- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced on Thursday.
But, essentially, they mean “best two-way center.”
Who wins the Selke, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association?
Why Patrice Bergeron Deserves The Selke
The NHL says:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:
- Bret Hedican of CSN Bay Area talks about the San Jose Sharks and whether they have what it takes to get past the Nashville Predators.
- Recapping the Anaheim Ducks' failure in Game 7.
- Previewing the rest of Round 2.
- Can the Coyotes trust a 27-year-old as their general manager?
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]Fri, Apr 2910:30 PM EDTNashville at San JosePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The NHL had some premature congratulations for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, as the second round started before the first round was finished.
So we locked in our picks for that series while waiting to see if the Anaheim Ducks or Nashville Predators would advance. (Spoiler: It was a Game 7, so you fill in the blank.)
Now, here are the picks for the rest of the second round series, as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals; the Dallas Stars face the St. Louis Blues; and the San Jose Sharks face the Nashville Predators.
And here … we … go.
Penguins in 7
You could basically flip a coin for these Round 2 series and come up with a prediction that wouldn't be too crazy.
Pens-Caps? Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz are long overdue to get out of the first round. But with the way the Penguins have been playing in the second half and with the fact that Matt Murray has kept their goaltending situation stable as Marc-Andre Fleury recovers from a concussion, it's tough not to see them continuing this run.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Bruce Boudreau lost in a Game 7 on Wednesday night, which essentially means he was coaching in the playoffs. Although he probably won’t be coaching the Anaheim Ducks any longer because of it.
That Boudreau has gone 1-7 in Game 7s with two different franchises during his coaching career is just a stunning and stupefying stat. Stunning because it’s hard to conceive of a coach whose regular-season success could cancel out such postseason disappointment, but Boudreau could be a Jack Adams finalist and be looking for a job this month. Stupefying because that’s either bad coaching, bad playing, bad luck or some other supernaturally bad thing happening.
Why does the same thing happen to the same guy seven times, like he’s some kind of hockey-centric John McClane? (OK, in fairness, there already was a hockey-centric John McClane, and he murdered the Penguins’ mascot.)
Here are five reasons why Bruce Boudreau can’t seem to win a Game 7. We were going to go to seven but in the spirit of the subject at hand, we fell just short.Wed, Apr 27Nashville2 - 1AnaheimGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with 11 keys to each series. Enjoy!)
The Pittsburgh Penguins ousted the New York Rangers in the first-round of the playoffs in a mostly one-sided five-game series. It took the Washington Capitals six games to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the first-round.
These two teams haven't played each other in the postseason since 2009 when Pittsburgh came back from a 2-0 series deficit to beat Washington. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup that year. Most of the players from that season have changed, but the two main protagonists remain – Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the two biggest names in hockey.
Here are 11 keys to victory for the Penguins and Capitals
1. Ovi vs. Sid
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• John Klingberg gets his Ghost Recon on while campaigning for Jamie Benn to get on the NHL 17 cover. [@johnklingberg]
• After next season, the Detroit Red Wings will move from Joe Louis Arena to ... wait for it ... Little Caesars Arena. Beware the Ides of March and the pizza. Hockey hockey. [District Detroit]
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
[Breaking down the plausibility of the week's biggest rumor.]
Well, Chicago lost in the first round and in a lot of ways it could begin to feel like the walls are closing in on a lot of players on that roster.
This team is quite likely to push a number of people out the door as they continue to attempt another run at a Stanley Cup while it's still a possibility. The list of guys who are probably going to be moving on from the organization is long, depending upon whose insight you believe, but there are a few players who aren't going anywhere.
First of all, there's basically no chance either Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane go anywhere, given that they each now cost $10.5 million against the cap, and are extremely valuable. Kane is about to be the reigning MVP, and while Toews didn't really have a good season (and an even worse playoff), he's still only 27 and viewed as an elite center.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers and fans who hated them the most. Here is Brad Lee of St. Louis Game Time, fondly recalling the 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks .)
(Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
BY BRAD LEE
This is a BREAKING NEWS update from the NHL Network. We take you live to the National Hockey League offices in Manhattan. Reporter Mike Glumac has the story.
The NHL has become the next large corporation to be the victim of a data breach. We have learned this morning that the personal email account of Gary Bettman has been hacked.
According to an online cyber organization only going by the initials SLGT, they hacked into the commissioner’s email in the aftermath of the Game 7 victory of the St. Louis Blues over the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Viral moments in social media have become calculated, work-shopped and focus-grouped. The truly organic, truly odd moments of simultaneous discovery and zeitgeist tapping are few and far between, which is why they have to be savored and celebrated.
And with that, the cult of celebrity around Anthony Holmes, a.k.a. “Tony X,”
As he tells it, Tony was flipping around the channels on Monday night looking for the St. Louis Cardinals game. He landed on Fox Sports Midwest where the St. Louis Blues were playing the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their opening round series. Tony tweeted:
“Yo deadass this the first time I've ever watched hockey and this [crap] has been LIT for these first 45 seconds.”
What followed were a collection of hilarious observations from a sports fan slowly letting the light of hockey into his heart, including the immortal:
“White people been hiding hockey from us for years bruh. This [crap] lit.”
That last line was favorited 52,000 times and counting. And a star was born.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's difficult to conceive that this Game 7 loss by the Anaheim Ducks may have hurt worse than the three others that came before it.
Walking into the locker room, the feeling was different after the previous year's Game 7 loss in the Western Conference Final. One could feel the anger radiating from the team.
This year, it was different. The looks on the players faces was of shock. It felt like a funeral.
Corey Perry sat in the back of his room in full gear while his teammates had left to change out of their pads. His stare was vacant. His voice was barely audible as he addressed reporters. Could this loss be more painful than the previous three?
"Probably," said Perry. "It hurts. A lot of guys in here that were playing hard for us. Too bad we couldn’t get it done."
Perry, who led the Ducks in goal scoring during the regular season, could not find the back of the net to save his life. He ended the series against Nashville with only four assists and a minus-7.