KHL goaltender Georgi Gelashvili hasn’t come anywhere close to making his way over to the NHL. The 32-year-old has spent the entirety of his career playing in Russia and Kazakhstan, and he’s far removed from his best years as a netminder.
But even if Gelashvili, who’s currently playing for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk, was one of the best netminders in the KHL, he might not be fit for the NHL game. Not because his talent level wouldn’t be there, but because Gelashvili seems to be easily flustered by traffic in front of his net. Take Monday’s game against Traktor Chelyabinsk for example.
With 40 seconds left in the second period, Traktor’s Maxim Yakutsenya took a swipe at a puck that was fired on goal. Yakutsenya didn’t get any of the deflection, but his attempt infuriated Gelashvili, who got to his feet and started firing lefts and rights at Yakutsenya: Read more
The All-Star Game is usually headlined by the game’s best goal scorers taking over, but it was the lovable story of John Scott and the goaltenders who really stole the show.
The three-game 3-on-3 tournament was a winning format — fun, fast and packed with highlights — but it wasn’t the offensive showdown one may have expected. Consider the final game of the tournament in which the Pacific Division team, led by Scott, won the 3-on-3 competition by a final score of 1-0. No one expected to see an all-star shutout.
If you missed the games, here are five of the best clips from the 3-on-3 tournament: Read more
Jonathan Quick doesn’t rank top 10 in either save percentage or goals-against average, but there are times when he’s manning the net for the Los Angeles Kings that Quick makes a save so spectacular it’s confounding anyone is ever able to get a puck past him.
Quick turned in one of those spectacular efforts Wednesday evening against the Colorado Avalanche with what was “best save” both Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene said they had ever seen, according to NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire.
In the third period, the Kings held a 3-2 lead when they turned the puck over in their own zone. MacKinnon was the first to the puck and he fired a shot high blocker, which Quick pushed away and into the air where it was batted by Colorado’s Jarome Iginla towards the net. Quick, with a split-second reaction time, swung his stick and batted the puck over his own head to send it out of harm’s way before it could get any closer to crossing the goal line: Read more
You have to wonder how the NHL Officials’ Association feels about the incident in Calgary Wednesday night involving Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and linesman Don Henderson. It was a bizarre turn of events, to say the least.
In the second period of the Flames 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, Wideman took a pretty substantial hit in the defensive zone, then picked himself up and, as he made his way to the Flames bench, crosschecked Henderson from behind and sent the linesman tumbling to the ice.
Take a look at the incident here:
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien taught Coyotes rookie goaltender Louis Domingue a lesson Tuesday night, and that’s that he better be sure of himself when he leaves his net to play the puck.
Domingue learned the hard way, too. In the second period of Tuesday’s game, Byfuglien skated the puck to safety out of the Winnipeg zone and glided into the neutral zone. With linemates ready to chase a dump in, Byfuglien wound up, put his head down and appeared to be set to dump the puck around the boards. Instead, he pivoted his body ever so slightly and hammered the puck on goal.
Domingue, who was expecting the dump in, began to leave his net when Byfuglien shot the puck, and he couldn’t get back quite in time to stop the slapshot from center ice: Read more
It seemed like nothing else could possibly go wrong for the Montreal Canadiens. Since November, they’ve fallen from the top of the Atlantic Division to outside a playoff position, the offense is sputtering and it doesn’t look like Carey Price is going to be back until at least late February. So, again, it didn’t seem like anything else could possibly go wrong.
Well, the Canadiens incredible bad luck continued Tuesday night as captain Max Pacioretty was forced to exit their contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets after Montreal blueliner P.K. Subban blasted a puck that was deflected by Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell before catching the Canadiens winger square in the cheek: Read more
As much as we appreciate the speed and skill of some of the NHL’s most talented players, getting a look up close at what some of the league’s best can do with the puck on their stick always brings a new level of respect.
In a new video from GoPro, which released several first-person videos last season, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin, Duncan Keith, Gabriel Landeskog, Tomas Tatar and the Sedin twins took to the ice to show their ability. There’s more than a dozen highlight-reel worthy moments that’ll make you wonder how anyone stops them. That is until you see Cory Schneider stop pucks on two separate nets facing opposite directions: Read more
Jamie Benn’s frame might fool some people. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he looks every bit the prototypical power forward, but, as the Calgary Flames found out Monday, Benn can use his hands just as well as his size to make some magic and light the lamp.
In the second period of a scoreless game Monday, Benn found a soft spot in the Flames’ defensive zone coverage and took a pass from Valeri Nichushkin. With only Kris Russell to beat, it looked like Benn was going to waste no time in getting a shot off, but he instead waited for Russell to hit the ice to block any potential shot. Benn used a flick of his wrists to pull the puck around the downed Russell before getting in one-on-one with goaltender Karri Ramo. One more quick move, and Benn tucked a slick backhand under Ramo’s glove: Read more