- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
A Chicago Blackhawks fan filed a lawsuit saying he was beat up by drunken Kings fans at Game 3 of the 2014 Western Conference Final at Staples Center last year.
The story, reported by theLA Daily News, says the following:
Bruce Dobrowski’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against team owner Anschutz Entertainment Group alleges violation of a safety statute. His wife and fellow plaintiff, Catherine Dobrowski, alleges loss of consortium. They are seeking $1.5 million.
And why are they seeking such damages? The piece goes into greater detail:
The couple and some friends went to the game in Blackhawk attire, which made them “unassuming prime targets for the anger and hostility by Kings fans who had become fueled by the AEG-Staples Center’s unchecked provision for sale of beer and wine,” the suit alleges.
The anti-Blackhawk atmosphere was further exacerbated by arena loudspeaker broadcasts of hometown fans chanting such things as “Go Kings, kill Hawks,” according to the lawsuit.Wed, May 278:00 PM EDTAnaheim at ChicagoPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
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• Lol, Matt Beleskey after his OT game winner in Game 5. [Getty]
• Give the Blackhawks a ‘must-win’ situation and they tend to take it to heart. History shows Chicago is at its best when it needs a postseason victory. [Sun-Times]
• Ducks/Blackhawks is so going to Game 7. Why even play Game 6? [Orange County Register]
• Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated looks at the glory of overtime hockey in the NHL. [Sports Illustrated]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday 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: Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago joins us to talk Game 6 for the Blackhawks and Ducks!
• The Conference Final coverage!
• Peter DeBoer hired by the Sharks.
• Hockey News and Views
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
A little over a week after Todd McLellan joined the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks have reportedly found his replacement.
According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their next head coach sometime this week.
After three years with the Florida Panthers, DeBoer was hired by the New Jersey Devils in 2011, making the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. The following two seasons they missed and he was ultimately fired this past December after a poor start.
One of DeBoer's assistants during that Cup run in 2012 Larry Robinson, who currently works for the Sharks and likely had some input in the selection process for the Sharks.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
Entourage sucks. Please stop talking about Entourage.
6. Having a lead in the Western Conference Final
Man, this has been quite a series. Quite a series. They've played almost two full games of overtime at this point, and these are two teams that clearly do not like each other.
But what makes it the most fun is that teams are blowing leads in it, and in highly entertaining fashion. Chicago was up 3-1 through 47 minutes of Game 4, ended up blowing that lead and trailing 4-3 through 49 minutes (which is insane!) but then took that lead from Anaheim in the 52nd minute before winning in overtime.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Derick Brassard, New York Rangers
The Rangers center had a five-point night in their 7-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. He tallied a hat trick, including an empty netter, and assisted on goals by J.T. Miller and Keith Yandle.
No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Not a dominating performance for Hank, but many of his 36 saves came at the right time for the Rangers, i.e. during the first two periods when the Bolts controlled play.
No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Well, at least one Lightning player showed up in the third period. Kucherov had two goals in an attempt to lead Tampa back from their deficit.
Honorable Mention: J.T. Miller had a four-point night with a goal and three assists. … Rick Nash had a four-point night, with a goal and three assists. … James Sheppard had the other Rangers goal. … Ryan Callahan scored his first of the playoffs, beating Lundqvist on a breakaway.
Did You Know? The Rangers are 43-0-1 this season when leading after two periods.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
TAMPA – Game 6 was a test for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they failed it.
They had a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 11 years and eliminate the New York Rangers, avoiding a grand finale in a building where the Rangers have never lost a Game 7. They earned this chance by playing three near-perfect periods in Game 5, and then two more effective periods in Game 6.
But the third period was putrid. It was embarrassing. Fans left early and chants of “Let’s Go Rangers!” echoed in the upper deck.
It was one of only a handful of times in this postseason where the Lightning looked outclassed by a veteran opponent, their young players competing to see who could make the most bad decisions and ill-fated plays in the span of 20 minutes.
The Rangers won 7-3. Five of those goals were scored in the third period.
“That third period,” lamented goalie Ben Bishop, “you’ve like a redo of that third period.”
Thanks, Captain Understatement.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Apparently former North Dakota, and new Philly, coach Dave Hakstol had an out-clause in his college contract that included a $100,000 penalty if he took a job in the NHL.
Per the Grand Forks Herald:
When negotiating coach Dave Hakstol’s last contract in 2012, (UND athletic director Brian) Faison put a clause in the contract that specifically outlined a penalty fee if Hakstol left UND for an NHL head coaching position.
The Philadelphia Flyers hired Hakstol to be their head coach last week.
According to Hakstol’s contract, he will owe the school $100,000 for leaving his contract before June 30, 2015, for an NHL head coaching job.
Coaching the Flyers is a much more high profile job than coaching North Dakota. And probably a higher paying gig. Hakstol had the UND head job since 2004-05.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
TAMPA – The New York Rangers faced elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday night, so they did what they do best in the playoffs:
Force a Game 7.
The Rangers thumped the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena, 7-3, chasing starter Ben Bishop in the third period and humbling the Bolts. Derick Brassard had a 5-point night, with three goals and two assists. J.T. Miller, playing up with Brassard and Rick Nash, had a goal and two assists.
Henrik Lundqvist was good when he needed to be, making 36 saves.
"In the third period, with our season on the line, we probably played our best period of this series so far. So we wanted a chance, and we got a chance," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.
New York improved to 14-3 when facing playoff elimination since 2012. Game 7 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden, where they’re 7-0 in Game 7s.
It'll be the second Game 7 of the playoffs for both the Rangers and the Bolts.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Have the St. Louis Blues gone from a team with Stanley Cup aspirations to one that just wants to make the playoffs?
Probably not, but the opening messaging of Ken Hitchock’s news conference, announcing the coach had been re-upped for a year by the Blues had that weird kind of feel.
“I know there’s going to be questions about next year’s playoffs, but unless we come prepared to work in September, that won’t be an issue for us because we won’t make the playoffs,” general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We have to come ready to play. We have to prepare.”
The Blues have been postseason flameouts with Hitchcock as coach. They haven’t made it past the second-round, in spite of having some dominant teams in the regular season.
There were questions about Hitch’s ability to push this group onwards and upwards, especially after such a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Wild last playoff.
“This is a really good team trying to become a great team. I think I have the tools and expertise to help them along the way,” Hitchcock said.