After winning just one of their first six contests, the Philadelphia Flyers have gone on to rattle off three wins in their next four. You could say it’s thanks to timely scoring, improved goaltending, or, in this case, a loose locker room.
Derek Settlemyre, the head equipment manager for the Flyers, knows his job and does it well. He also knows how to pull a pretty great prank. Read more
Halloween is a time when you get to take on a new persona and be that person you’ve always wanted to be. It’s the time to take some risks, dress as something bold or hilarious, and have a good time.
Or, if you’re Buffalo Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta, it is another day of the year that you can dress up as a hockey player.
Gionta, along with a number of other NHLers, took part in a video session with the league to discuss some of their favorite costumes as kids: Read more
Jake Smith thought he was good. The North Bay Battalion goaltender had just deflected Aaron Laishram’s wrister away from the net, so he skated off the celebrate the shootout victory with his teammates. But he celebrated too early.
The New Jersey Devils did something Thursday night they hadn’t done in exactly 600 days: emerge from an NHL shootout with a victory.
That’s right, for the first time since March 10, 2013 – and with their fans looking on and dressed for Halloween – the Devils won in a shootout by beating the same Winnipeg Jets team they last beat in a shootout, and ended their NHL record 18-game losing streak in the process. They did so by recording the minimum number of goals a team can record in the shootout – a single goal from center Jacob Josefson: Read more
Aaron Ekblad is a talented young defenseman who plays for the Florida Panthers. But did you know Aaron Ekblad is also a terrible singer who plays for the Florida Panthers?
In a video captured by Panthers Vision, you can watch defensemen Ekblad, Willie Mitchell, Erik Gudbranson, Dylan Olsen, and Colby Robak visit The Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, with the big payoff coming shortly after the 1:16 mark: Read more
Each NHL season has its share of botched calls from referees. We know going in that, as mere mortals, they’re bound to make errors trying to make sense of a lightning-fast game. However, some blown calls are so egregious, they stand out for years afterward. And one of those calls went down Wednesday night during the game between the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings. As a matter of fact, this might not have been one of the worst penalty calls of the year. It might be the worst in NHL history.
It was early in the first period in Washington when Capitals goalie Braden Holtby left his crease and went behind the net. As he tried to get back into position, Holtby tripped over his own skates – and the Red Wings pounced immediately, with Drew Miller grabbing the puck and firing it into the Caps’ net.
However – and inexplicably – the officiating duo of Mike Leggo and Ghislain Hebert decided the goal would not count and that Wings center Luke Glendening deserved a goalie interference penalty. As you can see, he deserved nothing of the sort: Read more
The NHL’s department of player safety suspended New York Rangers defenseman John Moore five games for his headshot on Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula Monday. Moore will lose $51,859.75 in salary for the hit, which occurred in the second period of Monday’s game. But really, he should be thankful he plays in a league and in a culture that doesn’t take harsher measures to curb concussions.
When Moore barrelled into Haula, who had just finished shooting the puck, he clearly had no fear of the consequences for what at best can be termed a borderline hit. But imagine if he did. Imagine if he knew that, as the repeat offender that he was, he could be suspended for a minimum of 20 games. Having that knowledge in the back of his head might not have stopped him from making the same split-second decision, but who’s to say it would have no effect? Players (and their families) would be acutely aware of the significant financial penalty they would pay, and there’s every possibility their behavior would be modified and the likelihood of a repeat offense would decrease. Read more
In almost any job, there will be a time when you’re expected to undertake a few team-building exercises. Often filled with a fair share of embarrassing moments, it’s a good thing there isn’t ever a camera around.
Thankfully, however, there was one pinned on the Vancouver Canucks during their team-building exercises recently. Be it the shootout competition, an odd land mine exercise, or what assistant coach Perry Pearn refers to as “the skis” – you’ll understand when you see it – CanucksTV caught the whole thing on tape: Read more