Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon dazzles with beautiful shootout goal

Jared Clinton
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Whether you’re a fan of the shootout or not, no one can deny it lends itself to some good highlight material. On Sunday night, Nathan MacKinnon scored a shootout beauty that’s going to be on reels all season.

The 19-year-old Colorado Avalanche winger scored on the shootout’s first attempt, using a slow, methodical approach before going upstairs past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek: Read more

Giroux at it again, bites Gudbranson’s jersey. Has he snapped?

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Claude Giroux (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Claude Giroux has had a strange year, to say the least. There was the incident over the summer in Ottawa involving a cop, he wiped some snot on a linesman, and now he’s gone and bitten Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson.

That’s right. During Thursday’s game against the Panthers, Giroux was skating alongside the massive blueliner, turned to face him, bit his jersey, then tugged at it with his teeth. The whole thing is very strange to see: Read more

Dwight King skips puck past Martin Brodeur from center ice

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Martin Brodeur didn’t have the best night last night in Los Angeles. He surrendered six goals, the Blues blew a 3-0 lead, and to top it off, he allowed a goal from center ice.

While this isn’t exactly in Rob Davison/Vesa Toskala territory, this is certainly in the conversation of craziest hops to end up in the back of the net. Check out Dwight King’s hopping, skipping, seeing-eye shot that finds its way past the veteran Brodeur: Read more

Canadiens honor former captain Saku Koivu in teary pre-game ceremony

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Saku Koivu (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Knowing the love between the city of Montreal and veteran center Saku Koivu, you felt confident Thursday’s pre-game ceremony honoring the recently retired veteran center and former Canadiens captain was going to be a teary-eyed affair. And it was – so teary, in fact, even Koivu got choked up as he thanked adoring fans in a tremendous speech before the two NHL teams he played for (the Habs and Anaheim Ducks) faced off.

As the Bell Centre crowd chanted his name, and with his family looking on from ice level, the 40-year-old began his speech in French, showing the deft touch he displayed during his nine years in Montreal. The Turku, Finland native spoke without staring down at his notes, hitting a high point when he told the crowd “I will always be a Hab at my heart”. But when he began to discuss his bout with cancer in 2001, Koivu understandably became emotional: Read more

Penguins give Simon Despres chalk outline after he slams into boards

Jared Clinton
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It has been said that being a young defenseman in the NHL makes for the most difficult adjustment. The speed and skill of the opponents has increased, the game is played faster, and it also doesn’t help when you can’t make one, little mistake without having your teammates prank you.

During Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, 23-year-old rearguard Simon Despres made a little slip up and he’ll likely never hear the end of it. With the Penguins in the offensive zone, Despres went to fire a puck from the blueline, it was blocked, and when chasing it down he caught an edge and sent himself flying into the boards.

Some creative teammates made sure Despres could relive the moment, putting a “chalk outline” of the crime scene on the boards at the Penguins home rink, the Consol Energy Center, which you see above.

If you haven’t seen the play, you can catch it below. Read more

Preds’ James Neal first player to be named & shamed under NHL’s anti-diving push

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James Neal (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

It is something of an understatement to say Predators winger James Neal has a reputation among NHL players and officials, and it isn’t a good one. Even before he was dealt to Nashville this summer, he became infamous for embellishing and vicious episodes.

So it wasn’t in the least bit eyebrow-raising to hear Neal was the first NHLer publicly named and fined under the NHL’s new anti-diving legislation. He had already received a warning after a Nov. 13 game against St. Louis, but apparently the message didn’t sink in. Because even the most ardent Preds fan who’s being honest with themselves would have to admit the play for which Neal is being fined (which took place Dec. 13 against the Sharks) is laughably blatant diving: Read more

Hilarious, gigantic Mrs. Claus helps Panthers brighten kids’ spirits at children’s hospital

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With Christmas fast approaching, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and one giant, bearded elf stopped by Florida’s Chris Evert Children’s Hospital to help brighten the holidays for a few sick children.

We haven’t brushed up on our holiday reading yet, but we’re not sure that Mrs. Claus was ever 6-foot-6 with size 13 feet. But we could be wrong. Take a look as a few Panthers players stop by the hospital to lift spirits: Read more

Caps & Cats make history in 20 rounds during NHL’s longest-ever shootout

Nick Bjugstad scores the game-winning shootout goal on Braden Holtby. (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

When you look at the list of shooters who took part in Tuesday’s shootout between Washington and Florida Panthers, you can be forgiven for thinking it looks like the roster lists for both teams. But it may as well be, because the two teams combined to make history, shattering the old NHL record for longest shootout by battling for 20 rounds before the Panthers emerged victorious over the Capitals by a 2-1 score.

The previous record for longest shootout was the 15-round showdown between the Caps and New York Rangers on Nov. 26, 2005 and two Washington players – Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich – can now lay claim to having taken part in the longest and second-longest shootouts. Tuesday’s marathon session lasted a whopping 17:43, and saw the Capitals score five goals, only to have the Panthers reply with five of their own to extend the shootout to Round 20. At that point, Florida center Nick Bjugstad stepped up and beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby to win it for the home team, give the Panthers their 13th win of the season and push them ahead of the Bruins for the final wild card berth.

Here’s video of the entire shootout. Be sure to pack a lunch and hydrate regularly once you begin watching. Read more