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Columbus Blue Jackets stun Pittsburgh Penguins yet again; series even 2-2

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on April 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)



It is certainly true that in the NHL playoff hockey anything is possible. In the opening round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, one thing has proven impossible to do: The team with the lead coming away with the victory. In each of the games previous these two combatants blew 3-1 advantages.


Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins held what is typically considered a comfortable lead - they were up 3-0 after the first frame on goals from: Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and James Neal - only to see it slip away like quicksand through their fingers. In the dying seconds of regulation time, with 24 clicks on the clock, Brandon Dubinsky capitalized on yet another highlight to put on the Marc-Andre Fleury Playoff blooper reel. Fleury, miss-handled the puck behind his own net, placing it in Dubinsky Lap. 


The rest is history. Nationwide Arena went wild inspiring Nick Foligno, who potted the winner just 2:49 into overtime. Booked it as the Columbus Blue Jackets second ever playoff triumph. All of a sudden, this doesn't look like such an easy scenario for Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the series is square at two apiece. 


Seabrook Should Be Out As Long As Backes

Posted by James Lindsay on April 23, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Chicago Blackhawk's defenceman Brent Seabrook's attempt to take off the head of St. Louis Blues captain David Backes at the end of Game 2 is an event that continues to reverberate, even though we are through Game 3 and the Blues are up 2-1 in the series.  Much has been made of the loss to the Blackhawks of a key defenceman for three games, however not much about how the Blues could be without their captain for the rest of the series and beyond.  Seabrook's suspension of three games is serious and I think the most that could be expected of the NHL.  It was not a slap on the wrist, however it did not go far enough. Seabrook hit Backes when the puck was not even in his possession, blindsiding him with his elbow in the head, causing his head to smash into the boards.  Arguably it was a deliberate attempt to injure Backes.  Hockey is a rough and tumble sport.  One reason we love it is because it is tough and not all mamby pamby like the NFL is becoming.  That being said, rough does not mean cheap shots are okay.  The Blues play tough, however they are not cheap shot artists, like the Hawks and especially Seabrook were in Game 2.  It would go a long way toward preventing situations like this if players stayed off the ice as long as the players they illegally hurt.  Seabrook should sit until Backes comes back or the end of this series, whichever comes first.     

Top 20 most popular NHL players according to Google

Posted by Talk Hockey on April 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Top 20 most popular NHL players according to Google

Best Tickets Blog gathered some compelling data recently after researching the most popular athletes according to their number of Google search queries over the past 12 months.

Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Floyd Maywether are one, two and three on the list. The first NHL athlete doesn't appear on the rankings until 31st (Sidney Crosby). Above is a list excluding all non-hockey athletes and showing you the most searched players from the National Hockey League. 

- Not too surprising seeing Sidney Crosby first on the list. 

- T.J. Oshie sits in third place solely because of his incredible shootout performance in the 2014 Sochi Olympics

- Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin are both in the top twenty because Leafs fans have continuously debated their trade

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- Biggest surprise is definitely Mike Fisher at number 13. Not sure why he's so high on the list. Carrie Underwood maybe? 

- Four players from the Boston Bruins on this list (Rask, Chara, Iginla, Lucic). 

- Biggest snub is Steven Stamkos. The Lightning forward is a perennial fifty goal scorer when healthy, and arguably the most electrifying sniper in the game after Alexander Ovechkin. I can't believe he's not on here. Maybe because of a non-traditional hockey market: Tampa Bay. 

These statistics were brought to you by Best Tickets.

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GIF: Granlund scores goal of the playoffs with overtime winner

Posted by Talk Hockey on April 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

GIF: Granlund scores goal of the playoffs in overtime winner?

Mikael Granlund may have just scored the goal of the playoffs in Game Three between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild quarter-final series.

In overtime, the Wild forward deked around the entire Colorado defense, somehow kept control of the puck, fell to the ice, and shot it into the net.

Pretty incredible for your first career playoff goal. The Avalanche now lead the series only by one game, 2-1. Granlund puts the Wild back within reach.

Parise's comments on Granlund's amazing goal

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Video: Terrible disallowed goal during Game Three between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens

Posted by Talk Hockey on April 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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In an unbelievable action packed game, this terrible call by the referees may have just changed the fate of the entire Tampa Bay vs. Montreal first round series.

With 4:22 remaining in the second period, the Lightning appeared to have taken a 2-1 lead. The goal was waved off by the official, who thought there was goaltender interference on the play, when there obviously wasn't...

What irritates me the most about the situation is why couldn't they just take a video replay to make sure they were making the right call? 

The Lightning went on to lose the game 3-2, by ONE GOAL, and they now trail the series 3-0 and would need an unlikely four straight wins to comeback.

GIF Below: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan with a premature celebration.



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NHL to hand out annual awards in Las Vegas June 24

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on April 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

The NHL announced on April 21 that the league’s annual awards will once again be handed out in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. The awards ceremony will take place at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Hotel on Tuesday, June 24 and will be broadcast live on television in America by NBCSN and in Canada on CBC. The NHL Awards will be hosted by Canadian journalist and TV interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos.

 

 

 

This will mark the fifth time the league has taken the awards show to Los Vegas to honor the best players in the NHL and the second time the ceremony will be taking place at the Wynn. Stroumboulopoulos was recently announced as the new host of Canada’s famous Hockey Night in Canada program following a new broadcasting deal between the NHL and Rogers Communications n Canada.

 

 

 

It will be the first time Stroumboulopoulos has hosted the program and the NHL Awards. He will take over as the host of Hockey Night in Canada from current host Ron MacLean in October of 2014. He will also host various other regular NHL programming and games on the Rogers network. The 2014 NHL Awards will honor the league’s best regular-season players in a variety of different categories.

 

 

 

These include handing out silverware such as the Hart Trophy for the league’s most valuable player, the Vezina Trophy to the most outstanding goaltender, The Norris Trophy to the most outstanding defenseman, and the Calder Trophy for the top rookie. The Ted Lindsay Award will also be handed out to the league’s most outstanding player, which is voted on by the player’s peers in the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA).

 

 

 

The finalists for each of the awards will be announced in April. The nominees for one award will be revealed on a daily basis beginning on April 22 with the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best combines ability and sportsmanship. The final trophy nominees will be announced on May 6 for the Jack Adams Award which goes to the NHL’s coach of the year.

 

 

 

In addition, the winners of the league’s regular-season statistical awards will also be announced n Las Vegas. Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer for the second time in his career while right-winger Alexander Ovechkin won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal getter for the fourth time in his career. Goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings will take home the William M. Jennings Trophy for the first time in his career for allowing the fewest goals against in a minimum of 25 games played. The NHL Awards show will also feature a full line up well-known entertainers and trophy presenters.

 

 

 

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Flyers beat the Rangers and tie up the series at 1

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on April 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It was looking rather bleak at 2-0 eight minutes into Game 2 of the Flyers-Rangers series Sunday at Madison Square Garden

 


The Flyers had just come off their first power play of the day without a shot, fans were cheering, the Rangers had momentum and then … the Flyers got a rush off a chip pass from Scott Hartnell and it resulted in a Jakub Voracek goal.

 


Just like that, the Flyers were back in the game. By the end of the second period, the Flyers were ahead and back in the series as they erased a lot of bad things Easter Sunday en route to a 4-2 victory that tied the series at 1-1. It was the Flyers' first win in New York after nine straight losses. Their last win at MSG was on Feb. 20, 2011.

 


New life for the Flyers


Game 3 is Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

 


Ray Emery, who is still having trouble moving laterally, came up big at times and finished with 31 saves. He got stronger as the game went on.

 


The Flyers did a much better job of getting pucks deep, forechecking and playing with the puck. Their only downfall was again having committed too many penalties that kept the Rangers on the power play much of the day.



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