- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Sometimes the best types of Jersey Fouls are cross-sport fouls.
We had quite a few of those this week. A Heisman Trophy winner on a Rangers jersey? A Hawks pest on a soccer jersey above? (S/t Andrew Shaw)
They all looked pretty amazing regardless of the strange connection, and seemed to draw a lot of reaction, especially the savior-like New York foul.
Sorry we can’t contain our excitement for what you will see below just because … TIM TEBOW baahahaha
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This week’s top fouls!
3. Tyler Hossa
We know there’s a lot of Wings fans pulling for the Lightning and general manager Steve Yzerman. This is a bit of a reach, which makes it a fantastic foul. Also, Tyler Johnson and Marian Hossa really play nothing alike. Love the duct tape. (S/t @marcospolos4)
2. Nikita St. Louis
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 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?Fri, May 298:00 PM EDTTampa Bay at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 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.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Former Mighty Ducks star forward Paul Kariya has gone missing from hockey. You can reportedly find him surfing around Orange County, but you can hardly find him around a rink – or even at ceremonies for his former franchise, like the jersey retirement ceremony for Teemu Selanne.
If only he had a cameo in the Matthew McConaughey ‘hit’ film, “Surfer Dude.”
He was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night, where he spoke about his strange absence from the game after retiring after the 2009-10 due to repeated concussions.
“I skated with my niece once. I do a little bit of roller blading, but I haven’t played hockey since I retired,” he said via the Vancouver Sun. “Some players when they’re done playing they almost have a career path into coaching or scouting or being a general manager. My love was for playing. If I could still play, I’d still be playing out there.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
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• Unlike most of us, Ben Bishop did not snap in half after completing this stretch. [Getty]
• Players suing the NHL over its handling of concussions have asked the presiding judge to compel Brendan Shanahan to testify. So far, Shanny has not cooperated with any aspect of the suit. [TSN]
• "Mirtle: NHL in seventh heaven with dual Game 7s and zero sideshows." [Globe & Mail]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a (gettin' down on) Friday 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: Paul Romanuk of CBC on the Ducks vs. Hawks; Katie Strang of ESPN.com on the Bolts and Rangers!
• The Conference Final coverage!
• Bylsma to the Sabres!
• Hockey News and Views
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- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
At first blush there is not a lot to recommend a guy like Peter DeBoer as a viable head-coaching option in the NHL.
He has just 217 career wins in 494 games, and one playoff appearance. This is over six-ish seasons worth of hockey (obviously he only coached 48 post-lockout, then got fired 36 games into this season) and, well, one playoff appearance in seven years, on its surface, seems to be the kind of thing that San Jose should be trying like hell to avoid. And yet here they are hiring this guy, who has broken 40 wins in a season just twice, and none since 2011-12.
This is basically Doug Wilson's job on the line here, and he hires a guy with that coaching r é sum é ?
You can see why Sharks fans would be tugging at their collars.
But what that ignores is a number of factors that do not show the situations into which DeBoer was thrust and over which he had no control.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 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 Daddy7 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?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Four years ago Wednesday, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman skated off the ice at TD Garden following a 1-0 Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final. They left the ice — Stamkos with an adjusted face— as the Bruins celebrated and avoided touching the Prince of Wales Trophy.
You always hear veteran athletes say that when they win a championship or are part of a team that goes deep in the postseason early in their career they think they can get back there every year. The following season begins and they quickly realize just how tough it is to win a championship.
Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try again to close out the New York Rangers and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Stamkos and Hedman are the only two players remaining from Guy Boucher’s 2011 squad. Following that Game 7 loss to the Bruins, Tampa didn’t win a single playoff game until Game 2 in Round 1 of this postseason.