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Video- Part One, Best Of The Regular Season All In Slow Motion

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A little over four minutes long...

 

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Anaheim’s Veterans Must Step Up Tonight

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from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

If the Ducks don’t win tonight, the issue will be who, not where.

Rickard Rakell is the only top six forward with a plus-rating. He didn’t play in Game 5, might not play tonight.

The questions that Getzlaf seemed to escape in the first two rounds are gathering again. He has three assists and no goals in five games

But for all of Ryan Kesler’s purple hearts, he has one point in the series and hasn’t scored a goal since Game 3 of the Edmonton series.

Kesler usually compensates with defense, but Nashville’s top line has frolicked without much argument, and did so again Saturday with Johansen injured. In Game 4, Coach Randy Carlyle abandoned his custom of hunting line matchups, at the players’ request.

If all the Ducks had been as effective as 23-year-old Nick Ritchie and 21-year-old Brandon Montour, they’d be prepping for the Final by now.

The Ducks aren’t trailing because of goaltending. John Gibson’s save percentage is higher than Pekka Rinne’s, although Rinne has been his usual self in terms of puck-handling, whether it’s inside or outside the legal boundaries.

It’s Nashville’s bottomless jug of defensemen that is weighing heavily. Its top two pairs, Subban-Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis-Roman Josi, are averaging more than 20 minutes in this series in even-strength play alone. Those four play nearly five-sixths of the minutes and have totaled 11 points.

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Hockey, Nashville Style

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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Soundcheck time atop the band stage at Bridgestone Arena, three hours until the puck drops on the first conference finals this city has hosted—in any pro sport—and the Small-Time Rock Stars are tuning up. By now, after 200-some gigs spanning roughly 15 seasons, the name probably warrants an upgrade. From their perch above the Zamboni tunnel between Sections 110 and 111, they have jammed live alongside the likes of Charlie Daniels, Alice Cooper and Carrie Underwood. Of course the last celebrity act wasn't exactly difficult to book, being the exponentially more famous half of team captain Mike Fisher and all. But everyone else was equally eager. Music...hockey…“it’s all part of the DNA here,” says lead guitarist Steve Mandile, slipping into a Predators jersey. “The lines are pretty blurred.” ...

How far have the Predators come?

Gone are the “Hockey 101” classes meant to educate new fans on rules and tactics. Forgotten are the concerns about relocation, persistent until local business owners assembled to buy the team in Nov. ‘07. At one time, Nashville modeled itself on the Red Wings. “We were just nervous of them all the time,” Poile says. “We wanted to be like Detroit and beat Detroit.” When they finally did at the right time—in five games in the first round of ‘11-12—the Red Wings promptly changed conferences. “We’ve been chasing you for 10 years and you leave,” Poile would joke with counterpart Ken Holland. So the target then switched to Chicago; this spring’s series ended in a sweep. “As we go forward,” Poile says over a recent lunch, “that’s probably the confidence, the shot that we needed to have that belief.”

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Video- ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup

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The NHL put up this note: The following program may be unsuitable for children. Due to the possibility of strong language, viewer discretion is advised.

This is how Showtime describes the series- For the first time, viewers get a front row seat inside the playoffs and championship series of a major North American sport as it unfolds. This documentary series chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. Go onto the ice, into the locker room, and inside the minds of the players and coaches as they chase what is called by many the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.

Watch Season 2, Episode 1 below

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Videos- Coach’s Corner From Yesterday

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Topics discussed, Don Cherry hates afternoon games, the first period of Pens/Sens, Cherry says game 5 Ducks/Predators was the "most vicious game I think I’ve ever seen in the playoffs" and a few more topics.

 

 

Post-game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the "lousy" shootout in the World Championhsip, they recapped the Penguins 7-0 win over Ottawa and Tommy Wingels elbow on Scott Wilson.

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Happy Victoria Day - Fête de la Reine

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Today Canadians honor Queen Victoria's birthday.

Be safe and enjoy.

 

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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins lose 4-2 to San Jose in Game 2 of Western Conference Final

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL's Western Conference Final, the Grand Rapids Griffins suffered a setback in San Jose, losing 4-2 to the San Jose Barracuda.

Grand Rapids received 36 saves from Jared Coreau, but San Jose was able to go 3-for-5 on the power play; Julius Bergman and Ryan Carpenter scored power play goals in the 1st period to stake out a 2-0 lead, and while Grand Rapids rallied via a 1st-period marker from Tomas Nosek and a power play goal from Matt Ford...

But the Barracuda scored the eventual game-winner 50 seconds after Ford's goal, with Joakim Ryan scoring on Coreau, and the Shark...I mean Barracuda played trap and "left wing lock" hockey the rest of the way, shutting Grand Rapids down while playing some pretty boring hockey.

The Griffins will return to Van Andel Arena for Games 3 (Wednesday, May 24), 4 (Friday, May 26) and 5 (Saturday, May 27), and if this series needs more, it will shift back to San Jose for Games 6 and 7.

Update #1: Here's the AHL's recap...

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NHL Short Notes

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OFFENSIVE OUTBURST LEADS PENGUINS TO 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Pittsburgh scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season and aim to become the first NHL team to make consecutive appearances since they faced the Red Wings in back-to-back years in 2008 (DET: 4-2) and 2009 (PIT: 4-3).
 

 

 
* The Penguins earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a playoff shutoutfor the fourth time in franchise history. In fact, Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final marked just the third time in the past 10 playoff years that a team earned a shutout with a margin of victory of at least seven goals, and the second time this postseason (SJS: 7-0 W vs. EDM in Game 4 of FR).

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Toledo Walleye to hold Fan ‘Thank You’ on Monday at the Huntington Center

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Walleye are holding a "Fan Thank You" event Monday night at the Huntington Center:

What an unforgettable season of Toledo Walleye hockey! Records were crushed, new leaders were crowned and our fan support could be heard across the league.

Share in those moments on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. during a special FREE “Thank you, Toledo Walleye” event as the team takes to the ice for one final appearance together.

  • Huntington Center doors will open at 6 p.m. (Enter through Jefferson Street and the parking garage).
  • Event runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Coaches and players will address the fans from the ice.

Join us for one final salute.

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Gold For Team Sweden At The World Championship

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from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals and goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced, givig Sweden its first World Championship gold medal since 2013.

It also marked the first time in four gold-medal games between the two nations that Sweden beat Canada (having lost in the finals of 1997, 2003, and 2004)

Canada, trying to win a third straight gold, has to settle for silver.

The only other World Championship gold-medal game to go to a shootout was in 1994, when Canada beat Finland.

Sweden's captain, Joel Lundqvist, now joins Sven "Tumba" Johansson as the only members of Tre Kronor to win three World Championship gold medals.

In order to get to the shootout, Canada had to kill an overtime tripping penalty to Sean Couturier, and it did so masterfully. Besides that, Canada had several dangerous forays into the Swedish end but couldn't beat Lundqvist, who came over to the team mid-tournament after his New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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