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Videos- The Anaheim Ducks And Nashville Predators Talk Game 6 Before The Puck Drops

First up the Anaheim Ducks.

 

 

Below, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne from the Nashville side.

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Wrong Decision On Ryan Getzlaf

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hey, NHL. Rainbow tape isn’t enough.

Anyone can tape up a stick with pinks and reds and purples, use it at a skills competition, and then fall right back into our black-and-white hockey culture the next day. What’s hard is to look in the mirror and ask, “Why?”

Why have the other sports’ experienced players come out, but not the National Hockey League? Or Canadian Major Junior Hockey?

Why do the NHL, the NHL Players’ Association, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf look at the “C” word spoken in the heat of the moment by Getzlaf in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final and not hear the word the way a gay man would hear that word?...

When terms hurt people, common decency dictates we stop using them.

And so it is time for the hockey world to examine the word Getztlaf used, one that has been accepted inside its dressing rooms for decades, and decide if it is acceptable anymore. It is a Top 10 swear word in the hockey vernacular. Maybe Top 5.

Getzlaf is a product of the Western Canadian hockey culture, as am I. He grew up in Regina and played his junior hockey in Calgary. I’m an Edmonton guy. We have both been desensitized to the word, the same way a doctor does not get squeamish at the sight of blood.

That is why the NHL, the Ducks, the NHLPA and Getzlaf all missed a golden opportunity this weekend to actually walk the gay rights walk. To not just tape a hockey stick for the LGBTQ community, but to identify and admit to a metaphor for homophobia that exists inside hockey’s DNA, and start down the path to removing it.

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History Again For Ottawa?

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

It was four years ago today that Daniel Alfredsson uttered the most memorable two-word phrase in Ottawa Senators history.

“Probably not.”

That was the captain’s response when asked if his team could come back to win against the Pittsburgh Penguins after suffering a lopsided 7-3 loss on May 22, 2013 that pushed the Senators to the brink of elimination.  Alfredsson’s controversial comment turned out to be prophetic, as the Senators lost the next game 6-2 to the Penguins and were subsequently eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And now, history has a funny way of repeating itself.

On Sunday, the Senators once again surrendered seven goals in playoff game to the Penguins and find themselves staring elimination square in the face.

Their head coach, Guy Boucher, is now the one coming under some fire for his post-game comments following the blowout loss in Pittsburgh.

“We know they’re a better team. Everybody knows that on the planet,” Boucher said in his post-game press conference on Sunday evening. “They’re the Stanley Cup champions. They’re the best team in the league. That’s no secret.”

Boucher’s comment had a feint ring of Alfredsson’s tone, which has a polarizing effect amongst the fanbase. Some enjoy the blunt honesty, while others perceive the comment to be tantamount to surrendering.

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Video- Part One, Best Of The Regular Season All In Slow Motion

A little over four minutes long...

 

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Anaheim’s Veterans Must Step Up Tonight

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

If the Ducks don’t win tonight, the issue will be who, not where.

Rickard Rakell is the only top six forward with a plus-rating. He didn’t play in Game 5, might not play tonight.

The questions that Getzlaf seemed to escape in the first two rounds are gathering again. He has three assists and no goals in five games

But for all of Ryan Kesler’s purple hearts, he has one point in the series and hasn’t scored a goal since Game 3 of the Edmonton series.

Kesler usually compensates with defense, but Nashville’s top line has frolicked without much argument, and did so again Saturday with Johansen injured. In Game 4, Coach Randy Carlyle abandoned his custom of hunting line matchups, at the players’ request.

If all the Ducks had been as effective as 23-year-old Nick Ritchie and 21-year-old Brandon Montour, they’d be prepping for the Final by now.

The Ducks aren’t trailing because of goaltending. John Gibson’s save percentage is higher than Pekka Rinne’s, although Rinne has been his usual self in terms of puck-handling, whether it’s inside or outside the legal boundaries.

It’s Nashville’s bottomless jug of defensemen that is weighing heavily. Its top two pairs, Subban-Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis-Roman Josi, are averaging more than 20 minutes in this series in even-strength play alone. Those four play nearly five-sixths of the minutes and have totaled 11 points.

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Hockey, Nashville Style

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Soundcheck time atop the band stage at Bridgestone Arena, three hours until the puck drops on the first conference finals this city has hosted—in any pro sport—and the Small-Time Rock Stars are tuning up. By now, after 200-some gigs spanning roughly 15 seasons, the name probably warrants an upgrade. From their perch above the Zamboni tunnel between Sections 110 and 111, they have jammed live alongside the likes of Charlie Daniels, Alice Cooper and Carrie Underwood. Of course the last celebrity act wasn't exactly difficult to book, being the exponentially more famous half of team captain Mike Fisher and all. But everyone else was equally eager. Music...hockey…“it’s all part of the DNA here,” says lead guitarist Steve Mandile, slipping into a Predators jersey. “The lines are pretty blurred.” ...

How far have the Predators come?

Gone are the “Hockey 101” classes meant to educate new fans on rules and tactics. Forgotten are the concerns about relocation, persistent until local business owners assembled to buy the team in Nov. ‘07. At one time, Nashville modeled itself on the Red Wings. “We were just nervous of them all the time,” Poile says. “We wanted to be like Detroit and beat Detroit.” When they finally did at the right time—in five games in the first round of ‘11-12—the Red Wings promptly changed conferences. “We’ve been chasing you for 10 years and you leave,” Poile would joke with counterpart Ken Holland. So the target then switched to Chicago; this spring’s series ended in a sweep. “As we go forward,” Poile says over a recent lunch, “that’s probably the confidence, the shot that we needed to have that belief.”

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Video- ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup

The NHL put up this note: The following program may be unsuitable for children. Due to the possibility of strong language, viewer discretion is advised.

This is how Showtime describes the series- For the first time, viewers get a front row seat inside the playoffs and championship series of a major North American sport as it unfolds. This documentary series chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. Go onto the ice, into the locker room, and inside the minds of the players and coaches as they chase what is called by many the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.

Watch Season 2, Episode 1 below

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Videos- Coach’s Corner From Yesterday

Topics discussed, Don Cherry hates afternoon games, the first period of Pens/Sens, Cherry says game 5 Ducks/Predators was the "most vicious game I think I’ve ever seen in the playoffs" and a few more topics.

 

 

Post-game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the "lousy" shootout in the World Championhsip, they recapped the Penguins 7-0 win over Ottawa and Tommy Wingels elbow on Scott Wilson.

Watch below....

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Happy Victoria Day - Fête de la Reine

Today Canadians honor Queen Victoria's birthday.

Be safe and enjoy.

 

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NHL Short Notes

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST LEADS PENGUINS TO 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Pittsburgh scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season and aim to become the first NHL team to make consecutive appearances since they faced the Red Wings in back-to-back years in 2008 (DET: 4-2) and 2009 (PIT: 4-3).
 

 

 
* The Penguins earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a playoff shutoutfor the fourth time in franchise history. In fact, Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final marked just the third time in the past 10 playoff years that a team earned a shutout with a margin of victory of at least seven goals, and the second time this postseason (SJS: 7-0 W vs. EDM in Game 4 of FR).

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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