David Pastrnak has been way ahead of schedule for the Bruins

David Pastrnak celebrates his OT winner (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins need some heroes right now. Tenuously holding on to the final wild card slot in the East, there is little margin of error for the B’s, which is why David Pastrnak’s overtime goal against lowly Carolina was so crucial Sunday night.

That tally, plus an Ottawa loss, gave Boston a bit of breathing room, but it also illustrated just how great the Bruins did in plucking Pastrnak 25th overall this past summer in the draft.

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Heads up! Five infamous stick-throwing incidents

Jared Clinton
A Lithuanian junior player threw his stick at a referee. (via YouTube)

There’s little doubt that Steven Stamkos’ stick-throwing ejection wasn’t due to anything other than pure frustration at his stick breaking. However, rules are rules, and the Tampa Bay Lightning superstar given a misconduct and booted from the game in overtime.

Stamkos, however, isn’t the first player to show their frustration by pitching their stick away. He won’t be the last, either.

Whether it was a bad call, the anger resulting from defeat or simply disgust with yet another broken twig, there have been many stick-throwing incidents hockey. These are the five most infamous stick-throwing incidents: Read more

Watch KHLer beat four defenders for jaw-dropping playoff OT winner

Jared Clinton
Artemi Panarin (via KHL/YouTube)

It has been reported that Artemi Panarin has his sights set on the NHL next season. If his overtime goal in the first game of SKA St. Petersburg’s second round series against Dynamo Moscow is any indication of his talent level, don’t be surprised when teams fight for his services.

Less than a minute into overtime, St. Petersburg’s Panarin got the puck deep in the left wing corner. After spinning on his backhand towards the boards, he deftly slipped the puck under the stick of the Moscow defenseman Mat Robinson, turning him inside out. As Robinson gave chase, Panarin moved right into the slot and, with four defenders in the vicinity, fired a wristshot past Dynamo goaltender Alexander Lazushin: Read more

2018 Olympic hockey format unveiled. Which countries will make it?

Sidney Crosby. (Getty Images)

Olympic hockey will happen in 2018, NHLers or not. At the very least, the tournament will feature the world’s best female players. Will the men’s elite make the trek to PyeongChang, South Korea? We’ll see. Whatever happens, the IIHF is proceeding as if everyone will come to play. It released the respective formats for Olympic men’s and women’s hockey qualification Wednesday. Let’s break down how each field will be determined – under the assumption NHLers play.

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Olympian Hilary Knight’s involvement in #LikeAGirl campaign makes her an even greater role model

Jared Clinton
Hilary Knight (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The message of the #LikeAGirl campaign struck a chord with Boston Blades forward and U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight the moment she saw the commercial during the Super Bowl.

In the minute-long spot, a voice from behind the camera asks men and women, young and old, to mime tasks, “like a girl.” In the first half, the men and women mimic someone barely capable of accomplishing athletic feats like running, throwing and fighting. In the latter half, young women show exactly how they do those same tasks, running furiously on the spot and fighting with all their might. That’s what struck Knight most.

“The commercial actually changed the way that I saw the phrase previously,” Knight said following her three-goal, five-point game to lead the Blades to the Clarkson Cup final. “Being in the sport that I am, I’ve heard, ‘Oh, you shoot like a girl.’ That implied that you didn’t shoot well enough to be on the ice.” Read more

CWHL MVP Rebecca Johnston has had a brilliant past, awaits brighter future

Rebecca Johnston (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Her pal Tessa Bonhomme likes to refer to Rebecca Johnston as, “a defenseman’s worst nightmare.” And if this season was any indication, it’s only going to get worse.

That’s because Johnston, who already has two Olympic gold medals around her neck, is about the closest thing you can be to a professional in women’s hockey. Her decision to move full-time to Calgary this season was made on the premise that she would only get better being so close to Hockey Canada’s headquarters and all the training facilities it has to offer women’s players. By day, she works part-time for an insurance company, but aside from that it’s all training and playing. Whether it’s Hockey Canada skills sessions or practices with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, there aren’t many days when Johnston isn’t on the ice. Read more

Eight-year-old Russian kids involved in brawl during post-game handshake

Adam Proteau
Two teams of eight-year-old Russian kids fight on the ice. (image via Youtube user tatpressa)

On Valentine’s Day in Kazan, Russia, two teams of eight-year-old kids got together to play a hockey game. After it was over, the teams formed queues for the handshake line – and that’s where things quickly disintegrated into a brawl.

The squads – “Ak Bars 2″ and “Wave” – squared off at the Vatan Sports Complex. And although there was no immediate tensions before the handshake line formed, something set off one young player from each side almost immediately, and within thirty seconds of the first fight breaking out, the melee had spread throughout the ice and involved many, if not most members of each team: (video via Youtube user tatpressa) Read more