Harrison Mooney

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  • Following in the footsteps of the Colorado Avalanche and their expansion cousins in Buffalo, the Vancouver Canucks announced Sunday that Trevor Linden, former Canuck captain and far and away the most beloved athlete residing in Vancouver, was their new president of hockey operations.

    The position opened up Tuesday when Mike Gillis was dismissed from his dual positions as General Manager and President by owner Francesco Aquilini. It will now be Linden's job as President to find someone to fill the newly-vacated GM role (and any other roles he deems necessary of a change, like, say, the head coach).

    From a public relations standpoint, this is a massive win for Canucks' ownership, and let's be clear here -- that's exactly what they were going for.

    The dismissal of Gillis made it perfectly clear who was running the show in Vancouver, and gave an indication of who directed the hiring of John Tortorella as head coach. Granted, the story behind that hiring remains perfectly unclear. Rumours

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  • NHL Three Stars: Ovechkin hits 50; Pominville leads Wild over Bruins

    Brett Bellemore's legs star in this lovely photo.

    No. 1 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Ovechkin had a three-point night, with 2 assists and a goal in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The goal was his 50th of the season, the 5th time he's reached the milestone, because he's pretty good:

    No. 2 Star: Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild

    Pominville was in on every goal in the Wild's big 4-3 shootout win over the Boston Bruins, with 2 goals and an assist. He even set up Ryan Suter for a goal, which has been tough to do this season. The goal tied the game with just 65 seconds remaining:

    No. 3 Star: Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators

    Spezza had 2 goals and an assist for the Senators, who did their part in staving off playoff elimination with a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. Unfortunately, they were eliminated anyway.

    Honorable mention: Zemgus Girgensons scored twice in the Buffalo Sabres' 4-2 loss over the Detroit Red Wings, who bolstered their playoff hopes with

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  • Ben Bishop leaves Lightning game with injury; will he be available for playoffs?

    There are a number of reasons for the Tampa Bay Lightning's turnaround this season. The emergence of their young players. The continued development of Victor Hedman. The sterling work of coach Jon Cooper. But arguably the biggest reason, both in terms of impact and height, has to be goaltender Ben Bishop, who's put in a Vezina-quality season for the Bolts. It's hard to say where this team would be without him.

    We may soon find out, unfortunately to say. Late in the first period of their match with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bishop was forced to leave the game with an apparent wrist injury:

    In an attempt to snag a loose puck, Bishop appeared to get his legs tangled up, and wound up crashing to the ice, landing on his left wrist.

    Anders Lindback took over for Bishop.

    That's a concerning area for the Lightning's starter to injure, because it wouldn't be the first time this season he's done so. Bishop first injured his wrist in a practice on January 5, then reaggravated the injury in a game

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  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished. 

    Create-a-Caption: "Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Andy Greene of the New Jersey Devils waits for the results of a video replay during the first period at the Prudential Center."

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    Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. EST

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  • Rooster hits the ice in Czech League game, ruins everything (Video)

    You may recall a certain infamous interview with Joe Thornton, in which he told the assembled media that, should he ever score four goals, he'd whip out his rooster.

    Turns out that's actually a thing that happens. A rooster hit the ice in Sunday's Czech Extraliga match between Jaromir Jagr-owned HC Kladno and HC Olomouc. Here's video of the big bird being carried off the ice:

    Embarrassing performance by the rooster. Over in Bakersfield, the condor left the ice on his own, and even had the presence of mind to make his way down the tunnel.

    This thing had to be wrapped in a towel and carried off.

    For those wondering why a rooster was on the ice, let alone in the building, Olomouc's nickname is the Roosters. The big bird is their mascot, and they've been drawing luck of late from letting it hit the ice once a night during commercial breaks.

    This time around, they sent it out while they were sitting on a three-goal lead. But their luck turned.

    It's their own fault. But Thornton could have

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  • Steve Yzerman, Lightning agree to four-year contract extension

    Has there been a former NHL superstar whose transition from on-ice leader to office leader has gone as impressively as Steve Yzerman's?

    In his first year as the Lightning GM, he oversaw a run to the Eastern Conference Final. Then, after a step back, Yzerman took a step back himself, and went to work. Two years later, the team he's been building since he took over appears to be trending in the right direction. Now they're back in the playoffs, and one can understand why the Lightning decided he deserved four more years at least. On Monday, they announced an extension. From the release:

    "Since the day Steve agreed to serve as our vice president and general manager, he has worked tirelessly to transform our hockey department and establish the groundwork for sustained success", said Vinik in making the announcement. "We are very pleased with Steve's job performance thus far, and I am fully confident Steve remains the right person to continue to lead us.

    "Organizationally, we remain

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  • 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.

    • Ben Bishop and Darren Pang exchange gear, which is funny because one is big and the other is small. [Lightning]

    • Speaking of Bishop, are the Lightning overusing him? [Raw Charge]

    • This year, the advanced stats battleground was in Toronto, and -- surprise -- the inevitable losers lost again. [Deadspin]

    • The Montreal Canadiens are Canada's team! Or they're just a team. You can cheer for whoever you want. It is your right. [National Post]

    • Nathan Horton could go down in history as the first hockey player to score a goal in a game he did not play. [Sports Illustrated]

    • Also interesting: if Dustin Byfuglien is a forward, Justin Schultz gets $2 million dollars. [MC79 Hockey]

    • The TD Garden will get a $70 million renovation. [Boston Globe]

    • The Ottawa Senators have abandoned shot-blocking, for better and for

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  • The Winnipeg Jets need to buy out Ondrej Pavelec, inside man

    The Toronto Maple Leafs lost Saturday night's contest versus the Winnipeg Jets much the same way they've lost several games this season: by being seriously outplayed and outshot, while their mayor got drunk, and then wandering off into the night to do shenanigans.

    Meanwhile, the Jets won the game in much the same way they've won most of their games this season: in spite of their goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec.

    Halfway through the first period, before the Jets turned it on (or before Toronto's penchant for getting drastically outperformed caught up with them, in a microcosm of their entire season) Winnipeg found themselves down 2-1, courtesy two goals that featured pretty poor play from their starter.

    It's tough to really blame Pavelec on the first. When Nazem Kadri Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel break in 2-on-1, there's a pretty good chance the puck's going in. Granted, there's an even better chance when you severely overplay the shooter like Pavelec did, allowing himself to get so frozen

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  • Here's what it looks like when a hockey puck is crushed by 80,000 pounds (Video)

    There's something very settling about watching stuff get wrecked in slow motion. Maybe it's because we all know everything in this world is destined to eventual ruin, often suddenly, and seizing the reins of the inevitability of destruction, and slowing it down to a pace we can see and understand gives us a feeling of power, of control, in a senseless world where we often have none.

    Or maybe it's just because it usually looks cool. 

    Either way, I suspect you'll enjoy this video of a hockey puck -- an official Alabama-Huntsville Chargers game puck, at that -- getting slowly crushed to nothingness by 80,000 pounds (about 266 Dustin Byfugliens).

    Maybe it's just me, but watching the puck begin to almost ooze out the sides of the machine was probably the most satisfying thing I'll see today. Very cool.

    So there you have it. If you've ever wondered what it looks like when a hockey puck is crushed by 40 tons (or 40 tonnes, for those of you in Canada), now you know.

    s/t to Reddit Hockey.

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  • Reimer's redemption: Jonathan Bernier out 2-3 weeks with MCL strain

    The Toronto Maple Leafs' big victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night was not without casualties. Early in the third period, starting netminder Jonathan Bernier left the game after suffering an injury on a collision with Patrice Bergeron, who had been pushed into the crease by Paul Ranger.

    James Reimer finished the game, and now, it would appear that he'll also be finishing the season.

    Considering the regular season has only nine more days to live, not to mention the love for Reimer lost over the Leafs' recent, eight-game losing streak, that's less than ideal. It's a stroke of terrible luck for a Leafs team that's managed to win a couple games, both with Bernier starting in net, and give themselves a fighting chance to salvage the season.

    But it's not the end of the world. With the wins, they're still in the running for a playoff spot,

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