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The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Los Angeles Kings as they enjoy their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.
Two years ago, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings became the first Slovenian player to ever win the Stanley Cup. He celebrated by taking the trophy back to his home town that summer.
A second Cup conquest two years later and Kopitar is back in Slovenia on Sunday spending another day celebrating with his countrymen.
The long day began with a tradition: eating out of the bowl. It looks like Kopitar went the cereal route, while his dog, Gustl, enjoyed a treat of his own in the cutest Stanley Cup photos you’ll ever see:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 days ago
Vladimir Sobotka’s departure to the KHL on Thursday was a bit of a surprise to the St. Louis Blues. The center inked a three-year deal with Omsk will earn him over $4 million tax-free. The team responded by re-signing Steve Ott for two years and $5.2 million.
The Blues had heard the KHL rumors when they began negotiating an extension in the spring, but that didn't deter them from aggressively trying to bring back the 27-year old Sobotka.
“This is a business decision by Vlad, that I respect,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. “It doesn’t change my opinion on him as a man.”
If you ask Sobotka's agent, former NHLer Petr Svoboda, a deal could have been had for an extra $300,000.
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Last summer, Uni Watch ranked the Columbus Blue Jackets’ jerseys as the ninth-best in the NHL, which is pretty high when you look at the previous “best hockey jersey” lists. There was a chance the design could have gone in a different direction when the franchise was born in 2000.
Blue Jackets Pucks and Stuff was sent an interesting photo of a concept jersey that the team could have chosen as their initial look.
Having the tie down on the collar would have made the Blue Jackets a bit of a trend-setter as BJPS points out:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 days ago
The American Hockey League held its Board of Governors meetings this week at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and approved a number of changes for the 2014-15 season. Some of which we could see down the line in the NHL.
First, the governors approved a new league realignment with five franchises moving divisions, including two that moved since last season.
The bigger news are the rule changes that will be put in place when the AHL season kicks off in October.
“With the full support of the league’s Competition Committee and Player Development Committee, the Board has approved these changes with the betterment of our game and the safety of our players in mind,” said AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews.
There’s been talk of having NHL overtimes expanded to 10 minutes in hopes of minimizing the impact the shootout. For now, that idea hasn’t been met with much approval from the league’s general managers. There will be a dry scrape before overtime just as the AHL is implementing.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle3 days ago
The U.S men’s national team are back enjoying their summers or have already re-joined their club sides just over a week since their elimination from the 2014 World Cup at the hands of Belgium. With the team’s performance capitvating America, captain Clint Dempsey appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night and received a standing ovation from the audience inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
The two chatted about the U.S.’s showing in Brazil, the difficulties of scoring on a soccer net, diving and more.
Here’s the entire 12-minute interview:
Dave makes a good alternate point about diving. If you’re running approximately 11 kilometers a match, trying to draw a call by rolling around on the pitch for a few minutes is a nice way to give everyone a breather.
Before Tuesday’s 7-1 victory by Germany over Brazil in the first World Cup semifinal, you would have likely predicted it was going to be a low-scoring, physical game. As we found out, that wasn’t the case and it cost one bar in Ireland heavily.
Ahead of the match, the Roisin Dubh in Galway held a drink promotion offering 50 cents off pints of Brahma if Brazil scored and the same discount off Erdinger's if Germany found the back of the net. Eight goals later, pints of Brahma’s were going for €3.50, while most of the bar was enjoying Erdinger’s that dropped to the bargain price of 50 cents.
No matter what happens in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands, it will be tough to replace Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the news cycle. The host country is still in shock at the record-setting defeat and it will be interesting to see how inspired the side are for Saturday's third-place match.
The shock of the victory reverberated around the world as Germany quickly raced out to a 5-0 lead 29 minutes into the match. Twitter, as you can imagine, was quite busy with fans around the world reacting to the stunning display.
Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal still has the world talking as the host country remains in mourning. The five goals by Die Mannschaft in the first 29 minutes was a World Cup record. They were also the first side to score five goals in a World Cup semifinalsince the 1958 Seleção squad.
So with the worldwide attention still focused on that match, even with Argentina and Holland facing off in the second semifinal on Wednesday, it was only a matter of time before Brazil's embarrassing defeat was given the Taiwanese animation treatment by Tomo News. And they didn't disappoint:
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Sidney Crosby scored one goal in 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they crashed out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Round 2 against the New York Rangers. The lack of red lights being turned on by the eventual Hart Trophy winner ignited many "What's Wrong With Sidney Crosby?" columns. He was even surpassed several times in the weekly"Best Player in the World" standings by some writers.
After Pittsburgh was eliminated in Game 7, Crosby didn't blame his lack of scoring on an injury. On Wednesday, we found out that something indeed was bothering the Penguins captain.
According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Crosby is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist sometime this week.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle5 days ago
Brazil’s loss in the World Cup semifinal to Germany was shocking. It wasn’t the loss itself, but the way the home side bowed out of the tournament, going down 5-0 by half time before leaving the field in disgrace under a 7-1 scoreline.
It has been a while since Brazil watched their national team lose a match on home soil. Twelve years, to be exact. During a friendly against Paraguay, the Seleção fell 1-0 on Aug. 21, 2002, their last loss before a 42-match home winning streak that would eventually come to an end Tuesday.
Almost two months before their match against Paraguay, Brazil was celebrating their fifth World Cup title after a 2-0 win over Germany. The August friendly was their first since the tournament and took place at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza, site of the 2014 squad’s quarterfinal victory over Colombia.