NHL / Sports

Philadelphia Flyers rank 6th best in Future Watch

Mar 25 11:20am Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers were rated the 6th best team in the Hockey News Future Watch, which measures the success of clubs in drafting and developing NHL prospects. It’s no surprise to see the Philadelphia Flyers rated so high,  given the prospect pool the organization has assembled. The Hockey News rates the 100th best prospects in […] Philadelphia Flyers rank 6th best in Future Watch - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Final Wild Card In the Eastern Conference Is Wide Open

Mar 25 9:40am Kuklas Korner
What team gets in?   Eastern Conference Playoff Race (Games Ending 3/24) pic.twitter.com/1BMMdkQ7XA — Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 25, 2017...
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Toronto vs. Buffalo

Mar 25 8:41am Kuklas Korner
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, On the warm Buffalo evening last summer that Auston Matthews was selected first overall by the Maple Leafs in a boo-filled KeyBank Center, a small pocket of Toronto fans sitting in the stands proudly showcased their T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Auston 20:16.” “He’s going to be our saviour!” one of them yelled, trying to have his voice heard over the loud jeers of the locals who were anti-anything-Toronto-related. Truth be told, the loyal sports-loving zealots of Buffalo have plenty of legitimate fodder to despise The Big Smoke when it comes to the world of fun and games.... One year later, the Sabres wined and dined free-agent coach Mike Babcock and were so encouraged at their chances to land the former Detroit Red Wings bench boss that preliminary plans were in place to introduce him to Buffalo media. But a last-minute change of heart left the Sabres as the jilted bride waiting at the altar while Babcock, citing family reasons, opted for Toronto’s ground-breaking eight-year, $50-million offer, one believed to be similar to that tabled by Buffalo. Then came the coup de grace in 2016, when Matthews was picked by the rival Leafs right on Buffalo soil. For Sabres supporters, this was the deepest cut of all. read on...
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Same Story, Different Day

Mar 25 7:39am Kuklas Korner
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, “Our start wasn’t good enough,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’ve talked lots about making sure that we’re ultra competitive, that our second and third efforts on pucks is real good and we didn’t come out, we weren’t crisp. “Our compete wasn’t good enough. It picked up in the second and third periods.” The Red Wings had opportunities thanks to five power plays, but a unit that’s been better recently never got going. “We had five chances, a chance to win the game, that’s the difference in the game,” Blashill said. “Our penalty kill was good but the one power play in the second we didn’t get in the zone, that was no good at all. “Overall it had its moments but not good enough. We just have to make sure that we’re doing a better job on our entries, we need more speed on our entries.” more...
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Miska's Turn to Be Hero

Mar 25 2:33am College Hockey News from CHN
The Ohio State University was literally a wrist shot away from pulling off the biggest upset of the NCAA hockey tournament thus far. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, but fortunately for Minnesota-Duluth, that wrist belonged to Bulldogs freshman goaltender, Hunter Miska. With just under five minutes left in the third period, and the game knotted at two apiece, Minnesota-Duluth was in trouble. Ohio ...
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Slow to Start Dooms WMU

Mar 25 2:33am College Hockey News from CHN
All year long, this is the goal. Every win gets you a step closer. Every loss makes the remaining games that much more important. Even the worst teams and struggling programs have dreams of a national championship. When Western Michigan hired Andy Murray ahead of the 2011-12 season, the school made its intentions pretty clear following the sudden departure of Jeff Blashill. It wanted to build on Blashill's ...
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Air Force Flies On ...

Mar 25 2:33am College Hockey News from CHN
When the buzzer sounded, a group of Air Force fans gathered together and cheered while their team, dressed in vibrant blue, huddled around the net to celebrate the program’s first NCAA tournament win since 2009. The 5-4 win over Western Michigan was just the second victory for the Falcons in seven total appearances — which is two more than a lot of people ever thought it would have — capping ...
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Wings/Lightning Recap

Mar 24 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
Paul here filling in for Georg today/tonight. Wings played a pretty solid defensive game but their offense was sporadic at best. The Lightning had some very good chances in OT and Kucherov sealed the deal with about 1 1/2 minutes left on OT. Highlights are below...
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Video- Steve Yzermans Last Trip To The Joe

Mar 24 9:41pm Kuklas Korner
A little over six minutes in length.   It was really special to me to be a Red Wing my entire career. Yzerman addresses the media for the final time at the Joe: pic.twitter.com/osGuYUVrJy — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 25, 2017...
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Video- You Make The Call - Islanders/Penguins

Mar 24 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
Dough Weight not a happy coach.  ...
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Womens Teams Fight Sheds Light on U.S.A. Hockey Leadership

Mar 24 7:25pm NYT > Hockey
Throughout the national governing body’s internal structure, positions of influence are overwhelmingly held by men.
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I NOW Consider Brads Wife The Greatest Internet Victim Of All Time

Mar 24 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Detroit Red Wings are playing their rivals tonite, the Tampa Bay Lightning.  I haven't given it more than a moment's thought, because I've been... (a) mourning Michigan's loss, perhaps the worst basketball game I've ever seen (b) aware that the Wings haven't beaten the Lightning yet this year because our father, Steve Yzerman, hasn't wanted it to happen and where the Wings are concerned, no matter whichever backward argument I'm making, Daddy gets his way unless his way means being the Wings GM. In that case, Ken Holland had his way and that's why the Wing Way essentially sucks. (3) I've been much more concerned about Brad's Wife. ...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Jake Guentzel is Here to Stay

Mar 24 5:36pm Pens Labyrinth
After Tuesday night’s unfortunate hit by Rasmus Ristolainen on Jake Guentzel during the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Buffalo Sabres, I had a real hard thinking about how significant Guentzel has become on the Penguins roster this season. After being called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, many were unsure as to what […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Jake Guentzel is Here to Stay - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Game Day Preview

Mar 24 3:40pm Kuklas Korner
I can't bear it.  ...
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Live Blog: BU vs. North Dakota in the NCAA Tournaments West Regional

Mar 24 3:01pm The Boston Hockey Blog
Live Blog BU vs. North Dakota – NCAA Tournament  ...
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Boston Bruins: History Repeating Itself

Mar 24 2:18pm Causeway Crowd
It’s a very frustrating time to be a fan of the Boston Bruins. Just under a month ago, the Bruins were in a comfortable playoff position and had a near 90\% chance of making the playoffs. Now, the B’s have dropped four games in a row, and are barely holding onto the second wild card […] Boston Bruins: History Repeating Itself - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Should Swap David Krejci and David Backes

Mar 24 12:00pm Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Should Swap David Krejci and David Backes in the Lineup The Boston Bruins need to make a change. When they made a coaching change, it worked temporarily before fizzling out. Now that the team is back to struggling once again, more changes are needed. With the team having an abundance of centers, a […] Boston Bruins Should Swap David Krejci and David Backes - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Focus Shifts to New York Islanders in Playoff Race

Mar 24 10:57am Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Focus Shifts to New York Islanders in Playoff Race After Disappointing Divisional Stretch The Boston Bruins are stumbling at the worst time. Despite starting off their tenure under Bruce Cassidy with explosive play and fast-paced action, the team has regressed to their old ways at the worst time. With Claude Julien at the […] Boston Bruins Focus Shifts to New York Islanders in Playoff Race - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Eugene Melnyk On Marc Methot Incident

Mar 24 10:40am Kuklas Korner
via Bruce Garrioch tweets, Melnyk says he is sure the Methot issue is being taken up with the league this AM on TSN 1200  You hammer these guys, you take away their money, and you say you know what you are done for 10 games, says Melnyk on incidents. Melnyk doesn't name Crosby but we all know who he is. The guy is a whiner beyond belief. Says no matter who it is he should be suspended Missed the incident last night?  Watch here.
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The Colorado Avalanche And Ottawa Senators Will Play Two Regular Season Games In Stockholm

Mar 24 9:40am Kuklas Korner
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 24, 2017) – The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The Avalanche and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, March 29.
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No Playoffs Again For Taylor Hall

Mar 24 8:40am Kuklas Korner
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, You can forgive Taylor Hall if he tunes out next month when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. My first couple of seasons in the league, I probably watched every playoff game I could, the New Jersey Devils star said Thursday at the Air Canada Centre. Now that I'm seven seasons in, it's tough to watch, knowing that I haven't experienced a playoff game yet. In saying that, as the playoffs go on and I get more time away from hockey, I indulge more so in the games. You can't help but watch and learn and see what these guys are doing at the highest level. You're not human if you don't feel for this guy. The 25-year-old winger is seeing his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, looking playoff-bound for the first time in 11 seasons. He was bitter about the trade to the Devils last summer. He's over it now, but that doesn't mean he's going to be cheering for the Oilers next month. No, I won't be rooting for them, he smiled. continued...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Rare Road Win, Playoff Chances

Mar 24 7:00am Broad Street Buzz
Tonight in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Flyers have won a road game, their first since March 7th in Buffalo and their fifth road win in their last 23 games away from the Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia Flyers looked lost early, starting off a goal down as Steve Mason misplayed the puck, leading to a Zack Parise […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Rare Road Win, Playoff Chances - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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For Providence, Leaman Must be the Present and Future

Mar 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
At this point, it's just expected. When a job opens, a big one, Nate Leaman's name comes up. He's never said anything. There's no reason to suggest he wants a change. But it's always there. He's the kind of coach you can hire and sit back while the wins pile up. At least, that's what has happened at Providence since Leaman took over. It was the same at Union. A few years after Leaman takes over ...
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Harvard Checks Another Box; One Win From Chicago

Mar 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
This is beginning to feel like a special season for Harvard. It’s also a season that seems historic for a number of reasons. Forward Tyler Moy fired the puck into the empty net with 1:49 left in the third. It rattled around the face of goal from post to post before settling inside the net. His goal put the Crimson up 3-0, tallying his second of the night, and sealing the deal in the process. Six ...
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NCAA Northeast Regional Notebook

Mar 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Minnesota and Notre Dame are no strangers to Manchester. The Golden Gophers were here just two years ago, losing to Minnesota-Duluth in the first round. In 2011, Notre Dame advanced to the Frozen Four from what was at the time known as the Verizon Wireless Arena. Like everyone else, we are excited to be here, said Minnesota coach Don Lucia. It is a little bit familiar for us, being here two years ...
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Teflon Terriers

Mar 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
North Dakota beat Boston University in every discernible statistic except for the only one that matters: the score. And Terriers coach David Quinn couldn’t care less. “At the end of the day, good for you, if that’s what people want to think,” Quinn said in response to the game’s alleged one-sidedness. “There are ebbs and flows in a hockey game.” The ebbs started early and the flows ...
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Holtby Holds The Fort

Mar 24 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
In the marquee match of the night in Washington, both goalies played extremely well. At the end of the game, Braden Holtby came out on top saving 29 of 30 shots in the 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets. He's managed to find a way to improve his goals against and save percentage the season after winning the Vezina Trophy. His counterpart in this game may be the favorite to win the Vezina this year but Holtby has solidified himself as the #1 goalie in hockey, both in real life and fantasy. I highly doubt that I will draft him next season solely because I'm anti-goalie in the first round but there's no doubt that Holtby will be the first goalie on my board. It looks like this will be the second season in a row that he finishes as the #2 overall goalie and that consistency is exactly what you're looking for in your top goalie. If you can find an issue with Holtby, let me know because he's seemingly perfect. Here's what else happened around the league the last two nights:...
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Video- A Little Whack By Sidney Crosby

Mar 23 8:40pm Kuklas Korner
Dual broadcasts.  ...
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Video- They Got The Cup

Mar 23 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
via the YouTube page of the NHL, Former NHL players relive the moment they reached the pinnacle of the sport, hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy and etching their names in history.  ...
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Rasmus Ristolainen Suspended Three Games

Mar 23 4:40pm Kuklas Korner
Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen suspended three games for interference on Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 23, 2017   Player safety in another tweet said video will be released later today. Below, watch the play...
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College Hockey Has a Talent Glut, but Nowhere to Grow

Mar 23 3:53pm NYT > Hockey
Even with the recent additions of Penn State and Arizona State, Division I hockey remains stuck at 60 teams, with no change in sight despite an abundance of strong players.
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Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux Scoring Again

Mar 23 3:46pm Broad Street Buzz
Captain Claude Giroux is scoring again for the Philadelphia Flyers. Since March 7th, (eight games ago) Claude Giroux has scored in every game, except one. He’s totaled eight points, including two goals along with six assists. By no means has this season been a good one for Giroux, who is on pace for 60 points, his […] Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux Scoring Again - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Donald Fehr On The Olympics

Mar 23 3:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo, assume we are not going to next year's Winter Olympics. Many read that as an inference that the league wants the players to give something back so they can participate. I don't know what it can be from the players' perspective,'' Fehr told ESPN in a phone interview Thursday. Obviously the players are not about to engage in collective bargaining in return for getting an opportunity to go to the Olympics for which they aren't being paid, where very valuable things would go elsewhere in return for that.... The bottom line, Fehr said, is the next two Olympics are a great opportunity for hockey. We do want to grow the game internationally, and I think the NHL shares that view, Fehr said. I think they believe as we do that we have some advantages and we have an opportunity; and when you're doing that, you have to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way. Having two Olympic Games in Asia within a span of five years is not your ordinary kettle of fish. I don't know if it's unique, but I can't think of anything else which is close to it in terms of the potential exposure it would give.'' more...
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Jakob Chychrun Returns Home To South Florida

Mar 23 2:40pm Kuklas Korner
from George Richards of the Miami Herald, Coming home for the first time to play in front of family and friends is a rite of passage most NHL players born in North America get to enjoy. That first game on ‘home’ ice usually isn’t in sunny South Florida, however. For Arizona Coyotes rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun, Thursday’s game at BB&T Center was indeed a chance to come home and play the team he grew up cheering for as his family watched from their season seats in Section 102. Chychrun, who grew up in Boca Raton playing, in part, for the Jr. Panthers in Coral Springs, says he asked for 50 visitors passes and expects many more to be in the stands for his South Florida NHL debut. “It’s awesome, this is the rink I grew up coming to games at and I have a lot of great memories here,” said Chychrun, whose teammate Connor Murphy also played for the Jr. Panthers when his father Gord played in South Florida. “We had season tickets for many years so it’s real cool to be on the other side of it. It’s going to be hard to not look up there, we have so many good memories here. “I grew up a Panthers fan; to play against them will be pretty cool.” continued...
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Islanders Recall Goalie Jaroslav Halak for Playoff Push

Mar 23 2:04pm NYT > Hockey
Halak, sent to Bridgeport in December, was 17-7-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average for the American Hockey League team.
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Video- Roman Polak Suspended Two Games

Mar 23 1:41pm Kuklas Korner
For boarding, here is the explanation from the NHL.  ...
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Its Pronounced ath-ah-nah-SEE-yew

Mar 23 12:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Craig Custance of ESPN, His name is pronounced the way it looks -- ath-ah-nah-SEE-yew -- but people still want to add an extra N after the first A. And by people, I mean me. Athanasiou said that's the thing that puzzles him most -- folks who want to add letters that don't exist. My whole life, it's been butchered so many times, Athanasiou said. It's just second nature now. Many people resort to calling him nicknames. A-A, Double-A, anything Double, he said. Anything but my name. When he first played in NHL preseason games, Athanasiou noticed that broadcasters wouldn't say his name. Instead, they would just wait for him to pass the puck. And then [they'd] say, 'A pass to (whoever it was), he said. more on other young players and their names...
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Podcast: They Rig It Every Year!

Mar 23 11:44am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
Reid and I are back to help you make that final push in the playoff semifinals. We start off looking at the Jake Guentzel injury and the possible repercussions for Rasmus Ristolainen along with Paul Stastny's injury. From there, we look at William Nylander's hot streak, the wide-open Pacific Division, whether the playoff race is over in the West and if Colorado is the worst team we've ever seen. As always, The Three Point Challenge concludes our podcast. Please make your picks in the comments section below All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Harry's Razors, SeatGeek and Draft!...
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NCAA Hockey Championship Odds

Mar 23 11:41am Kuklas Korner
via Bovada, Odds to win 2017 Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship Denver                                      4/1 Minnesota-Duluth                      7/1 Harvard                                     15/2 UMass-Lowell                            9/1 North Dakota                            10/1 Western Michigan                      10/1 Boston University                      11/1 Minnesota U                              11/1 Penn State                                11/1 Air Force                                   12/1 Union College                           12/1 Cornell                                      14/1 Notre Dame   ...
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Boston Bruins Fans Shouldnt Panic Just Yet

Mar 23 11:07am Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins have lost their last three games, and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time for fans of the Black and Gold. Even with a repeat of the last two seasons looming, there is no need to panic just yet. Let’s face it Bruins fans, we’ve been here before. The Boston Bruins […] Boston Bruins Fans Shouldn’t Panic Just Yet - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Played On Wednesday Night

Mar 23 10:40am Kuklas Korner
2:12 minutes in length.   It was another big night for #Leafs rookies and the Islanders won the latest Battle of NY. Highlights in the @LGCanada Morning Catch Up. pic.twitter.com/ZALADqAFIi — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 23, 2017...
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Vegas Golden Knights Go A Different Route Head Athletic Trainer

Mar 23 9:41am Kuklas Korner
from Tal Pinchevsky at the New York Times, When the N.H.L.’s newest franchise went looking for a keen, energetic mind to help oversee the training and performance of its players, it did not confine its search to conventional hockey circles. Instead, the Vegas Golden Knights, who will be the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas when they begin their inaugural season in October, went in a drastically different direction. They named Jay Mellette, a longtime Las Vegas resident, as their director of sports performance and head athletic trainer. Although Mellette acknowledges he has much to learn about hockey, there are not too many people in the N.H.L. — or any pro sports league, for that matter — who have such a versatile and colorful background in sports medicine. Mellette was in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Colorado Rapids’ medical staff during Major League Soccer’s initial season, in 1996. But he has spent the past 12 years with Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian entertainment company known for producing some of the world’s most ambitious and elaborate performances. Working most recently as Cirque du Soleil’s director of performance medicine, Mellette led 20 sports medicine teams assisting 1,300 athletes, including Mongolian contortionists, South American aerialists, Scandinavian tumblers and Chinese martial arts experts. continued...
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BU adopts us against the world mentality ahead of North Dakota, NCAA Tournament

Mar 23 9:25am The Boston Hockey Blog
Doyle Somerby has heard the message loud and clear: He and his teammates are underdogs on Friday. The senior defenseman and captain of the No. 6 Boston University men’s hockey team doesn’t like it one bit. “In our locker room we’ve seen a lot of people picking North Dakota,” Somerby said of Friday’s West Regional ... Read more...
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Rick Nash The Goal Scorer

Mar 23 8:39am Kuklas Korner
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, People just don’t expect him to come up with the big goal anymore. Well, people not named Richard McLaren Nash. People who weren’t paying attention Wednesday night. Because after getting off a nine-game schneid with a back-to-the net backhand in New Jersey on Tuesday, Nash scored the type of spectacular goal to put the Rangers up 2-1 on the Islanders early in the second period of a game he Blueshirts lost, 3-2, at the Garden in a seventh straight defeat at home while dropping to 5-6-2 in their past 13. It was a display of talent and power as Nash drove in from the right wall and rode off a flailing Thomas Hickey before, while falling down, beating Thomas Greiss. It was Nash, who has the same array of skills as he did as an 18-year-old, first-overall in 2002, filling what he recognizes as his job description. “I’m here to score goals. I get paid to score goals,” Nash told The Post before the game. “I’m supposed to provide offense. That’s what the team expects of me. That’s what I expect of myself.” Indeed, Nash regularly grimaces when complimented for his work on the defensive side of the puck or for having imposed his will against opposing defensemen for shifts at a time when the plaudits follow games in which he has been held off the sheet. “Because that’s not good enough,” said this unfailingly pleasant man and selfless teammate. “I take pride in my defensive game and in being a complete player, but I know why I’m here and that’s not it.” more Watch the Nash goal from last night below...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: New Lines, Mason Calls Out Team, Live Stream

Mar 23 8:00am Broad Street Buzz
It’s a new day, Philadelphia Flyers’ fans!   Let’s hope the Flyers can bounce back. Let’s start with the Philadelphia Flyers’ lackluster performance in Winnipeg.  After the game, goaltender Steve Mason called out his team. “I don’t think anybody is too pleased with this game,” losing goalie Steve Mason said. “It’s frustrating for everybody considering […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: New Lines, Mason Calls Out Team, Live Stream - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Commentary: Keeping Providence Home Was Right Call

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
The NCAA tournament starts Friday. In case you haven't heard, Providence, a No. 4 seed, gets to play its NCAA tournament opener in its hometown. If the Friars defeat No. 1 seed Harvard, they get to play in Providence for the right to advance to a second Frozen Four in three years. Last time around? You guessed it. The Friars advanced to the 2015 Frozen Four and won the whole damn thing after getting ...
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Kunin Signs With Wild; Departs Wisconsin After 2 Years

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Wisconsin forward Luke Kunin, who had 22 goals this season for the resurgent Badgers, has decided to give up his final two years of collegiate eligibility to sign with the Minnesota Wild. Kunin signed a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2017-18 season. He will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of this season. Kunin, 19, had 38 points ...
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Madsen Leads From the Back

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
When you talk about Harvard, the first thing that comes to mind is its offense. And for good reason. But with that kind of style, it can sometimes lead to good opportunities the other way for its opponent. That's when a goaltender needs to make a save. Standing in the shadow of the prolific offense that Harvard just so happens to have is Merrick Madsen, a junior goalie that is a sixth-round draft ...
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NCAA East Regional Preview

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
The Providence Regional boasts two teams from the east (Harvard and Providence) and two from the west (Western Michigan and Air Force). The Dunkin Donuts Center acts as a bit of a home away from home for Providence, which could provide an advantage against the ECAC tournament champion, and top-seeded Crimson. In the other matchup, Atlantic Hockey tournament champion Air Force looks to turn the tides ...
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NCAA Midwest Regional Preview

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
In 2014, New England Patriots head coach and now five-time Super Bowl winner Bill Belichick spent the majority of a now-infamous press conference deflecting questions by repeating the phrase, on to Cincinnati. This week, for NCAA tournament top overall seed Denver — along with Big Ten champion Penn State, WCHA champion Michigan Tech, and 2014 national title winner Union — it's on to Cincinnati ...
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Notre Dame Looking To Be Notre Dame Again

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
No matter the opponent, Jeff Jackson has reason to be confident ahead of last week's Hockey East semifinal. The Fighting Irish, who drew top-seeded Massachusetts-Lowell in the semis, entered the weekend with just one loss in their previous 10 games. Even facing a UMass-Lowell team they'd gone 2-8-2 against in 12 meetings since joining Hockey East, Jackson thought his team was ready. Not much he saw ...
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WMU's Dries, Allison to Play in NCAA Opener

Mar 23 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Western Michigan center Sheldon Dries and winger Wade Allison are both expected to play in the East Regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament against Air Force Friday afternoon. The Broncos were without the duo during last weekend's losses to both Minnesota-Duluth and Denver at the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center in Minneapolis. Dries said he would be in the lineup during Thursday's media session ...
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Pittsburgh Penguins Game Recap: Paying the Price for a Playoff Spot

Mar 22 10:26pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins successfully clinched a playoff spot after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Tuesday night. Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres had a good, hard fought battle with each other. Buffalo was able to hold Pittsburgh in close for the first 40 minutes, but they eventually were unable to defeat our Penguins. The big […] Pittsburgh Penguins Game Recap: Paying the Price for a Playoff Spot - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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When Vegas Golden Knights Sought Trainer, They Turned to Circus

Mar 22 10:02pm NYT > Hockey
Jay Mellette, head trainer for the N.H.L.’s newest team, said he learned a lot about working with international athletes at Cirque du Soleil.
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A Ted Lindsay hockey tale

Mar 22 8:41pm Kuklas Korner
CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield re-tells Ted Lindsay's take on the fall of the 1950's Red Wings, as well as Lindsay's comeback from hockey's Siberia: The great Ted Lindsay won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings — and would have won a bunch more, he said, “if it wasn’t for stupid Jack Adams, our general manager.” Adams, known in his day as ‘Trader Jack’ for his tendency to swing blockbuster deals, presided over the Red Wings for 36 years, including the duration of Lindsay’s first stint with the team. After Lindsay helped the Wings to their fourth Stanley Cup in six years in 1955, not to mention their seventh consecutive regular season title, Adams shook up the roster. “One year, we won the Stanley Cup and he traded nine players away from our team. And in those days, you only had 18 players — one goaltender, five defensemen, two or three lines, and two extra players.” The Red Wings’ streak of regular season dominance came to an end after the 1955 season. So did their penchant for winning the Cup. (They would not win another one until 1997). The Canadiens took control of the league from there, capturing the Cup in each of the next five seasons. “When (Adams) broke up our team, I tell you, of the five Cups that Montreal won, we should have won all five of them. I’ll give them one, maybe,” said Lindsay. “He screwed us.” Burtchfield continues...
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Anders Lee Hopes to Help Islanders Power Into the Postseason

Mar 22 7:55pm NYT > Hockey
Lee, sidelined by a broken leg just days before the team entered the 2016 playoffs, has been a key contributor in a late push to return this year.
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Afternoon Line- Steve Silverman On Gary Bettman

Mar 22 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
Hockey and the Winter Olympics go hand in hand, but because there is no immediate financial gratification to the NHL coffers, Bettman wants to thumb his nose at the event. He is hurting his sport, and he is doing his part to ruin the Winter Olympics. Bettman is supposed to be the NHL’s leader, but he is a short-sighted man who looks down his nose at anything that doesn’t bring immediate gratification. He has outlived his usefulness as the commissioner. It’s time for him to go. -Steve Silverman of CBS New York where you can read more on this topic.
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The Real Negotiations Are About To Begin Regarding The NHL And 2018 Olympics

Mar 22 5:40pm Kuklas Korner
from John Shannon of Sportsnet, The negotiations are about to begin. No more posturing. No more pleasantries. We will soon hear about a deadline date. We will know in short order whether NHL players will play on the Olympic ice in South Korea next February. All sides will decide how important it is to play in the Games. My gut says the next three weeks are key — before April 12 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. No one wants the Olympic discussion to become a distraction then. Perhaps that day becomes the deadline? Far to one side, the International Olympic Committee. Set in its ways and happy to spend other peoples' money (not just hockey's) for infrastructure and the glory of the Olympic movement. The formula has worked well for the IOC. Through summer and winter Games, scandal and deceit, doping and bribery, the Olympic movement just keeps chugging along. No reason to change, no reason to share the wealth. After all, if you change for the NHL, you’ll have to change for other leagues and organizations that are involved, such as the NBA, PGA, LPGA and both of tennis’ governing bodies. If you pay for hockey, you might just have to pay for other sports, too. Far to the other side, the National Hockey League. The 31 owners and a senior executive at the league office who can’t comprehend what the value of the Olympics are anymore if there isn’t some form of compensation or acknowledgement of hockey’s best league. It goes beyond tickets and access or the ability to use video footage. It is about answering a simple question: What’s in it for us? read on...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Playoff Hopes Falter, Lose To Jets

Mar 22 5:08pm Broad Street Buzz
Philadelphia Flyers Lose to Winnipeg Jets 3-2 In the Philadelphia Flyers loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, we can only exhale and grip a little tighter the concept of our current ‘rebuild. After what was mostly a snooze-fest halfway through regulation, neither team was making a significant stride. Once a couple […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Playoff Hopes Falter, Lose To Jets - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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On Manthas resurgent play vs. Montreal

Mar 22 4:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an off-day article discussing Anthony Mantha's ups and downs... “Mo has such potential,” veteran Niklas Kronwall said. “You see glimpses and pieces of it throughout the game. Big body. Can skate. Unbelievable hands. Has a bomb of a shot. He really has all the tools.” Mantha netted his 15th goal of the season Tuesday, when he scored in overtime to lift the Wings past Montreal, 2-1, collecting his third career goal against the Habs. The goal was Mantha’s first point since being sat mid-month, an event that came after he looked egregiously sloppy -- even in what was a sloppy game by the entire team -- on March 8 at Boston. When Mantha returned to the lineup March 15, it was with a message received. “It is all a learning process, in the end, and I decide to skate more, shoot more pucks, keep being good in my D-zone,” Mantha said. “I think it paid off.” From the way Mantha, 22, talks, he seems to understand that he is being pushed hard by coach Jeff Blashill because Mantha has such a high-end skill set. “He just wants me to bring it every night, and that is, basically, what I need to learn,” Mantha said. “We have been working on it for years now, even when I was playing in (Grand Rapids), we were talking about it. It's just something that needs to come into my mind and be an automatic instinct for me to move my feet as hard as I can and do the little details.” St. James continues, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also took note of Mantha's performance as assessed by his coach:...
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