Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider has been dogged on the case and he’s got a puck stealing suspect in Devils forward Patrik Elias. Hammond explains the situation.
The following video of the last two minutes of the game, and the ensuing celebration, clearly shows New Jersey’s Patrik Elias flip the puck into his glove and then skate off the ice. After it goes into Elias’ glove, it’s not seen again. Elias goes to the Devils’ bench, then returns to the ice after a few moments for the handshake line.
Here’s the video in question Hammond speaks of. It’s a bit lengthy, so just skip to the closing seconds of the game to do your own Zapruder-film-like examination.
Hammond wonders if Elias would actually be so petty by keeping the puck. Taking the game puck was never a big deal to Chris Pronger back in 2010 so perhaps this is something the players just don’t give a crap about while fans go nuts over it. Besides, the Kings won the Stanley Cup, if Elias wants to keep the puck as some sort of moral victory, let ’em have it.
The Colorado Avalanche’s win streak hits double digits
The Colorado Avalanche won their 10th straight game on Monday night, taking down the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2.
Yes, that’s 10 wins by the team that ended last season with an NHL-worst 48 points.
Hockey is wonderful, isn’t it?
The Avalanche have been pretty darn good during that streak, outscoring opponents 41-16 during that span. Scoring four goals per game on average will win you more than it won’t.
And the Avs have had success on the back end. Jonathan Bernier has been completely lights out during the streak. He is on a streak of his own with nine straight wins, becoming the third netminder in franchise history to win nine in a row.
Colorado’s streak is also an NHL-best this season and it’s the second longest streak in Avs history (they won 12 straight during the 1998-99 season).
The Avs are sitting on 57 points, good for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
With Taylor Hall set to miss the next couple of games due to a hand injury, and with that injury putting his All-Star Game prospects in jeopardy, we look at the players who are worthy of replacing the New Jersey Devils forward if he has to miss this weekend’s festivities.
Two names that immediately come to mind are Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel and Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier.
There was already an argument that Kessel deserved to be at the ASG over Sidney Crosby. He was leading the Penguins in points then and two weeks later, he continues to pace Pittsburgh with 21 goals (tied with Evgeni Malkin) and 54 points, three more points than Crosby.
Couturier has already smashed his previous career highs in both goals (26) and points (47). He’s been part of the reason that Claude Giroux is already headed to the ASG and deserves to be there himself.
At third would have to be Sebastian Aho. The talent in the Metropolitan is evident with his snub. He’s clearly the best player on the Carolina Hurricanes this season (no disrespect to Teuvo Teravainen).
Aho is well on his way to eclipsing his rookie-season totals and a big reason why the Hurricanes are three points back of a playoff spot.
Beyond those three guys, there’s a few that certainly deserve the honor:
Anders Lee has 27 goals this season, seven off the pace he set last season with half the season to go.
Jakub Voracek leads the NHL with 45 assists, four more than teammate Giroux.
Evgeni Malkin. Not having a bad year.
It’s important to remember that the at-least-one-player-per-team rule goes out the window when it comes to replacing another All-Star.
There are certainly some very deserving names that didn’t get the first call.