Carolina Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin flashed some sick moves last night when he deked through a swarm of New Jersey Devils before beating Martin Brodeur on a spinning no-look shot from the slot.
Jaromir Jagr is old. Jaromir Jagr is slow. But Jaromir Jagr is still a big man with magic hands, as the Detroit Red Wings found out last night.
The 42-year-old Czech stopped moving his feet and dodged the Detroit ‘D’ like a matador before sniping the puck top shelf on Wings goalie Jonas Gustavvson.
It was the 701st goal of Jagr’s career. That’s pretty good for an old guy.
As if the debacle in Dallas wasn’t bad enough for Vancouver, the Canucks found out today that they’ll be without Zack Kassian for three games after he was suspended by the NHL for this hit on Brenden Dillon of the Stars last night.
Kassian received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the check from behind. The Stars scored once on the five-minute power play.
Factoring into the decision was that Kassian is a repeat offender this season. He was suspended in September for the three pre-season and five regular season games after recklessly high sticking Sam Gagner.
How good is Connor McDavid? He’s not draft eligible until 2015 and he’s already at the center of the prospect world. If he was available to NHL teams this summer, he very well could still go first overall. And he’s the No. 1 reason (Jack Eichel being No. 2) why the Islanders may be wise to give Buffalo their first round pick this year to consummate the Thomas Vanek trade, despite the fact it could be a top five selection, and not risk losing next year’s. The entire draft is supposed to be deep, but McDavid stands as the ultimate prize.
And it’s plays like these that draw comparisons between McDavid and Sidney Crosby or any other quick and elite NHL scorer. Read more
Last night’s Ryan Miller trade came on a night both tams involved in the move – St. Louis and Buffalo – played a game. And with the announcement of Miller’s departure coming so close to game time, both teams (Buffalo against San Jose, St. Louis against Anaheim) were short a goalie.
St. Louis called on an equipment guy from Anaheim to sit on their bench as a backup, while the Sabres used a member of their video department. Read more
Are you kidding me Tim Thomas? You always look like you’re about to lose control or go wildly out of position. But then you do your thing and blow our minds with the positive, and often incredible, result.
And here we go again. Late in the third period of Thursday’s game against Washington, with the score tied, Mike Green came in on a breakaway against Thomas. And as Thomas was backing into his net he lost his balance and fell to the ice. He was out of it. Done. Finito.
Except that he wasn’t. Because Tim Thomas made the most Tim Thomas save that Tim Thomas has ever made. Read more
Mike Halmo was never drafted into the NHL – he was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders. He’s a four-year graduate of the esteemed Owen Sound Attack system who has been playing with the American League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the past two seasons.
On Thursday night, Halmo, a Kitchener, Ont., native made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Read more