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.
Turris, Ryan score in shootout as Senators edge Penguins (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:23:58 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators got a big win, but lost a player in the process. Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout as the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Thursday night. Ottawa played the final 45 minutes without Methot, who left the game with a bloodied and mangled finger on his left hand following a two-handed slash from Crosby.
Sidney Crosby basically hacked off Marc Methot’s finger (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:43:16 PDT)
During his career as one of the NHL’s most divisive players, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been given plenty of fingers. On Thursday night, apparently he wanted to take one.
Bruins host Lightning in important East contest (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:25:07 PDT)
The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, who play each other at TD Garden on Thursday night, sustained losses Tuesday night that hurt their respective playoff chances. Victories by the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders added to the woes of the teams that bring three-game losing streaks into Thursday's contest. Toronto's victory at Columbus moved the feisty young Maple Leafs past the Bruins into third place in the Atlantic Division, still with a game in hand on Boston.
Pens, Sens jockeying for playoff seeding (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:19:52 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators will be out to challenge for first place in their divisions on Thursday when they meet at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Penguins clinched a playoff berth for the 11th straight season with a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday and moved to within a point of the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals. The Penguins are one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
'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.
A brief history of Sidney Crosby’s crotch shots (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:09:04 PDT)
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins had quite an eventful night against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. There was the one-handed backhanded goal that will be rerun in perpetuity, playing out like his own Quicksilver scene from an X-MEN sequel, rearranging the Sabres defense in super-speed before slicing through them like hapless dupes.
Kings in trouble, Canadian bias and Jaromir Jagr (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:57:55 PDT)
(In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 6 – The Los Angeles Kings
Turris scores 2, Senators beat Bruins 3-2 to end 4-game skid (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:35:05 PDT)
For the Ottawa Senators, snapping a four-game losing streak seemed almost secondary to the way they did it. The Senators appeared ready for a return to the playoffs, ending an untimely skid with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. ''We wanted to see this as a seventh game because we want to be able to manage pressure,'' coach Guy Boucher said.
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.
Senators, Bruins jockeying for plauoff position (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:05:37 PDT)
The scramble for Eastern Conference playoff spots moves to Boston when the Ottawa Senators visit the Bruins on Tuesday night. Both Atlantic Division foes come in with losing streaks that just might endanger their plans for April -- the Senators 0-2-2 in their last four and the Bruins losing their last two and turning a 2-0 road trip into just 2-2. Monday night, a late penalty call on Dominic Moore, one Bruins interim coach Bruce Cassidy called "egregious," led to the Toronto Maple Leafs pulling out their fourth win in as many tries against Boston this year, 4-2.
Red Wings playing for pride as they visit Habs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:57:21 PDT)
With the clock winding down on the 2016-17 regular season, the Detroit Red Wings find themselves in unfamiliar territory. For the first time since the spring of 1990, the Original Six franchise will be spectators when the Stanley Cup playoffs get under way in a few weeks, snapping a 25-year postseason appearance streak -- the longest active run of its kind in major league sports and the third longest in NHL history. This year, the Red Wings (28-32-11) find themselves in the Atlantic Division basement and only three points out of the Eastern Conference cellar.
Leafs pull away for 4-2 win over Bruins (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:39:28 PDT)
Nazem Kadri called Monday's game a ''must-win'' for the Maple Leafs if they were to have any hope of chasing down the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic division. It took until the 58th minute before the Leafs pulled in front, Tyler Bozak scoring the go-ahead power-play goal in Toronto's 4-2 victory over Boston. ''Yeah, it's frustrating,'' Bruins forward Brad Marchand said of the late penalty call.
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.
Gaudreau, Monahan lift Flames over Kings 5-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:48:55 PDT)
Johnny Gaudreau showed off a little bit of everything in his arsenal to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. Gaudreau set up goals by Sean Monahan and Michael Stone to give the Flames an early lead, then scored the second of two Calgary goals 50 seconds apart early in the second period. ''For us here in our own building, we wanted to get off to an early lead and play with the lead throughout the game,'' said Gaudreau, who leads the Flames in scoring with 52 points in 62 games.
NHL-Highlights of Sunday's NHL games
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:31:03 PDT)
March 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League game: Penguins 4, Panthers 0 Sidney Crosby had a natural hat trick to regain sole possession of the NHL goals lead at 40, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves Sunday as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers 4-0 at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby, who entered the game tied with Boston's Brad Marchand in the goals race, moved into a tie with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the league scoring lead with 80 points apiece. Crosby has six goals in his past four games. ...
NHL Three Stars: Crosby's natural trick; Blue Jackets, Blackhawks clinch playoff spots (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:11:11 PDT)
MARCH 19: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his hat trick during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers on March 19, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.
Price makes 30 saves as Canadiens top Senators 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:02:38 PDT)
Carey Price stopped shots left and right - and even made some nifty moves to keep the puck out of the net. Price made 30 saves for his 33rd win of the season and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Sunday night to sweep the home-and-home series. With Montreal leading 2-1 in the second, Price was at his best when Kyle Turris fired a one-timer that appeared headed for the back of the net.
Carey Price commits grand larceny in the form of epic pad save (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:12:35 PDT)
As it turns out, this also applies to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. On Sunday night, Price stole a small disk of vulcanized rubber from its rightful owner: the back of the net. Kyle Turris of the Ottawa Senators was set up for a one-timer and made an honest effort to deposit the puck where it belonged.
Bruins, Maple Leafs meet in battle of playoff contenders (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:24:30 PDT)
The Boston Bruins have been looking over their shoulders at the Toronto Maple Leafs as the teams jockey for playoff spots and seedings. The teams have a chance to meet face to face Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. The Bruins (38-27-6) have 82 points in 71 games and the Maple Leafs (32-23-15) have 79 points in 70 games.
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Sunday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:32:16 PDT)
FEBRUARY 16: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his goal as teammate Derick Brassard #19 stands by in the third period against the New Jersey Devils on February 16, 2017 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The Ottawa Senators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0. The National Hockey League has a seven-game slate for Sunday. Scott Darling, CHI vs. COL ($42): After the Blackhawks went to overtime in Toronto on Saturday night, with Corey Crawford tested in that victory, it’s likely head coach Joel Quenneville turns to Darling to face the lowly Avalanche at home.
Habs host Senators with Atlantic lead still at stake (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:27:12 PDT)
Even though he missed a couple games this week with a lower body injury, Craig Anderson could conceivably start between the pipes for the second time in 24 hours when the Ottawa Senators try to catch the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division on Sunday night. Senators coach Guy Boucher has "zero" reservations about using his injury prone 35-year old No. 1 goalie in back-to-back games if he is told Anderson is good to go. If not, Mike Condon will start against his old team as the Senators (39-23-8) try to pass the Canadiens (40-23-8).
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.
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.
Byron, Radulov lead Canadiens past Senators in shootout (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:35:36 PDT)
The Montreal Canadiens will take a brief moment to enjoy their shootout win at Ottawa. Paul Byron and Alexander Radulov scored in the tiebreaker to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory Saturday night in the first half of the teams' home-and-home set. Montreal moved two points ahead of Ottawa atop the Atlantic Division.
Canadiens grab huge shootout win over Senators as Atlantic race heats up (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:24:58 PDT)
MARCH 18: Phillip Danault #24 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his third period goal as Chris Kelly #22 and Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators react at Canadian Tire Centre on March 18, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. At this time last year, Canadian hockey fans had very little to be excited about. With every Canadian team fizzling out of playoff contention, fans quickly began to shift their attention to the upcoming NHL entry draft.
Melnyk might risk Karlsson at Olympics, if he was Canadian (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:46:27 PDT)
OCTOBER 17: Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk high-fives fans as he walks down the red carpet before the home opener against the New Jersey Devils at Canadian Tire Centre on October 17, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Sportsnet gave viewers an appetizer of an interview with Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk set to air on Sunday. As is customary when with an NHL owner, a reporter is required to ask about the Olympics.
Canadiens, Senators meet in key Atlantic battle (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:55:41 PDT)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and seven of the NHL's Top 100 players were on hand Friday as the formal announcement was finally made for an outdoor game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 16, 2017. "We also all know we have three important games coming up this week as well," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said when it was his turn at the podium.