- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy36 mins ago
You can cross another name off the list of potentially available NHL head coaches. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues and Ken Hitchcock announced they've agreed to a one-year extension.
From the Blues:
Hitchcock, 63, was originally named the 24th head coach in Blues history on Nov. 7, 2011. Since, he has guided the Blues to four straight postseason appearances, three 100-point regular season campaigns and two Central Division championships. In 2014-15, he captured his second Central Division title with the club, while logging the third-best regular season record in franchise history (51-24-7, 109 pts).
With both GM Doug Armstrong and Hitchcock ending the season not committed to another year together, the Blues looked elsewhere for a moment, asking the Detroit Red Wings for permission to speak with Mike Babcock. After the Toronto Maple Leafs won that sweepstakes, bringing Hitchcock back seemed inevitable.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
In 2013-14, Tom Sestito had his best season in the NHL. He played 77 games, he had nine points (a career high!) and amassed 213 penalty minutes, which was of course why he was in the employ of the Vancouver Canucks.
That was the season when he picked up 27 PIMs in one second of ice time, which is a hell of a thing.
But then John Tortorella was fired along with GM Mike Gillis. A completely new regime took over, and suddenly Sestito wasn’t in the plans any longer. He was a frequent healthy scratch this season, before being demoted to AHL Utica.
“I haven’t been given a fair shake here yet. It’s [head coach Willie Desjardins’] team, he’s the coach,” he said.
His AHL stint didn’t last all that long, as the Canucks announced in February “that forward Tom Sestito will not play for either club for the remainder of this season. Sestito will workout on his own and will continue to receive his salary while the Canucks work to identify a new club where he can continue his career.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Dan Bylsma wants to coach again in the NHL.
He nearly took over the Florida Panthers last season, but ultimately it wasn’t a match. (Money was a factor, as Bylsma wanted upwards of $2.5 million per season.)
The Pittsburgh Penguins, still paying him after his firing last year, have granted permission for him to interview with the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and the San Jose Sharks about their coaching gigs.
The Sharks are apparently interviewing anyone that’s ever had the word “coach” as a prefix to their name. Among the suspected San Jose candidates: Bylsma, former Devils coach Peter DeBoer, current Devils (tri-? co-?) coach Adam Oates, 2016 Canada world junior coach Dave Lowry, Boston University coach Dan Quinn, potentially Trent Yawney of the Ducks and Kevin Dineen of the Blackhawks, and potentially Randy Carlyle.
So that’s a rather crowded field.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
ANAHEIM -- That beeping sound you hear is the dump truck full of cash about to be dropped off at Matt Beleskey’s house.
In Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, Beleskey played hero for the Anaheim Ducks just 45-seconds into overtime when he fowled (get it?!) the Chicago Blackhawks attempt at a full comeback. Linemate Ryan Kesler fired a shot on Corey Crawford, and the winger connected on the far post, flying in front of the Chicago netminder as the puck went behind him.
His goal put the Ducks within one game of the Stanley Cup Final; however, if Bruce Boudreau would’ve stuck with his line combinations from the beginning of the game, this might be a different story.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jonathan Toews is the persona of the Chicago Blackhawks. Calm under pressure, confident on the ice, he has a motor that doesn’t stop. His tour de force performance at the end of the Blackhawks’ Game 5 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks showed this.
Two goals in the final two minutes erased a 4-2 Ducks lead and sent the game to overtime, before the Blackhawks were vanquished by Matt Beleskey 45 seconds into the extra session.
As he stood in the visiting locker room at Honda Center, eloquently answering queries about his team, Toews seemed strangely composed. There was no panic in ‘Captain Serious.’ The task was obvious. Survive the next game at United Center on Wednesday, down 3-2 in the series, don’t even think about a possible Game 7. He got it, and he believes his team can prevail.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Matt Beleskey, Anaheim Ducks
Thanks to Beleskey, the Ducks handed Chicago their first overtime loss of the playoffs. Starting the game on the fourth line, Beleskey was elevated back to his normal position between Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler by the time OT rolled around. Just 45-seconds into the extra frame, Beleskey sent a fat rebound past a sprawling Corey Crawford.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
To be cliché, Toews singlehandedly put the Blackhawks on his back and willed them to even the score against Anaheim. In a span of 1:12 late in the third, Toews scored 2 goals that brought Chicago within a goal and tied the game for the ‘Hawks. The latter came with 38-seconds left on the game clock. Frederik Andersen is still trying to figure out how that second one went in.
No. 3 Star: Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks
The Lilliputian defenseman for the Ducks showed his offensive prowess with a goal and an assist in the win. He now has 10 points in 14 playoff games for the Ducks, and is a plus-7. His goal was a laser from the blueline off of a face-off win by Ryan Getzlaf:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau calmed down his wild band of Ducks in the break between the third period and overtime of Game 5.
"I said, it’s our turn. Don’t be upset and hang your heads. Get angry. Get mad that we sort of pissed it away a little bit," Boudreau said. "Just come back and play the way you did in the first period and things will work out."
The Anaheim Ducks were able to extinguish Chicago’s comeback effort in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final in a 5-4 overtime win. The Blackhawks scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation, but the Ducks were the aggressor early in the extra session, mostly because of Boudreau's Patches O'Houlihan-type speech.
Matt Beleskey scored the overtime winner on a rebound off a shot by Ryan Kesler for the Ducks just 45 seconds into the extra session.
Chicago forced the extra 45 ticks on the clock with a furious third-period rally led by their captain.
With 1:50 left in the third period, Jonathan Toews put the score at 4-3 with a one-timer blast.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
What is it about the Anaheim Ducks and scoring goals and bunches super quickly? In Game 4 at Chicago, the Ducks scored the second-fastest three goals in NHL history in 37 seconds.
The Ducks got their scoring on the board quickly in Game 5 at Anaheim with two goals in 32 seconds.
First, at the 5:10 mark of the first period, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler fired a wrister past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. This put the game at 1-0. Behold …
Then check out this nifty deflection by Ducks forward Ryan Kesler on a knuckling shot by Jakob Slifverberg. And it was 2-0 Ducks after this score.
Meanwhile, Chicago didn’t register a shot on goal until Jonathan Toews fired one at Andersen with 3:40 left in the first.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is cool speaking in public. He says he likes to cliff-dive. Give him a microphone and make him sing in public? Watch him squirm.
He had to do this as part of a losing bet with Anaheim mayor Tom Tait over the second-round playoff series between the Ducks and Flames. And sing he did, and by sing, we mean … looked a little lost during Idina Menzel’s song “Let it Go” from the film “Frozen.”
The above video shows this event happening at chambers Monday. Probably the best part involves Nenshi wearing an old schook Mighty Ducks third jersey. Never mind, there are a lot of great parts.
Per the Calgary Herald
Donning an older-style Ducks jersey, Nenshi was joined a capella band The Heebee-jeebees as he kicked off his performance. They were later joined by REVV 52, On Cue, the Calgary Children’s Choir, the Cowtown Opera, beatboxer James “Peterpot” McInnis and the Stampede Showband.
“It takes a community to embarrass a mayor,” Nenshi said afterwards.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
NEW YORK – There was a time, not so long ago, when playing the New York Rangers meant having a good portion of your shots blocked. That was back when the Rangers had John Tortorella, a volcano that had taken on human form, as their head coach.
But times have changed. The current incarnation of the Rangers was 18th in blocked shots in the 2014-15 regular season. Their opponents in the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning, were 20th, blocking an average of 13.4 shots per game.
The Lightning’s highest total of the Final was 17 blocks, which they achieved in Games 1 and 2 at the Garden. But in their 2-0 Game 5 victory, they dropped down and blocked 24 Rangers shots, helping to slow down an offense that had tallied 10 goals in their last two games against goalie Ben Bishop.
For Lightning winger Brian Boyle, who played on those Tortorella teams in New York , blocked shots are the catalyst for offensive frustration.Tue, May 268:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at Tampa BayPreview Game