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One team is going up 2-1 in the series after tonight's game.
Will it be Boston with the home-ice advantage or Chicago playing the perfect road game?
If things go as they have the last two games, expect the results around midnight or maybe even a little later.
Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
Hossa took the pre-game skate, but not in the lineup tonight. Reports say he may have taken a puck in the warmup.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
GM of the Year Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis received two second place votes (the potential difference between Murray winning over Shero) despite making few significant roster changes from the lineup he inherited upon taking over right before the season started.
Even more curious, Greg Sherman, GM of the last place team in the West, picked up a third-place vote for helping steer his team into the basement.
Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) Ray Emery (only 19 starts) received a first-place vote – putting him ahead of Bobrovsky, Henrik Lundqvist and everyone else. Jonas Hiller (who lost his starting job for long stretches to Viktor Fasth) received a second-place vote, and Carey Price and Niklas Backstrom both got third-place votes despite well below average save percentages (.905 and .909).
Hart Trophy (league MVP) Alex Ovechkin beat out Sidney Crosby by only 32 points in one of the closest votes in history, meaning another half dozen votes one way or the other could have meant for a different winner.
Some of those went to what are decidedly complementary players – Chris Kunitz (five points) and Pascal Dupuis (one point) – or those having off seasons like Evgeni Nabokov (five points), Backstrom and Price (three each).
Anyone, anywhere, would be hard pressed to argue any of those five were among the top five most valuable players in the league this season.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 17, 2013 – Saturday night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 averaged 3.964 million viewers on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), making it the most-watched NHL game in the network’s history (since 2006), the most-watched Game 2 on cable in 16 years, and the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on cable in 11 years, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company.
KHL horning in? Not on Vlad’s watch. As soon as he gets here, the KHL becomes the Far East Coast Hockey League.
NHLers in Sochi? They’ll be the only ones allowed to go.
After a while, all other sports will be consumed and then disbanded. Hockey fights will be replaced by ice judo. We will all conform and look happy doing it. Or else.
Having an intransigent strongman in charge of the league sounds risky. But we’ve managing it for a while. Offering his job to a global troublemaker at least has the benefit of doing our future suffering for the greater good.
-Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star "suggesting" Vladimir Putin should be the next NHL commissioner. Read more on this topic from Kelly...
Scotty Bowman joined the Sportsnet Hockey Central gang to discuss the Stanley Cup Final.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- There is a lot of speculation that Dallas will target Jarome Iginla because of his friendship and business relationship with Stars owner Tom Gagliardi. Another popular pick is the Los Angeles Kings with the Darryl Sutter connection. Here's one more thought: Phoenix/Seattle with Shane Doan. They are close and that team, wherever it is, craves offence and its style is more conducive to Iginla's game than the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Former Rangers head coach John Tortorella is going to Vancouver this week for a second interview. Information about his first one is not exactly flowing across the atmosphere, but it sounds like a lot of time was spent discussing media interaction. The Canucks don't want daily craziness and Tortorella apparently understands he will have to be different. Vancouver is the hardest English market in the NHL. There is no doubt the man can coach, but Gillis' toughest decision may be whether or not he truly believes Tortorella can handle it.
more plust trading up in the draft...
"... honestly, what has Shanahan done to be considered for such a pivotal role? He’s never scouted, never run a hockey team, never made a trade and never juggled a roster or a salary cap. He has worked on player safety for the NHL, issued suspensions and fines and he has initiated talks and ways to improve the game. Kudos to him for that, but converting that into a director of hockey ops gig is a major leap, one the Flames are in no position to make.
This is a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years, an organization now in a rebuilding mode with three picks in the first round of this month’s NHL entry draft. This isn’t the time to hand the keys over to a novice and say, “Go take it for a test drive. See what you think.”
-Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail. More from Maki on this topic and other NHL notes...
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