If I may mangle a hockey truism for a second, the Stanley Cup can’t be won in Carolina on a Thursday, but it can be lost there.
The Anaheim Ducks had given up 13 goals in their past three games, all of which were losses. So stopping the skid in Raleigh was important for a number of reasons. The fact sophomore goaltender John Gibson played such a big role in the 2-1 victory was also a great sign for a team that holds down first place in the Pacific Division and yet has gone a little under the radar.
There is no player that has endeared himself to the masses through social media quite like Roberto Luongo. After allowing a goal from center ice on Tuesday, he had good reason to put his self-deprecation skills to the test.
The gaffe came with little more than five minutes left in the second period and the Panthers up 5-1. Anaheim Ducks winger Tim Jackman collected the puck at the red line, dodged a check and used his backhand to flip the puck into the Panthers’ zone. The puck bounced once, skipped twice and finally hopped over the glove of Luongo. Read more
On Sunday night, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Steve Mason went down with an injury during a TV timeout. It could very well have been the reaggravation of an earlier ailment, but it simply looks like the Philadelphia goaltender just had awful luck.
And strange injuries have been one of the big stories this season. Even when it’s not a strange injury, in some cities players are heading to the injured list at such a rate that it makes one wonder what’s in the water. So, in what has been an odd season for injuries, here are the 10 strangest: Read more
The St. Louis Blues’ signing of Martin Brodeur didn’t turn out the way many fans would have hoped, with the legendary netminder playing some of the worst hockey of his career and then retiring once there was no longer a spot for him in the lineup.
But the signing was a calculated risk. Brodeur came cheap, was a capable backup and a teacher and mentor for young goaltender Jake Allen. Because Brodeur retired before Feb. 1, it saved the Blues from paying a roster bonus to the veteran netminder. Those are all reasons you won’t find Brodeur on this list of the worst signings of this season.
What you will find is a few players who are overpaid, contracts that are far too long, and a few gambles that simply didn’t pay off. Read more
Recent reports of discord between winger Evander Kane and his Winnipeg Jets teammates sent a jolt throughout the NHL. It also sent the rumor mill into a frenzy of speculation suggesting the 23-year-old’s days as a Jet are numbered.
Kane’s health, however, could throw a monkey wrench into any plans to move him by the March 2 trade deadline. The club announced Friday he was undergoing shoulder surgery which will sideline him four-to-six months, effectively ending his season. But his injury status failed to dampen trade chatter. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said placing Kane on LTIR doesn’t prevent a trade, claiming some still believe he could be deal by the March 2 trade deadline. Read more
The Anaheim Ducks are one of the NHL’s most dangerous teams, but they suffered a significant, if short-term blow when star center Ryan Getzlaf aggravated a lower-body injury during warmup before Thursday’s game against Nashville and was unable to play.
Getzlaf, the Ducks’ leading pointgetter (16 goals and 36 assists in 50 games) this season and a finalist for the Hart Trophy last year, was listed as “day-to-day” in his timetable for return. Read more
The Jets Thursday placed Evander Kane on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 2, but after the revelations of discord in the dressing room between the winger and other members of the team, the winger may have played his final game in a Winnipeg uniform.
If that’s true and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulls the trigger on an off-season deal that sends Kane out of town, what teams would be the best fit for him? Here’s our best guess:
5. Boston Bruins. The veteran-laden Bruins are in win-now mode, and their struggles to score could be addressed in the summer with a deal for Kane. To work under the salary cap, the deal would almost certainly need to include someone (say, a Brad Marchand), but in a major city like Boston, Kane could disappear away from the rink and use that relative anonymity to get back to the 30-goal plateau he reached in 2011-12. Read more
On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders donned the infamous “Fisherman” jerseys to honor their history and the time they’ve spent at Nassau Coliseum. In exactly a month, the Phoenix Coyotes will don the same jerseys they wore in their debut season – the kachina threads that became best known for looking like something Picasso would have designed.
But what are the jerseys we’d most like to see make a comeback? With the advent of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series games, retro jerseys have a very clear place in today’s NHL, so it opens up the door for jersey lovers to let their minds wonder. These are the top 10 extinct jerseys that we’d like to see come back to life – even if only for a night. Read more