Monday, November 30, 2009

Video: Keith Ballard Tries To Decapitate His Own Goalie

According to the Panthers website:
Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun is on his way back to South Florida with the team Monday night after being taken to an Atlanta-area hospital due to a lacerated ear after being accidentally hit by a teammate’s stick. Vokoun required several stiches to close up the deep laceration.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Competition: Win Free Pack of Topps' Puck Attax

Who wants to win a free pack of the new Topps hockey card game "Puck Attax"?

Here's how to enter the competition:
#1. Follow @PuckCentral on Twitter (if you don't already)
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This giveaway is open to anyone in the United States or Canada and is 100%  free to enter!

The winners will be selected at random (hint: we have more than one pack to give away!)

Entries will be accepted via Twitter until midnight ET on November 27, 2009.

Here's a little information about Puck Attax:
Building off the enormous global success of the Match Attax card game in Europe and the new to market Topps Attax game in the United States, The Topps Company, the leading creator and marketer of sports and related cards, today announced the release of Puck Attax, a new multi-player hockey card game that allows kids to manage their teams and face off against friends in head-to-head action.

The highly anticipated head-to-head card game is available now in Canada and the U.S.

“We are extremely excited to bring the Puck Attax game to NHL fans,” said Warren Friss, VP, Topps Sports and Entertainment. “Hockey fans are some of the most passionate and devoted fans in the world and we believe this new product will capture the excitement and imagination of kids.”

Topps originally developed the Attax game in 2007 with the English Premier League, now the world’s most popular card game.  In April 2009, Topps unveiled Topps Attax, where players battle head-to-head with one another, selecting pitchers and batters to “match up,” the same way that players do in Major League Baseball games.

Each Puck Attax game cards are in the shape of a hockey puck, featuring player image, player name, team logo, position and player ratings. Every NHL team is represented and special foil game cards featuring hockey’s brightest stars are included.  The product includes a starter box, which includes game cards and play-mat, as well as booster packs.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Bruins Fan Tattoos Entire Back - Devoted Fan Or Crazy?

Found over at Karlson & McKenzie
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Rangers: News & Thoughts

  • The Rangers recalled P.A. Parenteau from Hartford and sent Dane Byers back down. [Newsday]

  • Larry Brooks says it's time to make another call up. He says it's time to sit Michal Rozsival and bring up Bobby Sanguinetti.

  • Crazy stats: Last night Prospal played 27:52  and Gaborik played 26:02 - those are ridiculously high minutes for forwards. It seemed like in the third period Gaborik and Prospal never left the ice.

  • Not sure if this was visible on TV last night, but I was at the game and several times throughout the game Eric Boulton was going after the Rangers after the whistle and pushing them. The first time it was definitely Gaborik, the second time I believe it was Prospal. If opposing teams are going to start that stuff with the Rangers better players, then not only should Brashear be going after Boulton, he needs to be in Kovalchuk's face to send a message.

  • Rangers fans (including myself) are starting to wonder what's going on with Sean Avery. He has been a shell of his former self. I can count on one hand how many times this season Avery was a factor for the Rangers and probably on a couple of fingers how many times he has played the agitating style that hockey fans have become accustomed to seeing Avery play. Last night for the second time in the last couple of games he was one-on-one with the opposing team's goalie and fanned on the shot.

    Avery is not effective unless he's playing on the edge. If he goes over it every so often then that's something that the Rangers have to live with. But, this mellowed out Sean Avery is starting to irritate me more than the "in your face" Avery agitates Marty Brodeur.

  • Next game - in Ottawa on Saturday for an afternoon (2pm) game

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Latest Rangers News: Leetch HOF, Injury Updates & Arnason Suspended

  • According to Steve Zipay (Newsday) the Rangers have suspended Tyler Arnason. Arnason who was signed as a UFA this summer by the Rangers has been in Hartford. According to Zipay the reason for the suspension and the length of the suspension are yet to be announced. Zipay says that the WolfPack have called up Chris Chappell from Charlotte

    According to Laurie of Beyond the Blueshirts the reason for the suspension is because Arnason has signed a professional contract to play in Europe.

  • As posted before, Curtis Glencross has been suspended for 3 games by the NHL for his hit on Saturday night that left Chris Drury with a concussion.

  • It's still uncertain how long Drury will be out but John Tortorella wouldn't rule out Drury from playing against the Thrashers at the Garden on Thursday night

  • Brian Leetch will be inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame tonight. There's a good write up in The Record about tonight's induction:

    Leetch will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Toronto tonight along with Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, ex-Ranger Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman, while ex-Rangers television analyst John Davidson, now the Blues’ president, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. 

  • Brandon Dubinsky who broke his hand while blocking a shot in Calgary on Saturday night has a cast on his hand. No official confirmation as to how long Dubinsky will be out but it's said that he'll be out at least three weeks and it could be as long as two months.
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Curtis Glencross Suspended 3 Games

According to TSN:
Calgary's Curtis Glencross has been suspended for three games following his blindside hit to the head that knocked New York Rangers captain Chris Drury out of Saturday night's game in Calgary.
Chris Drury sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Andrew Gross says that coach Tortorella wouldn't rule Drury playing in the Rangers' next game on Thursday against Atlanta. But, as of now that seems unlikely.

The suspension is for this hit:

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Video: Rangers/Canucks Mini Brawl & Bench Altercation

It was a pretty regular game up until this mini brawl in the third period which was sparked by Ryan Kesler jabbing Marian Gaborik with his stick as the teams were changing lines.

Then when all things appeared to be settled, Shane O'Brien, Darcy Hordichuk and Sean Avery got into an altercation on the bench. Thankfully Ray Ferraro was mic'd up between the benches working for TSN so we got to hear a little bit of what Sean Avery had to say (in the background at the 2:30 mark):
It sounds like Avery says "shut the f**k up, ya f**ckin bum, yeah, you're a f**ckin bum Horichuk... you don't even belong in this league"

Update: According to TSN:
Sources say Vancouver's Shane O'Brien will have a disciplinary hearing for using his stick to make contact with Ranger Sean Avery while both players were on their respective benches. O'Brien gave Avery a poke and Avery grabbed the stick out of O'Brien's hand.
Also, as expected:
Rangers forward Dane Byers was assessed an instigator penalty in a fight with Vancouver's Tanner Glass in the final five minutes of the game (18:50 of the third period) and that calls for an automatic one-game suspension and a $10,000 fine for Rangers coach John Tortorella.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gameday Notes: Rangers vs Canucks

  • Rangers have named Vinnie Prospal an assistant captain according to Steve Zipay
  • Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto named the NHL's rookie of the month. Quite an accomplishment considering that this year's crop of rookies have performed as well as expected. Hopefully Del Zotto will continue to play well and get the recognition he deserves for his excellent play. Come June he could be in the running for the Calder.

  • If you attend Ranger games at the Garden you'll be seeing Hulk Hogan on the jumbotron (maybe more often than you'd like!). Hogan was at MSG last week for a press conference to discuss his new book and while he was there "the Hulkster donned a Blueshirt and used his trademark voice for some memorable shout-outs".

  • As for tonight's Rangers lineup, it sounds like Enver Lisin may not be in the lineup. On Sunday afternoon Lisin hurt his foot while blocking a shot, which is why in the third period Artem Anisimov was moved up to play alongside Gaborik and Prospal. According to Steve Zipay yesterday in practice Chris Higgins (who played his best game of the season against the Bruins) played on a line with Gaborik and Prospal.

  • In an interview yesterday Canucks head coach, Alain Vigneault said that Luongo, Daniel Sedin, Grabner, Hansen, Johnson and Demitra will all be out of the lineup.

  •  Keep your eye on Rick Rypien of the Canucks. He's only 5'11 & 185lbs but he can throw them with the big boys. Watch any of his fights on Youtube and you'll see him dancing with guys who significantly outweigh him and are at least half a foot taller than him.
Canucks expected lines:

Alex Burrows - Henrik Sedin  - Mikael Samuelsson
Mason Raymond - Ryan Kesler - Matt Pettinger
Tanner Glass - Kyle Wellwood - Steve Bernier
Darcy Hordichuk - Rick Rypien - Mario Bliznak

Willie Mitchell - Sami Salo
Kevin Bieksa - Aaron Rome
Christian Ehroff - Alex Edler

Andrew Raycroft

Rangers expected lines: (based on Lisin being injured)

Chris Higgins - Vinny Prospal - Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery - Brandon Dubinsky - Ryan Callahan
Dane Byers - Artem Anisimov - Ales Kotalik
Voros/Brashear - Chris Drury  - Brian Boyle

Dan Girardi - Marc Staal
Wade Redden - Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto - Michal Rozsival

Henrik Lundqvist

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Doan Stands Up Hor Himself, Avery Apology (or lack of) & More NHL News

  • A site for Bruins fans that don't like their current ownership group -

  • Almost a year ago and this Calgary columnist still hasn't forgotten Sean Avery's "sloppy seconds" comment. It's time to move on, don't ya think? [H/T Puck Daddy]

  • Maybe Dion Phaneuf should give Avery a "stern talking to" like Zdeno Chara did yesterday. By the way, that didn't seem to work as Avery played what appeared to be his most agitating game in a while.
  • Patrik Elias who has yet to play a game this season for the Devils could be back really soon

  • Props to Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes for standing up for himself. He was laid out at the Ducks blue line by James Wisniewski by what looked like a dirty hit, inlvoving a forearm to the head. All too often we see the star players get protected by others on their team. Well, later in that same game Doan decided to hold Wisniewski accountable for his hit earlier in the game -- good to see.
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