Tag: Sidney Crosby


Video: NHL stars dazzle while wearing GoPro cameras


Breaking: GoPro cameras apparently have a use beyond figuring out how your pets behave when you’re gone for the day.

As you can see from this video, high-level NHL players don’t need to be pushed too hard before they show off their skills. It’s basically three-plus minutes of delirious footage:

What’s your favorite bit? P.K. Subban clearly has a ball, as did Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Henrik Lundqvist tracking pucks was a big highlight, too:


Imagine enjoying these sorts of angles during a playoff game? We can dream.

Johnny All-Star: ‘It’s been a crazy year so far’

2015 NHL All-Star Weekend - Media Availability

COLUMBUS — Johnny Gaudreau’s goal this season was a simple one — make the Calgary Flames.

On Sunday, he’ll reportedly play in the NHL All-Star Game, as a replacement for Sidney Crosby no less.

P.S. — He made the Flames.

“It’s been a crazy year so far,” the 21-year-old Boston College product admitted Friday. “[A few months ago], I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay in college or become pro. I think I made the right decision.”

Indeed. Among NHL rookies, only Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has more points (40) than Gaudreau’s 35. On Dec. 22, the New Jersey native notched a hat trick against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Not that it’s been a cakewalk. Gaudreau’s listed weight, 150 pounds, makes him the lightest skater in the league. As Brian Burke puts it, we’re not talking about a small player here; we’re talking tiny.

As a winger, one of the toughest things for Gaudreau has been learning how to handle the big, aggressively pinching defensemen on the breakout.

“In college, guys tended to just back off and let us come out of the zone a little easier,” he said. “In the NHL, the defensemen are flying down, and you got six-five, 200-and-whatever coming down at you on the wall, it’s a little bit difficult trying to get the puck out.”

He was asked if he’s taken a big hit in the NHL.

Yes, he has.

But not from one of those big, aggressive defensemen.

“I think the hardest hit I’ve ever taken in my life was from Pavel Datsyuk actually, when we played the Red Wings,” said Gaudreau. “He got me pretty good. I wasn’t expecting him to hit me.”

He’s survived though. Smart, shifty players — think Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Kane — no matter how slight, have ways of keeping themselves out of too much trouble.

And at any rate, Gaudreau won’t have to worry about getting crushed this weekend. Much more likely, with the skills competition Saturday and the defense-discouraged main game Sunday, he could be a star among stars.

Avs’ Erik Johnson (lower body) will not participate in the All-Star Game

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will not participate in this weekend’s All-Star Game due to a lower body injury the club announced Thursday.

Johnson had a shot on goal and three hits in nearly 23 minutes of ice time during Wednesday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

The 26-year-old is tied for first among defensemen scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season. Johnson also has 23 points and a plus-2 rating in 47 games.

As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Johnson will also miss the Avs’ Jan. 27 game in Nashville.

Johnson is just the latest to bow out of this weekend’s festivities.

Brian Elliott has replaced Sergei Bobrovsky and rookie Filip Forsberg was announced as the injury replacement for Evgeni Malkin on Thursday.

Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will also skip the All-Star Game due to a lower body injury.