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"Joey Clams" appeared on the Today Show this morning.
Steve Carell discusses his goaltending career with Tom Green (an actual serious discussion).
from Mike Keenan at the New York Post,
I expect the Stanley Cup finals to come back to the Garden for Game 6.
The biggest reason for the Rangers to believe is Henrik Lundqvist. As experienced as the Kings are, they’re up against a goaltender and maybe a team that has some resilience as well that might be able to take games away from them when they don’t expect it.
When I coached the Flyers in 1986, we played the Rangers in the opening round of the playoffs and we were beaten by John Vanbiesbrouck. We dominated our games, but we could not score on him. He stole a series for them, and that could happen in this series as well with Lundqvist.
I absolutely think Lundqvist has three more games like Game 4 in him.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
If the fourth game is indeed the hardest one to win, the Kings may be the poster boys for that saying as the NHL season refuses to end.
The Kings aren’t happy the Stanley Cup final has come to this. They have another chance to close out the New York Rangers on Friday night at the Staples Center and Los Angeles wants this overwith.
Rangers’ centre Derrick Brassard tossed the pressure card in the direction of the Kings following practice Thursday.
“The mindset is totally different because we have nothing to lose,” Brassard said. “We do, because we’re playing for the Stanley Cup, but at the same time it’s 3-1 and all the pressure is on them to close out the series.
“It’s never easy. We’ve felt as a team we’ve been playing right with them the whole series.”
The Kings have been here before, up 3-1 in the Cup final and unable to get it done easily. It happened in 2012 against the New Jersey Devils when the Kings weren’t able to close it out until Game 6.
“We’re not thinking about that,” defenceman Drew Doughty said. “We’re back home, that’s where won it last time, so that’s what we’re thinking about here.”
from Mark Whicker at the Los Angeles Register,
• Number of goals by Anze Kopitar in his past 18 games — One.
• Goals by Kings’ defensemen in the playoffs — 18.
• Goals by Kings’ defensemen in the 2012 playoffs — 9.
• Games in which Jonathan Quick has faced 40 shots in the playoffs — 5.
• Games in which he faced 40 shots in the 2012 playoffs — 3.
• Number of points for the Rangers’ Brad Richards in the past two series — 2.
• Shortest time-on-ice in any playoff game for Doughty this season — 23:29.
This 2014 Stanley Cup Final series mark the first time a Norwegian-born player has laced up the skated for a shot at hoisting the Stanley Cup. Though The New York Rangers are down 3-1 in the series heading into tonight's Game 5 in Los Angeles he should be in the talks along with Henrik Lundqvist for Conn Smythe should the Rangers dig out of the hole and win Lord Stanley's Cup.
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
...in the first three games, the bounces mattered. Los Angeles had more bounces in Games 1 and 2, and in Game 3 the Kings scored on a deflection off a defenceman’s skate, a deflection off a Ranger leg, and a puck that came back to a stick off a defenceman’s skate.
The Rangers kept talking about bounces, luck, hockey gods, and got two bounces that led to goals in Game 4, plus those two pucks that wouldn’t cross their goal line.
And the hockey gods, as coach Alain Vigneault said, were back.
Few players have total control over what the puck does, every time. They can control getting a clean shot off, and sometimes they know where it’s going to go. But remember the goal Patrice Bergeron scored to tie Game 7 against Toronto in 2013? He let it fly from the blue line and it travelled into exactly the right spot, through a space about half the size of a mail slot. He didn’t mean to. He never even looked at the net. He just shot it. There was a screen. He happened to find the hole.
Is that luck? Yes, and no.
Part of hockey has always been trying to wrestle the game out of chaos, and once a certain amount of the chaos has been screened out, the luck — however it can be controlled — can loom larger.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As you watched the New York Rangers’ season saved on Wednesday night by a soft mound of slushy springtime snow gathered in a heap behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, you probably rolled your eyes and wondered, are these the longest playoffs ever?
Officially, the answer as of Friday will be yes.
When the Los Angeles Kings get a second crack at clinching the 2014 Stanley Cup in the fifth game of their best-of-seven series with the Rangers, it will mark the 93rd game of the NHL’s 2014 playoff season, the most in history.
The previous high of 92 games was set back in 1991 and that year, the Pittsburgh Penguins had the decency to wrap up their series against the Minnesota North Stars on May 25 – practically winter by the standards of the current, never-ending NHL season.
For the Kings, up 3-1 in the series, Friday’s game at the Staples Center will be their 26th playoff game of the spring, tying the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2004 Calgary Flames for the all-time high. Darryl Sutter coached that ’04 Flames team and understands better than most how hard it is to close a team out.
continue for more on the Kings...
The Edmonton Oilers have scheduled a news conference for Friday where they are expected to announce the addition of Bob Nicholson to their executive team.
TSN Hockey Insider Dreger speculated on Wednesday's Insider Trading that he would be hired by an NHL club "in a high executive capacity - above the level of president and below that of an NHL owner."
Darryl Sutter spoke with the media today for almost four minutes...
added 5:05pm, Just to clarify, the Kings arrived in LA early this morning, they flew home after the game last night.
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