Watch Blackhawks’ Crawford surprise young fan with help from Shaw, Teravainen

Jared Clinton
Corey Crawford and Ben (via Chicago Blackhawks/NHL)

Chicago’s ‘One Goal’ slogan has turned into one of the more successful campaigns in the league, but it doesn’t have to do solely with the Blackhawks’ on-ice success. While it certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s the commitment of the Blackhawks players that makes the campaign — and its offshoot, ‘What’s Your Goal?’ — really work.

Last season, players such as Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp took part in two videos for the campaign that saw them make dreams come true for their biggest fans. And in the newest instalment, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford does the same for one of his most passionate supporters, Ben.

First, though, Crawford has to figure out if Ben and his babysitter, Emilie, are even at home: Read more

Lightning’s Coburn makes awesome saucer pass to set up J.T. Brown

Jared Clinton
Braydon Coburn (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Everyone loves a highlight-reel goal or a huge hit, but there’s something about a great pass — those how-did-he-see-him feeds — that makes it just as spectacular to watch. Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay blueliner Braydon Coburn made one of those passes.

In the second period of a scoreless game, Coburn pinched down into the Red Wings’ zone to collect a loose puck and took a look over his left shoulder where he spotted J.T. Brown heading to the net. After taking a few more strides to find a passing lane, Coburn threw a perfect — literally, the pass couldn’t have been any better — saucer pass right onto Brown’s tape for a tap-in goal: Read more

Wideman incident raises questions about NHL’s concussion protocol

Dennis Wideman (Photo by Getty Images)

There’s a good chance Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman will become the first player in NHL history to have his suspension appealed to an independent arbitrator, but that’s not what will make this process so interesting over the next little while.

As has been widely reported, Wideman was suspended 20 games for abuse of official after crosschecking linesman Don Henderson from behind in a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. The NHL Players’ Association has already filed an appeal on Wideman’s behalf, which is expected to be heard by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman early next week. If a further appeal is necessary, it will go to James Oldham, the league- and NHLPA-appointed independent arbitrator.

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Red Wings’ Tatar wows with puck skills in first NHL After Dark video

Jared Clinton
Tomas Tatar (via GoPro/YouTube)

It’s hard to truly get a feel for the skill of some of the NHL’s best players when you’re watching a typical broadcast. Sure, some moves will impress and leave you wondering how anyone is capable of such feats with a stick and puck, but there’s still that distance between viewer and puck carrier that doesn’t quite do the skill of these players justice.

In part, that’s why the NHL’s new video series with partner GoPro was so exciting. The series is set to offer first-person perspective with helmet cameras mounted on some of the NHL’s best players. In the first instalment of the series, Detroit Red Wings Tomas Tatar shows off what he can do with the puck on his stick and he likely earned himself new appreciation to go along with some new fans.

Tatar doesn’t wait to pull out some slick hands in the debut video, flipping the puck into the air and batting it on net to open the series up: Read more

Wideman deserved severe suspension regardless of ‘intent’

Ken Campbell
Dennis Wideman  (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

We’re likely going to hear a lot over the next little while about Dennis Wideman’s “intent” when he drilled linesman Don Henderson from behind, an action which earned him a 20-game suspension from the NHL for abuse of official.

There is the camp that believes there was no ill intent on Wideman’s part, that it was an unfortunate accident and that Wideman was perhaps a little dazed from the hit along the boards that he took from Nashville Predators winger Miikka Salomaki, a hit that occurred about 8.65 seconds before Wideman took Henderson out with a crosscheck from behind.

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Why it’s now or never for Sidney Crosby and the suddenly hot Penguins

Matt Larkin
Sidney Crosby  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

See Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night? The telling thing about it was how little time the puck spent on his stick. It might’ve been a second and a half across all three goals combined. That’s the sign of a confident, aggressive player showing very little hesitation.

We wouldn’t have described Sid the Kid’s game that way over the first few months of 2015-16, which went so poorly by his lofty standards that he didn’t get an All-Star Game sniff, not even when Alex Ovechkin’s suspension opened up a Metropolitan Division berth. Evgeny Kuznetsov simply deserved the nod more. When have we ever been able to say that about a healthy Crosby? Never. The rocky start doomed him this season. He had one goal and five points over 11 October games and, by the end of November, five goals and 15 points through 23 games.

But the ugly first act is history as quickly as it arrived. Crosby stabilized with a reasonable December effort of four goals and 12 points in 13 games, then proceeded to douse himself in kerosene and become a human torch. Crosby since Jan. 1: 12 games, 11 goals, 18 points and a hilarious shooting percentage of 25.6. That’s what you call regressing to the ol’ mean. Crosby, a 14.4 percent career shooter, sat at 8.5 on Dec. 31. He’s now all the way back to 13.4. Per, Crosby’s score adjusted Corsi was 48.9 in the first three months and is a superb 62.4 during his white-hot 2016 calendar year.

Read more Roundtable: Which NHLer’s story would top a John Scott movie?

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Jordin Tootoo (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By now every hockey fan, and many non-hockey fans, know who John Scott is. The journeyman NHL enforcer with five career goals was voted by fans to captain the Pacific division squad at the All-Star Game.

It was a joke that turned into a controversy for the NHL that turned into a heartwarming story when his teammates embraced him and he was named MVP of the game. It was indeed like something out of a movie.

So it was no surprise when news came that Scott had been approached about turning his story into a movie.

But Scott’s story is far from the only one in the hockey world worth telling. Here are four other players whose ups and downs are worthy of the Hollywood movie treatment.

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