- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy46 mins ago
Niklas Kronwall is known as a guy who plays a little fast and loose when it comes to how he hits his opponent. But he has never been suspended. Maybe some discipline will come from this bashing of Nikita Kucherov if Tampa Bay forces Game 7 against the Red Wings?
Was Kucherov sliding downward? Perhaps. But Kronwall followed through on Kuecherov, made the head the primary point of contact and … yeah, the rest is what it is. He also left his feet, which was a no-no said one awesome-haired former NHL referee.
That used to be charging!
It’s the playoff. Physicality is ramped up and prior history is also taken into consideration. Also, Kronwall did not receive a penalty on the play nad Kucherov returned.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Norris Trophy “given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced Monday.
To be perfectly blunt, there were really no super great choices for the award this year. Mark Giordano was the likely winner – provided enough East Coast Professional Hockey Writers’ Association voting members watched Calgary play – but he got hurt in early March and missed the last month and a half of the season, basically crushing the whole “throughout the season” element of the award.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a great start in the face of elimination Monday night in Game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison gave the visitors a 2-0 as they try to force a Game 7.
Brian Boyle had a golden opportunity in the second period to give Tampa a commanding 3-0 lead, but Petr Mrazek made an unbelievable stick save to deny the Lightning forward.
You know you've just made an amazing save when you fool both the announcer and opposing team.
Minutes later, with Steven Stamkos alone right in front of the Detroit net, Mrazek again came up with a big save to keep the score 2-0 Tampa.
Mrazek has done everything he can so far to give the Red Wings hope for a comeback and to close out the series. Can his teammates find a way to beat Ben Bishop?
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Synergy! That’s the name of the game in Washington, DC, as Ted Leonsis’s Washington Wizards closed outthe Toronto Raptors on Sunday and then sat against the glass on Monday to watch Teddy AOL’s Washington Capitals play in Game 7 against the New York Islanders.
Now, if you had to guess which Wizards player would enthusiastically taunt the Islanders oh forget it you know it’s Paul Pierce:
The Truth had a huge grin on his face as the teams lined up for a draw and he got his glass-bang on.
Granted, Pierce still saves his best material for vanquished NBA foes, but hey, in the end, it’s pretty much just mocking a bunch of Canadians right?
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's Game 7 between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals from Washington, DC, and we're live chatting it!
Can the Caps overcome their Game 7 disasters? Can the Isles keep Nassau open with another round of playoff games (this time against the Rangers)?
The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd rugby photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.LiveNY Islanders1 - 2WashingtonFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Washington Capitals host the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their Metro Division semifinal series on Monday night.
The Islanders successfully avoided losing their last game at Nassau Coliseum; they need to win to squeeze out a few more games in the old barn.
The Capitals meanwhile, are looking to overcome a decade of Game 7 failures, many of which had come at home.
Here are four keys to Game 7:
1. Forget The Past
Alex Ovechkin’s first Game 7 at Verizon Center was my first Game 7 at Verizon Center: Joffrey Lupul, scoring an overtime winner on the power play in 2008. That game had something I’d experience in the other Game 7 losses for the Capitals: a creeping sense of dread throughout the game, and then a collective panic when adversity struck.
Game 7s in DC tend to create a sold-out building and a home bench full of clenched sphincters from the opening whistle on. Coach Barry Trotz has asked the Capitals to learn from losing five of seven Game 7s during the Ovechkin Era; they’re better off just trying to forget they’ve ever happened, or else repeat the sins of the past.
Speaking of Ovechkin …
2. Backstrom and Ovechkin vs. Tavares
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Nashville Predators announced defenseman Shea Weber suffered a subluxed kneecap in Game 2 against Chicago and is out 4-6 weeks. Alas, the Predators lost to Chicago in Game 6, so really, the injury timetable means little because it happened in the playoffs. Above is a photo of Weber meeting the Nashville media Monday on crutches.
Here is the play where Weber was hurt:
Also, isn’t it amazing that a player can go from 'day-to-day with a lower body injury’ as the team called it, to having surgery and being out 4-6 weeks. Gotta love the playoffs, and teams that think injury disclosure puts them at some sort of disadvantage. It’s one of the reasons why we love the NHL. Every team does this, but we must thank Nashville for the specificity in making us all search the term "subluxed" which isn't in my spellcheck.
Oh, and here’s another Nashville injury that just got specified now that the Predators’ season is over.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy5 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 are the snark masters from The Committed Indian, a Chicago Blackhawks publication, fondly recalling the 2014-15 Nashville Predators. 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 TheCommittedIndian.com staff and Andrew Cieslak
We have to say it’s kind of an amazing feat that we’ve been able to arrive here to toss dirt on the 2014-15 Predators. Considering the armed guards, barbed wire, screaming eel-filled moats, concrete walls, and dogs with bees in their mouths and when they barked they shot bees at us that Nashville put in place to keep us out, one has to wonder if it’s all worth it.
Then we remember the sight of Mike Ribeiro dragging his slimy ass off the ice after shaking hands (or in his case, tentacle) and we have to say yes … yes it is.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
When it comes to coaching rants and their effectiveness, hindsight is always 20/20. If your team wins, you’re a genius. If your team loses, you come off like panicky whiner who had to resort to certain types of off-ice antics.
How will history look at Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning? It depends if his argument calling Detroit a bunch of cheaters actually does anything in Monday’s Game 6. Detroit has a 3-2 lead and can clinch at home.
Per the Tampa Bay Times, the Coop is up to some sort of lawyering Jedi type mind trick. Or just complaining about refs via reporters … which always looks sore. This was said Sunday.
"There are 30 teams in the league and nobody does (interference) more than the Detroit Red Wings, hands down," coach Jon Cooper said. "The old saying is, 'If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.' They do it to a 'T'.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Corey Crawford is nothing if not patient. All he had to do was wait until Scott Darling fell apart like he did in the first two games of their series against the Nashville Predators, and the Chicago Blackhawks net was his again.
Crawford was named the starter in Game 1 of the Blackhawks’ Central Division championship series against the Minnesota Wild scheduled for later this week. He entered Game 6 in relief of Scott Darling (3 goals, 12 shots, 11:16 TOI), sparked a rally and made 13 saves on 13 shots to close out the Preds.
Earlier in the series, it was Darling who replace Crawford in Game 1 of the series and sparked a Blackhawks’ rally for a double-overtime win. Crawford got a chance at redemption in Game 2, but gave up six goals in the loss and then handed the crease to Darling for the next four games.
But now it’s Crawford again, as the guy signed for $6 million per season against the cap through 2019 gets the start over the guy who earned $570,000 this year. Yeah, we know: Spoiler warning...