What We Learned: An etiquette guide to throwing your NHL jersey in protest (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:38:01 PDT)
It's Trevor Daley time! (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:57:00 PDT)
It may be hard to believe but the Stars Trevor Daley is tied for the NHL lead with three power play goals.
Dose: Shutting the Door (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:34:00 PDT)
Henrik Lundqvist and Pekka Rinne were among the seven goalies who pitched shutouts this weekend. The Dose ponders the future of each netminder.
National Hockey League roundup
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:50:38 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled left winger Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from their AHL affiliate in Syracuse on Sunday. Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning Thursday after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning's training camp. In two games in the AHL, he scored a goal while adding two assists with a plus-4 rating. ...
Canucks assign center Bo Horvat to AHL Utica (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:48:21 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks have assigned center Bo Horvat to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment.
Stamkos scores 2, Lightning top Canucks 4-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:49:12 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks were already praising Steven Stamkos hours before they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning star on the ice.
Lightning D Hedman injured in 2nd period of win (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:02:37 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman sustained an upper-body injury during the second period of the Lightning's 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night and didn't return to the game.
Canucks' sellout streak ends at 474 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:54:13 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks' sellout streak ended at 474 games Saturday night with a less-than-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena for a game against Tampa Bay.
NHL Three Stars: Svedberg earns first shutout; Schwartz nets trick vs. Coyotes (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:59:02 PDT)
Hey, it's Vincent Vega! No. 1 Star: Niclas Svedberg, Boston Bruins A 32-save night helped Svedberg to record his first career NHL shutout during a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins netminder was making his third career start, giving Tuukka Rask the night off. A pair of goals in the first and another pair in the second helped Boston send Buffalo to their second straight defeat via shutout. No. 2 Star: Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit Red Wings The former Toronto Maple Leaf exacted a bit of revenge on his former mates with a 30-save, 1-0 blanking. It was Gustavsson’s sixth NHL shutout and first since he was a member of the Leafs. The two sides went 0-0 through regulation and in overtime it was Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg putting home the winner with 9.9 seconds left: No. 3 Star: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues Schwartz became the 60th player in Blues history to record a hat trick as St. Louis routed Arizona 6-1. The win helped Jake Allen earn the win in his first NHL start since April 2013. Jori Lehtera (who scored his first NHL goal) and Vladimir Tarasenko each recorded three points in the win. Honorable Mention: Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Penguins killed all seven Islanders power plays as Pittsburgh got by New York 3-1. Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored power play markers 55 seconds apart in the second period to erase the Islanders’ lead. Hornqvist, who also added an assist, would later put home an empty-netter to ensure victory … Sidney Crosby recorded a pair of assists, including the 500th of his NHL career … Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored a goal and assisted on two others, while Antti Niemi made 35 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Joe Thornton put home the empty-net goal at the end, helping him reach the 1,200-point plateau … Robin Lehner made 38 saves and Mike Hoffman’s goal midway through the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Ottawa Senators edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Ottawa has now won four in a row … Lehner made a pretty great stick save on Alex Wennberg here: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored on all three of Washington’s shootout attempts to help give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Justin Peters needed only 20 saves as Washington improved to 10-0-1 in their last 11 against Florida … Panthers captain Willie Mitchell played in his 800th NHL game, while Steve Ott got in his 700th and Backstrom suited up for his 500th … The wildest game of the night ended with 11 goals and the Philadelphia Flyers getting by the Dallas Stars 6-5 after an overtime power play winner from Claude Giroux. Entering the third period down 4-2, the Flyers scored three times to help force the extra period. That’s when the Flyers captain deposited a one-timer behind Kari Lehtonen to give Philadelphia their first win of the season: Tyler Seguin had four assists, while Jason Spezza chipped in three points in the loss … P.K. Subban played a huge role in Montreal’s 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. His power play blast early in the second tied the game 1-1. Later in the period, just as his penalty expired, Subban burst from the box and made both Tyson Barrie and Calvin Pickard look silly for Montreal’s third and final goal: Meanwhile, in Chicago: Overtime. Jonathan Toews. Breakaway. Shorthanded. Blackhawks win: Behind Ben Bishop’s 30 saves and Steven Stamkos’s three points, the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Here’s Stamkos earning one of his points after breaking his stick, grabbing a new one from the Lightning bench, then proceeding to set up Ryan Callahan’s one-timer: Did You Know? “ The Sabres were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since October 2003.” (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Buffalo’s power play went 0-for-7 … Via the AP, New Jersey is now 2-4-2 in home openers at Prudential Center … Patrik Nemeth left the game in the first period after being cut on his arm by R.J. Umberger’s skate … Paul Stastny and Victor Hedman left their games with upper-body injuries and did not return. Meanwhile, Martin Hanzal exited with a lower-body injury … Arizona has allowed nine first period goals through four games.
Stewart overcomes childhood deafness (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:39:37 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Before this year's NHL draft, Mackenze Stewart was just hoping to get a tryout with a club, thinking it unlikely that his name would be called.
NHL Three Stars: Zetterberg's big night; goalies draw blanks (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:08:22 PDT)
Lightning-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:45:17 PDT)
It appeared the Vancouver Canucks were heading into a rebuilding year after firing their general manager and outspoken former coach while making significant changes to a roster that missed the playoffs last season.
Miller gets 30th shutout, Canucks beat Oilers 2-0 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:25:16 PDT)
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ryan Miller remained perfect against the Edmonton Oilers in his career and kept the Vancouver Canucks perfect this season.
It's too early to panic (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:59:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax informs you that it is way to early to panic in fantasy hockey pools even if you have poor goaltending thus far in The Week Ahead.
Tuukka Rask targeted by idiot’s laser pointer in Montreal (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:01:24 PDT)
In the second period of the Boston Bruins’ 6-4 loss at the Montreal Canadiens, a green dot danced around the crease of goalie Tuukka Rask. Somewhere inside Bell Centre sat an idiot. And they had a laser pointer. We’ve seen this before, of course. Miikka Kiprusoff had a laser hit his mask several times at the Vancouver Canucks back in 2010. Ditto Jose Theodore, who had it happen that year in a game at the New York Rangers. In this case, Rask said the laser didn’t affect him. “You know, I saw it in the second but it was in the offensive zone. Good thing I didn’t go blind or anything,” he told ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald. Here's a look from NESN, via Kevin V.: As we’ve said in the past: Laser pointers are explicitly banned from arenas, but there’s only so much that ushers and other personnel can do. It’s on us, as fans, to police our own. And shining a laser point on the ice, no matter how much you loathe the opponent, is something narc-worthy. *** More From Yahoo Hockey:
Canucks-Oilers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:27:06 PDT)
A wild victory over the Edmonton Oilers has the Vancouver Canucks on the brink of their best start in 15 years.
Fantasy top 100 forwards: Line combinations crucial (NHL)
(Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.
Oilers-Kings Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:22:22 PDT)
With their first victory out of the way, the Los Angeles Kings have one less thing to worry about Tuesday night.
NFL’s Austin Pettis has a sweet Mighty Ducks neck tattoo (Photo) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:21:42 PDT)
Leafs look good on the pp (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:46:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that the Maple Leafs had the best power play in the first week with Tyler Bozak leading the way.
What We Learned: Scared to death in the Western Conference (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:08:46 PDT)
Miller, Higgins help Canucks beat Oilers in SO (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:33:40 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Ryan Miller came up big when it counted most in his home debut with the Vancouver Canucks.
Three Stars: Kuemper shuts down Avs; Getzlaf powers Ducks (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:45:13 PDT)
Getzlaf lifts Ducks to 3-2 win over Red Wings (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:05:51 PDT)
DETROIT (AP) -- Ryan Getzlaf's good fortune got the Anaheim Ducks their first win of the season.
Alex Burrows totally got away with hand pass for Canucks goal (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:03:02 PDT)
There are certain calls in an NHL game we’re just conditioned to anticipate. A player falls on a breakaway, and we assume it’s always a penalty. A goalie flops in the crease, and we assume it’s no goal Hand passes certainly fall into that category. Any puck off the glove that goes from teammate to teammate is usually whistled down. But a puck that went off the glove of Alex Burrows to Vancouver Canucks that was eventually tipped home by teammate Nick Bonino was not, and the result against the Edmonton Oilers was a goal on Saturday night. Never a good sign when the goalie reacts by mimicking the hand-signal the referee didn’t make... But here’s the question: Should Bonino’s goal, which cut the Edmonton lead to 3-2 and helped lead to the Canucks eventually tying the game in regulation, have counted? The rule from the NHL’s official rule book: 79.1 Hand Pass - A player shall be permitted to stop or “bat” a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has directed the puck to a teammate. A player shall be permitted to catch the puck out of the air but must immediately place it or knock it down to the ice. If he catches it and skates with it, either to avoid a check or to gain a territorial advantage over his opponent, a minor penalty shall be assessed for “closing his hand on the puck” under Rule 67 – Handling Puck . Letter of the law, this wasn’t a play that should have been whistled down. Burrows wasn’t trying to direct the puck to defenseman Dan Hamhuis, whose shot was tipped home by Bonino; he was just trying to keep it in the zone. But when’s the last time you saw a play like this that wasn’t whistled down? On that point, we sympathize with outraged Oilers fans and Viktor Fasth. Especially when Burrows even picked up an assist on the play.
Chris Pronger has support of ex-Anaheim teammates, Ryan Kesler for DoPS job (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:47:40 PDT)
DETROIT – In March 2008, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger stomped on the leg of Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler. As the video shows , Kesler finishes a check on Pronger and falls down. Kesler traps Pronger’s right skate between his legs. Pronger lifts his right skate to break free – then lifts it again and drives his blade into Kesler’s left calf. “The league will take care of it,” Kesler said then . The NHL did, suspending Pronger for eight games. It was the last and longest suspension of Pronger’s notorious career. He had already been suspended seven times – slashing, high-sticking, leaving the bench to join an altercation, cross-checking, kicking, a hit to the head, another hit to the head. So what does Kesler think about Pronger joining the NHL’s department of player safety ? When the league takes care of it now, Pronger will be a part of it? “Obviously he’s played the game,” said Kesler, now a member of the Ducks, after practice Friday at Joe Louis Arena. “You want someone in that position who’s played the game and understands what goes on. He’s going to do a good job.” Wait. Kesler thinks Pronger will do a good job even though Pronger stomped on his leg? “That was when he played,” Kesler said. “He’s older now, and he’s in a position where he’s seen what goes on. It’s not what he’s done in the past; it’s that he’s played the game. You don’t want somebody that hasn’t played the game throwing out suspensions, because to be honest, I don’t think anybody should throw out suspensions unless they’ve been out there and they’ve played. I like the move.” That’s actually the exact thinking behind adding Pronger to the DPS. Again, if you want to build a better safe, hire a safe-cracker. Pronger would understand the mentality of players who break the rules because he broke them himself – just like former disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan and new disciplinarian Stephane Quintal. (For the record, Pronger wouldn’t be throwing out suspensions. He would be one of a group of people providing input to Quintal, who makes the final decisions.) “Shanahan did the same thing,” said Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who played with Pronger in Anaheim. “He was a dirty player, and he had the job for a few years. I think these guys know what they’re doing. They’ve been through it. They know how we think and how we play. They can read off what we do. I know him as a person. He’s a fair guy.” “He played the game right on the edge, that’s for sure,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, another former teammate. “He definitely knows that line for sure. I think as he’s stepped away from the game, he’s probably learned more and more about it.” Getzlaf remains friends with Pronger, whose career ended because of concussions. Getzlaf said he didn’t know whether that gave Pronger a different perspective on head trauma in particular and player safety in general. But he said he knows what Pronger has gone through and that “he seems to be in a better place now than he was.” What about the conflict-of-interest issue? Pronger hasn’t technically retired. He’s still being paid by the Philadelphia Flyers, who have him on long-term injured reserve for salary-cap reasons. He has three years left on the deal he signed in 2010 at $4 million, $575,000 and $575,000. He hasn’t played since November 2011 and has no role with the Flyers. He would not provide input on incidents involving the Flyers. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has given his blessing. But the collective bargaining agreement says a player can’t be paid by a team and the league at the same time, and the NHL Players’ Association has been involved. Doesn’t that bother anybody? “No,” Kesler said. “Unfortunately he got injured and can’t play. It’s good for him to stay in the game and hopefully help make the game safer.” “Yeah, that doesn’t really bother me,” Beauchemin said. “I know him. I know he’s just going to look at the videos and make the decisions by the plays. I don’t think it’s going to matter if it’s a Flyers guy or not. He’s an honest person, and he’s going to make the right calls.” “My only conflict would be that he’s being paid by Philly, and I don’t know how that all worked out,” Getzlaf said. “I don’t know what’s going on with that situation. I haven’t paid enough attention. Other than that, I would expect Chris to hold everybody to the same standard.” Getzlaf compared this to when Pronger was one of the Ducks’ leaders. Pronger was a key part of their Stanley Cup championship team in 2006-07. He was captain in 2007-08. “The one thing about Prongs is, he’s never played favorites,” Getzlaf said. “He’s never done anything like that. Even if you’re his best friend, if you screw up, he’s going to let you know about it. If he takes that same approach to that job, I think that you can get a level of consistency, I hope, that no matter if you’re the top-tier guy or a fourth-line guy, you’re held to the same standard.”
Oilers-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:34:02 PDT)
Ryan Miller admitted he was nervous heading into his Vancouver Canucks debut.
Plekanec leads way for Habs (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:49:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax looks at the top goal scorers and more in The Week Ahead
Miller wins Canucks debut, 4-2 over Flames (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:56:40 PDT)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Great night for the new guys.
NHL Three Stars: Sharks embarrass Kings; late heroes for Bruins, Habs (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:58:56 PDT)