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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by minority owner Tom Stillman is finally ready to be announced.
According to an NHL source, Stillman has his financing and legal work in place and is just waiting for the right moment – probably when the Blues are finished in the NHL playoffs – to make the announcement. The final step will be the stamp of approval from the league’s board of governors, although that is not going to be a problem since Stillman is NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s preferred buyer.
The purchase, thought to be for around $130-million (all currency U.S.), comes not a moment too soon. Two sources say the Blues’ debt situation is serious enough under current chairman Dave Checketts that the NHL has been paying the team’s bills, likely in the form of advances on its share of league revenues, since early January. The assistance may have ended in April when ticket money from the playoffs and season tickets for next season began coming in.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Like Doan and his wife and family, Fisher’s faith is also a staple in his marriage to country music star Carrie Underwood. It was one of the initial draws when the two first met.
“That was a huge part of our relationship early on,” Fisher said. “She’s got a similar story to me in our journey and walking with the Lord. We both kind of learned through the teenage years and found what was really important and made it real for us. That was a big part of our relationship and obviously still is and of our marriage now.”
For Doan, a word that he repeats over and over is “genuine.” He said it six times during a 15-minute interview with ESPN.com. And it’s clear that perhaps what he’s trying to say is that a lot of athletes cite their faith but not all walk the walk.
“Too many times athletes and people want to think it’s what they should do, and they try to do it, but it’s not genuine,” Doan said. “God called on us to be real. He didn’t call on us to fake, he called on us to be real.”
That’s one thing Doan and Fisher will never be accused of—not being genuine.
Best goal of the night, no doubt, Anze Kopitar’s shorty against the Blues followed below by the best hit of the night from T.J. Oshie on Dustin Penner.
Down 0-2 as they head to Los Angeles.
Scoring has become a problem and they 0-for on the power play this series too.
The Kings on the other hand, just need to keep doing what they have been. Don’t get too fancy or think you have the game won before hitting the ice.
Watch the highlights of the 5-2 win tonight.
Discuss both game in the comments if you’d like. I say this is more of a must win game for the Blues than the Capitals, since a loss would drop the Blues to 0-2 with both being home losses.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
* If Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo can play in Game 2, which now seems possible, it will be a terrific triumph for the Blues, and an uplifting development in this series. If Petro can play, the Kings would have failed in the attempt to rub him out. And the Blues will have regained the services of their best all-around player. More than that, this comes down to a matter of right and wrong. The NHL has lost its moral compass, allowing predators to pick off the sports’ most skilled players—with only the occasional, meaningful punishment. And that’s so wrong on so many levels, it makes you sick. Well, if Pietrangelo can make it back, it’s a small victory for the good guys. The kids like Petro who are the youngest, brightest and best that this sport has to offer.
* Think about this, however: with the NHL looking the other way and allowing Dwight King to get away with his attempt to take Pietrangelo out, what do the Kings have planned if Pietrangelo returns? He may be vulnerable. You don’t think they’re talking about that on the LA side today? Please.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I did not like this illegal hit or the penalty assessment one bit. Even if there had been the absence of an injury to the chin of Alex Pietrangelo, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards a major penalty was warranted under rule 41.3—boarding and needed to be identified as such. If this type of “check” from behind and resulting impact with the boards is only worthy of a minor penalty I am fearful for what it will take for a major infraction to be identified by the referees….
Once Alex Pietrangelo was at his bench it became obvious that an injury did result from the boarding infraction as was observed by the back referee Stephen Walkom. It is most confusing to me why the initial boarding minor was not then changed to a major and game misconduct penalty as a result of the injury.
read on and you can review the hit below…
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
While St. Louis was flying around them, the Kings’ players repeated the same talking points that have pushed them this far. Keep working hard. Keep finishing checks, and believe at some point it’s going to turn.
It’s one thing to say it, but these Kings now truly believe it. Captain Dustin Brown said these seeds of confidence were planted during a stretch of home games in mid-March. The Kings beat the Red Wings. They doubled up the Predators. They crushed the Sharks and found a way to beat the Blues 1-0 in a shootout. A Los Angeles team that should have been good all season started to realize it really was.
For Quick, the team confidence grew even more when the Kings found a way to make the playoffs down the stretch, earning crucial point after crucial point until they finally clinched a spot.
Then came a first-round series win against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks, and the Kings’ confidence is now entrenched.
“What it comes down to is aside from hard work, talent, skill and determination, it’s just a belief. A belief in yourself,” said Dustin Penner, whose fantastic pass to Slava Voynov set up the Kings’ first goal of the game. “It’s a belief in your teammates and a belief in the system you’re playing. Just knowing you’re going to get that huge save, that big block and timely goal—just believing that.”
Dwight King received 2 for boarding for this hit on Alex Pietrangelo who did not return to the game.
The LA Kings continued to play a tight, defensive game and it lead to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues tonight.
Defenseman Matt Greene had the game-winning goal, as he joined Dustin Brown on a shorthanded rush and was left alone in front of the next after the original shot was stopped by Brian Elliott.
added 10:23pm, Watch the Greene goal below, this time Chris Cuthbert of TSN with the call.
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