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Friday, February 22, 2019


Devils give away David Puddy bobblehead for ’90s night

David Puddy Devils

The New Jersey Devils hosted a “’90s night” for their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, and they brought out the biggest gun of all. Patrick Warburton, the actor who played David Puddy in “Seinfeld,” attended the game and partook in the festivities.

Warburton, who appeared in 10 episodes of the hit show as Puddy, famously painted his face and chest when attending a Devils game in the show. His energy and enthusiasm, along with his phrases “Let’s go Devils!” and “gotta support the team” were huge hits and indelibly tied him with the Devils.

On Tuesday, he showed up to the game with his face painted and wearing his Martin Brodeur Jersey. Warburton pumped up the team as they prepared to enter the ice at Prudential Center.

Then Puddy dropped the ceremonial puck before the game. He even pulled off his shirt to reveal his chest was painted.

The best part of all: The Devils gave away this gem of a bobblehead:

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When it comes to accuracy, that is one of the best bobbleheads we’ve ever seen.

And because no post on Puddy and the Devils would be complete without it, here’s the video:

Tortorella graphically describes Artemi Panarin’s illness

Artemi Panarin

Artemi Panarin missing Tuesday’s Columbus Blue Jackets game due to illness led to some speculation that the absence was more trade-related. Columbus head coach John Tortorella is here to assure everyone that is not the case.

Tortorella shared graphic details of Panarin’s illness to clear up the questions.

“He’s SICK… he s— his pants and he’s puking his guts out,” Tortorella said pregame, via TSN’s John Lu.

Leave it to Tortorella to venture into the TMI area of the matter. He’s never been shy to voice his opinion, regardless of how inappropriate it may seem.

Panarin has 67 points in 56 games this season. He has been viewed as a trade candidate ahead of Monday’s deadline.

Report: Matt Duchene may have played last game for Senators

Ottawa Senators

The NHL trade deadline is approaching, and Matt Duchene is a player who seems likely to be moved.

Duchene is in the final season of his contract and set to become an unrestricted free agent. On Saturday night, SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Duchene was on the trade block.

Taking things even further, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday that Duchene is expected to be held out of the lineup on Thursday and may have played his last game for the Ottawa Senators.

The 28-year-old center is in his second season with the Senators and has 58 points in 50 games this season. With Ottawa playing so poorly — their 49 points are the fewest in the league — they probably figure it’s worth trying to recoup some of what they gave up to acquire Duchene from Colorado in 2017.

Watch: Sasha Barkov scores goal of the year in NHL

Sasha Barkov goal

Want to know what a goal of the year candidate in the NHL looks like? Look no further.

Florida Panthers center Sasha Barkov scored this spectacular goal during the second period of his team’s game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

The speed on the breakaway. The between-the-legs move. Beating a Hart Trophy winner in Carey Price. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Oh, and did we mention that that was his second goal of the game? Spectacular.

Evgeni Malkin to have hearing over incident with Michael Raffl

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin will have a hearing with the NHL on Tuesday over his incident with Michael Raffl that resulted in a match penalty.

Malkin was bothered by Raffl giving him a cross check and punch in the back of the head during the third period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. In response, Malkin whipped his stick behind him towards Raffl’s head.

Malkin received a match penalty, which put Philly on the power play for the final five minutes of the game.

“I’m not trying to like hit his face,” Malkin said after the game, via NHL.com. “I know I’m not playing smart then, like five minutes left. … I know it gives them five-minute power play, but it’s my fault for sure. Play smart next time.”

The league’s player safety department announced that Malkin would have a hearing over the play.

Malkin, who just returned from a five-game absence, has never been suspended during his NHL career. He also had a controversial hit in November. We will see whether he gets disciplined this time.

Canucks’ Alex Edler avoids serious injury despite nasty fall

Alex Edler

Alex Edler avoided serious injury despite his nasty fall on Monday night.

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman landed face-first on the ice after a fall against the Philadelphia Flyers. He was bleeding heavily on the ice after the fall and had to be taken away on a stretcher.

Despite the fall, Edler did not suffer any facial fractures. He was just sore as of Tuesday and needed to be stitched up, though he has a concussion and will be out a week.

Edler had four shots on goal and two hits in 19 minutes on the ice in the 2-1 defeat. He has 20 points in 38 games this season.

Watch: Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin drop gloves in star fight

Steven Stamkos Evgeni Malkin

Two of the best players in the league dropped gloves on Wednesday night for a shocking fight.

During the third period between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos got annoyed with each other and fought. Malkin got Stamkos with his stick, and then Stamkos retaliated with a cross-check. The two ended up fighting briefly before being broken up:

Just how rare was the fight? According to Hockey Fights, that was Stamkos’ fifth fight and Malkin’s ninth.

Teammate Kris Letang said that Malkin is good for one fight a year, and that was it.

Stamkos didn’t think much of the fight either, saying it was the product of them trading slashes and being annoyed with each other.