- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The Anaheim Ducks will take a look backwards in order to try to take a step forward.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Ducks will meet with former coach Randy Carlyle about replacing Bruce Boudreau as the team’s head coach. The Ducks replaced Carlyle in 2011 with Boudreau and Boudreau was fired at the end of April.
The 60-year-old Carlyle led the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup championship, when they beat the Ottawa Senators in five games in 2007. He held a 230-155-49 overall record with Anaheim and a 27-19 postseason record.
The decision to look at Carlyle could be seen as controversial, considering his recent coaching past.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
PITTSBURGH – You’re always nervous your first time.
Those awkward moments of discovery. Making inexperienced mistakes. Being unable to contain neither your enthusiasm nor your anxiety. And knowing that, in the end, the second time is going to be much more rewarding.
Such was Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final for the San Jose Sharks, as all but three players were in their first championship-round game.
“It was good to get it out of the way,” said winger Joel Ward. “We had a couple of mistakes, couple of turnovers. Which is uncharacteristic for this squad."
The Sharks couldn’t handle the forechecking pressure by the Penguins in the first period, getting pinned in their zone and giving up two goals. They found their footing in the second, eventually tied the game, but lost 3-2 on a late Nick Bonino goal.
So now they’ll do what the Sharks have done best in these playoffs: Adjust, respond and rally, having gone 5-1 after losses.
“It’s a veteran group. I don’t know. In the playoffs, if you lose, you gotta win the next game,” said defenseman Brent Burns. “Coaches go through what you did wrong. You fix it.”Wed, Jun 18:00 PM EDTSan Jose at PittsburghPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy12 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.)
10. Alex Galchenyuk
The 23-and-under North American forward group is as purely talented as just about any other team in the tournament. Peter Chiarelli and Stan Bowman were always going to end up leaving someone good at home. And while Max Domi, Boone Jenner, and maybe one or two other young scorers in the league may seem like snubs, it's tough to argue that a guy who scored 50 goals in the last two seasons — and 30 this year — doesn't deserve to crack the roster.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
PITTSBURGH – Monday was one of the greatest days of Justin Braun’s life. It was Game 1 of his first Stanley Cup Final, playing for the San Jose Sharks against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For his family, however, it was one of the saddest days: Tom Lysiak, the former NHL center with the Atlanta Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks, died at 63 after a prolonged battle with leukemia. He was diagnosed three years ago.
As Jessie Lysiak Braun announced:
It saddens me to the core of my being to write this post. My dad lost his battle with Leukemia today and has gone to be with the Lord now
Lysiak was a gritty character in the game, and arguably the finest player in the Flames’ history in Atlanta, making three NHL All-Star Games. Perhaps most infamously, he was suspended for 20 games for tripping Ron Foyt during a game against the Hartford Whalers.
But that was only one side of Lysiak.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
PITTSBURGH -- Nick Bonino has gotten used to moving in the summertime. Traded from Anaheim to Vancouver to Pittsburgh since 2014, the Penguins forward may finally be able to relax this off-season.
After coming over in a July trade, the 28-year-old Bonino has found a home on one of the postseason's top lines and probably won't have to worry about settling into another new zip code this summer.
“I enjoy the guys, enjoy the team," he said after Game 1. "Organization is first class.”
As the ‘B’ in the popular HBK line, Bonino has found a knack of being in right place at the time, an ability that goes back to a Connecticut state high school title game in 2005.
A magical 2004-05 season for Farmington High School saw Bonino, then a junior, score 68 goals, including the double overtime winner in the state title game. The Indians were down 3-0 at one point, but the future NHLer wouldn’t let his team go down in defeat. He would score twice and assist on another goal during a five-minute span before heading into overtime.
Four years later, Bonino’s magic touch continued in college.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
It's a new edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:
- Wysh and Marek are reunited, and it feels so good!
- Breaking down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
- The Patrick Marleau head-shot and no suspension.
- Marek visits the Sutter Family farm.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
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• Quite the face paint job for Game 1. [Getty]
• Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino scores goals at the right moments: “Bonino previously scored two series-clinching overtime goals. He had one in 2014 for the Ducks against the Stars and one against the Capitals in the second round this postseason.”[ESPN]
• How Bonino was the difference for the Penguins against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. [TSN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Ken Hitchcock has decided that the rest of his coaching life will be spent signing one-year contracts, like the one he’s agreed on with the St. Louis Blues for the 2016-17 season.
And it turns out that his coaching life has one more year left in it: Hitchcock announced on Tuesday that this will be his last season coaching in the NHL.
"I just feel like I've got this really good year in me. This season has invigorated me like no season before,” he said. "This group of players, their dynamic has changed, and it's really exciting right now."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks will not have a hearing for his hit on Bryan Rust of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and thus will not be suspended by the Department of Player Safety.
Marleau was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head at 4:47 of the third period.
Rust left the game for concussion protocol according to NHL on NBC's Pierre McGuire, then returned to the bench. He played one more shift after that at 8:36 but would not hit the ice again for the rest of the Penguins’ 3-2 win.
"Obviously we lost him for the rest of the period. He's day-to-day with an upper-body injury," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "It's a blindside hit to the head. He gets a penalty. I'm sure the league will look at it."
Marleau, obviously, saw it differently and didn’t think the League would suspend him.
“I don’t think so. I kept my shoulder in and elbow in and everything. I just kinda let him skate into me," he said. “I wanted to keep everything down. Didn’t get too up high.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Harnarayan Singh is the play-by-play voice for Hockey Night In Canada Punjabi, which is thought to be the only regular game coverage of the NHL that’s not in English or French. He’s a national treasure for many reasons, chief among them his creative goal calls. For example, when he somehow worked Nikita Kucherov’s name into the song lyrics of a famous Punjabi song during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s run.
Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins is also a favorite of Singh’s. In the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Capitals, the Penguins center scored and Singh just shouted “Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, Bonino!” in celebration.
In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bonino had the game-winning goal with just over two minutes left in regulation against the San Jose Sharks. And Singh didn’t disappoint: