- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
(As the NCAA hockey season is done, our own Ryan Lambert needed something on which to opine. Say hello to a special Tuesday series from yer boy RL, PUCK LISTS, in which he arbitrarily lists hockey things.)
8. Any one of several of the guys on the team, Nashville Predators
I don't particularly care if the Predators win the Cup except to say that they are ostensibly the team I want to see do the best in general. Any one guy who wins it, sure, that's fine. Whatever. Go Preds and all that.
But there are a list of guys on that team I definitively do not want to see win the Cup. Mega-creep Mike Ribeiro is probably Nos. 1-65 on the list. I also kinda don't want to have to hear how Shea Weber is one of the league's great defensemen (he is absolutely not) when and if he wins a Cup. And James Neal, given all the elbowing and so on, probably doesn't deserve it.Tue, May 39:00 PM EDTSan Jose at NashvillePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
When we last heard hockey talk from WFAN radio icon Mike Francesa, a.k.a. The Sports Pope, he was trashing the New York Islanders’ public relations efforts and calling it a “third rate” organization.
That prompted Rick DiPietro, former Islanders goalie-turned-radio host on rival 98.7 FM, to fire back that Francesa was a “fatso.”
On Tuesday, it was Francesa’s turn to lob some grenades in this New York sports talk radio war, first taking a shot at the Islanders, saying tickets were still available for their Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“They don’t know how to market, and the rink is run by a bunch of clowns. But otherwise, I think they’re OK,” he said.LiveTampa Bay2 - 1NY IslandersFollow Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Stanley Cup Playoffs bring out the rivalries in many cities. Sometimes those rivalries extend to off the ice. Sometimes they involve zoos and elephant poop.
OK, maybe they don't involve elephant poop all the time, but for the Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues series, there’s definitely some of that involved.
The respective zoos of St. Louis and Dallas agreed to a friendly wager on Twitter last week where the loser’s vice president would have to travel to the winner’s zoo, don a jersey and hat of the victorious team and shovel 250 pounds (!) of elephant poop.
The smack talk was in full effect prior to Game 1.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was suspended one game on Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for illegally checking Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson in the first period of Game 3 of their conference semifinal series.
Hence, Letang will miss Game 4 of the their series. Which is pretty significant when you consider defenseman Olli Maatta is also likely out for Game 4 after Brooks Oprik delivered a head-shot on him in Game 2, earning a three-game suspension for the Capitals defenseman.
That suspension prompted Washington coach Barry Trotz to hint that the NHL gives the Penguins preferential treatment. Less than 24 hours later, Letang gets a one-game suspension.
Here’s the NHL suspension video:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars played coy on their goaltending starter for Game 3 of their second-round series with the St. Louis Blues.
According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Antti Niemi left the ice first at morning skate. Generally the goaltender that leaves the ice first at morning skate will start that night.
Then, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Kari Lehtonen would start.Tue, May 39:30 PM EDTDallas at St. LouisPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins announced some significant injury news on Tuesday. Since it’s May, we suppose it’s good news. Outside of the whole “missing the playoffs allows for longer recovery time” thing.
Center David Krejci is expected to have five months of recovery time after surgery on his left hip. He led the Bruins with 46 assists and was tied for second on the team with 63 points.
Not for nothing, but he had three goals in his last 23 games this season.
“It’s been bothering me for 20 or so games,” Krejci said during the team’s breakup-day media availability at TD Garden, via NESN. “I felt like I was still in decent shape to play games and help the team, and there’s been games where I’ve felt pretty good."
His hope is that he’s ready not only for Bruins camp, but for the World Cup of Hockey, having been named to the Czech Republic team.
Krug, meanwhile, had right shoulder surgery and will need six months to recover. Krug had career highs with 81 games played, 40 assists, 44 points and 33 penalty minutes.
He had two goals from Dec. 5 to the end of the season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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• The cat has to be photoshopped right? (San Jose Sharks)
• The second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins has been marred by dirty plays. [ESPN]
• Why Penguins goaltender Matt Murray isn’t a “hot goalie.” The Penguins are up 2-1 on the Caps currently. [Washington Post]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – After a second two-day break, the New York Islanders return home to Barclays Center Monday night hoping to swing momentum in their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Coming off a 4-1 loss in Game 2 on Saturday, the Islanders will look to continue enjoying the comforts of home that they’ve experienced during their rookie year in Brooklyn. In the regular season, New York finished with a 25-11-5 record at Barclays Center, tied for the fifth-most wins at home in the NHL. They're 2-1 with a pair of overtime victories in the postseason.
The last time Islanders fans saw their team in person they were euphorically celebrating John Tavares’ Game 6 overtime winner against the Florida Panthers that sent the team into the second round for the first time since 1993. Now that that ghost has been exorcised, a new beginning starts with Game 3.
“This is a game now where we’re by the first round. We realize that when you’re looking up at the TV and you see only eight teams left and you’re one of them, you’re pretty proud of that,” said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano. “It’s exciting and you want to keep playing.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
So did Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving fire his coach Bob Hartley on Tuesday because Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau became available roughly three days earlier?
“Today’s decision wasn’t based on anyone sitting in the on-deck circle. Today’s decision isn’t ‘is there a prettier girl at the dance?’” he said.
But seriously, was it about Boudreau?
“I don’t know Bruce,” he said. “We did this decision today with nobody else in mind. We’ll do a full search.”
Even if the availability of other candidates wasn’t a significant factor in the (convenient) timing of this decision, there were other reasons why the Flames decided to end their time with Hartley, who coached the Flames for four seasons and went 134-135-25 in winning the Jack Adams Award last season.
Like, for example, Treliving’s realization in speaking with the players after the season that Hartley had reached the end of the road with them.
“Bob has taken this team as far as I think he can take it. Every coach has his own style, his way of doing things. Bob is able to get a lot out of players, but I felt for us to move forward, it was critical and important for us to make this decision,” he said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Calgary Flames fired coach Bob Hartley on Tuesday morning, along with associate coach Jacques Cloutier.
Why was he fired? Who might replace him?
It might be the same answer for both questions.
According to Eric Francis, Flames GM Brad Treliving didn’t leave with Team Canada for the IIHF world championships this week, opting to remain behind for an “emergency meeting” on Monday. Why the sudden decision?
Well, something happened on Friday that might scuttle a few plans: Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Anaheim Ducks.
Boudreau told the OC Register that his phone has been blowing up even since.