SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey Looking for Teams: Koharski's Donuts, this site's fantasy hockey league, is beginning its fourth season on ESPN in just a few weeks. It's a head-to-head league where teams face off each week in 10 rotisserie categories. A live draft is held the Sunday night before the season begins. A cash prize is awarded to the champion and the other three playoff teams. If you're interested in joining (or a returning owner), post here. Most owners are expected to return, but there should be at least 1-2 openings for new teams.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich: With the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup Final victory over the San Jose Sharks, SportsFilter's annual NHL playoff competition has been won by NoMich, who beat Grum@work by 5 points. The coveted Costanza was claimed by Rcade.
Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks: The victory secured the team’s fourth championship and, in the process, etched June 12, 2016, alongside the most celebrated dates in franchise history.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round: The Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins begin tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. Five players in our NHL Pick 'Em contest are within 5 points of the leader, NoMich.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3: The third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight at 8 p.m. EDT when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East. The other series begins Saturday when the San Jose Sharks visit the St. Louis Blues. Our NHL Pick 'Em contestants should pick the winners of both series, the number of games and some bonus categories.
AHL Team Soaks Portland for $34M for Arena Renovations, Leaves After Two Years: The Portland (Maine) Pirates have decided to move to Springfield, Massachusetts, breaking a five-year lease on the taxpayer-funded Cross Insurance Arena after two years. Escape clauses built into the contract limit the team's payout for breaking the lease to $100,000, which is 0.3% of the cost of the renovations.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2: The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight at 7 p.m. EDT when the Islanders play the Lightning, even though the Predators and Ducks haven't finished their first-round series. The matchups are Stars vs. Blues, Islanders vs. Lightning, Capitals vs. Penguins, and Sharks vs. Predators or Ducks.
SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now: The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT: Panthers vs. Islanders, Lightning vs. Red Wings, Capitals vs. Flyers, Penguins vs. Rangers, Stars vs. Wild, Blues vs. Blackhawks, Ducks vs. Predators and Kings vs. Sharks. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking one of the three top goal scorers in the Eastern and Western conference in this playoff round. First prize is a one-year subscription to Hockey News.
Inside the NHL Department of Player Safety: â€śI am creating effective after this season a new Department of Player Safety which will be headed by Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, Brendan Shanahan. In this revised role, Brendan will be responsible for developing rules related to better protecting our players without changing the fundamental nature of our game, dealing with equipment and safety issues related to equipment, and pursuant to a request made by Colin Campbell, Brendan will administer commissioner supplemental discipline.â€ť And thus the Department of Player Safety (DoPS, for short) was born.
Emails from Bettman and other top NHL officials reveal knowledge of harm from fighting and links to drug abuse: "â€śThis is not the same role as it was in the 80â€™s and 90â€™s,â€ť Shanahan wrote. â€śFighters used to aspire to become regular players. Train and practice to move from 4th line to 3rd. Now they train and practice becoming more fearsome fighters. They used to take alcohol and cocaine to cope. (Kordic) Now they take pills. Pills to sleep. Pills to wake up. Pills to ease the pain. Pills to amp up. Getting them online.â€ť"
NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Pairings are Announced: The "Shivering (not Sweet) Sixteen" for 2016 have been selected. Quinnipiac (1), East Regional; St. Cloud State (2), West Regional; North Dakota (3), Midwest Regional; and Providence, Northeast Regional, are the top seeded teams. Northeastern has to be the "Cinderella" team, having overcome a 1-11-2 start to go 21-2-3 in its next 26 games to finish 22-13-5. The regionals start on March 26, and the Frozen 4 begins on April 7 in Tampa, FL.
The NHL Playoffs May Be Canada-Free: "If the season ended today -- and less than two months remain -- none of its NHL teams would qualify for the playoffs. The last time that happened? Forty-six years ago." -- Chris Hine, Chicago Tribune
Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal: Dion Phaneuf is trading sides in the Battle of Ontario. A mammoth nine-player swap between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs saw Phaneuf landing in the nation’s capital, ending a turbulent run in Toronto that began with a similar blockbuster trade six years ago. Leafs add a former 1st Rd pick in defender Jared Cowen, winger Milan Michalek, 2 youngish forward prospects in Colin Greening and Oscar Lindberg, as well as second-round draft pick in 2017. Ottawa also received AHL forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and junior defenceman Cody Donaghey.
Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo: For the first time in 28 years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made changes to their logo. The leafier leaf's a throwback to one last used in 1967, the year they won the last of their 13 Stanley Cup championships. I'm guessing that's no coincidence. "They can wear pink if they're going to start winning," Dillon Bouma told CBC.
"A Guy Like Me": John Scott on his All Star Experience. He definitely has my vote after reading this piece.
"Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will — and won’t — be proud of me for."
The NHL Season Begins Anew!: It's October, memories of Summer are fading as there is a nip in the air, the leaves are turning color, the weather is perfect for
foot...errr...hockey! The new NHL season is upon us and [your_team] is still mathematically in the playoff hunt. What could be better in life? What's new and different this season? What is going to happen this season? Who is going to win it all? I NEED 30 BOLD PREDICTIONS! Go team!
If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?: The long-suffering supporters of the Quebec Nordiques...now have a shiny new stadium in which to enjoy their national sport. The only problem? Until the league awards the city a new franchise they still don't have a team to play there.
Join Koharski's Donuts, SportsFilter's Fantasy Hockey League: With the NHL's season opener less than two weeks away, SportsFilter's Fantasy Hockey league is back for a third season and needs three more owners. The league has head-to-head weekly match-ups and a live snake draft Sunday Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. Eastern. We give cash prizes to the top four teams. Use this link and the password "sprinkles" to join.
In Hockey Gaming, It Will Always Be 1994: "It's the No. 1 comment that is made to me over the course of every day, whether it's over Twitter or meeting on the street," Jeremy Roenick says. "Whatever the case may be, I would say one out of three people I meet mention ’94 Sega. They say one of three things: One, 'You couldn't beat the Chicago Blackhawks because of Jeremy Roenick.' No. 2, 'I got through college playing Jeremy Roenick in '94 Sega.' The third is it was a rule that you couldn't be the Chicago Blackhawks in the game, because they were that unstoppable. That still happens almost daily."
Carolina Hurricanes Hire Eric Tulsky As Stat Analyst: Tulsky will provide and analyze data to assist the hockey operations department and coaching staff. Tulsky had a blog with SB Nation named Outnumbered.
Report: Patrick Kane Target of Rape Investigation: Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is under investigation by police in a rape case, the Buffalo News reported Thursday. Two law enforcement sources in Hamburg, New York, told the paper that a local woman accused Kane of rape over an incident that allegedly happened last weekend. Kane grew up in Buffalo and has a house in Hamburg.
L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick breaks down the NHL's top snipers: "The best shooters aren’t necessarily the hardest shooters — the best shooters are the guys who can drastically change the angles of their release." Part 2.
Miracle on ice goalie Jim Craig auctioning off his memorabilia: Seeking to secure his family's financial future, Craig is seeking $5.7 million for 19 items, including his gold medal, jerseys worn during the semi-final and gold medal games, and the flag that was draped over him after the US defeated Finland.
Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM: First, the Leafs lure Mike Babcock away from the Red Wings and now they land Uncle Lou. It's been one heck of an off season for Toronto.
What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?: "Chicago Blackhawks can go back to being fathers, partners and sons today, but they have taken on another title -- heroes""
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd: The winner of SportsFilter's NHL prediction contest is Cixelsyd, who earned points by choosing the Chicago Blackhawks to win, Duncan Keith to win the Conn Smythe and lead in points, Corey Crawford to have the best goals-against average and himself to win this competition. Ufez Jones seizes the Costanza in a bold move late.
Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup: In front of their home faithful, the Chicago Blackhawks shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 Monday night to win the franchise's third Stanley Cup in five years. Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago and goaltender Corey Crawford stopped all 25 shots he faced. Shortly before the game's end, broadcaster Mike Emrick announced that the Cup itself -- one of the most famous championship trophies in sport -- was not yet in the arena due to a weather delay and was being escorted by police.
Lightning Can't Get Out Of Own Way, Blackhawks Go Up 3-2: The Chicago Blackhawks are one game from another Stanley Cup, winning game 5 2-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road. Chicago's first goal was scored by Patrick Sharp on what may be the easiest score in Stanley Cup Final history when both goalies are playing. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop ventured out to clear a puck and collided with defender Victor Hedman. The puck slid past Bishop and Sharp skated it into an empty net. Asked if he came out too far to play the puck, Bishop responded, "Yeah, I guess."
Corey Crawford Comes Up Big as Blackhawks Even Stanley Cup at 2: The Chicago Blackhawks survived a late barrage by the Tampa Bay Lightning to win 2-1 in game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday, making the series 2-2. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, who benched Crawford earlier in the playoffs, called the game a "goalie win." Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos missed wide at point blank range in the waning seconds.
NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards: We interrupt the regularly scheduled recap of Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over Chicago in game 3 of the Stanley Cup to bring you this special announcement: NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus has asked the NHL and its players to shave during the playoffs. "The players won't like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. “Let's get their faces out there. Let's talk about how young and attractive they are. ... I know it's a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, 'That guy looks like the kid next door,' which many of these guys do."
Lightning Beat Blackhawks to Even Stanley Cup at 1: In a game where Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop twice left unexpectedly and was replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 to even the Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece. Tampa took the lead on a Cedric Paquette first-period goal and only trailed for 92 seconds in the game. Lightning star Tyler Johnson scored his first playoff goal in 16 days -- becoming the franchise leader for postseason goals with 13. Fellow NHL netminder Robert Luongo responded on Twitter to Bishop's disappearance with two emojis: a toilet and a question mark.
Blackhawks Rally Late, Beat Lightning in Game 1 of Stanley Cup: The Tampa Bay Lightning took a 1-0 lead into the third period of the Stanley Cup Final game 1, but two Chicago Blackhawks goals in under 2 minutes changed that. Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored after defensive lapses and the Blackhawks won 2-1. The 20-year-old Teravainen is the youngest player to have a multi-point game in a Cup Final since Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr did it at 19 in 1991.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals: The Stanley Cup Finals begin Wednesday between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks. Pick the winning team and the number of games the series will require along with several bonus-point categories.
Rangers' Zuccarello Took Puck to Head, Lost Ability to Speak: New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello suffered a much more serious head injury in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals than initially believed when he was clocked by a puck. He has revealed that he suffered a brain contusion that robbed him of the ability to speak for days. He explained, "There was a small fracture in my head. I lost my (ability to) talk and some feeling in my arm and stuff. ... I had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. I went to speech therapy. I'm getting much better. I couldn't say a word for four days."
Blackhawks Beat Ducks, Return to Stanley Cup Finals: Jonathan Toews scored two early goals and the Chicago Blackhawks went on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in six years. Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored for the Blackhawks and goaltender Corey Crawford made 35 saves. The Ducks lost a game 7 at home and wasted a 3-2 series lead for the third straight season. "I have no words," said Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.
Lightning Shut Out Rangers, Advance to Stanley Cup: Two streaks ended when the Tampa Bay Lightning shut out the New York Rangers 2-0 in game 7 Friday night to advance to the Stanley Cup as Eastern Conference champions. The Rangers' 7-0 streak of winning game 7 victories at home ended, as did goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's 6-0 streak in game 7 matches at home. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots he faced. The game was tied 0-0 after two periods, but Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored in the third and the Lightning kept the Rangers blanked.
Blackhawks Force Game 7 With 5-2 Win Over Ducks: The Chicago Blackhawks, led by Duncan Keith's three assists and a goal-saving play, defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 to tie their Western Conference Finals series at 3. ''He's kind of a freak as far as his metabolism and conditioning level,'' coach Joel Quenneville said of Keith. Game 7 will be Saturday. This is only the second time since the 1967 NHL expansion that both conference finals require a deciding game 7.
Rangers Force Game 7 with 7-3 Win Over Lightning: The New York Rangers made short work of the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7-3 victory to force game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday. For the Rangers, Derick Brassard had three goals and two assists and J.T Miller and Rick Nash each had a goal and three assists. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was pulled in the third with the score 5-1.