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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Lightning try to pop East bubble; Pacific showdown

    Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Fare thee well, Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets, eliminated from playoff contention after the St. Louis Blues’ victory on Monday night. May you find some semblance of inner peace, and also consistent goaltending …

    The Blues’ win was matched by the Nashville Predators’ victory over the New York Islanders, so the Preds remain one point ahead for third in the Central and a first-rounder against the Minnesota Wild. The Blues also remained two points behind the Calgary Flames for the first wild card, who defeated the Colorado Avalanche, as teams typically do when they play the Avalanche.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    Here’s the Western Conference:

    As you

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  • KHL coach throws bottle, hits player, gets ejected (Video)

    Alexei Kudashov was not a happy Kontinental Hockey League coach.

    His Lokomotiv team was down 2-0 in their Gagarin Cup series against SKA. Tensions were already high on Monday when the teams faced off again.

    In the second period, something – perhaps a crushing hit against one of his players in the attacking zone moments earlier – enraged him. Seeing as how a coach’s options in such situations are to (a) scream a string of profanities at the on-ice officials or (b) throw something from the bench like a petulant toddler, Kudashov’s choices for recourse were limited.

    He chose Option ‘B.’

    As you can see about 40 seconds into this video, Kudashov slams a water bottle on the ice in disgust. Ice having the properties of, well, ice, it slid over and made contact with an opposing player. So he didn’t technically throw the water bottle at a player, but he hit a player with a water bottle, if we’re arguing semantics.

    The best part of the video is the immediate aftermath of the incident, when his

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  • Jeremy Roenick rips NY DMV after being in ‘jail cell with cokeheads’

    On Jan. 25, Jeremy Roenick made an illegal turn while headed to a New York Rangers game in New York City. But the traffic stop became something more than routine when the police discovered his driving privileges in the state had been suspended, and they arrested him at Sixth Ave. and W. 23rd Street, according to the Daily News.

    In true Dept. of Motor Vehicles fashion, this appears to have been a giant goof-up. The state was sending notices to an address Roenick hadn’t lived at since 1989(!) and then got on him for not alerting the state to his new address. He told Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday that there was no mention of an additional fine for suspended privilages when he paid a speeding ticket in Westchester County a year ago, for example.

    On Monday, Roenick appeared in court, paid his ticket and a $163 feed to the court clerk, according to the New York Daily News. And that was that.

    The NBC Sports analyst then expressed his frustration to the News about the ordeal, including

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: East’s ‘in-hand’ night; Stars, Jets face abyss

     

    Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    The Central Division has a little playoff mystery now, as we wonder who will play the Minnesota Wild in the first round and who will be in the wild card to face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Pacific winner, given that the Pacific currently has more intense drama than Michelle Williams’s IMDB page.

    On Monday, you have the Nashville Predators, currently third in the Central, playing at the New York Islanders. You have the St. Louis Blues, in the second wild card, hosting the Arizona Coyotes, who are one Colorado Avalanche away from being the worst team in the NHL.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    Here’s the Western Conference:

    If the Blues and

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Bruins’ big win, Pacific Division chaos

    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.

    This is great for two reasons: First, because the Ottawa Senators have Alex Burrows, and Alex Burrows in a playoff series with the Boston Bruins is, well, delicious; and second, because the Leafs are far too fat and happy in that third seed, and the only way we’re getting proper amounts of playoff crazy in Toronto is if they’re on the bubble.

    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. But they have the Tampa Bay Lightning on their tails, and the Bolts have their next three games at home.

    Here are the current standings. The

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  • NHL Three Stars: Marchessault leads Panthers’ blowout of Chicago

     

     

    No. 1 Star: Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers 

    Marchessault had a natural hat trick in the Panthers’ huge 7-0 blowout of the Chicago Blackhawks. He turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead, and now has 28 goals on the season. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists for the Panthers.

    No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Jackets goalie made 36 saves against his former team, as the Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0. Alex Wennberg had the lone goal.

    No. 3 Star: Riley Nash, Boston Bruins

    Nash gave the Bruins and goalie Anton Khudobin all the offense they’d need in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. He now has seven goals on the season.

    Honorable Mention: Reid Boucher scored twice and Brock Boeser scored this first NHL goal in his first NHL game, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-2. The Wild still backed into the playoffs. … Antti Raanta made 30 saves as the Rangers shut out the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0. The Kings doubled the

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  • Sharks defend Micheal Haley sucker punch vs. Predators (Video)

    At 12:56 of the third period, Saturday night’s game ended for San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley, and rightfully so.

    He was controlling the puck along the boards when Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok ran him, driving Haley’s head into the glass with his forearm. Haley immediately sprung back to his skates and went on a search-and-destroy mission for Jarnkrok.

    He grabbed the Predator and then dropped him with one punch, bloodying him in the process.

    Jarnkrok was given two minutes for boarding. Haley was given a match penalty.

    The Predators, who were up 3-0 at the time of the incident, went on to win 7-2.

    From The Tennessean:

    According to the NHL rulebook, a player who earns such a penalty “shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has ruled on the issue.”

    “It’s an ugly play,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “This isn’t the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we’re in trouble, so

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  • Bruins win ugly over Islanders, as Hurricanes creep on bubble

    The Boston Bruins got two goals form their fourth line and an outstanding performance form their backup goalie. The New York Islanders got nothing out of their power play and were gassed in the third period, playing their second game in as many nights.

    And that’s how you get a 2-1 win for Boston in Brooklyn, as they grab sole possession of the last wild card slot in the Eastern Conference.

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    Tuukka Rask couldn’t play for the Bruins due to a crippling battle with timidity, er, a “lower body injury.” So Anton Khudobin stepped up with 18 saves on 19 shots, which is another way of saying that the Islanders only generated 19 shots on goal. They average 30.5 shots per game; Boston is the second-best team in the NHL in shot suppression, 26.5 shots per game to opponents.

    The offense was provided by, who else, Riley Nash. Yep. Two goals for Nash. Why not?

    The Islanders had six power plays. Combined with the 0-for-1

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  • NCAA star Brock Boeser scores game-winner in Canucks’ debut (Video)

    Less than 24 hours after his NCAA hockey career ended, Brock Boeser scored his first goal in the National Hockey League.

    A game-winner, no less.

    The newest member of the Vancouver Canucks had whirlwind journey in the last day. His North Dakota team was eliminated from the NCAA men’s hockey tournament in double-overtime against Boston University on Friday night in Fargo. That freed the winger up to join the Canucks, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2015, who were in Minnesota to face the Wild on Saturday afternoon.

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    He returned to Grand Forks on Friday night, his coach drove him to the airport, he then flew to join the Wild, signing with the Canucks on Saturday morning.

    Then the fun began.

    He was in the starting lineup for the Canucks, playing alongside former North Dakota teammate Troy Stecher. How do we know this? Because the Canucks allowed his parents to announce the starting lineup before the game:

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  • Of course Tuukka Rask is missing Bruins’ crucial game vs. Islanders

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will miss Saturday night’s critical game at the New York Islanders with what the team calls a “lower body injury.”

    This is disappointing. But if you’re a Bruins fan, probably not that surprising, alas.

    Rask missed the final game of the 2015-16 season with stomach flu, with the season on the line. He didn’t dress, watching Jonas Gustavsson give up four goals in a 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, as the Bruins fell short of the playoffs.

    It was reminiscent of the 2014 Winter Olympics semifinal for Finland, when a stomach flu felled him before they faced Sweden. Finland lost, eventually settling for the bronze. Rask played in that game.

    This isn’t any indictment of the player, necessarily. It could just be some really, really rotten luck that happens to befall him when really, really important games are happening. Really.

    From Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com:

    Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said that Rask came to the Bruins practice facility on Friday and got

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