Dose: The Human Element (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:48:00 PDT)
Considering all the numbers flying around in fantasy, it's easy to dismiss real, human factors that make an impact.
Perry has hat trick, Ducks beat Sabres 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:05:46 PDT)
Corey Perry's fast start has mirrored that of the Anaheim Ducks, and Frederik Andersen's stingy goaltending has been equally beneficial. Perry had his second hat trick of the season and the two-time defending Pacific Division champions beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. The 2011 MVP and three-time All-Star has eight goals in his first seven games - including three in the Ducks' opening-night loss at Pittsburgh. I'm shooting the puck and it's going in.'' Perry completed his seventh career hat trick with 1:25 left, scoring into an empty net after beating Michal Neuvirth on a one-timer from the high slot with 2:43 remaining.
NHL game postponed after Ottawa shooting
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:18:40 PDT)
The National Hockey League game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the fatal shooting of a soldier in the Canadian capital. "The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed," the NHL said in a statement. "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa."
Timeout as Canadians digest day of terror
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:54:51 PDT)
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game rarely holds any importance and a meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday held even less relevance as Canadians digested a day of terror. The exhibition contest in Toronto went on but a National Hockey League game in Ottawa between the home-town Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs did not after a morning of gunfire in the Canadian capital left two men dead and a city on edge. ...
Penguins, Flyers fans sing ‘O Canada’ in support of Ottawa after shootings (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:45:08 PDT)
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were due to play on Wednesday night. They did not because downtown Ottawa came under siege earlier in the day, when a gunman shot and killed a solider at the National War Memorial before the gunman was shot and killed inside the Canadian Parliament building. The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins did play on Wednesday night, and before the game fans at CONSOL Energy Center let Canadians know they’re in the thoughts and prayers of hockey fans. They sang to a performance of “O Canada,” which isn’t played before games featuring two American teams despite the majority of players being Canadians. Here's another vantage point from Sean Gentille of the Sporting News from the press box: Truth be told, we were expecting one of those “anthem singer drops out to allow fans to carry the tune” moments, which he did during “The Star Spangled Banner” that followed. But it’s the thought that counts, and this was a truly thoughtful moment from these two rivals.
Maple Leafs and Senators react to shootings in Ottawa (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:25:22 PDT)
Wednesday morning's tragic events in Ottawa -- where a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, shooting a solider standing guard before driving a car to the doors of Parliament Hill, have sparked responses from the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams were supposed to play Wednesday evening at the Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata, but the NHL has postponed the game. Both teams supported the NHL's decision. Below is a statement from the Maple Leafs: “The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators. We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.” And below is the statment from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all Members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances,” said Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Hockey is certainly secondary to these type of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.” Obviously this is all gut-wrenching stuff. As our Nick Cotsonika noted on Twitter, there was no way the NHL could rightfully play the game Wednesday Per Kim Mackrael of the Globe and Mail , downtown Ottawa -- which is about 30 minutes from where the Senators play -- is still not secure, and people are still being told to stay inside and keep their doors locked. Senators and Maple Leafs players have already taken to Twitter to react to the situation. Makes me sad what's going on in Ottawa right now. Thoughts and prays to everyone involved. Everybody stay safe — Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) October 22, 2014 Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of. — Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) October 22, 2014
Leafs-Senators game postponed after shootings (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:06:49 PDT)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The NHL postponed Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators because of shootings in Ottawa.
Ice hockey NHL game postponed after Canada shooting
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:06:18 PDT)
Los Angeles (AFP) - The NHL ice-hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the shootings in the Canadian capital, a statement said.
Ottawa Senators home game postponed after Parliament shooting
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:37:12 PDT)
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Wednesday's Ottawa Senators home game has been postponed by the National Hockey League after shooting incidents at the Canadian National War Memorial and nearby parliament building. Ottawa were scheduled to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at their home arena, about 25 km (15.5 miles) away from the parliament buildings, at 7:00 p.m. ET. "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa," the league, said in a statement. ...
NHL postpones Senators-Leafs after Ottawa shootings (Updated) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:29:55 PDT)
Maple Leafs-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:49:38 PDT)
Backed by solid goaltending and a bend-but-not-break defensive effort, the Ottawa Senators are one of the league's biggest surprises as they try to extend their best start in seven years.
Fantasy All-Access: Surprise starts around League (NHL)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
The Colorado Avalanche were the surprise team last season. They rose triumphant in the Central Division behind an MVP season by goaltender Semyon Varlamov and the coaching of Jack Adams winner Patrick Roy . Flash forward to this season and in six games they have already started three different goalies thanks to injuries, averaging only 1.50 goals per game and being outscored 5-2 in the third period.
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.
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.
Hoffman leads Senators past Blue Jackets, 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:39:45 PDT)
OTTAWA (AP) -- After missing the last two games as a healthy scratch, Mike Hoffman made a case for more playing time.
Chris Campoli concussed after elbow; does Sweden need more fighting? (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:34:49 PDT)
So the Swedish Hockey League is in a bit of a hit-to-the-head rut. Earlier this week, Johan Forsberg went high on an opponent, was ejected from the game and called with an apology. Now it’s former NHL defenseman Chris Campoli on the receiving end. Campoli – who played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens – is on HV71 in the SHL. After releasing the puck in a game on Friday night, he was hit high by Vaxjo forward Alexander Johansson. Campoli said he suffered a concussion. No question that Johansson finishes high, with his elbow, on Campoli. "It is disgusting to see such things. It can end a career," said forward Teemu Laine. “An elbow to the head is just cowardly. It is cowardly to lift his arms. And even if I do not sit in any disciplinary board so it must be very heavy penalties. It's the only way to get it off.” Said Campoli: "I have been diagnosed with a concussion but feel a little better now compared to last night.” This is the third incident recently featuring a high hit on a SHL player, which has led to an interesting suggestion from SportExpressen’s Henrik Sjöberg: Maybe Swedish hockey needs more fighting: “I know that the debate about fighting in hockey parts IIHF Sweden and I'm not saying that you should make it to a show in North America, but I believe that the penalty for throwing the gloves are way too hard in Sweden. “When Johan Forsberg apologizes and is saddened by the situation in Coop Arena, I do not miss him, but yet I can not help but think that it might never have happened if he knew he would have to stand up for his actions afterwards. “Or if the penalty has been twice as hard.” It’s not the first time someone has called for more fighting in the SHL . But we imagine that last suggestion would be taken before the SHL ever eases on fighting rules, which involve automatic suspensions.
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.
Blue Jackets-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:51:33 PDT)
Hashing things out in the locker room during their last game helped the Ottawa Senators to a third straight win following a season-opening loss.
Martin Brodeur to Avalanche is hockey fable that needs to happen (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:34:47 PDT)
Dose: Avalanche of Issues (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:35:00 PDT)
The Avalanche were in enough danger based on self-inflicted wounds. Friday's Dose discusses Colorado's outlook (possibly without Semyon Varlamov).
NHL Three Stars: Quick blanks Blues; Seguin's last-minute winner (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:31:48 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings Quick had a Total Shutout of the St. Louis Blues with 43 saves and three more in the shootout, including one against TJ Oshie. He tied Rogie Vachon for the most shutouts in franchise history. Jeff Carter had the lone goal of the shootout. No. 2 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars Seguin’s power-play goal with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, his fourth of the season, gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby, who scored his fourth earlier in the game, was in the box for tripping Jamie Benn. No. 3 Star: Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens Gallagher had two goals and an assist in the Montreal Canadiens’ 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins. That included a key third period tally to give Montreal a 2-goal lead. P.A. Parenteau also had two goals. Honorable Mention: Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist while Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves and won a five-round shootout. The New York Islanders outlasted the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, despite a goal and an assist from Brent Burns. … The Washington Capitals had six different goal scorers, including Alex Ovechkin’s fifth, as they defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-2. Braden Holtby made 26 saves. … Rick Nash does it again, scoring the lone goal in the shootout as the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves. … Impressive rally from the Ottawa Senators, as third-period goals by Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil powered them to a 5-3 win over goalie Calvin Pickard and the Colorado Avalanche. Did You Know? The Islanders are 4-0-0 for the first time in 13 years, thanks in part to this wicked shootout move from John Tavares. Dishonorable Mention: Zdeno Chara was a minus-3. … Cory Schneider was lit up for five goals on 26 shots before he was pulled. … Jamie McGinn was a minus-3. … Mikhail Grabovski suffered an upper body injury. … Milan Lucic is likely getting a fine for these fan taunts.
MacArthur gets winner as Senators beat Avalanche (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:15:18 PDT)
OTTAWA (AP) -- The Senators didn't like the way they started against the Colorado Avalanche. However, Ottawa was more than happy with how it finished.
Three Periods: Chara powers up; Habs' leadership shift; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:18:44 PDT)
Feeling the need for speed, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara changed his ways; youth is served in Montreal; notes from around NHL.
Alfie no longer skating; conditioning stint for Drouin; Baruchel creeps out Price (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:50:15 PDT)
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Barry Brust is the world’s most entertaining goalie (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:49:32 PDT)
Barry Brust is a goalie for Medvescak of the KHL. He had a cup of coffee with the Los Angeles Kings, and played in the Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators systems. He broke a 55-year-old shutout streak record in the AHL. He kinda looks like your buddy’s older brother, the one who’s always working on his car and has a King Diamond poster on his door. He also makes saves like the one above against Slovan on Tuesday, which the KHL labeled a “unbelievable Hasek-style save,” which seems a little hyperbolic, but it was a sweet save. But plenty of goalies can make Hasek-ian saves. Few can make them while at the same time making totally inept Marc-Andre Fleury-style pucks-handling flubs, as he does in the following clip. Watch Barry Brust recover for a save after his goof: As you might have noticed toward the end of that clip, Brust also can also be a little dastardly, diving to chop out an opponents legs with his stick to prevent a scoring chance. Like here, when he head-butted Denis Kazionova of Torpedo earlier this season, and then flopped like he had been hit in the face with a Taser after he took a glove to the face. He was given 35 penalty minutes and ejected from the game. Barry Brust is the most entertaining goalie in the world. Non-Bryzgalov division.
Avalanche-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:36:42 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators are heading into their home opener with a little momentum and get to face a team off to a much worse start than its stellar one last season.
Gagne signs with Bruins; AHL Flames replace mascot; 'Brass Bonanza' as goal song (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:07:22 PDT)
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. Nothing like hockey in Texas @1JackCampbell #Merica pic.twitter.com/WSheb4oeeu — Jorge Lopez (@JorgieLopez) October 14, 2014 • Jack Campbell is all about ‘Merica. [ @JorgieLopez ] • After going to Boston Bruins camp on a tryout, Simon Gagne inks a one-year, $600,000 deal with the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners. [ Stanley Cup of Chowder ] • One week after his controversial debut , Scorch, the mascot for the Adirondack Flames has been "extinguished." [ Post-Star ] • Break out the horns! The UConn men’s hockey team will be using “Brass Bonanza” as their goal song this season. [ SBN College Hockey ] • During the official announcement that the Buffalo Sabres would be hosting the 2016 NHL Draft, commissioner Gary Bettman hinted that the city could see another outdoor game in its future. [ Olean Times ] • Ted Nolan, your thoughts on Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks? "That was like an NHL team playing against a peewee team.” [ NHL.com ] • Mike Milbury on why he’s now against fighting in hockey. [ LA Daily News ] • It’s early, but Nail Yakupov is looking much better than last season. [ Oilers Nation ] • Here’s the exclusive tribute video that the Chicago Blackhawks plan to play when Brandon Bollig returns Wednesday night. [ Hockee Night ] • The European Champions League is letting fans vote on the tournament’s trophy design. [ Champions League ] • On fans throwing their jerseys on the ice in disgust: “When your team loses, you don’t act out like a baby that didn’t get his way. You take it in stride, walk back to your car and say ‘oh well, maybe next time, it was still fun.” If you can’t handle your team losing, I’ve got news for you. The world of sports is rough. Maybe stick with Disney movies or tween romance novels where the good guy always wins. Sports aren’t going to be like that, especially in hockey.” [ Octopus Thrower ] • Why are the New Jersey Devils off to the best road start in franchise history? [ The Pink Puck ] • What five NHL teams should make a uniform change next season? [Icethetics ] • Get to know the other hockey playing Crosby, Taylor, Sidney's sister, who's making a name for herself as a goaltender at Northeastern University. [ SB Nation ] • Examining the Ottawa Senators’ roadtrip and realizing it’s time for Jared Cowen to sit. [ WTYKY ] • Breaking down goalies by drafted and undrafted, and where they are getting their opportunities. [ Puckology ] • Finally, via Broad Street Hockey , Wayne Simmonds stars in a handful of insurance ads sure to make you cringe:
In defense of Florida Panthers' epically embarrassing crowd vs. Ottawa (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:12:38 PDT)