Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Let’s be the knowledgeable and classy Montreal hockey fans that we like to think we are by giving credit where credit is due:
The New York Rangers deserved to win the Eastern Conference Final.
They did so by playing textbook defence in Game 6, choking the last gaps of life out of a Canadiens team that was running on empty.
But what a run it was!
Your Canadiens lost the first and last games of their 2013-’14 season.
In between, they played better hockey than most of us expected.
On Oct. 1, when the Bell Centre siren sounded to end a 4-3 loss to Toronto, did anyone think the Canadiens would be ending their season by losing 1-0 at Madison Square Garden on May 29?
This team overachieved for the better part of eight months. They displayed character and resilience, capturing the hearts of a city that needs some distraction while we wait for the Champlain Bridge to collapse.
“I’m proud of this team,” Michel Therrien said – and fans should share the coach’s pride in a group of players that never quit.
“We made big progress,” Therrien added. “We battled hard in the regular season. We battled hard in the playoffs.”
A pretty subdued New York Rangers dressing room post-game.
Dominic Moore is awarded the Broadway Hat...
I wouldn't say that itw as a pretty win, but the Montreal Canadiens seemed to run out of gas minus Alexei Emelin of all people in their lineup, and perhaps the Habs won their "Stanley Cup" when they beat the Bruins...
Because they were simply not good at all in their 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers, who've advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in six games.
Henrik Lundqvist was majestic at times, but 18 shots--5 in the 3rd period--and Thomas Vanek sitting on the bench for the vast majority of your 6-on-5 time ain't gonna cut it, even with Dustin Tokarski playing his brains out.
Congrats to the Rangers, and Dominic Moore, who scored the biggest goal of his career. I'm sure that Gary Bettman's hoping for an NY-LA final.
The goal of note:
Via Shnarped Hockey, it's quite the compliment for an old, crazy Czech who's been arguing with Jaromir Jagr lately when people call this remarkable Henrik Lundqvist save a "Hasek":
Thomas Vanek can't buy a goal (ha).
The New York Rangers need to have a game 7 mentality in order to pull out a win.
The Montreal Canadiens will want this game to force a game 7 back in Montreal.
A battle is about to begin and I feel Lundqvist will have a comeback game and the Rangers will be the first team in the Stanley Cup Final.
Enjoy and the game starts just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources.
"He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said.
The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy."
Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said. He added that the team would not comment further.
"The thing that really surprised me is how fast the game was from being behind the bench because as a player, what you focus on is your next shift, what you’re doing and everything. As a coach, you want to make sure we’re playing the system right and you want to make the correct choices.
"I’d be the one who would go up to a guy and tell him if he was in the wrong or right position, or “do this” or “do that” and it was really fast. The first fifteen games being behind the bench, everything was happening so fast that it was harder for me to see our system and figure out where the guys should be and everything. But the more you’re behind that bench, the more you learn and it gets a little bit easier for sure.”
-Ian Laperriere, assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. More from Laperriere at the Flyers website.
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
After a Game 5 loss in Chicago Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Kings return to the Staples Center for Game 6 Friday in hopes of eliminating the Blackhawks on home ice. Though they lead the series 3-2, the Kings continue to see a drop in average secondary ticket price for Game 6 in Los Angeles.
As Game 6 approaches, the average price for LA Kings tickets on the secondary market at the Staples Center is now $410.48, down 6.75% from yesterday’s average of $440.19, according to TiqIQ. Los Angeles holds the cheapest secondary average among all remaining teams in the NHL Playoffs.
Lundqvist has put game 5 behind him...
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