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Video: Pittsburgh Penguins did an amazing Christmas Vacation parody

The other 29 teams around the NHL can give up now. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Holiday season with their incredible Christmas Vacation parody. Just wait for Evgeni Malkin’s contribution. Pittsburgh Penguins holiday video. It’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year. https://t.co/0wJrfyg0tu — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 19, 2014
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Video: Martin Brodeur loses the puck in his equipment

Shortly before he was beaten from center ice, Martin Brodeur enjoyed a good laugh after the puck went missing in his equipment. This seems to happen from time to time with goalies around the NHL, but in Brodeur’s case the mystery only grew more perplexing and more humorous as he examined all of his pads and the puck still couldn’t be found.
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Video: Kings score from center ice on a crazy bounce

It usually takes something pretty special to beat a goaltender from center ice. For Dwight King, it was an insane second bounce which kicked the puck up and over Martin Brodeur.
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Video: Horrible own-goal from the KHL

Imagine you’ve made an amazing save on an extremely tough shot and the puck is now resting on the goal line. As the puck rests in its precarious position, your defenseman swoops in and pushes the puck across and into the net. If the above scenario would send you into a fit of rage, you have a lot in common with goaltender Riku Helenius of the KHL. Watch as his defender comes in...
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The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

If you hate diving and embellishment in the NHL, you’ll be pleased to know that the league has handed out their first fine for diving. James Neal of the Nashville Predators was the lucky recipient of the $2,000 fine for embellishment after he dove against the San Jose Sharks back on December 13th. Neal was slapped in the pants with a stick and received a minor penalty for embellishment...
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GIF: Dougie Hamilton tries to deke, falls down, is embarrassed

Dougie Hamilton tried to make a nifty spin move to create an offensive chance but things didn’t go too well. As he spun, Hamilton wiped out and looked pretty silly. Later, the arena replayed his “move” and Hamilton could sum things up with one choice word. (H/T Pete Blackburn)
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Should NHL expand to Las Vegas?

The NHL is currently testing the waters in Las Vegas to see if the city would be a proper fit for a future professional hockey team. All signs are currently pointing to the league expanding to the Sin City, barring some sort of major surprise. Expansion always comes with a large amount of risk, but the speculated destination of a new team – Las Vegas – carries a bit of extra...
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Did Claude Giroux wipe his boogers on a linesman?

Claude Giroux is all the hockey world is talking about after he appeared to wipe his nose and then wipe his hand on an NHL official prior to a faceoff. It’s not clear what Giroux is actually doing, but it definitely looks like he’s ditching his boogers on the linesman.  
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WATCH: Panthers-Capitals shootout lasts 20 rounds

The Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers are in the NHL record books after participating in the longest shootout in league history. The skills competition lasted 20 rounds (not a typo) and featured some truly laughable efforts from several defensemen. If you have 18 minutes to spare, watch this in its entirety. Roberto Luongo’s reaction says it all: I blacked out...
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Video: Sharks react to their own horrible Holiday video

The San Jose Sharks put out an intentionally horrible video for the holidays titled Holiday Sweater. The result was probably worse than any of the players and coaches could have imagined. Here’s a look at the Sharks watching their awful video for the very first time.
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This Oilers trade proposal from Damien Cox is ridiculous

Taylor Hall is (inexplicably) on the trade block right now as the Edmonton Oilers prepare to blow their franchise up everywhere but where they should, which is the front office. Of course, when hockey fans hear that one of the game’s best forwards might be trade bait, they salivate and throw around proposals that they hope their teams will pull off for a little more scoring punch...
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What’s behind the resurgence of Rick Nash?

Currently Rick Nash, a member of the New York Rangers, is on pace to score 52 goals this year along with 38 assists for 90 points. Both the on pace goals and points would eclipse career highs of 41 goals and 79 points. This is a stark contrast to last season when he finished with just 26 goals and 13 assists for 39 points. Along with only three goals in 25 playoff games. So what...
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GIF: John Tavares spears Marek Zidlicky in the groin

John Tavares was frustrated with Marek Zidlicky after a collision at center ice. Tavares took exception to Zidlicky’s knee/trip and retaliated with a spear in the groin. Remarkably, the spear only resulted in a two-minute penalty for slashing.
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Report: Oilers may be ready to shop Taylor Hall

The Edmonton Oilers are a fascinating group to follow. Perhaps the most mismanaged franchise the sport has seen in recent memory is reportedly preparing to shop around Taylor Hall. This comes from a new report from Darren Dreger who believes the Oilers are ready to deal the talented young forward. Dreger said he believes Taylor Hall will be shopped/discussed. Said Hall isn't willing...
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Hockey fights of the week

Did last week’s fights deliver one of the best of 2014-15? You be the judge, but we’re always excited when two captains start throwing punches. Aside from that, the other major story here involves NHL officials and the fact they’re breaking up fights earlier and earlier. Unless you’re going to ban fighting, ban it, otherwise let the fights play out as they normally would...
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NHL Analytics Power Rankings: 12/15

What goes into this ranking? Shot attempts for percentage, offensive/defensive zone starts, goals for percentage and puck luck are the elements of this analytic power ranking. Last week’s NHL Analytics Power Rankings on Puck Drunk Love can be found here. Keep in mind that based on the 2013-14 NHL season, 13 out of 16 playoff teams ranked in the top 16 of these same analytics power...
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GIF: Red Wings score identicial goals 11 years apart

This will blow your mind. These two goals from the Red Wings occurred 11 years apart, but are identical even down to the advertising on the boards. The GIF on the left is Pavel Datsyuk scoring on Roberto Luongo 11 years ago. The GIF on the right is Gustav Nyquist scoring the exact same goal on Luongo 11 years later. It’s amazing how similar these two shots are, even down to the...
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Drew Doughty says the Kings need to “turn this thing around quickly”

The Los Angeles Kings have been a difficult team to analyze so far in 2014-15. At home, the Kings are a strong side with an 11-4-1 record. On the road, their record is 4-6-5. It’s been a tale of two teams and the Kings are currently performing below the great expectations assigned to the defending Stanley Cup victors. As other teams in the West continue to pull ahead, the Kings...
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Sidney Crosby actually does have the mumps

When Sidney Crosby was recently interviewed by the media, no one could take their eyes off the right side of his face. Crosby’s puffy cheek seemed to be a pretty clear indicator that he had the mumps, but the team was cautious in saying why they were resting the star forward this weekend. The Penguins initially claimed there was no indication that Crosby had mumps. A statement...
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Video: Tomas Hertl’s adorable intermission interview

Tomas Hertl has one of the best personalities in hockey and it’s always a joy to hear him interviewed. Try not to smile as he describes the action during the intermission between the Sharks and Predators. His comment about how happy he is to score because “not too many goals this year,” is tremendous. (H/T Reddit Hockey)
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Prospective Las Vegas NHL owner would let fans name team

The NHL hasn’t even decided on whether or not a team will be calling Las Vegas home, but that hasn’t stopped one prospective owner from thinking about team names. William Foley, the man linked to a Vegas club, had an interview with Elliotte Friedman and he revealed what he had in mind as far as team names go. Foley personally likes Black Knights, but he admits that a Vegas...
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WATCH: Glass shatters during ECHL game, injures fans

Glass shattering at a hockey game is an extremely dangerous situation. It’s actually remarkable that we don’t hear about serious injuries more often considering how many times we’ve seen glass shatter in the lower levels of hockey. Another scary incident occurred down in the ECHL between the Wichita Thunder and the Quad City Mallards. Todd Fiddler shoved Theo Peckham hard...
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Video: Viktor Fasth yells at his teammates after being pulled

Things are getting uglier and uglier in Edmonton. The Oilers are 1-6-3 over their last 10 games and the team is starting to implode upon itself. After getting the hook in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks, Viktor Fasth slammed his helmet down and took out his frustrations on his teammates.
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Video: Jiri Sekac scores an incredible goal

This is a goal you’re going to have to watch a few times over in order to appreciate all of its nuances. Sekac appears to lose the puck on at least two occasions while bending the laws of physics at least once. Just when it looks like the Kings escaped disaster, Sekac pulls out the spin-o-rama and scores from a tight angle. Wow.
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Minnesota runs Wild at home but stumbles on the road

The Minnesota Wild this season are a tale of two teams thus far. At home they appear to be among the NHL’s elite with a 9-3-1 record, while on the road they fall below the break even mark at 6-8-0. How does a team play so different at home than they do on the road and can they correct this? The Wild currently sit outside a playoff spot at tenth in the Western Conference and occupy...
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