May 31, 2013 |
For just the second time in NHL history and the first time since 1945, the four teams left standing - Pittsburgh and Boston in the East, Los Angeles and Chicago in the West - happen to have won the last four Stanley Cups. Fifty-six players on those teams have had their names engraved on the Cup. They know what it takes, almost ensuring high quality from here until the finish. The story lines are plentiful. Consider: Pittsburgh winger Jarome Iginla is facing the Boston team he spurned at the last minute before accepting a trade from Calgary to the Penguins before the March 28 deadline.
May 17, 2013 |
BRAD MARCHAND scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Bruins beat the New York Rangers last night in Boston, 3-2, in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams. Marchand, Boston's top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the postseason on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
May 17, 2013
Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in overtime and the host Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams. Marchand, Boston's top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the postseason on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
May 16, 2013 |
IF THE Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings rivalry is about to undergo a transformation, the Blackhawks want to have the final say. They got the first word. Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger scored in the third period, Corey Crawford made 20 saves and the Blackhawks beat the visiting Wings, 4-1, in the opener of their second-round Western Conference playoff series last night. Detroit moves to the Eastern Conference next season. "As happy as we are about going to the Eastern Conference, we are going to be giving up something that's pretty special," Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said.
June 10, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - On the exact two-year anniversary of Patrick Kane's crushing, Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal at the Wells Fargo Center, the New Jersey Devils kept Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne without a title. For two more days, at least. In prolonging their season, the Devils did two things with a 2-1 win over the Kings in Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals that no other team was able to accomplish so far in the postseason: beat Los Angeles on the road and push the Kings to a sixth game in a series.
June 7, 2012
Jonathan Quick remembers eating ice pops with his friends and watching their beloved New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup on television in 1994. Dustin Brown vaguely recalls Joe Nieuwendyk's bringing the Cup to Ithaca, N.Y., but can't remember if he got to see it up close. With just one more win by their Los Angeles Kings, the star goalie and the captain will have the Stanley Cup in their hands, above their head - even in the Pacific Ocean, if they choose. The stage is set for a California coronation in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
June 4, 2012 |
Now that upstart Los Angeles is in the Stanley Cup Finals, it would be only natural if two certain Flyers felt a twinge of disappointment that they weren't part of the Kings' surprising playoff run. Forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn cut their teeth with the Kings before being dealt to the Flyers last June in the shocking deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Left Coast. Simmonds and Schenn are rooting for the Kings to bring home their first Cup since the franchise started in 1967-68, but have no regrets about the trade.
April 16, 2011
Caps blank Rangers Michal Neuvirth stopped 22 shots for his first playoff shutout and the host Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers, 2-0, Friday. Lightning beat Penguins Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist and Simon Gagne had three assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the host Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1. Kings' Stoll is suspended The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll one day after he hit Sharks defenseman Ian White from behind in the opening game of the best-of-seven series.
February 14, 2011 |
After watching the league's most prolific offense sputter with just eight goals in the last five games, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette decided it was time for a change. To start yesterday's matinee with the Kings, Laviolette moved Mike Richards away from center for the first time all season to skate with Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux. That forced Andreas Nodl, who had been on Richards' line for the bulk of the season, to center James van Riemsdyk and Dan Carcillo. The only line to remain the same was Danny Briere with Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino.