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Video- Highlights From The Washington Capitals Victory Parade

Four minutes to watch.


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I Don’t Even Have A Headline For This

from Shaamini Yogaretnam of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman — alleging a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season, this newspaper has learned.

The application for a peace bond, sworn in front of Justice of the Peace Louise Logue on May 4, alleges that Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s partner, had threatened Melinda (neé Curry) and husband Erik Karlsson from November 2017 to the date the information was sworn to.


added 5:51pm,


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NHL Ref Garrett Rank On His Way To The US Open

from USOpen.com,

Garrett Rank, 30, is a National Hockey League referee who happens to be pretty good at golf. The native of Elmira, Ontario, is a three-time winner of the Canadian Mid-Amateur title who also reached the final of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, losing to Nathan Smith. A former hockey player, Rank overcame testicular cancer at age 22, and he worked several seasons as an American Hockey League official before joining the NHL staff in 2016. Rank, who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open by shooting rounds of 71-71 in sectional qualifying on June 4 at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., is sharing his experience this week with usopen.com.

As I walked off the 18th green at Shinnecock Hills after my first practice round on Monday I was in a bit of a rush, because I was scheduled to attend the Amateur Dinner that evening. I wasn’t really paying attention, and as I started toward the clubhouse, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were coming off the 14th tee, and we crossed paths.

Just to see the fans following Tiger on a Monday for a practice round, all the cheers and encouragement from the crowd, was something you can’t experience until you’re there in person and see it firsthand. It was surreal to be inside the ropes and playing in the same competition as Tiger, a guy I watched for a long time on TV and grew up idolizing. I stopped and thought, whoa, this is a pretty cool moment.


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Now What Vegas Golden Knights?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Those writing or embracing the narrative of why their team didn’t go as far as Vegas are more than happy to grasp the final explanation, because then they don’t have to question the geniuses running their favourite squad. But if Vegas did get the core of a competitive team in the expansion draft, they certainly didn’t get the core of a Stanley Cup finalist. Which means the true explanation, if someone can ever figure it out, is what happened to that group of athletes once they were assembled and organized under the watchful eyes of Gerard Gallant.

Now, it’s what magic trick McPhee and Gallant can conjure up next.

They’ve got a fan base that now believes this is how it works and is what they’ll get every year. The most significant obstacle stopping that from happening is that the NHL rewards lousiness rather than success, so Vegas is extremely unlikely to get a franchise player in the draft this month because they don’t have a first-round pick. In the past, that’s where new teams would get the high-end talent they needed to build a contender. But Vegas traded its first-rounder, and two other picks, to Detroit to get Tomas Tatar. Given Tatar often couldn’t crack the lineup, that was a sizeable mistake.

The Knights will draft in the second round this month, but not in the third. So that’s one pick in the top 93, and none in the top 25. In terms of developing organization, that’s a punch to the solar plexus. Vegas had three of last year’s top 15 picks Cody Glass (sixth), Nick Suzuki (13th) and Erik Brannstrom (15th) so that lessens the blow to some degree.


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Report- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Will Be Staying With The Arizona Coyotes

from TSN,

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has reached a verbal agreement with the Arizona Coyotes to sign an eight-year contract extension on July 1, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports.

According to Dreger, the extension is expected to be worth over $8 million per year. He has one season remaining on the six-year, $33 million contract he signed with the team in 2013.


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Video- Drinking From The Stanley Cup With Jimmy Fallon

via the YouTube page of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,

Jimmy chats with 2018 Stanley Cup champions Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holtby about the Washington Capitals' historic victory and invites Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith to drink from the Stanley Cup.


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Video- You Watched The Stanley Cup Final

Now watch it in slow motion in just over 4 1/2 minutes.


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Party Time For The Washington Capitals

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If you can drink all forms of alcohol out of hockey’s Holy Grail, then does it fit to fill it full of water on a Washington Monday morning, and wash down an Advil out of the Stanley Cup?

And if we allow Alex Ovechkin that courtesy, can the metaphor extend to the indignant who have shared their outrage these past few days as Ovechkin and his Capital teammates have taken Big Stanley out on the town like an old college roommate?

So they’re havin’ a few. You try making it through two months of playoff hockey, with the constant, vice-like pressure and its accompanying abstinence, without releasing the steam valve upon its conclusion.

Swimming in the fountain? OK, that had a little bit of “Patrick Kane visits Madison, Wisc.,” to it. But so what? It was harmless, though admittedly a little crass.


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Video- On The Ice For Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Sights and sounds from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final all under 5 minutes.


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Sunday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Spotsnet,

- The Golden Knights came close to acquiring Erik Karlsson at the deadline. After seeing how the Capitals locked down the neutral zone and point men in the final, you can see how they might revisit something like this.

Word is one of the biggest hang-ups at the end was Cody Glass, drafted sixth overall last June. Vegas didn’t want to include him.

The Knights have just one pick in the top three rounds (a second), and since they’re still creating a prospect pool, a Karlsson deal could be very tricky. It’s why they’re being linked to John Carlson, because he only costs you money.

- I do think Montreal is a stealth destination for unrestricted free-agent-to-be Jack Johnson.

- Coaching stuff: It’s expected Lindy Ruff will stay with David Quinn in New York.

There are rumblings Dan Bylsma may return somewhere as an assistant coach if he’s not on the Islanders’ radar. A logical spot would be Detroit, since he and Jeff Blashill just worked together at the World Championships.

We’re all wondering about Trotz and the Islanders. Lou Lamoriello is a DJ Smith fan, too.

There’s little doubt Jacques Lemaire will join Lamoriello in New York, and I’m wondering if he suggests Michel Therrien for some kind of role. His teams tend to start well when he arrives.

much more...

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