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Wild angry over Cody McLeod’s antics, Patrick Roy’s coaching (Video) (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 01 March 2015

Cody McLeod did as agitators and enforcers do on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.  The Colorado Avalanche forward trash-talked his opponents. He crashed the net, pushing the puck and Devan Dubnyk’s pad over the goal line for a controversial Avalanche tally. And at the end of the game, he got a little wacky. With four seconds left in the game, and the Wild en route to a 3-1 win, coach Patrick Roy put McLeod on the ice. He bulldozed Mikael Granlund off the faceoff, and then engaged Charlie Coyle – of the two career fights – as he dropped the gloves and went after the Minnesota forward. On his way to the dressing room, McLeod jawed with the Minnesota bench, sparking a few contentious moments between the Wild and Avs players. (Gabriel Landeskog was given a 10-minute misconduct for shouting at the Wild players, and trying to engage them physically.) McLeod was hit with a fighting major, an unsportsmanlike conduct and a misconduct penalty. Please note: He was not given an instigator penalty, which would have carried an automatic suspension. After the game, the Wild were rather disgusted by the whole thing. From the Star Tribune, coach Mike Yeo on McLeod and Patrick Roy: There are rules in place to prevent what McLeod did, but you need the refs to actually call it. “That’s garbage is what it is,” Yeo said of McLeod’s antics. “You feel it was going that way all game long. They were obviously very emotional all game long. In an emotional type of game, we did a good job of keeping our focus and I really think that was the difference in the end.” Asked what he thought of Roy putting out McLeod, Yeo said, “We’ve seen the league respond to things like this. There’s rules in place to try to prevent things like that and I’m quite certain that they’ll take a good long look at that.” The Avalanche, meanwhile, were upset that Sean Bergenheim appeared to give Nathan MacKinnon a head shot during the game, breaking his nose. Upon further review, the hit was much less egregious than it was in real time, and MacKinnon returned to the game. MacKinnon's own stick appeared to do the damage.  "I looked at it and to me it's clearly a head shot," Roy said . "I don't understand why there's no call. Even you call Toronto, Toronto should have seen that." Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Central, Columbus Blue Jackets

Game Day: Blue Jackets at Penguins

Posted on 01 March 2015

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All Hockey News, Central, St. Louis Blues

Blues-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 01 March 2015

The St. Louis Blues have been superb on the road recently, but their struggles with the Vancouver Canucks aren't limited to the Pacific Northwest. The Blues look to remain perfect on this trip Sunday night by avoiding a slow start against the Canucks,... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Colorado Avalanche, Northwest

Avs Fall To Wild In Physical Battle

Posted on 01 March 2015

Games against the Minnesota Wild bring out the wild in the Colorado Avalanche. It’s one of those growing rivalries born from the mutual contempt that blossoms in a seven-game playoff series mired in physical play and controversy. Looking to mov... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Central, St. Louis Blues

Paul Stastny scores winner in Blues’ 2-1 victory over Oilers (The Associated Press)

Posted on 01 March 2015

The St. Louis Blues didn't get the easy ride they might have hoped for against the Oilers, but they did get out of Edmonton with the two points they needed. Paul Stastny scored the winning goal with 5:40 left and added an assist as the Blues edged the... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers aren’t done dealing

Posted on 01 March 2015

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All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers gain ground with 4-2 win over Rangers

Posted on 01 March 2015

In three previous games against the New York Rangers this season, the Flyers were 0-3 and were outscored by 10-2. In their final regular-season meeting, the Flyers reversed course with the help of an unusual occurrence - a shorthanded goal. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Edmonton Oilers, Northwest

NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games (Reuters)

Posted on 01 March 2015

Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: - - - Red Wings 4, Predators 3 The Detroit Red Wings rallied with two third-period goals to edge out the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday. Defenseman Alexey Marchenko tied the contest at 3:5... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Homecoming for ‘Johnny Hockey’

Posted on 01 March 2015

NEW YORK When the NHL schedule was released in June, Johnny Gaudreau couldn't believe his good fortune. The Calgary Flames' rookie sensation from South Jersey wanted to see when his team would be playing the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Former Flyers teammates laud Timonen

Posted on 01 March 2015

The respect that the Flyers have for former teammate Kimmo Timonen was on display with one laudatory comment after another the morning skate Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Pacific, Phoenix Coyotes

Fontaine, Dubnyk help Wild to 3-1 win over Avalanche (The Associated Press)

Posted on 01 March 2015

Devan Dubnyk doesn't need one. Not anytime soon, the Minnesota Wild goalie insisted. Justin Fontaine broke a second-period tie, and Dubnyk stopped 33 shots, leading Minnesota to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Erik Haula and... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Florida Panthers, Southeast

NHL Three Stars: Paul Stastny saves Blues vs. Oilers (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 01 March 2015

No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues   Stastny set up Dmitji Jaskin’s first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the third period as the Blues survived the Oilers, 201. No. 2 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils The Devils goalie made 33 saves, preserving an Andy Greene goal until Travis Zajac’s empty netter, as New Jersey beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0. No. 3 Star: Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes McClement scored to tie the game in the first and then to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in the second period as Carolina stunned the New York Islanders, 5-3. Honorable Mention: Brandon Pirri scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers back against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-3 win. … Alexey Marchenko’s first NHL goal tied the game and Tomas Tatar won it with a power-play goal in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. … Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all scored in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. … Carey Price made 30 saves at the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0. David Desharnais had two goals. … Steve Mason made 34 saves and Michael Del Zotto scored a big shorthanded goal in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers, 4-2. … Justin Fontaine scored a goal and an assist and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. … The Ottawa Senators topped the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, as Mike Hoffman had two goals and Andrew Hammond won again. Did You Know?  Martin Erat scored on Tuukka Rask, which means Terminix will give him free extermination services for life. Dishonorable Mention: Mike Smith lost his eighth straight decision and was pulled after giving up four goals in 31:50. … Richard Panik, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Roman Polak were all minus-3. … Cody McLeod jumped Charlie Coyle, nearly sparked a benches brawl and was given 17 penalty minutes. … The Sharks dropped to 0-6-2 at home in February. ... The Wild have won all four games against the Avalanche this season, outscoring them 12-1. Continue Reading

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