Justin Abdelkader got another knuckleball past Marc-Andre Fleury. His insurance flutters have really helped the Wings flip to defense mode and lock down Sidney Crosby & co. The Wings D has been the biggest factor in this series so far.
One Pen who’s putting points on the board is Evgeni Malkin. After the end of last night’s game, he’s also the series PIM leader. If Vegas was crazy enough to put odds out on him fighting Henrik Zetterberg, there might be a few bankrupt sportsbooks right now. A frustrated Malkin went after Zetterberg, who took a while to get a glove off.
Malkin picked up an instigator from the play. NHL rule 47.22 calls for an automatic suspension any time a player receives an instigator within the last five minutes of a game, but will not be suspended. This is completely expected. The league has been pretty consistent about lifting the suspension for instances like this: close games, scorers on the ice, play seems non-premeditated. For some reason there’s confusion about this, and the rule itself is awful, but this is how it’s worked since the rule has been added.
Game 3 is Tuesday night, 8pm eastern.
Evgeni Malkin vs Henrik Zetterberg May 31, 2009
Chris Nilan vs Tim Hunter May 18, 1986
Eric Boulton vs Wade Brookbank Mar 28, 2008
Boris Valabik vs Joe Corvo Mar 28, 2008
Martin Lapointe vs Tim Conboy Mar 16, 2008
Barry Nieckar vs Shane Churla Feb 11, 1995
The Red Wings jumped out for a 1-0 series lead last night.
Game two is tonight. While the back-to-back games are for tv reasons, I think it’s great. It’s fun to see the Cup just fly out of the gate. Plus, it’ll be June tomorrow. Not a hockey month.
Chris Simon vs Dan LaCouture Feb 26, 2009
Bryan Berard vs Branislav Mezei Feb 26, 2009
Chris Chelios vs Ron Hextall May 11, 1989
Duane Sutter vs Brian MacLellan May 10, 1989
Keith Jones vs Craig MacTavish Feb 22, 1996
Craig Berube vs Shawn Antoski Feb 22, 1996
Kevin Kaminski vs Shawn Antoski Feb 22, 1996
Dennis Vial vs Scott Thornton Dec 20, 1997
Derek Armstrong vs Darcy Tucker Dec 20, 1997
Tony Twist vs Nick Kypreos Dec 17, 1991
Kevin Maguire vs Lyndon Byers Nov 30, 1989
Ed Hospodar vs Kevin McClelland May 30, 1985
Brad Marsh vs Don Jackson May 30, 1985
Dave Brown vs Don Jackson May 30, 1985
The Penguins completed a sweep of the Hurricanes last night, and the Red Wings knocked off the Blackhawks tonight to finish the series in five. So after many game sevens the rounds before, the Conference Finals went quickly and now we’re left with a rematch of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. We’ll have one of our previews in the upcoming days.
Since 92-93 there have been only four Wings-Pens fights*:
Jay Caufield vs Bob Probert Nov 13, 1992
Marty McSorley vs Bob Probert from Feb 4, 1994
Darren McCarty vs Kelly Buchberger Oct 18, 2003
Brad Norton vs Andre Roy Oct 7, 2006
In case you only watch one, the McSorley-Probert fight is one of the best of all-time, easy.
* there were a couple of more fights during preseason
Steroids, you say
If you’ve never watched football, or the Olympics, or baseball, or cycling, or basically any sport or athletic competition at a serious level, let me break some news to you: some athletes use steroids. Shocking, I know.
A couple in Florida was arrested for selling steroids. They claim they sold them to many pro athletes, and specifically named the Nats and Caps.
The NHL and the Capitals quickly released statements. The quick and easy version of them: “Steroids? Nah.” Donald Brashear said he knew of nothing to Washington radio station WJFK.
The tough guys will be called out, due to the misconception that steroids are just for making you big and strong, but that’s simply not true. While Manny Ramirez and other sluggers may get the biggest steroids-related baseball headlines, a look at MLB’s suspension list (or the minor league suspension list), lets you know that this isn’t a power thing, but that all types (and sizes) of players are possible users. It’s just the harsh reality of it. Some fans care, some don’t. Personally, I happen to like a level playing field.
Keith Primeau vs Shane Churla Dec 19, 1992
Jim Kyte vs Marty McSorley Oct 10, 1985
Robert Dirk vs Kelly Chase Nov 26, 1992
Dave Brown vs Kelly Buchberger May 17, 1987
Dave Manson vs Gerald Diduck Dec 3, 1992
Kelly Buchberger vs Sergio Momesso Dec 3, 1992
Louie Debrusk vs Gino Odjick Dec 3, 1992
Shayne Corson vs Dana Murzyn Dec 3, 1992
Craig Muni vs Adrien Plavsic Dec 3, 1992
Louie Debrusk vs Gerald Diduck Dec 3, 1992
Former Red Wing Bob Probert insists that telling Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews to kick the Wings’ [butts] was a joke
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Things got rough at the end of the game. A frustrated Hurricanes team wasn’t going to go away quietly. After Kris Letang took a stick to the face from Ryan Bayda, Tim Gleason grabbed Letang out of a scrum and started tossing at will, just in case his face didn’t hurt enough from Bayda’s stick. Patrick Eaves also took some from Miroslav Satan. Really. I’m not making that last part up, it’s in the video. Being in NY, I get Versus, but I hope to add the TSN feed as well as I was told Gord Miller gave the site a mention, always fun.
Patrick Eaves vs Miroslav Satan May 21, 2009
Tim Gleason vs Kristopher Letang May 21, 2009
Chris Murray vs Dennis Bonvie Nov 15, 1998
Matt Stefanishion vs Scott McCulloch May 14, 2009
Lance Galbraith vs Steve Makway May 14, 2009
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With the Red Wings winning in OT last night and taking a 2-0 lead in the series against the Blackhawks, we’ve moved one step closer to a Stanley Cup Finals rematch between the Wings and the Pens. The NHL can’t be upset with that, although a Chicago comeback would top off the Second City market revival nicely.
Forbes has declared the Blackhawks the greatest sports-business turnaround ever, and it’s hard to disagree.
Win your own fight
millitary.com’s fitness blog has an entry and video related to hockey fights: Every fight in a hockey game is a close quarters combat scenario. It uses the in-close concept of a hockey fight for tips to handling an anywhere-fight. We commonly post about players in hockey using outside concepts to help them win fights on-ice, so I thought it’d be interesting to link up the flip-side.
ESPN’s Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, professes his renewed love for the NHL. It should come as no surprise when his reasons include the Bruins winning and fighting numbers ticking upwards.
A night off
No NHL tonight, but there is a Memorial Cup game, Rimouski at Drummondville. It’s on Sportsnet in Canada and the NHL Network in the States.
Kris King vs Michel Petit Dec 20, 1997
Dominic Roussel vs Sean Burke Feb 24, 1993
Dmitri Yushkevich vs Jim McKenzie Feb 24, 1993
P.J. Stock vs Jeremy Stevenson Feb 4, 1998
Dennis Vial vs Stu Grimson Dec 16, 1997
Sébastien Piché vs Adam Henrique May 17, 2009
Logan MacMillan vs Jesse Blacker May 17, 2009
Ex-Hawk, Wing Probert is in Chicago’s Corner
Hockey Star Sean Avery Drops the Puck for Boozy Offseason at New Tribeca Bar
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A pair of Game 7’s are on the way. Despite another spirited outing from Carolina’s surprisingly faithful fans, the Bruins were able to hurt the ‘Canes on the scoreboard early and often on Tuesday night and forced a seventh and deciding game that will take place this Thursday.
The Ducks and Wings will join them. In an ending that you had to see to believe, Anaheim held off a late rally from Detroit. Jonas Hiller made one of the biggest saves of the playoffs thus far and the game ended with a line brawl.
Ryan Getzlaf and Marian Hossa got into it as the horn sounded to end the game. Getzlaf threw some gloved punches at Hossa while everyone else paired off. Corey Perry beat on Brian Rafalski while Getzlaf and Hossa continued to try and get at each other. Scott Niedermayer and Pavel Datsyuk of all people also dropped the gloves and received majors.
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Some great hockey last night. The Capitals and Penguins are delivering on every level. Fun, exciting hockey and close, close games. Last night’s was the third game to go to overtime. Dave Steckel‘s game-winner forces a game seven. May game seven also go into overtime. Good for hockey fans, good for the defibrillator industry.
The Blackhawks took game six and the series from the Canucks. A game that gradually turned into an 80s-style shootout, was a blast to watch. The Western Conference finals should be good no matter which opponent Chicago winds up with. Anaheim will continue the rough road to the Cup for the Hawks, while a series against Detroit could reignite one of the NHL’s oldest rivalries.
Brashear’s Caps days done?
Winger and enforcer Donald Brashear has completed his six-game NHL suspension and was part of the morning skate today, but Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said yesterday he doesn’t see how he could work Brashear into the lineup for a game like this. He’s the type of player you might want to use early in a series that you expect will be physical. Word in Washington is that Brashear might very well have played his last game as a Capital, regardless of whether the team can come back to beat the Penguins.
Brash has become very popular very fast in his three years in DC. He’s played 220 games, accumulating 25 points and 37 fighting majors during that time.
Scott Walker vs Aaron Ward May 10, 2009
Tim Conboy vs Mark Stuart May 10, 2009
Dale Kushner vs Steve Thomas Feb 1, 1992
Kent Huskins vs Ben Guite Feb 12, 2008
Ryan Getzlaf vs Ian Laperriere Feb 12, 2008
Brian Sutherby vs Cody McLeod Feb 12, 2008
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The TV magic behind Hockey Night in Canada
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