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from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
When it was over, the captain cried.
David Backes came into the media interview with puffy, saddened eyes — possibly like the eyes reading this column were Wednesday night — and he broke down again when describing his team’s character.
“He’ll kill me for telling you this story,” a lip-quivering, watery-eyed Backes said after the Game 6, season-ending loss. “But Game 5, I’m not feeling well, and Steve Ott brings me something to help me feel better. Knowing that he’s the guy not going in the lineup if I can play, that’s pretty selfless — that’s the kind of guys we have in here. Just stories like that. Guys blocking shots, sacrificing their bodies. It’s tough to swallow. You know that the heart’s in here, the ability’s in there, but we came up short.”
The story is a tear-jerker in itself. It reminds you how much goes into this. It also makes you wonder where that character was on ice in Game 6, when the Blues needed to play hockey with fire. The Blues were gassed, and their performance was exasperating.
Watch Backes post-game below along with Ken Hitcock meeting with the media....
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
They sat side by side by side at the news conference podium, the last three captains of the San Jose Sharks, the guys who have tried so many times to get to this very point with this very team.
Some 19 years in the making for Patrick Marleau since the Sharks drafted him. More than a decade for Joe Thornton since the blockbuster trade brought him here. And 10 years for Joe Pavelski since he played his first game for this franchise.
Finally -- a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
"We're just enjoying the ride right now," said Marleau, the specks of gray in his playoff beard reminding us of the very long journey. "We've had some really good teams over the years. Like Joe was saying, this team is a little bit different. The confidence we've built over the regular season and now in the playoffs -- I think winning on the road helped us get close as a group during the regular season. It carried over into the playoffs so far. Just having each other's back out there, working for each other."
Highlights are below...
SHARKS REACH STANLEY CUP FINAL FOR FIRST TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Logan Couture (1-2—3) and Joel Ward (2-0—2) combined for three of San Jose’s five goals to help the Sharks win Game 6 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
* The Sharks are the first team to advance to the Stanley Cup Final after missing the playoffs the previous season since the 2011-12 New Jersey Devils. Both achieved the feat under a head coach in his first season with the club – Peter DeBoer.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday night, winning the teams' third-round series 4-2.
The Sharks will now face either Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay.
Game 1 of the SCF is Monday at 8:00pm ET. Games 1 & 2 will be hosted by Pittsburgh if they win tomorrow night or San Jose if Tampa Bay wins.
added 12:38 am, the Sharks did not touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl:
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Post has learned the Blueshirts do not intend to buy out the remainder of Dan Girardi’s contract, which has four years remaining at an annual $5.5 million cap charge.
In addition, sources report management has not requested the alternate captain to waive his no-move clause (which will be replaced by a modified no-trade following 2016-17). Further, no such request is expected....
Communication remains open between the Blueshirts and Keith Yandle, still far more likely to depart than to remain. But even as The Post has learned No. 93 is not committed to getting to July 1 at the exclusion of negotiating with general manager Jeff Gorton, the price tag — expected to be a minimum $45 million over seven years — is likely to be too expensive for the Rangers.
Of course Rick Nash is available — as is everyone in the organization other than Henrik Lundqvist, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich. The Rangers, we’re told, are prepared to listen to offers for everyone.
That includes Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, each player’s availability, of course, will be dependent upon the exchange rate in return. But nothing is off the table. And the Wild are believed to have serious interest in native Minnesotan Stepan.
Chris Johnston tweets,
Hearing the #canucks and #FlaPanthers are closing in on a trade. Believe prospect Jared McCann is part of it. Working on full details.
No salary retained on Erik Gudbranson in the trade to Vancouver.
added 9:17pm, TSN confirms....
St. Louis @ San Jose 9:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC & TVAS
Blues need a win to extend this series to seven games, Sharks need a win for their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Which will it be?
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
When you’ve been at it this long without success, talking about winning the Clarence S. Campbell Trophy at the morning skate is as taboo as touching it post-game. At least for some, anyhow.
“You look at your whole career,” began San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who leads the Sharks with 21 playoff points in 17 games this spring. “When I was in high school in the state championship, that was my biggest game of my life at the time. In college, in junior – there’s games where the moments are so big. It’s your Stanley Cup.
“You work all those days to get in the position to hopefully play for it. Tonight those games are in the past, you draw from those experiences. As a kid, you grow up trying to be able to play for the Stanley Cup, and we have a game tonight (that could put them there). This is the most important one right now.”
In the St. Louis Blues’ room, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ dominant Game 6 performance provided the template.
“That’s the way we have to play tonight,” said Kyle Brodziak with a nod. “Every player, every shift, you have to play as if it could be your last.”
from Eben Novy-Williams and Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg,
The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman.
Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this year, it will do so in spite of a Canadian dollar that fell to a 13-year-low in January.
“It’s a fact of life, it’s something we deal with,” Bettman said.
The Loonie has since rebounded, rising to 76 U.S. cents from 68 U.S. cents, but remains well below the 92-cent rate of two years ago. Bettman said the league, which is currently considering expanding to Las Vegas or Quebec City, assumes it will stabilize at about 80 U.S. cents.
The league will record an estimated $4 billion in revenue for the 2015 fiscal year, up about 8 percent from last year’s record $3.7 billion. About one-third of the NHL’s revenue comes from Canada -- either from ticket sales for the seven teams North of the border, its $5.2 billion television deal with Rogers Communications Inc. (which pays in Loonies) or from Canadian sponsorships. For a league that conducts all its business in U.S. dollars, a weak Canadian dollar means less profit.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
While Murray’s stick did not interfere with the puck or Drouin, he was nonetheless subject to the prescribed minor penalty if Drouin did not score on the play.
Once Drouin’s potential goal was disallowed through review, the clock was reset to the time of the offside play. Rule 78.7 (Coach’s Challenge) is very explicit regarding penalties committed following a missed offside and the eventual scoring of a goal.
NOTE 4 of Rule 78.7 reads: “If one or more penalties (major or minor) are assessed between the time of the ‘Offside’ play and the video review that disallows the apparent goal, the offending team(s) (and responsible Player(s)) will still be required to serve the penalty(ies) identified and assessed, and the time of the penalty(ies) will be recorded as the time at which the play should have been stopped for the “Offside” infraction.”
Once Drouin was found to be offside and his apparent goal disallowed, Murray should have been assessed a minor penalty for throwing his goal stick from within his defending zone. The Tampa Bay Lightning were entitled to a power-play opportunity on this unusual turn of events.
Watch the play below...
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