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From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:
A year ago at the top of Entry Draft week, Phil Kessel was a Maple Leaf, Nick Bonino a Duck and Carl Hagelin a Ranger. Which is to say that in a league in which trades have become tools of last resort, Gentleman Jim Rutherford was able to pull off three of them over the course of seven months to construct what became the most dynamic line in hockey.
The Pittsburgh general manager remade his team and organization on the fly in a process that began with the July 1 acquisition of Kessel, included a coaching change in mid-December, and culminated with a Stanley Cup victory that proves championship windows that seem shut can reopen darn quickly, even in a cap world.
Going into last June’s Entry Draft, Brandon Sutter, Blake Comeau, Paul Martin, Nick Spaling, David Perron, Daniel Winnik, Rob Scuderi, Ian Lapierre and Steve Downie were still Penguins a couple of months removed from a first-round defeat to the Rangers. So was Mike Johnston. None was with the team by the end of January.
The Penguins did not create a template to follow on the ice as much as they perfected the one adopted by teams throughout the league that want to play with speed and with the puck. It is not just one-way speed or north-south speed on the rush. It is speed on the backcheck to negate attacks as much as speed on the forecheck to create turnovers. It is speed to the puck in both end zones to create battles to be won.
The Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup final was all but devoid of drama. Never truly caught anyone’s imagination. Never was as competitive as the scoreboard connoted. Was not able to carve a niche in the national profile. The modicum of suspense in the series — through which Pittsburgh’s three-zone speed made San Jose look clunky, bad and out of place — was created singularly by the brilliance of Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones.
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From the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle:
The explanation that’s been given on the broadcasts and in most of the coverage is that the Penguins are winning with speed, and that’s true to a point. They’re the smaller, quicker team, as is typically the case in the Eastern Conference. Increasingly, it seems to be what wins in the NHL.
But Pittsburgh skaters such as Ian Cole, Ben Lovejoy and Nick Bonino, among others, aren’t particularly fast players. Part of what’s winning this series for the Penguins is tactics. Coach Mike Sullivan deserves credit for being able to take advantage of his team’s strengths – offensive talent and ability with the puck throughout the lineup – and the Sharks weaknesses – some bigger, slower players down the lineup who mishandle the puck.
San Jose’s strength, meanwhile – dominating the cycle deep in the offensive zone – has been mitigated by the fact only Joe Thornton’s line is spending much time there.
Those tactics were talked about a little bit after Game 3. Instead of the traditional dump and chase, the Penguins are using more of a chip and chase – placing pucks in good spots in the neutral zone or the shallow portion of the offensive zone and skating into them. Their no-name D (aside from Kris Letang) has done a nice job of breaking the puck out assertively and finding the forwards with this simple approach in mind.
Continued with analysis from Ray Ferraro, Chris Johnston, Jamie Baker and coach Pete DeBoer
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The distinct and deliberate action demonstrated by Alexandre Burrows to play the puck with his hand constitutes a violation of rule 79.1 (Hand Pass). Play should have been immediately stopped once Dan Hamhuis gained puck possession following the redirect off the glove of Burrows. No goal should have resulted on this play.
continued and watch the play below... (Vancouver did win the game in a SO)
Update: It's official:
Here's the press release:
Nick Bonino scored early in OT for the Anaheim Ducks thus advancing them to the second round of the playoffs to meet the San Jose/Los Angeles winner.
Here is the OT goal and check out Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News for post game reaction from both sides.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Nick Bonino to a three-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bonino, 25 (4/20/88), has appeared in all 27 games for the Ducks this season, posting 7-9=16 points with eight penalty minutes (PIM). The Hartford, Connecticut native currently ranks fourth on the team in points, tied for third in goals, second in faceoff percentage (51.0%) and third among forwards in time-on-ice (15:57). In 139 career NHL games with Anaheim, Bonino has recorded 18-31=49 points and 34 PIM. He has also appeared in 11 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, co-leading the club in playoff goals in 2013 with 3-1=4 points in seven games vs. Detroit.
First, Slava Voynov's OT goal puts the Kings up 3-2 in their series with the Blues.
Below, Nick Bonino did the same thing for the Ducks, giving them a 3-2 lead in their series with Detroit.