Hockey

Blackhawks end Rangers win streak

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. A first NHL hat trick for Artem Anisimov saw the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Rangers 6-3 at the United Center on Wednesday. This loss ended a six-game winning streak for New York, who has been in superb form of late. Anisimov scored when the Blackhawks got their first power-play goal of the game after being held scoreless in their first four opportunities when he managed to slip a shot underneath Henrik Lundqvist to give Chicago a 4-1 lead mid-way through the third period. “[Anisimov] was around the net, got rewarded for it and it seemed like we had the better of the net-front presence as the game progressed,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “It seemed to be ...

Lightning score four in win over the Kings

Nikita Kucherov scored his 16th goal of the season, the first of four first-period goals in just over two minutes, as the Tampa Bay Lightning won their fifth straight game on the road with a convincing 5-2 against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday. Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos also scored as the Lightning won for the eighth time in 10 games. Vladislav Namestnikov also got on the scoresheet with his third goal in two games. Alex Killorn spoke glowingly after the game about his sides’ performance. “There’s a ton of confidence in this room. We realize our top guys are doing really well and they help feed our whole team. Power play is going well. Everything seems to be clicking right now”. Making his first start against his old club, the Kings, after p...

Kings Win to Make History!

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. The Los Angeles Kings flew out of the blocks in their win over the Toronto Maple Leafs but had to hold on late to match the best start in their history. The Kings took a staggering 5-0 lead when Toffoli scored his second goal of the second period at 16:32. Goals from Tyler Toffoli (2), Tanner Pearson with three assists, and Michael Amadio scored his first NHL goal to help Los Angeles to a 5-3 win against the Maple Leafs at Staples Center on Thursday. “I think we came out right away and we played really hard and played fast and played our game” said Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe, who had chipped in with an assist on the night. Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal which happened to be his fir...

Blues Make the Power Plays Count in 5-2 Win!

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 at the Scottrade Center on Wednesday. That was mainly down to the return in form of The St. Louis winger Alexander Steen. The Canadian-born Swedish winger, who missed the first six games of the season with a broken thumb, busted out with a goal and three assists to help the Blues to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. “I think we simplified things a little bit more,” Steen said. “We were more direct in the way that we played, and I think we were a step quicker than we have been too. Those things contributed to us getting more goals and obviously more chances. It was good, even the ones we didn’t score. There was a lot of momentum pushing forward...

Five NHL Teams That Need to Get Their Act Together

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. Like with the opening weeks of every season, some teams are red hot and some haven’t even got out of the starting blocks yet. The likes of the Toronto maple Leaf’s are absolutely flying and yet some preseason playoff candidates are stumbling out of the gate. Here are five clubs that need to get their act together after the opening weeks of the season: Montreal Canadiens After longtime defenseman Andrei Markov and veteran scorer Alexander Radulov retired after man years with the “Canadiens” everyone knew this season would be a defining one. Early in the off season the “Canadien” management were hit with this news, so it wasn’t like this story came out of the blue. They had time to re-act, but i...

NHL: The Latest!

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. Wild surge past Blackhawks The pre-game coverage all surrounded the two goalkeepers as it is widely thought that Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild, and Corey Crawford, Blackhawks, are the two best keepers at this moment and time. Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves to help the Wild to their first win of the season, 5-2 at United Center on Thursday. Minnesota were on fire in the third period as they scored four goals playing with eight forwards after Marcus Foligno, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle each left with apparent injuries. For Crawford, he made 29 saves but was unable to keep out a third period surge from the Wild. It was the first game the Blackhawks have failed to score more than two goals. The...

Top Stories from the Opening Round

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. Saad bags a hat-trick in season opener It was a fairy-tale return to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Saad, as the forward completed a memorable treble in a 10-1 demolition of the Pittsburgh Penguins at United Center on Thursday. Saad completed his impressive hat-trick when he charged to the net on a 2-on-1 and luckily a pass from Jonathan Toews deflected off him into the net in the middle of the third period to make it 9-1. A delighted Saad spoke after the game saying “It’s exciting, for sure, to get [a hat trick] and then to be in this building,” said Saad, who was re-signed by the Blackhawks on the 23rd June in a deal that saw forward Artemi Panarin transfer to the Colum...

Rule Changes For The 2017/18 NHL Season

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. The countdown is on to the opening of the NHL season, with 2017-18 being the 101st season in league history. The new season will bring some key rule changes, more outdoor games and a brand new team. To get you prepared for the start of the new season, I’ll outline some key dates and go over the noteworthy rule changes that will impact 2017-18. Here are some of the key changes: Challenging the offside rule If you can remember back to last season, certain NHL coaches made a habit out of challenging extremely close offside calls that often left officials trying to determine whether or not a player’s skate was a fraction off the ice. The penalty for a coach who challenged the play and was ultimate...

Ones To Watch: Rookies

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. Young players are so much more ready to be thrown in at the deep end than they were 10 or 15 years ago. Due to their early development, whether it is in terms of skills or physical development 16/17/18 year olds are ready for the big time. Ray Shero, the general manager at the New Jersey Devils, said “These kids are so far ahead of where they were, and that’s why they’re able to play at 18 or 19 years old. People say it’s because of the NHL salary cap that forces teams to use younger players today, but really, if you’re good, you’re good”. Having good, young talent capable of stepping onto the ice of any NHL franchise and making an immediate impact is no lon...

Free Agents: Who Is Yet To Be Snapped Up?

Stay here for live results and analysis for all hockey tournaments. Complete scores and schedule. For all 31 NHL teams, pre-season training camps are underway and most managers have selected their final panel, but for a select few, there are spaces let in the match-day squads for a few more additions. One variable that limits team from signing last minute free agents is the annually salary cap. The actual amount of the cap varies on a year-to-year basis, and is calculated as a percentage of the League’s revenue from the previous season. So management have to keep a close eye on how the revenue of the NHL changes from year to year. Here is a run through of the best free agents available: Jaromir Jagr Jagr, formally of the Florida Panthers, become unattached when the Panthers decided n...

Florida Panthers run Ice Hockey clinic… in Barbados

The Florida Panthers, the NHL’s southern-most team, made a trip a little further south than usual to conduct an ice hockey clinic on the island of Barbados. This was the second consecutive summer that the Panthers were able to make the trip to the southern Caribbean island. While the work the club did with the community on their first trip involved a ball hockey clinic, the Cats decided to take things up a level on their second trip by holding the NHL’s first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean. The Panthers were partnered by Icetopia Skating Rink in Wildey, Barbados, to host the clinic. Icetopia has been operating since September 2016, and provides the local community in Barbados with the chance to give ice skating a go on an artificial surface. A number of players and official...

Coyotes legend Shane Doan retires from NHL

Former Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan has announced his retirement after being informed by the Phoenix club that he would not be resigned by them. Despite being an unrestricted free agent, Doan has made the announcement in a letter to fans published in The Arizona Republic. He said: “I could not fathom at the time that I would end up playing in Arizona for the next 21 years, raise a family and call this place home. But that’s exactly what happened. And that’s why this has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I’m retiring from the NHL.” Having been selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 7 pick of the 1995 NHL Draft, Doan went on to spend his entire 21-season NHL career with the Jets/Coyotes franchise, which moved from Winnipeg ...