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|Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: MacKinnon rules Wild; OT heroes for Jackets, Blues [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 11:31 pm]
No. 1 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche MacKinnonâs ankle-breaking goal tied the game. He assisted on Gabriel Landeskogâs two goals to grab the lead, and on Paul Stastnyâs empty netter to end it. The Avalanche won, 4-2, taking a 2-0 series lead over the Wild as MacKinnon had a 4-point night. He now has seven points in two games, tying the NHL record for most pts in first 2 playoff games of an NHL career. No. 2 Star: Matt Calvert, Columbus Blue Jackets Calvert scored a key shorthanded goal to close the Pittsburgh Penguinsâ lead to 3-2 and then, in double OT, scored the game-winning goal to give the Jackets their first ever playoff win. Columbus knotted the series at 1-1. No. 3 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues With due respect to overtime hero Barret Jackman, it was Tarasenkoâs power-play goal with six seconds left that propelled the Blues into OT where they eventually won over the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, taking a 2-0 series lead. Honorable mention: Paul Stastny had a 4-point night as well for the Avs, building his on Conn Smythe resume after his Game 1 heroics. â¦ Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist and something youâll read about in dishonorable mentions. â¦ Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists. â¦ Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist. â¦ Brian Gibbons of the Penguins scored two goals in just 2:26 of ice time, leaving the Penguins game after a collision behind the net with a Jackets player. â¦ Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves after giving up three goals on 15 shots in the first. Did You Know? Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby earned two assists in the first, moving him into third on the franchise's all-time postseason points list with 108. (NHL.com) Dishonorable mention: Fedor Tyutin was injured for the Jackets, playing less than seven minutes. â¦ Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled after giving up three goals on 14 shots. â¦ Blake Comeau had three minor penalties vs. Pittsburgh. â¦ The Penguins were 1-for-8 on the power play.
Blue Jackets win first playoff game in franchise history in OT vs. Penguins [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 9:42 pm]
Since their inaugural season in 2000-01, the Columbus Blue Jackets have played in 1,037 games. That includes five in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, all of them losses. Game No. 1,038 was Saturday night. Three periods and two overtimes later, and the Columbus Blue Jackets finally received a stamp of validation as an NHL franchise. The first playoff win. The first time a Columbus Blue Jackets player was mobbed by his teammates as a postseason hero. The first time a series shifts back to Nationwide Arena with the Blue Jackets not facing a deficit. The first time a Columbus Blue Jackets fan wakes up the following morning â Easter Sunday, of course, because the âcoming back from the dead of Game 1â allegories couldnât be more on-the-nose â with that insatiable notion that creeps into the minds of every hockey fan in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: âWe might actually do this.â Matt Calvert played the hero, scoring two goals in the game including the definitive one at 1:10 of the second overtime on Saturday night at the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here's his shorthanded goal that cut it to 3-2, a goal Coach Todd Richards said was "the difference maker in the game. It gave hope to our guys." Your browser does not support iframes. And here's the OT game winner at 1:10 of the second extra session. Â Your browser does not support iframes. "Itâs unbelievable. I think every year of my life Iâve watched NHL playoffs and you always dream about being the hero in OT," Calvert told Aaron Portzline. Three Penguins to the right of Marc-Andre Fleury and one behind him, and no one could prevent Calvert from taking his own rebound and elevating it home for the game winner. But that was symbolic of the game: The Jackets pushing just a little harder in the offensive zone, doing just a little more on every shift to make a difference. Look no further than Brandon Dubinsky, who set up the goal. He continued to hound Sidney Crosby, throw his body around and pepper the opposing net with nine sh
Nathan MacKinnon breaks Jared Spurgeon's ankles on highlight-reel goal (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 9:30 pm]
Nathan MacKinnon is going to win the Calder trophy. He stands alone as the NHL's best rookie, and one of the reasons for that is that he never really looked like one. Heading into the playoffs, you had to wonder if his first NHL postseason was the moment he started to look his age. Â In the parlance of most kids his age: LOL nope. On Saturday, MacKinnon scored his first career NHL playoff goal, and my lord if it isn't an incredible piece of business. The NBA postseason kicked off Saturday, but I submit that you won't see finer playoff ankle breakage than this today. Unbelievable. You knew the Wild were in trouble the moment MacKinnon received this pass. The only guy near him was Mikko Koivu, and MacKinnon blows by him with ease, leaving him most of the neutral zone to pick up speed, because this is no longer Jacques Lemaire's Wild, and the middle of the ice is wiiiiiiide open. By the time he hits the Minnesota blueline, he's a flux capacitor away from going back to 1955. That's when Jared Spurgeon gets blown right up. At first, MacKinnon looks like he's going to go right up the middle, but the moment Spurgeon turns to his right, MacKinnon turns to his right. Spurgeon is basically reduced to a pile of offal without skin, so inside out is he. After unlocking "playoff mode", MacKinnon remained in it for the second period, setting up Gabriel Landeskog for two more goals that were almost as beautiful. Ilya Bryzgalov got the hook after the third goal, but it seems downright unfair to blame him for MacKinnon going super-saiyan. Terrifying thought: what if he stays in this mode... forever? What if this is who he is now? God help us all.
Barret Jackman another OT hero for Blues, up 2-0 on Blackhawks (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 5:01 pm]
The St. Louis Blues have found the recipe for success against the Chicago Blackhawks: Score dramatic game-tying goals with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, and then win in overtime. Granted, this recipe is about as stable as one for homemade nitroglycerin, but itâs worked in Games 1 and 2, as Vladimir Tarasenkoâs power-play goal with just over six seconds left in regulation tied it and Barret Jackmanâs seeing-eye shot at 5:50 of overtime won it on Saturday. Hereâs the Tarasenko goal: Your browser does not support iframes. And hereâs the Jackman game-winner: Your browser does not support iframes. Obviously, the game turned as David Backes turned into a Brent Seabrook hit in the third period, knocking the Blues captain out of the game with an injury and the Blackhawks defenseman out of the game with an ejection for charging. Tarasenkoâs goal came with 16 seconds remaining on the Seabrook penalty. The Blackhawks are in trouble. (Thanks, Captain Obvious.) You can talk all you want about having faced playoff adversity before and yadda yadda, but losing consecutive games in this manner is a kick in the stomach. They limp back home for a Game 3, searching for someone to play the hero. Or just not do something stupid â 41 PIMs in Game 2, after just eight in Game 1. A few thoughts: * We covered the Seabrook hit here. The severity of Backesâ injury will likely determine his punishment from the Department of Player Safety, but two games is probably the verdict based on recent playoff rulings. Which means he'll get one, of course. * Blues fans are likely also screaming about the knee-on-knee hit from Bryan Bickell on Sobotka, but that looked like unfortunate body positioning from both and at the very least an attempt by Bickell to deliver a full body check. * Corey Crawford was screened well on the game-tying and game-winning goals. He has a .904 save percentage facing 83 shots for the series. His reaction after the game-tying goal showed him devas
Brent Seabrook ejected after hit to head of David Backes (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 4:01 pm]
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabook was ejected from Game 2 of their Central Division semifinal game against the St. Louis Blues after lining up and hitting center David Backes in the head late in the third period on Saturday. The Blues tied the game with 16 seconds remaining on the 5-minute major penalty and 6 seconds left in regulation. Hereâs the hit, which earned Seabrook a game misconduct:Your browser does not support iframes. Â It was a charging major at 15:09, which might have been an easier call than Illegal Check To The Head, which has that tricky âhead targetedâ aspect. Clearly, Seabrook traveled to hit Backes, who was prone and didnât have the puck. Backes left the game after attempting to get up and exact revenge on the hitter. The Blues' trainer smartly held him back. The larger issue here is whether Seabrook will be available for Game 3 and beyond. The Department of Player Safety will review the hit, and itâs hard to imagine Seabrook wonât miss at least the next game in this contentious series for the hit on Backes. Question is, will it be more than that? Eric Gryba and Justin Abdelkader were both given two games last postseason for dangeorus hits.
Chicagoâs new NHL team nickname is pretty hardcore, courtesy of CBC (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 1:35 pm]
In an unprecedented move, the National Hockey League allowed its Chicago franchise to change its team nickname just two games into the postseason, in an attempt to convey to their opponents just how rough and tough they really are. That, or someone at CBC Sports forgot to clear out a template with some hilarious results before Game 2 between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago âUnsportsmanlike" on Saturday: Full stop: Thatâs actually an incredible name for an NHL team. Picture Oakland Raiders-like jerseys and a starting lineup of Raffi Torres, Patrick Kaleta and Zac Rinaldo, coached by Bob âOrchestrated Line Brawlâ Hartley. Picture the scene on draft day: âItâs been my dream every day since I was a child to become an Unsportsmanlike â¦â If nothing else, weâre down with this name for the eventual irony party if one of the Unsportsmanlikes ever wins the Lady Byng â¦ This was a great gaffe. But it's still not the best flattering graphic blooper in NHL history ... right, Gary Roberts? s/t Ian
Milan Lucic fined $5000 for groin spear, points out he only does this once every 2.3 years [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 12:07 pm]
It's been a nutty start to the NHL playoffs, as for the second straight day, the NHL has handed out a fine for a testicle-related incident. Just one day after Joel Quenneville was left reaching for his wallet for reaching just left of his wallet, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins was dinged $5000 for dinging Danny DeKeyser with a stick to the de keysers during Friday night's series opener between Boston and Detroit. Here's another look: The league called it spearing. That seems generous. Lucic also defended his own honour by pointing to his relatively clean record, which is customary in Boston: Lucic: "Iâve been in the league for seven years and I think Iâve only done that three times. I donât know why I did it.ââ Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 19, 2014 The man has a point. He's only averaging one cheap, cowardly crotch shot every 2.3 years. If he has a 15-year career, he's only going to do this four or five more times. That's it. Seems like an honorable player to me. Lucic wasn't the only one defending Lucic, absurdly enough. Since he plays in Boston, he had his local defenders. From Boston.com: Though many will bemoan Milan Lucic's grape-busting stick work on Detroit's Danny DeKeyser in the second period of Game 1, the simple fact is that in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the ends do justify the means. Of course, most incidents like this aren't caught on camera, and most aren't perpetrated by someone as widely disliked as Milan Lucic, but anyone who has ever laced a pair knows how much cheap stuff behind the play can take an opponent off their game. Let's move on. You'll note that $5k isÂ one-fifth of what Joel Quenneville received for grabbing his own package, so the lesson here is simple: it is five times worse to attack your opponent's junk than your own. Be excellent to one another, but be especially excellent to yourself. Or perhaps the league feels Lucic was influenced by Quenneville, who is an authority figure. Who deserves more punishment? The ki
Red Wings also keep playoff streak alive for rap anthem 'Throw Your Wings Up' (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 11:41 am]
The Detroit Red Wings are making their 23rd consecutive appearance in the NHL playoffs, but that wasn't the only streak they kept alive by winning the second Wild Card spot.Â Also saved: Detroit rapper Baby G's run of annual hip hop playoff anthems. Back in 2011, the emcee released original cut "Throw Your Wings Up", and he's been re-releasing the track with roster updates every postseason since. On Friday, just prior to Game 1 between the Red Wings and Bruins, Baby G dropped version four, "Octopi 2014 edition", and in so doing, gave Detroit the early frontrunner for best hip hop fan anthem of the 2014 playoffs.Â "We're going 23 consistent, 11 rings too, that's playoffs my whole existence, can't say the same for you."Â This guy has never seen a Red Wings team that didn't make the playoffs. I'm probably not the only one seething with envy and spite right now. The Red Wings won Game 1 of their series, and while most would argue that it was Pavel Datsyuk who propelled them to victory, I am willing to hear arguments that it was actually Baby G and his dope flow. That said, "throw your wings up" sounds like more like it should be an Applebee's anthem.
Dramatic Game 1 loss leaves Chicago Blackhawks unfazed [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 19, 2014, 10:37 am]
It was the kind of loss that could have left another team devastated: Seeing a lead disappear with 1:46 left in the third period, and then losing in triple overtime in Game 1 on the road. But this isnât the Chicago Blackhawksâ first rodeo. Please remember all the way back to 2013, when the Blackhawks dropped their first road game against the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins, and ended up winning the Stanley Cup. âWe've gone through some stretches where we've lost opening games. We've lost last year all four first games in their buildings and seemed to recover,â said coach Joel Quenneville, via ESPN.com. âThat's something we can build on. It's a long series. We expected a tough series against this team. There's going to be no easy games, but it's a good example that going forward we've got to find a way to overcome our opponents." Where can the Hawks improve as they take on the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 on Saturday? Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times on one of Chicagoâs Game 1 regrets: The Hawksâ biggest regret was the power play. After Brent Seabrook scored on the Hawksâ first chance, they came up empty on their last five. The two relatively easy third-period kills seemed to embolden the Blues, who got more aggressive on the forecheck after that, with defensemen regularly pinching in while they chased the tying goal. Meanwhile, coach Joel Quenneville put Michal Rozsival â his third-period security blanket â on the point for those two power plays, and the Hawks essentially ran clock rather than go for the kill. And thatâs the other issue for the Blackhawks in Game 1: They tried to play a conservative road game, curating their lead rather than expanding it. From CSN Chicago: Their standard game plan is clearly effective judging by their past results, and they have the personnel to pull it off. Where they struggle is when they deviate from that plan and try to play cautiously, because it takes away the very thin
Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Howard, Price shine; Getzlaf leads Ducks [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 10:50 pm]
No. 1 Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings The Red Wings went into TD Garden and upset the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 thanks to a 25-save shutout from Howard. The game was scoreless until late in the third period when Pavel Datsyuk pulled some sorcerey for the game's only goal. No. 2 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks The Anaheim captain has had an eventful three days. On Wednesday, he took a puck to the face. Then Thursday night, he and his wife had a baby girl. During Game 2 Friday night he scored a first period goal and assisted on what would eventually stand as the game-winner as the Ducks went up 2-0 on the Dallas Stars with a 3-2 victory. No. 3 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Montreal took control of home ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-1 win in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Price stopped 26 shots and Rene Bourque scored a pair of goals for the Canadiens. Bourque now has five goals in his last 12 playoff games. Honorable mention:Â P.K. Subban recorded a pair of assists on Montreal's first two goals ... Bourque's first goal came in pretty fashion ... Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots in a losing effort ... Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Ducks. Did you know?Â "ReillyÂ Smith became the first Bruin to face his brother in a playoff games since Phil Esposito played against Chicago goalie Tony Esposito in 1975. Brendan Smith plays defense for Detroit." (AP) Dishonorable mention:Â Milan Lucic will probably be fined for this cup check on Danny DeKeyser ... Anders Lindback allowed three goals on 23 shots and was pulled late in the third period.
Red Wings steal Game 1 thanks to Pavel Datsyuk's incredible game-winner (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 8:20 pm]
The way goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask were playing in Game 1 between Boston and Detroit, you knew it was going to take something special to break the scoreless tie. Fortunately, that's sort of where Pavel Datsyuk excels. The Red Wings stole Game 1 of series with a 1-0 win Friday, and the difference, as he often is, was the wizardly Datsyuk, who scored the game-winner on a dazzling, beautiful individual effort with just over three minutes remaining. I was going to go out tonight. I think I may just stay in with this goal. So much beauty here, and it begins at the moment that Datsyuk corrals this puck. The play begins with a truly terrible pass from Johan Franzen, who tries to flip it to Datsyuk to start the breakout and winds up losing it in traffic.Â But no matter. Already dashing through the neutral zone like a one horse open sleigh, Datsyuk reaches back behind him and snags the puck, dragging it between all three Bruins' forwards, then slingshotting it through his legs and up to his stick. He does all this at full speed. From there, he rocks into the Bruins' end, pulling the puck away from a Zdeno Chara pokecheck attempt before dancing across the zone and shooting it through a Justin Abdelkader screen and past Rask. Just an unbelievable play, and one of the reasons you shouldn't count the Red Wings out of this series. They may not have Boston's record, and they may not have Boston's depth, but as long as they have Pavel Datsyuk, they're a scary team. Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon.
Milan Lucic takes the train to Quenneville with DeKeyser crotch spear (gif) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 7:37 pm]
Before the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play Game 2 on Sunday, Milan Lucic will be a few dollars short in the wallet. In the second period of Game 1 Friday night, Lucic had enough with Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and decided to give up a cup check. Via the immortal @myregularface: That's just... with the amount of television cameras in NHL rinks these days, of course this was going to be caught. No penalty was called, but you can be sure Stephane Quintal and the Department of Player Safety will have something to say about it. Lucic is no stranger to the spear, having done something similar to Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens in March. He went unpunished, but this blatant attempt will likely not be dismissed. If Joel Quenneville is out $25,000 for grabbing his junk while arguing a call, what's the wallet hit on Lucic going to be? - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy
Milan Lucic takes the train to Quenneville with DeKeyser crotch spear (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 7:37 pm]
Before the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play Game 2 on Sunday, Milan Lucic will be a few dollars short in the wallet. In the second period of Game 1 Friday night, Lucic had enough with Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and decided to give up a cup check: Your browser does not support iframes. That's just... with the amount of television cameras in NHL rinks these days, of course this was going to be caught. No penalty was called, but you can be sure Stephane Quintal and the Department of Player Safety will have something to say about it. Lucic is no stranger to the spear, having done something similar to Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens in March. He went unpunished, but this blatant attempt will likely not be dismissed. If Joel Quenneville is out $25,000 for grabbing his junk while arguing a call, what's the wallet hit on Lucic going to be? - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy
Rene Bourque doubles Canadiens' Game 2 lead with pretty goal (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 6:43 pm]
As the Tampa Bay Lightning try to deal with the losses of Ben Bishop and Ondrej Palat, the Montreal Canadiens are taking advantage in their first round series. An overtime win in Game 1 has been followed up by a strong start in Game 2. David Desharnais tipped home a power play goal for Montreal early in the second period to open the scoring. It was their first goal with the man advantage in 28 opportunities. Eight minutes later they doubled their lead after a pretty series of moves from Rene Bourque. Here in all its glory is the RDS call: Montreal took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at the second intermission on Bourque's second goal since Feb. 4. Meanwhile, the injuries continnued to build for the Lightning as forward J.T. Brown left the game in the second period after getting hit along the boards by Alexei Emelin. Do the Lightning stand a chance heading back to Montreal down 0-2 in the series? - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy
Joel Quenneville, king of pop, is already the best meme of the 2014 playoffs [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 3:37 pm]
Joel Quenneville apologizedÂ Friday for the gesture that ended his double overtime tirade against the officials, a crotch grab that would have made Michael Jackson proud. "It was a bush-league move on my part," Quenneville said.Â Now, we don't know about bush-league. It seemed just a little lower than that. But still. He regrets it, especially after reports that theÂ NHL was equally unhappy with it, and are likely to punish the Blackhawks' coach with a fine. On the bright side, the Internet loved it. Loved it. On Friday, Joel Quenneville was everywhere. Pete Blackburn had a ton of fun with it, noting that pointing that dramatic is better suited for John Travolta feature films than the NHL playoffs. Something tells me we'll be seeing a lot of this GIF in the playoffs, especially if the Blackhawks win an elimination game to stay alive, as it were. Thank goodness Game 2 goes Saturday during the day. That gives Quenneville plenty of time to get to a postgame dancefloor before Saturday night fever sets in. Anyway, while the pointing was Travoltian,Â the crotch grab brought another pop culture icon to mind: @sarah_sprague Know I know why Quenneville looks so familiar.. pic.twitter.com/wcfVKG5d3jâ Tacowrecker (@tacowrecker) April 18, 2014 No, not the bear.Â The late Michael Jackson.Â My only regret with this GIF is that it isn't accompanied by music.Â Fortunately, these two Youtube videos are. There's no doubting that what Quenneville did was bad. But now it's "Bad" bad. It's the whip sound effects that make this one special. To my mind, though, nothing tops the brilliant (and brilliantly named) "Smooth Queminal": Who knew Joel Quenneville was such an amazing dancer? Actually, scratch that. Anybody who saw this GIF from the Blackhawks' Cup win knew full well that he could move. Look at him work those hips. More dancing Quenneville gifs, please.
Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for Michael Jackson impression during Game 1 tirade [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 3:37 pm]
The NHL announced a $25,000 fine to Joel Quenneville for "inappropriate conduct" Friday, after his double overtime tirade against the officials Thursday night ended in a crotch grab that would have made Michael Jackson proud. Quenneville had already apologized for the gesture. "It was a bush-league move on my part," he said earlier in the day.Â Now, we don't know about bush-league. It seemed just a little lower than that. Still. He wasn't happy with it, and neither was the league, whoÂ would prefer their coaches not do this. The Internet, on the other hand, loved it. Loved it. On Friday, Joel Quenneville was everywhere. Pete Blackburn had a ton of fun with it, noting that pointing that dramatic is better suited for John Travolta feature films than the NHL playoffs. Something tells me we'll be seeing a lot of this GIF in the playoffs, especially if the Blackhawks win an elimination game to stay alive, as it were. Thank goodness Game 2 goes Saturday during the day. That gives Quenneville plenty of time to get to a postgame dancefloor before Saturday night fever sets in. Anyway, while the pointing was Travoltian,Â the crotch grab brought another pop culture icon to mind: @sarah_sprague Know I know why Quenneville looks so familiar.. pic.twitter.com/wcfVKG5d3jâ Tacowrecker (@tacowrecker) April 18, 2014 No, not the bear.Â The late Michael Jackson.Â My only regret with this GIF is that it isn't accompanied by music.Â Fortunately, these two Youtube videos are. There's no doubting that what Quenneville did was bad. But now it's "Bad" bad. It's the whip sound effects that make this one special. To my mind, though, nothing tops the brilliant (and brilliantly named) "Smooth Queminal": Who knew Joel Quenneville was such an amazing dancer? Actually, scratch that. Anybody who saw this GIF from the Blackhawks' Cup win knew full well that he could move. Look at him work those hips. More dancing Quenneville gifs, please.
This time, Tampa will totally try to not hand Montreal the win [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 3:02 pm]
Game 1 of the divisional semifinal series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning was a nail-biter: a 5-4 win in overtime for the Habs on a Dale Weise goal. But this was your proverbial âcloser on the scoreboard than it actually wasâ kind of game, because Montreal dominated them in shots on goal (44-25) and possession (60 percent to 40 percent in corsi close, i.e. corsi in a 1-goal game). To those ends, it was a blowout. Check out this shot attempt chart from Extra Skater: And then check out what it looked like in their previous meeting on April 1. So yeah, the Canadiens controlled this one. The question then becomes âwhy?â As in, why did the 10th best team in the league in puck possession when the score was close in the regular season get dominated by the 26th-best team in that metric in Game 1? Jon Cooper, coach of the Lightning, told the Tampa Times that his team canât play into the hands of the Canadiens in Friday nightâs Game 2. "I don't think our D was moving (the puck) fast enough and I don't think our forwards were helping out our D," Cooper said. "Our forwards have to find a way to get back a little harder and fight their way back so we can start going up ice instead of taking pucks while we're coming back. I think we played right into Montreal's game plan. We're a puck-moving team. We're fast. We've got speed and we can control it. I don't think we did that." No, they didnât, and theyâll need to against a Habs team thatâs looking to get an inexperienced Tampa team at Bell Centre, staring at a 0-2 hole. Â
Torey Krug, massive Red Wings fan, ready to end Detroitâs season with Bruins [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 1:33 pm]
Torey Krug probably thought he was safe. His employer, the Boston Bruins, were an Eastern Conference team. His childhood idols, the Detroit Red Wings, were a Western Conference team. The only time that odd collision of NHL career and hockey fandom would occur was in the Stanley Cup Final. And then realignment happened. And then the Red Wings finished in the last wild card slot, and the Bruins finished with the conferenceâs best record, and the Livonia native and Michigan State product was suddenly preparing for a playoff date with the Red Wings. He was familiar with them, of course, having carried a broom around town as a kid when the Red Wings were on the verge of a sweep. âMy favorite on ice memory was Steve Yzermanâs overtime goal against St. Louis in 1996. That was a pretty special moment. Just how it brought the city together, the community,â recalled Krug to the Detroit News, which is pretty impressive considering he was around five years old at the time. He was an Yzerman guy and a Lidstrom guy when he was younger. Before he had to expunge such admirations from his mind, he was a Pavel Datsyuk fan. "It's just his creativity. He makes himself special; obviously when you watch him on the ice, he's a special player," Krug told Mass Live in January. "They say he's magic out there; he can do a lot of things with the puck that no one else can do. I think it's the creativity side that gets me excited about it. You try to always open your eyes to something new in the hockey world, and he's a guy who does that." But love of the Winged Wheel takes a back seat to dedication to the Spoked-âBâ these days for Krug. âItâs exciting to play in that building (Joe Louis Arena) during the playoffs, and you understand the tradition thatâs going on, but Iâm focused on the Boston Bruins organization and excited about the opportunity,â Krug told the Detroit News. Sure, whatever you say, sleeper agent. You know, the H.Y.D.R.A. logo is an octopus, too â¦
Mason practices with Flyers; Stamkos's 'subtle genius'; replacing Mitch Korn? (Puck Headlines) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 12:08 pm]
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. â¢ Fun with Google translations. [Expressen] â¢ Steve Mason took shots Friday morning and said his goal is to start Game 2 vs. the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon. [Philly Inquirer] â¢ Brad Richards was talked about as being a potential buyout for the Rangers last summer. He came up big in Game 1. [Bleacher Report] â¢ In praise of Steven Stamkos's "subtle genius." [National Post] â¢ Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said that Ondrej Palat is probably not going to play in Game 2 as he deals with an upper-body injury. [Tampa Tribune] â¢ This alleged prototype would have made for an interesting Lightning jersey. [Icethetics] â¢ After Joel Quenneville's, uh, grabbing of himself while arguing a call Thursday night, the NHL is reviewing the situation and a fine could be handed down. [CSN Chicago] â¢ With Barry Trotz now gone from Nashville, will the Predators be replacing goaltending coach Mitch Korn anytime soon? [Tennessean] â¢ If he had the chance to, Patrick Roy would probably pull his goalie in the first period. He's certainly not shy about making the move earlier than the norm. [SB Nation] â¢ It sounds like the New York Islanders will be keeping their first pick this year and giving the Buffalo Sabres their no. 1 in 2015. [Islanders Point Blank] â¢ Ben Scrivens, David Perron and Sean Monahan head up the first group of players committed to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships. [Globe and Mail] â¢ A former junior goaltender of Patrick Roy's wasn't too happy with his coaching. âHe never tried to help me. By far one of the worst people Iâve ever met.âÂ [Buzzing the Net] â¢ Patrick Kane sure has matured over the years. [CBC] â¢ Taking a deeper look at the Calgary Flames' one-goal games this season. [Flames Nation] â¢ It's not too late to hop aboar
Gary Bettman, rookie commissioner, rocking sweet NHL jersey (Puck Treasures) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 18, 2014, 11:24 am]
In 1993, the NHL named its first commissioner in Gary Bettman, a former general counsel and senior vice president for the NBA. Among the motivations for the move was to change the very image of the League to attract a young, hip American audience. And what better way to accomplish this than with a young, hip American commissioner, right? This original black and white photo from the archives of The Sporting News is being auctioned on eBay for $22.99. (No bids as of yet. We know, stunned, right?) And no, itâs not Michael Scott representing Dunder Mifflin at the 1993 NHL All-Star Game â itâs actually Gary Bettman! Pretty amazing that even on his first day in office, Bettman was already supporting a cap for the NHL â¦ So bid often and with confidence for this incredible keepsake. And if youâre lucky enough to acquire it, why not get it autographed? By either Bob Goodenow or Chris Chelios, we mean â¦ Puck Treasures looks to find those hidden hockey treasures from the past and present, and gives them their proper remembrance. Seen an interesting piece of hockey apparel? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.