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Beleskey, Stempniak highlight EA’s NHL 14 Cover Vote


Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey and Calgary’s Lee Stempniak are two of the names topping this year’s list of players for EA Sports’ NHL ’14 cover vote.

The voting process became a huge success last year — the first time Electronic Arts held a balloting process — as over 25 million votes were cast, with Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux capturing the coveted honor.

“This is another tremendous opportunity for our fans to once again show their support for their team and selected players by voting in this second installment of the EA Sports NHL Cover Vote Campaign,” said Dave McCarthy, NHL Vice President Consumer Products Marketing. “We look forward to our fans’ creativity and incomparable passion in driving another record setting vote count and ultimately determining who will grace the cover of NHL 14 worldwide.”

The voting process will consist of two preliminary rounds, followed by a 16-player bracket as a field of 60 NHL players is narrowed down to one. The winning player will be revealed as the EA SPORTS NHL 14 Cover Athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Here’s the full list of 60 players:

Eastern Conference
Bruins Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara Lightning Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman
Canadiens PK Subban, David Desharnais Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk
Capitals Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson Panthers Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell
Devils Martin Brodeur, Adam Henrique Penguins Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang
Flyers Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek Rangers Carl Hagelin, Ryan Callahan
Hurricanes Eric Staal, Jordan Staal Sabres Ryan Miller, Tomas Vanek
Islanders John Tavares, Michael Grabner Senators Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek
Jets Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd
Western Conference
Avalanche Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog Kings Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown
Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall
Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky, Sergei Bobrovsky Predators Brandon Yip, Mike Fisher
Blues Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron Red Wings Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk
Canucks Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows Sharks Joe Thornton, Logan Couture
Coyotes Keith Yandle, Shane Doan Stars Kari Lehtonen, Jamie Benn
Ducks Andrew Cogliano, Matt Beleskey Wild Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom
Flames Dennis Wideman, Lee Stempniak

If you’d like to cast your ballot, head to

Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby

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Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).

Bad news for Boedker: Coyotes won’t face Sens again in 2015-16


Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.

OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.

For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

You can watch all three goals in the video above.

It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.

Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

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Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).