NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:10:33 PDT)
Canucks-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:18:30 PDT)
Semyon Varlamov's solid start to the 2013-14 season led to his nomination as a Vezina Trophy finalist as he helped guide the Colorado Avalanche to their first division title in 11 years. Varlamov returns from a three-game absence as Colorado looks to snap its four-game skid Friday night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks. The Avalanche started 12-1-0 last season as Varlamov went 8-1-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average in that stretch. He finished with a league-best 41 victories as Colorado won the Central before losing in seven games to Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs.
Miller has 31 saves, Canucks beat Blues 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:12:11 PDT)
Ryan Miller was looking forward to his return to St. Louis with his new team, and the former Sabres and Blues goaltender made the most of it. Miller made 15 of his season-high 31 saves in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the final 15:06 of the game to beat the Blues 4-1. ''It was one I was actually really looking forward to, especially here in St. Louis,'' Miller said. ''It was fun.'' Nick Bonino, Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen broke open a tight game, scoring goals in the third period to help the Canucks (4-2-0, 8 points) snap a two-game losing streak.
Ryan Miller trolls St. Louis Blues with awesome save, victory (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:41:55 PDT)
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way: Miller made 31 saves in the win. Here's a bit longer highlight: He was 10-8-1 for the Blues last season with a .903 save percentage, which dropped to .895 in their six-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. While the fans felt Miller’s time there was a bust, he enjoyed playing in St. Louis. As Miller said before the game, via the Vancouver Sun: “It just didn’t end well and I think that is where the drama comes from is people want to know why,” Miller said. “I don’t have any hard feelings. It was a situation where they were hoping it would lead to something different within the organization and it just didn’t pan out, just didn’t work out the way we hoped. There are a lot of different reasons for that. I don’t feel like I played to the best of my abilities, I don’t think I played terrible. But in the playoffs that little difference is (big).” A few more saves like that one on Thursday night, and perhaps the playoffs would have been a little different …
Varlamov says groin healed, will start vs. Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:47 PDT)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov says he's healed from a groin injury and will start Friday night against Vancouver. In a video on the team's website, Varlamov told reporters after practice Thursday that he feels good. Reto Berra started against the Senators, but left the game after he was knocked over. Rookie goalie Calvin Pickard finished that game and started another before Berra returned to the net.
How the 1994 NHL lockout spared us another hideous jersey design (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:31:46 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night wearing their new third jerseys . They’re not technically new, as the uniforms are the same design that Mario, Jaromir and Ronnie Franchise wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup years in 1991 and 1992. Unlike previous efforts, these uniforms were lauded by Penguins fans. It’s rare that an NHL team’s jersey is collectively praised, even from non-fans, given the league's penchant for the color black and horrible design schemes that clubs pump out on an annual basis so their cash registers stay busy. When the NHL went through their 1990s third jersey explosion, we saw a ton of legendarily bad designs. We'll never forget the LA Kings’ Burger King jerseys or the Wild Wing ones that the Mighty Ducks tried to pull off or even the New York Islanders’ fisherman logo. But the Penguins almost had a jersey of their own that could have topped them all. Look. At. These.
Canucks-Blues Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:56 PDT)
Ryan Miller will be returning to St. Louis for the first time since joining the Vancouver Canucks, but backup Eddie Lack's numbers against the Blues are making their coach's decision a difficult one. Coach Willie Desjardins hasn't said who will start when the Western Conference foes meet Thursday night at the Scottrade Center, though he did hint that it would be difficult to deny Miller the opportunity to play against the team he spent the end of last season with before signing in Vancouver in July. "I know Miller would like the opportunity to play against St. Louis. His career against St. Louis is right in line with that at 1-4-0 with a 3.22 GAA and .890 save percentage in five starts.
Rutherford on Fleury's future; Grabovski to IR; Joe Thornton's old hair (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:26:43 PDT)
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NHL Three Stars: Night of the OT thrillers (and goalie interference) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:17:53 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Kevin Klein, New York Rangers Klein needed to do his goalie Henrik Lundqvist a solid after a few pucks had gone in off the defenseman this season, including one against the New Jersey Devils. So he gave Lundqvist the win with the third game-winner of his eight-season career, scoring at 2:18 of overtime to complete a Rangers rally for the 4-3 win. No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Phil The Thrill led the Leafs’ rally on Long Island, scoring two goals and assisting on one by James van Riemsdyk as Toronto blew past the New York Islanders, 5-2. No. 3 Star: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning Palat’s sweet backhand goal on a point blast from Anton Stralman gave the Bolts a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, as Evgeni Nabokov outdueled Karri Ramo. Honorable Mention: Antti Raata made 32 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks scored three first-period goals in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane had two goals. … It wasn’t pretty, but the Boston Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-3. Seth Griffith scored his first NHL goal. Torey Krug and Milan Lucic had 3-point nights. Logan Couture had two goals. … David Desharnais was the OT hero for the Montreal Canadiens, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. The Nashville Predators won again, this time in a shootout over the Arizona Coyotes. Ryan Ellis scored a goal in regulation and the eventual winner in the shootout. … Adam Lowery scored his first NHL goal and Dustin Byfuglien added the back-breaker in the second as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 of 22 shots. … The Dallas Stars got two goals from Erik Cole and a slew of other multi-point games in doubling the Vancouver Canucks. … Rick Nash scored his eighth for the Rangers. … Brad Boyes’ OT goal at 2:23 gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who rallied from three goals down. Did You Know? The Devils and Rangers were a combined 5-for-8 on the power play. Dishonorable Mention: Thomas Hickey and Travis Hamonic were a minus-3. … Ryan Miller was pulled after giving up five goals on 13 shots. … Nick Bonino, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins were minus-3; Kevin Bieksa was a minus-4. … This goalie interference penalty was bad. … This goalie interference penalty was terrible. ... In fact, the overall officiating in the Panthers/Avs game was terrible.
Stars hold off Canucks to win 6-3 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:04:39 PDT)
On one end of the ice, Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was stopping a breakaway.
Boyes scores in OT to lift Panthers over Avalanche (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:52:01 PDT)
DENVER (AP) -- Roberto Luongo has made himself right at home against the Colorado Avalanche. He just needed a little extra time to continue his success against his former rivals.
NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:30:48 PDT)
(Adds late games) Oct 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games: - - - - Bruins 5, Sharks 3 The Boston Bruins struck for three third-period goals to rally to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The win gave the Bruins (4-4-0) back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Just-recalled rookie right winger Seth Griffith tied the game with his first NHL goal 4:50 into the third before center Gregory Campbell scored his first of the season at 10:42. Center David Krejci scored a short-handed empty-net goal with 24.5 seconds left. ...
Scrivens' mental health awareness masks; CHL responds to lawsuit; slow starters (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:22:15 PDT)
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Canucks-Stars Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:58:16 PDT)
The Vancouver Canucks opened with three wins over the bottom teams in the Western Conference from a season ago. Their first game against a playoff club didn't go quite as well.
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: