NHL Three Stars: Kessel leads happy homecoming for Carlyle; Avs win in OT (Puck Daddy)

By at 11 March, 2014, 12:59 am

Let’s begin with an obvious nod to the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets medical staffs for their proactive and immediate reaction to Rich Peverley’s health scare that postponed the teams’ game on Monday night.
No. 1 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs star had a goal and two assists in their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim. He had a secondary helper on Tyler Bozak’s goal and scored his 34th in the first; he then assisted on Paul Ranger’s second-period goal. Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Duchene scored at 2:33 of overtime to give the Avs a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He schooled Dustin Byfuglien with a spin move in the corner, fired the puck off Tobias Enstrom and then collected the rebound for his 21st of the season.

No. 3 Star: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kunitz opened and closed the scoring for the Penguins in their 3-2 win at the Washington Capitals. He caught Mike Green flat-footed just 46 seconds into the game, and then tallied his 31st goal of the year at 12:40 of the second. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in the win.
Honorable mention: The New York Islanders scored seven third-period goals, including four in 5:08, to rally and beat the Vancouver Canucks, 7-4. Kyle Okposo had three assists. … The Los Angeles Kings scored the first three goals of the game and then held off a Calgary Flames’ rally for a 3-2 victory. Anze Kopitar had the game-winner. … Seth Jones collected a rebound of a Ryan Ellis breakaway shot at 3:49 of overtime in the Nashville Predators’ 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky had three point games in the loss. … Radim Vrbata scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes topped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3. Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist. …
Did You Know? The Islanders tied an NHL record for road goals in a period with 7.
Dishonorable mention: Shea Weber and Roman Josi were a minus-3. … Craig Anderson was pulled after stopping 26 of 29 shots, following a collision with Milan Michalek. … The Canucks took three minor penalties in the third and gave up three power-play goals on seven times shorthanded.


After another playoff flop, Marc-Andre Fleury takes slow, steady approach to saving his game and staying in Pittsburgh (Yahoo Sports)

By at 27 September, 2013, 2:22 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury endured an awful postseason last spring, losing the starting job to backup Tomas Vokoun. It’s not the first time Fleury has faltered in the playoffs, and he’s taking a one-day-at-a-time approach as he tries …


NHL Eastern Conference outlook (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

By at 25 September, 2013, 10:13 pm

Metropolitan Division*1 – New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist may not have a new contract yet, but he’s still the best goalie in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers should be more fun to watch, too, as Alain Vigneault takes over for John Tortorella….


Reloaded Penguins ready to make another run (The Associated Press)

By at 24 September, 2013, 3:23 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The ingredients to blow it all up were there. All Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero had to do was start stirring the pot.


Leafs/Sabres brawl fallout; ‘Breaking Bad’ hockey game; Sens top ESPN ranking (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 23 September, 2013, 1:01 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.

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New York Islanders, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview) (Puck Daddy)

By at 18 September, 2013, 3:46 pm

(Ed. Note: It’s an Olympic year in the NHL. So, naturally, we decided to use the trappings of the Winter Games to preview all 30 teams for the 2013-14 NHL season. Who takes the gold? Who falls on their triple-axel? Read on and find out!)
The long-a…


Five Questions for the Preseason: New York Islanders (Yahoo Contributor Network)

By at 17 September, 2013, 3:15 pm

COMMENTARY | Last season the New York Islanders took a huge first step on their way back to respectability by not only qualifying for the postseason, but giving the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins all they could handle in a slugfest first round series.


Time running out for Marc-Andre Fleury to overcome postseason failures (Puck Daddy)

By at 13 September, 2013, 9:38 am

Days after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2013 season ended in disastrous fashion, head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero stuck by their goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury. After another meltdown in the postseason, the organization was not going to t…


Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Breaking down the best studs and sleepers at defense (Puck Daddy)

By at 31 August, 2013, 7:44 am

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey is open for the 2013-14 season. To help give you a better chance to win your league, our pals at Dobber Hockey are returning for another season. They’ll be breaking down the top forwards, defense and goalies, and also giving you …


Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks and Kings odds-on favorites entering 2013-14 season (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 August, 2013, 10:28 am

There’s been so much attention paid to the rechristening of the four divisions – Detroit in the Atlantic, the very existence of the Metropolitan – that you might have forgotten that the NHL rejiggered its playoff format as well.
Please recall t…