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CBC HNIC Stanley Cup Playoff Opening Promo 2014 (HD)

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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Top 10 NHL Plays Of The Season 2013-14 (HD)

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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A pretty solid countdown that you'll enjoy but there were some things I didn't like... First of all, why is, Tomas Hertl number one? Yes, I know his goal was probably the most replayed NHL highlight all season, but, three other players - Thomas Vanek, Nathan Gerbe, and Nick Foligno - scored on the same through-the-legs move this year. 

Second, this top ten is missing Cam Ward's incredible desperation save on Bryan Little. That was my favourite save of season. 

Lastly, Tomas Tatar's goal leaping past two Stars' defenseman should have also been somewhere on this list. 

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The 2013-14 NHL season in numbers

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Teemu Selanne's last NHL game

Photo Source: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

-35
 was Alexander Ovechkin's plus/minus rating despite scoring 51 goals.

0 shootout wins for the New Jersey Devils after 13 tries.

1 goalie goal courtesy of Mike Smith. See it here.

4 through-the-legs goals (Hertl, Vanek, Gerbe and Foligno).

6 outdoor games: the Winter Classic, Heritage Classic as well as four Stadium Series'. This was a record number.

9 different goalies dressed by the Buffalo Sabres. The most ever for a team in a single season. Ryan Miller, Jhonas Enroth, Ryan Vinz, Jaroslav Halak, Michal Neuvirth, Nathan Lieuwen, Hackett, Andrey Makarov and Connor Knapp.

12 games. The amount of time David Clarkson spent in the press box because of suspensions. He recorded even less points, 11, despite carrying a massive cap-hit of $5.25 M.

13 consecuative games forward Nathan MacKinnon recorded a point, breaking Wayne Gretzky's record for longest point streak by an 18 year old. Read the article here.

52 wins by the Colorado Avalanche, who finished 3rd in the league after finishing 29th last season. From bottom three to top three.

59 saves by goaltender Ben Scrivens in his shutout versus the Sharks in January. It was the most saves a goaltender has ever made in a regular season shutout. Read the article.

67 points by Jaromir Jagr at the age of 42.

104 points for Sidney Crosby. The most in the NHL season and the only player to crack the 90 point plateau. 

1,457 points for Teemu Selanne's career, who will be retiring after the playoffs. Good for 15th on the all-time list.

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Top Ten Goals (2013-14 NHL Season)




Video: Top 10 Saves of the 2013-14 NHL Season

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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Mural Hockey Art: Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Mural Hockey Art: Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

I came across some unique hockey art on Reddit today that was posted by user: GuyOnTheLake. See the full album here. He made murals of all the Western Conference match-ups for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues version of the mural (above) is my favourite! 

Alex Ovechkin's through-the-legs shootout attempt

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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s/t HockeyWebCaster. Alexander Ovechkin tried the trending through-the-legs move last night but was stopped by goaltender Eddie Lack. Tomas Hertl should have put a patent on this move.

Video: Teemu Selanne takes victory lap in Anaheim

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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s/t NHLVideo. Teemu Selanne was named the first, second, and third star following his final regular season home game in Anaheim last night. The forward took a victory lap around the ice and eventually, even opposing goalie J.S. Giguere joined him. The two were former teammates on the Ducks when they won the Stanley Cup in the 2006-07 season. 

What an end to an incredible career for the Finnish Flash. He concludes with 1,457 points after 1,451 games which is good for 15th on the all-time list.




Video: Brian Gionta wins it with a great OT penalty shot

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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Brian Gionta scored the game winning goal on an overtime penalty shot in the Canadiens' 1-0 win over the Rangers. Goaltender Carey Price recorded the shutout after making 41 saves and keeping New York's scoresheet empty.

What a way to cap off the regular season for Montreal, who will be the only Canadian team in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

''We're definitely proud of our season,'' said Price. ''We put lot of effort in all year long. 

''We stayed fairly consistent all year. And now the fun begins.''

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GIF: Nick Bonino's incredible no-look goal from his knees

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

GIF: Nick Bonino's incredible no-look goal from his knees

Early in the first period of a contest between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, Nick Bonino scored an incredible no-look goal from his knees. The goal helped Anaheim clinch the top seed in the West as they went on to win in a shootout.

"You could probably try that shot hundreds of times and not make it once. Well done, Mr. Bonino. Remind us to never challenge you to a game of hockey H-O-R-S-E." - SB Nation




Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth retires after 18 seasons

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth retires after 18 seasons

Photo Source: Derek Leung/Getty Images North America

Ryan Smyth
of the Edmonton Oilers announced on April 11 that he will be retiring from the NHL after his club’s final regular-season game this season. This means the 38-year-old native of Banff, Alberta laced up his skates for the very last time in the NHL in a 5-2 home win over the Vancouver Canucks on April 12.

The player, whose nickname is Captain Canada, was chosen by the Oilers with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 1994 NHL Draft and played 14 of his 18 seasons with the club.

Smyth spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, but in 2011 asked to be dealt back to Edmonton. He also played for two years with the Colorado Avalanche prior to joining the Kings and had a short stint with the New York Islanders.

Dallas Eakins, the head coach of the Oilers said, “It's always interesting when a guy has such an amazing career and there is sadness, when it should be the other way around. To play that long and to last that long and to have the career that he's had, it should be a joyous occasion.”

The left-winger went into the game against Vancouver in search of a power-play goal as he was tied with former Oiler Glenn Anderson with 126 franchise power-play goals. However, he was held scoreless in his NHL finale. Smyth had 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points this season in 72 games.

He made his debut for the Oilers in the 94/95 season when he played three games for the team before being sent back to the Moose Jaw Warriors junior team of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He also played for Canada at the World Junior Championships that season and won a gold medal.

Smyth had eleven 20-goal seasons during his career and managed to hit the 30-goal mark on four occasions. His best offensive season came back in the 2000/01 campaign when he scored 31 goals and added 39 assists for the Oilers in 82 games.

He scored 39 goals for the team in 1996/97 and had 36 in the 2005/06 term and had 31 more the following season. He scored over 20 goals in each of his two seasons with the Kings and added 40 for the Avalanche in his two years there. He also had 15 points in 18 games during his time with the Islanders.

Smyth played a total of 1,270 regular-season games in his NHL career and had 386 goals and 456 assists for 842 points. Fifty-six of his goals were game winners. He made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs on 11 occasions and played in 93 postseason contests.

He racked up 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in them. He was known as Captain Canuck for the numerous times he suited up for his country in international play.

He played for Canada at the 2006 Olympics in Torino and won gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Smyth also played for Canada at the World Hockey Championships several times and captained the team while winning two gold medals and one silver and won gold with Team Canada in 2004 at the World Cup of Hockey.

Smyth was the heart - and - soul of my beloved Edmonton Oilers. A player  Who made a living standing in front of countless NHL goaltenders, banging in greasy goals for the team on a nightly basis.  Doing whatever it took to win the game for his hometown team.

Smyth, admits he has lost a step, and it is time to hang them up. In 970 contests with the Edmonton Oilers Smyth was never team captain. However, in a classy move by the organization; on this night he was awarded the "C". In my opinion it should have happened years ago....    

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Edmonton Oilers organization and everything you've done for the city of Edmonton.

It has been a pleasure spending my life watching your career!

The respect Ryan Smyth held around the league was shown in the classiest way by the Vancouver Canucks, who had a handshake line for him after the game, to congratulate him on his retirement. 

Posted by: HockeyFanLand.


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