By Craig Hagerman
Peter Holland scored his fifth goal of the season Saturday night in the Maple Leafs 4-1 win over the Red Wings, and it was a beauty.
Holland was able to fight off Gustav Nyquist after stripping the winger of the puck and roofing a perfectly placed wrist shot over the blocker of Jimmy Howard.
“I was able to strip the puck and drive the net and I saw at the corner of my eye it looked like he dropped a little bit,” said Holland, reflecting on his goal Saturday night. “I definitely wanted to get it on net and wanted to get it up I was just happy to see it go in.”
For Leafs coach Randy Carlyle the skill Holland showed on the play was not something he was surprised to see. Read more
By Craig Hagerman
Tie Domi was back at it, dropping the gloves Thursday night – the virtual gloves, that is.
The former Toronto Maple Leaf and fan favourite was on hand at Toronto’s Eaton Centre for the grand opening of the new Microsoft Store where lucky patrons in line had the chance to face the former winger in NHL 15 for the Xbox One.
For Domi, the appearance was a chance to do something that he rarely gets the opportunity to do, while promoting the great work that Microsoft does for the city of Toronto, the city he played nine seasons for and still calls home. Read more
By Namish Modi
For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators appear to have a bona fide top line.
The newly constructed unit consisting of Mike Ribeiro, James Neal, and Filip Forsberg, along with new bench boss Peter Laviolette, has the Predators (12-5-2) playing a much different style of hockey than years past.
“It’s a big difference from the past couple of years from how Nashville has been playing,” Forsberg said. “It’s all good, Peter coming here with a more attacking and offensive type of game, I think we’ve been adjusting to that really good so far, and we have to keep doing that and keep working hard.” Read more
By Craig Hagerman
The 9-2 shelling of the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Nashville Predators Tuesday night crushed fans of the blue and white, shocked hockey fans around the league, and provided a lot of firsts in the process.
For the Leafs, Tuesday’s embarrassing loss on home ice was the first time in the team’s history that they had allowed more than eight goals against at the Air Canada Centre. The game was also the first time since 1991 that the Buds have allowed nine goals in a single game. Read more
By Marty Hastings
Like any NHL prospect, Tim Bozon spent his off-season training hard for 2014-15. This summer, however, the road to a new season has been particularly long for the 20-year-old third-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens.
After all, it wasn’t until June that he skated for the first time since falling ill in March and losing nearly a quarter of his bodyweight. His mother, Hélène, brought an iPad to the rink to film his return to the ice. “If you think about three months ago, when he was laying down like a dead boy,” she said, “if someone told you he could be on the ice in June, probably I would not believe them.” Read more
By Dominik Luszczyszyn
When it comes to special teams, The Pittsburgh Penguins’ ability is unfair. They’ve scored 15 more goals with the extra man than their opponents in just 13 games and their power play is first in the league at a jaw-dropping 37.5 percent. Their penalty kill isn’t too bad either at 88.5 percent, good for third in the league.
The team has registered a power play goal in 10 of 13 games (two or more in eight of those) and hasn’t surrendered a goal on the penalty kill in 10 straight. Simply put, they’ve been downright unstoppable. Read more
By Glen Cuthbert
When Riley Dunda received a tweet from his favorite hockey player, naturally he was excited. He just wished it were under better circumstances.
The tweet was a message of support from Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings, wishing him a speedy recovery and letting him know that Richards and the rest of the Kings were thinking of him. Riley, an 19-year-old Jr. A forward with the Hamilton Red Wings, is recovering from a stroke he suffered in early May, one that set in motion a chain of events that left his family marvelling at the amount of support from the hockey community. Read more
By Don Weekes
Records are not only meant to be broken. They deserve to be corrected, too.
The longest surviving official NHL record among goalies dates to Hall of Famer Alex Connell, who also went by Alec, who choreographed 461 minutes and 29 seconds of perfect play against marksmen such as Howie Morenz and Frank Boucher in January and February 1928. His shutout standard is one of the game’s true gems — a rock of ages. Read more