Harrison Mooney

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  • The Los Angeles Kings may have fallen out of the race for the top spot in the Pacific, due largely to their inability to score goals, but they're still a very formidable foe for one big reason: they may struggle to score, but so do their opponents.

    That's because, even if you do manage to get a puck past their defense, you still have to sneak it past Jonathan Quick, and that's tough. Even when he looks beaten, there's still the very real possibility that Quick will rob you by way of hot scorpion magic.

    That's a very real thing. Watch Quick demonstrate it on this save, which is arguably -- scratch that, I mean totally absolutely obviously -- the save of the year:

    Hot. Scorpion. Magic.

    Jonathan Quick's got scorpion blood. There is no other explanation for this. Completely down and out, he robs Blake Wheeler with that impossible back-kick.

    We've seen saves like this before. Martin Brodeur famously stopped a New York Rangers' goal with a similar move in the 2012 playoffs.

    But, just like

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  • The most absurd stat of the 2013-14 NHL season, coming into Saturday's action: through 72 games, Ryan O'Reilly had yet to take a single penalty. He was the first player since Butch Goring in 1980-81 go 70 games into the season without one.

    It was madness. This isn't some fourth liner who barely gets a sniff. This is a guy that's seen over 1400 minutes of ice time this year, much of it against the top players in the league. And he's somehow been without sin.

    Until Saturday. In Colorado's 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, which clinched a playoff spot for the young club, O'Reilly finally became ineligible to cast the first stone after being whistled for an infraction, and a pretty silly one at that. The center's first minor of the year was for playing with a broken stick. Seriously.

    At 8:49 of the third period, with the Avalanche clinging to a one-goal lead, O'Reilly's stick broke on a faceoff. Before he dropped it, he kicked the puck to the corner.

    The whistle blew immediately, which

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  • Steven Stamkos, offensive dynamo, scores go-ahead own-goal for Sabres (Video)

    Steven Stamkos scored the overtime winner for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, which really only makes sense. For one thing, he's the best goal-scorer on the planet, so he's a safe bet to score pretty much any time he's on the ice.

    But for another thing, he sort of owed the Bolts a goal. The only reason this game was in overtime in the first place is that Stamkos scored the Sabres' third goal midway through the third period. Look at this fabulous bank pass to nobody:

    Poor Stamkos. He sees an empty net and he just finishes. The poor guy can't help himself.

    Ben Bishop was at the bench because Buffalo about to be called for a delayed penalty, with Mike Weber headed off for cross-checking. The guy that drew the penalty? Stamkos, of course.

    Conacher was the last Sabre to touch the puck, so he got the goal, and proved definitively that taking a penalty is a viable means of creating offence. (Frankly, it's probably about as good as anything else the Sabres

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  • Tomas Tatar, Darren Helm facing eviction from apartment due to noise complaints

    It's difficult to miss Tomas Tatar when he's on the ice. The Red Wings' forward has incredible vision and stick handling skills, frequently dazzling with his abilities. He's been a welcome addition to the Red Wings' roster this season.

    But as it turns out, Tatar's noticeability is a great deal less welcome when you live in his building. According to the Detroit News, The winger, who is currently subletting Darren Helm's Detroit apartment, is facing eviction due to noise complaints:

    According to the complaint, the association has received numerous complaints from neighbors that since late October 2013, excessive noise has been heard from the players' condominium "up to four nights a week" between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. including "loud music, yelling and banging on the floors and walls." Several noise complaints have allegedly been made to Royal Oak Police as well, according to the lawsuit.

    Banging on the floors? One hopes it wasn't the bathroom floor, in which case, Tatar

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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.

    • Teuvo Teravainen checks Johnny Boychuk in an amazing photo. Three things: it looks like he's checking right through Boychuk. The fan reactions behind him are amazing. And the photo is perfectly timed to block out half the slogan on the boards, so it reads, appropriately, "checked lately?"

    • Dominik Hasek's no. 39 will be retired by the Buffalo Sabres next season. [Sabres]

    • Randy Carlyle in response to Riddick Bowe's threat to knock him out if the Maple Leafs lose to the Flyers tonight: "I'm going to have to get my posse together from Azilda." [Sportsnet]

    • The softer-side of Carlyle: “Our job is to try to provide a template for these players to feel comfortable that they can go out and have success. Some days it is a little bit more harsh, some days it’s a pat on the back, some days it’s a hug." [Sportsnet]

    • Craig Berube explains his decision to play Vincent Lecavalier on the fourth line. [Courier Post]

    • Tom Gilbert has undergone sports hernia surgery, and will miss the rest of the Panthers' season. [Miami Herald]

    • Here is a GIF of a Red Wings fan crotch-chopping after a goal that happens to synch up perfectly with Rapper's Delight. Don't ask how or why we noticed this. [GifSound]

    • The history of black players in the NHL, with a special focus on P.K. Subban, because this is a Habs blog, and because he won a Norris trophy so he's pretty good. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

    • The Penguins, and PDO, the stat that is being unkind to them of late. [Trib Live]

    • ESPN's Linda Cohn was scheduled to face some shots from the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday. It didn't happen. The team, in a Tweet: "Today's appearance by Linda Cohn, has been cancelled & will be rescheduled. She was practicing and received a gash requiring 25 stitches." [Courant]

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  • No suspension to Nino Niederreiter for headshot on Canucks' Alex Burrows

    Alex Burrows has had a season straight from the pits of Hell. The injury trouble started in game one, when he broke his ankle blocking a shot, and it hasn't stopped since. A puck to the face broke his jaw. He even managed to sprain his hand in a fight with Phil Kessel and chip his tooth eating a granola bar, as if you needed proof this was a run of incredible bad luck.

    More proof: it took Burrows, a four-time 20-goal guy, until March 12th to score his first of the season, at which point the heavens opened up and he scored three more times in his next three games. Then he was injured again, this time on a slash to the hand from Shea Weber. He returned Wednesday night versus the Minnesota Wild, hoping to pick up where he left off.

    In a way, he did. Midway through the second period, his calamity-prone season continued, as Nino Niederreiter hit him in the head attempting an open-ice body check.

    Burrows left for the quiet room. Niederreiter left for the penalty box to serve two minutes for

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  • NHL Three Stars: Booth paces Canucks, Lundqvist stones Flyers

    Teemu knows heaven is watching, because that's where he's from.

    No. 1 Star: David Booth, Vancouver Canucks

    Booth was lethal in the Canucks' 5-2 rout of the Minnesota Wild, scoring the Canucks' first and second goals, both of them unassisted. He's been known mostly for missing the net in his time as a Canuck, but he made perfect shots on both of his goals. Watch how quickly he made Jared Spurgeon pay for this flubbed pass:

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    No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist stopped 30 of 31 shots versus the Philadelphia Flyers, coming only a few minutes from his second shutout in three games. This glove save was massive:

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    Unfortunately for him, Jakub Voraceck cut the lead to 3-1 late in the third. But that was the final score.

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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Canucks fight for playoff lives; Ducks seek vengeance

    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: "Goalie Jaroslav Halak of the Washington Capitals sits in the net after Jeff Carter scored to give the Kings a 5-4 shootout win.

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    Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. EST

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) Wild look for sweep versus Canucks. In the history of the Northwest Division, the Minnesota Wild have never pulled off a season series sweep versus Vancouver. But a win Wednesday night will accomplish just that. And if that's not motivation enough for the Canucks, consider: if they lose any games at all for the rest of the season, they probably won't make the playoffs.

    2) Burrows returns. Vancouver will get

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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.

    • Boston's 7th annual Cuts for a Cause goes Wednesday, and it's already a great success, because it yielded this awesome poster by Chris DeRoy. [Toucher & Rich]

    • Joffrey Lupul after the Leafs' loss to the Blues: “Certainly we’re afraid of letting it slip away. The whole year, we thought we were a playoff team, and we still believe that now. So it’s a matter of just going out there and doing it. Today we came out tentative.” [Yahoo]

    • Mirtle on the systemic issues behind the Leafs' late-season collapse. [The Globe and Mail]

    • Can the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs stop the bleeding? [Last Word on Sports]

    • Still not sold on Corsi? Here's a thing on Corsi. [MC79 Hockey]

    • Former referee Kerry Fraser talks about Columbus's game-winning goal over Detroit, scored with the net clearly off its moorings, and why it was the right call to count it. [TSN]

    • The Chicago Blackhawks pay tribute to late reporter Tim Sassone, who died yesterday. [Daily Herald]

    • Here's Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz slashing an opponent in the head with his paddle. He'll fit in well in Philadelphia. [Buzzing the Net]

    • The Vancouver Canucks' season has been mired in unpredictable, unexplainable nonsense. So of course they're going to make the playoffs despite having basically no chance to do so. [PITB]

    • John Davidson has been appointed as the new Chairman of the HHOF Selection Committee. [HHOF]

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hat tricks for Backes, Pavelski; Price blanks Sabres

    Jeff Carter rides an invisible skeleton sled.

    No. 1 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues

    The Toronto Maple Leafs needed a win in the worst way, and Backes ensured that they did not get it, scoring thrice in a 5-3 win -- once in each period. His final goal was the empty-netter that sealed the deal, and I theorize that the Blues only let Toronto back in a game that was never close so Backes could get it. It's a plausible theory.

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    No. 2 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    Speaking of hat tricks, Pavelski registered his third of the season in a 5-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. His third of the night was his 36th of the year. He also added an assist, but he doesn't get first star because he did it against the Oilers.

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