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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
When you’ve been at it this long without success, talking about winning the Clarence S. Campbell Trophy at the morning skate is as taboo as touching it post-game. At least for some, anyhow.
“You look at your whole career,” began San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who leads the Sharks with 21 playoff points in 17 games this spring. “When I was in high school in the state championship, that was my biggest game of my life at the time. In college, in junior – there’s games where the moments are so big. It’s your Stanley Cup.
“You work all those days to get in the position to hopefully play for it. Tonight those games are in the past, you draw from those experiences. As a kid, you grow up trying to be able to play for the Stanley Cup, and we have a game tonight (that could put them there). This is the most important one right now.”
In the St. Louis Blues’ room, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ dominant Game 6 performance provided the template.
“That’s the way we have to play tonight,” said Kyle Brodziak with a nod. “Every player, every shift, you have to play as if it could be your last.”
from Eben Novy-Williams and Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg,
The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman.
Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this year, it will do so in spite of a Canadian dollar that fell to a 13-year-low in January.
“It’s a fact of life, it’s something we deal with,” Bettman said.
The Loonie has since rebounded, rising to 76 U.S. cents from 68 U.S. cents, but remains well below the 92-cent rate of two years ago. Bettman said the league, which is currently considering expanding to Las Vegas or Quebec City, assumes it will stabilize at about 80 U.S. cents.
The league will record an estimated $4 billion in revenue for the 2015 fiscal year, up about 8 percent from last year’s record $3.7 billion. About one-third of the NHL’s revenue comes from Canada -- either from ticket sales for the seven teams North of the border, its $5.2 billion television deal with Rogers Communications Inc. (which pays in Loonies) or from Canadian sponsorships. For a league that conducts all its business in U.S. dollars, a weak Canadian dollar means less profit.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
While Murray’s stick did not interfere with the puck or Drouin, he was nonetheless subject to the prescribed minor penalty if Drouin did not score on the play.
Once Drouin’s potential goal was disallowed through review, the clock was reset to the time of the offside play. Rule 78.7 (Coach’s Challenge) is very explicit regarding penalties committed following a missed offside and the eventual scoring of a goal.
NOTE 4 of Rule 78.7 reads: “If one or more penalties (major or minor) are assessed between the time of the ‘Offside’ play and the video review that disallows the apparent goal, the offending team(s) (and responsible Player(s)) will still be required to serve the penalty(ies) identified and assessed, and the time of the penalty(ies) will be recorded as the time at which the play should have been stopped for the “Offside” infraction.”
Once Drouin was found to be offside and his apparent goal disallowed, Murray should have been assessed a minor penalty for throwing his goal stick from within his defending zone. The Tampa Bay Lightning were entitled to a power-play opportunity on this unusual turn of events.
Watch the play below...
from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,
In renovating their front-office structure since the season ended, the Coyotes have ushered in a new order that accentuates innovation and teamwork amid a player-first approach.
And although this model emerged only earlier this month when the Coyotes appointed John Chayka as general manager, it’s likely to be put into practice when the team shifts its draft preparation to the NHL scouting combine.
“It’s just about gathering as much information as possible,” Chayka said. “The combine is an opportunity to use that information in conjunction with your scouts’ evaluation to ensure you have the best chance to draft the best player, and so we’re really going to dig in and try to find any little advantage we can to help us make a better decision.”
The combine kicks off Sunday in Buffalo and runs through June 4, giving teams the opportunity to sift through 114 prospects before the draft begins June 24.
Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews and Finnish standouts Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are among those expected to attend. Players will participate in medical and fitness testing and interviews. The Coyotes plan to bring in a sports psychologist to help elicit a more in-depth profile on the athletes.
“Hopefully through that process we add just another piece to the puzzle of who’s the best Arizona Coyote that can be part of our leadership group,” Chayka said.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Hold your breath. Twenty-five years of teal-tinted angst and teasing torment could come to an end Wednesday night. The Sharks are on uncharted ice. And it feels ... pretty amazing, actually. Also odd and strange.
Hold your breath. The Sharks, with a defeat of the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center, will earn a trip to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since the team was born in 1991. Shark fans are not quite sure how to approach this. I can tell. One of my Twitter followers says she will spend Wednesday night hiding inside her closet because she won't be able to stand the tension.
Hold your breath. But try to enjoy it. For fans, this will definitely constitute three periods (or more) of apprehension and nerves. So many good Shark teams over the years have never gotten this far. Why not bask in the unease? Would you rather be a fan of the Arizona Coyotes this week?
The Shark players have done this so impressively, all through this six-week skate across nails to reach this point. They have done a good job of staying in the moment, as Joe Thornton says. And they know not to get ahead of themselves.
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
Call it flat. Call it uninspired. Call it what you will. But be sure you call it this: unacceptable. The Lightning lost Game 6 because it deserved to lose Game 6.
Yes, there was another team on the ice, a Penguins team loaded with talent, a Penguins team that played with determination and desperation as if its season was on the line. Which it was.
But that doesn't completely excuse a Lightning team that lacked the necessary urgency and energy to close out a series that was there for the taking.
Really, Lightning? That's all you have? That's the best you could do? A trip to the Stanley Cup was a mere 60 minutes away in the comforts of your own house and you played most of the night like it was a meaningless game in November, not an elimination game in May?
"They were a desperate hockey team and we didn't match that," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. "We lose an opportunity there."
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Courage, my word.
The Pittsburgh Penguins stared into the face of possible elimination with a steely-eyed determination. They talked a big game before delivering a big game.
Now both they and the Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to play the kind of game you spend a lifetime dreaming about – Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Sixty minutes – and perhaps a bit more – to determine who plays for the Stanley Cup.
“Man, it’s pretty wild,” said Penguins winger Phil Kessel.
It took a focused, precise effort for 40 minutes and a scrambled, breathless mess over the final 20, but the Penguins managed to deliver on Evgeni Malkin’s promise. They’re heading home with a game to play.
Just under 4 minutes long.
CROSBY SCORES (ANOTHER) WINNING GOAL AS PENGUINS FORCE GAME 7
The Penguins built a three-goal lead through two periods – powered by 1-1—2 from captain Sidney Crosby – and held off a Lightning rally in the final frame to extend the Eastern Conference Final to a seventh and deciding game.
* Crosby scored his third game-winning goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, all of which have come in the Conference Finals. His nine career playoff game-winning goals are tied for the third-most in franchise history, behind Jaromir Jagr (14) and Mario Lemieux (11).
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry disscus the offside reviews, the Finnish Don Cherry, and the passing of John Brophy.
Plus a few more topics including Patrick Marleau's stick.
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