaneuf If it was possible to eliminate the last month of the season, many would have considered last s...

Bruins breeze by Red Wings in Game 3
The first octopi hit the Joe Louis Arena ice before the anthem reached the final chorus.

Bruins take advantage of mistakes to beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, taking 2-1 lead in series


Canadiens complete sweep of Tampa in final seconds
Call it Diva Intervention.

Montreal Canadiens sweep Lightning, avoid scare from Latvian nemesis
For a moment, it appeared that Kristers Gudlevskis was going to finally get the best of a Canadian team. But the moment belonged instead to Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens. Pacioretty scored his first goal of the playoffs on the power play at 19:17, giving the Habs a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of their divisional semifinal against the Tampa Bay Lightning, completing a sweep and becoming the first team to advance in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Gudlevskis, the Li...

Jets rookie Mark Scheifele pumped up about worlds
When Mark Scheifele sits down his grandkids to tell them about his rookie season in the NHL, they'll be in for a rather long tale, filled with enough ups and downs to hold their attention.

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Game 3: Live Score and Highlights
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Game 3, 8 pm ET. The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers meet in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series. The teams split the first two contests in New York. The Flyers captured Game 2 after falling behind early 2-0. Penalty-killing and the strong goaltending of Ray Emery were big keys to thei...

Seems Matt Cooke just can't change his dirty ways
Matt Cooke spoke about changing his ways and restoring his reputation, and even went three seasons without intentionally injuring anybody — although you'll still get an argument from Ottawa on that.

Stars were on a Duck hunt for Ryan Getzlaf
It was a Duck hunt. Right from the moment the puck dropped on Monday's 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars made it clear they weren't planning to play nice with stitched-up star Ryan Getzlaf.

After dropping Game 3, Blues hope history won't repeat against Blackhawks


Matt Henderson: Oiler Grades: Regular Forwards
I’m only a quarter of the way through the marking and I’m already sick of it. If you ever wondered why your teachers took forever getting your assignments back to you, it’s because with every mark they give, a little piece of their soul dies. Too much marking too fast will drain a person of everything that makes them who they are. This isn’t spiritual mumbo jumbo, it’s science. That’s...

Ryan Wilson Replaces Injured Tyson Barrie in Lineup
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Avs have done it all season and will now have to do it again. Every time a player has gone done with an injury, their teammates have stepped up their games to help the Avalanche continue to win. Colorado will have to do...

Mike Ribeiro's Poor Play Hurt Coyotes' Playoff Chances
After the recent season unraveled, there was plenty of blame thrown around explaining why the Phoenix Coyotes did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Lack of scoring, failure to hold leads and poor individual performances were cited as principal reasons. Among the culprits, fingers point to center Mike Ribeiro, who signed, according to

Alex Ovechkin and the KHL? Medvedev ponders Kovalchuk path
KHL President Alexander Medvedev has long desired to have Russian stars in the NHL come back home to play for his League. Last summer, Ilya Kovalchuk’s “retirement” followed by his signing with SKA blazed a path for others to follow. The question being asked now: Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin attempt to follow it? Medvedev, through a KHL spokesman, told ESPN.com earlier ...

After Stars get physical, Ducks and Getzlaf know how they need to respond in Game 4


Penguins' Evgeni Malkin Records 100th Career NHL Playoff Point
With an assist on Jussi Jokinen's game-winning tally in the third period of Monday's 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins recorded his 100th career NHL playoff point, per the team's official Twitter feed. In doing so, Malkin became the

Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings Game 3: Live Score and Highlights
The Detroit Red Wings host the Boston Bruins for Game 3 (in progress) of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup with the series tied 1-1. Game time for this one is 7:30 p.m. ET. The Red Wings shut out the Bruins in Game 1 by a 1-0 score, but the Bruins rebounded in Game 2 with a 4-1 win. As the series shifts to Detroit, will the Bruins be able to get to the net like in Game 2, or will there be a change in tactics by the Red Wings to d...

GARTH'S CORNER: Mr. Quintal, The Floor Is Yours
Matt Cooke is in a heap of trouble. As he awaits his face to face meeting with Stephane Quintal, newly-minted NHL Czar of Discipline, at NHL offices in Manhattan, we debate the length of Cooke’s suspension. This will be Quintal's first official disciplinary hearing in his new job. Last week, former disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan left the NHL to be the new President of Hockey Operation...

The guessing game
There’s something missing. Of all the enjoyable things about watching the Canucks in playoff hockey, whether it be battling from round one onwards, the animosity of being in an opponents building, or the role of the press in hyping a match-up, ...

Numerology: Ben Street
58 - Pivot Ben Street skated in 58 games with the Abbotsford Heat this season. He is in his second season with the Heat. 13 - Street played in 13 games with the Flames this season. He started the year in Calgary, playing in eight games, and the...

Avalanche Farm Report: April 22
The Avalanche isn't Denver's only professional hockey team still playing for a championship. The Denver Cutthroats, the Avs' CHL affiliate, were tied 1-1 with the Arizona Sundogs in the best-of-seven CHL semifinals after knocking off the Tulsa ...

In series marked by blown leads, Penguins and Blue Jackets try to simplify things in Game 4


Avalanche, Wild brace for key absences, with Barrie out and Cooke headed for NHL hearing


St. Louis selected as Lady Byng finalist again
New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly are finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

If Canadiens sweep, Montreal police will be ready
Montreal police will be ready to handle any potential fan overflow following Game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nice guys finish last in the Stanley Cup Playoffs' war of attrition
The NHL playoffs are now a little over a week old, and while this isn't quite long enough to determine who is heading to the conference finals, we have made some progress in our secondary mission of determining who is good ... and who is bad. Not at hockey, mind you -- just in general. The Dallas Stars? They're bad. After all, who would shamelessly target the the jaw of one of their opponents, as Dallas did to poor Ryan Getzlaf's puck-marked face in Game 3? Sure...

Ty Anderson: Replacements doing job; Game 3 in Detroit
The Boston Bruins would love to have veteran forwards Danny Paille and Chris Kelly in their lineup. I don’t think that that’s an outlandish or even debatable point. Both players, key parts of the successful Stanley Cup run in 2011 and last year’s run to the Finals, bring an immense amount of value to the Black-and-Gold’s bottom six forward core. The 33-year-old Kelly is one of the club...

St. Louis selected as Lady Byng finalist again
New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly are finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Canada's Justin Azevedo helps Lev Prague win Game 3 of KHL Gagarin Cup final
Justin Azevedo made it four goals in three games to lead Lev to a narrow 3-2 win over Metallurg Magnitogorsk and retake the lead in the Kontinental League Gagarin Cup final on a dramatic night in Prague

Montreal police urge fans not to celebrate in streets if Habs sweep
It's been six years and a day since the last time the Montreal Canadiens won a playoff series at home. On April 21, 2008, the Eastern Conference champion Habs closed out the Boston Bruins, 5-0, in Game 7 at the Bell Centre. It was a happy day for Montreal fans.  But not so much for Montreal police, who spent the rest of the evening trying to quell a downtown riot.

Robidas Ruled Out for Postseason with Fractured Right Leg
Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas is out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a fractured right leg suffered in the first minute of the second period in Monday night's Game 3 loss in Dallas. On the play, Stars winger Ryan Ga...

Fayne undergoes successful groin surgery
Newark, NJ – The following is a statement from New Jersey Devils President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello on defenseman Mark Fayne: “Today, Mark Fayne underwent successful surgery to the core muscle of his left groin. There will be an eight to ...

Practice Report: Ducks React to Robidas Injury, Prepare for Game 4
By AJ Manderichio DALLAS - After a tough loss to the Stars in last night’s Game 3, the Ducks returned to the ice at American Airlines Center for a short practice today. Much of the focus centered on defenseman Stephane Robidas, who fractured...

Insider: Lightning focusing on tonight only
Greetings from a wet and rainy Montreal as the Lightning prepare for Game 4 of its first round series against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. For the first time this year, Tampa Bay faces an actual “must win” game as it trails the best-of-seven se...

Brandon Wheat Kings to host 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series
The Wheat Kings will host Game 2 of the series on Tuesday November 11 featuring Team WHL against the Russian National Junior Team.

Penguins Roundup: 4/22/14
The Penguins held an optional practice at Nationwide Arena Tuesday afternoon. Fifteen players took part, including injured forwards Marcel Goc (foot) and Brian Gibbons (undisclosed). “You saw some of our injured players skating with the group ...

Looks like Flyers pest Dan Carcillo is in for Game 3
Looks like Flyers pest Dan Carcillo is in for Game 3

Playoff series, however short, a learning experience for Lightning youngsters


Devils sign Black to entry-level deal
The Devils today announced they have signed forward Graham Black to an entry-level contract. Black, 21, led Swift Current with 97 points (34g-63a) in 69 games this season. He closed out his WHL career with 76 goals, 123 assists for 199 points ...

CBJ Today: April 22
Playoff losses hurt, but with game four looming, the Blue Jackets are eager to learn from their game three performance and focus on Wednesday night’s matchup with Pittsburgh. “We’re not going to get down about it, we’re not going to pout about it...

Ekholm and Rinne Added to World Championship Rosters
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (Finland) and defenseman Mattias Ekholm (Sweden) have been named to their respective countries’ rosters for the 2014 World Championship, taking place May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Their additions brings...

Ryan Wilson: Game 3 Was Personification of Penguins Hockey These Days
Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); If the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t play the most entertaining playoff hock...

San Jose's Marleau, Colorado's O'Reilly and Rangers' St. Louis up for Lady Byng


Kane mullet update; most Googled NHLers; Alfredsson out for Red Wings; (Puck Headlines)
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. Patrick Kane mullet update. #Blackhawks

Jon Cooper keeps calm as Lightning know what's at stake
MONTREAL– Less than 24 hours after the Tampa Bay Lightning dropped its third straight game of the series to the Montreal Canadiens, head coach Jon Cooper was spotted interviewing captain Steven Stamkos with a water bottle in hand as his makeshift ...

Blackhawks' Crawford answers own challenge
Corey Crawford took it upon himself to say he needed to be better if the Chicago Blackhawks were going to mount a comeback against the St. Louis Blues after blowing leads and losing in overtime in Games 1 and 2. "We're not going to win if I'm g...

Foreurs’ Louick Marcotte named CHL Player of the Week
Louick Marcotte of the Val-d’Or Foreurs is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 20 after recording seven points in two games.

Dan Spiegel: Panthers Prospect Ian McCoshen #5 In Men's Hockey Top 10 Plays
Ian McCoshen was easy to lose in the mix as a bonafide piece of the Panthers future with all the good player GM Dale Tallon has brought in over the last few years. But the 2nd round pick(31st overall) from 2013 has been turning heads playing with fellow Panthers prospect Mike Matheson at Boston College. While he is still a few years away from being NHL-ready, he was featured in this year's top...

Drakkar’s Philippe Cadorette named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Philippe Cadorette of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 20 after posting two victories including one shutout. ...

Zubrus posts two assists in loss to Poland
Dainius Zubrus recorded two assists for host Lithuania in their 3-2 loss to Poland at the 2014 IIHF World Championship on Monday. Zubrus has collected a goal and two helpers in two games for the Lithuanians, who are 1-1 in the Division I Group ...

Rick Sadowski: O'Reilly a Lady Byng finalist; Wilson will replace injured Barrie
!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Follow @RickS7 How's this for irony? The day after the NHL offered Minnesota's Matt Cooke an in-house hearing for h...

Bill Meltzer: Stars Post Picket Fence, Get Back Into QFs
Playing their first home playoff game in six years, the Dallas Stars rose to the occasion and whitewashed the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-0 score last night at the American Airlines Center. The Stars narrowed the gap in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series to two games to one. The Stars posted a picket fence last night, generating one strength goal apiece in each of the three periods. Jamie Be...

What to watch for: Game 4
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to avoid elimination tonight against the Canadiens in the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last game, the Bolts fell to the Canadiens 3-2 at the Bell Centre. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. tonight in Montreal.  Her...

Lady Byng Finalists: Patrick Marleau vs. Ryan O’Reilly vs. Marty St. Louis
The NHL announced on Tuesday that forwards Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks, Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

The 10 Longest Individual Stanley Cup Droughts with Potential to End in 2014
The Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every NHL player, and yet, so many greats have gone their entire careers without the opportunity to hoist it. What can be more satisfying than to watch a grey-bearded legend finally lift the sport's most celebrated trophy over his head? There are quite a few superstars in the playoffs right now who could give us that moment very shortly. Judging by the number of seasons each of them played...

Ranking the Best Options for Washington Capitals' Round 1 Pick in 2014 NHL Draft
The 2014 NHL draft presents the Washington Capitals with a critical opportunity to add a key piece to a lineup largely made up of players who have made six postseason appearances in D.C. over the last seven years. And with the No. 13 pick in hand, a potential franchise cornerstone could be had. No, this isn't the deepest pool of prospects, but given that the Caps have been ...

Ryan O'Reilly Named Finalist for Lady Byng Trophy
NEW YORK -- Forwards Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to...

Ryan O'Reilly A Finalist for Lady Byng Trophy
NEW YORK -- Forwards Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to...

Marleau Named Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalist
SAN JOSE - The National Hockey League announced today that Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has been named a finalist for the 2014 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduc...

Andersson to make '14 playoff debut
DETROIT – Joakim Andersson will make his 2014 Stanley Cup playoff debut tonight when he replaces veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson in the Red Wings’ Game 3 lineup against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. “Alfie needed another day, so Ander...

Paul Stewart: The Snake, the Wolf and the Cooke
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Was anyone truly surprised by the incident last night in which Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke stuck out his knee and injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie? Don't tell me that you actually bought into Cooke's whole "I'm a changed man" routine that he's been spouting ever since he realized his NHL career was in jeopardy because of his stagger...

O'Reilly, Marleau, St. Louis announced as Lady Byng finalists
O'Reilly, Marleau, St. Louis announced as Lady Byng finalists

Sharks Avoid Overconfidence Heading into LA
SAN JOSE - Now the hard part begins for the San Jose Sharks. After routing the Los Angeles Kings in back-to-back games at SAP Center to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series, the Sharks face two straight game...

Game 7 Mentality
Eleven months and two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Kings returned home from St. Louis carrying the baggage of a two-nothing first round series deficit following an overtime defeat and a loss in which the winning goal was scored in the game’s final m...

Kings Recall Colin Fraser
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Colin Fraser from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Fraser played in 33 regular season games for the K...

Game 3 Shatters FSMW Ratings Record
ST. LOUIS – Game 3 of the Blues-Blackhawks series was the highest-rated Blues game ever on FOX Sports Midwest, according to Nielsen Media Research. Monday’s game earned an 11.9 household rating in the St. Louis market. That topped the previous...

Nashville Predators Sign Jaynen Rissling to an Entry-Level Deal
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jaynen Rissling to a three-year entry-level contract. Rissling, 20 (9/21/93), recently comple...

Nashville Predators Sign Garrett Noonan to an Entry-Level Deal
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Garrett Noonan to a two-year entry-level contract. Noonan, 23 (1/28/91), spent the past four ...

Injury Update: Steve Mason & Steve Downie
Following the Flyers morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center prior to Game 3 vs. New York Rangers, general manager Paul Holmgren announced the following injury update. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, while...

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Matt Cooke, Lady Byng and storytime with Terry Ryan


Jan Levine: Time for a Train Wreck
By Ed Stein Tonight the Rangers are in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers in game three of their playoff series. It's hard to preview the contest without reviewing a few things from Sunday's disappointing loss. Effort. Effort. Effort. The Rangers opened up a two goal lead in the first period which set off a wake up call for their opponents. Flyer wing Jacob Voracek blew past Ryan McDonagh fo...

Todd Cordell: Devils Sign Graham Black to Entry-Level Contract
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils have signed one of their top forward prospects. Today the Devils announced that forward Graham Black has put pen to paper and inked a three-year entry-level contract with the team. Black, 21, had an excellent season in the WHL this year as an overage player. The speedy, two-way forward scored 34 goals and added 63 assists for 97 poin...

Matt Cooke can be reformed and still be an injurious [expletive]
The world is separated into those who preach and those who practice what they preach. I’d wager we have more respect for the latter as a society; don’t tell us “I’ll never make that mistake again,” just, like, don’t make it again. We’ll notice. Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild has been on parole since March 2011, when he was suspended for 10 games and the first round of the postseason while with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was his sixth suspension and second one that ...

Is Corey Crawford's Reputation on the Line in Playoff Series vs St. Louis Blues?
Minutes after Game 2 between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues came to its conclusion with Barret Jackman's wrist shot from the boards sneaking through the pads of

Game Three Spark - Matt Nieto
The San Jose Sharks look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead tonight at 7:30pm (PST) as the best of seven series shifts to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and ...

Red Wings need to get back up to speed against Bruins
The Bruins want to hit. The Red Wings want to skate. And after two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal, we're still figuring out which style will prevail.

James Tanner: Coyotes Season in Review Pt. 2: "Arizona", OEL, Vermette and Ribeiro
For Part 2 of my Coyotes Season in Review, I thought I would do a little rapid fire analysis/commentary. The Arizona Coyotes The Coyotes are going to be called the Arizona Coyotes next year. This really bugs me. I realize the team is playing in Glendale, and not Phoenix, and that Glendale is too small to be referred as the teams home, but this kind of semantics-based garbage really g...

Leafs' Kessel faces backlash after fishing tweet
Leafs' Kessel faces backlash after fishing tweet

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: Two More to Worlds, Under-18 Update, Cooke Strikes Again
Monday Night Playoff Rundown: Well, Matt Cooke has done it again. A knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie on Monday night has earned him an in-person meeting with new sheriff Stephane Quintal. I assume moments like these are exactly why Brendan Shanahan ejected for his new, low-key gig as Maple Leafs President. If you missed it: Cooke received only a minor penalty on the play, a...

It took Craig Berube 13 years to get revenge on Jeremy Roenick
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Craig Berube accumulated nearly 3,200 penalty minutes during an NHL career that last 1,052 games. He earned all that time in the penalty box protecting each and everyone of his teammates. So, in 1990, when Berube saw his goaltender, Ron Hextall, get run by some young punk on the Chicago Blackhawks named Jerey Roenick, he knew what he needed to do.  Berube, however, didn't get his chance during the ensuing melee. He wouldn't get back at Roenick until ...

WATCH: Game 3 Pregame Interviews


Montreal Canadiens wary of wounded Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are improving in their Atlantic Division semifinal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Travis Yost: End of Year Report Cards: Defensemen
On Sunday, I gave out grades to each Ottawa Senators forward for the 2013-2014 season. Today, we'll look at defensemen. -- Cody Ceci - The twenty year-old was called up and played over 600-minutes of even-strength hockey, and largely, I thought he was just fine for a player who is still extremely raw. You can see the parts of his game that Ottawa's front office swoons over, and I found it in...

Wings' Alfredsson out for Game 3 vs. Bruins
Detroit Red Wings veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson won't be in the lineup Tuesday for Game 3 of Detroit's first-round series against the Boston Bruins.

Mike Augello: Patchwork Panthers May Be Blueprint For Sabres
It is uncertain what blueprint GM Tim Murray will follow to reassemble the Buffalo Sabres over the next few seasons, but if you take into account the track record of the club’s hierarchy (advisors Craig Patrick, Ken Sawyer and team president Ted Black, who were part of the Penguins organization that drafted Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal first or second in the...

The Royal Half Gameday: San Jose Sharks Game 3


Ranking the 10 Hottest Players in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs So Far
The opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs has reached its midpoint, providing considerable excitement and drama for NHL fans. Most of the series have been closely contested, with several games needing overtime to be resolved.  This round hasn't lacked for significant individual performances by a number of players. Several have risen to the fore. Among them is a rookie fo...

Tomas Hertl discovers Dave & Buster's, assembles his Minions
Tomas Hertl introduced himself to much of the hockey world back in October, where in his third NHL game he scored four goals against the New York Rangers and sent Marty Biron into the broadcast booth. The hockey world then fell in love with the 20-year old San Jose Sharks rookie after his post-game interview where he described his

Pittsburgh network with graphic mockery of Sergei Bobrovsky (Photo)
The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to win Game 3 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, and for the third straight game goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was average at best. But c’mon, ROOT Sports graphics department. No need to be mean about it.

Islanders to Play Second NHL Game at Barclays Center
The New York Islanders will play the second-ever National Hockey League game at Barclays Center on Friday, Sept. 26 when they take on the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders will make Barclays Center their new home beginning with the 2015-16 season. ...

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Best Conference Finals Matchups Bracket Can Produce
The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs never fail to disappoint. So when the league changed the format to a set bracket style instead of re-seeding teams for each round, there was some apprehension about the switch.  We will see how this alters the playoffs and the drama that comes with them as the postseason rolls along. One thing is for certain, it takes out possibilit...

FIVE THINGS: Game 3 - Flyers vs. NY Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers (1-1) vs New York Rangers (1-1) (Series Tied, 1-1) 1. HOME SWEET HOME The series shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3, where the Flyers posted a 24-14-3 record and were tied for the fourth-most wins on home-ice in the East...

Erik Marsh: Game Three: Bruins @ Red Wings
GAME DAY There’s no surprise going into game three what the word form the Red Wings camp is. The Red Wings need to play their game. In just two games this series has developed into a battle between skill and force with the winner being the team that can impose their style of play on the other. In Game one, the Wings played fast, controlled the pace, and didn’t allow the big, bad, Bruins to...

Eklund: Opening Round Shows Again the Playoffs are about Desperation.
The first round of the NHL playoffs is really like no other. There is an unmistakable ebb and flow to the series driven by the balance of desperation versus relaxation. Losing in the first round is only slightly better than not making the playoffs in most teams minds, and because of this we see the desperate team usually winning especially in the opening for games. I have always believed home ic...

Where have you gone, Gustav Nyquist?
Remember Gustav Nyquist? Remember that guy who potted 28 goals in 57 games, including 12 in 15 games in March, to power the Detroit Red Wings’ injury-riddled offense and lead the team to a 23rd consecutive playoff appearance? He hasn’t been around for a couple of weeks. His last goal was against the Boston Bruins on April 2. He’s picked up a pair of assists since then, but hasn’t found the back of the net in eight games, including the...

Ducks coach: Told refs of Stars' physicality
Physical play gets ratcheted up come playoff time, but the Anaheim Ducks thought things got a little out of hand with how the Dallas Stars poked, prodded and punched captain Ryan Getzlaf in Game 3 on Monday.

Colin Dambrauskas: Ducks vs Stars, Blues vs Hawks...Your Most Memorable Playoff Moment?
Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD To continue on trend, I will keep you all posted with my thoughts on the games which I’ve watched so far, for those who are interested in reading. With respect to the Calgary Flames, I am slowly putting together some prospect/draft blogs for you to read over the summer months. I intend on writing a blog per player, with my thoughts/comments/analysis of...

HockeyBuzz Podcasts: New Webcast/Podcasts - Hockeybuzzcast - Episode #8
Check out the latest Hockeybuzzcast with Eklund, Julie Robenhymer and Mike Augello: ******* Hockeybuzz Live(with Brian Metzer, columnists Shaune Vetter and Ryan Garner) Recorded 4/15/14 Leaf Buzz(with co-host John Restaino) Recorded 4/16/14...

Todd Cordell: Blue Jackets Blow Another Lead to Penguins, Now Trail Series 2-1
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1. As an underdog with much less star power, you rarely get two goal leads, so Columbus blowing two of them in three games is them essentially digging their own grave. Even doing so, they managed to erase a two goal lead in Game 2, which is the reason they're still in the series. As deflating as their Game 3 loss would have been, the Blue Jackets need to have a...

John Jaeckel: Crow Delivers—Game 4 Could Be Pivotal
Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! Today, I gladly belly (and after this long winter, that term takes on a special meaning) up and eat Crow (pardon the pun) on my criticisms directed at Hawk netminder Corey Crawford yesterday. Crawford served up one of the best games of his career last night—when he had to and his team needed him to—the mark of an elite goaltender in the NHL. Th...

Monahan’s rookie campaign far from boring
CALGARY, AB -- Sean Monahan boring? Anything but, according to the rookie campaign he penned. Monahan, Calgary’s top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft in New Jersey just nine months ago, put together a freshman season unmatched by any first-year Calga...

NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: 1st Round TV Info and Preview for Stanley Cup Chase
The 2014 NHL playoffs have lived up to the hype in ways even the most hardcore fans could not have imagined, with some of the best action still on the docket as we're only a few games into the first round. Classic duels between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, not to mention a wealth of other great contests, have captured the attention of the globe despite the...

Game 4 Preview: MTL vs. TBL
Eastern Conference First Round Series : Game 4 Canadiens (3-0) vs. Lightning (0-3) Energized by a close win in front of the home crowd, the Habs will look to complete the series sweep on Tuesday at the Bell Centre A surprise offensive catalyst this postseason, Rene Bourque continued on his recent hot streak by corralling a P.K. Subban dump-in, breaking in alone, and snapping the puck under Anders Lindback’s armpit with just eleven seconds elapsed in the first period. Bourque, showing gre...

NHL Playoffs 2014: Complete Predictions and Bracket for Remainder of First Round
The NHL playoffs are off to a great start and are once again proving that no team is ever safe in hockey's postseason.  The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins entered the playoffs as favorites in the Eastern Conference. Playing against the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively, both teams have already dropped a game. The Bruins are tied at one...

Bill Meltzer: Flyers Playoff Gameday: ECQF Game 3 vs. NYR
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 3: Flyers vs. Rangers Needing a home win to forge ahead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series after splitting the first two games at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 8:00 p.m. EDT. The match will be televised locally on CSN Philly, nationally in th...

Biggest Takeways from Start of Montreal Canadiens' 1st-Round Playoff Matchup
The Montreal Canadiens have a 3-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round playoff matchup. They will look to finish the series in four games on Tuesday night.  The Canadiens have done a lot of things right in opening up a three-game lead over the Lightning. The Habs have been the dominant team in what was ex...

Matt Cooke gets in-person hearing with NHL after knee-on-knee hit
The last time Matt Cooke was suspended by the NHL was March 2011, and it was a doozy: 10 games plus the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins, a total of 17 games for elbowing Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers. Since then, he’s been a model citizen; OK, at least from a Dept. of Player Safety sense. There was

Varlamov Gave Avs a Chance in OT Loss in Game 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. – In tight games, goaltenders are expected to make the saves they are supposed to make in order to give their teams a chance at the win. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made those saves and then some on Monday night in Game 3 of the ...

The redemption of Corey Crawford
While there was enough blame to share as the Chicago Blackhawks lost the first two games of their series at the St. Louis Blues, goalie Corey Crawford took it all himself after giving up late goals to the Blues. “Our guys need me to make a save at the end [of regulation], too. Really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple of minutes. It’s pretty much not acceptable. We’re not going to win if I’m going to play like th...

Ducks lose Stephane Robidas to broken leg in Game 3 (Video)
Defenseman Stephane Robidas played 10 seasons with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2014 deadline. There were questions about how effective he would be after missing most of the season with a broken leg. “I think when the deal happened, we didn’t know when my leg would be healed, we didn’t know when I would be ready, there were a lot of questions. [GM Jim Nill] gave me the opportunity to go to a team that was in the playoffs ...

Postgame Quotes: Game 3 at Dallas
POSTGAME QUOTES 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Game 3 Anaheim 0 vs. Dallas 3 Apr. 21, 2014 American Airlines Center Ducks lead 2-1 ANAHEIM DUCKS Head coach Bruce Boudreau On Robidas’ injury It’s a huge loss because he was playi...

Pucks Central: Monday's highlights
Have some pucks with your morning coffee

Biggest Takeaways from the 1st Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs so Far
Year in and year out, the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs offers the best entertainment of the entire NHL season. We have hockey every day, practically 24/7, with lots of close-fought games that often extend well beyond 60 minutes. The best-of-seven series format offers plenty of time for rivalries to build and strategies to change. Just when we think a series is settled—BOOM!—another huge shift in momentum keeps us on ...

Wild's Matt Cooke's dirty hit puts new disciplinarian Stephane Quintal in spotlight
Welcome to the 2014 National Hockey League playoffs, where the cheap shots just keep on coming.

Ducks' Stephane Robidas breaks leg in homecoming vs. Stars
Stephane Robidas' homecoming ended in the worst possible way.

Sutter, Stempniak, Jokinen score 2:13 apart to lift Pens past Jackets 4-3 for 2-1 series lead


Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Granlund wins in OT; goalies pitch shutouts
No. 1 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild Granlund’s amazing individual effort produced the only goal in the Wild’s 1-0 overtime over the Colorado Avalanche, cutting their series deficit to 2-1. No. 2 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks Crawford made 34 sav...

Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Granlund wins in OT; goalies pitch shutouts
No. 1 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild Granlund’s amazing individual effort produced the only goal in the Wild’s 1-0 overtime over the Colorado Avalanche, cutting their series deficit to 2-1. No. 2 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks Crawford made 34 sav...

Analysis: Penguins' Experience the Difference in Win
Finally experience, which heavily favored Pittsburgh, played its part in the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets' opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series. There are many reasons the Penguins were able to overcome a 3-1 third-period deficit and ...

NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Game 3 Preview, TV Info and Prediction
The New York Rangers got off to a hot start in Game 2 by scoring two goals on their first four shots, but some defensive lapses and poor play led to four unanswered goals by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers snapped a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden, and they tied the series in the process. The Flyers did everything they didn't do in Game 1, and their tenacity enabled them to best the Rangers. G...

Wild's Mikael Granlund Beats Avalanche in OT with Incredible Goal While on Ice
The Minnesota Wild needed someone to step up or risked going down three games to none to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday night. Goalie Darcy Kuemper bought the Wild time to score and ...

Crawford makes 34 saves as Blackhawks blank Blues 2-0 in Game 3 of playoff series


Stephane Robidas Injury: Updates on Ducks Defenseman's Fractured Leg and Return
If the Anaheim Ducks are going to make a run at the Stanley Cup, they'll have to do it without Stephane Robidas.  The veteran defenseman got rolled up underneath Ryan Garbutt early in the second period of ...

Tweets Of The Game: #EhhBoy


Avalanche lose defenceman Tyson Barrie for 4 to 6 weeks with knee injury from Matt Cooke hit


Chicago Blackhawks Survive St. Louis Blues in Game 3, Prove They Can Win Ugly
There is scene ubiquitous in action movies where the protagonist (or just as often, his love interest) finds himself hanging off a building or a cliff or an airplane by the tips of his fingers. After 30 seconds or so of suspense, he manages to pull himself back to safety. We might think of the Game 3 Chicago Blackhawks as that action hero, except that they dragged the scene out for 55 minutes before Marcus Kruger&...

Michael Stuart: Get the Brooms Ready: Lightning vs. Canadiens Game Four Preview
The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the verge of being eliminated and swept by the Montreal Canadiens in round one of the 2014 National Hockey League playoffs. Tonight’s game four matchup at the Bell Centre could very well be the last time that the Bolts take to the ice this season. It’s not like the Bolts can or should sit back and pout about the situation in which they now find themselves. W...

Ducks lose Stephane Robidas to broken leg in Game 3 (Video)
Defenseman Stephane Robidas played 10 seasons with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2014 deadline. There were questions about how effective he would be after missing most of the season with a broken leg. “I think when the deal happened, we didn’t know when my leg would be healed, we didn’t know when I would be ready, there were a lot of questions. [GM Jim Nill] gave me the opportunity to go to a team that was in the playoffs ...

Ducks D Stephane Robidas breaks right leg in eerie replay of last game in Dallas with Stars


Lehtonen shuts out Ducks for 1st playoff win
Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years.

Red Wings' Brandon Smith not afraid of big guys like Bruins' Zdeno Chara
If you think there was fear in the eyes of Detroit defenceman Brendan Smith when he was staring down a potential scrap with Bruins counterpart Zdeno Chara, you need to know about his childhood.

Stars flip script on Ducks, take Game 3
Maybe Jamie Benn was sick of hearing about the other captain. Maybe Kari Lehtonen was sick of hearing about the other goalie.

Ducks' Robidas re-fractures leg in collision
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas fractured his right leg early in the second period of Game 3 of Anaheim's first-round series with the Dallas Stars. He was taken to a Dallas-area hospital for further evaluation.

Lehtonen 37 saves, Benn scores out of penalty box as Stars win 3-0 over Ducks in Game 3


Matt Henderson: Oiler Grades: Fringe Forwards
If there was anything I hated more than marking while I was in Grad School then I've blocked it out of my mind. I remember being an undergrad and thinking "This TA is a jerk!" Then I became one and was forced to read countless (it seemed) papers written by terrible, terrible undergrads and at that point I understood. TAs arent jerks. They're just broken inside because they've seen the worst humani...

Early Report Card for Philadelphia Flyers' Goaltending in Stanley Cup Playoffs
The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs aren't even a week old and already the postseason is littered with intriguing story lines. One of the most interesting comes from the Eastern Conference, where the third-seeded Philadelphia Flyers have been without number one netminder Steve Mason for each of the first two games of their opening round series with the second-s...

Tyson Barrie Injury: Updates on Avalanche Defenseman's Knee and Return
One of the heroes from a Game 1 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild, Tyson Barrie wasn't able to make it to the completion of Game 3 on Monday night.  The Wild's Matt Cooke stepped into the Colorado Avalanche's 22-year-old defenseman as he was releasing a pass, and a nasty knee-on-knee collisi...

Oilers' Belov tells Russian media he left because of Eakins
Anton Belov didn't take long to pack his bags and head back to Russia once the Edmonton Oilers season came to an end.

Oilers hire OKC Barons GM Bill Scott as assistant GM
Considering the job Bill Scott and his staff did getting the Oklahoma City Barons into the AHL playoffs this season, it's little surprise the Edmonton Oilers came calling with a management position.

GARTH'S CORNER: Barrie Cooked
Game 3. Minnesota. Colorado leads the series 2-0. Enter the old Matt Cooke. Not good for Tyson Barrie. Before tonight, Cooke has done a great job of playing north-south hockey and avoiding the commitment of his prior sins. Moments into the second period, Cooke delivered a nasty knee-on-knee blow to Colorado’s best D-man Tyson Barrie. Sadly, the 22-young defenseman crumpled to t...

Matt Cooke’s knee-on-knee hit injures Tyson Barrie in Game 3; suspension coming?
 In Game 3 against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild decided to bring back some of that old school Matt Cooke charm to the playoffs. As in, he stuck out his knee and connected with that of Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, injuring a key player for Colorado in the second period as the Wild seek to rally in the series:

Senators fans rally to save Jason Spezza
Should he stay or should he go? In a long offseason of questioning, the one surrounding the future of Senators captain Jason Spezza certainly seems to dominate the water cooler talk.

Blackhawks recall 13 players from Rockford
The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forwards Alex Broadhurst, Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, Drew LeBlanc, Brad Mills, Brandon Mashinter, Mark McNeill and Garret Ross, defensemen Mathieu Brisebois, Adam Clendening and Brian Conn...

The Numbers: Game 3
Welcome to The Numbers. Here, we'll break down the most important facts, figures and statistics from that night's game. Despite the final score, there's more to the game's story than the numbers on the scoreboard. Here’s a look at the most nota...

Granlund gives Wild 1-0 win in overtime vs. Avs in Game 3, cutting series deficit to 2-1


Infographic: Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3


Penguins score 3 goals on 3 shots in 2:13, stun Columbus in Game 3
It was all there for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3. The electric crowd, unprecedented in its fervor for the franchise. The 2-goal lead in the third period. The chance to dangle the sword over the Pittsburgh Penguins' collective head and earn their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series lead in team history. It took 2 minutes, 13 seconds and three shots on goal to crush all of those dreams. Goals by Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Joki...

Monday's NHL playoff capsules


Blue Jackets blow two-goal cushion in loss to Pens
The Pittsburgh Penguins' motto for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs is Buckle Up Baby.

Post Game: Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3
THE RUNDOWN If there's ever a book written about this series, it should be titled "the curse of the two-goal lead." Whether it's something in the air or something about the comfortability of a cushion, both the Blue Jackets and Penguins have m...

Sutter, Stempniak, Maatta score 2:13 apart to lift Pens past Jackets 4-3 for 2-1 series lead


Sutter, Stempniak, Jokinen score 2:13 apart to lift Pens past Jackets 4-3 for 2-1 series lead


Strombo to host NHL Awards show in Las Vegas
The NHL is returning to Las Vegas for its awards show in June, tabbing television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos as host for the annual event.

Flyers' Emery enjoying playing in playoffs
Ray Emery isn't the type of person who lives in the past.

Mike Augello: Leafs Report Card – The Goalies
After letting a week go by to let the some of the emotion dissipate from the end of the season collapse, it is time to take a look at the players, coach and management of the Toronto Maple Leafs, evaluate how they did and what their status should be with the club next season. Goaltenders Jonathan Bernier : The 25-year-old goalie was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in June 2013 as much...

Penguins score 3 in 3rd, rally to stun Jackets
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Avs' Barrie hurt on Cooke hit, out 4-6 weeks
The Colorado Avalanche will be without key defenseman Tyson Barrie (knee) for four to six weeks following a knee-on-knee hit from Wild forward Matt Cooke in the second period of Minnesota's 1-0 overtime win against the Avs.

Bettman says 'tweaks' could be made to regular-season OT
Not everybody will agree on the perfect ending.

Quotables: Game 3
On the effort/occurrences of the third period... TR: "Loved our start, obviously. It was a great start. The crowd was into it. They called a timeout, I think that helped regroup them a little bit. I think getting into penalties and our penalty ...

Penguins' Explosive Offense Salvages Another Win in Game 3 vs. Blue Jackets
Aggressive. Punishing. Tenacious. Determined. All these things describe the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Pittsburgh Penguins, though, are explosive. Not as many adjectives as their Stanley Cup playoff adversaries—who deserve every bit of the attention and accolades they are receiving for giving the Penguins as much as they can handle in this first-round Eastern Conference series—but the only one t...

Granlund's sick OT goal gives Wild win, Cooke injures Avalanche defenceman
It was either come home to die or come home to fight. The Minnesota Wild left little doubt as to which path they'd be taking Monday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

Mikael Granlund scores unreal OT goal to win Game 3 for Wild
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was not going to let the Minnesota Wild win Game 3 of their divisional semifinal series. He was a wall, a force field, a save machine that would make 45 stops in the overtime game and look impenetrable against a stout Wild offensive attack. The Wild needed a hero. Mikael Granlund answered the call. His first playoff goal at 5:08 of overtime defeated the Avalanche, 1-0, and cut the...

Game 3 Postgame Notes vs. Colorado - April 21
Minnesota outshot Colorado 46-22, and C Mikael Granlund scored the overtime winner as Minnesota topped Colorado, 1-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 19,221 in Game 3 of the series Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. G Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves t...

Kings in need of a Quick turnaround
Just who is that man behind that black- and-silver mask?

Granlund nets OT winner as Wild outlast Avs
Mikael Granlund's diving swing at his own rebound 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Rick Sadowski: Avs lose game, Barrie 4-6 weeks
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The redemption of Corey Crawford
While there was enough blame to share as the Chicago Blackhawks lost the first two games of their series at the St. Louis Blues, goalie Corey Crawford took it all himself after giving up late goals to the Blues. “Our guys need me to make a save at the end [of regulation], too. Really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple of minutes. It’s pretty much not acceptable. We’re not going to win if I’m going to play like th...

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford shuts out Blues in Game 3
The assessment was about as damning as a coach is usually willing to be about his goaltender this time of year.

Hawks' Crawford shuts out Blues
Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and the Chicago Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Randall Ritchey: Crawford Strong As Hawks Win Game Three
The Blues came into Chicago with a 2-0 series lead, and were looking to build on their success. The Blackhawks however had something to prove, and eventually proved it, backed by a 34 save shutout by Corey Crawford. Jonathan Toews scored early on a rather soft goal by Ryan Miller. You could the confusion on his face after the puck got past him. He would rebound, and not allow another goal in th...

Wild's Cooke up to old tricks, takes out Avalanche's Barrie
Cooke up to old tricks, takes out Barrie

Anaheim Ducks' Stephane Robidas battles former team in playoffs
It was, to steal an in-game analogy, a bang-bang play.

Safe at home?: Los Angeles Kings rely on home-ice experience after SJ Shark playoff attack


Blackhawks D Sheldon Brookbank replaces suspended Brent Seabrook for Game 3 against Blues


Twitter Tales: #SmashBrothers
To view the story in optimized format, visit sjsharks.com/twittertales ---------------------- Game Two against the LA Kings didn't get off to the start that the Sharks had hoped for ... but no fear, the Smash Brothers were there to save the da...

Diving Deep: Game 2 vs the Kings
When the Sharks stormed out of the gates in Game 1 by romping their way to a deceptively easy 6-3 win, the sentiment around San Jose’s locker room was that the team in no way expected to find itself in such a lopsided game for the rest of the seri...

Sharks Receive U.S. EPA Certificate of Achievement
SAN JOSE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the San Jose Sharks a Certificate of Achievement for their accomplishments in implementing the Food Recovery Challenge. The Food Recovery Challenge asks participants to reduce a...

Blues centre David Backes to miss Game 3 of playoff series against Blackhawks


Blue Jackets have 16-puck countdown to Stanley Cup title in locker room
Perhaps you thought the Columbus Blue Jackets, in only their second Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in franchise history, were just happy to make the cut and give the Pittsburgh Penguins the what-for until their inevitable elimination. Clue No. 1 that this isn’t the case: The way the Jackets have outworked the Penguins in splitting the first two games of their series. Clue No. 2: Check out the countdown to the Cup the Jackets have in their dressing room, adding ...

You can purchase Tyler Seguin's game-used jock on eBay, finally
Oftentimes in sports, you'll hear the following phrase: so-and-so isn't fit to carry that guy's jock. For example:  "You aren't fit to carry Tyler Seguin's jock," someone might say, impugning your fitness while similarly extolling the virtue, caliber and weight of Tyler Seguin's jock. What a jock. But now you don't need to be fit enough to carry Tyler Seguin's jock. You just need to have $250.

Up 2-0, Avs Know Series with Wild is Far From Over
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Colorado Avalanche leads Minnesota Wild 2-0 in its first round matchup, but the series is far from over. After picking up wins at home in the first two games, Colorado will look to take a stranglehold on the series tonigh...

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #4
1. Don’t get too excited, but…: Everyone knows that a best-of-seven series isn’t over after just three games. Still, some teams boast a far more powerful killer instinct than others when it comes to sending their opponents packing, and the Canadiens are certainly part of that group. In the 30 times the Habs have led a playoff series by a 3-0 count, they’ve put an end to the series in four games 21 times, in five games on seven occasions, and in six games just two times. 2. Don’t ge...

Did You Know?
Business of Hockey The LA Kings Business of Hockey Series continues! Learn about NHL player scouting and development on April 24th at LA Live. Hosted by Daryl Evans, the speakers include Nelson Emerson, Rob Laird, and Mike O'Connell. Visit laki...

You Can Buy the Game-Used Cup of Tyler Seguin on eBay
Anyone who is interested in buying the Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin's game-used cup is in luck. Just remember, it's not weird if you're a fan. Actually, it's still pretty weird. One person is trying to sell the cup, which was worn during Seguin's time with the Boston Bruins, for $250 on

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 3: Live Score and Highlights
The Chicago Blackhawks are still alive, but the defending Stanley Cup champions have reached a crucial point of the playoff year. After having dropped the first two games of the series to the St. Louis Blues on the road in overtime, the Blackhawks come home to the United Center desperately needing a win. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. ET, and we will be here to bring you all the action. Read more

Randall Ritchey: Berglund Returns For Game Three
The Blues will see a slightly different lineup tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks than they have had in the first two of this series. David Backes is out with injury after the vicious hit that Brent Seabrook laid on him in game two. Derek Roy also exits the line up, but this time as a healthy scratch. Brendan Morrow will jump in and replace Roy on the third line. The Blues will also see th...

Canadiens credit balanced attack for 3-0 series lead over Lightning


Depth, Physicality Make Up The Boston Bruins' Winning Formula Against Detroit
Carl Soderberg was the unsung difference-maker in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 victory in Game 2 of their series with the Detroit Red Wings. His contributions to the decisive combination of offensive depth ...

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Game 3: Live Score and Highlights
The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on Monday night with the series tied at one game apiece. We'll bring you live coverage as it happens from inside the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets rallied from 3-1 down at the end of the first period on Saturday, scoring the final three goals of the game to secure a thrilling 4-3 two-overtime victory, the first playoff win in franchise histor...

LA Kings Season In Review – How Did We Get Here?
The LA Kings are in the playoffs for the fifth straight season thanks to several outstanding performances during the 2013-14 regular season. Team Highlights: - The Kings tied a club record with an 11-game point streak, going 7-0-4 from Nov. ...

Kings Assign Linden Vey To Manchester Monarchs
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forward Linden Vey to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The 22-year-old rookie appeared in 18 regular season g...

Barry Trotz says goodbye; Senators falling apart; MacKinnon in arcade mode (Puck Headlines)
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.

Kings To Open Playoff Action at STAPLES Center Tomorrow Night at 7PM For Game 3 vs Sharks
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will host Game 3 of their First Round series against San Jose tomorrow, Tuesday, at STAPLES Center with game-time set for 7 p.m. The Kings encourage all fans to arrive to the arena early to enjoy all the pre...

NHL on Rogers host George Stroumboulopoulos to host NHL Awards in June


It's back to basics for Wings in Game 3
DETROIT – Playing physical in the Stanley Cup playoffs is one thing, but playing physical and smart is the approach the Red Wings need to focus on as their best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins shifts to Joe Louis Arena for Game 3 on Tues...

Ray Emery will remain in goal for Flyers vs. Rangers


Dallas Stars set to host first playoff game since 2008
For fans of the Dallas Stars, the wait is finally over.

Bylsma not concerned with stars' scoring shortage
His stars have yet to score, but Dan Bylsma isn't overly concerned.

Notebook: Steven Stamkos okay after knee-to-head hit
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said Monday he “feels pretty good,” and is expecting to play in Game 4. With less than five minutes remaining in the second period Sunday, the Bolts’ captain took a knee to the head that sent him to th...

Darcy Kuemper gets the start in Game 3 for Wild
The Minnesota Wild are hoping that a new city, a new goalie and a new lineup translates into a new life.

Islanders Prospect Report


Brad Ratgen: Time to Take Care of Business at Home for Wild vs Avs
After losing Game 2 to the Colorado Avalanche, Wild Coach, Mike Yeo, said something to the effect of “Now we’re going home, so we have to take care of business at home.” In a best of seven series, the road team is always trying to steal at least one game in the opening two games. In series where that does not happen, the road team returns home with immense pressure to “win at home” a...

Morning Report: Hostile Environment Awaits Ducks in Game 3
By Kyle Shohara We’re hours away from a pivotal Game 3, as the Ducks and Stars clash in Game 3 tonight at American Airlines Center (TV: LA56 KDOC-TV, NBC Sports Network | Radio: 710 KSPN). If the first two games were any indication of how th...

Rick Sadowski: Avs hit the road for Game 3; Duchene skates for first time
!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Follow @RickS7 Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon is having the time of his young life in the Stanley Cup playoffs...

Business as usual
BROSSARD – Heading into Game 4 with a chance to sweep a postseason series for the first time since 1992-93, the Canadiens are maintaining their even keel, business-like approach to the opportunity awaiting them at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. Sitting in the driver’s seat in their first round match-up against the Lighting where the Habs not only managed to steal home ice advantage from the Bolts but could actually be the only team in the east to sweep Round 1 in 2014, there’s no pr...

Jason Lewis: If you are Thinking, "Start Jones." Think Again.
It's not going to happen folks. Martin Jones will not start Game 3. I heard the twitter outcry as opposing fans made a mockery of No. 32, and home fans questioned whether or not he should start Game 3. The answer, however, is simple: Of course you start him. When you look at the drubbing the Kings took in game two, a second consecutive drubbing by a San Jose offense that just can't see...

Reaves: 'Gutless' if Hawks taunted Backes
St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves called the Chicago Blackhawks "gutless" Monday if they taunted forward David Backes after he was injured on a hit by Brent Seabrook in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Who will fill the David Backes void for Blues in Game 3?
David Backes traveled with the St. Louis Blues to Chicago for Game 3 of their divisional semifinal series on Monday night, but he’s out with an “upper body” injury according to Coach Ken Hitchcock. From NHL.com and Louie Korac: "He's out, won't play today," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who would not elaborate further on Backes' condition. "He's our No. 1 center, he plays the most minutes on ...

Down 3-0 to Habs, Tampa coach Cooper bizarrely invades media scrum
Down 3-0 to Habs, Tampa coach Cooper bizarrely invades media scrum

BLUE LINE GROUP
VOORHEES, N.J. – When looking at the first two games of this first round matchup with the New York Rangers, there are easy distinctions to be made from a Flyers perspective as the difference between losing Game 1 and winning Game 2. Getting more ...

Brookbank to fill Seabrook's spot for Blackhawks
Sheldon Brookbank will draw the assignment of filling in for suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. Brookbank will get his first taste of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs paired with Duncan Keith on the top defense unit for the Bl...

Can anyone stop Nathan MacKinnon?
Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny and Nathan MacKinnon have combined for 17 points in two consecutive Colorado Avalanche wins. They have attempted 35 shots. At times they’re skating so quickly, it appears they’re playing each shift a few seconds into the future – or maybe that’s just an indictment of the Minnesota Wild’s hapless defense against them. So what do you do when one line is taking over a series? Put your best defenseman against them? Ryan Suter’s time fac...

Pens Go With Two-Defensemen Look on PP
During Monday’s morning skate, Penguins winger James Neal - who led the NHL with 18 power-play goals during the 2011-12 season and tied for second on the team with 11 this year - was practicing with the second unit. That’s because the Penguins ...

Lightning, Bud Light to host Game Four watch party at Brickhouse
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Bud Light will host a Stanley Cup Playoffs installment of ‘Lightning Watch Parties’ for their Game Four matchup at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens at Brickhouse, located at 1102 North Dale Mabry H...

Five ways Chicago can get back into its series
Add it up and the Chicago Blackhawks are exactly 1:51.4 away from having a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues. "You're almost there," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. You know...

Stastny Thriving With MacKinnon, Landeskog
Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon is the teenage wunderkind with blazing speed. Gabriel Landeskog is the young captain, power forward and local heartthrob with the flowing locks. Paul Stastny? He's the unsung member of the Colorado Avalanche's hi...

Colin Dambrauskas: Thoughts on Canadiens vs Lightning, Sharks vs Kings and MacKinnon...
Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD For those who caught my last rant, I went on about the Canadiens and Tampa Bay series and how I felt that the Lightning were not exactly making it hard on Montreal to walk away with a win. They haven’t really improved in that regard, having dropped their third game of the series. We all knew that losing the two firs games, at home, would make it tough...

GREENBERG: The Series Shifts to Philly
With the Rangers and Flyers coming to the Wells Fargo Center for the next two games, here is what changes: 1) Not the Flyers goalie. Composed as Ray Emery looks. No reason to rush Steve Mason back in. 2) With its team having come from beh...

Dan Petriw: Help Wanted; The Isles need for a Goaltending Solution
Today we begin a week-long look at potential players who could help fix the glaring holes that the Islanders have in their roster. The most noticeable need is between the pipes. There is no way to sugarcoat it; if the Isles have any chance of even sniffing a playoff spot next season, they must improve their goaltending. The entire league knows this is an issue for the Isles, so I am assuming th...

Darcy Kuemper gets Game 3 start for Wild over Ilya Bryzgalov
Darcy Kuemper stopped all 14 shots he faced after relieving Ilya Bryzgalov midway through the second period of the Minnesota Wild's 4-2 Game 2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Down 0-2 in the series, it was only a matter of time before Mike Yeo made some changes. Kyle Brodziak and Stephane Veilleux are out, while Dany Heatley and Justin Fontaine are in. Joining the new-look Wild in Game 3 Monday night will be Kuemper, who earned this start with his relief performance....

Time to close loophole in NHL goalie interference rules
Former NHL referee Kerry Frasier nailed it on his blog about the Tampa Bay Lightning no-goal vs. the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of that series, on a play in which it was ruled that Carey Price was interfered with by Alex Killorn. In case you missed it, a refresher on the play.

Wild swap goalies for Game 3 vs. Avalanche
The Minnesota Wild have switched goalies for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, giving Darcy Kuemper the start instead of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Keith doesn't remember saying 'wakey, wakey' to Backes
Duncan Keith won't deny saying “wakey, wakey” to David Backes when the St. Louis Blues captain was trying to regain his faculties after being hit in the head by Brent Seabrook.

Red Wings hope to use their speed against Bruins' strength to take lead again in their series


2014 NHL Awards return to Las Vegas on June 24
NEW YORK -- The NHL Awards™ return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the National Hockey League announced today. Renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the recently-named host of th...

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Troy Murray on Blackhawks/Blues; most offensive thing in playoffs


Wild switch goalies for Game 3 vs. Avalanche, Kuemper for Bryzgalov; Heatley added to lineup


Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: Coaches on the Hotseat: Who'd be Best in Vancouver?
Let's begin with this graphical interpretation of what we Canucks fans get to watch in this year's playoffs: #Canucks 2014 playoff roster pic.twitter.com/P9h8uTohyL— Jeremiah Boone (@JeremiahBoone) April 21, 2014 With two goals in two games and a plus-three for San Jose, Raffi Torres is looking more like the hero who scored the OT winner for the Canucks against Boston and less like t...

Blues' Backes (upper body) out for Game 3
St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will not play against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series on Monday due to an upper-body injury, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Optimistic Glencross sets sights on next season
CALGARY, AB -- It wasn’t how his year was supposed to unfold. Forced to sit out the final four games of the 2012-13 seasons after sustaining a knee injury five shifts into a game against the Anaheim Ducks last April, Curtis Glencross had plenty...

Paul McCann: Classy Guy and Monday Morning Random Playoff Notes
You simply can’t get any classier than former Predators head coach Barry Trotz, wow, that’s weird to write that. Coach Trotz took out a full page ad in yesterday’s Tennessean to thank Nashville. Here is the text of the ad… I came to Nashville in 1997 as a young NHL coach, but found a family and a home. This community welcomed me, my family and the Predators with open arms and, over the...

Post-Game Notes and Quotes - Game 2
San Jose Sharks Postgame Quotes: Head Coach Todd McLellan: "The catalyst was [Desjardins] line. They got us going and everybody followed. You need that to have success. Success is only two games. We have got a lot left but you need to have eve...

Patrick Roy is 'one of the worst people I've met': former goalie
Patrick Roy may have the hockey world mesmerized right now, but one of his former players isn't buying it.

SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
The opening round of the United States Hockey League playoffs concluded over the weekend, with just one of the three Buffalo Sabres prospects involved advancing to the next round. Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 23 saves Thursday as the W...

Anton Belov on leaving Oilers for KHL: 'I didn’t want to stay with that coach'
Anton Belov signed a four year contract in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg. To some it was an unexpected move. For others, Belov could never fulfill the promise that the one-time best KHL defenseman would become a good player for the Edmonton Oilers. Belov joined the Russian national team in Novogorsk, near Moscow, to g...

Penguins Report: Game Day at Columbus (Game 3)


Eklund: Who Do Your Secretly Like? The 3rd Annual Second Favo(u)rite Team Poll...
Everyone has a favorite team. But I firmly believe, if you are a hockey fan, you have another team on the side as well. A team you will root for if they are playing any team besides your own. Sometimes its a team you just like this year for some reason. Other times its a team your dad liked, or a team in the city you have been transplanted to. Whatever the reason I love doing this poll once...

James Tanner: Coyotes Season in Review Pt 1
The Coyotes finished the 2013-14 season 37-30-15 and missed the playoffs by three points, finishing with 89 points and coming in 9th in the Western Conference. They finished a distant 11 points back of the LA Kings for third in the Pacific Division. The Coyotes may have missed the playoffs, but it wasn't an unsuccessful season. They are a young team and were never expected to contend this ye...

Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin wonders if Cam Ward is past his prime
Cam Ward has played just 47 games in the last two seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes due to injuries. This season, he was 10-12-6 with a save percentage of .898. He’ll earn $6.7 million next season and then $6.8 million in 2015-16, after which he’ll become a free agent. Anton Khudobin was Carolina’s best goalie this season, is three years younger and

Oilers hire Bill Scott, former general manager of AHL's Barons, as assistant GM


Mike Augello: Great Girgs & Ghostly Grigs
To say the Buffalo Sabres two 2012 first round picks are a complete dichotomy would be a dramatic understatement. 12th overall pick Mikhail Grigorenko and 14th pick Zemgus Girgensons are close to being the same age(unless you buy the rumors that Grigorenko was a few years older than 18 when drafted) but have travelled different paths of development in the two years since being selected and that ma...

Zubrus scores in Lithuanian victory
Dainius Zubrus notched one of Lithuania’s three third-period goals on Sunday as the host country opened Division I Group B play at the 2014 IIHF World Championship with a 4-0 win over the Netherlands. Zubrus’ line with Donatas Kumeliauskas and...

Ranking the Best Options for the Edmonton Oilers' 1st-Round Pick in 2014 NHL D
Unfortunately for the Edmonton Oilers, their victory overall the Vancouver Canucks during the last game of the season may have ultimately cost them the first overall selection in the 2014 draft. That being said, the Oilers still hold the third overall selection and should be able to add a significant piece to their roster. The 2014 draft may not have a player who ...

Oilers Name Bill Scott Assistant General Manager
General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Bill Scott as Assistant General Manager. Scott, 33, replaces Ricky Olczyk, who was offered a position within the organization, but has respectfully declined the ...

Travis Yost: This Organization is Draining
There are myriad reasons why the Daniel Alfredsson situation last summer was a full-blown public relations nightmare for the Ottawa Senators. I have argued this in the past, but the reason why I think the fan base was so jaded over the captain jumping ship wasn't because the team simply played contract negotiation hardball -- it's because they played contract negotiation hardball and were disingen...

Chicago Blackhawks: What Needs to Happen in Game 3 vs. St. Louis Blues
The Chicago Blackhawks need to get back to playing a brand of hockey that has made them one of the NHL's best teams over the past four seasons. To put it simply, the 'Hawks need to avoid falling into another shoving match with the St. Louis Blues. Trying to impress their Western Conference first-round opponents with a phys...

Foligno in, Tyutin out for Game 3 tonight
Todd Richards made it official a short while ago: Nick Foligno is back in the lineup for Game 3 tonight. Foligno has been out with a lower body injury since Apr. 3 and the Blue Jackets have missed him. He's one of their most versatile players ...

Mason still out as Flyers again look to Emery
With their first-round series against the New York Rangers tied 1-1, the Philadelphia Flyers will not have regular starting goaltender Steve Mason in net when the team returns home to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Tuesday.

Celebrate head injuries with the ‘Wakey Wakey Backes’ T-shirt
Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks could neither confirm nor deny that he said “Wakey Wakey, Backes, wakey wakey!” during Game 2 as St. Louis Blues captain David Backes struggled to get to his skates after a Brent Seabrook headshot. That’s unfortunate, as a...

Peter Tessier: Chevy's Analtyics- Fallout from the Weekend
It’s been a big few days for Winnipeg Jets fans despite the team not being in the post season. Yes the hockey is salivating good and the fans of those teams look to be having the time of their lives unless you are from Tampa, LA or Chicago. However in Winnipeg, and on Saturday to a large degree outside of Winnipeg, the hockey world focused on the Jets, or more specifically GM Kevin Cheveld...

NHL Playoffs 2014: Examining Latest Postseason Format and 1st-Round Bracket
The excitement surrounding the 2014 NHL playoffs was through the roof after the first-round matchups were cemented, and the action through the start of the postseason has not only lived up to expectations, but it has sur...

Lucia, Minnesota In Great Shape
Don Lucia's team lost the national championship game last Saturday night. The expectations for Minnesota, as they are under Lucia or any other coach, never seem to veer. It's trophies or bust. National championship or bust. Dominate or find another gig. They take hockey seriously in Minnesota. Gopher fans take their program even more seriously. It can come off as entitlement at times, rubbing opposing ...

Heat Stats Update: 21.04.14
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Heat Report: 21.04.14
HITTING THEIR STRIDE What a year it's been. The Abbotsford Heat capped off their regular season this week, cementing the 2013-14 roster as the most successful in franchise history. With 43 wins and 94 points, this year's Heat team edged out ...

Stanley's Sports Bar Hosts Coolest Game on 4/22
SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks invite all hockey fans to attend an official Sharks Coolest Game watching party on Tuesday, April 22nd at Stanley's Sports Bar inside Sharks Ice at San Jose. The Sharks will take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Stap...

NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info and Bracket Predictions for Stanley Cup Chase
There are several marquee first-round matchups across the league and hockey fans have been treated to an incredible start to the 2014 NHL playoff schedule. With overtime thrillers, ...

Columbus bar informs customers that Sidney Crosby is a sissy (Photo)
The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, and the atmosphere around Nationwide Arena should be electric and contentious: Invading Pens fans, mingling with amped up locals. R-Bar, epicenter of Jackets fandom, is already infected with Playoff Fever, an ailment that causes many to say and do lamentable things in the name of postse...

John Jaeckel: Seabrook Gets Three, Hawks Need To Get Serious
Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel Basically, the Blackhawks need to win their next two games—home playoff tilts against the St. Louis Blues—or their season is probably going to end soon. And with it, any hopes of establishing the first real hockey Dynasty in 20 years. And they’ll have to win those games without one of their top 2 defensemen—Brent Seabrook—who got a three-game sus...

Biggest Takeways from Start of Philadelphia Flyers' 1st-Round Playoff Matchup
After two spirited games, the first-round series between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers is tied at one apiece. There are a number of things to take away from the games in New York from the Flyers' standpoint. Madison Square Garden had been a bad place for Philadelphia, as it had lost nine in a row to its division rivals before winning 4-2 in Game 2. ...

Penguins Recall Forward Chris Conner
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Chris Conner from his conditioning assignment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Conne...

Projected Roles for Each Toronto Maple Leafs Player at 2014 World Championships
While Toronto Maple Leafs fans have no team to cheer for in the NHL playoffs, some of the club's top players will be heading to Belarus for the 2014 World Championships. Not all rosters are set, but a handful of Leafs have already agreed to travel to Europe to compete for t...

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Complete Bracket and Breakdown for NHL Postseason
The NHL playoffs never disappoint, and this season is no exception. Clear favorites in the Eastern Conference—like the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins—have already dropped games, while all of the higher seeds in the Western Conference navigated their way to crucial wins to open the series. Though it should come as no surprise, the St. Louis B...

Ryan Wilson: Put Up Or Shut Up Time For the Penguins Big Dogs
Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Game 3 between the Penguins and Blue Jackets is tonight and I expect a ter...

Eric Engels: Habs on the verge of sweeping the Lightning
The game certainly turned when Alex Killorn got caught up with Carey Price, as Ryan Callahan had the go-ahead goal stripped on an incidental contact call. By the rulebook, it's Killorn's job to get out of the way--even if Price purposely slid into him--and in failing to do that, the referees had plenty of justification to make that call. You can't deny how tough of a pill it was to swallow for Jon...

Todd Cordell: New Jersey Devils Scoring Chance Numbers: Forwards
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Since the Devils' 2013-14 campaign concluded, I've dove into a lot of data including scoring chance numbers. Generally your scoring chance percentage at even strength is similar to your possession numbers, but like with everything, there are exceptions. I recently posted the scoring chance numbers for Devils blue liners. They more or less confirmed what w...

What We Learned: Boston Bruins hypocrisy already dialed up to 11
Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. As if things hadn't gone sideways enough in Boston when Shawn Thornton slew-footed and concussed Brooks Orpik just days after talking about how he's viewed as being almost too honorable -- and in doing so h...

Marlies To Face Milwaukee In Playoffs
The Toronto Marlies announced Saturday they will play the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, in the first round of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. The schedule for the best-of-five series is as follows: Game 1: Friday, ...

Todd Cordell: Blue Jackets Look For Lead vs Penguins As Series Shifts To Columbus
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up - Pittsburgh Penguins (1-1) @ Columbus Blue Jackets (1-1) Road/Home records - 0-0 -------------- 0-0 TV - NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FS-Ohio, RDS2 Puck drop - 7:00 p.m. ET Season series - Tied 1-1 Starting goalies - Fleury (1-1, 2.98GAA, .911SV%) vs Bobrovsky (1-1, 3.00, .905SV%) Projected lines for the Penguins: *day-to-day, likely will not pla...

NHL Playoffs 2014: Updated Bracket and Predictions for Rest of 1st Round
After a wild start to the 2014 NHL playoffs and an action-packed Sunday on the postseason schedule, it’s time for the hockey fans across the world to check all of the updated information as they prepare for Monday’s set of games. With four marquee games on Monday’s docket, including top teams like Pittsburgh, Anaheim and the epic battle between St. Louis and Chicago, even casual hockey fans are e...

Bill Meltzer: Stars Playoff Gameday: WCQF Game 3 vs. Anaheim
If the Dallas Stars are to make a mark in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks, Dallas will need to win each of the next two games to send the series back to Anaheim deadlocked. Anything less than that and we are looking at a potential quick elimination in four or five games. Game Three of the series will take place tonight at the American Airlines Cent...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Never a Question of Resiliency, Practice Updates
No one who watched the Philadelphia Flyers throughout the 2013-14 regular season would question the team's resiliency in the face off adversity. Therefore, it was not surprising that the Flyers found a way to battle from an early 2-0 deficit yesterday at Madison Square Garden and won the game, 4-2, to knot their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers at one game apiece....

5 Years Later, Hurricanes' 'Miracle Finnish' Source of Nostalgia, Controversy
It's been five years now since Jussi Jokinen launched Raleigh into insanity with his last-second game-winning goal in Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, but each frame of the "Miracle Finnish" still echoes in the memories of thousands. Jokinen gains possession of the puck. Thirteen seconds left. Jokinen's stuff attempt blocked away by Martin B...

Paul Stewart: A Closer Look at the Disallowed Tampa Goal
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 A couple of HockeyBuzz readers messaged me yesterday to tell me that my two-part "You Make the Call" blog last week predicted the same exact disallowed goal controversy that would arise in Game 3 of the Tampa Bay versus Montreal playoff series. In reality, it doesn't take a latter-day Nostradamus to predict there will be controversy in the playoffs over in...

Sharks beat Kings 7-2 to take 2-0 series lead heading back to Los Angeles


Sharks score 7 unanswered, lead Kings 2-0
Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Ty Anderson: Tied up: Chara, Bruins smile on Easter
A wicked smile from Zdeno Chara at the end of the first period said it all in the Bruins’ series-tying 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. It’s the smile that’s haunted the likes of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and even the Sedins. Grinning ear to ear and laughing as Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith tried to pop him in the mouth, the Black-and-Gold were able to wear the Red Win...

 
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