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Quick Hits – May 31

May 31, 2012 2 comments

 

In other news around the league…

 

  • Career Red Wing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired today at the age of 42. Lidstrom played 20 seasons, helped the Wings win four Stanley Cups and was a seven time winner of the Norris Trophy. Lidstrom is the current record holder for consecutive games played on one team with 1564 games. A four time Olympian, Lidstrom, who hails from Sweden, scored the Gold Medal winning goal for his country’s team in the 2006 games. In his career, he had 264 goals, 1142 points and a plus/minus rating of +450.

 

  • The Phoenix Coyotes (read:cry-babies) will not be disciplined for their post-game shenanigans after they lost in OT to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals. NHL executive VP Colin Campbell made the announcement prior to last nights Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. Campbell laid out to the press what he said to each of the offending parties on the Coyotes roster and essentially said that, beyond a stern talking to, no discipline would be levied.

So, let’s review as I’m sure this won’t be the first or last time this happens in a playoff series ending game: Shane Doan and Keith Yandle go off, positively bonkers in their postgame commentary invoking conspiracy theories, calling out league ownership of the Coyotes, comparing the referees color scheme to the Kings colors and relating this to why the Kings won and they lost…no discipline. Mike Smith throws his stick to the ice in the direction of a ref…no discipline. Martin Hanzal skating aggresively and threateningly to and getting in the face of a ref to yell and scream (I’m quite certain dinner plans weren’t being discussed)…no discipline.

When this happens again, be it this season or next, we’ll see how the league responds.

 

  • The Calgary Flames have hired Bob Hartley as their new head coach after not renewing the contract of Brent Sutter at the end of this season. The former Colorado and Atlanta coach is 329-226-61 in the regular season and 49-35 in the post season, winning one Stanley Cup while he was with the Avs in 2000-01 season. Harley has not coached in the NHL since being fired by the Thrashers six games into the 2007-08 season.

 

 

Blowback

May 25, 2012 2 comments

As I’ve been telling my oldest daughter, all of 4 going on 14 years old, tantrums and talking back will get you absolutely nowhere in life. The NHL is looking to reinforce the same with the Phoenix Coyotes based on the following report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com:

The NHL is further investigating the postgame actions and comments of some Phoenix Coyotes players after their season-ending, overtime loss in the Western Conference finals, league executive vice president Colin Campbell told ESPN.com on Thursday.

The league is not pleased with some of what happened after Dustin Penner‘s overtime winner Tuesday night for the Kings, including Coyotes center Martin Hanzal skating aggressively toward a referee and making a gesture, goalie Mike Smith throwing his stick and Keith Yandle‘s postgame comment in which he suggested it was no surprise the calls didn’t go his team’s way given the similar colors of the refs’ and Kings’ uniforms.

“Their actions were unprofessional and unacceptable,” Campbell told ESPN.com.

The Coyotes were upset and emotional after their season ended just moments after Kings winger Dustin Brown crushed Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival with a controversial, borderline hit. There was no penalty on the play.

The league may decide to do nothing, but also could fine some players $2,500 apiece, the maximum under the collective bargaining agreement.

I guess the Coyotes didn’t get the message about losing gracefully. Showing up your opponents and referee’s post game are similar to a petulant, say, 4 year old not getting their way. Of course, any actions that come from this will only fortify the Coyotes position near the top of the NHL’s most Whiningest teams for the year (See the back and forth between the NY Rangers and…well, just about any opponent they’ve faced in the playoffs this year).  As it is, the Coyotes get to deal with the embarassing report that came out the other day that “Dr. Doan” is a better hockey player than sports medicine physician and that his doomsday ‘prognosis’ about teammate Michal Rozsival’s’blown out knee’ was reclassified by Real Doctors as a bruise.

Grow up, learn to lose gracefully, and maybe you boys can do battle with the Kings next year in the playoffs. That is, if Rozsivals’ blown out knee is feeling better by then…

Halfway There – Road Warriors Edition

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

 

  Drew Doughty #8 Of The Los Angeles Kings (2nd From R) Celebrates Getty Images

And what else is there to say, really? Still perfect on the road in the playoffs and tying the playoff road record with 9 straight dating back to last season and 7 of those this year. The Kings have been getting contributions from the usual suspects and some unexpected production as well. 2 goals from Dwight King in Game One, a Hat Trick (first for the Kings in the Playoffs since The Great One in ’93) from Jeff Carter, with two in the power play (and another goal from Dwight King) in Game Two, and a shutout performance from Quick in Game Two as well.

 

Every line; offense, defense and special teams were at their playoff best for the Kings.Yes, the Kings power play has finally caught fire and at just the right time. I’ve heard it thrown about in talk radio, NHL Network and a few unexpected outlets (EPSN Sportscenter?!? Now you care about hockey???!???) that the Kings are a team of destiny. Destiny is for gladhanded journalists. This writer recognizes the hard work these guys have put in, especially under new coach  Darryl Sutter.

 

It will be intersting to see what Brendan Shanahan and the league do, if anything, with the Coyotes Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal. Doan was bounced from the game near the end of the Second for Boarding Trevor Lewis who ended up coming away from that dustup with a bloodied nose bridge. Hanzal, same thing after he boarded King captain Dustin Brown midway through the Third. Brown was down for a few moments but appeared later in the game.  Even Coyotes goalie Mike Smith got into the mix, slashing Dustin Brown in the back of his leg. Somehow the zebras sent Brown to the penalty box for what they called diving after he took the hit.

 

The Coyotes started this game better than Game One but couldn’t maintain the intensity. It seemed that once the Kings scored their second goal early in the second, all bets were off and the Coyotes shifted to desperation mode. It was a bizarre transformation to watch in what had been, to that point, a very intense game that could have gone either way. Again, as in Game One, the Kings outshot the Coyotesand kept shot attempts by the Desert Dogs to a respectable minimum, barraging Mike Smith with 40 shots to the 24 that Quick had to deflect.

 

Clearly, the Coyotes lost their composure in this game and that will only help the Kings as they head home for Game Three on Thursday. Stay Tuned!