Earlier today, President Barack Obama welcomed the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks to the White House to celebrate the team's championship. Obama, who calls Chicago home, has had the chance to honor the Blackhawks twice during his presidency. Something he joked about in his speech.
"Since I took office, we’ve hosted a lot of championship teams — from Boston and New York; Pittsburgh and Miami. But since I’ve been President, only one team has brought a world championship to my hometown of Chicago. And now the Blackhawks have done it twice," Obama said. "Three years ago, the Hawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. And keep in mind, the Cubs have been waiting for 105, so 49 might have not seemed so bad."
Star center John Tavares is the man to turn around the fortunes of the New York Islanders
Since the NHL returned from its lockout in 2005, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin have jockeyed for the title of the biggest star in the NHL. But last season, a third name muscled its way into the conversation: John Tavares.
We're still at the beginning of the 2013-14 NHL season, but a few realities have begun to emerge: The West is stacked. The East is not very good. The Pacific Division might be the toughest in the league. The Metropolitan Division might be the worst. Superstars (on and off the ice) are going to dominate.
It's the first full season of hockey teams, players, and fans have had in two years. And it's shaping up to be a wild one. Check out this week's NHL Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!
Chances are you missed the Phoenix Coyotes-Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday night. If you did, you missed a Coyotes win — and one of the rarest plays in hockey: a goalie goal!
At the end of the third period, Detroit was down 4-2 and had its goalie pulled. With eight seconds remaining, the Red Wings entered the Phoenix zone and right winger Mikael Samuelsson took a desperation shot from the blue line. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith corralled the puck with his glove, pushed it to his stick, and fired a rocket of a shot to clear the zone. But Smith wasn't just looking to ice the win — he was looking for the net.
And he found it. And the crowd at Jobing.com Arena went nuts. Check it out:
Two weeks into the NHL season, the Western Conference looks like a powerhouse. The Blues, Avalanche, Sharks, and Ducks are rolling thanks to big-time goal scoring, solid goaltending, and gritty toughness. But in the East, things are bleak. The Penguins, Bruins, and Maple Leafs look sharp, but the Sabres, Flyers, Rangers, Capitals, and Devils have two wins — total.
It's still early, but under the new alignment it will be tough for a lot of those teams in the East to make up ground. But this is the NHL. Anything can happen, and there's still tons of games left to play. If the Caps, Rangers, and Devils want to make a run in the super competitive Metropolitan Division, they have to make a move soon.
Here's something awesome for your Friday: Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon just obliterating some Gatorade bottles during a friendly game of who has the more accurate shot.
The backstory: This past offseason, Reebok and CCM got Penguins superstar Crosby and Avalanche rookie (and the top overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft) MacKinnon together for a photo shoot and to test out some new gear — the Reebok RibCor stick for Crosby, the CCM RBZ Stage II stick and RBZ skates for MacKinnon. During the photo shoot, Crosby and MacKinnon had some downtime and decided to see who had the more accurate shot. So Sid set up four Gatorade bottles on top of the net and the two took turns firing pucks at defenseless objects. And some of them don't make it out alive.