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Video: Pavel Datsyuk scores with his stick behind his legs

This is vintage Pavel Datsyuk. He might not be in the NHL anymore, but Datsyuk’s still got sick moves. Check out this beautiful goal from KHL action. In Datsyukian-fashion, the 38-year-old scored by sticking his stick behind his legs and beating the netminder under his arm. I miss these type of goals from Datsyuk in the NHL. The post Video: Pavel Datsyuk scores with his stick...
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Video: Chris Stewart beats Lawson Crouse to a pulp in one-sided fight

Lawson Crouse probably regrets his decision to throw hands with Chris Stewart. The Arizona Coyotes rookie faced off against the Minnesota Wild forward on Thursday night, getting his ass handed to him in a quick tilt. Stewart delivered devastating blows as Crouse turtled. Better luck next time, rook. The post Video: Chris Stewart beats Lawson Crouse to a pulp in one-sided fight appeared...
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Avs, Ducks play lengthy third period after broken glass delay

Thursday night’s game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Anaheim Ducks was expected to be an average regular season game, but the night turned into a memorable one thanks to a pane of broken glass.With 9:48 left to play in the second period, a pane of glass was broken near the netting. When the crew brought out a new piece to fix it, they discovered they didn’t have one which...
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Corey Crawford believes better ice, not smaller equipment, is the key to higher scoring

The NHL is always looking for ways to increase scoring and the most popular option involves shrinking the equipment worn by the league’s goaltenders. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has a different idea and it involves improvements to the playing surface.Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times, Crawford believes that the quality of the ice is the real key to increasing scoring...
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John Tortorella challenges LeBron: “Not a chance” he could play hockey

John Tortorella is poking fun at fellow Ohio sports star LeBron James.According to Keith Britton of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, Tortorella jokingly asserted James wouldn’t be able to transition to hockey despite his athletic prowess. Torts challenged him to skate with the Blue Jackets. “Not a chance,” Tortorella said.  “He can’t skate. He’s too damn big, he can’t skate...
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'Four Line Challenge' added to NHL All-Star Skills Competition

The NHL has already cut the breakaway challenge from the All-Star Skills Competition, but a new entertaining replacement might have been found. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca reports the All-Star Game will feature a new competition titled “The Four Line Challenge.” The new event will see players try to hit targets from particular spots on the ice. Think the accuracy challenge...
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Chris Kreider fined $5,000 for pummeling Cody Eakin with his own helmet

Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000 by the league after hitting Cody Eakin with his own helmet during a fight during last night’s New York Rangers-Dallas Stars game. NY Rangers’ Chris Kreider fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for hitting Dallas’ Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 18, 2017 Kreider...
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Was Jack Capuano the right person to blame for Isles' woes?

In a move that seemed like a long time coming, Jack Capuano was fired as head coach of the New York Islanders. The Islanders have had a rough start to the year, and it looked like at some point they were going to need a scapegoat to pin it all on. General Manager Garth Snow finally had enough and decided to make a move, but the question is, was it the right one? Many will tell...
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WATCH: Jared Spurgeon scores crazy goal

If Jared Spurgeon’s goal on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils isn’t named the best of the year, it at least deserves to be in the conversation. After the puck deflected and hit off the opposing netminder, Spurgeon tipped the puck down to himself before batting in an absolute beauty of goal. I’ve watched a lot of hockey and I don’t think I’ve seen a goal quite...
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Landeskog on trade rumors: “I want to be an Avalanche”

If it was up to him, Gabriel Landeskog would remain captain of the Colorado Avalanche for the foreseeable future. With the Avalanche season already lost, Landeskog’s become the subject of trade rumors. Landeskog is taking the speculation in stride, admitting to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post he’s not letting them affect his game. “Whether my name is floating around or not...
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WATCH: Jamie Benn takes his anger out by snapping three sticks over his knee

There are a lot of ways to show your frustration. Phil Kessel’s preferred method is to make a series of odd faces on the bench. In the case of Jamie Benn, he decided to take his anger out on some of his own sticks by breaking one over his knee out on the ice and two over his knee while he was on the bench. You can almost hear beer league hockey players cringing as Benn snaps...
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Ken Hitchcock admits coaches don’t think about winning late in tied games thanks to overtime point

Ken Hitchcock is being 100% honest about his coaching mindset entering the final five minutes of a tied game: Don’t go all out for the win and try to get the extra point first. The St. Louis Blues coach spoke to the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont, admitting he doesn’t think about winning during a tied game, late. “I like when you are playing all out, all the way,” offered...
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The 5 best hockey fights from Week 14 in the NHL

The NHL has hit its midway point and that means the battle for the playoffs is officially on. It’s make or break time for most NHL teams and that usually produces some intense fights. This week is a great collection of scraps, including a couple from some unlikely sources. 5. Josh Anderson (CBJ) vs Alexander Killorn (TB) The Blue Jackets have been winning just about everything...
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Craig Cunningham returns to Roadrunners to standing ovation

Craig Cunningham is back in Roadrunners colors nearly two months after suffering a career-ending injury which nearly killed him. Back in November, the former Roadrunners captain nearly died after collapsing on the ice pre-game. After not hearing much regarding his condition, in December his near-death experience was detailed. Cunningham had part of his leg amputated in efforts to...
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Video: Andrew Shaw blindsides Jesper Fast, fights J.T. Miller

Andrew Shaw’s first game back with the Montreal Canadiens was both eventful and short-lived. Shaw returned from a concussion and immediately caused some controversy in the first period, dishing out a blindside hit to Jesper Fast before fighting J.T. Miller. Shaw was ejected and it’s possible he may receive some additional discipline from the Department of Player Safety. Shaw’s...
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WATCH: University of Denver gets creative, practices without sticks after they don’t show up

The University of Denver hockey team traveled to Kalamazoo for an upcoming game. But, there was just one little problem – their sticks didn’t make the trip with them. Without their most important piece of equipment, the team still practiced, pretending they all had their sticks as they ran through some drills. If you’re already there and you don’t have sticks, you might...
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The Avalanche traded Cody McLeod as a favor to him

The Colorado Avalanche recently traded Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Felix Girard. The trade, one which will likely be the first of many involving the Avs, was the first move by a team which desperately needs to rebuild and get younger. Aside from the obvious need to rebuild, the Avalanche also said they dealt McLeod as a favor to the 10-year veteran. ...
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Video: Here’s a monster blindside hit from the Finnish Liiga

When Joe Finley was unable to secure a job in the NHL and decided to take his talents abroad, it seemed pretty likely that he’d fade into hockey obscurity. Finley joined HIFK in the Finnish Liiga prior to 2016-17 and he got the hockey community buzzing for a monster blindside hit on Michel Miklík.  That’s just a brutal hit. Miklik was left bloodied and had to be stretchered...
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This Week in NHL Stupid: When goalies go rogue

Welcome once again to This Week in NHL Stupid, where we track the ugly, the silly and the stupid in the world of hockey. If you’ve never read this feature before, think of it as calling out somebody for dropping Jonathan Toews in their fantasy league. I make that analogy because that actually happened this past week! Seriously. Not in my league. That wouldn’t be tolerated in...
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Video: Evander Kane speared Ben Bishop after his attempt was stopped

Evander Kane always seems to be at the center of some sort of controversy. This time it’s for spearing Ben Bishop after Bishop stopped Kane’s wraparound attempt during Buffalo’s game against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Kane’s spear wasn’t the most vicious of spears ever seen in the NHL, but it still crossed a line. He was frustrated after Bishop stopped his attempt and...
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Canucks reportedly won’t use draft picks for playoff push

The Vancouver Canucks are basically the kings of dealing assets for vets who are supposed to help a playoff push, when in reality, the team is far from being competitive. We saw this flawed team-building strategy when GM Jim Benning dealt former first-round pick Jared McCann and multiple draft picks for the steady but unspectacular Erik Gudbranson. The Canucks failed to realize...
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You may never see a player like Alex Ovechkin ever again

1,000 points in 880 games. You don’t need me to tell you Alex Ovechkin is amazing. His play says so much by itself. His shot, his terrifying presence on the power play, his ability to get shots off from all over the ice, his combination of size and speed, of skill and physicality. He stands out as much as a player can. He’s a monster. But the differences in scoring rates across...
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WATCH: Phil Kessel was a little frustrated on the Penguins' bench

Phil Kessel has had a really strong year, but even the best players in the NHL can get frustrated from time to time. Kessel showed some of that frustration in the funniest of ways, grumbling and making faces on the Penguins’ bench. Kessel is a GIF/meme goldmine in this short clip. The way he handles his mouth guard while throwing his tantrum is pretty impressive. Keep doing you, Phil.
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The 5 best hockey fights from Week 13 in the NHL

We apologize for the delay in getting out our weekly recap of the week’s best fights. Long story short, being sick sucks and it makes it difficult to get things done. Now, enough of the sob story and on to the best fights! 5. Patrick Maroon (EDM) vs Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ) Maroon has always had a physical edge to his game, but lately he has been doing a great job on the offensive...
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Report: IIHF looking at ways to get rid of medal-deciding shootouts

The IIHF is looking for ways to avoid having a shootout decide a medal-winning game. Darren Dreger of TSN.ca reported on Insider Trading officials are looking at different scenarios instead of the shootout. “They’d look at that 20-minute overtime period,” Dreger said on Insider Trading.”Is it better to start five-on-five, play for 10 minutes, shift to three-on-three or...
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