- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 mins ago
Here is the dream scenario after looking at the above Tyler Johnson photo.
The Lightning plays the Ducks for the Stanley Cup. Tampa wins the Cup in Anaheim and stays an extra day. Johnson goes to Disneyland and an oversized Cup Champions shirt. Maybe takes a photo with Mickey Mouse.
I know players love to rock the cool Conference Champion items, but didn’t someone on Tampa think it was a bad idea to give the 5-foot-8 Johnson an XXXL sized shirt? Also, when Johnson put it on, did he not think it was a little bit too big? Hey, who's thathandsome man with the jacket and tie to Johnson's left?
Then again, when you’re an NHL player listed at 5-foot-8 – and generously so – you can’t really complain if the shirt is too big. They probably don't come in small. Just give it to Brian Boyle.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It’s time to bring back that “Stanley Needs a Tan” slogan from Tampa’s 2004 Cup run. The Lightning is headed back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since it won it all that season.
Friday night the Lightning sent New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to his first Game 7 loss at home in his career in a 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden. The victory clinched the NHL's Eastern Conference for Tampa.
The Rangers had also never lost in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, going 7-0 before Friday. Lundqvist had won his previous six Game 7s.
In a season where the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy, New York simply couldn’t figure out one more survivalist trick. New York came back from a 3-1 deficit in the second-round against Washington and was down 3-2 in this series before forcing the decisive Game 7.
It was Tampa’s speed, defense and goaltending poise that doomed New York. Tampa was a rock, allowing just 21 shots on goal. Netminder Ben Bishop, who had come under fire this series for uneven play made all those stops.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Tickets for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final were the highest selling of the playoffs on the secondary market. So Scott Oake of CBC decided to ask a fan at Friday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers final what his seats cost, considering he was against the glass in prime real estate.
Needless to say, he picked the right fan.
Here’s the surreal conversation between Oake and Will Rouse, the chilliest Ranger fan in the history of chillin’.
WILL: “My man, I paid forty-five hundred dollars.”
OAKE: “Yesterday on the secondary market, they were asking 19,200 bucks for these seats. Did you think about selling them?”
[At this point, Will grabs his gold necklace with both hands and puts it on display.]
WILL: “That would have been cool, but you know what? I gotta see the Rangers win. I could have blown all that money on water. I don’t really drink alcohol. It’s cool.”
OAKE: “Tell me again what you paid for this seat?”
WILL: “Four thousand, five hundred dollars. Hundreds only. Benjamin-Franklin-is-killin’-the-gaaaaame.”Fri, May 29Tampa Bay2 - 0NY RangersGame Recap
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Henrik Lundqvist has only given up five goals in his last six Games 7, all of them victories.
Why? Because he does things like this:
In the first period of Friday night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the New York Rangers goalie faced a defected shot from the point from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.
The puck bounced high in the air and Lundqvist made a reflexive lunge with his glove …just nudging the puck over the cross-bar and on top of the net.
Here's a look in GIF form:
Lundqvist save pic.twitter.com/75pzaft0dE
The Rangers are trying to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season.
Lundqvist, with a win, will have more Game 7 victories than any other goalie in NHL history with seven.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning from Madison Square Garden, and we're live chatting it tonight!
Will the New York Rangers continue thieir domination of Game 7s? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning find a way to close out this series? Will Canadian writers get a chance to vacation in Florida like every other Canadian not at their cabin?
The fun begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd football photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Sometimes the best types of Jersey Fouls are cross-sport fouls.
We had quite a few of those this week. A Heisman Trophy winner on a Rangers jersey? A Hawks pest on a soccer jersey above? (S/t Andrew Shaw)
They all looked pretty amazing regardless of the strange connection, and seemed to draw a lot of reaction, especially the savior-like New York foul.
Sorry we can’t contain our excitement for what you will see below just because … TIM TEBOW baahahaha
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due.
This week’s top fouls!
3. Tyler Hossa
We know there’s a lot of Wings fans pulling for the Lightning and general manager Steve Yzerman. This is a bit of a reach, which makes it a fantastic foul. Also, Tyler Johnson and Marian Hossa really play nothing alike. Love the duct tape. (S/t @marcospolos4)
2. Nikita St. Louis
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Eastern Conference Final will be decided in Game 7 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here are seven keys to Game 7:
1. First Goal Wins
“Is it only one game that the team that's scored first didn't win?” asked Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “That's going to help you in your mindset and how you're going to play. I think you look at the teams in the series when they haven't had the lead, they've tried to chase it a little bit. Maybe it pulls you out of your comfort zone. When you do have the lead, you're in your comfort zone.”
The Rangers are 8-3 when they score first, and with the way Lundqvist plays in a Game 7, that might be enough.
The Lightning are 8-0 when they score first. So if you wanna win, score first, m’kay?
2. Embracing History vs. Ignoring It
Hey, did you guys hear that the Rangers are pretty good in Game 7s? Like the fact that they’ve won six straight of them? That players like Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and Rick Nash have never lost one? That Henrik Lundqvist has only allowed five goals in six straight Game 7 wins?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning is Friday night. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is scheduled for next Wednesday. And yet, via Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, the NHL already has trailers for staff with permits for the Stanley Cup Final parked outside of Madison Square Garden:
NHL trailers already set up outside Garden in anticipation of Stanley Cup Final, which would start Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/fuaoZTBx0S
THE HUBRIS! Obviously the NHL expects the Rangers to Game 7, this being evidence that the fix is in so they can have all the ratings of a New York team in the Final!
Or maybe it’s just procedural. Gulitti notes the same setup was found in Ottawa in 2003 before their Game 7 against Mike Rupp and the New Jersey Devils.
The NHL reached out and explained the early set up, via a spokesperson:
We also have trailers parked outside Amalie Arena right now and will park them outside Honda Center tomorrow.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Former Mighty Ducks star forward Paul Kariya has gone missing from hockey. You can reportedly find him surfing around Orange County, but you can hardly find him around a rink – or even at ceremonies for his former franchise, like the jersey retirement ceremony for Teemu Selanne.
If only he had a cameo in the Matthew McConaughey ‘hit’ film, “Surfer Dude.”
He was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night, where he spoke about his strange absence from the game after retiring after the 2009-10 due to repeated concussions.
“I skated with my niece once. I do a little bit of roller blading, but I haven’t played hockey since I retired,” he said via the Vancouver Sun. “Some players when they’re done playing they almost have a career path into coaching or scouting or being a general manager. My love was for playing. If I could still play, I’d still be playing out there.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
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• Unlike most of us, Ben Bishop did not snap in half after completing this stretch. [Getty]
• Players suing the NHL over its handling of concussions have asked the presiding judge to compel Brendan Shanahan to testify.
"I was never opposed to giving a deposition," he said in a written statement provided by the Maple Leafs. "My response was that I was happy to cooperate and I provided upcoming dates that hopefully work for both sides. My understanding is that it is in the process of being scheduled." [TSN]