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Colorado announcers say Kronwall got "some of his own medicine" after dirty hit

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has earned a reputation around the National Hockey League for being a physical player who makes bone-crushing hits on his opponents. These kinds of hits have even been given a name -- being "Kronwalled." During Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche, Kronwall was playing a puck in the corner when Avalanche...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke offers to help Patrick Kaleta change his ways

Patrick Kaleta was recently given a 10-game suspension from the NHL's Department of Player Safety after a hit to the head of Columbus' Jack Johnson. Though Kaleta is appealing the decision, it's clear that the repeat offender has made his mark on the NHL and the league is trying to send a message. That message boils down to change your ways or be prepared to pay the...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Devils accepting submissions for a new goal song after fan backlash

I can safely say I've never seen anything like it. I was sitting from my perch in the press box as Damien Brunner scored the first New Jersey Devil goal of the season during the club's home opener against the New York Islanders. The celebration started, and then all of a sudden, you heard the strangest noise. The Devil fans in Newark's Prudential Center were booing...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Paul Holmgren: Chris Pronger will never play hockey again

Chris Pronger has been removed from hockey since 2011. After a series of surgeries, post-concussion syndrome and an eye injury, the hockey world knew that Pronger's playing days were over. However, hope endured that Pronger might somehow return due to the fact he has never officially announced his retirement.  Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren has confirmed what we all expected...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: The best hockey fights of the week

The first week of the season saw some decent hockey fights, but it was clear players were adjusting to the new helmet rule and trying to get back into the flow of the regular season. The second week was a big improvement as tempers boiled over and we were treated to some outstanding battles.  5. Sheldon Brookbank (CHI) vs Chris Stewart (STL) - Oct 9 Stewart brings plenty...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Metropolitan Division may be the worst in the NHL

I'm based in New Jersey, so I have to watch a lot of NFC East football. In most recent years, that has made Sunday afternoons and nights extremely entertaining. From Eli Manning guiding the Giants to two Super Bowls, to the debut of Robert Griffin III, to Tony Romo and Michael Vick keeping the Cowboys and Eagles floating in and out of relevance. The NFC East was considered so...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Introducing the PDL newsletter and a "30 for 30" giveaway

Ready for another exciting announcement? Of course you are. We're proud to announce that PDL will soon have a regular newsletter which will bring our content straight to your inbox. In an effort to provide as many options as possible to our readers, the newsletter will allow you to digest our features at your convenience. Miss a story or some news? We'll deliver a digest...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Welcome Steve Lepore to PDL

The PDL family is growing. We're proud to officially announce that Steve Lepore will be joining Puck Drunk Love and sharing his hockey insight with all of us. Steve is a widely respected voice in the world of hockey and he's a huge addition to the PDL team. He'll also be contributing to Awful Announcing, another site on the Bloguin network.  Unfamiliar with Steve...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Classified ad posted seeking a goalie for the Edmonton Oilers

I'm about 99% sure this isn't really the Oilers posting this on the Canadian classified ads site Kijiji. Of course, with the Oilers firmly ensconced in the basement of the Western Conference and resorting to desperate attempts at lighting a fire under their team's butt by benching Nail Yakupov, that one percent chance that this is from the organization seems feasible...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Canucks score embarrassing own goal

The Vancouver Canucks scored one of the strangest own-goals you'll ever see when they hosted the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. While on a power-play, Roberto Luongo moved behind his net and played the puck over to Jason Garrison. Garrison left the puck for Dan Hamhuis. Hamhuis lost the handle and the puck squirted toward Luongo who was now facing away from the action...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

GIF: Jonathan Bernier makes a ridiculous save against Edmonton

Jonathan Bernier is making a strong case to be the top goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his first four appearances with his new team, Bernier stopped 113 of the 116 shots he faced. Given the start against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, Bernier allowed five goals but he made one spectacular save that helped the Maple Leafs secure a big 6-5 victory.  Though Edmonton...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Lightning and Panthers will battle for Governor's Cup

It's easy to laugh at this. As the two outcasts in the Flortheast division, the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning more than likely aren't going to be contenders for the Stanley Cup this season. The pretty stacked Atlantic Division has the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins, who are two early favorites this year. The Panthers and Lightning shouldn't worry,...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Thornton would pull, um, 'it' out if he scored four goals

Tomas Hertl has received plenty of unnecessary criticism for his nifty fourth goal against the New York Rangers. Apparently some people thought Hertl was showboating when he pulled the puck between his legs and lifted it over Martin Biron.  What does Joe Thornton think about the situation? Well, the San Jose forward revealed that if he scored four goals he'd unzip his pants...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Warrior commercial features Nail Yakupov and some innuendo

Nail Yakupov is in a commercial for Warrior where he promotes the company's new tagline: Nailed It. In the short spot Yakupov successfully performs different actions and follows it up by saying "Nailed it." He knocks a bottle off the roof of a net, tosses some trash into a garbage can and walks by some attractive ladies. Oh the innuendo! Edgy. At least this...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Sergei Fedorov is returning to professional hockey

Sergei Fedorov is about to resume his professional hockey career. The 43-year-old Fedorov is ready to make his return to the ice and will suit up for CSKA Moscow of the KHL on Friday. Fedorov last played for Metallurg Mg back in March of 2012 and now (if the reports are true) will abandon retirement after a little over a year and a half.  The move is a fascinating one considering...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Tomas Hertl goes between his legs to score an amazing goal

Tomas Hertl had a night to remember when the San Jose Sharks hosted the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. With a hat trick already in the bag, Hertl added his fourth goal of the night in style. Using a move normally reserved for the shootout, Hertl went between his legs in order to beat New York's Martin Biron. That's just not fair. Biron didn't stand a chance...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Jonathan Quick gives up an embarrassing goal against the Rangers

Jonathan Quick is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. Despite owning that title, he has given up his fair share of embarrassing goals over the course of his career. LA's game against the New York Rangers on Monday night yielded another unfortunate moment for the goaltender as Ryan McDonagh scored a 174-foot shorthanded goal to give the Rangers a 3-1 victory.  ...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: The best hockey fights of the week

Welcome to the 2013-14 edition of Hockey Fights of the Week. If you're new to PDL, each week we highlight five of the most memorable and interesting scraps from the previous seven days. At the end of the year we compile our 15 favorite fights in an effort to showcase the best the season had to offer. Here's a look back at the best hockey fights from the 2012-13 season. ...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Flyers fire coach Peter Laviolette

In the fastest firing after the start of a season in NHL history, the Philadelphia Flyers have dismissed head coach Peter Laviolette. Coach of the Flyers since 2009, Laviolette got the team to the Stanley Cup Finals followed by two subsequent second-round exits. Last season, with a streak of questionable goaltending (and goaltending personnel decisions), the Flyers missed the...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL ref says "You can't do that" when announcing a penalty

You can't do that, Shawn Horcoff. Caught pulling a player away from the net with his stick, Horcoff was penalized for hooking. However, when the official went to announce the penalty he led off by saying "You can't do that." He then followed up with the usual "Two minutes for hooking," but his intro had fans and announcers laughing.  You could...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Is an emphasis on grit hurting the Montreal Canadiens?

The Montreal Canadiens added some toughness over the summer when they signed George Parros and Douglas Murray. With these two men in the mix, the Canadiens believed they had bulked up enough to protect their skilled players and combat some of the more burly lineups in the Eastern Conference.  Has this new emphasis on grit caused more harm than good? Max Pacioretty is concerned...
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October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL players weigh in on underrated players, goalie equipment, PEDs and more

ESPN isn't a very reliable source for hockey coverage, but on occasion the media giant surprises us and produces something worth sharing. In an anonymous survey with an undisclosed number of NHL players, ESPN unearthed some fascinating insights on topics such as overrated, underrated and dirty players. They also asked about coaches, equipment, expansion and PEDs. The results...
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October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Patrick Roy tries to push a pane of glass on top of Bruce Boudreau

Patrick Roy made quite the memorable impression during his first game as the coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Shortly after the final horn of a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, Roy got into a verbal altercation with Corey Perry. Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau took offense and rushed over to exchange some words with Roy. Roy's heated reaction will require the workers at...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov to sign with ECHL team in Vegas?

This is something that needs to be filed under "too good to be true," so it probably is. Nevertheless, it is from Darren Dreger, so it has to be worth discussing, right? Working on confirming or debunking, but, word in Philly is Bryzgalov is about to sign an East Coast Hockey League contract in Las Vegas. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 3, 2013 Right or...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Is the captain role losing its importance in the NHL?

The captaincy of a hockey team has always been considered the highest honor in the sport. Perhaps, even, one of the highest honors in team sports. The NFL copied it in recent years by awarding the captaincy to a player on each team, usually the quarterback. They even get a tiny C sewed on their jersey, while in the NHL the C is large and clearly defined – much like the captain’s...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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