- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks are poised to close our their respective series in the next 48 hours. Or, perhaps, have the conference finals roll to a Game 7. Either way, the winners will have a relatively quick turnaround, as the NHL’s championship round begins on Monday.
The NHL announced that the 2016 Stanley Cup Final starts on Monday, a.k.a. May 30 a.k.a. Memorial Day a.k.a. ‘sorry we just ruined your beach plans, everyone.’
Media Day for the Final will be held Sunday in either Pittsburgh, San Jose or St. Louis, depending on who advances.
The start time for every game of the Final will be 8 p.m. ET, on NBC Sports Group and CBC and TVA on Canada.
2016 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
(all start times 8 p.m., ET)
Game 1 - Monday, May 30
Game 2 - Wednesday, June 1
Game 3 - Saturday, June 4
Game 4 - Monday, June 6
Game 5* - Thursday, June 9
Game 6* - Sunday, June 12
Game 7* - Wednesday, June 15
Your eyes don’t deceive you: That’s a two-day break between games from Game 2 to Game 3 and then beginning after Game 4, pushing this thing into the middle of June, potentially.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Kevan Miller was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, after making $800,000 last season. Instead, he’ll make $2.5 million next season, and three more after that, as the Boston Bruins re-signed him to a new four-year deal on Tuesday.
From the Bruins:
In his third season with Boston, Miller competed in a career-high 71 games and also established career highs in goals (five), assists (13), points (18) and penalty minutes (53). He posted the second-best plus/minus rating on the team (+15). Miller played in his 100th NHL game on November 5, 2015 at Washington. In total, the 28-year-old blueliner has played in 159 games at the NHL level – all with Boston – racking up 8-23=31 totals, while amassing 106 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 11 postseason contests with the Bruins and registered two assists.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Ken Hitchcock, like Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is going back on a Game 5 decision regarding his goaltender.
The Blues head coach announced on Tuesday that Brian Elliott will start Game 6, one day after Jake Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. St. Louis heads back out west with their season on the line Wednesday night facing a 3-2 series deficit.
"It's his turn. It's his turn for Game 6," said Hitchcock.
Elliott had been the man in goal for the Blues this postseason, winning them a pair Game 7s in the opening two rounds. Now in the conference fina versus the Sharks, St. Louis took Game 1, but responded by being shutout in back-to-back games, leading Hitchcock to make the switch to Allen.
Hitchcock's reasoning for the swap was that Allen was the better puck mover and he wanted to give San Jose a different look in net. The plan worked in Game 4 with a 6-3 win, but not so much Monday night, and so here we are.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The classic sitcom “Seinfeld” gave the pop culture world many enduring legacies – Festivus, shrinkage, Julia-Louis Dreyfus – while also delivering one for hockey culture: David Puddy, lunk-headed boyfriend of Elaine Benes, and his face/chest painted support of the New Jersey Devils.
Everybody now: ‘Gotta support the team.’
The visage of his red and green face was immortalized on the goalie mask of Scott Wedgewood of the New Jersey Devils, whose throwback Devils lid was pretty sweet.
David Gunnarsson, the creator of the mask, shared the photo above on his official Facebook page, as the great Patrick Warburton was given a mask with his painted-up David Puddy on it. “it was a huge honor to create and paint it for you,” he wrote.
And with that, the pop culture circle is complete. But please don’t try to touch his mask without asking.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
For a while there, it looked like Scott Luce was going to outlast the Panthers in Florida.
He was involved in scouting for 14 years. That’s seven head coaches and five general managers in Florida Panthers’ terms. As director of scouting, he oversaw the construction of the Panthers team that won the Atlantic Division this season and produced two rookies of the year in Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad.
Luce was promoted to director of player personnel last season. "Scott has done a tremendous job leading and preparing our scouting staff for the last several seasons," said GM Dale Tallon in July 2015.
Less than a year later, Luce is out of a job and Tallon is no longer the general manager. And yet new GM Tom Rowe claims that Tallon was one of the voices calling for the dismissal of the guy he literally just promoted to the job last July.
What the hell is going on here?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
TAMPA, Fla. – With their season on the line, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has decided to go back to rookie goalie Matt Murray after starter Marc-Andre Fleury took a loss in Game 5.
“Matt Murray is our starting goaltender,” said Sullivan, of Tuesday's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at the Tampa Bay Lightning, “and the reason, just like we make all of our lineup decisions, is that we try to put players on the ice that we think try to give us the best chance to win.”
The Lightning lead the series, 3-2.
Murray is 9-4-1 in the playoffs, with a .923 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average. The last time he played in Tampa, he was pulled after giving up four goals in the first two periods, opening the door for Fleury’s Game 4 start.
Fleury gave up four goals to the Lightning, losing in overtime, in his first start since late March.LivePittsburgh0 - 0Tampa BayFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
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• St. Louis Blues mega fan Jon Hamm was at Scottrade Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. [St. Louis Blues]
• San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is the team’s best player. And he’s playing the best hockey of his career. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The Czech Republic will be without one of their iconic stars for this year’s World Cup of Hockey.
According to Denik Sports via NHL.com, Jaromir Jagr declined an offer from team general manager Martin Rucinsky to participate in the tournament, which will run at the Air Canada Center in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1.
A Czech hockey spokesman confirmed the news to Puck Daddy.
Jagr had announced his retirement from international competition after last year’s World Championships.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
(As the NCAA hockey season is done, our own Ryan Lambert needed something on which to opine. Say hello to a special Tuesday series from yer boy RL, PUCK LISTS, in which he arbitrarily lists hockey things.)
This week, a video surfaced apparently showing a Team USA hockey fan jiggling and urinating in the Russian team locker room at the IIHF world championships.
Here are eight reasons it’s obviously very fake.
8. I don't buy dude's accent
The pee-er himself, Mike, says “Datsyuk” in a very strange way, first of all. It is the only word he says in the video, and it's not a particularly American-sounding accent.
The person behind the camera has a more believable accent, of course, but it sounds more than a little put on. In addition, the first words out of his mouth are, “You guys, we're at the World Championships in Moscow. In the dressing room of the Russians.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
The San Jose captain fired two goals to give him an NHL leading 12 this playoffs in the Sharks’ 6-3 Game 5 win over the St. Louis Blues. He also added one assist. San Jose is up 3-2 in their Western Conference Final series with the Blues. If the Sharks win Game 6 they’ll make their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history.
No. 2 Star: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
The big center notched three assists in his team’s win. Thornton’s 14 assists leads the playoffs. He is one of just three active players with at least 90 career Stanley Cup Playoff assists. The other two are Jaromir Jagr and Marian Hossa. His 17 points this postseason is tied for a career-high.
No. 3 Star: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
Vlasic played shutdown defense on Blues star winger Vladimir Tarasenko, limiting him to one shot on goal. Vlasic also contributed offensively with a goal and an assist. He played a team-high 24:49.