- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
“How did you see it play out?”
Any time a coach answers a question with a question it’s squirmy. And it rarely ever happens when the query and the response are grounded in happy feelings and optimism.
As it was, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was asked how he saw the second period of their 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday, where the Bolts gave up two late goals in backbreaking fashion.
Sarcastic and exasperated as the reponse was, he answered the question with a question, and then was questioned again.
“Maybe some tough luck?” responded Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
“OK, I’ll start there: Maybe some tough luck,” said Cooper. “I'll go beyond the second period. I thought for 45 minutes, we did everything but put the puck in the net. We had some really good looks. It's tough to have a period like we did in the second period. Nine times out of 10, you're coming out with the lead probably by multiple goals. Instead you come out of that, like you lose the period. It doesn't happen very often.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Nash has been heavily criticized during his time in New York for his lack of playoff production. He took a step in the right direction Friday night with 2 goals and an assist against Tampa. Nash's first goal was beauty on a break away.
No. 2 Star: Keith Yandle, New York Rangers
Like Nash, Yandle had a 3-point evening. The defenseman scored a goal, 2 assists, and was a plus-2 in 18:16 TOI in the Rangers 5-1 drubbing of the Lightning.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
There were some clamoring for King Henrik's removal from net to start Game 4. He proved his crictics incorrect as he made 38 saves, allowing only 1 goal against as the Rangers tied up the series heading back to New York.
Honorable Mention: The Rangers power play went 2-for-5 with Nash and Martin St. Louis getting the tallies. The goal scored by St. Louis - much to the chagrin of the paying/booing TBL faithful - was his first of the playoffs. Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for the Lightning:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
A pair of second period goals from Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle 1:48 apart propelled the New York Rangers to 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
After allowing six goals in each of the past two games, the Rangers found their defense again, holding the Lightning to a single Steven Stamkos goal in the second period. Henrik Lundqvist was kept busy and was back in form, finishing with 38 saves.
New York opened the scoring late in the opening frame when Rick Nash powered his way to his first goal in five games:
Stamkos would tie the game midway through the second period, but that was quickly answered by the Rangers.
Chris Kreider regained the lead for New York after a Brendan Morrow defensive zone turnover led to an eventual rebound opportunity for the Rangers forward, which he pounced on for his seventh of the postseason. The lead would double 108 seconds later when a lucky bounce went in favor of the visitors as Keith Yandle’s shot from the point deflected off Victor Hedman’s leg and by Ben Bishop:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Winning the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award doesn’t always bode well for your future. Two of the five winner’s in the short history of the award were fired by their respective teams not long after being chosen. Mike Gillis was canned three years after he won, while Ray Shero was shown the door less than twelve months after he was was given the honor.
On Friday night, the NHL announced its three finalists for the 2015 award: Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks; Glen Sather of the New York Rangers; and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Why Bob Murray deserves to win
Why Glen Sather deserves to win
Why Steve Yzerman deserves to win
Voting was conducted by all 30 NHL general managers and a panel of league executives, print and broadcast media at the end of Round 2.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Why can’t hockey coaches wear uniforms like managers in Major League Baseball? If so, would Mike Babcock don the above No. 50 sweater. And if so … how hilarious would he look behind the Leafs bench?
Pretty funny if you ask me. And kudos to whatever entity made this monstrosity. But man, poor Stuart Percy …
From hipsters in New York to saviors in Anaheim, we had all sorts of submissions for Jersey Fouls this week.
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at email@example.com or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due.
Here they are!
I may start rooting for the Rangers this playoff, just so I don’t have to hear any more current-day comparisons to the almost too celebrated 1994 Stanley Cup champs. (S/t @AikmanCMU)
2. Saving Clayton 'Stoner'
We preach religious freedom here at Puck Daddy. The fact that Clayton Stoner wears No. 3 for the Ducks … do the math. (S/t @district5hockey)
1. Hipster Henrik
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The never-ending celebration of the Edmonton Oilers winning the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft continues.
Behold the Oilers season ticket renewal package which came in of all things … a golden envelope. (S/t @solid_guarantee)
Why does this look familiar? Oh, remember that sort of ‘meh’ look on Bill Daly’s face when he announced to humanity Edmonton won the draft lottery and the right to select Connor McDavid?
This presents a slight conundrum for Oilers fans who see winning this draft lottery as the result of Edmonton's extreme mediocrity throughout the years and pain its fans endured. Via Copper and Blue:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
You can be 100 percent sure of two things with Mike Babcock going to Toronto:
1) The amount of money he's being paid literally doesn't matter at all to the club.
2) The Leafs' management did more due diligence from a statistical point of view than most other teams would have.
So with the first issue in mind, let's stop fretting about how much money he's being paid — even if $50 million over eight seasons is, indeed, a lot — because they gave David Clarkson almost as much, and Babcock doesn't count against the cap.
But if you're paying your coach that much money, it doesn't matter how big your Scrooge McDuck vault is: He needs to produce.
And the Leafs have indeed had a production problem for a good long while now. The last time they were a positive possession team for the entirety of a season it was 2009-10. (And a fat lot of good that did them because they finished with 74 points that year, their second-worst total since 1998, eclipsed only by this past season's disaster.)
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The KHL is floundering. In spite of talks of a move of teams into China, the collapse of the Ruble and other factors has put the league, which at one point dreamed of challenging the NHL for hockey supremacy, into financial problems.
And now an important former Soviet NHL face has said he believes Russian players shouldn’t be allowed to come to North America until they’re older.
Via the Associated Press:
Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.
The aim is to keep "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see."
He also wants to see foreigners fall under that rule, as well:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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• If Mike Babcock is looking for a place of worship, here's one sympathetic to his upcoming plight. [SimonDingleyCBC]
• The NHL salary cap is looking like it will be set at around $71-million next season. [AP]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
We all know what kind of damage the “Triplets” line of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov have done for the Lightning in these playoffs. But as the Tampa offense has come alive in their last two games against the New York Rangers, a different line is starting to heat up.
There was a time this postseason when the speculation was that Steven Stamkos was injured. He went goalless over nine games from the end of the regular season until Game 2 against Montreal in the second round, but along with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn, the Lightning’s top line is producing, and that’s a scary thing for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist, who have allowed 12 goals in two games after holding Tampa to a single tally in Game 1.
Stamkos has scored four times in the last five games, while Killorn has three goals and five points in Tampa’s last two games. Filppula, meanwhile, only has two assists in the series, but has won 62-percent of his face-offs.