Kukla's Korner Hockey
NEW YORK (May 17, 2013) -- Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.
“We’ve got to put it behind us. There’s two ways for us to respond. We can either fold up and say at least we tried. Or we can say, you know what? We can win.”
-Brad Stuart, defenseman fot the San Jose Sharks after a crushing loss last night to the LA Kings. More on the game from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Henrik Lundqvist, the face of the Rangers and the face behind the mask, did not even attempt to mask the bitter pain of yet another overtime defeat.
This one cut to the core of the goaltender, who blamed himself, and who might have blamed anyone in sight, for the 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semfinals last night that left him oh-for-three in OTs this year and with a career OT playoff record of 3-11.
“I think I made a bad, bad decision,” Lundqvist said, castigating himself for the two-on-one goal that Brad Marchand scored off a Patrice Bergeron right-wing rush feed at 15:40. “It was a tough play, but I could have played it better.
“I have to see the guy [Marchand] in the middle. I knew he was coming, but I was too focused and too locked in on the puck. That’s why I made a stretch move instead of being able to keep my pads together.”
continued and watch the Marchand OT goal below...
Recently a buddy of mine emailed me a text I had sent him on the eve of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the email was my picks for the first round of the playoffs and I did not even realize it, but I went 8-0 with my choices.
Because I get asked about picks this time of year, they may change daily depending on how I feel at the moment and I don't make one set of picks and stick with them all the time.
I have often thought about making hockey picks for a living and have always felt the 'Vegas" odds makers when it comes to hockey were not as well versed on the game as they are with other sports.
Could I beat them at their game? One day I just may take a shot at them.
I am intrigued by a site like NHLBettingTips.com, where by the way, Niko was also perfect in the first round of the playoffs. The information you can gather there allows you, the hockey fan, to make the correct decision on a game after gathering the trends and stats that goes into making the right pick.
I know I could be successful if I turned to betting on hockey. It is just trying to get myself organized to do so and establish a game plan which would allow me to good at it.
One day, one day, I can see myself being the hockey pick king.
The Rangers/Bruins meet in game 1 while the Kings will try to go up 2-0 against the Sharks.
I have to say, the Kings looked very good in game 1 and will be tough to beat.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension, illegal check to the head.
Staal had to be helped off the ice and put no weight on his right leg after a knee-on-knee hit from Alex Edler in the first period of Canada/Sweden WC game today.
Edler received a major and a game misconduct.
added 3:05pm, thanks to CBSEyeOnHockey, watch the video below...
added 3:23pm, the video has been removed, hopefully the IIHF will have it up soon.
added 3:28pm, you can watch the hit at TSN.
added 6:17pm, the IIHF released video of the game, at the 15 second mark you can view the Staal incident...
added 8:36pm, a second video has been added below, one with better replays.
For the Bruins to win: The Bruins will have to continue their impressive faceoff prowess to keep the Rangers hemmed in their own end. New York’s defence has been susceptible against teams with strong forechecking, and Boston won a league-high 60 per cent of its faceoffs in its first-round win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston’s top line — Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, David Krejci — combined for 29 points, and the Bruins could use contributions like that against the Rangers. If that troika is contained, Tyler Seguin will need to step up; the second-line centre recorded just one assist against Toronto. The Bruins will also need Tuukka Rask to be outstanding. Boston’s netminder sports a 2.49 goals-against average this postseason. He’ll need to be better for Boston to advance further.
For Rangers to win: Henrik Lundqvist must continue to be the world’s best goaltender. Lundqvist carried New York to a seven-game series win over the Washington Capitals, shutting out Washington for the series’ final 120 minutes. The Rangers would also be wise to score first and more than once; they are 1-3 this postseason when scoring fewer than two goals. New York got goal-scoring contributions from its bottom-six forwards, but it likely won’t be able to survive a series against the defensively disciplined Bruins without offensive output from Rick Nash and Brad Richards. Nash only recorded two assists in the Rangers’ seven games, and Richards was exiled to New York’s fourth line in the final two games of its first-round series, playing fewer than 21 minutes in the Rangers’ final two wins.
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