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from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
The Kings' official Twitter account received a game misconduct penalty Tuesday … from the Kings' front office.
Kevin Ryder, of KROQ's "Kevin & Bean" morning show, handled the Twitter posts for the Kings' Stanley Cup playoff game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. He took over after the first period, with embarrassing results for the team.
At one point Ryder made light of sexual assault when describing a play that happened in front of the San Jose Sharks' net when the Kings' Anze Kopitar was knocked to the ice.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It was hardly earth-shattering stuff, nothing like saying a player “stinks” on the power play, for instance, but John Tortorella sure had it right before the playoffs started when the Rangers’ coach talked about legacies being made in the postseason and not in the regular-season.
Ten games into the playoffs following last night’s dagger-to-the-heart, 2-1 defeat to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal, we’re still waiting.
There is Henrik Lundqvist, all right, whose back-to-back shutouts with the Blueshirts facing opening-round elimination by the Caps in Games 6 and 7 of the first round carried his team forward, and whose spectacular work last night was all that stood between the Rangers and humiliation.
The Los Angeles Kings dropped a 2-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday evening, allowing San Jose to tie their second-round series at 2 games apiece, and USA Today's Mike Brehm reports that referees' discretion played a role in the outcome of a game for the second time in two nights:
Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Penner scored to cut his team's deficit against the San Jose Sharks to 2-1.
The problem: Referee Brad Meier had blown the play dead.
Replay showed that Slava Voynov's shot, deflected by Tyler Toffoli, had snuck through Sharks goalie Antti Niemi's pads. It was rolling across the goal line on its own when Penner helped it along.
Penner argued with Meier, but the no-goal call stood.
Brehm provides a YouTube video of the goal, and NHL.com's Eric Gilmore reports that the Kings were none too pleased with the call:
The Rangers need a win tonight at home in order to avoid going down 0-3 in the series while the Sharks hope to even the series at two with a win tonight against the Kings.
Feel free to discuss the games below or anything playoff related.
Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Phil Housley has been named assistant coach of the team. Housley coached the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships and ranks fourth all-time among NHL defensemen in points (338g-894a-1,232pts).
“Phil brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff,” Poile said. “He was one of the most talented offensive defensemen to play in the NHL, and he has worked extensively with young players during his coaching career. He will continue to focus his efforts on our young defensemen and assisting on the power play.”
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from Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles,
Despite not having as much success on the road this season as the Kings did last season and losing Game 3 in heartbreaking fashion in San Jose, Sutter didn't believe that would be a factor in Tuesday night's Game 4.
"There's zero momentum," Sutter said. "Once you get in the playoffs, there's no momentum unless somebody is way better than somebody, which as you see, nobody is. There's zero momentum. If there is a carryover, you're probably not a playoff team anyways."
The Kings don't have to be as dominant on the road as they were last season in order to advance to the Western Conference finals. All they need is a win Tuesday to put them in position to close out the series back in Los Angeles on Thursday.
"We've played better at home but we can't rest and be comfortable with being a great home team," Williams said. "We need to be killers on the road. Coming back with a 3-1 lead is something we're certainly going to do our darndest to do."
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from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
We are not expecting a Gary Bettman sighting for Game 4 of the Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks series Tuesday night. Or for Game 5 on Thursday, and probably not Game 6 on Sunday, either. And maybe not even for Game 7, either. We remain hopeful for Game 8, though.
Too bad, too. The one time the Bay Area would actually like to see him, he’ll find himself too busy tending to the three series that haven’t been designated as undercards.
And yes, this is still the undercard for whatever other series there is, because that’s the way the sport has always operated. Like the Stanley Cup itself, it is a series of rings, and the further away from the center you get, the less intriguing you are.
Yes, the Sharks are playing the defending Stanley Cup champions in a series that has had enough of everything yet not so much that people aren’t willing to watch more. But they are not members of the Original Six, like Chicago and Detroit and New York and Boston. They do not have Sidney Crosby, like Pittsburgh. And they do not have Canada, like Ottawa.
from Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,
San Jose Sharks forward Bracken Kearns already had played for seven different minor-league teams over six-plus seasons before he made his NHL debut, Oct. 20, 2011, as a member of the Florida Panthers.
Kearns turned 32 two days before making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, May 14 for the Sharks, in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings.
If the Sharks gave out awards for Most Patient Player, it undoubtedly would go to Kearns, the son of former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dennis Kearns.
"My dad's first year in the NHL, he was 26 and he played 10 years," Kearns said. "He was a bit of a late-bloomer. He always told me in this game you need somebody to like you, a GM or a coach. Sometimes you have to go through people who aren't really big on you until you find the right situation, and this organization's been really good to me."
from Lynn Zinser of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Notice has officially arrived in Chicago that the N.H.L. playoffs have started. Perhaps part of the Blackhawks’ problem is that they are actually playing games in Detroit at the moment. Maybe the hockey gods should start delivering such things by text message. Thus, the Blackhawks would have been warned that Detroit no longer looks much like that identity crisis team that barely sneaked into the playoffs and whom Chicago had little trouble with in the regular season.
Somehow, the Detroit team that has dug its fingernails deep into this second-round series with Chicago not only found an identity, but made it a not-so-charming one. The franchise that used to pride itself on skating rings around opponents and scoring goals out of the how-to-create-a-highlight-reel textbook is now knocking Chicago around for a stunning 2-1 lead in their series.
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