NHL Playoff Death Watch: Bruins’ big win, Pacific Division chaos (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:35:53 PDT)
Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. As we noted on Saturday night, the Boston Bruins’ win over the New York Islanders gave them the last wild card spot, for the moment, and moved them to within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic. As for the Islanders, it’s a tough loss – on the second night of a back-to-back – but they still have a game in-hand on Boston, as do the Leafs.
NHL Three Stars: Marchessault leads Panthers’ blowout of Chicago (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:13:03 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:04:21 PDT)
Flames 3, Blues 2 (overtime) Sean Monahan scored with three seconds left in vertime to lift Calgary. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flames and ended a four-game winning streak for St. Louis. Calgary tied it 2-2 on the first goal of the season by Matt Bartkowski, whose shot on a delayed penalty deflected off the skate of the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester and into the net at 10:53 of the third period.
Monahan's OT winner lifts Flames past Blues 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:20:39 PDT)
The Calgary Flames forward proved it again Saturday night. Monahan scored with 3 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Flames past the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Troy Brouwer and Matt Bartkowski also scored for the Flames, who improved to 13-4 in overtime this season.
Of course Tuukka Rask is missing Bruins’ crucial game vs. Islanders (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:31:36 PDT)
Rask missed the final game of the 2015-16 season with stomach flu, with the season on the line. It was reminiscent of the 2014 Winter Olympics semifinal for Finland, when a stomach flu felled him before they faced Sweden.
Sharks look to bounce back in Nashville (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:19:05 PDT)
Nine days ago, the San Jose Sharks were coasting toward a second straight Pacific Division title and perhaps thinking about a return to the Stanley Cup Final. Fresh off one of its worst losses, the Sharks hope to snap their longest skid of the season when they take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. With a 6-1 setback to the Dallas Stars on Friday, San Jose (42-25-7) has been outscored 16-5 while dropping five in a row, all in regulation.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:42:40 PDT)
March 24 (The Sports Xchange) - The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, in November as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Friday that the two teams will face each other at the Ericsson Globe on Nov. 10-11. "We have more Swedish players than ever in the NHL, and we are extremely pleased that the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will allow us to showcase a number of those players, with their NHL teams, in their homeland," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. ...
Streaking Blues host Flames (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:10:04 PDT)
The performance of several younger players, led by Magnus Paajarvi, Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford, has helped the Blues deal with the absence of Paul Stastny, Robby Fabbri, Jori Lehtera and Dmitrij Jaskin. Paarjarvi, who had two goals in Thursday night's 4-1 win over Vancouver, and Barbashev spent much of this season playing in the minor leagues, as did Sanford, acquired from Washington in the February trade that sent Kevin Shattenkirk to the Capitals. "The guys that have come up, young guys, have been fantastic playing in all situations," said Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo.
NHL Three Stars: Kucherov tricks Bruins in big Bolts’ 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.
Rinne leads Predators past Flames 3-1 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:23:58 PDT)
Called upon to play a bigger role, Colton Sissons did not disappoint. Sissons scored a goal, and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night. Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis scored, and Colin Wilson had two assists for Nashville, which has won five of six.
Puck Lists: 9 games to watch down the stretch (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:09 PDT)
Most teams only have between eight and 10 games left on the schedule, and playoff races are getting interesting. As mentioned the other day, it’s not necessarily that we need to be watching which team is or isn’t going to make the playoffs at this point. As Jarmo Kekalainen bemoaned the other day, a team with one of the three or four best records in the league is guaranteed to be bounced out in the first round of the Metro divisional playoffs, and another will probably go in the second.
Stastny injured again; Red Wings, Avalanche brawl 'insanity rankings'(Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:44:54 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. • Mike Yeo was surprised to hear that Paul Stastny was injured again. • Thus far in the negotiation process, USA Hockey blinked and the women’s national team didn’t when deadlines set by the organization passed.
Caps aim to hold off charging Blue Jackets (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:37:44 PDT)
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are getting hot at the right time. With 10 regular-season games remaining, the Capitals (47-17-8) are 3-0-1 in their past four games. Ovechkin, after a dry spell, has six points in his past five games as Washington hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets (47-19-6) on Thursday night.
Predators host Flames with rejuvenated Smith (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:11:27 PDT)
In a phrase made famous by Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Since scoring two goals in a 4-3 victory Jan. 26 over Columbus, Smith has been stuck on nine. Perhaps inspired by getting an unwanted evening off, Smith responded with what was likely his best game since late January.
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.
Alberta Clipper: Train ride saves Flames, Oilers on a roll (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:16:48 PDT)
When four consecutive losses had the Calgary Flames floundering back in January, coach Glen Gulutzan saw a train ride as the perfect opportunity for a happy hour in motion that was anything but celebratory. Riding the rails for two hours from Montreal to Ottawa gave the Flames a chance to essentially save their season. Alberta is actually home to two of the hottest teams in the NHL: A three-hour drive to the north in Edmonton, the rival Oilers are rolling, too.
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Wednesday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:32 PDT)
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Golden Knights' jersey reveal; Harding at peace; NBA vs. NHL (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:28:20 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. •Fans try to get the attention of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby as he warms up before a game at the Buffalo Sabres. • The Vegas Golden Knights plan to unveil their jerseys prior to the NHL expansion draft in late June.
'Stupid' NHL divisional playoff format is drawing criticism (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:13:01 PDT)
In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. ''I don't think it was designed for this,'' Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Blue Jackets could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round.
Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Those final decisions to help win your league (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:41:35 PDT)
The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-2. Note: We’re once again pleased to partner with Dobber Hockey to provide fantasy hockey insight throughout the NHL season. Whatever you are playing for, a win to close out your fantasy hockey season would be a great way to tie a bow on it.
Ovechkin shines as Caps snap Elliott's streak, beat Flames (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:37:11 PDT)
T.J. Oshie is leading the Washington Capitals in goals, but Alex Ovechkin is again leading them into the playoffs. Ovechkin had a goal and two assists as the NHL-leading Capitals beat the surging Calgary Flames 4-2 Tuesday night and snapped goaltender Brian Elliott's franchise-record winning streak at 11 games. While Oshie reaching 30 goals in a season for the first time in a contract year led Ovechkin to proclaim, ''Ka-ching,'' the Russian superstar was the best player on the ice with 11 shots in one of his most dominant performances in recent months.
Hanzal, Coyle score 15 seconds apart as Wild beat Sharks 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:31:55 PDT)
Devan Dubnyk gave up two goals late in the second period during an otherwise stellar night in net for Minnesota, potential trouble for a team on a skid. The Wild scored twice themselves in the same decisive stretch, sending the San Jose Sharks away with another defeat. Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart right before the second intermission to help the Wild stop a five-game losing streak and hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday night.
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.
Oilers, Ducks square off in key division matchup (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:53:02 PDT)
The Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers will try to sabotage each other's quest for the best playoff position possible when they meet Wednesday night at the Honda Center. Both teams have 87 points and share second place in the Pacific Division -- and fourth place in the Western Conference -- with 10 games remaining. Both teams also need to repel the hard-charging Calgary Flames, who trail by one point, while trying to overtake the division-leading San Jose Sharks, who are in front by four points.
Ellis scores twice to lead Predators past Coyotes 3-1 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:48:56 PDT)
Craig Smith has gone 22 games without a goal and he's still helping the Predators win. Ryan Ellis scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and Smith had two assists in Nashville's 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. ''Everybody is accountable to the way they play,'' Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.
Capitals aim to douse Elliott, red-hot Flames (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:09:52 PDT)
Even though the Washington Capitals have reached the 100-point plateau, every point remains critical thanks to a crowded division race. Points mean even more to the Calgary Flames, who are trying to reach the playoffs for just the second time in eight seasons. When the teams meet Tuesday at Verizon Center, it will be the rare matchup where the best team in the league has as much at stake as a third-place squad.
Flames' Tkachuk suspended 2 games for elbowing Doughty (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:57:03 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended two games for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the face.