Video: Rangers’ Glass fined for hitting McQuaid in the face

Jeff Doner
Photo by Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images

It didn’t take long for the NHL to announce that New York Rangers winger Tanner Glass would be punished for hitting Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid in the face with the butt-end of his stick. The League issued a statement shortly after the Boston-New York game on Saturday afternoon announcing Glass would be fined $3,897.85 – the league maximum for such an offense.

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Top five best-case-scenario first-round NHL playoff matchups

Brian Elliott, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. (Dilip Vishwanat/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the end of the NHL’s regular-season approximately two weeks away, attention has settled on the possible first-round playoff showdowns. Many, if not most of the specific post-season berths won’t be finalized until closer to the final games on Apr. 11, but it’s not too early to start crossing fingers in the hope that some teams will wind up facing particular opponents and provide viewers with maximum entertainment value right out of the gate. Here are the top five best-case scenario first-round matchups this year:

5. Montreal vs. Ottawa. There are a few ways the Senators can take on the Canadiens in the first round, and most of them involve the Habs fending off Tampa Bay to retain top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Sens hold on to the final wild card berth. Both results are entirely possible, and if it does happen, Canadian TV executives will be shimmying down the avenue as they celebrate the massive ratings that are sure to ensue. Read more

He’s back: Henrik Lundqvist dressing as backup for Rangers tonight

Jared Clinton
Henrik Lundqvist waves to MSG

It’s like a nightmare scenario for the rest of the NHL. The New York Rangers, arguably the hottest team in the league, are getting their starting goaltender back tonight. And the team has been playing so well that the Rangers are just going to let him watch from the bench.

That’s right – after 24 games on the injured reserve, Henrik Lundqvist has been officially activated by the Rangers and will dress tonight to backup Cam Talbot. If it was looking difficult to catch the Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan Division before this, it’s about to get that much harder. Read more

Top five goalies to be absolutely petrified of in the NHL playoffs

Devan Dubnyk has helped turn things around for the Minnesota Wild since being acquired on Jan. 14. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)

One of the things that keeps NHL GMs awake at night is the prospect of facing a white-hot goaltender in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Your team could be a President’s Trophy winner, but if you follow up regular-season domination with a showdown against a netminder who gets in your players’ heads via consistently outstanding performances, the only thing you can do is sit by helplessly and wish you had a goalie who had as much impact on the outcome of games.

This season, there are five (or so) of those type of performers quite capable of giving opponents nightmares in the playoffs. Here are the top five goaltenders to be absolutely petrified of (unless they play for your favorite team) in the 2015 post-season:

5. Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators. The man known as “The Hamburglar” has the city of Ottawa in the palm of his hand thanks to his unreal 14-0-1 record – and if he can lead the Sens to a Wild Card post-season berth, there’s every chance his magic continues and he plays an instrumental role with a special playoff run. People are going to be waiting for his Cinderella start to go full pumpkin, but the 27-year-old Hammond is playing with house money in this first chapter of his NHL career. As a soon-to-be restricted free agent, he’s also got a clear financial incentive to stay hungry and capitalize on the opportunity the fates have provided him.

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Power Rankings: No. 1 Rangers strong and getting stronger

Ken Campbell
Keith Yandle and Cam Talbot (Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers are clearly emerging as a team that can play the game any way you want it. They’ve won seven of their past eight games. In the first seven of those games, they scored a total of 11 goals. Then on Sunday, facing the high-flying Anaheim Ducks, they poured seven into the back of the net.

The Rangers are strong and with goalie Henrik Lundqvist coming back any day now, they’re getting stronger. They’re doing a lot of damage without Martin St-Louis and Kevin Klein. And that’s why they hold down the No. spot in thn.com’s Power Rankings for the second straight week. (Last week’s ranking in parentheses.) Read more

Michael J. Fox creates ‘Back To The Future’ goalie mask with Henrik Lundqvist

Jared Clinton
Michael J. Fox's custom 'Back to the Future' mask (via DaveArt)

Back to the Future is one of the most beloved movie franchises of the 1980s, and that’s thanks in large part to the talent of Michael J. Fox, who made us fall in love with Marty McFly.

As part of Henrik Lundqvist’s series on MSG, The Mask, he had Fox on as a guest to talk about how life was growing up, what made Lundqvist become a goaltender and, in the end, design a special mask to be painted by Lundqvist’s mask maker, David Gunnarsson of DaveArt.

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AHL’s Wolf Pack to wear jerseys with fans’ names on Anti-Bullying Night

Jared Clinton
The Hartford Wolf Pack will wear a special jersey on Friday to honor fans who took the Kindness Pledge. (via Hartford Wolf Pack)

Professional and minor league teams have employed many strategies when it comes to themed jerseys. But few have been as interesting or inclusive as the Hartford Wolf Pack’s threads for Friday night’s game, which will be decorated with the names of hundreds of fans who took part in Hartford’s “Kindness Pledge.”

The specialty jerseys, which will be worn on Anti-Bullying Night, are closely tied to the Wolf Pack’s Kindness Campaign because the organization believes that in order to stop bullying, overall kindness must be promoted.

“Anti-bullying and being respectful is definitely a growing issue with social media and things of that nature,” said Adam Goldberg, the Wolf Pack’s director of business development. “We thought that it would be a good opportunity for us to have this issue brought to more light with the Anti-Bullying Night.” Read more