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If I Had An Award Ballot

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With the end of the regular season it is time for my annual if I had an award ballot post where I list my top three picks for the NHL awards that interest me.

Calder Trophy:  1.  Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche 2. Torey Krug Boston Bruins 3. Ondrej Palat Tampa Bay Lightning  I only recently picked MacKinnon to win this award.  I think he is the runaway favorite among voters but he shouldn't be ranked too far ahead of Krug (though he will be).  Palat is a more distant third candidate.

Selke Trophy: 1. Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins 2. Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings 3. Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks  I have been picking Bergeron as the Selke Trophy leader for most of the season.  He has won this award before and had a strong season.  This gives him both the reputation and the results this season to win it.  Toews was his top rival for most of the season until injuries dropped him into third below Kopitar.

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Video- Playoff Pressure On Carey Price With Montreal The Only Canadian Team In The Playoffs

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Tim Wharsby of CBC says the pressure is on Carey Price.

 

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What A Season

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NEW YORK (April 14, 2014) -- Following are some highlights of the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season, which concluded yesterday:

RECORD ATTENDANCE

A total of 21,758,902 fans filled NHL venues to 96% of capacity in 2013-14.
The total figure includes the 376,837 who packed the six Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and Stadium Series games. Had those six games instead been played before a sellout crowd at the designated home team’s arena, the attendance figure (21,492,671) still would have exceeded the previous single-season high of 21,475,223 set in 2008-09.

RIVALRY-DRIVEN REALIGNMENT, PLAYOFF FORMAT

Realignment and a revised playoff format that emphasizes rivalries has resulted in a tantalizing list of first-round playoff matchups that
features:

* the first postseason meeting of the ‘Original Six’ Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings since 1957

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Videos- The Top 10 Goals, Saves And Hits From The 2013-14 NHL Regular Season

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First the goals, about 5 1/2 minutes..

 

Then the saves, almost 4 minutes...

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Video- NHL Life Episode: A Prospect’s Life

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A feature on top prospect Aaron Ekblad and again, a well done production.

 

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Happy Passover To Those Who Celebrate

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May your lives be joyful and kosher this Passover.

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Video- Barry Trotz Says His Goodbyes To Nashville

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Watch part of the press conference below, via the Tennessean...

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Video- The Best From The NHL

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The best plays during the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

 

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Evening Line

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"John Tortorella was on my staff for the Olympics in 2010. He's a good guy. I don't know what's going on in his head, but you know what? Shut your mouth and worry about your team. Leave my coach alone."

-Brian Burke of the Calgary Flames on Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.  

Tortorella made a few comments about Bob Hartley last night and you can read all about in a piece from the CP at TSN.

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All Alex Ovechkin

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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

On missing the playoffs being a wakeup call:

Of course it’s wakeup call for everybody, for us and for the bosses. I’m pretty sure everybody upset. It’s good wakeup call and I’m hopeful for next year we’re going to be better. [Whoever] is going to be on the team, these guys have to be better....

On whether he is tired of shouldering the blame for the Capitals’ shortcomings:

I’m not a judge. It’s wakeup call for everybody. I’m pissed because somebody says it’s bad system. I’m pissed about it’s bad situation when we didn’t play well. I’m a player, everybody players. Why were we in the playoffs last year? Because nobody point fingers on somebody. Everybody was in same position and everybody played for each other.

On the Capitals’ 5-on-5 play, where they were outscored 155-139.

It’s a situation when right now, 5-on-5 is very difficult to play. If you score on power play and you get the lead guys who play 5-on-5 will get more open and get more chances. If it’s a tie game or situation is 1-1 or 2-2, it’s so hard to score because everybody plays five guys in the [defensive] zone and everybody plays around the goalie. 

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