Author: Jason Brough


Canada fights back to beat Sweden at worlds


Patrick Wiercioch tied it and Tyler Ennis scored the winner, as Canada fought back to defeat Sweden, 6-4, today at the world hockey championship in Prague.

Canada improved to 4-0-0 with the victory, while Sweden suffered its first loss of group play.

The Swedes got off to a dream start, opening a 3-0 lead in the first period. But Canada tied it with three straight of their own in the second, before the Swedes took a 4-3 lead into the third.

In the final frame, Canada’s dangerous attack just couldn’t be contained. Weircioch scored at 10:24 on a pass from Sidney Crosby. Then, less than three minutes later, on a Canadian power play, Ennis beat Anders Nilsson high on the glove side to make it 5-4.

Tyler Seguin would add an empty-netter.

Canada’s next game is Saturday versus France. Sweden takes on Germany tomorrow.

NHL hockey ops explains no-goal call


It didn’t end up hurting the Flames, but the goal they thought they’d scored last night versus Anaheim was still a controversial one, in the sense that some fans couldn’t understand why it was not a goal.

The official explanation at the time was that the video review was “inconclusive.”

Today, the NHL’s director of hockey ops, Colin Campbell, expanded on that, explaining specifically why this view…


…was not a conclusive one.

“It’s like a horse race — you can’t stand ten feet ahead of the finish line and determine who won a close race — you have to be standing along the finish line,” Campbell told the Calgary Sun.

“Also, don’t forget this — the goal line is painted one-and-a-half inches below the ice. So you can put the puck on the goal line and stand ten feet back and see white ice underneath it. The puck could also be in the air.”

Lightning prospect DeAngelo named OHL’s best d-man


Tampa Bay prospect Anthony DeAngelo has joined a list that includes some of the top blue-liners in the history of the game.

DeAngelo has been awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy, given to the OHL’s best defenseman, after racking up 89 points in 55 games for Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie.

Past winners of the Max Kaminsky Trophy include Denis Potvin, Larry Murphy, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, and Drew Doughty. More recently, it’s been awarded to Jake Muzzin, Ryan Ellis, Dougie Hamilton, and Aaron Ekblad.

DeAngelo was drafted 19th overall last summer, an honor that came not long after being suspended eight games for making “a most inappropriate statement to a teammate.”

“I made a mistake in what I did and know I was wrong for the comment I made,” DeAngelo told “I was deserving of disciplinary actions.”

DeAngelo’s 89 points were 18 more than the second most by a d-man (Owen Sound’s Chris Bigras, Colorado Avalanche).

Related: In DeAngelo, Bolts say they got draft’s top offensive d-man

Lightning, Habs will play first back-to-back of the playoffs

Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens - Game Two

For the first time in these NHL playoffs, teams will play on back-to-back nights when the Lightning and Canadiens meet tonight, then again tomorrow, in Tampa Bay.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who didn’t play full games on consecutive days once during the regular season, is trying to keep his focus on tonight’s game only.

“I’m not really worried about tomorrow,” Bishop said today, per “Tonight’s kind of the main thing. We’ve played (three games in three days) in the minors and everything. I’m not too worried about it. Right now I’m just focused on tonight.”

The Lightning and Canadiens last met Sunday in Montreal. They were forced to play a back-to-back due to Amalie Arena being booked last night for a Nitro Circus event (which actually ended up being canceled).

Bishop saw action three times with zero days rest during the regular season (.868 save percentage). Twice he started games after appearing in a relief effort the day before; once he started on consecutive days, but was pulled early in the first game.

Montreal’s Carey Price started three back-to-backs during the regular season. He was not pulled in any of the six combined games, and his save percentage with zero days rest was an impressive .947.

Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.

Jack Adams Award finalists to be announced tonight

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

The NHL will announce the three finalists for coach of the year tonight. The Jack Adams Award is voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association. Last year, it was presented to Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, who beat out finalists Mike Babcock (Detroit) and Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay).

This year, there’s no shortage of candidates. But one — Calgary’s Bob Hartley — is considered the favorite, after leading the Flames to the playoffs.

Not only were the Flames expected by many to be among the league’s worst teams in 2014-15, they were forced to play without captain Mark Giordano down the stretch. Missing one of the best defensemen in hockey, they went 12-6-3, clinching a postseason berth for the first time since 2009.

Other candidates include Ottawa’s Dave Cameron, Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette, New York Rangers’ Alain Vigneault, and Washington’s Barry Trotz.

Related: PHT’s awards picks for 2014-15