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Video- Recap Of The Conference Finals All In Slow Motion

Just south of three minutes in length.

 

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Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Can Dominate The Series

from Tal Pinchevsy at ESPN,

For decades now, it's been the calling card for many of the most dominant teams: two all-world centers carrying their club.

Gretzky-Messier. Lemieux-Francis. Sakic-Forsberg. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter patrolling the middle.

Beginning with the Pittsburgh Penguins meeting the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET) at PPG Paints Arena, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have the chance to be immortalized as part of that group. Having captured the Stanley Cup twice as teammates and accumulated two Conn Smythe trophies, three Hart Memorial trophies and four scoring titles between them, each has already secured his respective place in the Hall of Fame.

But ask either superstar what motivates him, and each will inevitably take a moment to give a nod to the other.

"When he's out there, when he's going, you want to follow that up," Crosby said of Malkin. "It gives you confidence as a player when you see someone out there with that capability, because I don't think you put as much pressure on yourself knowing that this guy is capable of changing the game with one play."

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The Best Defense In The NHL Against A Very Good Offensive Team

from Michael Russo of the Star Trbune,

Frankly, it’s amazing how a franchise can possibly lose defenseman Ryan Suter to free agency, then ultimately trade young, up-and-coming defenseman Seth Jones and captain and stalwart defenseman Shea Weber and still end up in the Stanley Cup Final … by possessing one of the NHL’s best blue lines led by top-four Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm.

“It’s a unique challenge,” Sidney Crosby said as the Penguins begin a repeat bid Monday against the Nashville Predators and their back-end quartet. “When you’re thinking about playing teams, you’re talking about usually forwards, snipers. You don’t usually think of a group of defensemen as guys that finish as well as they do. Usually one, maybe two guys do that in a D-corps. They have the luxury of having a number of them.”

Crosby’s superstar sidekick Evgeni Malkin, fresh off playing Ottawa Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson, was more direct.

“It’ll be the hardest challenge of my life,” said Malkin, who leads the NHL with 24 points in the playoffs. “I’ve never played a team who have six good defensemen. Usually, [a team has] like one Karlsson. Here, [they have] like four Karlssons. It’s a good challenge for me, for Sid, for Phil [Kessel]. We’ll see who’s better. I’m ready to play. I’m excited. I know it’s not easy. I know it’ll be hard.”

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The Imposter On Ice

from Jason Buckland at the New York Times,

The impostor took the ice, his face concealed, and kept his head down. He did all he could to blend in.

At a closed N.H.L. skate, a tuneup scrimmage during the lockout of 2004, some two dozen players glided about the rink in the training facility of the Chicago Blackhawks. The pros didn’t know it, but someone else had crashed their practice.

His name was Nello Ferrara, and back then, in hockey circles, that did not mean much. Thirteen years ago, Ferrara was still just a wannabe in the sport, a 27-year-old bruiser with but a handful of junior and minor league games on his résumé....

Ferrara decided to call in a favor. He had grown close with a Blackhawks player named Kyle Calder, who had golfed and skated recreationally with Ferrara for years. If Ferrara had the stones to try this, Calder could not resist helping.

On the day of the skate, as the N.H.L. players arrived at the rink, Ferrara slipped into the facility through a door on the opposite side of the arena. “Snuck in like Batman,” he later joked. Calder had secured all the official gear he could — Blackhawks pants, gloves, a practice jersey, any equipment he could find, Calder recalled, that would help Ferrara appear to be a bona fide member of the team.

Ferrara dressed on his own in a separate locker room. There, he said, he waited. Finally, he donned a Blackhawks helmet with a visor that obscured much of his face, and when the N.H.L. players took the ice and began to glide in circles, Ferrara opened a door to the rink. He hopped onto the ice, lowered his gaze, and hoped no one would notice.

As the cool ice passed beneath him, it was time to prove that he belonged.

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Why Are The Vancouver Canucks Planning On Bringing Ryan Miller Back?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks seem determined to bring back veteran goalie Ryan Miller for another year and you can understand their logic. But only to a point....

The upcoming season, moreover, projects as more of the same. The Canucks are trying to get younger. Their best prospects are still a couple of years away. They’re not ready to win yet nor are they particularly close and Miller won’t be around when the Canucks turn the corner.

So what does bringing him back accomplish?

The Canucks have been trying to sell the same story to their fan base for the last two seasons and have two dismal campaigns to show for it. By now, the faithful have embraced the rebuild and are prepared for what comes next.

They just have a hard time believing in the plan when they’re told one thing and the team delivers something else.

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A Chance For A Repeat

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Navigating the Stanley Cup playoffs requires intensity in each moment and respect for the big picture, quick bursts of energy and a well of endurance, scaling emotional highs and displaying restraint. Winning the Cup is exhilarating but exhausting. Winning twice in a row has become a forbidding challenge.

“The schedule is brutal and it’s demanding,” Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel said. “Every year is different. There’s injuries and different things. You can win a round. You can win two rounds. It’s hard to win three, four rounds to get back to the Cup Final.”

The playoffs have become such a war of attrition that no team has repeated as champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. But the Pittsburgh Penguins believe the survival skills they developed while prevailing last season will help them against the West champion Nashville Predators, whose resilience and depth have carried them from being the No. 8 seed to their first Cup Final. The series opens Monday at PPG Paints Arena.

“You take your knowledge from the year before, of knowing that you can lose games, you can have ups and downs, but as long as you can string together four out of seven you can win any series, and we always go in with the belief we can win any series,” said Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz, whose double-overtime goal in Game 7 against Ottawa propelled the Penguins back to the Final.

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Memorial Day 2017

We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the United States of America.

Last night I watched the National Memorial Day Concert and can say I was moved by many of the moments during the concert.

You can watch it below, move around if short on time and if there is one or two segment to watch, I would suggest scrolling to the 11:15 mark of the video, then again to the 31:50 mark.

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The Windsor Spitfires Win The Memorial Cup

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

If Warren Rychel thought he was getting an earful from Jeremy Bracco before, wait until the two are in the same room now.

A fantastic Mastercard Memorial Cup final was bookended by a touch of brilliance from Bracco, who registered a goal and two assists in the Windsor Spitfires’ 4-3 win over the Erie Otters on Sunday night at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. The victory made Windsor—which gained an automatic entry as the host team—the first squad in CHL history to win the national title after being bounced in the opening round of the playoffs. The Spitfires are also the third consecutive OHL-based winner and the first host champion since the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012.

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NHL Short Notes

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PENGUINS, PREDATORS FACE OFF IN GAME 1 OF STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Penguins and Predators open the 2017 Stanley Cup Final when they face off in Game 1 at PPG Paints Arena.
 
* The reigning champion Penguins are vying to become the first repeat Stanley Cup winner since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Pittsburgh is playing in its sixth Stanley Cup Final – all since 1991, tied for the most in the NHL in that span (w/ DET).
 
* The Predators, who began play in 1998-99 and are competing in the postseason for the 10th time, are making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. They had three total playoff series wins prior to this year (3-9).
 
* The Penguins and Predators have met 25 times during the regular season, with Pittsburgh owning a 12-11 edge in wins and 27-26 point advantage (PIT: 12-10-3, NSH: 11-10-4). They split their two matchups in 2016-17, with each team winning on home ice.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 77.9% of the time (60 of 77 series) – including each of the past five years.

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P.K. Subban Is Front And Center

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

The day dawned sunny and pleasant in Pittsburgh, one day before the beginning of a Stanley Cup final featuring Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and a blossoming hockey underdog, and the only player being followed by the NHL’s fancy documentary-style cameras was P.K. Subban. There is, after all, only one of him, and he can’t help himself.

“Have you ever played with a personality bigger than P.K.’s?” someone asked Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg.

“I don’t know if there is a bigger personality,” Forsberg said.

It could be a big series. The Pittsburgh Penguins can become the first repeat winners since Detroit in 1998. Nashville is a 16th seed, and a fascinating underdog.

And it’s all about P.K., because that’s how it works. Montreal loved him. The Canadiens traded him. Their coach used to tell people he could never win a Cup with P.K., and P.K. is second on his new team in playoff ice time, matched up against Vladimir Tarasenko in the second round and Ryan Getzlaf in the third. He’ll get Sid or Geno here. Here he is.

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