Gustav Nyquist scores video game goal to lift Wings over Sens

Jared Clinton
Gustav Nyquist (Getty Images)

There’s a highlight of Steve Yzerman that almost everyone knows. He makes a few moves against the Chicago Blackhawks, circles the zone for what feels like forever before finally burying an unbelievable goal.

On Saturday night, not only did Gustav Nyquist score the overtime winner to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Ottawa Senators 3-2, the goal he scored may actually be better than that of Yzerman’s. Read more

World Juniors: Dandy Danes stifled by Sweden

Sweden's Jacob De La Rose (Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Make no mistake: Swedish goaltender Linus Soderstrom earned his keep against Denmark. Even though his squad eventually won easily with a final score of 5-1, the New York Islanders prospect actually faced more shots than his Danish counterpart in the first period – and some of those attempts were dazzling.

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Top 10 shootout goals of 2014: Gagner’s hands reign supreme

Sam Gagner shootout winner

There’s speculation that the 2014-15 season may be the final year in which the shootout is a big part of regular season NHL contests.

With a push coming for extending overtime in order to eliminate the need for the shootout, it’s going to make the shootout specialist a lot less common and, in turn, could make top 10 lists such as this extinct in the future.

So, while we still can, here are the top 10 shootout goals of 2014: Read more

Top 10 Vezina candidates of 2014-15: Rinne rules

Pekka Rinne (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Goaltending can make or break a team’s season. Just ask the Edmonton Oilers, who for years have looked promising but have been unable to secure a goaltender to give them the big save they need.

You won’t find either Oilers goaltender, Ben Scrivens or Viktor Fasth, on this list of the top 10 Vezina candidates. Nor will you find Michael Hutchinson, who currently leads the league in save percentage and is second in goals-against average. The reason being Hutchinson just hasn’t had the workload, and including his numbers also put goaltenders like Colorado’s Calvin Pickard and injured St. Louis netminder Brian Elliott into the conversation.

Instead, many familiar faces are among the contenders, though not a single one has won the Vezina in their career. Read more

Top 10 Calder Trophy candidates: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

Filip Forsberg (Getty Images)

There’s been no shortage of great stories this season, but one of the most surprising things is the cast of rookies who have quickly made names for themselves in the league.

The thing with rookies is they’re one of the most difficult groups of players to accurately forecast. With little known about how well adjusted they’ll be to the NHL, they can either boom or bust, and in some cases an injury or unfavorable situation can send the early Calder Trophy favorite to the bottom of the ballot.

Take Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin, for instance, who some people thought would run away with the award but doesn’t even appear on our list. Or John Gibson, the THN consensus pick for the Calder, who had a shot at leading the Ducks this season before injury derailed his season.

These are the top 10 Calder Candidates at this point in the season: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Stewart still available, Blues and Jets may look for deals before trade freeze

Patrik Berglund Blues featured

With the NHL holiday trade freeze slated for midnight on Dec. 19, there’s increasing focus on Buffalo Sabres right wing Chris Stewart in the rumor mill. SI.com’s Allan Muir reports Sabres GM Tim Murray is reportedly willing to move the 27-year-old winger for the right price but so far he hasn’t found any takers.

Muir claims the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators are said to have interest in Stewart. The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson adds the Pittsburgh Penguins to that list, while the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claims the Calgary Flames are also among the interested parties. Read more

Ovechkin makes 8-year-old’s wish come true with heartwarming goal

Jared Clinton
Lauren Santora with her hero, Alex Ovechkin. (via MSE Foundation)

Like a lot of children, 8-year-old Lauren Santora loves Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Unfortunately, Santora has had to spend much of her life watching her favorite player from the hospital.

Santora has Type 1 diabetes, a debilitating disease that has seen her hospitalized on several occasions in her young life. As part of the Kids Wish Network, Ovechkin granted Santora’s wish of meeting her hero. As part of her practice experience on Friday, Ovechkin and Santora took a shot at a 2-on-1 on Braden Holtby. Read more