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  • Denmark continues stunning World Juniors run on awesome OT goal (Video)

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    On Tuesday, Denmark shocked the hockey world with an upset of Finland, the defending U-20 IIHF World Junior Champion.

    On Thursday, Denmark showed they’re not out of tournament magic quite yet.

    The Danes defeated the Czech Republic, 3-2, on Mathias From’s overtime winner at 0:47 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It was the first win over the Czechs in tournament history for Denmark, following their first-ever win over Finland.

    From, a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick in 2016, celebrated wildly after a dangle around a Czech defender and a quick backhand goal to end it.

    Quite a talented young player. We look forward to him starring in Chicago, and then eventually being traded when they can’t afford him against the cap.

    The Finns outshot the Danes, and the Czechs did the same at 34-22. But goalie Lasse

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  • How do fans rate the NHL’s current product?

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    The National Hockey League has changed its product in the last 10 years.

    It’s become faster. It’s gotten less violent, as an organic drop in fighting combined with new attention to player safety. It’s gotten more competitive, thanks to the forced parity of the points system and a divisional playoff format that keeps average-to-mediocre teams within reach of a wild card for most of the season. And, of course, it’s gotten lucky, with a parade of large market American teams playing for and/or winning the Stanley Cup, sometimes dynastically.

    So what do hockey fans think of the NHL, as we move from 2016 to 2017?

    To quite Larry David: Prrrrrretty, pretty good.

    According to a new Yahoo Sports/YouGov poll, 68 percent of U.S. hockey fans believe the currently product is “good.” That’s in comparison with other pro sports leagues, and a measure of game play, fan experience and marketing by the NHL.

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    That 68 percent included 21 percent of fans who said the product is “excellent,” and 47 percent

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  • Goodbye Hockey 2016, Predicting Hockey 2017 (Puck Soup Podcast)


    (WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.)

    PUCK SOUP is the hockey podcast on the Nerdist network from Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”

    Get it on iTunes here!

    In Episode 31, it’s the Year in Hockey 2016, as Greg and Dave offer their top 10 stories from the last year as well as a self-indulgent look back at the year in Puck Soup. Plus, the boys predict what will happen in 2017, from the Vegas Golden Knights to the Olympics to the NHL Awards. Also, the typical nonsense about things like Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Blue Jackets fans, Patrik Laine’s soft deviousness and all sorts of other things in the latest Puck Soup, sponsored by Seat Geek!

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  • Hockey player suspended for starting fight inside penalty box (Video)

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    As you know, fighting is totally and completely illegal in professional hockey, which is it’s restricted through strict punishments from on-ice officials.

    [Giant, exaggerated wink to the audience]

    But in all honesty, some fights are punished more strictly than others. Sometimes due to their timing. And, apparently, sometimes due to their location.

    In an ECHL game between the Utah Grizzlies at the Colorado Eagles on Dec. 23, Teigan Zahn of the Eagles and Alexandre Carrier of the Grizzlies had a lengthy fight that got the fans going. Carrier was in the penalty box already when teammate Jon Puskar – a 27-year-old minor league pest supreme – was sent to the Grizzlies box for cross-checking.

    As you can see from this clip around the 1:20 mark, Puskar had the penalty box open and was yapping at Eagles defenseman Michael Sdao. He apparently mashed the right button with his taunting, because Sdao went nutso and started fighting him INSIDE THE DAMN PENALTY BOX:

    Carrier, who had taken part in

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  • Get drunk on spiked cider at Winter Classic in St. Louis

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    Remember the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor? We can still smell the hot chocolate being sold as fans wandered into The Big House (after being stuck in traffic and missing most of the first period).

    We can also recall how vendors at the game were selling companion bottles of booze to “kick up” that hot chocolate and warm up the frigid fans.

    So it’s in that grand tradition that the St. Louis Winter Classic between the Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 2, 2017 will feature three different kinds of warm apple cider that fans can dose with booze.

    The Winter Classic at Busch Stadium will feature Country Apple Cider, Caramel Apple Cider and a Country Apple Cocktail. From Delaware North:

    Three levels of heartwarming goodness! Fans will be able to get fresh pressed, warmed Apple Cider with a cinnamon stick for a classic taste. Or, sweeten the deal with our Caramel Infused warm Apple Cider, topped with whipped cream of course. Or, they can kick up the warm cider by adding Fireball Whiskey,

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  • Marc-Andre Fleury makes save of the year candidate vs. Devils (Video)

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    Marc-Andre Fleury made a save-of-the-year candidate in an unlikely spot.

    He entered the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game against the Devils on Tuesday having only won once in his last nine appearances in New Jersey. So the Penguins gave him plenty of support, especially on a penalty kill that held the Devils without a shot for significant stretches in their 5-2 win.

    But when the Penguins needed him, Fleury was there in a big way, keeping the puck out by any means necessary. And in this highlight reel case, but using his stick as a tennis racquet to volley the puck over the net.

    Adam Henrique’s shot was deflected in front of Fleury, who stood up and scrambled back after seeing the puck fly in the air. He desperately reached back with his paddle and swatted it away before it could float down into the net.

    That’s some impressive body control for a guy wearing some rather encumbering gear.

    Fleury made 23 saves and doesn’t have a regulation loss in his last five starts (4-0-1).

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  • Top 10 goals of 2016 (Puck Daddy Year in Hockey)

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    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)

    Puck Daddy cast its net far and wide for the greatest hockey goals of 2016, and found more than a few outside the NHL.

    Some things were clear from this year’s ranking: That there’s a ton of young talent in the hockey world scoring highlight-reel goals, and that many of them are property of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Here are the top 10 greatest goals of 2016:

    10 – Kael Mouillierat, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)

    We’re suckers for the Lacrosse Move, and Mouillierat scored a sneaky one against the rival Hershey Bears on March 20. As we noted at the time, it wasn’t the first time he went all Mike Legg on an opposing goalie.

    9 – Brian Hawkinson, Tri City Storm (USHL)

    Hey, if you liked the comfort food of the lacrosse goal, you’ll

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  • NHL coach hot seats: Who’s the warmest entering 2017?

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    With 2016 ending in a few days, we figured it was a good time to check out the hot seat status for a few coaches around the NHL whose teams have not fared well this season.

    Or last season. Or several seasons in a few cases.

    Which NHL coaches should be seeking an ice bath for their smoldering rumps entering 2017? Glad you asked …

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    Dan Bylsma, Buffalo Sabres

    The Sabres aren’t getting results. It’s as simple as that. They’re in the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 12-13-8 in 33 games. Their goal differential is minus-20, second-worst in the conference (inexplicably better than that of the New Jersey Devils … more on that in a bit).

    The heat is coming down on Bylsma and GM Tim Murray, although admittedly it’s a bit warmer for the former than the latter. (Such are coach/GM thermodynamics in the NHL.)

    Mike Harrington eviscerated Bylsma in a column this week in the Buffalo News, listing his various lineup sins (including some discipline for Jack Eichel) and his

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  • Top 10 most controversial people of 2016 (Puck Daddy Year in Hockey)

     

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    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.) 

    On the ice and off the ice, there were some people in the world of hockey that brought the controversy in 2016.

    Here’s a look at the top 10 most controversial hockey people of the last year. 

    10 – Patrick Roy

    The Hockey Hall of Famer stunned the Colorado Avalanche by quitting as their head coach and VP of hockey operations on Aug. 11, and doing so via a press release. He had taken weeks to mull the decision over before ultimately deciding to move on – a combination of his dissatisfaction with his managerial input and no longer finding his experience behind the bench to be an enjoyable one. The team hastily hired AHL coach Jared Bednar, and end 2016 far outside the playoff picture.

    9 – Marc Bergevin

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    The Montreal Canadiens GM already earned some infamy for his steadfast backing of beleaguered head coach Michel Therrien. But he lands on this

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  • Blue Jackets fan buys season tickets for late girlfriend, keeps seat empty

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    John Kennedy, 76, is a Columbus Blue Jackets season-ticket holder. The seat next to him at Nationwide Arena home games belongs to Jane Williams, his girlfriend.

    Except that seat remains empty during games. Because Williams died five years ago.

    Kennedy keeps her memory alive when the Blue Jackets hit the ice, purchasing a $1,500 season ticket in her honor each season, the vacant seat a reminder to all that she’s right there watching with him.

    Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch had this remarkable story on Monday, as the Blue Jackets continue their stunning, record-setting season in front of fans attending the game both in body and in spirit.

    From the Dispatch:

    Some might wonder how a fan could pay $1,500 a season to keep the chair next to him unoccupied. It’s a small price, Kennedy said, on nights like this one when the upstart Blue Jackets score four third-period goals to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1. As the crowd roars and the cannon thunders, he envisions Jane turning to fellow

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