Monday, December 31, 2012

The United States Advances, Beats Slovakia 9-3


Coming into today's game against Slovakia, the United States' offense was being questioned by many. These questions came on the heels of back-to-back 2-1 losses to Russia and Canada, games where both goals came off of the stick of Jacob Trouba, a defenseman.

However, U.S. coach, Phil Housley did not buy into the concern with his team's offensive abilities. In an interview with NHL.com, Housley commented on the situation, "But, right now, in these last two games, we've had chances. We just need to bury one of those early ones or get a bounce."

The U.S continued to get those chances in today's game and converted often, as they cruised to a 9-3 victory over Slovakia.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

ESPN Ranks Jonathan Quick At Number 16 Of 2012's Top 20 Athletes


In ESPN.com's Cross-Sport Power Rankings, a year long weekly series, the top 20 athletes from every sport would be ranked on their dominance and play in the various sports and leagues. This list was published through out the length of 2012 and now at the conclusion of the calendar year, ESPN has put together the top 20 athletes based on a what unfolded on their weekly list.

Only one hockey player made that list, that being Los Angeles Kings goalie, Jonathan Quick. Quick came in at number 16 on the list, ranking higher than big name athletes like, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN.com's brief description of Quick's season does not give him justice.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was already a Vezina Trophy finalist in the regular season. But he really made his mark in the playoffs, when he turned in one of the greatest runs the sport has ever seen. Quick led the eighth-seeded Kings to 10 consecutive road wins, and eventually the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Colton Yellow Horn Of The Ontario Reign Scores A Beauty

The Ontario Reign of the ECHL have started their 2012-2013 season with a 20-7-1 record and have only lost back-to-back games once this season. The Reign's latest campaign, a 4-3 shootout victory over the San Francisco Bulls.

During the shootout, Colton Yellow Horn scored a beauty of a goal. Coming down on the Bulls' goalie, Yellow Horn brought the puck between his legs and pulled the spin-o-rama. A nifty variation of the always tricky deke.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Vasily Mordinov Scores Game Winning, Lacrosse-Style Goal

The ongoing NHL lockout has forced has forced fan's eyes overseas and on lower levels of play in order to get their hockey fixes. Most are watching highlights and scores coming from Russia's KHL, the AHL, and various Junior Leagues in the United States and Canada.

However, a highlight from one of Russia's lower levels is now making its rounds around the internet. Vasily Mordinov of Ermak Angarsk of the Russian Major League scored a game winning goal for the ages.



In the third period, of a game against Sputnik Nizhny, Mordinov came around Sputnik's net and lifted the puck onto is stick. Mordinov then stuffed the puck under the bar for a lacrosse-style goal. Ermak went on to defeat Sputnik by a score of 4-2.

Monday, October 8, 2012

NHL Players Dominating Over Seas

The NHL is now 23 days into the lockout and many players have fled to various leagues on the other side of the pond. While the owners and the NHLPA continue to bicker over the details of a new collective bargaining agreement some of the NHL's top talent are over seas putting together dominant performances and highlight reel goals.

Players like Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Ovechkin, and Ilya Kovalchuk have bolted to Russia's Kontinental Hockey League and have been successful while there. Malkin has recorded two goals and seven assists in nine games, Datsyuk and Ovechkin have recorded three goals and five assists in six and seven games respectively and Kovalchuk has potted four goals and six assists in six games.

However, not all of the NHL's top players are taking their talent to Russia. Anze Kopitar and Gabriel Landeskog have traveled to Sweden, and Rick Nash and Joe Thornton are playing in Switzerland.

Here are some of the highlights of NHL players and their talents outside of North America thus far.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KHL's Denis Sokolov Gets Carotid Artery Slashed

Ice hockey is a very dangerous game. It is one of the most physical games around. Every shift you have people trying to take you off of the puck via stick check, slash or body check. All of this is taking place while the players are skating on blades of steel at very high speeds.

It is good that incidents involving a players a skate are not more frequent. But, they are not non existent. Clint Malarchuck, playing for the Buffalo Sabres in 1989, had his throat cut after an opposing player slid into the crease and collided with Malarchuk. 

Taylor Hall was on the wrong end of his own teams skate when he went down during warm up and his teammate tried to jump over him, 30 stitches later, and Hall has a pretty gnarly scare on the left side of his forhead.

Most recently, in the KHL, in a game between Yekaterinburg and Traktor Chelyabinsk, Denis Sokolov was added to this unfortunate club. The incident is at around the 1:10 mark of the video after the jump.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Can The Kings Repeat?


Having a championship team win in back-to-back seasons is a difficult feat. Doing so in the NHL is even harder. The last time a team was able to defend their Championship was in 1997 and 1998 when the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons.

So now comes the question will the Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, be able to fend off the rest of the NHL and repeat in 2013?

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Red Wings Will Be Just Fine


The Detroit Red Wings are in unfamiliar territory. People are beginning to talk, and some of that talk is mentioning the unthinkable, the Red Wings missing the playoffs. Most of this talk is stemming from the fact that the Red Wings lost Nicklas Lidstrom, the NHL's prefect human, after 20 seasons in Detroit.

Lidstrom has been a permanent fixture on the Red Wings' blue line, and his departure is obviously going to leave a sizable hole. But to say the clock has struck midnight on one of the most historic franchises in the NHL and that their reign has come to an end is a little much.

The Red Wings may have lost the best leader in the history of the NHL, but the remaining roster has plenty of leadership to spare.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Philadelphia Flyers Have Had A Bad Summer



The offseason is an import time for all. It can be a time for teams to regroup after a disappointing season, or a time when a team tries to keep a gelled team together and intact for a another run at a Stanley Cup.

It is hard to say who the winners are due to the various ways you can look at the summer’s results. A few candidates could be the Los Angeles Kings have kept a Stanley Cup Championship roster complete and did not lose one player this summer, while the New York Rangers one the Rick Nash race and added to an already impressive roster.

However, it is somewhat of a given that the Philadelphia Flyers have been the loser of this year’s offseason.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room, their defense. Their blue line took an immediate hit when they lost Matt Carle to free-agency. But, most saw Andrej Meszaros could possibly carry the load and be the Flyers’ go to guy next season.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Minnesota Wild Will Miss The Playoffs



The Minnesota Wild are without a doubt the winners of this year’s free-agency. They were able to lure, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two free agents, away from their respective teams and into the State of Hockey.

While Wild fans are sure to be riding an unprecedented high, one has to wonder are the Wild now Cup contenders, or even playoff ready, with the addition of the two super stars?

The answer would have to be no, in both cases. The team does not have enough depth, on any front to be labeled elite and a Cup contender. Sure, they might have enough talent to make the playoffs, and that’s a stretch, but to say anything else is impossible.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Julylights: July 31st, Matt Duchene Scores The Goal Of The Year

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Well, all great things have to come to an end, and today we have reached the conclusion of "Julylights". We have gone through 30 of the best hits, saves and goals of the '11-'12 season and have saved the best for last.

It figures that probably the best goal of the year was scored just over a month into the season. That is when Matt Duchene scored against the Pittsburgh Penguins in highlight reel fashion. Of course it was a tough decision, deciding which goal was the goal of the year, and Evgeni Malkin's Solo Act was a very close second.

But, there is just a few things that make Duchene's goal better than Malkin's. (Video after the jump)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Julylights: July 30th, Niklas Kronwall Punishes Jakub Voracek

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Yesterday we mentioned that if there was a winner of "Julylights" it would be Patrick Kane because of his multiple appearances on the countdown. On the other hand, if there was a loser selected, it would probably be Jakub Voracek, for making three appearances, but being on the wrong side of those highlights.

Previously, Voracek has gotten robbed of a for sure goal on the doorstep, and got run over by former captain and teammate, Mike Richards. Voracek does not have any better luck in today's highlight, thanks to Niklas Kronwall. (Video after the jump)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Julylights: July 29th, Patrick Kane Embarrasses Jimmy Howard

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

If there was a winner decided and a trophy given away at the conclusion of "Julylights", Chicago Blackhawks star, Patrick Kane, would be the undisputed winner. This is Kane's third appearance on this highlight countdown, and he has had some of the best highlights over the last month.

Kane's first appearance featured a spin-o-rama pass that set up Marian Hossa on the backdoor, his second appearance displayed his soft hands when he dangled a goalie out of his pads in the shootout, and another goalie falls victim to Kane today. (Video after the jump)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Julylights: July 28th, Keri Lehtonen's Rolling Kick Save

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

The Dallas Stars fell just short of a playoff berth last season, but have revamped their roster this offseason. They have brought in Derek Roy and ageing stars, Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney to jump start their offense. Although they have just taken to revamping their front end, they have already passed their torch in net.

Marty Turco, was a long time figure in the Stars' net. Until the '10-'11 season, when he moved to the Chicago Blackhawks. Enter, Keri Lehtonen.  Since Lehtonen took over in Dallas, he has played 128 games and won 66 games over the last two seasons.

Some of those wins were made possible because of saves like this. (Video after the jump)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Julylights: July 27th, Evgeni Malkin's Solo Act

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Let's just start things off by saying Evgeni Malkin is sick. He scores goals, and makes moves that should not be able to be made. He has been on Julylights once already, for when he dangled a Colorado defenseman and goalie out of their pads, and here he is again, doing much of the same thing.

Malkin is a very dangerous player, listed at 6' 3", he has the size to kill, but has the speed and skill of some of the smaller players in the league. Ball all of that together, and you get a big scoring machine, with quick legs and the softest of hands. (Video after the jump)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Julylights: July 26th, Claude Giroux's Shootout Magic

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Thanks to a breakout year for the Philadelphia Flyers, and a little publicity in the 24/7 series, Claude Giroux has burst onto the hockey scene. He has become one of the league's top offensive forces, scoring highlight reel goals and doing it with ease.

Giroux has the speed to breakaway from his opponents, and the hands to dangle a goalie out of his pads. These skills helped Giroux light the lamp 28 times and record 93 points in just 77 games played last season.

There were no goals where Giroux's soft hands were on display more, than his shootout goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Video after the jump)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Julylights: July 25th, Semyon Varlamov Robs Dany Heatley

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

The  Colorado Avalanche are a promising young team full of talent. They have had some seasons that they would like to forget in recent years, but they took a step in the right direction last season, when they finished the season with 41 wins and 88 points. Albeit not enough for a playoff birth, but much better than finishing in the Conference cellar.

A major factor in that step forward was the goalie tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The young jump of Varlamov and the molding veteran presence of Giguere proved to be a great mix at certain times last season.

The two goalies made some influential saves for the Avalanche last season, but none were as big as Varlamov's save on Dany Heatley of the Minnesota Wild. (Video after the jump)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Julylights: July 24th, Ryan Malone's Aerial Pass To Himself

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered last season with high hopes. Just months prior, they came up just short of a bid to the Stanley Cup Finals, and they wanted to take another shot at making a run at the Cup last season. But things did not play out that way.

The Lightning did not qualify for the playoffs, and forward, Steven Stamkos, proved to be the only consistant bright spot through out the season. Outside of Stamkos, players would chip in and occasionally produce the highlight reel, or clutch goal.

Much like Ryan Malone did with his goal against the Winnipeg Jets. (Video after the jump)

Blue Jackets Trade Rick Nash, Move Into New Era



Since February, the NHL world has been watching and waiting for Rick Nash to be traded. The trade deadline came and went, Nash was still in Columbus. The NHL Draft came and went, Nash was still a part of the Blue Jackets. The NHL Free Agency came and went, and Nash had not been moved.

Well the wait is finally over, and Nash’s new home will be in New York where he will play for the Rangers. In return, the Blue Jackets acquired forwards, Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman, Tim Erixon and the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

This trade comes at the end of what seemed like an eternity of waiting and countless rumors of possible destinations and chips in play for Nash. One continuous problem throughout  all those rumors was the apparent asking price by Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson for the former Blue Jackets’ captain.

Well at the end of it all, most are asking, “What the hell happened?”

Monday, July 23, 2012

Julylights: July 23rd, Chris Neil Steamrolls Johnny Boychuk

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

There are players that have a knack for timely goals, unbelievable dangles, or big saves, and then there are players that crush their opponent at any time possible. The Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil falls into the latter category.


Neil has already made an apperance on "Julylights" once when using his shoulder and this time is no different.  (Video after the jump)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Julylights: July 22nd, Devan Dubnyk's Diving Stick Save

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.


With some of the NHL's best young talent, the future is bright for the Edmonton Oilers. They have had high draft picks the last several offseasons and their work has started to come into fruition for the copper and blue.

With players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and newly drafted Nail Yakupov the offense in Edmonton is set. But, they have yet to make that leap and stake their claim as a top NHL team because of the drop after their front three.

However, Devan Dubnyk may be the goalie of the future for the Oilers and has most thinking so because of saves like the one he made on Chris Higgins of the Vancouver Canucks.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Julylights: July 21st, Henrik Zetterburg Goes One-Handed In The Shootout

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

When an amazing shootout goal is scored by a player on the Detroit Red Wings, many just assume that it was Pavel Datsyuk, with Datsyuk's past they have the right to. But, with the abundace of talent on the Red Wings' roster it is just as likely for any other player to pull a move out of their hat of tricks and dazzle the hockey world with an amazing deke.

In this case, it was Henrik Zeterburg, who danlged Phoenix Coyotes' goaltender, Mike Smith, out of his goalie pads. (Video after the jump)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Julylights: July 20th, Bobby Ryan's Falling Backhander

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

The Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan are in an awkward position. Ryan is tired of being put on the trade block and has reportedly told the team to move him. The Ducks' front office has listened and has been receiving calls and fielding offers for the winger.

Ryan has been put on the trading block several times over the last season, and in an interview during this year's offseason, Ryan stated how frustrated he is with the situation and requested that the team move him rather than continue to play games.

Despite the current situation that Ryan finds himself in, he has scored some great goals for the Ducks in his five seasons in Anaheim. Last season, Ryan scored 31 goals and recorded 57 points, including this backhand beauty against the Edmonton Oilers.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Julylights: July 19th, Martin Brodeur's Diving Stick Save

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

This is Martin Brodeur's second appearance in "Julylights", his first spot was at the expense of two Islanders getting robbed point blank, and he does much of the same to Phill Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs in today's highlight.

It's crazy to think Brodeur makes some of the saves that he does at 40-years old. Some of the saves he makes would not be made by the young goalies of the NHL, and Brodeur does it with ease.  (Video after the jump)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Shea Weber Signs 14-Year Offer Sheet With The Philadelphia flyers

Well, few thought any team would offer Nashville Predators' restricted free agent, Shea Weber, an offer sheet because of the reported willingness of the Predators' organization to match any offer that would be sent Weber's way.

That time has come reported Darren Dreger.


Julylights: July 18th, Mike Richards Returns To Philly With A Big Hit

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

Mike Richards, the Philadelphia Flyers and their fan base were shocked when Flyers' General Manager, Paul Holmgren shipped Richards to Los Angeles last summer. On the other end, Los Angeles Kings fans embraced Richards upon his arrival.

Needless to say the trade paid out for the Kings. Richards proved instrumental to the Kings and their march to a Stanley Cup Championship. His grit and offensive output were the all-around game the Kings were lacking, and he did not shy away from any opponent on any night, even his former team.

Richards unloaded 115 hits last season, and one of the bigger ones, ironically came against the Flyers, in Philly. (Video after the jump)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Julylights: July 17th, Ryan Miller's Falling Glove Save

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres had a roller coaster season last year. They came into the season considered Stanley Cup contenders, but got out to a slow start and did not live up to may expectations. Miller alone had a tough season, that involved as much physical contact as some players, thanks a lot Milan Lucic.

Despite missing some time with a concussion, Miller returned and anchored the Sabres during a late season push for the playoffs that came up just points short.

Although it was not Miller's best season he still eclipsed the 30 win mark, grabbed a .916 save percentage, and had six shutouts in his 61 games played. Some have questioned Millers' status as an elite goalie in the NHL and whether or not he is on the decline.

It is saves like the one he made against the Nashville Predators that give Buffalo hope, and the idea that Miller is still the Vezina worthy goalie that once maned their crease.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Julylights: July 16th, Patrik Berglund Plows Through Kulikov

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

The St. Louis Blues play a defense first, tight checking style of hockey. They had the top goalie tandem in the league last seasaon which would tear down their opponents mentally, and they would hit just about everything that moved which would tear down their opponents physically, a lethal combination.

In some cases they were the ones being hit, and they still knocked over their opponent.

That exact scenario happened when Dmitry Kulikov of the Florida Panthers stepped up on Patrik Berglund along the sideboards in a game early last season. (Video after the jump)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Julylights: July 15th, Benoit Pouliot's Fast Break

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

The Boston Bruins started their Stanley Cup defending campaign slow and sluggish. This start by the Bruins had most people questioning the possibility of there being a repeat, and the chance that the Bruins even make the playoffs in order to have a chance at a repeat.

Well the Bruins rebounded from their zombie like start and were able to win the Northeast Division and qualify for the playoffs as the number two seed in the East.

This turnaround happened because the Bruins remembered the type of run-and-gun hockey that they play.  A style of play that is pictured perfect in Benoit Pouliot’s goal against the Montreal Canadiens. (Video after the jump)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Julylights: July 14th, Matt Hendricks' Surprise Shootout Winner


Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

Matt Hendricks knows his role for the Washington Capitals, he is what you call a utility player. Hendricks is put out in different situations, and is not expected to be able to put up amazing offensive stats, but does not hurt them defensively either.

Hendricks appeared in 78 games last season for the Capitals, and scored four goals and totaled nine points in those games.  Not amazing numbers, but acceptable for the type of player and role Hendricks plays for the Capitals.

So when Hendricks pulled off this dangle against the New York Islanders , to give the Capitals the shootout victory everyone was a little surprised. (Video after the jump)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Video: The Best Stanley Cup Finals Recap Video

Since the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup, the city of Los Angeles and the Kings' fans have been on an constant high. From the championship parade to tracking the Cup's tour around the globe, Kings fans are in unfamiliar waters.

There have been countless videos recapping the Kings run through the playoffs, some better than others. I stumbled across this one on Yahoo's Puck Daddy Blog and it has to take the cake. It recaps the entire series, games one through six, and is a good watch for any Kings fan that wants to relive the glory.

Julylights: July 13th, Ondrej Pavalec's Glove Save

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.


The people of Winnipeg are happy. They once again have NHL hockey in town, and they have embraced the Jets, with sell-out crowds, and despite being the smallest arena in the league, one of the loudest in the NHL.

One player that will be in Winnipeg for the next five years to embrace the Jets’ fans and atmosphere is goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec. Pavalec is fresh off of a five-year $19.5 million dollar contract that locks him up through the ’16-’17 season.

Pavalec did not put up the most impressive stats last season, recording 29 wins, a .906 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average in 68 games played. Not really stats that would constitute a near $20 million dollar contract.

But maybe the Winnipeg brass based Pavelec’s contract on this save. (Video after the jump)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Julylights: July 12th, Chris Neil Crushes Clayton Stoner


Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

The Ottawa Senators have had their share of star players, a task that has been shouldered by several players over different periods of time. On the other hand, one player has handled the physical side of things for the Senators for quite some time, that player being Chris Neil.

Neil was drafted by the Senators 161st overall in the ’98 Entry Draft,  but did not make his stake in the NHL until the ’01-’02 season. Since breaking into the league he has made more of an impact with his shoulder and fists than with his stick.

In 731 games played Neil has only scored 90 goals and recorded 200 points. Where Neil exceeds is the gritty aspects of the game, which has contributed to his 1,861 PIMS over the span of those games.
A physical game much like what was unleashed on Clayton Stoner of the Minnesota Wild. (Video after the jump)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Julylights: July 11th, Mike Ribeiro Goes Around The Back And Snipes

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Mike Ribeiro scored five game winning goals for the Dallas Stars last year. One of them came during the Stars' overtime win against the Calgary Flames. On top of his five game-winners, he lit the lam 16 times and recorded 63 points for the Stars last season.

However, Ribeiro will not be lacing up the skates for the Stars next season. Before this year's Draft got underway, Dallas was involved in a trade with the Washington Capitals, a trade that sent Cody Eakin and a 54th overall pick to Dallas, for the rugged, Ribiero in return.

If Ribeiro turns out plays like this highlight, the Capitals management and fanbase are sure to be happy with the return product. (Video after jump)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Julylights: July 10th, Mikkel Boedker's Shootout Winner


Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 


When going into the shootout, different players have different strategies. Some players come down wide and cross over the crease, while others take a head on approach. Some players come in with speed, whil others come in slow and try to out-wait the goalie.

Mikkel Boedker, of the Phoenix Coyotes, definitely took the fast approach when he was put on the ice with a chance to beat the Vancouver Canucks.  (Video after the jump)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Will Shane Doan Leave Phoenix?


Over the years, the Phoenix Coyotes franchise has been a complete mess. Since leaving Winnipeg and arriving in the Desert in 1996, the Coyotes have been shaky and seemed destined for failure. However, despite their short comings, low attendance and ownership troubles one thing has been constantly apparent, Shane Doan.

Now, with Doan becoming an unrestricted free agent, it seems that Doan's 16-year career with the organization could be coming to an end.

Doan did not jump into the free agency looking for a new home, he has waited, patiently, for the current ownership situation to unfold. Doan gave himself and the Coyotes a deadline of July 9th, well it's the 9th and teams are knocking at his door.

Julylights: July 9th, Martin Brodeur Stops Two Islanders

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 


When talking about the elite goalies of all time only a few come to mine, and when you talk about those goalies that are still playing, the group becomes even slimmer. However, without a question, the leader of that group is Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur is on his way to the Hall of Fame, it all depends on when he retires and becomes eligible. Over the length of his career, he has racked up 656 wins, 119 shutouts and has eclipsed the 30 win mark 14 times.

When talking about Brodeur you can not help but picture his unorthodox style of goal-tending, flopping and rolling around in the crease and making saves that shouldn't be possible. Many players have fallen victim to his style of play, and sometimes, in the case of the New York Islanders, two players fall victim to it at one time. (Video after the jump)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Julylights: July 8th, Patrick Kane's Shootout Magic

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Patrick Kane may go on summer drinking binges and draw fire from the media, the Chicago fan base and every Blackhawks blog out there, but one thing can not be denied, the guy has got talent, and lots of it. He has already made an appearance in "Julylights" with his spin-o-rama pass to Marain Hossa, and here he is again.

Kane will likely make one more appearence this month as well, and he has Jimmy Howard to thank for that one, but for know lets focus on this one.

Last season, Kane was fourth on the Blackhawks' roster with 23 goals, second with 43 assists and third with 66 points.

This shootout move did not count towards any of those points, but it definetly spread across the hockey world like wildfire because of the style points connected to it. (Video after the jump)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Julylights: July 7th, Brian Elliott's Glove Save On Dan Boyle

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.  

There was no better goalie tandem during last season than that of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott for the St. Louis Blues. Elliot and Halak sported 1.56 and 1.97 goals against averages, respectively, and backstopped the Blues to a league best 1.89 goals against average during the regular season.

An average good enough for the Williams M. Jennings Trophy, awarded annually to the duo that allows the fewest goals during the regular season.

The Blues were a defense first team, and when someone was fortunate enough to get through the first five, Elliott or Halak was their to keep the puck out of the net. Well in this case it was Elliot their to save the day.
(Video after the jump)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Julylights: July 6th, Turris Finishes Spezza's Dangle

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 


Hopefully Phoenix Coyotes fans don't get too mad about this post. But by now, they have to understand the talent that they missed out on when they lost Kyle Turris. Coyotes fans are probably just as mad as Ottawa Senators fans are happy about how everything turned out.

Turris, drafted 3rd overal by the Coyotes in '07, was supposed to be the future of a shaky organization. Instead he was rushed into the NHL and pushed things a little too far with his first contract negotiations. Ultimately resulting in Turris being traded to the Seantors.

Turris was welcomed with open arms, and recorded 12 goals and 29 points in 49 games with his new team. Turris was the young new face, and he recieved ice team with some of the biggest names in Ottawa, names like Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson who have been apart of the organization for the for years.

Speeza and Turris connected for this goal. (Video after the jump)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Julylights: July 5th, Turco's Windmill Save

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.  


Marty Turco is a seasoned vet. He has played in over 500 games, and has won 275 games in his career. However, Turco was not a regular in the NHL last season. He only played in five games for the Boston Bruins, but he made one of the best saves of the season. 


It was Turco's first game back in the NHL and he didn't wait to make an impact. (Video after the jump)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Minnesota Wild Land Both Parise And Suter


The NHL free agency opened. We all waited. We all watched Twitter and nearly broke or refresh buttons. We waited some more. We got gitty when our team was mentioned in a bogus rumor. We waited some more. Now it is all over.


The biggest names on the market, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, kept the world waiting, but announced today that they BOTH, you read that correctly, will be signing with the Minnesota Wild. The Wild agreed to terms on 13-year contracts with both players locking them up through the 2024-2025 season with a cap hit of just over $7.5 million each year.


Now with theses two signed, the other 29 teams will wonder where they went wrong and if they even had a shot at landing even one of the two.

Julylights: July 4th, Phaneuf Drops Sauer

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 


The Fourth of July, a day to celebrate the United States' independence, relax, maybe take a trip to the beach, spend time with your family and end it all with watching some fireworks. But let's make sure not confuse the boom of tonight's fireworks with the boom of Dion Phaneuf's shoulder crushing Mike Sauer.

Phaneuf is known as one of the biggest hitters the NHL has to offer. In the league, he was ranked number 22 in hits last season with a total of 214 and one of those hits was on Sauer. (Video after the jump)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Julylights: July 3rd, Bertuzzi's Between The Legs Shootout Winner


Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.  

Ah the shootout, hated by many and love by more. A time for players to bring out their trickiest moves in an attempt to beat the opposing goaltender. A time for highlight reel saves, and highlight reel dangles, the latter is more frequent.

This move by Todd Bertuzzi came during the preseason, a time where things aren't too serious, and a case that this goals should not be taken into account can be made becasue of that. But, is a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks ever not serious?

So here it is. (Video after the jump)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Parise And Sutter Are Holding Up The Free Agency


The second day of the NHL's free agency is coming to a close and the big fish are still on the market. Both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, this year's biggest names, have yet to sign new contracts, but have narrowed their possibilities.


This prolonged wait is frustrating many, and Parise and Sutter are not making any indications as to making a decision soon.


Earlier today Parise told the media.
"It's such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything."
Both players have been rumored to have narrowed their possibilities to several teams, but will likely not make their decisions until sometime tomorrow, hopefully. These decisions are holding up the rest of the free agency from shaping up.

Julylights: July 2nd, Malkin Turns Landeskog Inside Out



Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

There is very little that Pittsburgh Penguins star, Evgeni Malkin, can not do. Last season, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's scoring champion, the Ted Lindsay Award from the NHLPA members as the NHL's best player and won the Hart Trophy pegging him the NHL's most valuable player.

In a season where Malkin lit the lamp 50 times and recorded 109 points these awards are deserved in every way, and when you see how he scored some of his goals it solidifies his star status even more.

Much like this goal scored against the Colorado Avalanche, and I say the Colorado Avalanche because I doubt the whole team could stop Malkin if it came down to it. (Video after the jump)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Julylights: July 1st, Hossa Finishes Kane's Spin-o-rama

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a fast-skating, high powered offense, that can blow by defenders if they get a step on the opposing team. This is exactly what happened when winger, Patrick Kane, got around Anaheim Ducks defender, Toni Lydman.

But rather than drop his shoulder and drive the net, Kane stopped up and delivered a spin-o-rama pass to teammate, Marian Hossa, who was streaking down the far-side. Hossa tapped in the goal, one of his 77 points on the season. (Video after the jump)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crosby And Quick Agree To Long Term Deals With Their Respective Teams


The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins just got a little better for the next ten plus years. 


It was announced today that, the Kings have agreed to terms that will keep Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Quick, in Los Angeles through the 2022-2023 season, and the Penguins have locked up former Olympic gold medalist, Sidney Crosby, through the 2024-2025 season.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Could Schultz Be The Red Wings' Next Lidstrom?



The Detroit Red Wings, like most other teams in the NHL, are in hot pursuit of sought after free agent, Justin Schultz. For an organization that just saw future Hall-of-Famer, Nicklas Lidstrom, retire, they are more than willing to bring in this future star with open arms.
"We've contacted his agents to express the Detroit Red Wings are interested in signing him to a contract," general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com. "We think there's a tremendous opportunity in Detroit."
 Schultz is a star in the making. He has played his college hockey at Wisconsin where he had 16 goals and 44 points last season, and 40 goals and 113 points in 121 games over the last three seasons for the Badgers. Schultz was originally a prospect for the Anaheim Ducks, drafted 43rd overall by the Ducks in '08.


Schultz de-registered from school, which opened a 30 day window for the Ducks to sign him. That window has opened and slammed shut on Anaheim, and all 30 NHL teams are now allowed to talk contract negotiations with Schultz.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Canucks' General Manage In Control Of Luongo Trade Talks


It has been chanted. He has been used as the scapegoat many times, and it looks like the fans in Vancouver will finally get what they want, well what they want when they are losing at least. Canucks management has been entertaining offers for their All-Star goalie, Roberto Luongo.

Many thought Luongo would be traded leading into this year’s Draft. Well, the Draft has come and gone, and Luongo is still a part of the Canucks’ organization, and things could stay this way for some time.

There have been three teams reportedly in the talks for Luongo. The Toronto Maple Leafs, perhaps a more media heavy and fan scrutinized organization than Vancouver, don’t know if that will work too well, the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that has tormented Luonogo for the past few season, might be a little weird on the other side of Chelsea Dagger, and the Florida Panthers, which would serve as a sort of reunion for Luongo.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Van Reimsdyk Traded, On Wrong Side Of Ironic Fate

It was the talk of the town yesterday, two of the Stall brothers, Jordan and Eric, coming together and playing together for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan, formerly a Pittsburgh Penguin, was involved in a pre-Draft trade that will unite him and his brother next season.

James van Reimsdyk, then a Philadelphia Flyer, tweeted this.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Is Bobby Ryan's Time With The Ducks Coming To An End?



This is a time when teams are building for the future. However, the Anaheim Ducks may be digging themselves a hole, and a deep one at that.

There has been talks that forward, Bobby Ryan, is once again on the market and that is a scenario that Ryan is not too happy with. In an interview with one of the Philadelphia Flyers’ beat writers, Ryan voiced his opinion on the situation.

"At this point, I don't care’” Ryan said. “Move me ... because it's just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you're going to be the guy moved.”

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kings Will Raise Stanley Cup Banner Against The Rangers


It's a jam packed week of activities for the NHL. The NHL Awards Show was last night, and the League will welcome it's newest batch of talent tomorrow night when the NHL Draft gets underway. But they managed to squeeze one more headline in this week, when the 2012-2013 regular season schedule was released earlier today.

The season is set to kickoff on Oct. 11. But the game most will be looking forward too, at least the majority of Southern California, will take place on the second day of the season, when the Los Angeles Kings take on the New York Rangers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Jack Adams Trophy



The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Jack Adams Trophy.

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Vezina Trophy



The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Vezina Trophy.