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Capitals’ Ovechkin notches fifth career 50-goal season with goal vs. St. Louis

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By Darian Somers

For the fifth time in his career, Alex Ovechkin has scored 50 goals in a season.

His 50th this time came on the power play during the first period against St. Louis as he beat Ryan Miller with a trademark one-timer. The goal was Ovechkin’s 23rd with the man advantage, which is a new franchise record for the Capitals.

It took Ovechkin 75 games to reach the 50 mark — the first time he’s done it since 2009-10, when he scored 50 in 72.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Halifax Mooseheads step it up for QMJHL playoffs with pregame light show

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    By Darian Somers

    Be honest: You thought the coolest thing about the Halifax Mooseheads was Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin, didn’t you?

    Well, you were wrong.

    From the team that brought you two of the top three picks in the 2013 NHL Draft comes one of the most unique and undoubtedly cool pregame pump-up videos in hockey history with an amazing 3D display on the ice. The ice breaks, refreezes, turns into a club with house music, and displays video on the ice in impressive quality before one of their second-round playoff games.

    The biggest accomplishment here? Melting your mind for for approximately three minutes.

    A high-definition version of the opening can be seen here.


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • GIF: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop leaves game vs. Leafs with upper-body injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop left Tuesday’s game with an apparent arm injury after falling to the ice trying to make a save about five minutes into the first period.

    Bishop had to be helped off the ice and was replaced by Anders Lindback.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo gets match penalty for hit on Sabres’ Chad Ruhwedel

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    By Darian Somers

    Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo received a match penalty for a hit on Buffalo’s Chad Ruhwedel 4:29 into the third period on Sunday.

    The infraction occurred when Rinaldo came across the ice and dropped his shoulder, making contact with Ruhwedel’s head. From one angle, it appears that Rinaldo jumped into the hit that sent Ruhwedel spinning to the ice. The Sabres’ defenseman left the ice under his own power and did not return to the game.

    According to Buffalo News beat writer Mike Harrington, Ruhwedel suffered a concussion.
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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • GIF: Blackhawks’ Jeremy Morin misses check, goes for a ride on the boards

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    By Darian Somers

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin completely missed his first period check on the Blues’ Patrik Berglund in Sunday afternoon’s game — and by completely missed, we mean he completely missed. His miscalculation sent him on a rail-slide down the dasher in front of Chicago’s bench all the way to the glass partition before he fell in amongst his sitting teammates, making for a funny moment in a rather tense game.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • GIF: Magic puck strikes again as Travis Zajac tips one past Anton Khudobin

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    By Michael Blinn

    Ah, the magic puck. It’s been known to torment goalies and fans alike through the years.

    Often known to simply change direction at a moment’s notice, the magic puck reared its head once again on Saturday, somehow spinning away from Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin. Some will argue that Travis Zajac’s tip-in can be explained by physics while using astronomical calculations and mult-syllable words that require a Ph.D. to understand. Others will claim that it’s just good old fashioned witchcraft that causes the puck to dance back over the goal line — what else do you expect from a team called the Devils?

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • Calvin de Haan of Islanders hurt after collision, Ovechkin’s shot off chest

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    By Mike McMahon

    The New York Islanders have high hopes for defenseman Calvin de Haan, who they chose 12th in 2009 NHL Draft, but his progress has been slowed by injuries, particularly to his shoulder. His misfortune continued on Saturday after he fell while tussling with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin along the sideboards. Hobbled, de Haan tried to get to the front of the net to help goalie Evgeni Nabokov. For his troubles, the defenseman was the recipient of Ovechkin’s tipped shot directly into his shoulder. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • GIF: Blues’ Backes goes after Avs’ MacKinnon in midst of heated game

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    By Amy Lilek

    The St. Louis Blues play a tough and physical style of hockey and on Saturday afternoon, Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon found out just how physical the Blues can be.

    Late in the third period with the Avs leading 3-0, MacKinnon knocked down David Backes and the Blues captain allowed his frustrations to boil over. Backes dropped his gloves and went after the 18-year-old rookie.

    MacKinnon left the ice and went straight to the Avalanche locker room. He did not return to the game, which Colorado won 4-0.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • Does the Predators’ Shea Weber deserve the Norris Trophy?

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    Shea Weber could retire tomorrow and have a pretty nice career to reflect on. Two Olympic gold medals. A two-time NHL First Team All Star. A number that’ll be retired one day in Nashville. A pretty good shot at the Hall of Fame, too.

    But one thing that’s missing from his resume is a Norris Trophy. Weber’s been recognized as one of the best defensemen in the game for several years now and twice he’s finished as the first runner-up for the award, but the hardware has eluded him.

    That’s something the Predators would like to change. They’ve been pushing the narrative of this being Weber’s best season ever for a week or so now, with coach Barry Trotz leading the charge. “He’s not getting the accolades across the league that he would if we were a little higher in the standings, but it’s by far his best season in terms of production,” Trotz said. “And we’re basically breaking in five defensemen, maybe four … and he’s having a terrific season.”

    Now the team is taking the offensive one step further by sending out this promotional video extolling his virtues. Smart move? You bet. Despite universal recognition of his greatness, he’s sort of a back-of-mind candidate. Even with his big numbers, his profile suffers from playing for a small-market team that’s been circling the playoff drain for a couple months already.

    Will this will help end his Norris drought? We’ll find out in June.


  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Calgary Flames make good after mascot screw-up

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    By Allan Muir

    When you’re a little kid, a chance to meet major-league mascot is kind of a big deal. So when Harvey the Hound, the Flames’ legendary slack-tongued ambassador of goodwill, failed to show as scheduled at a mite game in Black Diamond, Alberta, many tears were shed.

    Crying tots aren’t exactly the sort of PR that Calgary is looking for when the team books Harvey for events, so the Flames realized they had to do something special to make things right for the young players.

    Their plan started with an appearance by Harvey at the rink in Black Diamond the following week, but then they took it up a notch. Or two.

    Take a look at this video and imagine being one of these kids.

    Well done, fellas.


  • Published On Apr 01, 2014


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