Schneider makes Brodeur-esque save on night Devils retire legendary goaltender’s number

Jared Clinton
Cory Schneider (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

When New Jersey brought Cory Schneider over from the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 draft, the goal was to have him be the successor to long-time Devils netminder Martin Brodeur. And on the night the Devils paid tribute to Brodeur and retired his No. 30, Schneider showed why New Jersey was right to bet on him as their next standout goaltender.

The evening’s festivities kicked off with a ceremony dedicated to Brodeur, who is now an assistant GM with the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur was congratulated by former teammates, his accomplishments were listed and, to cap off the pre-game celebration, Brodeur’s jersey was raised to the Prudential Center rafters. Read more

Watch Sidney Crosby pick top corner while being hauled to the ice

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Sidney Crosby

Remember the concern earlier in the season that Sidney Crosby had lost a step or that he was no longer among the best players in the game? Well, if those worries weren’t already put to bed, they should be now.

Monday evening against the Anaheim Ducks, Crosby was seemingly everywhere, and it shows on the score sheet. Crosby’s two goals and four points helped the Penguins sink the Ducks and put an end to Anaheim’s six-game win streak. If you were looking for one single play to encapsulate just how well Crosby played Monday — and how unstoppable he has been of late — look no further than his second goal against the Ducks.

Less than four minutes into the third period, Crosby was sent in on a breakaway with Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler giving chase. Fowler, knowing he wouldn’t catch Crosby, impeded ‘Sid the Kid’ with a few hooks, the second of which caused Crosby to lose his footing and fall toward the ice. As he was falling, though, Crosby managed to get absolutely wire a shot past John Gibson’s glove: Read more

Suspend him or not: Abdelkader flattens Barkov with open-ice hit

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Justin Abdelkader hits Aleksander Barkov (via YouTube/Sportsnet)

The Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader hasn’t been suspended in nearly three seasons, but the 28-year-old winger could be missing an upcoming game or two after he delivered a check to Aleksander Barkov that knocked the Panthers center out of Monday’s game and will see him sidelined Tuesday in Buffalo.

Abdelkader’s check on Barkov came roughly seven minutes into the second period. Barkov collected a loose puck in the right wing corner of Florida’s zone and was attempting to turn it up ice when Abdelkader delivered a solid jolt that sent Barkov to the ice. Barkov remained down for a brief moment before climbing to his feet and skating towards the Florida bench: Read more

Young Blues fan makes heartwarming gesture, gifts Tarasenko stick to another youngster

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Every young fan at a hockey game thinks of the moment a puck comes sailing into the crowd and they make a great grab to take home a souvenir. That’s a moment that kid will never forget. So imagine instead of a puck, it’s a stick, and instead of catching the stick, he or she is handed it by one of the best players on the home team.

That’s exactly what happened in St. Louis this past weekend, as post-game a young fan leaned over the railing and held his hands out only for Vladimir Tarasenko, arguably the best Blues player, to hand off his stick as a souvenir.

The young fan who snatched it up and was ready to leave, but instead of taking off with his newfound treasure, the young man, who was wearing a Jori Lehtera jersey, spotted a youngster in a Tarasenko jersey and did the selfless thing: he walked back down the stairs, up to the kid and passed off Tarasenko’s stick: Read more

Watch draft-eligible Carlsson score on fantastic solo effort in SHL

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Lucas Carlsson (via HockeyWebCast/Twitter)

During his 18-year-old season in the SHL, Ottawa Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson managed five goals and 10 points in 45 games. It would have been hard to predict that seven years later he would be one of the highest scoring players in the NHL. With that in mind, there might be reason for teams to get excited about another Karlsson — or Carlsson, we should say.

Lucas Carlsson, 18, plays for the SHL’s Brynas IF turned some heads this past weekend with a dazzling goal for his sixth point in 25 games in the SHL. Projected as the 22nd best European skater in the NHL’s mid-term rankings, Carlsson, a speedy young blueliner, may have seen his stock rise with a must-see solo effort: Read more

Darryl Sittler’s 10-point game, 40 years later: an oral history

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Darryl Sittler. (Photo by Paul Cookson/Ad Army Group)

WITH MATT LARKIN

Staring across a table at Hall of Famer and Toronto Maple Leafs legend Darryl Sittler, 65, you’d never guess he accomplished his most famous feat four decades ago. His posture is perfect. He has the firm handshake of man who still works out at his local gym at least three times a week. He oozes a quiet, classy confidence. He could strut around like he owns the place but chooses modesty instead.

Sittler sits in the THN office, flipping through a volume from a February 1976 edition, like it’s a pulpy novel he just can’t put down. After a quick dig through the archives, we’ve unearthed the newsprint cover detailing his signature NHL accomplishment.

It’s a record so astounding it feels pulled from a video game or a movie. But it’s all too real, and it’s about to turn 40 years old. Everything clicked for Sittler Feb. 7, 1976 when his Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Boston Bruins. The points kept pouring in. Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard’s single-game record of eight points stood for 32 years and 9,453 NHL games before Sittler smashed it with a 10 spot. His mark is still going strong. This Feb. 7, 40 years and 38,995 NHL games will have passed since Sittler made history.

Sittler joined us to review footage of all 10 points and reminisce about the events before, during and after that magical game. This is his definitive oral history.

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Flyers’ Simmonds booted from game after skirmish, punch to head of Rangers’ McDonagh

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Wayne Simmonds and Ryan McDonagh (via Streamable)

A matinee game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers was going to mean an early day for all involved, but Wayne Simmonds was hitting the showers earlier than anyone after being ejected from Saturday’s game midway through the first period.

Simmonds was handed a game misconduct and match penalty for a punch to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh shortly after the 10-minute mark of the first frame. The battle between Simmonds and McDonagh was sparked when the Flyers winger attempted to deliver a hit to the Rangers captain after he had moved the puck up ice. McDonagh, who saw Simmonds coming, caught him in the head with a crosscheck which set Simmonds off.

Simmonds delivered a slash, McDonagh retaliated with a crosscheck and the two players separated for a brief moment before Simmonds threw a gloved left punch to McDonagh’s head that saw the defenseman hit the ice. Here’s the entire sequence: Read more

Watch Penguins’ Zatkoff reach back to make awesome stick save on Lightning’s Condra

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Jeff Zatkoff (via NHL)

Pittsburgh backup Jeff Zatkoff doesn’t get to play often, so when he does, he wants to make his minutes count. And while he couldn’t help the Penguins overcome a 4-1 deficit Friday, he did make an incredible stick save during Pittsburgh’s attempted comeback.

With the Penguins back within one goal late in the third period, the Lightning dumped the puck into the Penguins’ zone and Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson gave chase. Johnson created some havoc below the goal line in his attempt to get the puck, which resulted in Penguins center Kevin Porter making an ill-advised pass into the middle of the ice, right onto the tape of Lightning winger Erik Condra.

Condra had no one between he and Zatkoff and used great patience to pull the puck around the Penguins goaltender. But Zatkoff, who committed to Condra’s deke early, reached back with his goal stick and sealed the ice with his paddle to make a great save: Read more