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We lost together, we grew together and we learned how to win together. That's how championship teams are born.
-Bob Bourne, who spent most of his NHL career with the New York Islanders. Read more from Bourne regarding the trade deadlines.
from Austin Knoblauch at the Chicago Tribune,
Hours before the start of the Blackhawks’ 5-3 win, Kane learned that his grandfather, Donald Kane, had died.
As difficult as it was for Kane to play, he put on an inspired performance against the Kings, scoring two goals and assisting on another to lead the Blackhawks to their third win this season over the Kings.
After the game, an emotional Kane said it was difficult playing knowing that the man who played such an important role in his life was gone.
read on and below, watch Kane post-game...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
When the Los Angeles Kings fired blanks again in their 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, it marked the eighth time in the Kings' last nine games that they failed to come up with a win (1-7-1) and, even worse, the third time in the last five games that they were shut out.
The Kings are 1-for-25 on the power play in their last seven games, and unless they can find an answer for their offensive woes, they are going to play themselves right out of the Western Conference playoff picture.
more plus Custance on the Capitals and Strang on the Jets...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On why the Kings are struggling to score:
We hit some posts tonight. Enough to win last night. Next question.
On whether the lack of “greasy goals” is baffling:
No. If they don’t go in, then they don’t count. Next question.
On the team’s lack of energy at the start:
Oh, not at all. I thought we had really good energy, and we’ve been on the road for quite a while, haven’t played at home for a long time. Hey, the second goal is a tough one. Tough to chase a two-goal lead on the road against good teams.
On the penalties against Jordan Nolan:
I thought it was a bad call. We shouldn’t have gotten the extra penalty. [Reporter: That was huge. I mean, it leads to a goal, right?] How does it become that out of a four-and-two? [Reporter: Did you get an explanation?] Don’t need one. They don’t give many. They don’t give many explanations.
On the team’s level of fatigue:
continued and watch the Jordan Nolan extra penalty below...
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 27, 2014 – The NHL Stadium Series matchups from iconic venues in Los Angeles and New York this past weekend set viewership records across NBC and NBCSN, continuing NBC Sports Group’s strong NHL ratings this season.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“It was better than the ice in some NHL arenas,” said Ducks’ defenceman Francois Beauchemin. “It wasn’t an issue out there.”
Teemu Selanne, a veteran of five Olympic Games and a Stanley Cup championship in 2007, said he ranked the event “high on his bucket list” of career achievements.
“The whole package was outstanding,” said Selanne. “The atmosphere was unbelievable. You don’t have many chances to play in front of 55,000 people in California, outdoors, when you can see the stars. It was awesome. I’m going to remember this … and I can’t see any reason why we shouldn’t do this more.
“We were most worried about the ice and they did a great, unbelievable job. It was a great surprise that the ice was as good as it was – because obviously, the quality of the hockey, it can even be dangerous if the ice is not so good. Those guys, they were pros. It was maybe a little slower than normal rinks, but it was nice and smooth. In the third period, it got a little more sluggish, but that’s how every building is. I have no complaints.”
The game’s first star was a toss-up. It was either Ducks’ goaltender Jonas Hiller, who had a 36-save shutout in a game where the Kings held a territorial edge for the final 50 minutes, or Dan Craig, the NHL’s ice-making guru, who did what few thought possible and produced a thoroughly playable ice surface.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The GMs, often vexed on trade deadline day or upon the opening of the free-agent market on July 1, can’t agree on what should happen if, say, a goal or a penalty would occur during the time between a missed out-of-bounds call and a stoppage to allow the review.
The solution would seem to apply the same standard as when a goal is missed and later awarded by Toronto, which would be to wind back the clock and allow the penalty to stand. No goal could be scored in what would be illegitimate time.
There is sentiment among at least a portion of GMs and league executives to remedy the situation and apply video review to out-of-play calls for the playoffs. But best intentions may not be enough. It is not so simple to enact a rule change in-season, unless, of course, it applies to Sean Avery (See: 2008 playoffs, The Avery Rule).
In order to adopt expanded video review for the playoffs, the league would require approval from the competition committee, followed by a unanimous vote from the Board of Governors, as opposed to the two-thirds majority that’s necessary to enact changes before a season.
Perhaps the two points that went to the Red Wings — and could have implications worth millions of dollars if Detroit makes the playoffs by that margin — are enough to jog the board into dramatic action. Surely it should.
more plus other hockey topics...
LA Kings equipment manager Darren Granger discusses what adjustments have been made for the outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.
One of the challenges, keeping the players cool.
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