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Another Dirty Hit?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL is not serious about cleaning up dirty hits that put players in jeopardy of concussions and other head injuries. The league can’t be.

We have seen too much evidence in these playoffs that shows the league isn’t yet to the point where it is willing to suspend players who commit these kinds of hits, even if they are accidental.

The latest, of course, is Sharks standout Patrick Marleau’s elbow/shoulder to the head of Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

The Penguins won, but Rust is now day-to-day with some sort of upper body injury. If you watch the play, there is no way you can tell me that Marleau wasn’t trying to head hunt and punish someone. But the league already announced today that Marleau won’t be facing any supplemental discipline.It would be shocking if it wasn’t so predictable, but there is no way the league is going to suspend one of its stars in the middle of the Stanley Cup final, especially with his team already down 1-0 in the series.


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Game One

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Pittsburgh wins game one of the Stanley Cup finals by a 3-2 score.  They took an early 2-0 lead.  San Jose fought back to even the score.  Nick Bonino scored the winning goal with less than three minutes left.  Ironically Bonino was originally a San Jose Shark draft pick but he never played a game for them.  San Jose had one last chance as Ben Lovejoy took a penalty for most of the final two minutes but they couldn't even the score.

Perhaps the most discussed point was Patrick Marleau's hit on Bryan Rust in the third period.  Marleau took a two minute penalty and Rust was unable to play after trying one more shift unsuccessfully.  There was some thought that Marleau might be suspended.  That didn't happen.  The NHL will have a much higher tolerance for potentially suspendable events in the Stanley Cup finals than they would in the regular season.  They don't want to be seen as deciding the series with suspension calls.

Both teams will go at it again for a game two on Wednesday.

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Video- The Journey To The Stanley Cup

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via NHL.com,

JP Morosi describes the amazing journey that one must go through to reach hockey's greatest prize, the Stanley Cup.


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A One-Year Contract Extension For Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 11:27am,



(May 31, 2016) - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract extension.  Hitchcock was originally hired by the Blues on Nov. 7, 2011, becoming the 24th head coach in team history.  The Edmonton, Alberta native will enter his sixth season behind the Blues bench in 2016-17.

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Video- How To Call A Goal In The Stanley Cup Final

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Free Live Stream For The 2016 Calder Cup Finals

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League has announced the complete schedule for the 2016 Calder Cup Finals between the Eastern Conference champion Hershey Bears, top development team of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the Western Conference champion Lake Erie Monsters, top development team of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. 

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Walleye’s Evan Rankin to hold hockey camp for kids with disabilities

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

A compelling encounter with an enthusiastic young fan planted the seed for Walleye forward Evan Rankin to help organize a fantasy hockey camp for players with developmental disabilities.

Rankin, Toledo’s outgoing and generous veteran, met Ryan Sly, an eager and energetic fan, before a game at the Huntington Center in March. Ryan’s mother, Marie Sly, videotaped the interaction.

“It was a special-needs team from Grand Rapids that had come to watch our game,” Rankin said. “There was this one young boy really cheering us on. I played along with him, and his mom sent me a video of it. We got to talking and I proposed this idea to her. She was on board and ran with it.”

Rankin will host the inaugural Professional Hockey Academy Special Hockey Fantasy Camp in Livonia, Mich., on June 4-5.

The camp is sponsored by the American Special Hockey Association, which was created in 2000 to give people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.

Continued, and Rankin's camp still has open spots...

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The Philadelphia Flyers Mourn The Passing Of Rick MacLeish

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Rick MacLeish, member of the Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975, passed away today at the age of 66.

“With the passing of Rick MacLeish, the Flyers have lost one of their legends,” said Flyers President, Paul Holmgren. “A good father, grandfather, teammate and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years. His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.”


MacLeish had the Stanley Cup winning goal in 1974 for the Flyers.


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Slow Start Hurt The Sharks

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The anticipation was gripping. The lights were bright. The noise was loud. Yellow laundry was being twirled in the air by 18,596 yellow laundry twirlers. And the entire hockey world was looking over the Sharks' shoulders to see if the teal was for real.

So maybe it's no surprise that when they showed up for their first Stanley Cup Final game ever here, the Sharks played . . . like it was their first Stanley Cup Final game ever.

Very shaky at the start. Much better as the game progressed. And then not quite sharp enough at the end, the victim of a possible bad-luck breakdown -- and ultimately a 3-2 loser.

Thus, the Sharks begin their quest for the Cup down one game in the best-of-seven, with the next faceoff coming up Wednesday

"We had some spurts here and there," said Sharks' coach Pete DeBoer. "But they played their game for longer stretches than we did tonight. That's what happens. You don't deserve to win when you don't outplay the other team."


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Speed On Ice In Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Sit back and get ready to love this series.

Because if Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals was any indication, we're in for a royal treat, with two transition teams built on speed and skill giving the sport of hockey one unreal sales job over the next two weeks.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night was played at warp speed -- the third-period buzzer leaving you gasping for air, if you were fortunate enough to be inside a loud Consol Energy Center.

Imagine what it was like for the players.

"Yeah, considering the situation, you've got to be sharp," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who seemed to have rocket fuel in his skates. "You can't hesitate, you can't have a misstep where somebody loses an edge or you're not quite on your guy. There's so much speed out there, they're going to get a chance. I think everyone felt it out there tonight, that it was another level, as to be expected here."


Game highlights are below...

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