Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne believe the Hart Trophy voting is a product of EAST COAST BIAS. "The only time the media in the East sees anyone in the West is when we play them," Getzlaf said. "You're not going to see our games, the media, staying up to 1 or 2 in the morning to watch." Which obviously explains why neither Corey Perry nor Henrik Sedin has ever won the Hart. [ESPN]
• If the Leafs beat the Bruins in Game 5, the Caps and Rangers play Game 6 at 4:30 pm. on Sunday; if Boston wins, the game is at 7:30 p.m.
• Ilya Kovalchuk and the Russians seem to be having fun at worlds: “Ilya Kovalchuk loses it in the final seconds of the game, cross-checks a Finnish d-man high repeatedly until he goes down.” [Linus Hogosson]
• Jesse Spector looks to do some debunking: “It really should not come as a surprise that teams who already have beaten an opponent three times in a series have a good track record at winning a fourth—they have won three games for a reason, which generally is that they're better. The teams who get to three wins and then let their opponent force a Game 7 still have a 75-69 record in deciding contests, a .521 winning percentage that is better than teams' in Game 4 up 2-1.” [Sporting News]
• In praise of NBC Sports: “The NHL is not the most enlightened enterprise, not when it locks out once every decade, eschews meaningful revenue sharing, shelters foundering franchises and imports officials from ancient Byzantium. Yet, credit must be given where it is due, and the NHL is shaping up well on the NBC Sports networks. One might even say that it is better off on NBC than in some dark corner of Bristol. Boo yah.” [Dispatch]
• Cam Charron on Dion Phaneuf: “Phaneuf isn’t the best defenceman in his Conference, but he is by far the best defenceman on his team. The Leafs’ problems stem from the fact that they don’t have enough blueliners they can trust, not too many. When they traded for Jake Gardiner and Joffrey Lupul in 2011, they paid a significant price in François Beauchemin. Beauchemin has turned up on a few Norris ballots while Lupul spent most of the season on the injury shelf and Gardiner either in the minors or a healthy scratch. The fates, and Carlyle’s reluctance to play the talented Gardiner, are making that deal look better for Anaheim every day even though it really, really, really shouldn’t be close.” [Backhand Shelf]
• Zach Parise on the Wild’s demise: “Just the lack of finish killed us. That’s the bottom line. You have to look at yourself first. You look back at some of the opportunities throughout the series that I had and didn’t put them in. That’s the frustrating part. That’s going to haunt you the whole summer.” [Star Tribune]
• Adam Proteau on Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks: “I don’t think there’s any way the Canucks keep Luongo for exactly the reason you mentioned in the last sentence of your question. I don’t think he has burned any bridges with fans – certainly, his image has only improved after the class he showed all season long – but if you were him, would you trust GM Mike Gillis to place a large amount of importance on your best interests?” [THN]
• Finally, from the Chicago Tribune, a cool video on the secrets of playoff hockey photography.
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