- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
You’d figure if a player on the Washington Capitals was fined for diving/embellishment, it would be Alex Ovechkin. Nope, in this case it’s tough guy Tom Wilson, who got nailed for his second offense for a game March 19 against Minnesota.
Check out the video of the second such play which led to the $2,000 fine...
The release from the NHL please …
Wilson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 936 against Toronto on March 1. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1057 at Minnesota on March 19. Wilson received a minor penalty for embellishment on the play, at 14:45 of the second period.
So another fine by a player on the Caps, and they’re one away from coach Barry Trotz being clammed with a $2,000 fine as part of the NHL’s more public crackdown on diving/embellishment. Now we will truly see if Ovi and Barry Trotz truly do get along as well as they say...Sat, 28 Mar12:30 PM EDTNashville at WashingtonPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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Jaromír Jagr and Paul Coffey after 25 years:))))))) pic.twitter.com/zgWADsVHy2
• Paul Coffey and Jaromir Jagr reunite for a photo-op after 25 years. Coffey's flow back in the day was SICK, and that's saying something in comparison to Jagr. [Jaromir Jagr]
• Jagr, meanwhile, thinks he can play seven (7!!) more years. We wouldn't put it past the 43-year old. [Sportsnet]
• Dreger: Vegas owners confident in move towards NHL franchise. (It would be more concerning if they weren't.) [TSN]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The U.S. women’s national team wrapped up their pre-World Championships camp on Wednesday at Twin Rinks on Long Island, not far from Nassau Coliseum. There wasn’t much time, however, to catch an Islanders game or hop on the Long Island Rail Road and check out New York City. It was a business trip, as captain Meghan Duggan described it. Aside from a team dinner one night, the focus was on their two practices a day and the challenge that lay ahead in Malmo, Sweden.
Beginning Saturday, the U.S. women look to defend their 2013 gold medal at the Women's World Championships. There was no top division competition involved last year due to the Sochi Olympics, so the Americans are hoping to continue their run of taking home gold, which they’ve done in five of the last seven tournaments.
Even with the vast experience on the roster, there are a number of first-timers involved for the 2015 tournament.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Craig Custance had a terribly interesting piece on Wednesday about the slowly bubbling idea among some general managers, and certainly emanating from the the NHL itself, that would fundamentally change the sport.
The idea is a simple one: Raise the draft age from 18 to 20.
Today, only about 1 in 5 players who get drafted end up playing more than 200 NHL games, and it's thought that the 20 percent success rate comes in large part from the ability to project what a 17-year-old kid will be as a player five, eight, or 10 years later. If you tack on two more years for the evaluation process, you reduce your chances of missing on a pick substantially, at least in theory.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: The Buffalo Sabres hosted the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night in one of the most surreal games in NHL history, as the home fans cheered for the opposition so that the Sabres’ maintained last place and their draft lottery odds. Ryan Nagelhout is a freelance writer and Buffalo blogger at The Roost. He was there for Tank Night, and filed this for Puck Daddy. Enjoy!)
By Ryan Nagelhout
BUFFALO, NY – Mike Weber had heard enough.
The Buffalo Sabres defenseman heard the cheers for Arizona Coyotes goals against his team. Everyone did. Sabres goaltender Matt Hackett made 38 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes at First Niagara Center on Thursday, but said "I don't want to talk about it" when asked about the home crowd cheering for the visiting team.
Sabres captain Brian Gionta said it was "real tough" but didn't elaborate. Sabres forward Cody Hodgson simply insisted the team wanted to "win as bad as anybody." Even Sabres coach Ted Nolan claimed he wasn't paying attention to the crowd on Thursday night.
That's OK. Weber said enough for all of them.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
Strap in … we’ve got a lot to unpack after Thursday night.
Here’s what happened during a full slate of awesome games involving playoff teams:
* The Los Angeles Kings are now the No. 3 seed in the Pacific, defeating the Islanders and leap-frogging the idle Flames. They’re also now just two points in back of Vancouver for second in the division after the Canucks lost at home.
* The Flames are now in ninth place, trailing the Kings by a point and the Jets by three points for the last wild card. Oh, yeah: They finish the season with the Kings and Jets.
* The New York Rangers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with their win over the Ottawa Senators, moving to 101 points and the conference lead.
* The Senators saw the Hamburglar get flamed broiled in that loss, and are now tied in points with the Boston Bruins (85) after their overtime loss to the Ducks. The Bruins have 33 ROW to Ottawa’s 32, but the Sens have a game in-hand.Fri, 27 Mar8:00 PM EDTCalgary at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
The Jets stayed in the playoff hunt with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Pavelec was excellent again, stopping 39 shots for his sixth straight victory. Mark Scheifele and Jim Slater each had a goal and an assist. The win puts Winnipeg three points up on the Calgary Flames for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Three third period goals helped the Sharks upend the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. Marleau scored twice and assisted on another as San Jose won for the first time in three games. Chris Tierny had a pair of points and Antti Niemi made 30 stops.
No. 3 Star: Reto Berra, Colorado Avalanche
Colorado scored three goals in the opening 12:56 of the second period and coasted to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Reto Berra made 33 stops, while Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each recorded two points. The win was Berra's first in a game he started since Nov. 25.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The Coyotes were victorious in Part I of the Connor McDavid Bowl Series Thursday night in Buffalo. Sam Gagner was the hero for both Arizona and Sabres fans with his overtime goal in the 4-3 victory.
After all four Coyotes goals, there were noticeable cheers inside First Niagara Center, where the Sabres call home. With both Arizona and Buffalo in the hunt to finish last overall in the NHL and earn the best draft lottery odds to take McDavid first overall in June, it was quite the scene, especially after Gagner’s winner:
Sounds a bit like a Coyotes home game.
While executives of both teams might not be shedding tears after losses this season, the players and coaching staffs are still playing the games with full effort. Jobs are on the line for many. So when Sabres defenseman Mike Weber heard the cheers for each Coyotes goal, he took exception and voice his frustration after the game.
For the video-impaired:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs have reached the conference finals and in the West it’s SKA versus CSKA, which you could describe as Ilya Kovalchuk against Alex Radulov.
Radulov and CSKA took Game 1 on Thursday 3-0, but it wasn’t without a bit of controversy involving the former NHLers.
Late in the third period, Kovalchuk and Radulov tangled in what appeared to be a little harmless contact as CSKA exited the SKA zone. As the puck was turned over in the neutral zone, Radulov collected it, skated it back and dropped it off to a teammate. That’s when Kovachuk gave him a chop to the back of the leg:
Radulov, who scored the game’s opening goal, is expected to play in Game 2 on Saturday. Kovalchuk was given two minutes for slashing and didn’t have time for questions afterward:
Said Radulov, via (translated) sport.ru : “With me everything is fine, I will play. Kovalchuk act? Sometimes, people are psycho. What can you do?"
Indeed, Alex. Indeed.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
With the Canes holding a 2-1 first period lead, Sidney Crosby found Perron, who slipped behind the Carolina defense. The Penguins forward took the pass while on one knee and had the entire net open as Ward was moving across the crease. But, no, the Penguins would not tie the game right then and there.
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