If you’ve never heard the name Maxim Kazakov before, you wouldn’t be alone, but the 22-year-old Russian left winger is doing his best to change that this season.
Through 14 KHL games this season, Kazakov, who plays for Mettalurg Novokuznetsk, has notched seven goals and 13 points, which makes for the first time in his career that he has eclipsed the 10-point plateau in the KHL. Suffice to say, he’s en route to setting some personal bests in the primarily Russian league.
No matter how many goals he scores in 2015-16 while setting his career high point total, it’s hard to imagine Kazakov will best his tally from Sunday’s contest against Ak Bars Kazan. Late in the first period, Kazakov flew down the ice, burst past four Kazan defenders and tucked the puck home after making Ak Bars netminder Jussi Rynnas bite hard on a backhand. Read more
When it comes to watching offensive creativity, Detroit Red Wings fans have been spoiled over the past decade. After all, there are few players who are more fun to watch with the puck on his stick than Pavel Datsyuk. But Tyler Bertuzzi got Red Wings fans out of their seats Thursday night.
Early in the third period, with Detroit already leading 4-0 in their pre-season tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bertuzzi took a pass on the left wing in the Red Wings’ zone. With eyes on Teemu Pulkkinen streaking up the right wing, Bertuzzi hoisted the puck into the air, up over the Penguins defenders and right onto the tape of Pulkkinen, who made no mistake and buried the partial-breakaway tally.
When it comes to alley-oop passes, this might be the best one the NHL has seen yet: Read more
Earlier in the off-season, photos surfaced of Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon working the drive-thru at Tim Hortons, the famed Canadian coffee shop, in their home province of Nova Scotia. Now, we have the footage.
In a brand new series of advertisements for Tim Hortons, Crosby and MacKinnon take orders, serve up coffee and try and stifle their laughter when a customer mispronounces jalapeno. Suffice to say, they’re probably going to be sticking to sports. Read more
There have been some bizarre crossovers between music and hockey, but this video from South Korean girl group DIA takes the cake.
In the live performance of the band’s first single, which is called Somehow, the seven-member girl group takes the stage wearing…New York Rangers jerseys?
Yes, for some reason the entire group is wearing Rangers jerseys, with six of the members wearing No. 20 Chris Kreider jerseys and one of the girls rocking a No. 61 Rick Nash jersey. Seriously. Take a look: Read more
There’s no denying that already this pre-season, even with limited action, the NHL’s change to 3-on-3 overtime has produced fewer shootouts and made for some beautiful overtime goals. But with so many odd-man rushes, it was only a matter of time before the outstanding OT saves starting rolling in.
After the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild opened their pre-season with a scoreless draw through three periods, the teams headed to 3-on-3 to find the deciding goal. And after the Jets had a failed odd-man rush one way, the Wild turned around with 3-on-1.
Skating in on young Winnipeg netminder Connor Hellebuyck were Thomas Vanek, Matt Dumba and Tyler Graovac. With Dumba staying high as an option, Vanek looked off Hellebuyck and slid a perfect one-timer pass to Graovac, who rocketed a slapshot that was labelled for the back of the net. Hellebuyck had a different idea, though: Read more
On the list of “What’s New?” this NHL season, add a new wrinkle fans will notice before they even get to their seats. Each of the league’s 30 buildings will require patrons to pass through airport-style metal detectors to gain entry.
The machines are already in use now with the beginning of the NHL preseason on Sunday in Nashville. About a third of the arenas were already equipped with these magnetometers, but new regulations have mandated them for all 30 NHL facilities.
In the eyes of the league, it’s a move to improve the fan experience, providing a safer environment and using the best available technology to make the screening process quicker and more efficient. Read more
For the third consecutive season, goaltender Eddie Lack is entering the season as one of the better backup goaltenders in the league but has a veteran starter who he’ll have to beat out if he wants the No. 1 job. If style points count for anything, Lack might have gotten himself a slight lead on Hurricanes starter Cam Ward to start the pre-season.
Early in the second frame of Carolina’s pre-season opener against the Washington Capitals, Lack was caught moving the opposite direction on a beautiful pass across the ice by Stanislav Galiev to Jakub Vrana. With Lack out of position, the 19-year-old Vrana patiently pulled the puck across the crease and opened up the entire right side of the goal.
But with nothing but daylight to slide the puck into, Lack stretched out his massive 6-foot-4 frame and got his left leg out in time to stifle Vrana’s attempt: Read more
There isn’t quite as much on the line in the pre-season as there is during the regular season, but that doesn’t mean some on-ice battles can’t get heated. And in the pre-season tilt between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, Tanner Glass nearly took it too far.
Late in the second period, the Rangers’ Glass delivered a whack to the legs of Jiri Tlusty as the Devils left winger skated through the neutral zone. The initial confrontation ended with Tlusty clutching the back of his legs, but he stayed on the ice long enough to pursue Glass before retaliating near the end of the shift. It’s there the situation almost got out of control.
Glass turned around and swung his stick wildly at Tlusty following his retaliation and then chased after him. With Tlusty in his sights, Glass dropped his gloves and delivered a punch to Tlusty’s head. Read more