Tyler Seguin says playoff injuries made for ‘toughest time’ of his career

Jared Clinton
Tyler Seguin (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Dallas Stars came one win from advancing to the Western Conference final, but no one will ever know what could have been had star winger Tyler Seguin been healthy throughout the post-season.

Seguin, 24, battled back from an Achilles laceration before the post-season began and got back into the lineup in time for Game 2 of the first round series against the Minnesota Wild. However, after playing almost three full minutes less than his season average in that game, Seguin was back on the sideline with another lower-body injury, which was said to be unrelated to the Achilles. As the Stars met with media for the final time, it was revealed Seguin was battling through a calf injury.

“It was another fluke thing that happened,” Seguin said. “A weird step that made it go all fireworks in my leg…I’m a competitive athlete. I see my team working hard the last 10 games of the season with me hurt, and I get a chance for Game 2 against Minnesota, I’m not going to pass that up. It was unfortunate with what happened.” Read more

AHLer Carter Camper dekes through offensive zone for highlight-reel Game 7 goal

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Carter Camper (via Hershey Bears/YouTube)

Carter Camper has spent all but three of his 348 professional games in the AHL, and the 27-year-old center has carved out quite the niche for himself in the NHL-affiliated league. And in his fifth season in the AHL, Camper is seeing some post-season success as a member of one of the league’s most famous teams, the Hershey Bears.

Camper came into Sunday night’s Game 7 against the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins riding one of the best point streaks of the season, and it couldn’t come at a more crucial time. From Game 2 onward, Camper had picked up at least a point in each contest while helping the Bears push the series to a seventh game. Late in the second period, Camper extended his point streak and put Hershey ahead with some slick moves.

After breaking into the Penguins’ zone, Camper cut to the middle of the ice with winger Riley Barber driving the Wilkes-Barre defense back by pushing towards the Penguins’ net. Following Barber, Camper dipped into the middle of the zone before slipping the puck to his backhand and going around Wilkes-Barre blueliner Jean-Sebastien Dea to get one-on-one with Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith. Camper made his partial breakaway look easy: Read more

Watch Predators give up shorthanded 4-on-1 as Thornton ices Game 7 victory for Sharks

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San Jose Sharks 4on1

The Predators entered the third period of Thursday’s Game 7 against the Sharks in an unenviable hole. Nashville was trailing 3-0 and were starting the final regulation frame — and potentially their final period of the season — shorthanded against what has been the post-season’s most productive power play unit.

It took all of 26 seconds for things to go even further south.

With the Predators seeking anything to get the offense started, Mike Fisher broke up the ice shorthanded against a slew of Sharks defenders and crossed into the San Jose zone with defenseman Shea Weber approaching through the neutral zone. Fisher faked as if to drive to the outside before dropping a pass that was intended for Weber, but instead was poked away by Sharks center Logan Couture, Weber fell to the ice and San Jose skated away on a serious odd-man break.

And as if facing the playoffs’ best power play wasn’t enough, Predators defenseman Roman Josi was stranded alone trying to ward off a Sharks 4-on-1. The result was predictable: Read more

Jimmy Fallon is back with Tonight Show Superlatives, calls Joe Thornton a library puppeteer

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(via Tonight Show/YouTube)

The Tonight Show has been a common place for the Stanley Cup champions to visit post-playoffs, but if host Jimmy Fallon is hoping to have the champions on his show, he best hope the San Jose either fail to win the franchise’s first Cup or that the Sharks players have good senses of humor.

Fallon has had a running gag on his iteration of the Tonight Show that takes the head shots of athletes — and picture day usually produces some dandies across the four major sports — and combines them with yearbook-style superlatives. All told, Sharks players ended up having the biggest share of the segment. Fallon’s writers didn’t take it easy on the group, either, and there’s no “Most Likely To Succeed” here.

If you’ve seen the segment before, you know what to expect. If this is your first time catching it, enjoy: Read more

Watch the awful goal Lehtonen allowed to Stastny that stood as Blues’ Game 7 winner

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Paul Stastny (via NHL.com)

The difference between the Blues and Stars in Game 7? It was goaltending. St. Louis netminder Brian Elliott was outstanding and the Stars’ duo of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi left much to be desired.

On 19 shots, the pair of Stars netminders team up to turn aside only 13, as the Blues walked to a decisive 6-1 Game 7 victory. And on a night both goaltenders were subpar, of course it was the worst goal either allowed that ended up going down in the record books as the game-winning goal.

Late in the first period, Paul Stastny found himself at the side of the Stars’ net with no one covering him. Stastny took a short pass from Troy Brouwer, and the Blues center simply turned and fired the puck on goal, where Lehtonen was up against the post and seemingly sealing off any holes. And it was only seemingly, because Stastny’s shot somehow got through Lehtonen to put the Blues up 2-0 late in the opening period: Read more

Vicious elbow hospitalizes Marlies’ Johnson, Devils’ Kelly likely facing suspension

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Andreas Johnson (via HockeyWebcast)

The second-round Calder Cup playoff series between the Toronto Marlies and Albany Devils has been feisty. Through four games, the Marlies and Devils have traded wins and unpleasantries, leading to the teams combining for 136 penalty minutes in a series that is still at least two games away from deciding a winner.

But the aggressiveness between the two sides went too far in Tuesday’s Game 4. Midway through the second period of a game the Marlies were leading 3-1, Toronto winger Andreas Johnson collected a short pass from defenseman Connor Carrick and cut across the blueline. As Johnson turned his head to work his way into the Albany zone, he was met with a stiff elbow and forearm shot to the head from Devils defenseman Dan Kelly.

The result of the hit was frightening. Johnson, playing in only his second North American contest, was left laying flat on the ice, motionless, as the medical staff from the Marlies rushed onto the ice to attend to him: Read more

Former NHLer Nigel Dawes commits hilarious dive at World Championship

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(via Robert Soderlind/HockeyWebcast)

European referees are notorious for calling a much tighter game than their North American counterparts, and that’s especially true of international competition. Penalties that would sometimes be let go in the NHL or AHL might not fly when it comes to any of the IIHF tournaments.

However, just because the game is called tighter doesn’t mean players aren’t looking for an edge where they can get it, say by snapping their heads back on a near high stick or going down a bit easier than they may have otherwise on a trip. Call it embellishment or diving, but the hard sell works from time to time. That said, Kazakhstan winger and former NHLer Nigel Dawes may want to tone it down if he’s looking to get a favorable call at the World Championship.

During Tuesday’s game against Norway, Dawes threw a hit on and got tangled up along the boards with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, a former NHLer in his own right, and the Norwegian rearguard retaliated with a quick tug on Dawes’ leg. Tollefsen’s infraction was enough to land a hooking penalty, but Dawes’ literal leap into the air to draw the call saw him sitting for two minutes for embellishment: Read more