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Just about 24 hour after Minnesota Wilds' Matt Cooke took out Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie with a knee on knee hit it would be Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith with a similar hit himself on Bruins Brad Marchand, only this time after initial outrage at Smith for being reckless on social media turned on Marchand claiming it was a dive and he was faking it.
It took Mikael Granlund a little time to warm up to the smaller ice in North America but the kid is up to familiar goal scoring tricks.
That was the only goal of the game and it came in overtime. The Avalanche the series 2-1 Game Four is Thursday.
Some times you can take a person out of the environment where bad habits were created and new habits will take that place; then there are times that those old habits return.
Tonight in the Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Game Three this was exactly what happened with Matt Cooke.
The underdog that finally won their first playoff game in franchise history is not behind the times in trolling opposing teams fans.
Every pens fan that walks into R bar gets booed it’s pretty amazing— The Anomaly (@Nick_J22) April 21, 2014
The R-Bar is getting quiet the publicity today from the hockey world.
News out of Sweden is that retired Swedish NHL legend Markus Näslund has been elected to the Swedish Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Admittedly my Swedish is a bit rusty as I have not used it as much the last few seasons but it looks as though Markus Näslund, Eje Lindström, Ulf Dahlén and Jonas Bergqvis were elected by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
You can read the Swedish Release here.
Näslund was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 16th overall in 1991 and played the majority of his career with the Vancouver Canucks before finishing his NHL career with the New York Rangers in the 2008-2009 season.
It is no secret that 10 p.m. EST starts for games are the bane of the the east coast hockey fans existence - especially if their team is the one scheduled to play that late on the left coast.
Last night may have been a night to stay up to watch the battle of California though as the San Jose Sharks erupted with seven goals, putting 40 shots on goal, against the Kings.
The latest from Rick Gethin at Fox Sports Ohio regarding the Columbus Blue Jackets:
Ahead of Game 2, RJ Umberger is making his return to the lineup after being out with injury. Although he has been to the playoffs before, this is a big game for him. He's a Pittsburgh native that calls Columbus home now.
Columbus head coach Todd Richards was asked what he expects from Umberger in Game 2. "I'm expecting him to come out, play fast and play big. He's one guy, what he's done well consistently all year for our team is he's gone to the net and played hard at the net."
Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. The snow melts away (and with record breaking snowfall locally it is much welcomed) the green growth and flowers appear. By green growth of course the playoff rookies that are making a difference and the annual showing of Marc-André Fleury giving Pittsburgh Penguin fans elevated blood pressure.
Emotions are the backbone of the NHL for players, fans and in some cases the non cheering media. Be it the No Words commercial, or the videos of players throwing jerseys on the ice or crying when their team either does not make the post season or when they are eliminated from it. There are huge highs and deep cutting lows on the roller coaster that is the hockey world. Less than a week into the 2014 NHL Playoffs and that still has not changed.
Alright with the Stanley Cup finals kicking off (okay facing off) tonight figured it was time I post my picks for the first round so that I can either say “I told you so” or you can say it to me in about week and a half – two weeks schedule and series length TBD.
It is officially official that Hockey Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan is going to be joining the management of the Toronto Maple Leafs as President and Alternate Governor for the Original Six franchise.
Check out the Press Release below for futher details.
Things are heating up (or in the case in some NHL cities cooling down on ice and heating up behind closed doors) as we enter the final stretch for teams to earn a spot in the playoffs. Match ups are in constant flux still as we are just over 7 days from the start of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and there are some surprises to the current match ups and some where did they go? teams missing from the match ups as of this morning.
Reports out of Tampa that General Manager Steve Yzerman has signed a four-year extension with the club.
#tblightning have signed general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension, had one year left on his deal— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 7, 2014
The reining Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks may be down two of their biggest stars (and captain) but they are not out of the playoffs. Having clinched a sport in the new Central Division and fresh off of a 4-2 win against the current central division leading St. Louis Blues things could be lining up for the Blackhawks.
Well look it there! Jaromir Jagr is about to sign another one-year deal - this time sticking with the Eastern Conference; which for all sense and purposes fits him better than the Western did.
At 41 years of age Jaromir Jagr will reportedly sign a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils Tuesday; and has moved one step closer to playing in every team within the newly developed Metropolitan Division.