- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 mins ago
Henrik Lundqvist has only given up five goals in his last six Games 7, all of them victories.
Why? Because he does things like this:
In the first period of Friday night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the New York Rangers goalie faced a defected shot from the point from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.
The puck bounced high in the air and Lundqvist made a reflexive lunge with his glove …just nudging the puck over the cross-bar and on top of the net.
Here's a look in GIF form:
Lundqvist save pic.twitter.com/75pzaft0dE
The Rangers are trying to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season.
Lundqvist, with a win, will have more Game 7 victories than any other goalie in NHL history with seven.LiveTampa Bay0 - 0NY RangersFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning from Madison Square Garden, and we're live chatting it tonight!
Will the New York Rangers continue thieir domination of Game 7s? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning find a way to close out this series? Will Canadian writers get a chance to vacation in Florida like every other Canadian not at their cabin?
The fun begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd football photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs 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
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due.
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 Daddy4 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?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 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 Daddy5 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 Daddy6 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 email@example.com.
• 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.
"I was never opposed to giving a deposition," he said in a written statement provided by the Maple Leafs. "My response was that I was happy to cooperate and I provided upcoming dates that hopefully work for both sides. My understanding is that it is in the process of being scheduled." [TSN]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 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
Question of the Day: Who wins the Games 7 in the NHL? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 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 Daddy8 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.