We all know that fighting is an expected part of hockey, but most of us don’t know exactly to what extent. We’ve all heard the joke “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out” According to hockeyfights.com, there were 645 fights during the 1230 games of the 2010-2011 NHL season (and a whopping 117 games with more than one fight). It stands to reason that an adrenaline-filled sport like hockey would see its share of fights over the years.
Although fighting in the NHL has bumped up against its share of criticism, it is a considerable draw for More >
With unmatched comfort, optimum control and performance consistency, it’s no wonder that Zach Parise and Zdeno Chara have each worn the Easton Synergy EQ5!
Composite in all the right places, this hybrid skate combines the lightweight structure of Easton’s Stealth skate with a fully heat-moldable Fusion Foam in the boot quarter for an ideal custom fit. The Synergy EQ5’s composite frame is strategically placed to optimize response and long-term performance consistency, while maintaining a balance of structure and fit.
The Synergy EQ5 utilizes thermally activated anatomical ankle foams and a felt-based tongue to enhance the overall comfort of the skate and give More >
The 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs get under way tonight when 5 series drop the puck for the first round.
Here’s what we have to look forward to with each matchup:
7 pm ET: Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh Starting off the night is a Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh team hosting Tampa Bay. With or without Crosby, the Penguins will continue to rely on the goaltending brawn of Marc-Andre Fleury, who was named the Penguins’ team MVP while the Lightening will rely on Steve Stamkos to rekindle the goal streak he brought early in the season.
7 pm ET: Phoenix @ Detroit Last year’s first round rematch promises More >
DETROIT — Goaltender Shooter Tudor, Detroit’s second pick in the 2010 entry draft, was called up from the Corona Sasquatch of the Inland Empire Elite League (IEEL) after Red Wings suffered their worst loss in the goalie mask era.
“Whenever you get a chance to play with this club, it’s wicked awesome,” Tudor said. “The boys are real supportive and the pace, even in practice, is amazing”
Tudor practiced with the team on Thursday and took a shot off his lower right Velcro strap in the morning skate. He had to have his Velcro strap removed. “I have the new Velcro strap More >
Pittsburgh Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby, donned skates for the first time since being sidelined with a concussion 10 weeks ago. Limited to stickhandling around cones and shooting a few pucks, Crosby is far from being ready to return. His 15 minute practice gives no guarantee that he will play again this season. With playoffs in the near future, Crosby’s progress is a good sign but far from promising.
The concussion resulted from a hard slam into the end boards by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman on January 5. The hit re-triggered the already much debated issue of head hits, improper checking and More >
Wednesday night’s game between the Colorado Avalance and Edmonton Oilers was bloody… both literally and figuratively.
Bleeding badly from a cut sustained when Taylor Hall‘s skate sliced his face in the first period, Avalanche defenceman Ryan O’Byrne managed to skate off the ice on his own. Hall tried to jump past the defender behind the Colorado net. O’Byrne was escorted into the locker room for initial examination and treatment before being taken to a nearby hospital. He suffered facial lacerations and didn’t return. “They had to take him and get him sewn up,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. “Any time a skate More >
A look at some of the upcoming rule changes along with the new Illegal Hits to the Head rule and other points of emphasis this season.
I. ILLEGAL CHECK TO THE HEAD (48.1) A lateral or blindside hit to an opponenet where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
48.2 MINOR PENALTY There is no provision for a minor penalty for this [48.1] rule.
In violation of an illegal check to the head, an automatic game misconduct and major or match penalty shall be given. A player will also face possible supplimentary discipline.
48.3 MAJOR PENALTY For a More >
Hockey players are typically quite particular about their equipment. Watch a player at the hockey shop and he’ll grab a stick, bend it… tap it… inspect it. The perfect stick always makes itself known when he handles it for awhile. The perfect stick just feels right in his hands and flexes to the perfect arc.
So, we all know the Easton, Reebok, Bauer, CCM, Mission and Sherwood brands… but have you heard of Combat? Previously manufactured under the name Ballistik, Combat sticks may be new to many players. Most widely known for their exceptional baseball/softball bats and equipment, Combat has More >
Friday Night: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart endured a brutal hit by Tom Kostopoulos of the Calgary Flames that ended with a broken jaw. Kostopoulos received two minutes for roughing, a questionable call that has been rectified through the NHL’s supplemental discipline process. Because of the ferocity of the hit and the broken jaw that resulted, the hit was reviewed over the weekend and Kostopoulos was given a six game suspension and will forfeit $29,569.92 in salary. Stuart will miss at least six to eight weeks with the injury.
Rule 48, which has already led to several suspensions this season, bans More >
Detroit Red Wings fans groaned in unison Wednesday when star center, Pavel Datsyuk, went down hard and landed awkwardly on his right arm during the 1st period. With 12 goals and 27 assists, Datsyuk was the leading Red Wings scorer. He will be sorely missed for the next four weeks.
The Red Wings have endured numerous injuries. They are also without Mike Modano, who severed a tendon and will likely be out until just before playoffs, although a definitive date has not been determined. The 40-year-old center has scored two goals and eight points in 20 games for the Red More >