It may seem like this hasn’t been the kind of season we’ve come to expect from Jason Spezza, but rest assured he still has an incredible pair of hands and he put them on display Wednesday night.
Midway through the second period of Dallas’ tilt with Calgary and with the Stars on the power play, Spezza received a pass in the right wing circle. As Flames defenseman Kris Russell slid out to attempt to shut down Spezza’s passing lanes, he perfectly toe-dragged the puck around Russell, waited for a passing lane to open up and put a tape-to-tape feed past Calgary’s Dennis Wideman and onto the stick of Jamie Benn for a tap-in: Read more
Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane is still recuperating from a broken clavicle, but to tide you over until he makes his return (hopefully for Hawks fans, that will be in late May when Chicago is still in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and not next season), he and the people at GoPro have partnered to give fans an up-close look at his astonishing skill set.
The 26-year-old right winger straps the high-performance GoPro camera to the top of his helmet in the video, and the results are mesmerizing. The viewer gets the impression they’re seeing things through Kane’s eyes as he stickhandles through obstacles and smoothly around the ice: Read more
The way Carey Price is playing this season is almost unfair. He leads the league in every single goaltending category, he’s the biggest reason for the Canadiens success and now he’s just showing off by making saves without even facing the play.
During Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators — and maybe his only true Vezina Trophy opponent, Pekka Rinne — Price gathered a loose puck in front of his crease and attempted to clear it around his net to defenseman P.K. Subban. Unfortunately for Price, Subban was a little further away than Price had expected and the puck ended up on the tape of Predators winger Kevin Fiala.
Fiala, who was playing in his first career NHL game, got his “Welcome to the NHL” moment when Price slid across his crease facing away from the play to make a skate save: Read more
After having outstanding seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the current campaign has been one to forget for Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s been injured, the Blue Jackets have struggled and his numbers — a 2.78 goals-against average and .917 save percentage — are the worst they have been since he left Philadelphia in 2011-12.
However, no matter how bad a season, Bobrovsky may be able to hang his hat on the fact he can still makes saves few goaltenders in the league would dream of. Tuesday night against Anaheim, he made a post-to-post save that’s sure to be on end of season highlight shows. Watch the extension he makes when he slides across his crease and check out just how little of his body he uses to turn aside this Rickard Rakell attempt: Read more
The Coyotes are in the headlines these days mostly regarding their odds of drafting junior phenom Connor McDavid, but their players aren’t thinking about tanking the remainder of the season. And there was no better example of that than Yotes goalie Mike Smith, who made an astonishing pad save on Red Wings center Riley Sheahan late in regulation Tuesday and went on to deny Detroit a second point in overtime and the shootout in an improbable 5-4 Arizona win.
The Wings and Coyotes were tied at four goals apiece in Detroit with approximately three minutes left in the third period when Sheahan capitalized on a Coyotes turnover and snapped off a quick shot that wasn’t easy for Smith to stop. The rebound came back to Sheahan, and Smith’s second save – with his right leg stretching out to prevent what surely would’ve been the go-ahead goal – was simply spectacular: Read more
Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm did something Tuesday very few NHLers have been able to do this year – put a puck past Canadiens superstar goalie Carey Price – and he did so from his knees, moments after being tripped.
The teams had yet to score in Nashville as they approached the midway point of the first period. But Ekholm recorded the first goal of the night after picking up the puck just outside Montreal’s blueline, splitting through a pair of Habs defenders – and after one of them (center Tomas Plekanec) tripped him on the way by, he still managed to beat Price blocker side for his sixth goal and 16th point of the season: Read more
Colin DeAugustine isn’t currently committed to a school to play college hockey. The exposure he’s about to get for his save of the year candidate may very well change that.
DeAugustine, 19, plays for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms and this past Friday in a game against the Waterloo Black Hawks, he made one of the most incredible stick saves you’ll see this season, next season and probably any season in the future: Read more
Before he was a star NHL goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, Carey Price was just a boy growing up in a small British Columbia community called Anahim Lake, with a population of little more than 1,000.
In making the NHL, Price put Anahim Lake on the map, and the town proudly displays Price’s name on its sign and the local school supports the Canadiens goaltender with passion. So, for Trent Leon, the chance to meet his idol was a once in a lifetime experience, and for Price, it was an emotional meeting with a young man who gave him a gift he couldn’t have appreciated more: Read more