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from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko looked back on the playoffs on Tuesday, particularly on his series against San Jose, where he was held goalless until the final nine minutes of the final game, and felt he needed to do more.
"They played really tight and they backchecked so hard," Tarasenko said. "It's just experience. It was frustrating for me. I wish I could do better. I'm supposed to do better."...
"I wouldn't say I wasn't frustrated," Tarasenko said. "Of course I was a little bit mad. ... It's no time for frustration. Even if you don't score and the team wins, everybody helps. Now I have a lot of time to think about my game, look at my shifts and find out what's wrong. But when a team is winning, you don't even think about your points. It's nothing better when come into the room after a hard game, whether you score or not score, and you see those happy faces around you, your friends, really happy. You can't think about something else."
Tarasenko dismissed a report out of Canada about issues between him and the organization.
from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The NHL is not serious about cleaning up dirty hits that put players in jeopardy of concussions and other head injuries. The league can’t be.
We have seen too much evidence in these playoffs that shows the league isn’t yet to the point where it is willing to suspend players who commit these kinds of hits, even if they are accidental.
The latest, of course, is Sharks standout Patrick Marleau’s elbow/shoulder to the head of Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.
The Penguins won, but Rust is now day-to-day with some sort of upper body injury. If you watch the play, there is no way you can tell me that Marleau wasn’t trying to head hunt and punish someone. But the league already announced today that Marleau won’t be facing any supplemental discipline.It would be shocking if it wasn’t so predictable, but there is no way the league is going to suspend one of its stars in the middle of the Stanley Cup final, especially with his team already down 1-0 in the series.
Missed or want to review the hit, watch it below...
JP Morosi describes the amazing journey that one must go through to reach hockey's greatest prize, the Stanley Cup.
(May 31, 2016) - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract extension. Hitchcock was originally hired by the Blues on Nov. 7, 2011, becoming the 24th head coach in team history. The Edmonton, Alberta native will enter his sixth season behind the Blues bench in 2016-17.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League has announced the complete schedule for the 2016 Calder Cup Finals between the Eastern Conference champion Hershey Bears, top development team of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the Western Conference champion Lake Erie Monsters, top development team of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Rick MacLeish, member of the Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975, passed away today at the age of 66.
“With the passing of Rick MacLeish, the Flyers have lost one of their legends,” said Flyers President, Paul Holmgren. “A good father, grandfather, teammate and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years. His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.”
MacLeish had the Stanley Cup winning goal in 1974 for the Flyers.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
The anticipation was gripping. The lights were bright. The noise was loud. Yellow laundry was being twirled in the air by 18,596 yellow laundry twirlers. And the entire hockey world was looking over the Sharks' shoulders to see if the teal was for real.
So maybe it's no surprise that when they showed up for their first Stanley Cup Final game ever here, the Sharks played . . . like it was their first Stanley Cup Final game ever.
Very shaky at the start. Much better as the game progressed. And then not quite sharp enough at the end, the victim of a possible bad-luck breakdown -- and ultimately a 3-2 loser.
Thus, the Sharks begin their quest for the Cup down one game in the best-of-seven, with the next faceoff coming up Wednesday
"We had some spurts here and there," said Sharks' coach Pete DeBoer. "But they played their game for longer stretches than we did tonight. That's what happens. You don't deserve to win when you don't outplay the other team."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Sit back and get ready to love this series.
Because if Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals was any indication, we're in for a royal treat, with two transition teams built on speed and skill giving the sport of hockey one unreal sales job over the next two weeks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night was played at warp speed -- the third-period buzzer leaving you gasping for air, if you were fortunate enough to be inside a loud Consol Energy Center.
Imagine what it was like for the players.
"Yeah, considering the situation, you've got to be sharp," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who seemed to have rocket fuel in his skates. "You can't hesitate, you can't have a misstep where somebody loses an edge or you're not quite on your guy. There's so much speed out there, they're going to get a chance. I think everyone felt it out there tonight, that it was another level, as to be expected here."
Game highlights are below...
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, San Jose 2 – PIT leads 1-0
BONINO’S LATE GOAL LIFTS PENGUINS TO GAME 1 VICTORY
Nick Bonino, a sixth-round selection (173rd overall) by San Jose in the 2007 NHL Draft, scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:33 remaining in regulation to lift the Penguins over the Sharks in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
* Bonino recorded his second game-winning goal of the playoffs (19 GP) after posting zero such tallies during the regular season (63 GP). In Game 6 of the Second Round vs. WSH, he became the eighth player in Penguins history to score a series-clinching goal in overtime.
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