- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Why in the world should the Ducks and Blackhawks play Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday at United Center? We all know the series, where Anaheim leads Chicago 3-2, will go seven games, so the Ducks should just forfeit really.
Via the Chicago Sun-Times:
The Hawks’ history of playing their best only when they absolutely have to is maddening at times. But from captain Jonathan Toews on down, the Hawks take a lot of pride in that. In 2011, the core of this team rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the top-seeded Canucks to force a Game 7. In 2013, they recovered from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Red Wings en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Last year they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7 against the Kings.
The Orange County Register indicates this series, which has been a classic so far that’s included three overtime games, will likely return to Anaheim on Saturday.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
TAMPA – Derick Brassard should have seen the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a rookie.
The Columbus Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the first time in 2009, but Brassard was in street clothes. He fought James Neal earlier in the season and ended up separating his shoulder.
The surgery it required ended his season after 31 games.
As a result, Brassard played 322 NHL games before his first shift in the playoffs with the New York Rangers in 2013.
“I played four years in the league before I got my first taste of the playoffs,” he said, “and I think I really enjoy playing at this time.”
Brassard has 40 points in 53 playoff games with the Rangers, including a team-leading nine goals and 16 points in 18 games this postseason. Granted, that was inflated with an epic five-point night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, pushing their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games.
“We just made plays. Hungry on the puck. Supporting each other. We just played. It’s just what this team does in elimination games,” said Brassard.
He and his linemates, Rick Nash and J.T. Miller, combined for 13 points in the game.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
A Chicago Blackhawks fan filed a lawsuit saying he was beat up by drunken Kings fans at Game 3 of the 2014 Western Conference Final at Staples Center last year.
The story, reported by theLA Daily News, says the following:
Bruce Dobrowski’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against team owner Anschutz Entertainment Group alleges violation of a safety statute. His wife and fellow plaintiff, Catherine Dobrowski, alleges loss of consortium. They are seeking $1.5 million.
And why are they seeking such damages? The piece goes into greater detail:
The couple and some friends went to the game in Blackhawk attire, which made them “unassuming prime targets for the anger and hostility by Kings fans who had become fueled by the AEG-Staples Center’s unchecked provision for sale of beer and wine,” the suit alleges.
The anti-Blackhawk atmosphere was further exacerbated by arena loudspeaker broadcasts of hometown fans chanting such things as “Go Kings, kill Hawks,” according to the lawsuit.Wed, May 278:00 PM EDTAnaheim at ChicagoPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
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• Lol, Matt Beleskey after his OT game winner in Game 5. [Getty]
• Give the Blackhawks a ‘must-win’ situation and they tend to take it to heart. History shows Chicago is at its best when it needs a postseason victory. [Sun-Times]
• Ducks/Blackhawks is so going to Game 7. Why even play Game 6? [Orange County Register]
• Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated looks at the glory of overtime hockey in the NHL. [Sports Illustrated]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday 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: Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago joins us to talk Game 6 for the Blackhawks and Ducks!
• The Conference Final coverage!
• Peter DeBoer hired by the Sharks.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
A little over a week after Todd McLellan joined the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks have reportedly found his replacement.
According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their next head coach sometime this week.
After three years with the Florida Panthers, DeBoer was hired by the New Jersey Devils in 2011, making the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. The following two seasons they missed and he was ultimately fired this past December after a poor start.
One of DeBoer's assistants during that Cup run in 2012 Larry Robinson, who currently works for the Sharks and likely had some input in the selection process for the Sharks.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
Entourage sucks. Please stop talking about Entourage.
6. Having a lead in the Western Conference Final
Man, this has been quite a series. Quite a series. They've played almost two full games of overtime at this point, and these are two teams that clearly do not like each other.
But what makes it the most fun is that teams are blowing leads in it, and in highly entertaining fashion. Chicago was up 3-1 through 47 minutes of Game 4, ended up blowing that lead and trailing 4-3 through 49 minutes (which is insane!) but then took that lead from Anaheim in the 52nd minute before winning in overtime.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Derick Brassard, New York Rangers
The Rangers center had a five-point night in their 7-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. He tallied a hat trick, including an empty netter, and assisted on goals by J.T. Miller and Keith Yandle.
No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Not a dominating performance for Hank, but many of his 36 saves came at the right time for the Rangers, i.e. during the first two periods when the Bolts controlled play.
No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Well, at least one Lightning player showed up in the third period. Kucherov had two goals in an attempt to lead Tampa back from their deficit.
Honorable Mention: J.T. Miller had a four-point night with a goal and three assists. … Rick Nash had a four-point night, with a goal and three assists. … James Sheppard had the other Rangers goal. … Ryan Callahan scored his first of the playoffs, beating Lundqvist on a breakaway.
Did You Know? The Rangers are 43-0-1 this season when leading after two periods.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
TAMPA – Game 6 was a test for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they failed it.
They had a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 11 years and eliminate the New York Rangers, avoiding a grand finale in a building where the Rangers have never lost a Game 7. They earned this chance by playing three near-perfect periods in Game 5, and then two more effective periods in Game 6.
But the third period was putrid. It was embarrassing. Fans left early and chants of “Let’s Go Rangers!” echoed in the upper deck.
It was one of only a handful of times in this postseason where the Lightning looked outclassed by a veteran opponent, their young players competing to see who could make the most bad decisions and ill-fated plays in the span of 20 minutes.
The Rangers won 7-3. Five of those goals were scored in the third period.
“That third period,” lamented goalie Ben Bishop, “you’ve like a redo of that third period.”
Thanks, Captain Understatement.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Apparently former North Dakota, and new Philly, coach Dave Hakstol had an out-clause in his college contract that included a $100,000 penalty if he took a job in the NHL.
Per the Grand Forks Herald:
When negotiating coach Dave Hakstol’s last contract in 2012, (UND athletic director Brian) Faison put a clause in the contract that specifically outlined a penalty fee if Hakstol left UND for an NHL head coaching position.
The Philadelphia Flyers hired Hakstol to be their head coach last week.
According to Hakstol’s contract, he will owe the school $100,000 for leaving his contract before June 30, 2015, for an NHL head coaching job.
Coaching the Flyers is a much more high profile job than coaching North Dakota. And probably a higher paying gig. Hakstol had the UND head job since 2004-05.