Saturday, Dec. 07, 2013 10:35PM EST
‘Game 30 is in the books.”
True, but Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean isn’t sure what he’s reading there – or where this plot goes.
If Winston Churchill had only been doing something constructive with his time, such as following NHL hockey, he would have passed on Russia and instead tagged the Ottawa Senators as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”More »
Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2013 6:07PM EST
Alex Burrows broke his jaw on Sunday afternoon when he took a puck in the face – but the fracture, and resulting surgery, was not diagnosed until much later and the winger finished the game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Burrows is expected to be out for four weeks, the Vancouver Canucks said on Tuesday. He woke up on Monday in pain and had surgery later that day.More »
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 1:30PM EST
They are in dead last in the NHL by a wide margin, with just 11 points in 26 games.
They have won just one of their last 14 games in regulation. Three of their five wins have come in the coin flip that is the shootout.
Yes, the Buffalo Sabres, deep into the 2013-14 season, are on pace for just 35 points in a league where it takes more than 90 to usually make the playoffs.More »
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 9:44AM EST
It is one of the more remarkable trades in the history of hockey, even if it was not, technically speaking, a trade.
Last spring, after playoff failings, John Tortorella was jettisoned from the New York Rangers and landed as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, and Alain Vigneault was fired from the Vancouver Canucks and found work as head coach of the New York Rangers.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 11:50AM EST
In NHL terms, $5.2-billion is a massive amount of money.
Especially when you consider the league has never made more than $3.3-billion in a season.
The new Canadian TV deal with Rogers will obviously have a considerable affect on viewers and league coffers, but what it will also do is change the NHL’s salary structure and the cap itself. This is very good news for cap-strapped teams that want to spend more than the current $64.3-million limit, which will quickly be blown away as the new TV money is worked into the equation.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 9:14AM EST
The fact that 10 former NHL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the league in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking damages and medical monitoring due to head injuries is not a surprise.
It was just a matter of time once the NFL settled its concussion lawsuit with thousands of former players who developed concussion-related medical issues such as dementia at a cost of $765-million (all currency U.S.). After all, the NHL is a league which did not make helmets mandatory until 1979 and even then grandfathered them in as long as the bareheaded loons signed a waiver.More »
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 12:43AM EST
It is several years past the days when the Chicago Blackhawks were the hated bête noire of the Canucks, a team that Vancouver just couldn’t figure out until Alex Burrows finally slayed the dragon – in the words of the Canucks play-by-play – in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
The next year, sure, there was Duncan Keith late in the season trying to behead Daniel Sedin with a vicious elbow, concussing the Swede. But by last year’s lockout-truncated season, the tilts between the two didn’t feel quite the same as they did back in the day. The teams were moving in different directions, one ascendant, the Blackhawks, on the way to a second Stanley Cup in four seasons, and one fading, the Canucks, no longer among the very best.More »
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 9:58PM EST
There were angry words, and post-whistle headlocks and the occasional stick in the yap – all of it calculated, much of it likely even pre-meditated.
Or so one is led to believe upon hearing Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec, who got far enough up the nose of the world’s best hockey player that Sidney Crosby started yelling at him in the faceoff circle after the Czech centre put the Habs up 3-0.More »
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 12:12PM EST
Even if most of them are football fans, a large group of NHL players may be too tired to join any Grey Cup parties on Sunday.
Thanks to the compressed schedule to accommodate the break for the Sochi Olympics, nine teams face back-to-back games over the weekend. The Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks will have a tiring weekend, since most of the sets are home and road games.More »
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 5:29PM EST
Few sports are as effective at making small things into giant things as NHL hockey.
In a shortened season where the Montreal Canadiens finished a surprise second in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13, their notable weakness was the penalty kill.
When the playoffs rolled around, the Ottawa Senators duly exposed it, scoring six power-play markers in five games – and like the other two teams that allowed more than one power-play goal per game, Vancouver and the New York Islanders, the Habs were bounced in the first round.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 6:46PM EST
He’s spent more time on NHL ice than any other player over the last three years, and his astounding workload is only getting heavier.
Workhorse defenceman Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild is averaging north of 29:30 per game – only two other defencemen in the league are above 27 minutes – four times in the last five contests he has topped 30 minutes, in three of them he has logged more than 35.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 4:24PM EST
If Team Canada honcho Steve Yzerman set his PVR to record last week's Tuesday nighter at the Bell Centre - which feaured Olympic hopefuls Marty St. Louis, Carey Price and P.K. Subban - Team USA counterpart David Poile will surely be doing likewise this week.
It's more or less a given that Minnesota's Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will be wearing the star spangled sweater in Sochi, and there's a decent chance the Habs' Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk will receive invites too.More »
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 12:56AM EST
The captain encapsulated the team’s problems in a single line, 10 words, spoken in frustration after the Vancouver Canucks blew a 1-0 lead with a minute to go and then lost in overtime.
“We’ve got to find a way to score more goals,” said Henrik Sedin on Thursday night in Vancouver, after the Canucks lost 2-1 to Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks.More »
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 3:46PM EST
A copy of the essay former Montreal Canadiens great Ken Dryden penned for TSN’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction show, which coincided with Remembrance Day this year:
Soldiers and Players
They have always had a lot in common, hockey players and soldiers
Young men, their look of health and hope
Now young women tooMore »
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 9:59AM EST
Great entertainers always have uncanny timing.
A few hours after his representatives met with the Montreal Canadiens to open contract talks last Tuesday, defenceman P.K. Subban delivered his finest all-around outing of the NHL season.
Against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he played more than 28 minutes – according to extraskater.com, in his 22 minutes at even strength the Habs generated 17 shots on net (Subban had eight on the night), gave up 11, and allowed no goals.More »
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 1:49PM EST
The thing about hockey teams is that when you single out one player for rough treatment, they all pile in to defend him.
Incoming Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, a former federal sports minister and self-confessed Montreal Canadiens super-fan, surely already knew this.
But in case he didn't, he's being given an object lesson.More »
Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 5:17PM EST
There are no readily available statistics for this but it is hard to imagine another Hockey Hall of Fame class beating the 2013 inductees for the total number of major championships they won – 31.
That is one big load of hardware for the five members of this year’s class, who will be formally inducted into The Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Scott Niedermayer leads the way with 10 championships: Four Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, one world junior gold, a World Cup of Hockey title, one world championship and one Memorial Cup. The former New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks defenceman is the only player to have won all six major North American and international hockey championships.More »
Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013 1:10PM EST
The Vancouver Canucks, facing arch rival San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, have recalibrated their power play, which this season again has produced among the fewest goals in the National Hockey League.
The new-look power play is led by a “quarterback,” which evokes comments from coach John Tortorella in an interview with The Globe and Mail before the season began, an idea we will get to in a moment.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013 4:55PM EST
Another game, another brick tossed on the scale.
The Montreal Canadiens were locked in a closely-fought game with a very good St. Louis Blues team on Tuesday, but with the game tied down the stretch, one player was conspicuously absent.
Coach Michel Therrien is clearly sick and tired of fielding questions about his usage of defenceman P.K. Subban, but when he benches his star blueliner and fan favourite in the final minutes of a close game - again - they are bound to pour forth.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013 3:29PM EST
The fans in San Jose won’t like this but an apparent goal by their Sharks at the two-minute mark of overtime Tuesday night – which cost the Sharks a point after they went on to lose 5-4 in a shootout with the Buffalo Sabres – was missed because of a series of circumstances and not because anyone at the NHL’s video room in Toronto was asleep in front of the screen.More »
Roy MacGregor covers hockey for the Globe and Mail. He has been nominated for eight National Newspaper Awards, winning twice. He is the author of some 40 books, covering everything from the hockey world to aboriginal rights and painter Tom Thomson.
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Eric Duhatschek was the winner of the Hockey Hall Of Fame's Elmer Ferguson award for "distinguished contributions to hockey writing" in 2001. He has covered four Winter Olympics, 19 Stanley Cup finals, every Canada Cup and World Cup since 1981, plus two world championships.
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David Ebner is a national correspondent based in Vancouver. He joined The Globe and Mail in 2000 and worked in Toronto and Calgary before moving to Vancouver in 2008. He has reported on a wide range of stories – business, politics, arts, crime – and has covered sports since 2012. He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in sports in 2013. He was born in Ottawa, grew up in Calgary, and graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa.
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