Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
Tickets for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final were the highest selling of the playoffs on the secondary market. So Scott Oake of CBC decided to ask a fan at Friday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers final what his seats cost, considering he was against the glass in prime real estate.
Needless to say, he picked the right fan.
Here’s the surreal conversation between Oake and Will Rouse, the chilliest Ranger fan in the history of chillin’.
WILL: “My man, I paid forty-five hundred dollars.”
OAKE: “Yesterday on the secondary market, they were asking 19,200 bucks for these seats. Did you think about selling them?”
[At this point, Will grabs his gold necklace with both hands and puts it on display.]
WILL: “That would have been cool, but you know what? I gotta see the Rangers win. I could have blown all that money on water. I don’t really drink alcohol. It’s cool.”
OAKE: “Tell me again what you paid for this seat?”
WILL: “Four thousand, five hundred dollars. Hundreds only. Benjamin-Franklin-is-killin’-the-gaaaaame.”
Three reactions to this:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
Henrik Lundqvist has only given up five goals in his last six Games 7, all of them victories.
Why? Because he does things like this:
In the first period of Friday night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the New York Rangers goalie faced a defected shot from the point from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.
The puck bounced high in the air and Lundqvist made a reflexive lunge with his glove …just nudging the puck over the cross-bar and on top of the net.
Here's a look in GIF form:
Lundqvist save pic.twitter.com/75pzaft0dE
The Rangers are trying to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season.
Lundqvist, with a win, will have more Game 7 victories than any other goalie in NHL history with seven.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago
It's Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning from Madison Square Garden, and we're live chatting it tonight!
Will the New York Rangers continue thieir domination of Game 7s? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning find a way to close out this series? Will Canadian writers get a chance to vacation in Florida like every other Canadian not at their cabin?
The fun begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd football photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago
The Eastern Conference Final will be decided in Game 7 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here are seven keys to Game 7:
1. First Goal Wins
“Is it only one game that the team that's scored first didn't win?” asked Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “That's going to help you in your mindset and how you're going to play. I think you look at the teams in the series when they haven't had the lead, they've tried to chase it a little bit. Maybe it pulls you out of your comfort zone. When you do have the lead, you're in your comfort zone.”
The Rangers are 8-3 when they score first, and with the way Lundqvist plays in a Game 7, that might be enough.
The Lightning are 8-0 when they score first. So if you wanna win, score first, m’kay?
2. Embracing History vs. Ignoring It
Hey, did you guys hear that the Rangers are pretty good in Game 7s? Like the fact that they’ve won six straight of them? That players like Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and Rick Nash have never lost one? That Henrik Lundqvist has only allowed five goals in six straight Game 7 wins?
3. The Nash Line
4. The Triplets
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning is Friday night. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is scheduled for next Wednesday. And yet, via Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, the NHL already has trailers for staff with permits for the Stanley Cup Final parked outside of Madison Square Garden:
NHL trailers already set up outside Garden in anticipation of Stanley Cup Final, which would start Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/fuaoZTBx0S
THE HUBRIS! Obviously the NHL expects the Rangers to Game 7, this being evidence that the fix is in so they can have all the ratings of a New York team in the Final!
Or maybe it’s just procedural. Gulitti notes the same setup was found in Ottawa in 2003 before their Game 7 against Mike Rupp and the New Jersey Devils.
The NHL reached out and explained the early set up, via a spokesperson:
We also have trailers parked outside Amalie Arena right now and will park them outside Honda Center tomorrow.
True to form, here are the trailers in Tampa:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
Ah, the dulcet tones of Liev Schreiber. Like a warm blanket, bringing us back to those halcyon days when the NHL’s ‘24/7 Road to the blah blah blah’ franchise wasn’t so self-aware and actually had willing participants.
This is the latest Stanley Cup Playoffs commercial from the NHL, celebrating the many names that have hoisted the Cup and contributed to their teams’ Cup victories. All of it leads to the perfect symbol of what’s at stake in this marathon test of mental and physical endurance: Getting your name etched on the Holy Grail!
It’s the greatest honor for hockey’s true legends as well as Basil Pocklington.
As expected, this ad is garnering praise for its stirring visuals and heartfelt narration, and the NHL does few things better than this kind of commercial.
We’ve also seen references to this being a “goosebumps-inducing” ad, and maybe it is for you, but for us it’s hard to have goosebumps when “Cup Raise” was like having liquid goosebumps mainlined into your cerebral cortex.
Chills. Tears. Chilly tears.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
When we last saw Alexei Kovalev, he was playing for a second-tier Swiss team called EHC Visp and had 70 points in 59 games in leading them to the National League B championship.
And then he retired at age 41, after 24 years of personifying the “enigmatic Russian” stereotype while scoring 430 goals in 1,316 NHL games. “I’d have loved to play until I’m 50 but the injuries from the last few seasons don’t let me continue my career,” he said.
Well, he’s feeling better. He plays 3-on-3 hockey once a week, and trains and plays tennis three times a week.
“I'm not the guy who likes to sit around and drink beer. It is fattening!” he told Journal de Montreal.
Another thing he told the paper: He’d play again in the NHL at age 42 if someone offered him a contract. Because why not!
From the Journal (via Google Translate):
Do you think you could have been playing a few more seasons in the National League?
You still believe that?
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The last time Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray worked with new coach Dan Bylsma was around 11 years ago, when both were with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
“I was the director of player personnel. Danny was near the end of his career as a player. So I complained about him. A lot. That’s about all I remember,” said Murray, drawing a laugh from Bylsma.
They’ve both come a long way since then, although Murray is quick to note only one of them has hoisted the Stanley Cup. And that’s why Bylsma is an essential choice to coach a Buffalo Sabres team that's trying to claw its way up from a self-imposed descent to the bottom of the standings.
“He’s been through it. He’s a winner. He knows what it takes to get there, and how to perform when he gets there,” said Murray.
Getting there has never been the issue for Bylsma. He made the playoffs all six years he coached the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 – his first season as an NHL head coach – and advancing to the second round four times; including in 2013-14, after which he was fired along with general manager Ray Shero because they failed to put a second ring on Sidney Crosby’s hand.
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Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will take place on Wednesday, June 3, with a potential Game 7 taking place on Wednesday, June 17.
In other words: The NHL will have played two conference final Games 7 and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final before the NBA plays the first game of its championship series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
The NHL schedule, with all games starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT:
Game 1 Wednesday, June 3
Game 2 Saturday, June 6
Game 3 Monday, June 8
Game 4 Wednesday, June 10
Game 5 * Saturday, June 13
Game 6 * Monday, June 15
Game 7 * Wednesday, June 17
* If necessary
In a miraculous coincidence, that’s every off-day for the NBA Finals!
Yes, the Final would end on June 17, when sports fans across America can think of nothing else than games played on ice. This has been your "start the season September" lament of the day.
Well, at least the hockey media was prepared for the air travel in a potential New York-Anaheim series last postseason…
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It was between periods at Amalie Arena in Tampa when the PA announcer asked the crowd if they were ready to play “Bolts of Steel.”
Suddenly, everything on the ice became … digitized. Like an 8-bit video game from the Nintendo Entertainment System days. Familiar music started playing on the loudspeakers.
It was “Blades of Steel.”
For the uninitiated, “Blades of Steel”was the “other” prominent NES hockey game. Made by Konami, it opted for a more realistic take on the game than Nintendo’s “Ice Hockey,” which featured international teams and the still-famous option of creating a lineup based on body type.
“Blades of Steel” featured real NHL cities, if not real NHL uniforms and team names. It had announcer declaring “HIT THE PASS” on every connected offensive play. It had fighting that looked like actual fighting!
As the music played, a menu came on the Jumbotron screen showing team names. Two were selected, and then digitized players filled the ice, skating around before coming together for a faceoff.
Here’s a look from the press box:
He'd also like to fine-tune it, of course.
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