- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
The star blueliner of the Blackhawks wrecked the Ducks with three assists in a 5-2 Game 6 win over Anaheim. He controlled the speed and tempo of the play during his 28:35 of ice-time. First, check out this absurd 'save' in the third period. Also, just look at this pass to Marian Hossa. If Chicago wins the Stanley Cup, dude deserves some Conn Smythe love.
No. 2 Star, Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Scored a goal and added an assist for Chicago in the win. Behold his below score, which was a typical highly-skilled Kane move. He made Matt Beleskey look way worse than he actually is, but still embarrassed him.
No. 3. Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Stopped 30 of 32 Anaheim shots on goal. He wasn’t exactly spectacular, but when the score was 3-2 in the third period, he gave Chicago the saves it needed to hold on for the win.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The war of attrition in the Western Conference Final has been a battle of two different types of strengths: Anaheim’s depth versus Chicago’s skill and survivalist instinct.
The Blackhawks are so good in big moments and important games. It’s when they’re at their best. They proved this yet again in Game 6, riding an early 3-0 advantage to vanquish the Ducks 5-2 at United Center and send the series to Game 7 Saturday in Anaheim.
Duncan Keith led the charge for the Hawks, controlling the pace of the game, and notching three assists in 28:35 virtuoso minutes and seconds.
"You can definitely count on him stepping up and being one of our best players, if not our best player," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "He's all over the rink. Seems like he never runs out of energy. Pretty amazing game tonight."
It was the Keith show for Chicago in the second period of the game where he notched three assists, two of which were primaries.
At the 12:08 mark, Keith dished the puck to forward Patrick Kane in the Anaheim zone to put the game at 3-0 in favor of the Blackhawks.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Clayton Stoner scored a goal for the Ducks. Jakob Silfverberg had the screen. The puck went past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. Should have been a simple goal that put Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at 3-2, right? Not really.
Apparently Silfverberg impeded Crawford from making the save with his screen.
here's what Crawford is complaining about (watch glove) pic.twitter.com/aM80vIvA2C
And the real-time video:
As rule 69.3 of the NHL rulebook states:
If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.
If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.
Umm, so about that whole goal being disallowed thing after the attacking player initiates contact?
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The tenseness of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks was broken … by the incredible passing ability of Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith.
First, Keith led Brandon Saad perfectly up the middle of the ice – and was helped a little by Kane to give Saad a breakaway and Chicago a 1-0 advantage at the 8:23 mark.
Then at the 10:41 mark, Keith found Marian Hossa at the side of the Ducks net to put the game at 2-0 after Hossa buried the one-time.
And Keith wasn’t done, picking up the primary assist on Patrick Kane’s goal that put the game at 3-0 at the 12:08 mark.
This would put Keith's assist total at 14 for the postseason, which makes him second in the playoffs behind Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf. Keith also entered Game 6 leading the postseason with an average of 32:06 of ice-time. Can you say Conn Keith if Chicago ends up winning this thing? At least he's trying to help Chicago survive. The Blackhawks entered the game down 3-2 in the series and facing elimination.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Why in the world should the Ducks and Blackhawks play Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday at United Center? We all know the series, where Anaheim leads Chicago 3-2, will go seven games, so the Ducks should just forfeit really.
Via the Chicago Sun-Times:
The Hawks’ history of playing their best only when they absolutely have to is maddening at times. But from captain Jonathan Toews on down, the Hawks take a lot of pride in that. In 2011, the core of this team rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the top-seeded Canucks to force a Game 7. In 2013, they recovered from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Red Wings en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Last year they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7 against the Kings.
The Orange County Register indicates this series, which has been a classic so far that’s included three overtime games, will likely return to Anaheim on Saturday.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
TAMPA – Derick Brassard should have seen the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a rookie.
The Columbus Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the first time in 2009, but Brassard was in street clothes. He fought James Neal earlier in the season and ended up separating his shoulder.
The surgery it required ended his season after 31 games.
As a result, Brassard played 322 NHL games before his first shift in the playoffs with the New York Rangers in 2013.
“I played four years in the league before I got my first taste of the playoffs,” he said, “and I think I really enjoy playing at this time.”
Brassard has 40 points in 53 playoff games with the Rangers, including a team-leading nine goals and 16 points in 18 games this postseason. Granted, that was inflated with an epic five-point night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, pushing their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games.
“We just made plays. Hungry on the puck. Supporting each other. We just played. It’s just what this team does in elimination games,” said Brassard.
He and his linemates, Rick Nash and J.T. Miller, combined for 13 points in the game.Fri, May 298:00 PM EDTTampa Bay at NY RangersPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
A Chicago Blackhawks fan filed a lawsuit saying he was beat up by drunken Kings fans at Game 3 of the 2014 Western Conference Final at Staples Center last year.
The story, reported by theLA Daily News, says the following:
Bruce Dobrowski’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against team owner Anschutz Entertainment Group alleges violation of a safety statute. His wife and fellow plaintiff, Catherine Dobrowski, alleges loss of consortium. They are seeking $1.5 million.
And why are they seeking such damages? The piece goes into greater detail:
The couple and some friends went to the game in Blackhawk attire, which made them “unassuming prime targets for the anger and hostility by Kings fans who had become fueled by the AEG-Staples Center’s unchecked provision for sale of beer and wine,” the suit alleges.
The anti-Blackhawk atmosphere was further exacerbated by arena loudspeaker broadcasts of hometown fans chanting such things as “Go Kings, kill Hawks,” according to the lawsuit.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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• Lol, Matt Beleskey after his OT game winner in Game 5. [Getty]
• Give the Blackhawks a ‘must-win’ situation and they tend to take it to heart. History shows Chicago is at its best when it needs a postseason victory. [Sun-Times]
• Ducks/Blackhawks is so going to Game 7. Why even play Game 6? [Orange County Register]
• Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated looks at the glory of overtime hockey in the NHL. [Sports Illustrated]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago joins us to talk Game 6 for the Blackhawks and Ducks!
• The Conference Final coverage!
• Peter DeBoer hired by the Sharks.
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Question of the Day: What do think of Peter DeBoer as Sharks coach? Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
A little over a week after Todd McLellan joined the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks have reportedly found his replacement.
According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their next head coach sometime this week.
After three years with the Florida Panthers, DeBoer was hired by the New Jersey Devils in 2011, making the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. The following two seasons they missed and he was ultimately fired this past December after a poor start.
One of DeBoer's assistants during that Cup run in 2012 Larry Robinson, who currently works for the Sharks and likely had some input in the selection process for the Sharks.