Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 31 mins ago
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced on Thursday.
But, essentially, they mean “best two-way center.”
Who wins the Selke, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association?
Why Patrice Bergeron Deserves The Selke
The NHL says:
This is a Lidstrom-and-the-Norris run for Bergeron, and deservedly so. He had a score-adjusted Corsi of 56.04 percent at 5-on-5, and was second in the NHL with a CorsiRel of 8.31 percent (i.e. how much better of a possession team the Bruins were with him on the ice).
It’s a little weird the NHL paid SAP all that money for advanced stats and they’re not even mentioned here. Anyhoo …
Why Ryan Kesler Deserves The Selke
The NHL says …
Hits! Cited in a Selke analysis!
Why Anze Kopitar Deserves The Selke
The NHL says…
Plus/minus? Sheesh …
Who Wins The Selke?
Bergeron. Potentially from now until retirement. We’re in Ozzie Smith/Gold Glove territory.
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:
- Bret Hedican of CSN Bay Area talks about the San Jose Sharks and whether they have what it takes to get past the Nashville Predators.
- Recapping the Anaheim Ducks' failure in Game 7.
- Previewing the rest of Round 2.
- Can the Coyotes trust a 27-year-old as their general manager?
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
The NHL had some premature congratulations for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, as the second round started before the first round was finished.
So we locked in our picks for that series while waiting to see if the Anaheim Ducks or Nashville Predators would advance. (Spoiler: It was a Game 7, so you fill in the blank.)
Now, here are the picks for the rest of the second round series, as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals; the Dallas Stars face the St. Louis Blues; and the San Jose Sharks face the Nashville Predators.
And here … we … go.
Penguins in 7
You could basically flip a coin for these Round 2 series and come up with a prediction that wouldn't be too crazy.
Pens-Caps? Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz are long overdue to get out of the first round. But with the way the Penguins have been playing in the second half and with the fact that Matt Murray has kept their goaltending situation stable as Marc-Andre Fleury recovers from a concussion, it's tough not to see them continuing this run.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
Bruce Boudreau lost in a Game 7 on Wednesday night, which essentially means he was coaching in the playoffs. Although he probably won’t be coaching the Anaheim Ducks any longer because of it.
That Boudreau has gone 1-7 in Game 7s with two different franchises during his coaching career is just a stunning and stupefying stat. Stunning because it’s hard to conceive of a coach whose regular-season success could cancel out such postseason disappointment, but Boudreau could be a Jack Adams finalist and be looking for a job this month. Stupefying because that’s either bad coaching, bad playing, bad luck or some other supernaturally bad thing happening.
Why does the same thing happen to the same guy seven times, like he’s some kind of hockey-centric John McClane? (OK, in fairness, there already was a hockey-centric John McClane, and he murdered the Penguins’ mascot.)
Here are five reasons why Bruce Boudreau can’t seem to win a Game 7. We were going to go to seven but in the spirit of the subject at hand, we fell just short.
Which brings us to:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
Viral moments in social media have become calculated, work-shopped and focus-grouped. The truly organic, truly odd moments of simultaneous discovery and zeitgeist tapping are few and far between, which is why they have to be savored and celebrated.
And with that, the cult of celebrity around Anthony Holmes, a.k.a. “Tony X,” must be celebrated.
As he tells it, Tony was flipping around the channels on Monday night looking for the St. Louis Cardinals game. He landed on Fox Sports Midwest where the St. Louis Blues were playing the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their opening round series. Tony tweeted:
“Yo deadass this the first time I've ever watched hockey and this [crap] has been LIT for these first 45 seconds.”
What followed were a collection of hilarious observations from a sports fan slowly letting the light of hockey into his heart, including the immortal:
“White people been hiding hockey from us for years bruh. This [crap] lit.”
That last line was favorited 52,000 times and counting. And a star was born.
Here’s that GMA segment:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Shane Prince, New York Islanders
So are we seeing the John Druce of the 2015-16 playoffs? Prince scored twice in 2:29 near the end of the first period, giving the Islanders a lead they’d never give up the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2, Game 1, winning 5-3.
No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne made 36 saves and got some puck luck in the Preds’ 2-1 Game 7 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He said he packed enough clothes for six days in California, and move on to play San Jose. That’s confidence.
No. 3 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders
Greiss was outstanding again for the Isles, making 33 saves and surviving a third-period push from Tampa in which they had 17 shots.
Honorable Mention: Nikita Kucherov scored his sixth for the Lightning. … John Tavares scored his sixth for the Islanders. … Paul Gaustad and Colin Wilson had the Predators’ goals. … Ryan Kelser scored the lone Ducks goal.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. John Tavares, New York Islanders; 2. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars; 3. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; 4. Joe Pavelski, San Joe Sharks; 5. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago
The Nashville Predators completed their rally. The Anaheim Ducks completed yet another disappointing season under Bruce Boudreau. And at the completion of Game 7, it was the Predators advancing with an intense 2-1 victory led by a 36-save effort from Pekka Rinne.
The Predators now move on to face the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, advancing past the first round for the first time since 2012 and winning the first Game 7 in their franchise’s history.
It was the second time in four seasons that the Ducks were eliminated in the first round under coach Bruce Boudreau after finishing first in the division.
One wonders if it will be the last time Boudreau coaches the Ducks, as for the fifth straight playoff season one of his teams failed to win a Game 7. Boudreau is now 1-7 in Game 7s; Peter Laviolette is now 5-1.
In all cases, the Ducks were eliminated.
Colin Wilson got the Preds on the board first, converting a turnover by Simon Despres in the slot of the Ducks’ defensive zone for the 1-0 lead.
Ryan Kesler got one back, finally, 1:45 into the third period with the Ducks on the power play, converting a nice passing play from Jacob Silfverberg.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago
The New York Islanders won Game 1 of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
Hopefully with a few days before Game 2, they can find a way to appease WFAN’s Mike Francesa, who thinks their whole public relations operation is third-rate.
The Sports Pope told a caller who asked about the Islanders that he feels the team does a horrible job promoting its players, which when run through our Mike Francesa Translator means they didn’t provide his show with what he requested.
Via @RNs_Funhouse, Twitter’s most valuable chronicler of Mike Francesa audio, the rant from Wednesday’s show:
For the audio inhibited:
They don’t know how to promote themselves. They couldn’t even find the time to get the coach to show up here. We were willing to take him. They couldn’t even get him to the show on time.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago
Moments before the puck dropped in Game 1 of their second-round series against the New York Islanders, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning was announced as one of the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goaltender.
Exactly 28 minutes and 59 minutes of game time later, he was pulled.
The Islanders built a 4-1 lead against Bishop, who was pulled after John Tavares' long-distance goal on the power play in the second period. Andre Vasilevskiy stopped all eight shots he faced, but the Lightning couldn’t complete a third-period rally and the Islanders took Game 1, 5-3.
While Bishop faltered, Thomas Greiss gave the Islanders another stellar effort, stopping 33 of 36 shots, some of them very high percentage.
“It was a great effort from everyone,” he said on NBCSN after the win. “The first game is always huge.”
The Lightning hit the board first on an Ondrej Palat goal at 3:05 of the first period. But Travis Hamonic responded at 5:44, with Tavares getting an assist.
Then it was the Shane Prince show.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
The New York Islanders’ checking line was arguably the most effective in the league this season, but wasn’t in their first round series against the Florida Panthers.
Perhaps Casey Cizikas was trying to set the tone, then, with the hit of the playoffs on Erik Condra of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their second-round series on Wednesday night.
Condra collected a puck that was dumped into the corner of the Lightning’s defensive zone. He turned to fire the puck back out and as he did Cizikas shoved him into the boards with some serious velocity.
Condra remained on his back for several moments before being helped off the ice. It was his second shift of the game.
No penalty on the play – just a brutally efficient hit by one of the Islanders’ best bangers.
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