NHL Playoffs: Blues take down Wild in Game 5
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:44:06 GMT)
St. Luis finishes off minnesota in five games, moving on to the second round after a thrlling overtime win.
David Krejci exits Game 5 vs. Senators with lower-body injury (Video)
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:04:09 GMT)
Boston Bruins forward David Krejci exited Game 5 at the Ottawa Senators with a lower-body injury after a collision with Chris Wideman near the end of the first period. The play happened with about three minutes left in the frame when Krejci received the puck in the neutral zone and tried to make a move around Wideman. The Senators defenseman then hit into Krejci’s left leg while going for the puck, which sent Krejci down to the ice.
Dominant Karlsson; Panthers to interview Montgomery; pursuing Bishop (Puck Headlines)
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:30:42 GMT)
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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at email@example.com. Calgary Flames
Masked Robbery: Five goalies who committed serious postseason larceny
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:12:32 GMT)
One of the oldest notions in sports is that a hot goalie is akin to a master thief, able to steal a series like some genius safecracker of Victorian times. Ironically, this made him an ideal candidate to have some electrifying playoff moments-for a brief period of time, of course.
Ivan Provorov provides Flyers a timely reminder of their mission
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:53:53 GMT)
Shayne Gostisbehere laughed in sheer wonderment. Gostisbehere, only 24 and no slouch himself on the blue line, was trying to comprehend Provorov's ability, which doesn't quite match the player's age. "Ivan's game is so mature -- he has no risk in his game, he's just so sound and the way he plays, makes it look so easy and it pisses people off," Gostisbehere said last week with a smile.
Wild coach Boudreau says Blues 'weren’t the better team'
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:19:40 GMT)
Bruce Boudreau’s philosophy on the Stanley Cup Playoffs is that the best team usually wins each series. This might sound petulant, coming from a coach whose team was dispatched in the first round in five games after a 106-point season, going from 3.31 goals per game in the regular season to 1.60 against the Blues. “Seriously?” Boudreau answered, dumbfounded, when asked about the offensive struggles.
Braden Holtby officially named one of three finalists for 2017 Vezina Trophy
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:20:12 GMT)
Thanks to the indestructibility of Alex Ovechkin, Karl Alzner remains the only Capitals' player out of the lineup due to injury. Alzner has not played since Game 2 on April 15 of Washington’s series against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury. His absence in Game 3 was significant because it snapped an iron man streak of 599 consecutive starts for the veteran defenseman. In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, Barry Trotz said that Alzner is “day to day and he’s improving.” That’s good news, but it does present an interesting dilemma for the Caps. Who comes out if Alzner goes in? Nate Schmidt has played in relief of Alzner and played well. He has two assists in three
Canadiens ‘waste opportunity’ as P.K. Subban plays on
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:41:52 GMT)
P.K. Subban’s Nashville Predators are playing in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Marc Bergevin’s Montreal Canadiens are not. From a Canadiens’ perspective, the main on-ice argument for the Subban-for-Shea Weber trade was that it would benefit Montreal in the short term, given that the 31-year-old Weber still had a few effective years in him.
Mats Zuccarello nets second goal on Canadiens
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:40:15 GMT)
Rangers' Mats Zuccarello continues to heat up by scoring his second goal of the game on Canadiens' Carey Price.
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:27:41 GMT)
April 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games:
Blues 4, Wild 3 (overtime)
An overtime goal by Magnus Paajarvi and another superlative performance by goaltender Jake Allen
Bruins OT winner called off because of goaltender interference (Video)
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:25:10 GMT)
APRIL 21: Bruins’ Sean Kuraly flies over Senators goalie Craig Anderson in the first overtime period as the puck appeared to go in and was challenged. The Boston Bruins visit the Ottawa Senators for Game Five of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ONT on Apr. 21, 2017. It appeared the Boston Bruins had won Game 5 against the Ottawa Senators with 5:35 left in the first overtime, but a call of goaltender interference prevented the tally from counting.
NHL official sues Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames for $10 million over collision
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:01:47 GMT)
When Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was slapped with a 20-game suspension for his January 2016 collision with NHL linesman Don Henderson, he received the second harshest penalty ever issued by the league for contact with an official. But if Henderson gets his way, Wideman and the Flames could be coughing up even more. Something to the tune of $10.25 million, to be exact. According to reports from TSN and CTV News, as well as relaying of the information from Sporting News, Henderson filed a lawsuit against Wideman and the Flames on April 18, seeking general damages of $200,000, special damages "to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses" of $50,000, not to mention damages
Kraft Hockeyville: Nugent-Hopkins remembers hometown heroes Kariya, Sakic
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:24:44 GMT)
Most of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins‘ hockey life has been spent in Western Canada. Growing up in Burnaby, B.C., he starred with the Burnaby Winter Club before moving one province over for junior hockey, and playing with WHL Red Deer. Nugent-Hopkins didn’t have to move very far to begin his professional career. He was taken first overall at the 2011 draft by Edmonton, and has been a prominent fixture in the lineup ever since. The 24-year-old still has ties to B.C., however. Specifically when it comes to reminiscing about his childhood heroes — fellow Burnaby native Joe Sakic, and North Vancouver’s Paul Karyia. “Those two guys, obviously, had really great NHL careers,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “Just really
Patrice Bergeron looking to make history as Selke finalist
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:17:47 GMT)
OTTAWA -- David Pastrnak has a goal in his first career Stanley Cup playoff series, but the 20-year-old winger knows he’s got to start getting more rubber to the net if he wants to be a difference-maker for a Bruins team that sorely needs one right now. Pastrnak has just two shots on net in the four playoff games against the Ottawa Senators and said his focus is going to be on generating more offense after going shot-less in Boston’s Game 4 loss at home. “I just want to play the same hockey I did during the season, you know?" said Pastrnak, who finished second on the Bruins with 34 goals scored in the regular season. "I want to try and shoot the puck a lot. I didn’t really shoot a lot in the
NHL weekend preview: Second-round berths are on the line
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:46:27 GMT)
USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen previews this weekend's playoff hockey and the teams that are on the cusp of advancing.
Here are the two finalists for Kraft Hockeyville
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:50:51 GMT)
We now have our two finalists for Kraft Hockeyville. The video above features more information on the two communities and rinks that have made it out of the East and West regions this year. The two rinks that have made it out of their respective regions are: East The Rostraver Ice Garden: Belle Vernon, PA An old-time hockey barn that could definitely use some upgrades after it was pretty much rebuilt following a roof collapse in 2010. It is currently the home to several youth and high school hockey programs about 35 miles outside of Pittsburgh. West Bloomington Ice Garden: Bloomington, MN Located just south of the twin cities, the Bloomington Ice Garden opened in 1970 and has been home to several
Islanders look at Belmont Park for new arena
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:40:39 GMT)
ESPN.com news services The New York Islanders are looking at Belmont Park as the site for their new hockey arena and plan to submit a bid to the state of New York, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday. Bettman also mentioned the land next to the New York Mets' Citi Field in Willets Point as a possible spot for the team, while noting that the team's former home, a renovated Nassau Coliseum is "not a long-term option." "Yes, there is an RFP [request for proposal] for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that," Bettman told a group from the The Associated Press Sports Editors in New York, according to Newsday. "I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there,
Top NHL Free Agents in 2017
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:35:20 GMT)
Plenty of free agents will be looking for new contracts come the summer of 2017. The expansion draft and the preceding moves will take centre stage this offseason. Consequently, free agency will take a back seat with many of the big moves being completed. Similar to the trade deadline slowly losing its appeal, free agency now rarely offers elite talent worthy of headlines. Brent Burns was the biggest name available, but the San Jose Sharks gave him an extension in November. Teams may try to sign their pending unrestricted free agents prior to July 1. That being said, here is our take on the top NHL free agents likely available this summer. As the NHL free agency period begins annually on Canada
Blues eliminate Wild, unlikely duo scores Game 5 OT goal (Video)
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:13:59 GMT)
The Minnesota Wild won’t have to worry about Bruce Boudreau coaching in a Game 7 this postseason. The Wild battled valiantly on home ice in Game 5, but the Blues’ goal at 9:42 of overtime propelled them to a Central Division final series against the Nashville Predators. Magnus Paajarvi scored his first career playoff goal to end the series.
Motzko to defend gold as U.S. World Juniors coach
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:38:01 GMT)
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That was the message from USA Hockey on Friday, in announcing that Bob Motzko would return as head coach of the U.S. World Junior team in 2018. Motzko, the head coach at St. Cloud State, comes back for another kick at the can after winning it all last year, capping things off with a thrilling shootout victory over Canada in the gold medal final. It was the United States’ first tournament win in four years. “It’s terrific to have this staff return with Bob at the helm,” USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson said, in a release. “We’re looking forward to having the tournament on our home soil and it will be a real benefit to have an experienced coaching staff lead us in our
Bruce Boudreau speaks for us all after confusing goalie interference review
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:53:14 GMT)
Bruce Boudreau’s frequently one of the most colorful coaches to watch during a big game … sometimes literally.* He’s provided some entertaining moments of frustration, with his … frank reaction to a Mathew Dumba penalty ranking among the highlights of Game 5. Whether you feel that Nino Niederreiter should have been called for goalie interference on a would-be goal or not, the Twitter consensus is that the call is becoming about as clear as what constitutes a catch in an NFL game. With that in mind, Boudreau’s gesture spoke for us all after the tally was not allowed on Saturday: Check out video above. It’s been a hectic third period, as the Blues aren’t out of the woods even after a nice Paul
Report: Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to NHL (with Devils or not)
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:39:12 GMT)
The Montreal Canadiens fell short against the New York Rangers, but the series put the spotlight on Alex Radulov‘s great return to the NHL. What if an even bigger name came back from the KHL next season? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Ilya Kovalchuk wants to come back to the NHL, whether it be with the New Jersey Devils or someone else. It’s a tantalizing thought for the Devils: either add a big star or gain a nice set of assets for a team that might be a little more prepared to make the most of the 34-year-old’s skills right off the bat. With big-name free agents rarely becoming UFAs these days, the market could always use some juice. Even at an advanced age, Kovalchuk provides that
Game 6: Rangers 3, Canadiens 1 highlights
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:38:05 GMT)
Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant in net as the Rangers won 3-1 in Game 6 to advance to the second round and eliminate the Canadiens.