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  • Backyard hockey rink with LED lights in ice is just hypnotic (Video)

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    Backyard hockey rinks are a labor of love, from their concept to their construction to the ways puckheads try to personalize them with various bells and whistles.

    Shawn Carlon of Maple Grove, Minnesota, decided his rink needed to be a ‘round the clock spectacle. So this backyard ice sheet has LED lighting buried under it, and the results are rather stunning.

    Check out this drone footage of Carlon’s colorful creation:

    As you can see later in the video, there’s absolutely no reason Carlon couldn’t put up a velvet rope and turn this rink into Maple Grove’s hottest night club.  Well, save for the sub-zero-degree temperatures.

    (Stefon voice: “Maple Grove’s hottest nightclub is Red Lines. It’s got goons, pee-wees, grinders, muckers and you just keep hitting each other with sticks until you score…”)

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    The whole thing is rather hypnotic and a great way to bring some NHL pregame lightshow awesomeness to your own backyard without a seven-figure game operations budget.

    Also it looks like TRON,

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  • Islanders need to do right by John Tavares

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    John Tavares isn’t going anywhere.

    Despite hitting unrestricted free agency in 2018. Despite the clarion call from up north for him to come home and join the Toronto Maple Leafs’ burgeoning contender. Despite the chance to punch his own ticket anywhere in the NHL, knowing that the chances are good that franchise is headed on a more promising trajectory than the New York Islanders.

    He’s said this privately, to the point where the organization isn’t all that concerned when the media rumblings about his future rock Brooklyn. And he’s said this publicly, on many occasions.

    As he told Newsday, once more with feeling:

    “I think for myself, I’ve always shown and talked about my commitment here,’’ said the four-time All-Star, who signed a six-year, $33-million extension in 2011, on Monday at Northwell Health Ice Center. “Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we’ve done. Obviously, this [low] point’s been disappointing.’’

    … At 26 and in his eighth season with

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  • KHL All-Star jerseys are ridiculously cool, created by Bauer (Photos)

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    The “color rush” jersey has become a thing in the NFL, where vibrant hues pop through your HDTV screens and either make you feel like you’re watching a rainbow or looking at the aftermath of your dog eating a box of crayons.

    But bold colors are a trend in sports, and the KHL is on that trend for its 2017 All-Star Game and “Week of Hockey Stars” in Ufa.

    Check out these duds, designed by North American equipment giant Bauer, for the events beginning on Jan. 15.

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    From the KHL:

    The biggest shows of the season from all three leagues – the KHL, YHL and WHL – are all to be staged during the Week of Hockey Stars in Ufa, running from the 15th to the 22nd of January, 2017, and the elite players who take part will be kitted out in gloves, leggings and helmets sporting a unique color scheme specially created for the event by Bauer. 

    This special consignment for participants of the 2017 Week of Hockey Stars signals a new step in diversifying the look of Russian hockey. A refusal to adhere to the

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  • Gerard Gallant swears ‘analytics’ didn’t get him fired by Panthers

    Gerard Gallant, former Florida Panthers head coach, gets into a cab after being relieved of his duties following an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
    Gerard Gallant, former Florida Panthers head coach, gets into a cab after being relieved of his duties following an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

    Gerard Gallant hasn’t said much after the Florida Panthers fired him and didn’t even call an Uber on Nov. 27.

    Since then, there’s been plenty of speculation, as well as some clarity, after general manager Tom Rowe took over as head coach. But Gallant finally went on the record with Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com to explain that despite claims that his old-school mentality didn’t jibe with the team’s new-school analytics approach, that’s not what got him canned.

    From ESPN.com:

    “No, it wasn’t huge about analytics,” Gallant said. “For me, analytics is certainly part of coaching, but it’s not the whole thing. In my mind, if I take a job, analytics is part of it for sure, 25 to 30 percent, whatever percentage you want to put on it. It’s definitely a tool. If you get

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  • Hockey fan drops pants, moons referees after controversial call (Video)

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    The Laval Predateurs are a team in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH) – the Quebec-based league known for better or worse as the “goon league,” where things can get a little wild on the ice and, apparently, in the stands.

    In a game against Rivière-du-Loup on Friday night, there was a controversial goal scored by the visiting team, one where the Laval goaltender immediately claimed the puck was tipped by a high-stick on the way to the net. But it counted for Rivière-du-Loup.

    This infuriated one Predateurs fan, who stood on the boards and hung over the glass and pointed to his glasses, the universal sign for “I saw it with my own eyes and you could really use these if you missed it!”

    And then he dropped his pants and mooned the referees, which is the universal sign for subtle protest.

    Here’s the video of the fan, who looks very much like friend of the blog Jay Baruchel, NSFW for getting cheeky:

    The complete apathy of the security detail next to him would lead one to believe this

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  • Blue Jackets cut Curtis McElhinney after poor start vs. Rangers

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets streaked their way to the top of the NHL in points this season, going from a team with few expectations to a team that’s ensconced in a playoff seed.

    They’d like to stay there, obviously, and would also like to do so without playing Sergei Bobrovsky every night of the season. So they need to depend on their backup goalie to get a start here and there.

    That backup goalie was Curtis McElhinney. Well, until Monday.

    The Blue Jackets waived Curtis McElhinney and promoted Anton Forsberg after the veteran was terrible in Saturday night’s loss to the New York Rangers, giving up five goals on 34 shots.

    He was 5-2 in seven games this season, with a 2.39 GAA and a somewhat stout .924 save percentage. But it’s clear the team lost faith in him, and he lost his tenuous grip on the job, according to Aaron Portzline:

    The Blue Jackets have been evaluating their goaltending position beyond starter Sergei Bobrovsky since the start of training camp, with veteran Curtis McElhinney

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  • New NHL All-Star commercial goes Hollywood with Patrick Kane

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    The National Hockey League All-Star Game is headed to Los Angeles later this month for what should be a grand celebration: The 3-on-3 tournament on NBC, in a weekend that features the rest of the Top 100 Players of All-Time list being revealed.

    Besides … it’s Hollywood! And when the NHL comes to Hollywood, you get “The Love Guru.” Wait, no, bad example … when the NHL comes to Hollywood, you get commercials for the All-Star Game like this, featuring All-Star players giving line readings that are slightly flatter than a pancake in the middle of an interstate.

    Revel in the grandeur:

    A few reactions …

    • Still, at least Kane attempts to do something interesting with his appearance. Every time Sidney Crosby is asked to do something like this, it’s like they have to edit out “OK CAN I GO
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  • Adidas dumping NHL third jerseys for 2017-18

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    Adidas is taking over the NHL’s jersey-making beginning in the 2017-18 season, and there are some details about what this next wave of hockey kits are going to look like.

    Sources have told Yahoo Sports that the most dramatic changes to the jerseys in this first season will be in their materials, rather than cosmetic ones. If you remember the World Cup of Hockey jerseys, Adidas trumpeted “cutting-edge adizero technology blending three lightweight, resilient fabrics to keep the players cool and comfortable while providing added flexibility and improving overall movement.”

    Those World Cup jerseys also incorporated the Adidas stripes on the sides, under the arms. We’re not sure if that’s going to be standard issue on the new NHL jerseys.

    Another interesting nugget we’ve learned: That we’re unlikely to see wholesale uniform changes for many NHL teams during this first wave of Adidas jerseys. The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs “jumped the gun” by a year, we were told, in order to

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  • Wysh List: Who’s leading NHL Norris Trophy race? (Video)

     

     


    NHL teams are all nearing the halfway point of the 2016-17 season, which means the awards candidates are coming into focus.

    So who takes home the Norris Trophy for the NHL’s best defenseman?

    It depends on your criteria. If you allow that the Norris is for the best defenseman, and not simply the defenseman who plays the best “defense,” then the scope is widened. And there are a few candidates that fit that bill.

    Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski offers his current top five in The Wysh List, a mix of overall worthiness and whom the voters will eventually go for at season’s end.

    The Wysh List is a weekly countdown on Yahoo Sports hosted by Greg Wyshynski. Questions? Comments? Hit us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    Who are your Norris favorites? Put’em in the comments.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Grabner speeds Rangers over Jackets

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    No. 1 Star: Michael Grabner, New York Rangers

    The Rangers winger willed his team to a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He assisted on Oscar Lindberg’s first-period goal. He scored in the second period to cut the Jackets’ lead to 4-2. Then, after the Rangers rallied in the third, he scored an unassisted beauty at 19:43 for the 5-4 win.

    No. 2 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals 

    The Capitals goalie made 30 saves to make a T.J. Oshie goal stand in their 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. It was his fifth shutout of the season.

    No. 3 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

    Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists, and Tanner Pearson scored the game-winner, in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.

    Honorable Mention: The Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning combined for five goals in the second period. The Flyers have four of them. They won, 4-2, to end a six-game losing streak. Michal Neuvirth played his first game since Nov. 12. … Marcus Foligno, Zemgus

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