Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Remember the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? It’s a word game based on the concept of six degrees of separation, and starts with the premise that everybody in the Hollywood film industry can be linked - in six steps or fewer – to the actor Kevin Bacon.
Well, in the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings, the part of Kevin Bacon can be played by Patrick Sharp, who was has been arguably the Chicago Blackhawks best forward in these playoffs, playing on a variety of lines for coach Joel Quenneville.
Information below provided by the NHL PR department,
TIME TO SHINE
Bryan Bickell’s goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winner, his second of the playoffs. Bickell has six goals overall in 14 games this postseason, or one every 2.33 contests. He recorded nine goals in 48 regular-season games this year, or one every 5.33 contests.
GOOD TO BE HOME
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford improved to 8-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in nine starts at United Center this postseason. That matches his home win total from the entire regular season, when he went 8-2-3 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 13 appearances.
Final score was 4-2 but the Kings scored late to make the score closer than it actually was.
Los Angeles still hasn't been able to sustain any offensive momentum and I imagine the media will be pointing the lack of scoring from Kopitar, Brown and others needs to change in a hurry.
Playing just over 24 hours after the final horn sounded yesterday, the Blackhawks will try to keep home-ice advantage with another win.
The Kings certainly don't want to go home down 0-2, so expect them to create more offensive opportunities while cutting down the chances they allowed Chicago yesterday.
Puck drops a little after 8:00pm ET and can be viewed on NBCSN, TSN or RDS.
Not a very good video of the hit, but here it is.
Anyone else find a lot of complaining going on in both series even though only game 1 has been played?
Final score was 2-1 and the game winning goal was scored by Marian Hossa.
LAK need to find more offense in a hurry.
Below, the big hit of the game, Dave Bolland on Mike Richards.
I will be watching to see if Chicago will adjust to the constant hitting they are about to receive from the LA Kings and will Tomas Vokoun still be a steady influence for the Pittsbugh Penguins.
Feel free to discuss both games in the comments below.
“I could care less what people think about our game, or talk about ‘growing the game.’ We’ve found something that’s successful for us as a group, and sometimes people don’t think it’s exciting, it depends on your opinion.
“Some people thought our series with St. Louis was really boring because we only scored x amount of goals. But I think there’s things that make playoff hockey exciting and it’s not always about goal scoring.
“You look back last year to the Philly-Pitt series and everybody thought that was the greatest series ever, (but) from a player’s standpoint, I don’t know when you give up 10 or eight goals in a game that that’s very good hockey. But we found what makes us successful, and we’re going to continue to do that.”
-Dustin Brown, captain of the LA Kings via Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun. Read more on the LA/Chicago series.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Boston and Chicago have the added cachet of being Original Six teams, with loyal fans scattered around the hockey world. Pittsburgh has Sidney Crosby, the face of the league, which will come into greater focus, now that he’s been medically cleared to dispense with the mouth guard he’s worn for two rounds to protect his broken jaw. Los Angeles is the hard-working interloper, sort of a modern-day answer to the New York Islanders’ dynasty.
These are all pressure-tested teams; their collective rosters include 56 players who’ve have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup, 19 of them playing for Los Angeles, 18 for Boston.
But the most talked-about player might be the one searching for his first Stanley Cup, Jarome Iginla, the popular ex-Calgary Flames captain, who joined the Penguins at the trading deadline, eschewing the option of going to Boston because he wanted to play on the same team as Crosby, his fellow Canadian Olympian. In Calgary, almost from the moment Iginla left town, Flames fans jumped on the Penguins bandwagon, in the hopes that he would be rewarded with a championship after his long and loyal service in the Stampede City.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
First off, check out how you did in the conference semi-finals.
Copy then paste the following into the comments and place your choice next to the two series.
Pittsburgh vs Boston
Chicago vs, Los Angeles Kings
For extra credit, also name the player who scores the series winning goal.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
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.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org