David Pastrnak had himself a pretty amazing World Junior Championship for the Czech Republic, and he followed that up with a call up to the Boston Bruins.
If his goal tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning – the first place in the Eastern Conference Lightning – is any indication, he doesn’t want anything to do with being sent back to the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Read more
Hockey is a rough game, no doubt about it, and even the officials have to be athletic and tough to get through an intense yearly schedule that normally sees them participate in over 80 games a season.
As evidence showed from the Mike Leggo illness incident last week, referees are humans and things can happen.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have had a strange season riddled with the mumps, causing several players to miss action, yet they still remain atop the Metropolitan Division and tied for the Eastern Conference lead.
Their strange season had all kinds of weird on Friday.
The calendar year of 2014 will be remembered for a lot of things, not the least of which was that it was the year in which a bunch of NHLers looked like Harry ‘Apple Cheeks’ Lumley. An outbreak of the mumps caused a number of players to log sick days and for the league to take precautions against a more widespread outbreak.
It will also be remembered for double gold for Canada…again, and a host of on- and off-ice developments that shaped the game. Here are the top 10 stories from 2014:
You’d have to think Stephane Quintal knew there would be days like these when he agreed to replace Brendan Shanahan in the top job in the NHL’s department of player safety. Quintal is truly between a Hawk and a hard place today. Whether he and his department decide to further discipline Dennis Seidenberg for his hit on Jonathan Toews Thursday night, he’ll be criticized.
If he allows Seidenberg off the hook, which looks like it will be the case, he’ll be accused of allowing stars to risk injury by not penalizing dangerous hits on vulnerable players. If he applies further sanctions to Seidenberg, he’ll be accused of trying to remove hitting from the game and turning it into the No Hitting League. Read more