- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
If the Rangers make it to Mount Doom err … the Stanley Cup Final, they may have to do so without forward Mats Zuccarello. The team announced Monday that the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard is out indefinitely after taking a Ryan McDonagh slap shot to the head in Friday’s Game 5 clincher against Pittsburgh. The team called it an upper body injury.
I ask this question. Would Frodo have let a puck to the head prevent him from throwing the one ring to rule them all into the fires of Mount Doom? The answer to that question is probably not. But then again, Middle Earth doesn’t have the same type of head injury protocol as the league. Plus, this looked pretty bad.
It’s not like Zuccarello has been lighting up the playoffs with two points in five games. He had 13 points in 25 last year during the Rangers’ Cup Final run. But it’s that old line of thinking around this time of year that depth plays a key role in a march towards a championship. And Zuccarello has been on the Rangers’ first line. And you know what? It’s never good to lose a top-end guy in the postseason.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
“Most people don’t realize how close we were to actually getting an NHL team.”
That was Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, speaking to the Seattle Times last October. One year earlier, the Glendale City Council approved a lease agreement that kept the Phoenix Coyotes from potentially relocating.
That potential relocation site? Seattle, according to the Times:
Three sources with knowledge of negotiations confirm the Coyotes would have been bought by New York investment banker Ray Bartoszek and his partner Anthony Lanza and moved to Seattle as soon as the following day — playing up to three seasons at KeyArena — had the vote not passed.
Two sources with first-hand knowledge have confirmed New York investor Bartoszek had moving trucks on standby to relocate the team to Seattle. They say a Seattle financing specialist had helped Bartoszek line up local investors to own a small piece of the franchise.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The city of Calgary spent Saturday night celebrating the Flames’ series-clinching win over the Vancouver Canucks. Fans took to the streets with giant cut-out heads of Bob Hartley, Brian Burke and players as the party on the Red Mile went all night.
While the celebrations were on-going, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra had a sold out show of their own minutes away from the Saddledome and congratulated the Flames in their own special way during the encore of Carmina Burana.
Did you ever think in your life you’d hear the names of Deryk Engelland, Josh Jooris or Brandon Bollig during a performance of O Fortuna ?
Aside from showing some city pride, a number of the Philharmonic’s musicians and staff are big hockey fans, even competing in an annual playoff pool where Lord Stanley’s Nacho Platter has been handed out every postseason since 1989.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Like spoiled milk, moldy cheese and that Russian dressing that’s been on the fridge door since the Bush administration, Ken Hitchcock has an expiration date.
His first head-coaching job in the NHL remains his longest tenured one: Seven years with the Dallas Stars, 503 games, with a Stanley Cup and two Western Conference titles.
Then came four years and 254 games with the Philadelphia Flyers before being fired in 2006. Then came four years and 284 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets before parting ways in 2010.
He’s coached the St. Louis Blues for four seasons and 281 games.
Look, there’s no denying the effect Hitchcock had on this franchise. His systematic structure produced four straight playoff years – Year 1 had him taking over for Davis Payne after 13 games – with the Blues twice finishing first and twice finishing second.
But their six-game bow to the Minnesota Wild is the third straight season that they’re out on their asses in the first round. This year’s loss came at the expense of the best roster, on paper, that GM Doug Armstrong has given his coach. And it wasn’t against the Kings or the Blackhawks. It was against a team they should have beaten.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
The big complaint about these playoffs is that a lot of penalties are going uncalled, and how much that's affecting play.
Anecdotally, this is happening a lot. Guys get taken out of the play, or even slowed up, by a hook or obstruction in the neutral zone, and what should have been a 3-on-2 that might have resulted in a scoring chance all of a sudden becomes a 2-on-2 that very much doesn't.
Now, what isn't mentioned when people complain about this stuff is that this is part of a larger trend that's been going on for a while now.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens is one of our favorite players, because he possesses that unique blend of offensive, physicality and the ability to be an unrepentant little weasel that gets under the skin of opposing players by any means necessary.
Like, for example, mocking an injury.
Please recall Game 1 of the Habs’ six-game victory over the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, in which rookie sensation Mark Stone took a stiff slash from P.K. Subban in front of the Montreal net. Stone went down in a heap, writhing in pain, before leaving for the locker room. Subban was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Stone returned to the game, and even tried to get into an altercation at the end of the game. Which probably didn’t set well with the Habs, judging from what Gallagher did in Game 6.
As Stone and Gallagher jawed at each other, Gallagher skated away smirking, and then shook his right wrist at Stone, which was the wrist he suffered a micro-fracture on after the Subban slash.
(Reading some lips, it’s pretty obvious their scholarly discussion was about their relative toughness.)
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Montreal eliminated the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 thanks to a 2-0 win Sunday night. Price made 43 stops, including 9 in the final 3:14, for his first shutout of the playoffs. He’s currently second among goaltenders with a .957 even-strength save-percentage through the first round.
No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Parise scored the opening goal and the insurance marker as the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 to advance to Round 2. His first goal came shorthanded and from a tough angle, beating Jake Allen to open the scoring:
No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Dubnyk continued his amazing run since January by stopping 30 shots in Game 6 and 67 total in the final two games of the series. Minnesota will now face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third straight year.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Only one team during the 2014-15 NHL regular season and playoffs had avoided being shut out before Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens made sure to finally add the Ottawa Senators to the list of those who had.
The Canadiens advanced to the second round after a 2-0 win in Game 6 against the Senators Sunday night. Montreal now waits to play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Detroit Red Wings series.
After storming out to a 3-0 series lead, the Canadiens failed to close out Ottawa in Games 4 and 5, thanks to some stellar netminding from Craig Anderson. In Game 6, Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring 13:26 into first period and never looked back:
Once the Canadiens grabbed the lead, they sat on it. Over the game’s final 40 minutes, Montreal recorded only six shots, while the Senators pressed for an equalizer, throwing 30 at Carey Price, who stopped them all and finished with 43 saves.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The Ottawa Senators are playing for their season in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens. Down 1-0 in the second period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau thought he had tied the game after pouncing on a loose puck in front of Carey Price, but a quick whistle cost them a goal:
That’s a bad call, for sure, and referee Chris Lee knew it. He was in a tough position to spot the puck squirting out, and Lee was already raising his arm to blow the whistle as soon as Mark Borowiecki’s shot hit Price.
The blown call would cost Ottawa as they fell 2-0 to Montreal, ending their season in six games.
"I think the referee there just had bad puck luck," said Senators coach Dave Cameron afterward.
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