Phil Kessel brings Stanley Cup to Toronto, visits SickKids hospital

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Phil Kessel poses with a patient at SickKids in Toronto (via The Hospital for Sick Children/YouTube)

Phil Kessel did what Maple Leafs fans had always hoped he would: he brought the Stanley Cup to Toronto. The only difference is he did so as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins rather than as one of the cities beloved Maple Leafs.

But even the biggest Maple Leafs supporter would have a hard time faulting Kessel, 28, for his Stanley Cup plans. On Monday, Kessel had his day with the trophy, and he brought the Stanley Cup to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children for a private event for patients and their families. Read more

Patrick Kane shows off incredible hands in ‘Stickhandler’s Playground’

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Patrick Kane (via Bauer/YouTube)

Patrick Kane is coming off a season in which he scored a career-high 46 goals, 106 points and took home the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award.

And if there’s any wondering how Kane, 27, was able to capture both MVP awards and win the scoring title by nearly 20 points, a new video that shows off Kane’s almost unparalleled ability to handle the puck makes it pretty clear why the Chicago Blackhawks winger is able to make opposing defensemen look foolish on a regular basis.

Kane is thrown into an obstacle course called the “Stickhandler’s Playground” in the video, produced by Bauer, and he does everything from scooping the puck on his blade to flipping it through the narrow opening in a tire on his backhand. Check it out: Read more

P.K. Subban arrives in Nashville for the first time, sings Johnny Cash

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P.K. Subban poses with fans in Nashville (via Nashville Predators)

P.K. Subban touched down in Nashville for the first time as a member of the Predators on Sunday, though it’d be hard to tell because Subban looks like he fit right in.

Subban, 27, was acquired by the Predators on June 29 — days before a no-movement clause was set to kick in on his contract. The deal was an earth-shaker, one which sent Nashville captain and two-time Olympian Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens, but with the dust finally starting to settle on the trade, Subban took the opportunity to head to his new home and pull on a Predators jersey for the first time.

“It feels good to be in Smashville,” Subban said. “Wearing this jersey just feels right.”

His day in Nashville was about more than simply wearing the jersey, though. Subban took to the stage at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge to serenade Predators fans with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which the Predators captured for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Read more

Watch Devils prospect Joey Dudek dazzle with jaw-dropping shootout goal

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Joey Dudek (via New Jersey Devils/Vine)

Calling anything the goal of the year or best deke of the season would be premature given the campaign is still months away from beginning, but New Jersey Devils prospect Joey Dudek will at the very least be a contender when ranking the most brilliant shootout moves of 2016-17.

Dudek, 20, was participating at Devils development camp in what appears to be a shootout drill when he pulled an absolutely awesome move. Or, should we say set of moves.

In what looked like he was trying to fit every deke possible into his shootout opportunity, Dudek went forehand-backhand, dipped his shoulder to fake back forehand, did a Pavel Datsyuk-style toe drag and slammed the puck home while falling to the ice. Check it out: Read more

Sabres prospect stretchered off ice, taken to hospital after hit into boards

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Michael Campoli (via Mike Harrington/The Buffalo News/Twitter)

There was a scary scene at the final day of Buffalo Sabres development camp Tuesday when 18-year-old defenseman Michael Campoli was checked into the boards and laid motionless on the ice.

During a three-on-three development camp scrimmage at HarborCenter, Campoli was given a jolt by 21-year-old winger William Carrier and sent into the boards. According to the Buffalo Hockey Beat’s Bill Hoppe, Campoli tried to get to his feet only to fall back down, where he laid — motionless, according to Hoppe — for roughly 20 minutes as he was attended to be medical personnel on hand at the development camp.

After attending to Campoli, medical personnel placed him on a board, Hoppe reported, and wheeled Campoli from the ice “in an upright position.” The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington captured footage of Campoli being taken off: Read more

Kessel says ‘good chance’ he’s bringing Cup to Toronto, Penguins Cup parade sets record

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Phil Kessel (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup drought may not be over for the Maple Leafs, but fans in Toronto might get a day with the trophy.

Ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup parade, Sportsnet 590’s Joey Vendetta spoke with Phil Kessel, who said he hasn’t quite made up his mind about what his plans are for his day with the Stanley Cup. Most might have assumed that Kessel would take the Stanley Cup back to his home, Madison, Wis., but the 28-year-old said he might be taking the trophy back to Toronto.

“I probably will end up bringing it back (to Toronto). Nothing for sure yet, nothing’s been decided, but I think there’s a good chance that’ll happen,” Kessel told Vendetta. “I have a lot of friends in Toronto. That’s kinda where I spend most of my time now.” Read more

Sharks’ Hertl suffered right knee injury in Game 2, but will avoid surgery

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Tomas Hertl (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Tomas Hertl’s injury became one of the Stanley Cup final’s storylines as the 22-year-old was suddenly out of the lineup come Game 3 and was continuously said to be day-to-day by San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. But with the post-season over, there’s finally some clarity when it comes to Hertl’s injury situation.

It was announced Monday that Hertl sustained an injury to his right knee, which is the same knee that was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with the Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown in December 2013.

The injury in the Stanley Cup final came when Hertl was hit along the left wing boards midway through the third period of Game 2 by Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist. Immediately after he was hit, Hertl left the ice and when the NBCSN cameras showed the Sharks winger on the bench, he was flexing his knee and grimacing in pain: Read more

Los Angeles locals celebrate Kings’ 2016 Stanley Cup on Kimmel’s ‘Lie Witness News’

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(via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube)

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel has a run a brilliant segment on his program over the past several years called ‘Lie Witness News.’ The concept is simple: interview people on the street, ask them about a bogus news event and hope they answer as if the event has actually happened.

With the Stanley Cup final ending Sunday, Kimmel had an easy target for a ‘Lie Witness News’ segment come Monday night. He sent his crew out and had them ask people on the streets of Los Angeles about the Kings winning the 2016 Stanley Cup. The issue there, obviously, is that Monday afternoon was less than 24 hours removed from the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisting the Stanley Cup.

If you think that stopped some “hockey fans” from spinning a tale, you’d be wrong: Read more