Pekka Rinne has been the best goaltender in the NHL this season. Part of staying at the top of the league is using whatever you have available to stop the puck, and Rinne did exactly that against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.
With Winnipeg on the power play and the Predators clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Jets moved the puck around the zone with ease before it ended up on the tape of Mathieu Perreault. Perreault’s shot ricocheted off the pads of Rinne and went right to Bryan Little, who had half the net to shoot at. Out of nowehere, Rinne came across and stopped Little’s blast – with his mask. Read more
Rookie Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has just seven games of NHL experience under his belt, and he’s playing behind star Ben Bishop, who at age 28 is in his prime and has many productive seasons ahead. So the 20-year-old Vasilevskiy has to make the most of his opportunities. And although he didn’t ultimately come away from Tuesday’s game between Tampa Bay and Nashville, the Russian made a spectacular toe save on veteran Mike Ribeiro fans on both teams are likely to remember for quite some time.
The play took place during a scoreless tie with less than six minutes left in the first period: Ribeiro picks up a rebound directly in front of Tampa’s net, but Vasilevskiy juts out his left leg just enough to get his toe on the puck and prevent the game’s first goal: Read more
Last week, Preds goalie Carter Hutton wowed the hockey world with a surefire year-end candidate for save of the 2014-15 NHL season. Sunday night in Boston, Canadiens star netminder Carey Price pulled off nearly exactly the same save, stunning Boston’s Daniel Paille with an incredible, backward-twisting stop.
With Montreal leading the host Bruins 1-0 late in the second period, Price made the initial stop on a Bruins rush, but the astonishing part of the sequence comes when you see his world-class reflexes and instincts at work after Paille attempts to bat home the rebound:
Notorious British musician Gary Glitter was found guilty Thursday in London of multiple sex crimes with minors, and if you’re wondering how this awful man has a connection to hockey, rest assured, you’re not the only one. Here’s why: Glitter’s hit song, “Rock and Roll, Part 2″, continues to be played at NHL arenas. It’s astonishing that teams feel justified in using it despite Glitter’s numerous sex crime convictions prior to this latest one – and the use of his music needs to end. Today.
The 70-year-old Glitter was convicted of one count of attempted rape, one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, and four counts of indecent assault. The charges all are in relation to crimes he committed against three girls in the 1970s; he’ll be sentenced February 27th and could receive the maximum sentence for unlawful sex with a minor of life in prison. And the former “glam rock” star, whose heyday came in the 1970s, has been found guilty of sex offenses with minors in courts around the world: in 1999, he was convicted of possessing child pornography (an offense for which he served a four-month prison sentence); in 2003, he was deported from Cambodia to Vietnam after sexual abuse allegations; and in 2006, he was sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison for sexually abusing two girls.
And yet, even with that information in the public domain, NHL teams have continued to play “Rock and Roll, Part 2″. The Colorado Avalanche still use the original version as their goal song. The Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators used it in their goal song celebrations last season. The San Jose Sharks use a muzak version for their goal song.
This is all so unnecessarily stubborn and, quite simply, unacceptable.
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
In encouraging news for the Philadelphia Flyers and hockey as a whole, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen Thursday announced he will be skating again Friday for the first time in eight months, in the hope of returning to NHL action after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and right leg:
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
Pekka Rinne’s return to the Nashville lineup tonight doesn’t just mean the team is getting their starting goaltender back, it means the Western Conference leading Predators will have their best and most important player back in the lineup.
Rinne, 32, has been unbelievable this season. In what many thought would be a transition year for the Predators under new coach Peter Laviolette, Rinne has flourished, quieting critics that said former coach Barry Trotz’s defensive style was a big reason for Rinne’s spectacular play. And when Rinne went down with an injury his value – and claim to the throne as Nashville’s MVP – became extremely evident. Read more