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Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night was a tightly played one-goal game in the third period when Frederik Andersen made an impressive pad save on Sam Bennett of the Flames.
OR WAS IT?
The play was reviewed by the NHL War Room as the puck appeared to cross the goal line before it hit Andersen’s pad. At least that’s what a few of the straight-ahead replays showed; the ‘eye in the sky’ replay was inconclusive.
The wait was excruciating for the Flames and their fans. Finally, Kelly Sutherland skated out and announced that the footage was inconclusive and there was no goal scored.
Which didn’t sit well with Brian Burke.
And there were many boos.
Look, for the love of hockey, this should have been a goal. It was close enough, the War Room could have said “goal” and really the only people that would have cared were Ducks fans, and we would have had a tie game in a must-win for the home team. It’s a hockey fable!
Except … it wasn’t a goal.
Still, a good portion of the hockey world felt it was a goal. Which sucks for Flames fans.
But hey, it’s not as if the same thing happened to them 11 years ago or anything …
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The New York Islanders’ last game at Nassau Coliseum ended up being their Game 6 win over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Alas, they lost in Game 7, depriving us of another round of games at Nassau Coliseum … and, well, the chance that the hated New York Rangers might have been the ones to close it out.
Brooklyn beckons next season for the Isles. And as the season is over, that means the ice comes up at the old barn one last time.
Bruce Bennett of Getty Images captured these fantastic, depressing and fantastically depressing images of the ice being demolished at Nassau.
The Islanders move to Barclay's Center next season. Captain John Tavares hoped they'd still have a home ice advantage, via the NY Post:
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It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Stars: Ken Daneyko on the departure of Lou Lamoriello.
• Caps vs. Rangers.
• Ray Shero takes over the Devils.
• Hockey News and Views
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Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo saw Chris Stewart get tripped up and slide into the boards during the second period of Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. He saw him return to the game later, having shaken off an apparent arm injury. He expected him to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night in St. Paul.
Alas, Stewart’s injury will keep him out of their showdown with the Blackhawks, who lead the series 2-0.
Jordan Schroeder will draw in for Stewart. He played 8:50 on April 18 against the St. Louis Blues, finishing with two shots and a minus-1.
“He brings his speed, and the fact that he's played these guys this year and actually played pretty effectively,” said Yeo.
Against Chicago this season, Schroeder played in three games and had 12 shots in 9:55 of average ice time.
Stewart has two assists and no goals in the playoffs, skating to a minus-3. With the Wild, after he escaped the smoldering husk of the Buffalo Sabres, Stewart had three goals and eight assists in 20 games. But he hasn’t scored a goal since March 21.
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During Game 1 of the New York Rangers’ series against the Washington Capitals, NBC analyst Mike Milbury said that Rick Nash was playing a “marshmallow soft” brand of hockey, which wasn’t exactly fair, considering that marshmallows are visible.
Through eight playoff games, Nash has one goal and four assists. Against the Capitals, he has one assist. In his last 33 playoff games with the Rangers, he had four goals. In his last 33 regular-season games with the Rangers, he had 14 goals.
And yet he was visible in Game 2, setting the screen that allowed an Boyle’s goal from the point to sneak past Braden Holtby and pumping four shots on goal, more than any other Ranger. And he was very downright dominant in Game 3, with 15 shot attempts and seven of them finding Holtby.
Still, nothing to show for it on Nash’s score sheet, which brings us back to a conversation that was ongoing in the Rangers’ run to the Cup Final last postseason:
Is Rick Nash’s lack of playoff goal-scoring hurting the Rangers, or does he do enough away from the score sheet to excuse it?
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When Lou Lamoriello shocked the world by handing his New Jersey Devils general manager gig to Ray Shero on Monday, one of the first things Shero mentioned on his to-do list was finding the team’s next head coach.
Please recall that after Pete DeBoer was fired last season, Lamoriello joined Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in convoluted coaching hydra that managed to inch the Devils closer to mediocrity and farther away from Connor McDavid.
Is it possible that one of them will remain as the Devils’ head coach? Tom Gulitti has an exclusive chat with Shero and pressed him on it:
“So, you take the time that you have and try to make some decisions based on what you find out and go from there.”
Anyone else hear a record scratch and/or a car screeching to a halt when he mentioned Dan Bylsma?
Gulitti asked, noting that Shero might not be at liberty to discuss him candidly:
No. 1 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
The Caps goalie made 30 saves to win Game 3 against the New York Rangers, 1-0. It’s his second career shutout, with his first coming two years ago to the day.
No. 2 Star: Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals
Beagle scored his first of the playoffs after a strong forechecking sequence by the Capitals, banging the puck in off of defenseman Keith Yandle for the game’s only goal.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The Rangers goalie did all he could with 21 saves in the Game 3 loss.
Honorable Mention: Troy Brouwer and Andre Burakowsky picked up helpers on the Caps’ goal. … Rick Nash had 15 shot attempts for the Rangers.
Did You Know? Lundqvist is the first Rangers player to appear in 100 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Dishonorable Mention: Rick Nash had no goals despite 15 shot attempts. … Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers played an energetic and entertaining Game 3. In the end, it was a fluky goal and a brilliant goalie that made the difference.
Jay Beagle scored off the skate of Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle at 7:31 of the second period, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals topped the Rangers, 1-0 on Monday night.
The Capitals’ fourth line accounted for the game’s only goal.
Evgeny Kuznetsov began the play with a dump in off the end boards before making a change. Troy Brouwer barreled in on Marty St. Louis and Dan Girardi on the forecheck, helping to force a turnover that trickled to Andre Burakovsky, who fed Beagle for a chance that Henrik Lundqvist fought off.
"He made a good blocker save," said Beagle. "I just tried to come back around and got a little lucky."
Beagle circled the net after getting his own rebound, and banked the puck off Yandle’s skate for his first of the playoffs.
“We’ve been really stressing about getting in on the forecheck, getting in after it,” said Browuer.
Holtby carried them the rest of the way, including a breakaway save on Martin St. Louis.
On April, 30, 1987, Lou Lamoriello was named the third general manager in New Jersey Devils history. Just over 28 years later, they have a fourth.
In the span between Lamoriello taking over the Devils and relinquishing his job to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, New Jersey has experienced (in particular order):
- Three Stanley Cups, won in the span of eight seasons.
- Five conference championships.
- Nine division titles.
- Three major work stoppages.
- Four ownership groups.
- Moving to a new arena.
- The franchise-shifting thievery of Scott Stevens from the St. Louis Blues, as compensation for Brendan Shanahan.
- The drafting of Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer, both as the result of trades.
- Twenty-one head coaches named to the job, including Jacques Lemaire and Lamoriello himself three times.
- The establishment of the team’s defensive philosophy, which would be its calling card for over two decades.
- One 17-year, er, 15-year contract to a player now in Russia.
- The departure of at least a dozen other players, chasing the money to places like Madison Square Garden and Minnesota.
- From 1987-2012, qualifying for the playoffs in 21 seasons out of 23.
The New Jersey Devils announced a hasty conference call on Tuesday. Speculation was a contract extension or Martin Brodeur’s inevitable job with the organization would be announced.
Instead, it was a bombshell: Lou Lamoriello was giving up his job as general manager, which he’s held since 1987, and handing it to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, effective immediately.
Lamoriello will remain with the team as team president on the hockey side, and will work with Shero. But he said Shero has the final call in matters like hiring the Devils’ next coach.
“It was a big attraction for me to have Lou stay on,” said Shero, who was fired by the Penguins last summer. “It’s a great situation for me. I’m really looking forward to it.”
The Devils, once a dominant organization that won three Stanley Cups in the span of eight years, have missed the playoffs in three straight seasons. The fired head coach Pete DeBoer this season, replacing him with a three-headed monster of Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens behind the bench.
Shero was fired last summer by the Pengujns after having built a Stanley Cup winner in Pittsburgh after being hired in 2006.
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