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A Calgarian rodeo breaks out in Vancouver

So the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks decided to get to know each other a little better toward the end of Vancouver's 4-1 win over Calgary:

From the box score:

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Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession

Per Sportnset's Scott Lewis:

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine possession Friday, according to a report.

Sportsnet has confirmed with PBX operator Lamontagne of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department that Stoll is in custody. The LAMPD would not confirm any other details of the arrest.

Here's 8 News Now's Jonathan Cisowski's report...

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Predators lose Weber to ankle injury

From ESPN's Scott Powers:

Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the team's Western Conference first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return, Nashville announced.

Weber left the game after he was checked into the boards by the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad at 10:49 of the second period. The Predators captain fell to the ice, was slow to get up and skated to his team's bench. He played 16 shifts and 13:25 of ice time before leaving. He had an assist on a goal in the first period. The Predators went on to win 6-2.

Here's the incident from We All Bleed Redd:

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Gary Bettman On A Few Topics

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Nashville on Friday to attend Game 2 of the Predators' first-round series against the Blackhawks. Before the game, he discussed Nashville's impact on the NHL and league-wide topics.

On if it was good for the league to have a "non-traditional" market like Nashville have significant on-ice success:

"I'm not sure i'm comfortable any longer with the term 'non-traditional.' Fact is there are some cities that have franchises longer, but Nashville has built its own tradition, its own history. This team is very well-owned by Tom Cigarran and his partners. The team on the ice has been built the right way by David Poile, who's one of the preeminent general managers. And we're in a place as a league where we have incredible competitive balance, best in our history, probably the best in all of sports. We've got 20 teams that could have won the Stanley Cup in all probability and four of them didn't even make the playoffs.

And as we sit here at the very beginnings of the first round, the Stanley Cup is up for grabs and that's great news for fans. It's great news for fans in Nashville as there are high expectations and a team that performed extraordinarily well in the regular season."

On Las Vegas's pursuit of an NHL franchise:

"Mr.(Bill) Foley, who's the person interested in having an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, wanted to assess the strength of the fan base, potential fan base in Las Vegas. Las Vegas in that regard is at least perceived to be an unusual market. He began his ticket drive and while I'm not prepared to announce the results, because it's actually still ongoing, it has been very successful to date."

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

The New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames look to go up 2-0 tonight and take that lead back home.

Meanwhile, Montreal wants to be up 2-0 wheh they head to Ottawa.

Tonight's schedule is below and feel free to discuss anything hockey related.

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Video- Hear It, New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1

via the NHL YouTube channel,

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins squared off in Game 1 of the their series. Listen in as microphones pick up the action on the ice.

 

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How About Terry Murray As The Next Coach Of The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There are guys who plant the seeds and there are guys who harvest the crops. Babcock and Julien? They’re harvesters. And right now what this team needs more than anything is a planter.

The Flyers are, conservatively, two or three years away from being a competitive team. That’s the time frame needed to develop Robert Hagg and Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin and Mark Alt into reliable NHL defenders, and to figure out where Taylor Leier and Nick Cousins and Petr Straka fit into the picture up front.

It’s going to be a group that requires patience during the next few years, and also the finesse to meld those kids into a core that includes established veterans like Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.

That’s where a nurturer like Terry Murray might fit in.

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All About The NHL Draft Lottery

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

There's a significant jackpot awaiting the winner of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The team winning the lottery will be able to choose between two players projected to be generational talents eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. The draft will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., June 26-27....

Balls numbered 1 to 14 will be put into a lottery machine that selects four balls to provide a four-number combination. That will be matched to a chart containing all possible four-number combinations that have been assigned to each of the 14 teams on the basis of their percentage chance to win the lottery.
The Buffalo Sabres, who finished with the fewest points in the regular season, have a 20.0 percent chance of winning the lottery. If they don't win the No. 1 pick, they are guaranteed No. 2, because the rules dictate no team can move back more than one spot.

The Arizona Coyotes (13.5 percent), Edmonton Oilers (11.5 percent), Toronto Maple Leafs (9.5 percent) and Carolina Hurricanes (8.5 percent) round out the five teams with the best odds of winning the No. 1 pick.

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The Vancouver Canucks Need A Home Win

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks aren’t particularly interested in revisiting their recent playoff history, and maybe that’s understandable because, since Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, this team has been to the playoffs what Ponzi was to investment banking.

But it’s there and, like that big red zit in the middle of your forehead, it’s hard to ignore. Following their 2-1 defeat to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, the Canucks are now 1-11 in their last 12 playoff games, including seven straight losses on home ice and, like it or not, that record has become a talking point in this series.

For Willie Desjardins’s team, the loss in Game 1 was disturbing on a number of levels, but this might have been the most disturbing development. They’ve now invited unwanted questions into the conversation about their makeup and their core group, and those questions won’t disappear because they don’t feel like answering them.

“We’re a different team,” said Henrik Sedin. “I don’t think we were as sharp and focused (in their ignominious 2012 and 2013 playoff losses to L.A. and San Jose) as we are now. We’ve got a different feeling this year. We’re fresh, we’re focused, we’re confident. It feels more like we’ve got everything to win.”

Then why did Wednesday night look so depressingly familiar?

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About Corey Perry’s Game Winning Goal Last Night

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The pertinent language that applies to this contact and contained in rule 69.3 is as follows:

For Perry's part, "If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."

To support any defensive contact initiated by Pavelec, "If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."

By virtue of the rule, the actions of both players qualified as a violation of goalkeeper interference and should result in a disallowed goal.

Perry was executing a skilled hockey play in attempting to draw the puck around Pavelec through the crease with his exceptional reach. In real-time, it would have been difficult for referee Dan O'Rourke to detect the extent and result of contact inside the crease given his position in the opposite corner from where Perry attacked the net. Without knowledge or regard to the contact, the referee determined that the puck had not entered the net with a 'washout' signal.

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