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No. 1 Star: Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames
The forward’s goal at the 4:24 mark of overtime sent Calgary to a 4-3 win pushed the Flames’ second-round series with Anaheim to a 2-1 Ducks lead. Along with the big goal, Backlund played 24:46, most amongst Calgary forwards.
No. 2 Star, Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
In late February, it appeared bleak as to whether Kane could make it this far into the playoffs. He had just broken his clavicle and was out 12 weeks. Well, he’s back, and he scored the only goal in Chicago’s 1-0 win over Minnesota to put its series against the Wild at 3-0 in Chicago's favor.
No. 3. Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Crawford has come a long way since allowing nine goals against Nashville in Games 1 and 2 of the Blackhawks’ first round series. He stopped 30 of 30 shots on goal to carry Chicago over a desperate Wild team. The Blackhawks only mustered 22 shots on goal on Minnesota.
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There was no doubt about the game-winning goal in Game 3 for the Calgary Flames.
Mikael Backlund’s wrister at the 4:24 mark in overtime finished off a wild 4-3 comeback at Calgary and got the Flames back in their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks.
“It was an exciting game for the team,” Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau said via the Calgary Herald. “We’ve been battling back all season long. We fell behind late in the game and found a way to tie it up. And found a way to score in overtime as well.”
With the Calgary win, the series is now 2-1 in favor of Anaheim. The loss was the Ducks' first in this playoff in seven games played.
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Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night was a tightly played one-goal game in the third period when Frederik Andersen made an impressive pad save on Sam Bennett of the Flames.
OR WAS IT?
The play was reviewed by the NHL War Room as the puck appeared to cross the goal line before it hit Andersen’s pad. At least that’s what a few of the straight-ahead replays showed; the ‘eye in the sky’ replay was inconclusive.
The wait was excruciating for the Flames and their fans. Finally, Kelly Sutherland skated out and announced that the footage was inconclusive and there was no goal scored.
Which didn’t sit well with Brian Burke.
And there were many boos.
Look, for the love of hockey, this should have been a goal. It was close enough, the War Room could have said “goal” and really the only people that would have cared were Ducks fans, and we would have had a tie game in a must-win for the home team. It’s a hockey fable!
Except … it wasn’t a goal.
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There was once a time when it seemed like Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane wouldn’t return from a broken clavicle until late May.
He came back at the start of the playoffs instead, and has made an incredible impact for Chicago, which beat Minnesota 1-0 Tuesday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Wild.
Kane scored his sixth goal of the playoffs to give him 11 points in nine games played for Chicago. Kane suffered the injury on Feb. 24, underwent surgery shortly after. The Blackhawks said he would be out 12 weeks, but it has been way shorter, and Chicago is probably happy with this fact.
Kane has 102 points in 102 playoff games.
Via the Chicago Sun-Times:
“Sometimes you’re not playing as well as you think, but the pucks go in the net and it looks a lot better on the scoresheet,” said Kane, who has scored 102 points in 102 career playoff games, including 43 goals. “I’ve had some good looks, where guys have given me good opportunities to get some clear shots and I’m fortunate enough to see the puck go [in].”
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National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered to testify in a concussion lawsuit by 60 former NHL players according to TSN’s Rick Westhead.
Per the report:
In an eight-page ruling, Judge Susan Nelson wrote, "The court finds that Commissioner Bettman possesses unique or special knowledge relevant to this lawsuit."
"Commissioner Bettman may be deposed in July 2015, but no earlier," she wrote. "This should cause no hardship to plaintiffs, who will have an opportunity to first depose other witnesses. In addition, both parties will have the benefit of the production of relevant discovery from commissioner Bettman prior to his deposition."
Bettman was asked to testify by the players in February. Per the report the league balked saying that the information the players wanted could be acquired through asking others.
But there’s more according to Westhead. Below is part of a release the lawyers from the players.
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Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Ted Lindsay Award given to “’Most Outstanding Player’ in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA," the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Tuesday.
This is an interesting award, because its voted on by #theplayers and not #thewriters like the Hart Trophy. Some look at this as the true, legit best player, since the voting populous is at ice level and not press box level.
And included is Benn, who was not a finalist for the Hart. Guess players in the league don’t put as much stock in the whole ‘team makes the playoff’ thing like we do. In that case, Drew Doughty for Norris! Both Ovechkin and Price are Hart Trophy finalists.
Still, Benn is a solid selection as part of the trio simply because, he led the NHL in scoring, which perceives excellence of course. And he’s also one of the five best players in the NHL.
And the finalists, please...Wed, May 67:00 PM EDTMontreal at Tampa BayPreview Game
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The NHL’s 2015 coaching market is currently a deep one, with the likes of Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, among others, looking for work. It could get deeper if Mike Babcock, Dave Tippett, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien become available, which is possible.
Another name that has jumped into the pool, and one we haven’t heard from in two years, is Guy Boucher. The former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach has been in Switzerland coaching SC Bern since Jan. 2014.
While on TSN 1050 with Dave Naylor Tuesday, Boucher said that NHL teams have contacted him to express their interest.
Boucher has turned SC Bern around in his season and a half in Switzerland, improving them from a 70-point team that finished out of the playoffs in 2013-14 to a 96-point team (finishing second overall during the regular season) and guiding them to the National League A semifinals this season.
His contract with SC Bern runs through the end of next season, but as Boucher pointed out, his out-clause kicks in this off-season.
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Sean Monahan is arguably the Flames’ best all-around forward. The 20-year-old had 31 goals this year and 62 points. He has turned into the most statistically prolific player (goal scoring wise) from the talented 2013 draft class. And he has been completely neutralized by the Ducks in the second-round of the playoffs.
Monahan has 0 points in two games. His line with Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau has 0 points. He has been a non-factor going head-to-head against Ryan Kesler in Games 1 and 2. And the Flames have looked lost and Monahan overmatched.
According to Travis Yost of TSN:
The Monahan line didn’t have success against Kesler even in circumstances where success seemed more realizable. The Monahan line, in a pretty limited sample, had no chance against the (Ryan) Getzlaf group. Do you keep going to the well and hope that the Monahan line figures out how to use their speed to their advantage, or do you split up the line combinations in an attempt to spread talent through the roster, getting out of this match-up nightmare?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Brandon Prust went off on referee Brad Watson after Sunday’s Game 2 between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two days later, the Montreal forward apologized and was fined $5,000 by the NHL.
On Tuesday, Prust said that he was emotional and “crossed the line” with his comments about Watson.
Via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com:
Prust was called for roughing late in the first period of Game 2 and earned an extra minor for unsportsmanlike conduct when he gave Watson a piece of his mind.
After the game, Prust explained what happened.
The NHL announced a $5,000 fine for Prust on Tuesday evening. Here is a statement from NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell:
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The New York Islanders’ last game at Nassau Coliseum ended up being their Game 6 win over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Alas, they lost in Game 7, depriving us of another round of games at Nassau Coliseum … and, well, the chance that the hated New York Rangers might have been the ones to close it out.
Brooklyn beckons next season for the Isles. And as the season is over, that means the ice comes up at the old barn one last time.
Bruce Bennett of Getty Images captured these fantastic, depressing and fantastically depressing images of the ice being demolished at Nassau.
The Islanders move to Barclay's Center next season. Captain John Tavares hoped they'd still have a home ice advantage, via the NY Post:Wed, May 67:30 PM EDTNY Rangers at WashingtonPreview Game