Josh Elliott is a stay-at-home web editor for Post-to-Post on weekends and a contributor to The Hockey News magazine. From drafts to contracts to trades, he loves the business of hockey and plays nothing but Dynasty Mode in EA’s NHL video games. He’s a Western Journalism grad, a hockey addict and a closet comic book junkie.
Petr Mrazek was all-world in net for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, turning aside 42 of 43 shots to help the Wings to a gutsy 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Red Wings rebounded from an embarrassing 7-4 loss in Philadelphia to hammer Pittsburgh, in large part thanks to the steely-eyed resolve of Petr Mrazek.
The Penguins tried to pound Mrazek and the Wings into submission all afternoon, led chiefly by net-crasher Patric Hornqvist.
We’re a few months removed from the NHL holiday break, but the Calgary Flames just encountered two ghosts of Christmas past who can teach them a thing or two about their future.
Those ghosts came in the forms of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, two teams that have fallen off precipitously after seasons very similar to the one Calgary is enjoying right now.
The Calgary Flames are this season’s statistical outlier, defying expectations and analytics as they battle for a playoff berth in a year many expected them to battle for the top pick instead. They’re getting career performances from several players in their lineup and they’re fighting through injuries thanks to a mix of intangibles like leadership, determination, coaching and pure luck.
But they’d be wise not to get too far ahead of themselves, because fortune’s wheel is not kind to teams like the Flames.
Make no mistake about it: it’s been open season on Dion Phaneuf around the league this year, as several players have openly disrespected the Leafs captain on the ice with little or no repercussions afterward.
The Canucks’ Jannik Hansen took his turn calling out Phaneuf on Saturday by mocking him with a turtling gesture in between whistles.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price showed us all why he’s a candidate for the Hart Trophy this year with an incredible desperation save on the New York Islanders’ Matt Martin.
Price’s amazing save came with his team up 2-0 in the middle of the second. The Islanders’ Tyler Kennedy fired a shot on net from Price’s right and the rebound came out to Matt Martin on the other side. Price had already committed his body to the Kennedy shot, but he spun and got his hand down to snare Martin’s tap-in at the top of the crease.
Here’s the video.
The San Jose Sharks badly needed a win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday if they were going to put Joe Thornton’s ill-advised outburst behind them and push toward the playoffs.
They didn’t get it.
Instead, the Blackhawks embarrassed the Sharks 6-2 thanks to a beautiful goal from Brandon Saad at the start of the third period.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have started Saturday’s game looking like a bunch of Lucky Charms, but they had no luck of the Irish in getting shut out 2-0 by the Boston Bruins and Tuukka Rask.
Crosby wore one of the Pens’ green St. Patrick’s Day tribute jerseys in warmup but pulled out of the game at the last minute for undisclosed reasons.
The Penguins managed to scratch out Crosby’s name and replace him with Craig Adams on the scoresheet just before the game started, so they still started the game with a full roster.
That didn’t last long.
Everyone likes to pretend they’re a little Irish around St. Patrick’s Day, but who expected the Pittsburgh Penguins to look more Irish than the Boston Bruins?
The Pens took to the ice at home on Saturday wearing green warmup jerseys to commemorate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. But where most teams would simply go green and leave it at that, the Penguins went to the next level by putting Gaelic names on their jersey nameplates.
Gaelic is the traditional language in Ireland, and if you’ve ever heard it, it sounds like someone speaking English in the thickest Irish accent you can imagine. That is, essentially, what the Pens’ jersey names sound like.
The NHL spotlight shines hotter for goaltenders than it does any other position player in the league, and while that pressure can be a burden, it can also produce some incredible feel-good stories.
Setting aside the typical injuries and starter/backup drama we see every season, there’ve been some pretty amazing goalie stories this year. Here are five goalies who you can’t help but feel happy for.