I Wish That Panthers-Caps Shootout Were Still Going

The shootout is dumb and bad. It is a sideshow, a skills competition, a way to decide a hockey game that bears only the slightest resemblance to hockey. It is a poor answer to a question no one was asking. And yet, every once in a while, a shootout gets so absurd, so endlessly, deliriously bananas, that it nearly… » 12/17/14 9:35am Wednesday 9:35am

Panthers Beat Capitals In Longest Shootout In NHL History

The Panthers beat the Capitals 2-1 tonight, but to get the full two points they had to win the longest shootout in NHL history (The previous longest lasted 15 rounds). Through 19 shots each the shootout was tied 5-5, but on the 20th shot, Alex Ovechkin missed his while Nick Bjugstad made his (17:40 in the video… » 12/16/14 11:58pm Tuesday 11:58pm

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish Is Now Also The Oilers' Interim Coach

Before Craig MacTavish became the Oilers' general manager, he coached the team from 2000 to 2009. He was fired after missing the playoffs for three straight seasons. MacTavish came back to the organization as a general manager in 2013; today, he fired head coach Dallas Eakins and appointed himself as interim head… » 12/15/14 5:28pm 12/15/14 5:28pm

NHL's Latest Suspected Mumps Case Visited Children's Hospital Last Week…

The thing about mumps is that it's contagious well before you even realize you have it. Who knows what Sidney Crosby was licking and spitting on before his face swelled up like a decorative, seasonal gourd. But we know what forward Beau Bennett, the latest stricken Penguin, was up to: hanging out with kids with… » 12/15/14 12:48pm 12/15/14 12:48pm

Why The NHL Lost Control Of Its Mumps Outbreak

This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of cases, parotitis (a painful swelling of the salivary glands). I » 12/15/14 10:31am 12/15/14 10:31am

Canadiens Host Poignant Pregame Ceremony Honoring Jean Béliveau

The Montreal Canadiens held a pre-game ceremony tonight to honor Jean Béliveau—who played in Montreal for 20 seasons, winning 10 Stanley Cups and assorted individual awards—after he passed away last week at the age of 83. The video above really gets going at the 9:50 mark with one of the most silent moments of… » 12/09/14 9:28pm 12/09/14 9:28pm

Jonathan Bernier Humiliatingly Has No Idea Who Nelson Mandela Is

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-Apartheid leader who spent 27 years in jail before eventually being elected as the country's first black head of government. You probably didn't need that insultingly curt biography, but Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier sure could have used it a few days ago. » 12/09/14 12:49am 12/09/14 12:49am

Panthers' Video Joking About Buffalo Snowstorm Angers Sabres Owner

The Florida Panthers showed a video before Saturday night's game against the Sabres, contrasting Buffalo's awful, cold weather with Florida's ideal conditions. The gag used photos from Buffalo's deadly November snowstorm, and Sabres owner Terry Pegula, who was in attendance, did not appreciate the joke. » 12/07/14 10:00am 12/07/14 10:00am