Archive for April, 2015

NHL Three Stars: Ward beats Rangers late; Perry, Getzlaf power Ducks (Puck Daddy)

By at 30 April, 2015, 10:53 pm

No. 1 Star: Joel Ward, Washington Capitals Ward’s goal with 1.3 seconds left snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Capitals a 2-1 win in Game 1 against the New York Rangers: No. 2 Stars: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks  Anaheim’s offensive duo each recorded four points during their 6-1 win in Game 1 against the Calgary Flames. Perry had two goals and a pair of assists, while Getzlaf scored a goal and added three helpers. No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Ovechkin set up Ward’s winner and earlier in the game opened the scoring with his third of the playoffs, a complete laser: Honorable Mention : Braden Holtby made 31 saves, including 10 in the final period during their Game 1 victory. After facing 11 shots in total during Monday’s Game 7 against the New York Islanders, the Rangers fired 12 on Holtby in the first period alone … Anaheim cashed in on two of their four power plays … Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for his sixth straight win. Did You Know?  . @washcaps Ward is 3rd in NHL history to score GWG in last 0:02 of 3rd pd. in #StanleyCup Playoffs game. @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/smW82ZGYPy — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 1, 2015 Dishonorable Mention : Jonas Hiller was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Karri Ramo let in three on 21 shots … Calgary has lost 20 straight games at Honda Center … Micheal Ferland and Jiri Hudler left the game in the first period due to injury and did not return … The Rangers were upset with this Nicklas Backstrom hit on Dan Boyle, which led to the winning goal. Will any discipline be coming? GIF: does he hit him in the numbers? not exactly pic.twitter.com/jXPsdBFFiY — Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 1, 2015 MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Joel Ward’s buzzer-beater gives Caps 2-1 win over Rangers, 1-0 series lead (Video) (Puck Daddy)

By at 30 April, 2015, 8:53 pm

Joel Ward’s goal with 1.3 seconds left in the third period helped give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their second round series. Braden Holtby had a much busier workload Thursday night then he did during Monday’s Game 7 against the New York Islanders. From needing to stop only 11 shots three days ago, the Capitals netminder made 31 saves as Washington took the opening game. A tight match-up began with a power play goal off the stick of Alex Ovechkin late in the first period. With Chris Kreider in the box for high sticking, the Washington captain fired a laser by Henrik Lundqvist for the 1-0 lead: The goal was Ovechkin’s third of the playoffs, leading to a warning to the Rangers’ goaltender. Via GRiZZY19 : New York pressed for an equalizer in the third period and got it with 4:39 to go. Kevin Hayes skated out to the top of the Capitals’ zone and whipped a shot that ended up going off Jesper Fast’s leg and by a screened Holtby to tie the game. Things appeared to be headed to overtime, but Ward had other ideas.  A Nicklas Backstrom hit from behind on Dan Boyle — which angered Alain Vigneault and the Rangers — allowed Ovechkin to grab the puck behind the New York net. Ward sat in front waiting for the pass and when it came his way, he put it behind Lundqvist for the winner. Here’s that hit by Backstrom again, via Steph : GIF: does he hit him in the numbers? not exactly pic.twitter.com/jXPsdBFFiY — Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 1, 2015 Via the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt , Backstrom felt it was clean, saying, “In the playoffs you’ve got to finish checks. That’s what I tried to do.” Vigneault declined to talk about the officiating and did note that a lack of a presence in front during that sequence allowed Ward to be all alone. Game 2 is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. – – – – – – – Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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John Tavares honored by Hart Trophy nomination as ‘sting’ of playoff exit lingers (Puck Daddy)

By at 30 April, 2015, 1:42 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ryan Strome lives with John Tavares, but he was unaware that the New York Islanders captain was nominated for the Hart Trophy until he overheard a phone conversation. “Nice guy,” Strome joked Thursday. “He’d have my vote every day,” he added. “I see how hard he works, how special he is and how much he means to this team. He does everything and a lot of stuff you might not see. He truly means a lot for us. I’m hoping he wins it. Hoping I get to celebrate with him this summer.” The Islanders completed their season-end exit interviews on Thursday, three days after their elimination in Game 7 to the Washington Capitals. It may have been 72 hours later, but the disappointment in how their season ended was still evident, especially knowing they won’t be back at Nassau Coliseum next season. “It stings. It’s been a real hard last three days,” Tavares aid. “I think you carry this one forever, really … The people here deserved more.  “As fun as the year was, and as special as it was, we know we didn’t get to where we wanted to be.” This is Tavares’ second Hart nomination. He finished third in 2013 after a 28-goal, 47-point lockout-shortened 2013 campaign which saw the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. This season, he ended up fourth in goals scored with 38 and second in points with 86. Had it not been for a late-game Jamie Benn assist on the season’s final day, Tavares would be leaving Las Vegas with at least the Art Ross Trophy. But if the feeling in the air is correct, Tavares will come up short again for the Hart as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is a heavy favorite to win. “It’s really hard to think about right now just because it’s so fresh off the playoffs and with the way they finished,” Tavares said. “It’s a great honor any time you’re up for the Hart Trophy in this league. It’s pretty special company just to be a nominee. [It] speaks volumes to our team and my teammates, the coaching staff, the belief they have in me, the amount of support I get from them, how well they played and how well our team played.  “Both years I’ve been nominated, both years we went to the playoffs and that’s because everyone was contributing. We had a tough team to play against and certainly guys I played with as linemates, making plays, getting me the puck and making things easier for me.” The Hart Trophy rewards value to a team, and there’s no player more valuable to the Islanders than Tavares. Of his 48 assists, 30 were primary, and 22 of his 86 points came alongside Josh Bailey, who posted 15 goals and a career high 41 points this season. “It’s well deserving, for sure,” said Bailey. “He’s a world-class player. I think the way he works, people don’t see that all the time.  “The work that he puts in off ice, on ice from the way he eats to the way he trains to the way he plays, he’s a special player and person and very deserving of that nomination. I hope he comes home with it this year.” – – – – – – – Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Second Round Preview: East (Rotoworld)

By at 30 April, 2015, 9:28 am

The second round of the postseason begins Thursday night. Here’s a preview of the East.

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Second Round Preview: East (Rotoworld)

By at 30 April, 2015, 9:28 am

The second round of the postseason begins Thursday night. Here’s a preview of the East.

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Sidney Crosby to lead Canada at hockey worlds (The Associated Press)

By at 30 April, 2015, 4:18 am

Unlike previous editions, this year’s hockey world championship is bringing out the best. While the Olympic tournaments have been drawing the top players on the planet, the worlds do not usually see an abundance of stars because many of them are still…

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Canada seek to end medal drought at worlds (AFP)

By at 29 April, 2015, 9:15 pm

Led by Sidney Crosby, Canada will be looking to end their five-year medal drought at the ice hockey world championships as the 2015 edition starts in the Czech Republic on Friday. Played in Prague and the eastern city of Ostrava, the tournament is ano…

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Ducks, Rangers back in action after short postseason break (The Associated Press)

By at 29 April, 2015, 8:31 pm

The next playoff opponent for Washington, Minnesota and Tampa Bay is a reminder of painful losses for each team. It’s the second round that brings back bad memories for Anaheim. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York…

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Hart Trophy Finalists: Alex Ovechkin vs. Carey Price vs. John Tavares (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 April, 2015, 5:33 pm

The NHL announced on Wednesday that forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and forward John Tavares of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.” The award is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Ovechkin, Price, Tavares finalists for Hart Memorial Trophy (The Associated Press)

By at 29 April, 2015, 5:21 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington forward Alex Ovechkin, Montreal goalie Carey Price and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s player most valuable player.

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