Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
Throughout this controversial season for the Chicago Blackhawks, there’s been talk about fans who may have left the fold and talk of that talk being poppycock public posturing.
So it was interesting to see Monday’s farewell note from Hockeenight, one of the most popular and hilarious Blackhawks fan blogs. (And a collection of writers who have previously worked on our Eulogys.) Here’s what they wrote:
The last year brought rape allegations, revenge porn, homophobic slurs, and countless dudebros defending the indefensible simply because the perpetrators happened to play sports for a team they supported. What had once been a pleasure became a labor.
And this year had a “staying together for the kids” feel to it. We didn’t recap at all, until we saw where we could provide a little levity to some friends going through a tough time, but I’m sure you’ll agree that our hearts clearly weren’t in it. And you guys deserve better.
As Julie DiCaro noted:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago
One of John Tortorella’s favorite conspiracy theories is that the Pittsburgh Penguins get preferential treatment from the NHL when it comes to suspensions. Like, for example, when then-Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik laid out Marian Gaborik in 2012 with a knee-on-knee hit.
“I wonder what would happen if we did that to their two whining stars over there. I wonder what would happen?” said Tortorella. “It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the League. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens. It’s ridiculous. But they’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they? Starting with their two [expletive] stars.”
Fast forward to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it’s another coach slyly making that claim.
Ironically, he’s the guy currently coaching Brooks Orpik.
When asked to clarify those comments, Trotz said: “Take it for whatever you want.”
Here’s how we’ll take it: Trotz isn’t exactly Donald Trump when it comes to off the cuff remarks. He’s measured and smart. So this was by design.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that defenseman Olli Maatta, last seen struggling to leave the ice after Brooks Orpik’s head shot, will not play in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Sullivan didn’t say if it’ll be Derrick Pouliot or Justin Schultz replacing him in the lineup, but the Penguins told the Tribune-Review they’re ready:
“We've been working hard, the guys that haven't been playing,” Schultz said after Sunday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. “Obviously, it's different being in a game situation, but you have to get ready. It's playoff time. If I have to go, I'll be ready.”
“We have a lot of depth,” defenseman Kris Letang said. “We have two guys who are practicing every day in Schultz and Pouliot. They're pretty good players. Whoever comes in, I'm pretty sure they'll accomplish a great job and help our team to succeed.”
Which brings us to an uncomfortable question: If Fleury can play again, should he play again?
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago
Dan Boyle may never play another NHL game, as the New York Rangers defenseman strongly hinted he’s headed for retirement. But he went out with a bang: Calling out and chasing away New York Post writer Larry Brooks, and to a lesser extent Brett Cyrgalis of the Post, in front of a media scrum on Rangers breakup day.
Sample prose, from that rant: “At least I’m leaving here with the respect of my teammates,” said Boyle. "Instead of [expletive] someone like you, who tries to bury somebody. That's all you do. It's not a critique. I'm telling you I don't want you here. I have no respect for you. I want you to get the [expletive] out.”
Boyle hasn’t said much about the incident, but appeared on SportsTalk NY on WLIE 540 a.m. on Sunday and addressed it at length.
He said it wasn’t the first time he and Brooks tangled. “They were personal, for reasons I don’t need to get into. But it was deserved,” said Boyle.
“So freedom of speech goes both ways.
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It's a Monday edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:
- Down Goes Brown (a.k.a. Sean McIndoe) joins us to celebrate the inexplicable good luck of the Toronto Maple Leafs in winning the NHL Draft Lottery.
- Full predictions on the lottery picks.
- Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders.
- Those Western Conference teams.
- 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.]
No. 1 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues
Backes made a nifty play on his OT game-winner, leaping over an Alex Steen shot and then tucking home the rebound. It’s his third of the playoffs, and gave the Blues a 4-3 win.
No. 2 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
The Sharks captain scored a rebound goal with 2:40 left in the third period as San Jose defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2. He also assisted on Joe Thornton’s empty netter.
No. 3 Star: Cody Eakins, Dallas Stars
The Dallas center assisted on all three of their goals, including some hard work in front on Jamie Benn’s game-tying goal in the third.
Honorable Mention: Benn had a goal and an assist and leads the playoffs in points. … Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist. … Joel Edmundson scored his first playoff goal. … Ryan Johansen has goals in two straight games.
Did You Know? Dallas outshot St. Louis 13-2 in the third period and 29-17 in regulation.
Dishonorable Mention: Kari Lehtonen was pulled after giving up three goals in the first period. … Filip Forsberg was a minus-2. … Vladimir Tarasenko was held scoreless again and was a minus-2.
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Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with 2:40 left in the third period, as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
What we learned in two games of this series: The Predators can’t close and the Sharks never say die.
Game 1 saw the Predators carry a 1-0 lead into the third period. They were 26-1-4 in the regular season when leading after two periods. They were 3-0 in the playoffs.
Game 1 result: 5-2 win, as the Sharks scored three goals in a 13:03 stretch to take a 3-1 lead. The Predators cut it to 3-2; the Sharks responded 20 seconds later and cruised to victory.
Game 2 saw the Predators turn the tables and tie the game at 1-1 as Mattias Ekholm scored at 12:56 of the third period. But Pavelski scored at 17:20, Joe Thornton scored into an empty net and the Sharks hung on despite a late goal by Ryan Johansen, his second of the series.
Here’s the Pavelski goal:
Thornton, arguably the best passer of his generation, set it up with that cross-ice pass to Matt Nieto. His high shot handcuffed Pekka Rinne, and allowed Pavelski to tap home the rebound for the lead.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Martin Jones made 37 saves.
So did the NHL just hurt or help the Washington Capitals?
Defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three playoff games for his head-shot on Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The incident occurred at 4:13 of the first period. Orpik was assessed a minor penalty for interference
Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik thought the puck was coming back to Maatta after a shot and a rebound. “There’s a real size difference, and Maata leaned into it a little bit,” he said after Game 2.
The NHL saw it differently
It was easy to see that Orpik was going to be suspended. It violates two basic tenets of Department of Player Safety dogma: It’s a hit that shouldn’t have been delivered, and it was a hit that caused significant contact with an opponent’s head, injuring him.
“This hit is forceful, unacceptably high and excessively late,” said the ruling.
What’s surprising is that Orpik was given three games for it, considering he hasn’t been suspended since the 2005-06 season. (Although we don’t know how many warnings he’s received.) Using the unofficial playoff game multiplier, that’s a six-gamer in the regular season.
Kari Lehtonen chased after the first period. Jamie Benn completing a Dallas Stars rally to earn overtime. A controversial penalty. A David Backes power-play goal. A series tied.
Yeah, Game 2 between the Stars and the St. Louis Blues was somewhat eventful.
The Blues captured that game on Sunday afternoon, 4-3, after blowing a 3-1 lead they established by scoring three goals on five shots against Lehtonen in the first period. The winner of Game 1, Lehtonen was pulled in favor of Antti Niemi, who stopped the next 12 Blues shots.
“It really wasn’t his night,” said coach Lindy Ruff of his starter.
He only have to stop two shots in the third, as the Stars took the game over and rallied with 13 shots and two goals: Mattias Janmark at 4:35, and then Jamie Benn at 17:24, his fifth of the playoffs.
In overtime, the Blues outshot the Stars, 8-5. But it was the second of two Dallas penalties in overtime that proved costly.
Roussel was just trying to say onside, but if it was going to cause an odd man rush..oh man and they just scored. pic.twitter.com/pQz4HI59L6
Ruff said, however, that’s just how it goes in the playoffs.
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Five years ago on May 1, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, had been killed by “a small team of Americans.”
Five years ago, I witnessed hundreds of Americans converge on the White House for a celebration that went deep into the night.
Five years ago, before all of it happened, I was at a hockey game.
The Washington Capitals faced the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series – not exactly the most memorable affair, as it resulted in a Tampa Bay sweep. Vincent Lecavalier had two goals, including the overtime game-winner around 9:59 p.m. EDT.
The assembled reporters went through the postgame motions, with the player and coach interviews, before returning to the writers’ room at Verizon Center. It was then that an announcement that the President would address the nation was made, and naturally our imaginations ran off since we were basically in a bunker a few blocks from the White House.
And, of course, this young lady in the Patrick Kane Team USA sweater.
My favorite thing from that night was this photo: