USWNT Win Four Nations Cup

The United States Women’s National Team came from behind on Sunday to defeat Team Canada in the Finals of the Four Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Following a scoreless opening period, Canada’s Natalie Spooner, opened the scoring just over a minute into the second on a power play that was redirected from the slot on a shot from the point.

USA’s Brianna Decker responded with a power play goal of her own at the 6:36 mark. Decker, from Dousman, Wisconsin found a loose puck that she was able to slip behind the Canada netminder, Emerance Mashmeyer, to tie the game at one.

At 14:15 of the second period, Meghan Agosta put Team Canada back on top. Canada took the 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

The United States began the final period on the power play and moments after it had expired, Decker picked up her second goal of the game. Both teams battled hard for the remainder of the third period sending the game to overtime.

Just 36 seconds into the extra frame, USA’s Hilary Knight, from Sun Valley, Idaho took a pass from Kelli Stack of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, skating in on a partial breakaway to bury a shot over Mashmeyer’s glove and give USA the 3-2 victory.

USA National Women’s Team head coach, Ken Klee said, “We came out and played a complete game and did what we needed to do to win.” He added, “I am proud of the team and all the effort that they put in. We never gave up and it was a well-deserved victory.” Continue reading USWNT Win Four Nations Cup

Around the NHL with #TheNLKing

Everyone was wondering do the Canadiens have enough fire power when it comes to scoring to contend with the big boys in the NHL. So far they lead the league with 3.67 goals scored per game. Interesting to note the Bruins are second in the league at 3.58 but it has not translated into as great start, as they are 6-5-1.

In terms of teams struggling to light the lamp the Ducks and Flyers are averaging less than two goals per game in the early going. Anaheim is dead last in the league at 1.54 goals per game, followed by Philly at 1.85. Not far behind is Toronto and Carolina (2.08 each), Buffalo (2.15) and Pittsburgh (2.23).

The top five teams off to the best power play starts are the Bruins (35.0), Stars (28.9), Canadiens and Islanders (25.0) and the Wild (23.3). While the Flyers (10.5) and the Coyotes (10.2) are struggling mightily with the man advantage.

When it comes to the penalty kill the Ducks (90.9), Penguins (90.2), Canadiens (89.8), Islanders (89.1) and the Canucks (88.6) are off to a great starts. But the Bruins (70.5), Blue Jackets (73.5) and the Sabres (74.2) have a lot of work to do.

By far the most under achieving teams so far are the Anaheim (4-7-2), Flames (4-9-1) and the Blue Jackets (4-11-0). Continue reading Around the NHL with #TheNLKing

Florida Panthers Try Hockey for Free Events

The Florida Panthers announced on Monday, that they will host in partnership with USA Hockey, four Try Hockey for Free Clinics on Saturday November 7.

The four South Florida rinks, will join 500 rinks across the United States in introducing children between the ages of four to nine years of age to the sport of hockey. Sticks and skates will be provided to first time participants.

The four rinks around the South Florida area will include Florida Panthers IceDen, in Coral Springs, from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM, Palm Beach Skate Zone, in Lake Worth, for a girls’ only clinic, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Palm Beach Ice Works, in West Palm, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and Kendall Ice Arena, in Miami, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The sessions at each rink will feature instructions from National Hockey League alumni.

The Florida Panthers IceDen, located at 3299 Sportsplex Drive in Coral Springs will include instruction from former Panthers Peter Worrell and Serge Payer. Vice President and General Manager of Panthers Ice Den, Jeff Campol said, “We look forward to welcoming families to the Florida Panthers IceDen to try our great sport of hockey. Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces.” Continue reading Florida Panthers Try Hockey for Free Events

The New York Islanders: Is There A Cause For Concern?

After the first day of November, the New York Islanders are 6-3-3 and ranked third in the Metropolitan Division. To take it a step further, the Islanders sit atop the NHL in special teams play. They have the best penalty kill and the second best powerplay in the league.

So why press the panic button? Well, something isn’t right. While the Islanders have killed off more than 20 straight penalties against and are receiving good goaltending from Halak and Greiss, it cannot be maintained.

Last night Calvin de Haan notched his first goal of the season. It was the Islanders’ lone goal in a 2-1 losing effort against the Buffalo Sabres. Previously to the Sabres’ matchup, the Islanders trailed the New Jersey Devils 2-0, where they stormed back, but ultimately lost in the shootout.

John Tavares has missed these last two affairs due to an illness. Some fans are using that as the excuse for the Islanders’ minor decline as the season starts to pick up. Unfortunately, that will not cut it. General Manager Garth Snow has done everything in his power to alleviate stress off of Tavares. Secondary scoring is a premium on this team, and they are not coming through lately.

Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo are the only Islanders’ forwards that have been consistently been performing to start this year. The slow start for all three members of “The Kid Line” has been the most disheartening thus far. Continue reading The New York Islanders: Is There A Cause For Concern?

NHL’s Toughest Division – The Central

Going into the season most hockey observers felt that the toughest division in the NHL was the Central. That has been affirmed with the early play one month into the season. As we all know the top three teams in each division automatically qualify for the playoffs. The two best records after that in the conference then qualify for the post season as the wild cards. The only reason one would think that both wild cards in the West would not come from the Central is because the teams within the league’s toughest division might wind up beating each other up. That is the only hope for a Pacific team to land one of the wild card spots. But let’s break down the league best division.

One Month Into the Season:

Dallas, Nashville, Minnesota and St. Louis all have come out of the gates strong the first month of the season. Winnipeg has been very good, while the defending champs the Blackhawks are just one game above .500. The Avalanche bring up the rear of the division and look like an lottery team this season.

Key Questions for Each Team:


The Blackhawks roster was weakened this off season due to the salary cap. Duncan Keith is now out for an extended period of time. Will these situations catchup with the defending champs? No doubt Chicago needs their secondary players to step up and give more contributions to the Hawks top stars.


I hate to tell the Avalanche fans but this season maybe all about getting as many ping pong balls as possible, so they can land potential franchise player Auston Matthews. Continue reading NHL’s Toughest Division – The Central