Archive for February, 2015

NHL Three Stars: Quick quiets Wings; Neuvirth saves Sabres (Puck Daddy)

By at 25 February, 2015, 1:02 am

No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings   Quick stopped all 20 shots he faced in the Los Angeles Kings’ 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, on Justin Williams’ first-period power-play goal. No. 2 Star: Benoit Pouliot, Edmonton Oilers Corsi darling Pouliot gave the Oilers both goals in their 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, while Ben Scrivens stopped 33 shots. No. 3 Star: Michal Neuvirth, Buffalo Sabres The Sabres goalie made 45 saves in their 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, including 18 saves in the third period alone. Honorable Mention: Jonathan Toews scored a goal and got another in the shootout in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Scott Darling made 36 saves. … Bryan Little scored his 24th and Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves in the Winnipeg Jets’ 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. … Nashville scored five straight goals in their 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Filip Forsberg scored No. 21. … Alex Galchenyuk scored the first two goals of the game and set up Michael Bournival’s second-period goal in the Habs’ 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Brendan Gallagher also had two goals. … Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. … Cam Talbot pitched a shutout while Kevin Hayes had the lone goal in the New York Rangers’ 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames. … Kael Mouillierat scored his fist NHL goal and assist in the New York Islanders’ 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Anders Lee scored goal No. 20. … Zack Kassian scored in the third period, and that was the difference in the Vancouver Canucks’ 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Eddie Lack made 40 saves. … Karri Ramo made a highlight-reel glove save against the Rangers. Did You Know? Blake Wheeler had his consecutive-game streak stopped at 227. Dishonorable Mention: Patrick Kane was injured after a crash into the boards. … Detroit was 0-for-5 on the power play. … Tyson Barrie was a minus-3. … Carl Gunnarsson was a minus-3. … Shea Weber earned an instigator and a misconduct penalty along with a fighting major against Gabriel Landeskog.


Islanders roll past Coyotes 5-1 (The Associated Press)

By at 24 February, 2015, 9:56 pm

Matt Martin and Johnny Boychuk scored less than a minute apart early in the third to break a tie and the Islanders went on to rout the Coyotes 5-1 on Tuesday night. Martin snapped a 1-1 tie before Boychuk added his seventh at 4:15. The win kept the I…


Sean Bergenheim traded to Minnesota, as Florida fulfills demand (Puck Daddy)

By at 24 February, 2015, 7:48 pm

Sean Bergenheim requested a trade from the Florida Panthers. It was granted on Tuesday night.  Bergenheim was traded to the Minnesota Wild, along with a 2016 seventh-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers, in exchange for the Wild’s 2016 third-round selection. From the Wild: The 31-year-old has collected 18 points (8-10=18), 34 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating while averaging 14:09 in ice time in 39 games this season with the Panthers. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, has tallied 179 points (95-84=179) and 373 PIM in 489 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida. He has recorded 17 points (12-5=17) in 23 career NHL playoff matches. Bergenheim has represented Finland at the 2002 World Junior and Under-18 Championships, the 2003 World Junior Championship and the 2007 and 2008 World Championships. He was originally selected by the Islanders in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Bergenheim’s agent requested a trade after his client was scratched for three straight games. Coach Gerard Gallant defended the decision: “I haven’t picked on [Bergenheim]. If he gave me 100 percent [against the Wild], he’d be playing tonight. That’s fair.” Bergenheim makes $2.75 million against the cap and goes unrestricted after this season. He famously turned a dynamic playoff run with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011 (11 points in 16 games) into a 4-year, $11-million deal with the Florida Panthers during an off-season spending spree. He never played a full season with the Panthers, and in fact won an injury grievance against the team in 2013 over an injury they claimed he suffered playing in Finland during the lockout. Said Panthers GM Dale Tallon, via Michael Russo: “He was injured a lot, injured his whole career. When he was healthy, he played hard, he played well.” MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:


The calm before the storm (Rotoworld)

By at 24 February, 2015, 12:53 pm

Ryan Dadoun previews the trade deadline.


Islanders and defenseman Nick Leddy agree to 7-year deal (The Associated Press)

By at 24 February, 2015, 12:44 pm

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with Nick Leddy on a seven-year contract, keeping the 23-year-old defenseman away from restricted free agency. Leddy, who also has a plus-12 rating, has played in every Islanders game this season.


Fantasy top 100 forwards: Utilizing enhanced stats (NHL)

By at 24 February, 2015, 11:00 am

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all…


Canadiens-Blues Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 24 February, 2015, 9:37 am

Max Pacioretty has produced consistently for a Montreal Canadiens offense that has struggled at times throughout the season. The Canadiens try to extend their lead atop the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night as they face a St. Louis Blues team lookin…


Coyotes-Islanders Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 24 February, 2015, 9:37 am

The Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders thought they had corrected the problems that resulted in the NHL’s worst penalty kill before those woes cropped up again. The lowly Arizona Coyotes surprisingly feature one of the league’s best powe…


Flames-Rangers Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 23 February, 2015, 9:11 pm

The New York Rangers are well aware of where the Calgary Flames pose a major threat. Calgary, though, hasn’t been very threatening versus Eastern Conference foes. The Flames own the NHL’s second-worst mark against the East entering Tuesday night’s op…


Ryan Miller out 4-6 weeks after Sunday collision: Report (Puck Daddy)

By at 23 February, 2015, 5:50 pm

The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild are hot. The Vancouver Canucks are playing pretty well, but probably need to step it up slightly with the rest of the Western Conference making a big playoff push.  What great timing for your starting goaltender to be out for potentially six weeks. The report comes from Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy that Miller will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering an injury against the New York Islanders on Sunday.  Here is the video of Miller getting hurt when Jannik Hansen slid into Miller’s lower body: Not good for the Canucks, who have 71 points and gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. Enter the Lack … backup Eddie Lack that is, whose goals against average is identical to Miller’s 2.47. His save percentage is at .917, a few ticks above Miller’s .913. He has played in 20 games, so it’s not like you’re throwing someone untested into the mix. So will this end OK with the Canucks? It could. But it’s still bad timing.  – – – – – – – Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO