- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy41 mins ago
Despite being one of the NHL’s most frequently devastating hitters, Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings has never been suspended.
There’s a chance that streak could be broken at the most critical time of the season for the Wings.
Kronwall will have a hearing on Tuesday afternoon with the NHL Department of Player Safety, after his leaping hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov near the end of the second period of Monday’s Game 6.
Kucherov skated to up the right wing boards and was slightly crouched when Kronwall skated into him – a high-impact hit on which Kronwall appeared to leave his skates and make contact with Kucherov’s head.
Kucherov didn’t appear to be injured on the play, and skated a regular shift in the third period in the Lightning’s 3-2 win. Kronwall wasn’t penalized on the play, quite hilariously.
Kronwall defended the hit after the game, via MLive.com:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 hr 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 is Montreal Canadiens fan, blogger and cartoonist Liam McKenna, fondly recalling the 2014-15 Ottawa Senators. 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 Liam McKenna
We are gathered here today to remember and dismember a remarkable season for the Ottawa Senators. You’ll have to excuse the mourning party, as approximately a third of them are fans of the Montreal Canadiens, as the Senators couldn’t find the fan support to attend even their own funeral.
What a season it was! The first half of the capital city’s campaign was a dreary look at how bad this team truly is; the second half a feverish dream that, upon reflection, might as well never have happened. Then again, Ottawa going out in the first round is pretty good for them.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
WASHINGTON, DC – He’s not jaded, nor overwhelmed by the expectations and disappointments that eventually crush the confidence of the Washington Capitals in seemingly every postseason.
Maybe Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t realize Game 7 is where the Capitals’ journeys end, where their Stanley Cup dreams wither and die. Or maybe he’s just too new, too fresh and too blissful to know better.
“He has joy in his game. Joy in playing, joy in being at the rink,” said coach Barry Trotz of Kuznetsov, who sent the Capitals to the Metro Division finals against the New York Rangers with a Game 7 goal that eliminated the New York Islanders, 2-1.
“We always grow up and lose the boy in us, but he’s got the boy in his game and his attitude, and he’s got the maturity of a good young man.”
His game-winning goal captured that dichotomy.
There was Kuznetsov on the right wing boards. A veteran player might not think to just flip on the jets and skate to the middle of the ice like he's being controlled in a video game, the middle of the ice where few players had room to operate all night. But Kutznetsov went there.Mon, Apr 27NY Islanders1 - 2WashingtonGame Recap
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
The rookie forward’s goal with 7:18 left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 7. They now advance to face the New York Rangers in the second round, the fifth time the two franchises will meet in the postseason since 2009.
No. 2 Star: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Johnson scored twice as the Lightning forced Game 7 Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The center is now tied with Vladimir Tarasenko for the goal scoring lead with six.
No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Kucherov had a hand in three Lightning goals, including both of Johnson’s.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning live to see another game. Their 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Monday night forces a Game 7, which will be back home at Amalie Arena.
Leading up to Game 6, the focus was on the banter between head coaches Jon Cooper and Mike Babcock. The Lightning bench boss complained about the Red Wings getting away with interference calls throughout the series. There were no calls of that sort during the game, and Cooper’s qualms will likely be quieted as he prepares his team for a do-or-die Game 7 Wednesday night.
Tampa didn’t wait long to take the lead. Just 3:47 into the opening period, Victor Hedman sent a homerun pass to Nikita Kucherov, who dropped the puck to a speeding Tyler Johnson. The Lightning’s leading scorer didn’t waste his opportunity and beat Petr Mrazek.
Eight minutes later the Tampa doubled their lead when Jason Garrison took advantage of the extra time and space in the Detroit zone:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
WASHINGTON, DC – To win Game 7 against the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals had to overcome Jaroslav Halak and history.
They turned to a player that had never faced the pressure of either in the playoffs.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, playing in his first postseason, scored his third goal of the playoffs on an awesome individual effort at 12:42 of the third period, giving the Capitals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish to eliminate the Islanders in seven games, 2-1.
"This is a new group," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "All that old stuff? Get rid of it. Let's build something. We could feel the energy [from the fans]. We weren't going to let that game go."
Kuznetsov took the puck on right wing and just flipped on the afterburners, skating through the slot with Frans Nielsen of the Islanders giving chase, out-waiting Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak and then scoring on an unstoppable shot to the top corner of the net.
Since Alex Ovechkin arrived in Washington, the Capitals had played seven Game 7s. They had won just two of them, and were 1-4 on home ice in Game 7s since 2008.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs 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!
As for Kronwall, of course he came to his own defense per MLive:
"I haven't seen it in replay so I can't really say too much about it," Kronwall said before adding, "I thought it was a clean hit at the time."
And Tampa coach John Cooper who had been a little ciritical of the officiating this series? Subtle dig perhaps? Again from MLive.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper had no complaints about the hit but that's because Cooper said he didn't see it.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs 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 Daddy14 hrs 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 Daddy14 hrs 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?
Now, how do we get John Wall on the Zamboni…Sun, Apr 26Toronto94 - 125WashingtonGame Recap