Getzlaf calls Ovechkin out, says he was diving “all over the ice”

Jared Clinton
Ryan Getzlaf. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin had quite the game Sunday evening. The Washington superstar scored two goals, added two assists, and, if you ask Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, Ovechkin can even add a dive to his accomplishments.

After the game between the Ducks and Capitals, Getzlaf was speaking to media when he let Ovechkin really have it. There’s some NSFW audio, so beware of that before you listen. Read more

Ovechkin vs. Nash could become one of the great Rocket Richard races

Josh Elliott
Alex Ovechkin

It’s been five years since we’ve seen a scoring race this exciting.

Flash back to 2009-10, when the ‘Greatest Player in the World’ debate was in full swing and Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin were neck-and-neck-and-neck in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

The whole contest came down to the last game of the season on Apr. 11, when Crosby scored two goals, Stamkos tallied one and Ovechkin failed to score. Ovechkin had the lead going into the day, but couldn’t keep up as Crosby and Stamkos passed him.

Crosby and Stamkos ended up splitting the hardware with 51-goal seasons, while Ovechkin fell one goal short in 10 fewer games played.

Not since then have the goal scoring leader and the runner-up been one goal apart at the end of the season.
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Sharks’ star blueliner Brent Burns scores twice…in 22 seconds

Adam Proteau
Brent Burns (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

San Jose defenseman Brent Burns scored a career-best 22 goals for the Sharks last season, but in less than half-a-minute Wednesday, he scored two goals against the Washington Capitals to push him closer to that number for a second straight year.

On his first goal of the night (and 13th of the season), Burns uses a screen in front of Caps goalie Braden Holtby to fire home a shot from the point on the power play, just 21 seconds into the second period:

Twenty-two seconds after the ensuing center ice faceoff, Burns took a pass from teammate Patrick Marleau inside Washington’s blueline and wristed the puck past Holtby at the 43-second mark: Read more

10 players who retired with teams you wouldn’t expect

Mats Sundin

This season the NHL has had three very different situations play out when it comes to the retirement of notable players. Each of Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Brodeur, and Evgeni Nabokov had called it quits, but each in different ways.

Alfredsson signed a one-day free agent deal with the Senators to retire in the city that he called home for so many years, while Brodeur retired a Blue after signing a deal in St. Louis as a free agent after Brian Elliott went down with an injury.

Then there’s Nabokov. The long-time San Jose Sharks goaltender was traded back to San Jose on Monday following a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a move that will allow the 39-year-old to hang them up in the place he had the best years of his career.

Many times, however, players aren’t allowed to ride off into the sunset the way that Alfredsson and Nabokov had. So, like Brodeur, these are 10 players that have retired in cities you wouldn’t expect: Read more

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin donates All-Star Game car to charity

Adam Proteau
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Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin used much of his time at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus lobbying to secure a car for charity, and he was eventually able to deliver on that noble intent. On Monday, just outside of Washington, he picked up the car in person.

After traveling out to Falls Church, Va., Ovechkin visited with a local car dealer, where he picked up a Honda that is going be auctioned off for his charity of choice. In this case, the auction’s proceeds are going to benefit the American Special Hockey Association through the funding of team, tournament and camp grants for players with develop­mental disa­bilities. And Ovechkin looked more than happy to be there: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Sabres’ Myers finally on the move?

Tyler Myers

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers frequently pops up in this season’s rumor mill, with the Anaheim Ducks among the clubs reportedly interested in the 6-foot-8, 219-pound blueliner. The Ducks lack depth in right-handed rearguards and there’s a perception the 25-year-old could blossom into a Zdeno Chara clone on a better team.

Recently there’s been a notable increase in speculation linking Myers and the Ducks. It began over a week ago when the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claimed Ducks GM Bob Murray had regular talks with the Sabres. On Friday, TVASports’ Renaud Lavoie claimed those talks were intensifying, telling WGR 550 the Sabres wanted a defenseman (like Cam Fowler) as part of the return for Myers. Read more

Flyers goalie Steve Mason injures himself – during a TV timeout

Adam Proteau
Steve Mason (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Steve Mason has had his share of injuries to deal with this season, but when the Flyers goalie was hurt Sunday against Washington, he was hurt in the oddest of fashions: during a TV timeout.

The 26-year-old Mason, who has been stellar between the pipes for Philadelphia this season (2.27 goals-against average, .925 save percentage), skated to the Flyers bench during a break in the second period before he abruptly left the ice and had to be carried to the dressing room as backup Ray Emery went in: (video via somehockeyvideos) Read more

The 10 worst free agent signings of 2014-15

Dave Bolland's five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers is one of the worst UFA deals handed out. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues’ signing of Martin Brodeur didn’t turn out the way many fans would have hoped, with the legendary netminder playing some of the worst hockey of his career and then retiring once there was no longer a spot for him in the lineup.

But the signing was a calculated risk. Brodeur came cheap, was a capable backup and a teacher and mentor for young goaltender Jake Allen. Because Brodeur retired before Feb. 1, it saved the Blues from paying a roster bonus to the veteran netminder. Those are all reasons you won’t find Brodeur on this list of the worst signings of this season.

What you will find is a few players who are overpaid, contracts that are far too long, and a few gambles that simply didn’t pay off. Read more