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What’s Right, What’s Left?

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

... It is the one sport in which playing "left-handed" does not leave an athlete holding the short end of the stick. In hockey, on the contrary, shooting lefty — with the stick blade touching the ground near the player's left foot — is so, so right.

In the Stanley Cup Final that opened Monday night in Pittsburgh, 58% of the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are lefties, not including goalies. In the entire playoffs, 60.5% (204) of the 337 skaters in the NHL's stats register as of May 17 were lefty shooters, compared to 39.5% (133) righties — a ratio of 1.5-to-1.

The 2015-16 regular season reflects an even more extreme split across a wider sample size: 62% lefty shots (559) to 37% righties (339), or 1.64-to-1 among 898 total skaters.

And it's not just pro hockey.

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All Phil Pritchard

from Aimee Crawford of ESPN,

For 28 years, Phil Pritchard, Keeper of The Stanley Cup, has squired the coolest trophy in sports around the world, from war zones to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. Oh, the stories this duo could tell. Since the Cup can't talk, we asked Pritchard to spill some of Stanley's secrets.

Sometime between now and June 15, Phil Pritchard will walk the Stanley Cup out on the postgame red carpet and present it, with his gleaming white gloves, to either the Pittsburgh Penguins or San Jose Sharks. "I never get tired of seeing the reaction the Cup gets," says Pritchard, the Cup's official keeper since 1988. "There's pure exhaustion, joy ... every emotion possible. And they get to see it on the ice in front of 20,000 people." After the official presentation, the real fun begins, as each member of the winning team gets quality time with the Cup -- and Pritchard will be along for the ride to serve as chaperone, sounding board and, sometimes, taste tester. Here, in his own words, are some of his favorite memories of being the Cup's companion.

The Cup's curfew is ...

 

 

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Vladimir Tarasenko Talks

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko looked back on the playoffs on Tuesday, particularly on his series against San Jose, where he was held goalless until the final nine minutes of the final game, and felt he needed to do more.

"They played really tight and they backchecked so hard," Tarasenko said. "It's just experience. It was frustrating for me. I wish I could do better. I'm supposed to do better."...

"I wouldn't say I wasn't frustrated," Tarasenko said. "Of course I was a little bit mad. ... It's no time for frustration. Even if you don't score and the team wins, everybody helps. Now I have a lot of time to think about my game, look at my shifts and find out what's wrong. But when a team is winning, you don't even think about your points. It's nothing better when come into the room after a hard game, whether you score or not score, and you see those happy faces around you, your friends, really happy. You can't think about something else."

Tarasenko dismissed a report out of Canada about issues between him and the organization.

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Another Dirty Hit?

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL is not serious about cleaning up dirty hits that put players in jeopardy of concussions and other head injuries. The league can’t be.

We have seen too much evidence in these playoffs that shows the league isn’t yet to the point where it is willing to suspend players who commit these kinds of hits, even if they are accidental.

The latest, of course, is Sharks standout Patrick Marleau’s elbow/shoulder to the head of Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

The Penguins won, but Rust is now day-to-day with some sort of upper body injury. If you watch the play, there is no way you can tell me that Marleau wasn’t trying to head hunt and punish someone. But the league already announced today that Marleau won’t be facing any supplemental discipline.It would be shocking if it wasn’t so predictable, but there is no way the league is going to suspend one of its stars in the middle of the Stanley Cup final, especially with his team already down 1-0 in the series.

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Video- The Journey To The Stanley Cup

via NHL.com,

JP Morosi describes the amazing journey that one must go through to reach hockey's greatest prize, the Stanley Cup.

 

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A One-Year Contract Extension For Ken Hitchcock

added 11:27am,

 

 


(May 31, 2016) - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract extension.  Hitchcock was originally hired by the Blues on Nov. 7, 2011, becoming the 24th head coach in team history.  The Edmonton, Alberta native will enter his sixth season behind the Blues bench in 2016-17.

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Video- How To Call A Goal In The Stanley Cup Final

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Free Live Stream For The 2016 Calder Cup Finals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League has announced the complete schedule for the 2016 Calder Cup Finals between the Eastern Conference champion Hershey Bears, top development team of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the Western Conference champion Lake Erie Monsters, top development team of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. 

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The Philadelphia Flyers Mourn The Passing Of Rick MacLeish

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Rick MacLeish, member of the Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975, passed away today at the age of 66.

“With the passing of Rick MacLeish, the Flyers have lost one of their legends,” said Flyers President, Paul Holmgren. “A good father, grandfather, teammate and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years. His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.”

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MacLeish had the Stanley Cup winning goal in 1974 for the Flyers.

 

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Slow Start Hurt The Sharks

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The anticipation was gripping. The lights were bright. The noise was loud. Yellow laundry was being twirled in the air by 18,596 yellow laundry twirlers. And the entire hockey world was looking over the Sharks' shoulders to see if the teal was for real.

So maybe it's no surprise that when they showed up for their first Stanley Cup Final game ever here, the Sharks played . . . like it was their first Stanley Cup Final game ever.

Very shaky at the start. Much better as the game progressed. And then not quite sharp enough at the end, the victim of a possible bad-luck breakdown -- and ultimately a 3-2 loser.

Thus, the Sharks begin their quest for the Cup down one game in the best-of-seven, with the next faceoff coming up Wednesday

"We had some spurts here and there," said Sharks' coach Pete DeBoer. "But they played their game for longer stretches than we did tonight. That's what happens. You don't deserve to win when you don't outplay the other team."

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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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