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  • #46
    Still watching. McD of the Rangers was playing with a broken foot. I'm pretty sure most people in other sports won't do that.

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        If there’s any edict in the NHL rulebook that deals in shades of grey, it’s the one with regards to goals being scored with a “distinct kicking motion.”
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        • #49
          Gameon!After three painful days off, the Stanley Cup Final kicks off tonight inFlorida as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks arechasing their third Cup in five years, while the Lightning are looking for thefranchise’s second Stanley Cup.

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            • #51
              NBC Sports boss’ call to ban NHL playoff beards was wrong – but underlying message wasn’t

              By: Adam Proteau on June 9, 2015


              Lightning players Jason Garrison and Tyler Johnson speak to media after Game 2 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


              Okay, we’re all pretty much agreed NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus was wrong to lobby the NHL to ban players from growing playoff beards. They’re here to stay for more than one reason. It’s clear the grand majority of NHL fans love them. In a more environment-conscious society, it’s admirable to see guys like Brent Burns construct entire alternative fulLy functional ecosystems using only his face, sunlight and the passage of time. In a world where we need comedy now more than ever, there’s Jonathan Toews’ “beard”. They’re not going anywhere.

              For all the likelihood of it happening, Lazarus may as well have been asking for protective cups to be banned while he was trying to go Full Lamoriello on the grooming habits of NHL Players’ Association members. But when you consider the TV executive’s underlying message – that the league, the game and its players must take greater efforts to maximize their marketability – isn’t to be mocked at all. Lazarus is doing the NHL a service by trying to shake the tree and wake people up to a problem, because hockey at its highest level too often strives for a homogeneity that threatens its place in the pro sports pecking order.

              The playoff beard tradition isn’t all that much of a tradition, as Lazarus noted; it began with the 1980s-era New York Islanders Stanley Cup-winning teams, but didn’t fully catch on for many years after that. Wayne Gretzky’s Oilers never looked like they were auditioning to be Rip Van Winkle when they were winning championships. But again, if everyone has come to adore the notion of a razor-free Cup tournament, so be it.

              However, if you’re drawing a line in the sand at hockey beards and making it clear you’re not even willing to consider a change to this relatively new tradition, ask yourself this: what parts of the NHL are you willing to consider a change for? Slightly bigger nets? Is that another absolute no-no you won’t abide? And what about advertisements on player jerseys? Is that a personal point of no return for you? What about a serious attempt at modernizing officiating with a massive increase in the use of video replay? Is that when you throw up your hands and walk away from watching the game?

              You see the point here, right? I’m not suggesting all of the aforementioned potential changes be implemented. But if the number of hills you’re prepared to die on makes the Himalayas look like Saskatchewan, maybe the issue is you and your inflexibility and not people like Lazarus who have the ultimate goal of getting more people watching the sport.

              If Safe is Death as a hockey strategy, the same goes in regard to business. There’s a reason products in virtually every industry known to man are constantly attempting to evolve. If you don’t change with the times, you don’t get many more times to change. And in many regards, the NHL hasn’t changed enough to compete in the modern entertainment industry. Players and media continue a Kabuki Theatre of passive-aggressive thrust-and-parry that usually results in the journalism equivalent of Muzak. Virtually every night, there is a Cirque du Snoré of endless hackneyed surface analysis, an unspoken contest to see which players can use the most syllables to say the least. Is that an area where players are willing to change? Knowing that they might be making more hockey fans (and putting more money in their pockets), can they show a little more emotion and care a little less about winding up on the opposition’s dressing room message board as the author of a quote that indicates they’re an actual human being and not a magic 8-ball of cliches?

              This is the subtext of Lazarus’ discussion about playoff beards. There is sameness all around us. Hockey arenas are for the most part as cookie-cutter as our cities and their strip-mall, big-box-store suburbs have become. The NHL’s salary cap seeks to make teams as similar as possible. Players are instructed and encouraged to remain stone-faced and businesslike after scoring goals. Anyone who displays the slightest hint of personality is relentlessly condemned as a selfish egotist and self-promoter until they surrender and start reciting the same tired turns-of-phrase everyone else does.

              Why would a young kid who could be playing a video-game that’s an all-out assault on the senses, or who could be taking advantage of the numerous new sports and recreation alternatives in existence, choose hockey as the place in which to invest their eyeballs, emotions and disposable income when the joy is so systemically flushed out of it? The answer: they wouldn’t. If hockey is determined to stay static as a product, growth in the game will be static. This is why it’s so crucial to reach out to new cultures, to do better at reaching women as consumers and fans, to explore new options both on the technological front and the content end.

              If the game is to grow, change is inevitable and not nearly as negative as many would have you believe. So yes, Lazarus picked the wrong target when he focused on playoff beards. But his intent is admirable, and if we can stop piledriving his one particular notion into the ground, we’d see he’s got a point.
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              • #52
                Former wrestler, UFC fighter CM Punk calls out Hulk Hogan in Stanley Cup final feud


                UFC star, former pro wrestler and diehard Hawks fan CM Punk reacts after shooting the puck between periods of an NHL game between his favorite team and the L.A. Kings March 30 in Chicago. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)


                And now, for a sentence you didn’t expect to be reading during the Stanley Cup final: it appears an old-school wrestling feud is underway between a pair of notable fans from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.



                Hulk Hogan, the legendary professional wrestler and Lightning supporter, and CM Punk, a Chicago native, former professional wrestler and current UFC fighter, have gotten into a war of words regarding the final. The latest barbs come from Punk, real name Phil Brooks, ahead of Game 3. Punk took aim at Hogan’s mispronunciation of Steven Stamkos and mistakenly calling Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper, “Jon Conner.”



                When Punk says Hogan spoke his name first, he’s referring to an interview that occurred before Game 1 of the series. Hogan referenced comments Punk made, and followed up by saying he, “wouldn’t want to be a Blackhawk tonight.”





                The feud goes a bit deeper, too, as the two former squared-circle grapplers continued their war of words on Twitter, with Hogan saying the Blackhawks should, “take their (puck) and go home.” Punk retorted, with some colorful language we won’t use here, that he would, “wreck,” Hogan.

                Punk has been gone from WWE since 2014, but should he return, maybe a bout with Hogan is in the cards. Winner gets a miniature Stanley Cup.
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                • #53
                  Hawks Group of Seven on the verge of making history

                  By: Ken Campbell on June 14, 2015






                  Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Niklas Hjalmarsson (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)


                  CHICAGO – If the Chicago Blackhawks manage to win the Stanley Cup on home ice Monday night, let the debate begin about whether or not this group should be considered a dynasty. It’s certainly a debatable subject, with sentiment going to the yes side considering how difficult it is to win a championship even once in the salary cap era. To win it three times in six years, well, you’ve really got something going there.

                  The Blackhawks have an opportunity to win their first Stanley Cup on home ice in 77 years and, unbeknownst to many, the first time to have it presented to them on home ice in 81 years. That’s because the 1938 Blackhawks were such a rag-tag outfit that NHL president Frank Calder had the Cup delivered from Detroit to Toronto, so sure was he the Maple Leafs would beat the Blackhawks in the final. And he had good reason. The Blackhawks limped into the playoffs that year with a 14-25-9 record, losing their last three regular seasons by a combined score of 13-3. So when the Blackhawks celebrated on home ice with a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on April 12, 1938, they did so without the guest of honor in attendance.

                  So all of this is rather rare for the Blackhawks. And if the Hawks do manage to win, either on home ice Monday night or in Game 7 Wednesday night in Tampa, seven players will have an opportunity that nobody has ever done wearing a Blackhawks sweater – win three Stanley Cups with an Indian head on the front of his sweater.

                  Six players have done it twice for Chicago – Elwin ‘Doc’ Romnes, Harold ‘Mush’ March, Paul Thompson, Johnny Gottselig, Louis Trudel and Roger Jenkins all won the Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks in 1934 and ’38. (Gottselig was the team’s public relations director when they won again in 1961, but his name is not on the Cup with that team.)

                  Should the Blackhawks win Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson will become the first Blackhawk players to win three Cups for the franchise. (Bryan Bickell has been with the team for all three Cups, but didn’t qualify to get his name on the first one in 2010.) Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville, with two Cups as Hawks to their credit, already have won more Cups than any GM or coach in the history of the franchise and have an opportunity to pad those totals.

                  As an interesting aside, should the Blackhawks win the Cup this year, Stan and his Hall of Fame father Scotty will have their names on the Stanley Cup a total of 17 times, equaling the number of times Jean Beliveau has his name on the Cup alone.

                  “None of that stuff is really going to help us achieve what we want to achieve,” Toews said. “That’s where our heads are at right now.”

                  But Toews also acknowledged earlier in the series that it’s difficult not to dream a little about what might lie ahead. But that usually lasts, oh, about a millisecond, maybe two. “There are moments where you let yourself daydream,” Toews said recently. “All of a sudden you catch yourself getting ahead of yourself. You need to snap back to right here, right now.”

                  In order to fulfill that dream, the Blackhawks are likely going to have to play their best game of the series in Game 6, something that actually should not be that difficult to do. Game 5 was the only game so far where the Blackhawks have played with any sort of consistency and even though they were in control for much of the game, they know they have another level of play they can reach. Since winning the Cup in 2010, the Blackhawks have become a more difficult opponent the deeper a series goes. They know they will be facing a desperate team in the Lightning, one that tends to be able to stare these kinds of situations down in the face and overcome them with regularity.

                  “We get into these later games where we have the chance to play these games that are more meaningful, I think that’s when we play our best,” Toews said. “I think it works out that way, not necessarily having the killer instinct, flipping a switch, playing our best hockey. We played a really good team game because it’s going to be equally their best game of the series, as well.”
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