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|Watch Corey Perry inspect glass in Colorado, gives Patrick Roy thumbs-up (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 11:48 pm]
The last time the Ducks and Avalanche met, it was the first game of the new season, and Patrick Roy was making his head coaching debut. Few people expected anything from the Avs. They were a very young team with a brand new coach. The Ducks counted themselves in that category and decided take the night off. Naturally, they were shellacked by Colorado, 6-1. The best part of the game came at the end when a very frustrated Bruce Boudreau and (usually crazy) Patrick Roy had a war of words that resulted in an innocent piece of glass being manhandled. Roy's wallet was $10K lighter the next day. Flash forward to Friday's game between the two teams. It was their first meeting since the now-infamous glass incident. After a total nine goals were scored in the second period, the third consisted of mostly beating the crap out of each other.Â Towards the end, the teams got into another war of words on the bench. Corey Perry decided to sit himself right where he was the first time Gabby and Roy went after each other. This time the refs were able to de-escalate the situation quickly. Perry was encouraged to move further down the bench. He complied, but not before checking to make sure the glass was secure this time around. Once he finished his inspection, he gave Roy the thumbs up (seen in the picture above), and Roy shot laser beams out of his eyes at Perry. The team meet for the last time on April 13th in Anaheim to close out the regular season. Click here to see the video of Perry.
Anaheim Ducks shaping up as heck of a playoff loser (Trending Topics) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 5:49 pm]
A quick look at the NHL's overall standings tells you that there's nothing at all for the Anaheim Ducks to worry about. After all, they're second in the entire NHL with 93 points from 66 games, having played in a division consisting of San Jose and Los Angeles, both of which are likewise in the league's top-8. That is, on a number of levels, outright domination. So too is their plus-43 goal differential, which is sixth in the league, and that also goes for their 41 regulation or overtime wins from those 66 games, which is one back of the league lead held by the powerful Boston Bruins (both teams having won just two shootouts, and one of the Bruins' was actually against the Ducks). And so while this current four-game losing streak on which they find themselves is uncomfortable â even to the point of having been massacred like livestock by the lowly Calgary Flames â it is, perhaps, understandable. Every good team goes through a rough stretch here and there over 82 games, and this is really only their second of the season; they lost five straight from Nov. 11 to 20, as four of those games were on the road. Doesn't erase the eight-game winning streak on which they forayed in the early part of the new year, nor the 10-gamer that all but closed it out. These were separated only by a single 3-1 road loss to the Sharks, which is understandable because San Jose has conceded 12 points in 33 home games this season, and that's the best home record in the league. Yes, the Ducks actually went through a stretch in which they won 18 of 19 games, running from early December to mid-January, during which time they outscored their opponents 76-40 (or 4.05-2.11 per game). That really helps to get you a long way toward No. 2 in the league, because that's 36 of a possible 38 points, or fully 39 percent of their total from just 23 percent of their games. So no, they can't be, at this point, particularly concerned about losing four straight, even if they were to Montreal, Pittsburgh, To
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Roy vs. Gabby, Part 2; SJ circling Pac lead; Schneider against Lu, post-Canucks [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 4:13 pm]
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: Bruce Boudreau and Patrick Roy meet for the second time this season. (Thanks to Indiana Matt from TheRoyalHalf.com for the picture) â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ Preview: San Jose Sharks at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. EST Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. EST Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EST Preview: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST Preview: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m. EST Preview: New York Rangers at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m. EST Preview: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m. EST â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ... 1) Bruce Boudreau vs. Patrick Roy, Round 2, FIGHT! Believe it or not, this is the first time the Ducks and Avalanche have met since their catfight in the first game of the season. 2) Bad to worse in Vancouver, if that's even possible. Well, Ryan Kesler kind of got what we he wanted. He's out of the Canucks lineup ... 'at least a couple weeks' with a knee injury. Kesler is second on the Canucks in points, first in goals, and tied for first in power play points. 3) Power of Peverley. Rich Peverley is out of the hospital, and spent time with his teammates on Thursday as they practiced. Just seeing Peverley up and about is bound to give the Stars a boost. Dallas was already a sleeper team to watch; now they're a sleeper team on a mission to win for their teammate. 4) Sharks and Ducks and the Pacific Division. Anaheim had been leading the Pacific Division for a good amount of time. Thanks to the Ducks four-game slide, and the Sharks four-game win streak, they're tied in the standings at 93 points. Both are behind league leading St. Louis by four points. 5) Cory Sch
High-Five, Hug and a Hockey Fight: Inside story of viral video instant classic [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 3:32 pm]
The fight begins like many do in minor league hockey: Music pounding from the arena speakers as two combatants drop the gloves, grab each otherâs jerseys and then the punching commences. Oh, lord, the punching. Joel Theriaultâs fight with Gaby Roch on March 8 wasnât exactly out of place in Ligue Nord-AmÃ©ricaine de Hockey, a Quebec-based semi-pro league renowned for its fisticuffs. But the quality of the brawl was superb: Theriault and Roch throwing punches by the dozen before it becomes a war of attrition, neither man refusing to allow the other to knock him off his skates. Theriault rallies. Roch responds. Itâs over a minute of stamina, determination and pride on display. And then it happens: The fight stops, and moments before the officials officially break it up, the two men share an emphatic high-five followed by a legitimate hug, unlike the embrace theyâd been in for the previous 60 seconds. âIn my career, Iâd never seen that before,â said Dean Lygipsakos, Rochâs head coach with Jonquiere Marquis. The clip went viral in the U.S., as the original video is closing in on 200,000 views on YouTube. Itâs easy to figure out why: an awesome brawl followed by a moment of empathy and celebration that would seem to juxtapose the warrior aesthetic embodied by the combatants. The story behind that moment is a valentine to hockeyâs lore. Roch wasn't just fighting an opponent. He was helping to celebrate the end of his idol's hockey career. Gaby Roch is a 26-year-old right wing from Joliette, PQ in Canada. He played junior hockey in Quebec until 2008, when he was drafted to the LNAH. After showing some offensive flourish earlier in his career, coaches made his path to pro hockey clear: Drop the gloves, work the corners and be an energy player. Joel Theriault is a 37-year-old defenseman playing his last season in the LNAH with the Thetford Mines Isothermic. Like Roch, he began in Quebec junior hockey, but was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the f
Hockey game becomes Norwegian rodeo as player rides opponent (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 1:45 pm]
Hockey games can offer their share of compromising positions between players. Such was the case in a game in Norway between Sparta Sarpsborg and Storhamar Dragons this week. Storhamarâs Nathan Martz, who played at the Univ. of New Hampshire from 2000-04, fell down while pursing the puck in the offensive zone. Spartaâs Erlend Lesund had his leg briefly pinned under Martz, but then both recovered in an odd position: Lesund straddling Martz as he was on all fours on the ice. What happened next? RIDEâEM, NORWEGIAN COWBOY! Seriously, we were about three seconds away from Martz being bridled ... Martz understandably was looking for a holding penalty during that horseplay, but the referee said ânay.â But look at Lesundâs arms! They were totally not holding him. His groin? OK, fair point, but show us that in the Norwegian League rulebook. In a related story, Lesund and Martz are officially Norwayâs entry in the 2016 Olympic equestrian event. Those jerseys will be nifty regalia for the dressage competition.
The institutional sexism of NHL Ice Girls [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 1:10 pm]
By Melissa Geschwind The NHL has made a strong statement over the past couple years that it welcomes fans of all sexual orientations. There are still slip-ups, but teams are working to eliminate casual homophobia from the rink. Casual sexism, on the other hand, remains a constant hum that teams not only tolerate, but generate. Arena organists play âBig Girls Donât Cryâ to taunt opposing players headed to the penalty box. Mike Milbury refers to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as âThelma and Louise.â Chris Neil calls out Johan Franzen by suggesting Franzen âdrop his purse [and] take his lipstick out.â And in about half of NHL arenas, the ice is shoveled by women in various states of undress. For the most part, these women are more than capable of doing the job. Theyâre seasoned skaters who clear the ice quickly, efficiently and without interfering with the game. And they show leg, midriff and cleavage for some reason. Some teams have fully-clothed people (sometimes men and women, sometimes just men) clearing the ice. No teams have half-dressed men shoveling the ice, nor would anyone expect them to. Why should they? There are plenty of places for gay men and straight women to go for that kind of thing, and a hockey game just isnât one of those places. But it is a place to go if you want to see scantily-clad women, because EVERYWHERE is a place to go if you want to see scantily-clad women. Itâs so pervasive that the people it appeals to can no longer recognize when itâs inappropriate, or even just out of place. "It's what every college in the country does. It's what every NBA team in the country does. It's what every lacrosse team in the country does," says Steve Johnston, Executive Director/Producer of Game Presentation for the Colorado Avalanche, which introduced ice girls for the first time this season. "It's a tried, tested and true method." Heâs right, of course. Cheerleaders and their skimpy costumes are nothing new and, as Dallas Stars Executive V
Kapanen, Nedved retire; Kesler out a âcouple of weeksâ; Neal concussed (Puck Headlines) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 12:31 pm]
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. â¢ Via Risto Pakarinen, Sami Kapanen says goodbye to hockey after playing his final game on Thursday. â¢ Also retiring is Petr Nedved, who at 42, summed up his hockey experience like this: "Hockey was everything to me. I dont know if I will ever find something so beautiful as hockey." [@jedli] â¢ Speaking of an old Czech who will continue playing next season, Jaromir Jagr's agent says "there's a really great chance" his client will be back with the Devils next season. [Star-Ledger] â¢ Jagr to Nick Cotsonika on his three seasons in the KHL: âIn one way, it helped me, because I kind of regrouped myself mentally. It was a change. I probably needed a change. I played less games there. I played different league. When I came back, mentally I was probably more excited about the NHL." [Yahoo] â¢ The hits just keep on coming for the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Kesler will join the injured list as he will miss "at least a couple weeks," according to John Tortorella, with a sprained knee. [CP] â¢ Another day, another injury for the Pittsburgh Penguins. This time, forward James Neal will be out of the lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion. [Tribune-Review] â¢ With Sportsnet ruling the Canadian hockey landscape beginning next season, where does that leave the legendary Bob Cole? [National Post] â¢ Darren Dreger: not the biggest fan of Nail Yakupov. [Edmonton Journal] â¢ Breaking down the NHL's bubble playoff teams and debating whether or not they make it in. [Grantland] â¢ The Saskatoon Health Region released a statement saying that doctors are trying to slowly wake junior player Tim Bozon from a medically induced coma as he remains in critical condition with meningitis. [CP via Yahoo] â¢ Bourne on the pressure of being "The Next One," featuring Connor McDavid. [The Score] â¢
Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Game Show Friday and Hart Trophy race [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 11:46 am]
LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.] It's a (gettin' down on) Friday 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: GAME SHOW FRIDAY! And it's a special PI Day edition ... â¢ The Hart Trophy race in all its splendor. â¢ Breaking down the wild card races. â¢ House goaltenders, revisited. â¢ Playoff race updates. Question of the Day: Do you have any problem with teams running up the score? Email at email@example.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.
Nicklas Backstrom gets silver medal after IOC decision [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 11:24 am]
It has been almost a month since the IOC ruled Nicklas Backstrom would have to miss the gold medal game for Sweden due to testing positive for elevated level of pseudoephedrine, a banned substance by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Federation.Â The substance found was Zyrtec-D, an allergy medication he had been taking for seven years. The IIHF put up a fight, but lost.Â And when the Olympic Games packed up from Sochi and left, there was still the matter of whether or not Backstrom would be awarded with his silver medal. While his teammates were awarded theirs after losing to Canada, Backstrom had to wait for the results of an investigation. On Friday, the IOC Disciplinary Commission released their decision and Backstrom will indeed get his silver medal. From the IOC: The IOC Disciplinary Commission (DC), composed of Anita L. DeFrantz (Chairperson), Nawal El Moutawakel and Claudia Bokel, found that the provisional suspension was fully justified, not only due to the presence in excess of the applicable decision limit of PSE in his urine sample, but also due to the fact that the athlete conceded at the hearing, which took place shortly before the final match, that he had also taken medication containing PSE earlier that day. The IOC DC took into account in particular that the athlete had been cooperative, had disclosed the medication in question in the doping control form and had relied on the specific advice of his team doctor that the intake of the medication would not give rise to an adverse analytical finding. There was also no indication of any intent of the athlete to improve his performance by taking a prohibited substance. Based upon these mitigating circumstances, the IOC DC considered that the athlete should be entitled to receive the silver medal and diploma awarded for menâs ice hockey. You can read the entire decision here. Backstrom took the test four days before the gold medal game. He was informed he wouldn't be playing against Canada two hours befo
Hart Trophy Watch: The top 10 candidates for NHL MVP [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 10:24 am]
Can Phil Kessel win the Hart Trophy? At this point, he may have played himself into the Top 3 for the MVP trophy, as No. 2 in scoring and No. 1 in our hearts, that big lug. But there are many, many other worthy candidates as well. Hereâs a look at the field for the Hart Trophy as the season nears the stretch run. Keep in mind that some of the best teams in the NHL season â the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings come to mind â donât have a clear MVP candidate, at least in my eyes. If you want to make a case for Rask or Kopitar in the comments, please do. One ground rule here for the list: One player per team. Which does affect the number of candidates the Blackhawks can have, but so be it. And hereâ¦weâ¦go. 10. Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils Take a look at the Devilsâ scoring leaders. Jagr has 15 points more than the next guy, Patrik Elias. He has 17 of his 57 points on the power play, six game-winning goals and an overtime game-winner. The reason the Hart Trophy survives becoming a de facto âplayer of the yearâ award is context. Every candidate has a story beyond the stats, and a 42-year-old legend riding into Jersey after Ilya Kovalchuk takes his offense to Russia and leading them in scoring by a wide margin â¦ thatâs the very definition of âmost valuable to his team.â 9. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers Does Giroux belong here after failing to score a goal in his first 15 games? Well, if youâre going to give the Hart to Alex Ovechkin last season after his less-than-stellar opening half, you have to at least consider Girouxâs candidacy. As the Flyers turned it around, so did Giroux, with 32 points in 29 games in December and January. His 27 points on the power play put him fourth in the NHL. Sure, his season didnât start until November; but when it did, he was back in MVP form (if not, like, Olympic form). 8. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks The âJoe Thornton for MVPâ campaign is cocked and ready to fire, but Pavel
Want to learn the business of hockey? The LA Kings want to teach you [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 8:39 am]
To work in professional sports, you have to be smart, passionate, competitive, and lucky. All the major leagues have a huge talent pool to choose from for a small number of positions. Making yourself standout among the rest is hard enough; getting your foot in the door is nearly impossible. The Los Angeles Kings are offering a seminar series and networking opportunity to fans in order to give them a glimpse inside the business of hockey. "This was a creative initiative conceived by our Fan Development Department," said Kelly Cheeseman, COO of AEG Sports, "to provide an insight into the behind the scenes workings of our business for students and other business executives that may have interest." Cheeseman continues, "We have a number of special speaker series and college alumni events annually as group sales networking events. This will be more similar to other business and trade panel events, but dedicated to the business of our sport. Networking with top local executives and recruiting young talent to our business can all be a benefit to the series." Another important part about working in sports is who you know. The panelists attending offer a unique networking opportunity in a non-traditional hockey market. If treated seriously (i.e. don't show up and be a fanboy), this is the opportunity to make a positive impression on those that matter. To get the most out of the seminar, Cheeseman recommends that one "choose the panel that interests you, study the participants and be prepared with the questions about the business in advance that you may want to know." The deadline to sign up to is March 14th. More information can be found at LAKings.com/Business.
Matt Cooke cuts Minnesota Wild ice reporter with stick (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 7:50 am]
Mike Greenlay of Fox Sports North is one of those âbetween the benchesâ reporters, which means he deserves the combat pay he receives. Although, in all honesty, the risk of standing there like a target for pucks and sticks is balanced out by getting to hear every single colorful chirp originating at the benches. But still â risky job, that one. Witness Greenie on Thursday night as the Wild faced the New York Rangers. Norwegian Hobbit Wizard Mats Zuccarello checked Matt Cooke of the Wild near the benches and â¦ well, Greenlay took the damage. Please be careful when youâre all rushing to the comments to be the first to say âshould have been you, Pierreâ¦â As the broadcasters noted, itâs important for a player to be in control of his stick at all times. Itâs also important to note that other spectators watch the game behind glass and puck-catching netting for a reason. Last night's MVP? Greenlay's mom, who sent along this email to him after the game: Thx for tweets!! Great W by Wild. Thx Don Fuller & Docs for stitching me up. Lastly, this email from my mom = Comedy pic.twitter.com/7HRC6m9Axl â Mike Greenlay (@PulledGoalie) March 14, 2014 The NHL simply must begin issuing TIDE TO GO pens to all between the benches reporters.
Mats Zuccarello cuts Minnesota Wild ice reporter with stick (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 14, 2014, 7:50 am]
Mike Greenlay of Fox Sports North is one of those âbetween the benchesâ reporters, which means he deserves the combat pay he receives. Although, in all honesty, the risk of standing there like a target for pucks and sticks is balanced out by getting to hear every single colorful chirp originating at the benches. But still â risky job, that one. Witness Greenie on Thursday night as the Wild faced the New York Rangers. Norwegian Hobbit Wizard Mats Zuccarello checked Matt Cooke of the Wild near the benches and â¦ well, Greenlay took the damage. Please be careful when youâre all rushing to the comments to be the first to say âshould have been you, Pierreâ¦â As the broadcasters noted, itâs important for a player to be in control of his stick at all times. Itâs also important to note that other spectators watch the game behind glass and puck-catching netting for a reason. Last night's MVP? Greenlay's mom, who sent along this email to him after the game: Thx for tweets!! Great W by Wild. Thx Don Fuller & Docs for stitching me up. Lastly, this email from my mom = Comedy pic.twitter.com/7HRC6m9Axlâ Mike Greenlay (@PulledGoalie) March 14, 2014 The NHL simply must begin issuing TIDE TO GO pens to all between-the-benches reporters. (Ed. Note: Headline originally had Matt Cooke's as the offending stick.) Check out what's buzzing on the Yahoo Sports Minute:
NHL Three Stars: Sobotka shines in return; Leafs ends Kingsâ streak [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 11:22 pm]
We don't talk enough about how terrifying Stinger is. I mean, seriously, how is Alex Stalock supposed to focus with this chartreuse hell hornet in his periphery? No. 1 Star: Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis Blues In his return to the lineup after breaking his kneecap on January 31, Sobotka made a major impact for the Blues, scoring once and adding an assist on two others in a 6-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. Here's his lovely goal, courtesy Vladimir Tarasenko, T.J. Oshie, and the brutal Oiler defence: No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks Marleau scored twice as the Sharks edged the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in a shootout. No. 3 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos scored his first goal since returning to the Lightning lineup Thursday, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph over the Florida Panthers. Stamkos added an assist, Valtteri Filppula contributed three of those, and Ryan Callahan scored his first as a Bolt as well. Honorable mention: Zdeno Chars and Jarome Iginla scored the goals at the Boston Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 and moved to first in the East... Michal Neuvirth stopped 51 of 54 shots for the Buffalo Sabres, but it wasn't enough, as the Carolina Hurricanes cruised to a 4-2 win... Zach Parise scored the game-winner in a 2-1 Minnesota Wild victory over the New York Rangers... Mason Raymond's shorthanded marker was the difference as the Toronto Maple Leafs halted the Los Angeles Kings' win streak at eight with a 3-2 comeback victory. Did You Know? Jeff Skinner matched a Hurricanes franchise record with 13 shots on goal versus Buffalo. Dishonorable mention: The Sabres only mustered 23 shots on goal versus Carolina. Again, Jeff Skinner had more than half of their total by himself.
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Kings streaking; will strip shootout help Tampa? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 4:36 pm]
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: "Head Coach Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames instructs his players during a stoppage in play." â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET Preview: San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET Preview: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET Preview: Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET Preview: New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ... 1) Will stripping relax the Lightning? Tampa has dropped five in a row, and they're in danger of missing the playoffs if they don't turn it around. In an effort to loosen the players up, they participated in a strip shootout at their most recent practice. Will getting naked relax the group? It always works for me. 2) Bruins looking to finish on top. Hot. That describes both the bold sentence preceding this one and the Bruins themselves, who have won six in a row. A seventh would not only be their longest winning streak in two years, it would leave them atop the East at the end of the day. 3) Carolina goes for two. It's a great more often associated with the other Carolina team, the Panthers, but the Hurricanes are looking to convert versus Buffalo. They haven't won consecutive games since January, and with their playoff hopes flickering, building on their recent victory over the Rangers is paramount. 4) Rangers also hoping to draw motivation from Carolina. Alain Vigneault isn't happy that his club lost to the Hurricanes and he's expecting them to play better versus Minnesota. "I don't want to give credit to Carolina because they played a good game, but we (gave) away two p
Five rules changes not submitted at NHL GM meetings (but should have been) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 3:28 pm]
The changes the NHL's general managers debated in Boca Raton were not earth-shattering. None of the discussed issues would have significantly impacted the game as we know it. Leave it to the old boys club to not want to upset the status quo. I came up with a list of rule changes that would add some spice to the NHL. Most are written with creating more offense in mind; a few of the others address debated issues around the league. Before you start commenting and/or emailing/tweeting to Wysh about the logical implications of my changes, I remind you this is a piece of satire. My sense of humor and imagination just aren't as profound as yours. Don't waste your time. However, if any of my proposed changes come to fruition we can assume Vince McMahon is commissioner and this is now the XHL. New rule: Scoring a short-handed goal ends the other team's power play - for minor penalties only. This is pretty self explanatory. The team that's killing a penalty gets their player in the box back when they score a shorty. Instead of just clearing their zone while on the PK, teams are incentivized to create offense at the same time. The rule only applies to two-minute and four-minute minor penalties. Major penalties are excluded because usually something really bad has happened to warrant the major. New rule: Puck hits the netting around the rink and comes back on the ice, it is still a live puck. Rink changes: - The netting wraps around the entire rink, just like the glass does. - Instead of allowing slack in the net, it would be pulled taught to make a trampoline-like surface. This brings a completely new element to the game due to the inconsistency of where the puck is going to end up. It might hit a dead spot in the netting and roll back down to the playing surface. Or the puck could hit the net and ricochet all the way back down to the other end of the ice. Icing would not change. If you hit the puck in the netting in your zone and it flings to the other side of the rink, icing
Brutal hit in Swedish league by Robyn Regehrâs brother bloodies opponent (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 2:07 pm]
Defenseman Richie Regehr is the 31-year-old brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, and has been kicking around European leagues since he had a cup of coffee with the Calgary Flames from 2005-2007. Heâs with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League, which faced Linkoping in a playoff play-in game this week. In the third period, there was a loose puck in the neutral zone during a MODO power play. Sebastian Karlsson of Linkoping raced after it shorthanded; Regehr sought to cut him off from the puck. Well, and cut him off from consciousness, too. Regehr angled his body and nailed Karlsson in the head with his shoulder, dropping him face-first to the ice. A streak of blood followed his head as his body glided around the zone, finally settling into a pool of blood dripping from his face and collecting in the ice. Karlsson was eventually helped from the ice, a towel soaking the blood on his face. He was taken to the hospital, where teammate Mike Helber later tweeted a photo showing fans that Karlsson was OK: Snygg var han aldrig men hans "smile" gÃ¶r mÃ¥nga glad! pic.twitter.com/BUvYyBjLtW â Mike Helber (@mikehelber16) March 12, 2014 Regehr was given a match penalty for charging. Karlsson was diagnosed with a concussion. The hit became big news in Sweden, with the kind of âWE MUST MAKE THE GAME SAFER!â proclaimations we usually see in the NHL preceding a Brendan Shanahan video release. As Expressenâs Henrik Leman suggested, the SHL might look into âprohibition of tackling above the waist if you do not come directly from the front, or maybe even then.â s/t Rober Soderlind
Zdeno Chara beheads goalie with slapshot in âbannedâ commercial (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 1:28 pm]
Last week, Warrior debuted an ad for their new Dynasty hockey stick, starring Zdeno Chara. In the ad, Chara, using the slick new piece of lumber, blasts a snapshot at a goalie so hard that it causes an atomic explosion. Presumably, the goalie perishes in the blast. It made for a pretty aggressive commercial, but as it turns out, that was the censored version. In this version of the ad, which Warrior claims was banned by the NHL, not only does Chara's snapshot produces an explosion -- IT SLICES THE GOALIE'S HEAD CLEAN OFF HIS BODY. More NHL commercials need to utilize grind house aesthetics. Note that the time on the clock is 6:66. This is thing is a gun-legged Rose McGowan away from being an obvious Robert Rodriguez joint. Let this be a lesson to goalies everywhere: Zdeno Chara will end you, and then ruthlessly celebrate your demise. Jimmy Howard knows it, too. "That mother****** is crazy," he says. A fine performance, and kudos to him for going along with an ad that holds up a divisional rival as a goalie murderer. Finally, I love the schink sound the puck makes as it cuts clean through the goalie's brain stem like a samurai sword, although Canadiens fans probably don't. One imagines they see this commercial as more evidence that Chara really is a headhunter.
Fantasy Hockey: Why Tyler Seguin is a stud, Mike Green is a dud [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 1:17 pm]
Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape. So the Calgary Flames are supposed to be losing and the Vancouver Canucks are supposed to be winning. Yet the Flames are 10-6-0 in the last 16 and the Canucks are 4-11-1. If only the Canucks had Mark Giordano. Giordano has been absolutely on fire with 17 points in his last 19 contests (plus-5). And as a bonus for fantasy owners, he has 27 penalty minutes in that span. It's enough to place him second among all skaters since January 12, when you total up the six main rotisserie categories. Courtesy of Frozen Pool: Studs... These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks... Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars (3-4-5-9, plus-3, 0 PIM, 15 SOG, and 4 PPPts) - Seguin is tied with Alex Ovechkin for fourth in league scoring. One of the three players he trails is Phil Kessel - that guy the Leafs got for picks that turned into Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight. He's also six points ahead of Taylor Hall - that guy who was the other side of the Taylor vs. Tyler debate of yesteryear. Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators (2-3-3-6, plus-3, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, and 2 PPPts) - It's funny how after a miserable season, just two games make it actually look pretty decent statistically. So just to recap - Spezza does not click with Bobby Ryan, but he does click with Ales Hemsky. Got it. Not really. Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche (6-1-7-8, plus-3, 2 PIM, 14 SOG) - Johnson went on a run of 15 games in which he had points in only two of them. Then he was suspended for lumberjacking Frans Nielsen. Then he returns from the Olympic-break-slash-suspension and does this. Perhaps all he needed was a vacation. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (6-0-0, 0.99 GAA, 0.957 SV%) - After Quick got off to a weak start a
Islanders fan protest; Terry Trafford remembered; strip shootout in Tampa (Puck Headlines) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 13, 2014, 12:51 pm]
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. â¢ Looking more and more like a marshmallow that fell on the ground with each passing day, Phil Kessel takes in an L.A. Clippers basketball game. â¢ Islanders fans are mad about everything, and this protest they're planning sounds like quite the operation. [Isles Nation] â¢ Jarmo Kekelainen on Blake Comeau's suspension: "It was a hard hit and they said he was tracking the target for a while. I heard their logic. As much as I want to support our players, we have to suffer the consequences." [Blue Jackets Xtra] â¢ And, speaking of the Jackets, they're forging a formidable identity at just the right time. [ESPN] â¢ The Blue Jackets/Stars makeup game may not be played until April 14th, two days after the season is supposed to end. [Aaron Portzline] â¢ Teammates of late OHLer Terry Trafford remember a prankster, and a player that always had their backs. [Yahoo] â¢ And in case that didn't make you sad enough, hear from Trafford's father, Roy, who is heart-broken. [Toronto Sun] â¢ The Canucks got Alex Burrows back, as the winger scored his first two goals of the season, but his curse moved immediately to Ryan Kesler, who could out for a long time after a knee-on-knee hit Wednesday night in Winnipeg. [CBC] â¢ In an effort to lighten the mood in Tampa Bay, the Lightning played strip shootout. Score or strip. These are your only two options. Poor Alex Killorn nearly got naked. [Tampa Bay Tribune] â¢ A hockey dad has been banned from his kid's minor-league games after putting a linesman in a headlock. Can't do that. [The Spec] â¢ Did Alex Ovechkin try to win himself in a charity raffle? It may seem preposterous, but recall that there's left-wing Alex Ovechkin and right-wing Alex Ovechkin, and they were once named to the same team. [RMNB] â¢ Mike Smith is playing his best hockey since the Coyote