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  • NHL Three Stars: Night of the OT thrillers (and goalie interference)

    No. 1 Star: Kevin Klein, New York Rangers

    Klein needed to do his goalie Henrik Lundqvist a solid after a few pucks had gone in off the defenseman this season, including one against the New Jersey Devils. So he gave Lundqvist the win with the third game-winner of his eight-season career, scoring at 2:18 of overtime to complete a Rangers rally for the 4-3 win.

    No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Phil The Thrill led the Leafs’ rally on Long Island, scoring two goals and assisting on one by James van Riemsdyk as Toronto blew past the New York Islanders, 5-2.

    No. 3 Star: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Palat’s sweet backhand goal on a point blast from Anton Stralman gave the Bolts a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, as Evgeni Nabokov outdueled Karri Ramo.

    Honorable Mention: Antti Raata made 32 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks scored three first-period goals in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane had two goals. … It wasn’t pretty, but the Boston

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  • How terrible is this goalie interference call on Nick Bjugstad? (Video)

    The Florida Panthers defeated the Colorado Avalanche in overtime on Tuesday night, 4-3, on a Brad Boyes goal. This result proves that the Hockey Gods have a sense of goodness and fairness, because the Panthers were nearly jobbed by an atrocious goalie interference penalty late in the third period.

    Bjugstad made a brilliant move in the Avalanche zone, skating out from behind the net, turning and accelerating through the Colorado defense towards goalie Reto Berra. The goalie moved to the top of his crease and attempted a poke check. Bjugstad collided with his pad and flew through the air.

    The result? Two minutes for goalie interference, a penalty that the Panthers would eventually kill.

    The NHL rulebook, on goalie interference:

    “Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”

    Or, if you prefer:

    A goalkeeper is

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  • Pavel Datsyuk work of art ruined by NHL goalie interference rules (Video)

    Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Tuesday night and did what Pavel Datsyuk does, which is score a ridiculous goal: Blazing speed into the Montreal Canadiens zone, a dangle to the middle, a spinning backhand perfectly placed past Carey Price. 

    Only it didn’t count.

    Nor should it have counted, as per the NHL’s goalie interference rules and the real-time enforcement of them, without benefit of review.

    Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings parked himself next to Price, his skate near the crease. Price moved into his hip, attempting to defend the shot. And the goal was disallowed because of that contact.

    Fox Sports Detroit announcers Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond went a little nuts, attempting to paint Price as the aggressor here. And he was, but it doesn't matter, as the NHL rules state:

    “Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his

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  • Nathan Horton’s career could be over due to back injury

    Mar 28, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton (8) falls on the ice in front of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) at Nationwide Arena. The Penguins won 2-1. (Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)Mar 28, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton (8) falls on the ice in front of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) at Nationwide Arena. The Penguins won 2-1. (Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)Calling Nathan Horton’s back ailment an “injury” seems a bit flimsy in light of Aaron Portzline’s report on Monday that the Columbus Blue Jackets forward’s career might be over. 

    Horton has a “degeneration of the entire lumbar region of his spine or lower back” according to the Columbus Dispatch, and there’s growing concern that his career “might be finished.”

    He signed a 7-year, $37.1-million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in 2013. That was after recovering from a concussion he suffered in Boston, and shoulder surgery that delayed the start of his season with Columbus.

    Surgery on his back is an option, but by no means a guarantee that his back would improve. His agent, Paul Krepelka, said Horton is in “constant pain.”

    From Puck-Rakers:

    The Blue Jackets will be covered by insurance for most of Horton’s salary — $6 million this season — once he misses the club’s 21st game of the season, on Nov. 25. Future seasons would work the same.

    Horton could be placed on the long-term

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  • MVSW

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    It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune joins us to talk Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    • More on the Voynov arrest.

    • The return of Pavel Datsyuk.

    • Taylor Hall's bold move. 

    Question of the Day: Now that Selanne is retired, who is The Pure Embodiment of Hockey Joy? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Pavel Datsyuk back for the Detroit Red Wings

    Sunshine. Puppies. Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup. 

    What are three things that undeniably brighten your day?

    The Detroit Red Wings star will make his season debut on Tuesday night at the Montreal Canadiens, four weeks after suffering a separated shoulder. Johan Franzen, alas, is headed to seven-day injured reserve with a wonky groin to open up that spot for Datsyuk.

    As Helene St. James of the Free Press notes, getting him back could mean very good things for the Red Wings’ offense:

    Getting Datsyuk back surely would help an offense that so far has sputtered; the four goals scored Friday at Toronto mark the only time the Wings have topped two goals in a game. Saturday, they scored once — in overtime. The power play has been especially egregious, its 9.5% success rate reflecting two goals on 21 opportunities.

    "We have to get more pucks to the net," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We've been a little bit too stationary once we do enter the zone. We need to make sure we have more motion."

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  • Paul Maurice is dropping F-bombs, telling us to mind our business

    There’s a perverse joy in seeing the honeymoon end.

    As we’ve talked about before, the veil’s been lifted from the eyes of Winnipeg Jets fans, who have peeled off the “be happy you even have a team again” protecting this franchise and started, you know, expecting progress and success and maybe even the faint whiff of contention.

    It’s the only thing that’ll eventually force changes in Winnipeg; changes that are overdue.

    Although coach Paul Maurice takes a nihilistic approach to that idea. 

    “Change to what? At the end of the day, to what? Is it moving our kids out? I don’t think we need to get any younger,” he said.

    Maurice’s team is 1-4-0. They’re 27th in the League in offense at 1.60 goals per game – losing Evander Kane’ll do that to a team – but 18th in defense, with Ondrej Pavelec sporting a .895 percent even-strength save percentage.

    In three of those five games, they trailed after the first period and never rallied.

    “We have a certain reaction to bad events. Changing that reaction

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: John Shannon on Voynov; NHL injuries

    MVSW

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: John Shannon of Sportsnet joins us. 

    • Voynov arrested. 

    • Hedman out.

    • Weekend action,

    Question of the Day: Did the NHL handle the Voynov arrest properly? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner.

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  • Watch the hockey fight, stay for ritualistic gear tossing (Video)

    Evgeny Grachyov of Lokomotiv and Sergei Sentyurin of Metallurg had a fight in the KHL on Sunday that featured a few strong punches after a lengthy preamble in which they skated around staring at each other.

    But the reason we dig this clip is the replay after the actual fight, when you can see the genesis of it. The stick goes. The gloves and the other stick go. Out goes the mouthpiece. Off come the helmets, gently placed alongside them.

    It’s all very ritualistic, like something out of Roman times. But even those people knew well enough to wear a [expletive] helmet during a fight.

    Alas, Sentyurin was suspended one game automatically for his second fight of the season. Yes, the KHL has more stringent fighting rules than the NHL. And they pay their players with paper bags stuffed with Rubles. 

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  • Slava Voynov domestic violence suspension shows Bettman is no Goodell

    Sep 28, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defender Slava Voynov (26) looks up during a break in play against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks with a final score of 4-2. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)Sep 28, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defender Slava Voynov (26) looks up during a break in play against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks with a final score of 4-2. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has answered many questions about his friend Roger Goodell recently. About how the NFL bungled its domestic violence cases, and lost the faith of many fans. About the public relations nightmare that arrives when a league’s leader doesn’t lead. 

    Each time, Bettman talks about the protocols in place already in the NHL for issues of domestic violence, but has also assured the media and fans that the NHL isn’t going to have a Ray Rice situation on its hands.

    "Our code of conduct is we expect you to do the right things and if you don't we hold you accountable. More important than that is I believe you need to be proactive," said Bettman in Toronto last month.

    Here’s your pro-action: The NHL announced on Monday morning that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been arrested on charges of domestic violence, and has been suspended indefinitely pending a League investigation. 

    Voynov was reportedly arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges –

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