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Patrick Marleau's hit on Bryan Rust was late. Not egregiously so, but late enough that it caught Rust shoulder-to-jaw, and late enough that it sent Rust to the "quiet room" twice, with Rust not returning after the second hit.
Do you think this is a suspension-worthy hit in today's NHL, or is there still some impetus on the player getting hit to not lead with his chin?
added 11:33 pm,
Final score 3-2.
The Penguins took a 2-0 goal lead, the San Jose Sharks score two unanswered goals to tie the then Nick Bonino scored late in the 3rd to give the Pens the lead and the game.
Highlights below, in different media formats.
Thanks to George Malik for the summary,
Don Cherry suggested that this is the Penguins' night, he talked about Subban and Letang not on the Canadian World Cup team, and he praised the Memorial Cup Champion London Knights and their opponent, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Plus he mentioned the death of Tom Lysiak and Cherry is not sure why Phil Kessel is not on Team USA.
from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The NHL is nearing an expansion decision, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
"I'm not going to handicap what is going to happen," Bettman said during his state of the union news conference. "But when the board (the NHL Board of Governors) meets in Las Vegas on June 22, I am fairly certain we will know more than we do today."
Before that, the NHL's executive committee of owners, a smaller more powerful group, will finally provide its recommendation within the next two weeks ahead of the full Board of Governors meeting.
"We'll all know more after the executive committee makes a recommendation," said Bettman. "I have no doubt that recommendation will probably get leaked in advance of the board meeting. There will be plenty of time to speculate."
Bettman stressed the same options remain on the table: no expansion at all; expansion deferred; or expansion to Las Vegas and/or Quebec City.
Expansion requires a two-thirds majority vote from the 30 owners.
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NBC Network coverage begins at 8:00pm ET and the game is also on CBC and TVAS.
The experts from NHL.com and NHL Network have made their Stanley Cup Final picks, and the San Jose Sharks are an overwhelming favorite to win it all.
Of the 21 analysts, 17 picked the Sharks to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Final... NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp and NHL.com writers Dan Rosen, Matt Cubeta and Robert Laflamme have the Penguins winning the series.
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Thirteen of the 21 experts selected the San Jose captain.
If you so wish, discuss the game as it plays-out tonight.
Former NHL all-star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia. He was 63.
Lysiak's daughter confirmed his death on her Twitter account.
The native of High Prairie, Alta., played 13 seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 292 goals and adding 551 assists over 919 games.
Bill Daly was there too.
Information from a few hockey guys on Twitter (highlights)...
Bettman says he is "fairly certain" he'll have more definitive word on expansion at the June 22 B of G meeting in Las Vegas. Four options.
Options: 1. No expansion; 2. Expansion but deferred to later date; 3. Expansion by 1 team; 4. expansion by 2 teams.
Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are no longer aggressively trying to sell the #pens, per Gary Bettman.
Bill Daly says "I wouldn't rule it out" when asked about whether there'll be ads on sweaters at the World Cup.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
With the Sharks four wins from a Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, it’s amazing to think that Marleau could have missed out. The NHL’s active leader in games played without appearing in the Stanley Cup final could have been elsewhere.
The precise details remain murky, but Marleau has never run from reports last November that he may have had an interest in parting ways with the franchise.
It wasn’t exactly a trade request, per se, but Marleau reportedly let it be known to Sharks management that he was open to the idea of starting anew outside of the Bay Area.
“Yeah, I mean, it’d be hard to imagine not being here,” Marleau said Sunday at media day to kick off the Stanley Cup final. “I’m extremely happy to be here, obviously.”
The Sharks might not have made it to the Stanley Cup final without Marleau. The 36-year-old Aneroid, Sask., native chipped in 25 goals and 48 points in the regular season, but it was his willingness to drop down to a third-line role for a stretch that turned the Sharks into a matchup nightmare for opponents.
from James McClure of Civilized,
To find out more detail on the NHL policy, we reached out to the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) - the labor union representing athletes in North America's top hockey league. The union handles grievances as well as negotiating with the league on rules and procedures, including guidelines for drug testing.
An NHLPA spokesperson - who spoke with Civilized on the condition of not being quoted - said that the league does not condone marijuana. However, it is not part of the NHL's testing for performance-enhancing substances. When testing players each season, one third (which is no fewer than 200 athletes) are randomly selected to be screened for stimulants like amphetamines, narcotics like cocaine, and cannabinoids such as marijuana and hash.
Players aren't identified - regardless of the results. And those who who test positive aren't disciplined. Instead, the anonymous stats are presented to the NHL and NHLPA's Performance Enhancing Substances Program Committee for review so that they can decide how to handle testing moving forward.
However, if a player is found to have a dangerously high level of a narcotic or cannabinoid, he is subject to mandatory assessment by doctors working for the NHL and NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Who is going to win? How many games?
Fortunately, Swedish journalist Per Bjurman of Aftonbladet has done the work for us heading into the Stanley Cup Final. He polled a massive swath of people from across the hockey world – including players, former players, agents and journalists – and received 147 responses.
The consensus choice from that group for this year’s Stanley Cup champion is San Jose by a margin of 90-57, or 61.2 per cent.
The list of current NHLers that picked the Sharks includes Nicklas Backstrom, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Jacob De La Rose, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Hampus Lindholm and William Karlsson.
Henrik Lundqvist, whose New York Rangers were ousted by Pittsburgh in a five-game first-round series, touted the Penguins.
Henrik Zetterberg, Erik Karlsson, Loui Eriksson, Eddie Lack and Filip Forsberg are among those who agreed with him.
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