NHL Three Stars: Kucherov tricks Bruins in big Boltsí win (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:25:52 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:51:58 PDT)
Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: Capitals 2, Blue Jackets 1 Washington's T.J. Oshie scored the only goal during a shootout, and the Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Thursday. Seth Jones of the Blue Jackets made it 1-0 before Dmitry Orlov got the equalizer for the Caps, who hung onto the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference with the win. Sergei Bobrovsky made a season-high 44 saves during regulation and the 3-on-3 overtime for the Blue Jackets.
Paajarvi scored twice to lead Blues to 4-1 win over Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:32:23 PDT)
Magnus Paajarvi has used a newfound wave of confidence to solidify his spot in the lineup and help the St. Louis Blues go on a strong run. Paajarvi scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. St. Louis has won 14 of 20 since Feb. 7 after Paajarvi was recalled from Chicago of the AHL.
Blackhawks take 6-game point streak into Stars' visit (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:39:10 PDT)
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to pad their lead atop the Central Division and Western Conference standings when they host the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. With nine games to go in the season, Chicago (47-20-6) already has secured its fourth consecutive 100-point season. A tremendous performance over the past six weeks vaulted the Blackhawks into the top position.
Blues start favorable closing stretch vs. Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:41:06 PDT)
With 10 games remaining in the regular season and a favorable schedule, the St. Louis Blues are in an enviable position among the teams chasing the final playoff berths in the Western Conference. The Blues (39-28-5) currently are tied with Nashville (36-25-11) for the third spot in the Central Division and own the tiebreaker over the Predators, who will play in St. Louis on April 2.
NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:37:36 PDT)
Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games: Penguins 3, Sabres 1 Nick Bonino scored with 5:29 remaining to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary also scored for Pittsburgh, which clinched a playoff berth for the 11th consecutive season. Matt Murray made 29 saves.
Blues break tie in 3rd period, beat Avalanche 4-2 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:22:29 PDT)
Jake Allen kept St. Louis in the game while his teammates found their legs. Once they did, they blew past the Colorado Avalanche and finished off an impressive road trip. Allen made 26 saves, and Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to lift the Blues over the Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Daniel Sedin scores in OT to lift Canucks over Blackhawks (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:46:41 PDT)
Daniel Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks finally found a way to win after surviving a barrage by one of the NHL's best and hottest teams. Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:12 into overtime and the Canucks - all but eliminated from playoff contention - beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Tuesday night to end a six-game skid. With his twin brother Henrik Sedin screening goalie Scott Darling, Daniel Sedin connected on a high shot from the top of the right circle.
Senior league player gets 16-game ban for hit on ex-NHLer Ryan Smyth (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:30:51 PDT)
APRIL 6: Former Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth greets the fans during the closing ceremonies at Rexall Place following the game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks on April 6, 2016 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The game was the final game the Oilers played at Rexall Place before moving to Rogers Place next season.
Blackhawks look to stay hot vs. Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:06:18 PDT)
The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since clinching their ninth consecutive playoff berth. Team captain Jonathan Toews and his teammates do not take the streak for granted. "There's no given that you're going to make the playoffs every year," Toews told the Chicago Tribune.
Granlund's surgery; USWNT negotiations; Giroux's hip issues (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:51:27 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. ē Claude Giroux admits the hip he had surgically repaired in the offseason has been giving him problems this year. ē Vancouver Canucks forward Markus Granlundís season is over as he will undergo wrist surgery.
What We Learned: Three teams vying for league's last playoff spot (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:00:31 PDT)
MARCH 18: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 18, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. The Rangers occupy the first Wild Card spot and enjoy a 14-point gap between themselves and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who hold the last spot.
Oilers aim to put Kings' playoff chances on ice (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:41:34 PDT)
The Los Angeles Kings are nearing the end of an era, while the Edmonton Oilers look to be on the fringe of a new one. The Kings, winners of Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014 and a perennial contender for much of the past decade, are currently below the playoff cut -- six points behind the Nashville Predators for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. If the Kings miss the playoffs, there certainly would be speculation that an aging team might need to get blown up -- that this group has reached the end of the line.
Wings hope power-play surge continues vs. Sabres (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:47:50 PDT)
The Detroit Red Wings are finding an effective power play for the first time this season, even if it is far too late to save their season. The Wings scored twice with the man advantage Saturday in a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche after netting a pair of goals on the power play Thursday during a 5-4 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes. It marked the first time all season that the 28-31-11 Red Wings, who will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1989-90 season, scored multiple times on the power play in consecutive games.
Flames' Michael Ferland out due to mumps concerns (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:05:08 PDT)
The mumps has made its way into another NHL locker room. This time, Itís the Calgary Flames.
NHL Three Stars: Oshie's hat trick, Capitals clinch first playoff spot (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:50:34 PDT)
MARCH 18: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a goal against goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena on March 18, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. T.J. Oshie had one heck of a game.
Talbot makes 33 saves, Oilers blank Canucks 2-0 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:40:53 PDT)
The Edmonton Oilers didn't need to score seven goals this time. Not with the way Cam Talbot was playing. Talbot made 33 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and the Oilers topped the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 on Saturday night.
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:23:32 PDT)
Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: Oilers 2, Canucks 0 Vancouver Canucks came to Edmonton on a five-game losing streak and were 18 points behind the Oilers in the standings, but it didn't seem to matter much when the puck dropped. After Connor McDavid broke open a scoreless tie late in the second period, the Oilers couldn't exhale until Mark Letestu scored on a power play with 4:38 left. Cam Talbot, appearing in his 11th straight game, posted his sixth shutout of the season.
Blackhawks look to keep winning vs. lowly Avalanche (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:04:01 PDT)
While the Chicago Blackhawks are gearing up for a run at what they ultimately hope is their fourth Stanley Cup since 2010, the Colorado Avalanche are simply playing for pride. The Blackhawks will try to extend their latest winning streak when they open a three-game homestand on Sunday night against the league-worst Avalanche. Chicago (46-20-5) won its fourth in a row and capped a sweep through eastern Canada on Saturday by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Ryan Hartman's goal late in overtime.
Skidding Canucks to visit revived Oilers (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:27:17 PDT)
The Vancouver Canucks have lost five games in a row. Now, the Canucks have to go to Rogers Place on Saturday night to face an Edmonton Oilers team that has made filling the net look easy of late. The Oilers have scored 14 times over their last two games.
Senators, Canadiens finally make 2017 outdoor game official (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:49:36 PDT)
After a bit of a delay in finalizing things, the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens made it official on Friday. The two teams will meet outdoors in primetime next season on Dec. 16 at TD Place†in Ottawa.
Flames' Elliott could return vs. Stars (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:26:27 PDT)
Brian Elliott says he doesn't get sick often but, when he does, he gets really sick. The Calgary Flames' goalie was felled by the flu two days ago and was unable to play against the Boston Bruins. With backup Chad Johnson in net, the Flames fell 5-2 at home, which ended the Flames' 10-game winning streak.
NHL Three Stars: Andersen blanks Bolts; Marchand, McDavid scoring duel (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:09:17 PDT)
MARCH 16: Goalie Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save against Jonathan Drouin #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena on March 16, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. McDavid assisted on three Oilers goals in the teamís 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins.
Seguin gets power-play goal as Stars beat Canucks 4-2 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:42:19 PDT)
Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said he needed more from his leaders after a string of demoralizing losses. Seguin scored on the power play in the third period and the Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday night to snap a three-game slide. ''The guys did a great job responding,'' Seguin said.
Rask leads Hurricanes to 3-1 win over Wild (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:53:32 PDT)
Eddie Lack hasn't had the kind of season he or the Carolina Hurricanes expected. Lack made 30 saves, Victor Rask scored the tiebreaking goal in 3:24 to play and the Hurricanes beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1. ''Eddie made some big saves,'' Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.
NHL's Olympic stalemate; Murray's Calder candidacy (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:38:35 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. Two fans wear duck masks as assistant coach, Paul MacLean, and head coach Randy Carlyle of the Anaheim Ducks watch the game against the St. Louis Blues on March 15, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. ē How will the NHLís Olympic stalemate be broken?
Canucks to focus on youth as they face Stars (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:18:22 PDT)
Reality has set in for the Vancouver Canucks, so they are going to give their kids a chance. Youth will be the theme on Thursday as the Canucks (28-32-7), who appear destined to miss the Stanley Cup playoffs, give more playing time to young players against another struggling team, the Dallas Stars (27-32-9), at Rogers Arena. "In this last little stretch of games, we've got to take a look at some of these young kids and see where they're at," Canucks general manager Jim Benning told Postmedia earlier this week.
Oilers dominate Stars in 7-1 victory (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:00:13 PDT)
Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers broke out of their skid in a big way. Patrick Maroon had a goal and an assist and the Oilers snapped a three-game skid with a 7-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. It was a timely win too as Edmonton has seven of its next 12 games against the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, all of whom are competing with the Oilers for a postseason berth.