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If New York intends to make a series of this, in Game 2 they’re going to need to do something dynamic. But what and how? LA defends well, they are producing offensively at a feverish clip, they’re physical and they are far and away the most driven team in recent memory. Toughest task yet for coach Vigneault and his Rangers. Wondering if that New York power play couldn’t provide something to rally around?
-Stu Grimson in his blog at the Nashville Predators website where you can read more on the game last night.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether Game 1 was a “vulnerable game”:
Yep. Obviously with the turnaround, guys are not machines. It was an emotional series against Chicago, and Game 7. You know, you play seven games, you’re actually playing three overtime periods in there, so when you add that in there, you’re close to eight games when it’s all said and done. It was tough, and then we got home in the middle of the night and had the whole media day and had to practice in the afternoon, which is not their normal schedule. Hopefully this’ll recharge us a little bit.
On references by the players that Los Angeles was surprised by New York’s speed:
We’ve talked lots about it, but you still have to engage in it. It’s interesting – the two teams, when you do it, we played each other early in the year and then, I believe, the middle of November, how many changes there have been. So that is an adjustment, too. There was quite a few different players in both lineups last night, and then you go to the next step, and you go to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and I know with our team, everybody talks because we won the Cup in ’12, but there were a lot of guys playing in their first Stanley Cup Final last night, first game on our team. I believe there was five or six, and that’s a lot. I think that could’ve been an issue early, too.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired a conditional fifth-round draft selection in the 2015 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Dan Boyle. If Boyle re-signs with New York prior to the start of the 2014-15 regular season, the draft pick becomes a fourth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Boyle, 37, recorded 36 points (12-24=36) and 32 penalty minutes in 75 games played in 2013-14. The Ottawa, Ontario, native tallied 269 points (68-201=269) and 305 penalty minutes in 431 games played with San Jose. He leaves ranking first amongst franchise defensemen in goals, assists and points.
Thanks for checking in with the Kukla’s Korner NHL Hat Trick Challenge final piece as the Stanley Cup final in now underway. As you hopefully know by now the National Hockey League and league sponsor Enterprise have partnered up for the NHL Hat Trick Challenge - an online prediction game featuring a series of questions to test hockey fans’ ability to predict various game outcomes.
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from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
Neither the Rangers nor the Kings practiced on Thursday. But Vigneault, along with Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin met the media at the team’s hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.
“When we played Game 6 against Montreal, each and every player brought his A game,” Vigneault said. “It’s not an easy thing to do. But against this opponent, I do believe our expectations are to win, we’ve got to find a way to do it.”
Vigneault singled out goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made 20 saves in the third period and 40 overall, as an example of a Ranger who did bring that so-called “A game.”
“They play a fast game,” Vigneault said of the Kings. “They can be physical when the opportunity is there. They’re a good team. But, saying that, I believe in looking back at it, for 40 minutes we went head-to-head with them. When they had a push, we had one guy that had a big push. Our goaltender permitted us to stay in that game. We were one shot away. So, I think our group can be better.”
WILLIAMS LIFTS KINGS IN OVERTIME OF GAME 1 OF STANLEY CUP FINAL
Justin Williams (1-1—2) scored at 4:36 of overtime to help the Kings rally from an early 2-0 deficit and defeat the Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
* The game marked the 14th multi-goal comeback victory of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, setting a single-year NHL postseason record.
* The Kings now have erased 2-0 deficits in three of their last five wins: also in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at CHI (6-2) and in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at CHI (5-4 OT).
* This marks the second consecutive year that a team has rallied from a two-goal deficit to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. In 2013, the Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 deficit en route to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins (in 3OT).
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So we ask the question: Has the time come for general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to change his M.O., with the real National Hockey League trading deadline — i.e., the NHL Draft — just around the corner? He’s got trading chips in his top-10 draft pick; Dustin Byfuglien, who prefers to play defence, while head coach Paul Maurice sees him as a forward; and Evander Kane, who always has us wondering if any position will make him happy, so long as it is in Winnipeg.
Has the time come for some actual wheeling and dealing, to go along with all of that patient development in Manitoba?
“Maybe we’re the team that makes that blockbuster,” Cheveldayoff told Sportsnet this week. “You always have that zest, that desire to see if there’s that elusive deal that can help you. But when you do get on the phone, you quickly find out your counterparts are trying to find that same deal. It is a difficult thing.”
The free agent market used to be building tool.
Today, the July 1 market isn’t nearly as thick with talent as it once was, with everyone signing even their remotely valuable players to longer-termed deals.
from Josh Kosman of the New York Post,
Philip Anschutz’s AEG is weighing putting its LA Kings hockey franchise on the block soon after the Stanley Cup Finals, The Post has learned.
“I can assure you there will be a de-coupling of [AEG’s] content from real estate,” one well-placed banker said. A sports banker said the NHL’s Western Conference champ, which is battling the hometown Rangers for ice hockey supremacy, has been essentially for sale for the past five years for anyone having interest in buying the money-losing team.
Morgan Stanley is readying potential suitors, a third banking source said. The bank declined to comment.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Add veteran NHL coach Ron Wilson to the growing list of candidates lining up for a crack at the Panthers' vacant head coaching job, according to a team source.
And apparently there's more to come as the source indicated that the Panthers may wait until as late as June 23 or the end of the AHL Calder Cup Finals for a chance to interview Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins as well as Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, who's a tad busy in the Stanley Cup Finals until possibly June 18.
Wilson was interviewed by General Manager Dale Tallon earlier this week as was Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant, who has helped guide the Habs to two consecutive playoff berths.
Tallon has already met with former Stanley Cup-winning Avalance coach Marc Crawford as well as Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters, who Tallon hired to coach the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL when he was the Blackhawks GM.
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