Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin had some very interesting parting words before he joined the Russian national team at the World Championships. A disappointing Game 7 loss should irritate Ovechkin, but it's not exactly something he's not familiar with. His team tends to exit in seven games quite often, giving fans high hopes then breaking their hearts.
Have we seen the last of Teemu Selanne in the NHL? As soon as the Anaheim Ducks were booted from the playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings, fans were immediately wondering if Selanne would be returning to play hockey for another year or if he'd call it a career and hang up his skates.
During the team's exit interviews on Tuesday, Selanne's future was a hot topic. When questioned about retirement, Selanne stated that he was going to take time to contemplate his future, as reported by the LA Times. In the past, Anaheim has allowed Selanne to determine his future and it's believed that will again be the case this summer.no comments
That didn't take long. The second round just got underway and Don Cherry already said something that angered fans, specifically those supporting the Ottawa Senators. What did he say this time? He ripped on the Ottawa Senators for a variety of things outside of their play on the ice, alluding to the fact that they have some feminine qualities.
Cherry slams Daniel Alfredsson for his hair and the fact he wears a barrette to keep his long locks out of his face. He also calls out a group of Senators for their lack of focus, claiming they're too busy talking about fashion while treating us all to a somewhat horrifying fake female voice.
Milan Lucic did a lot of things really well in Boston's unbelievable Game 7 victory over Toronto. Lucic scored a goal, added an assist and had the best handshake we've seen so far in the 2013 playoffs. When it came to the handshake line after their OT victory, Lucic got a bit personal with Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf.no comments
Iron Mike Keenan has coached for eight NHL teams since he began coaching in the 1984/1985 season. These coaching tenures usually end with someone in tears - a goalie, nine times out of ten. Keenan does not have a reputation as being someone easy to work for, and he's been given power that's incompatible to his personality. St. Louis Blues fans, like myself, despise Keenan for running Brendan Shanahan, Curtis Joseph, Wayne Gretzky, and Brett Hull out of St. Louis. He was once chased down the hall by bruseing NHL defender Dave Manson, and Jeremy Roenick has a multitude of stories even worse than that one. Keenan can sling arrows with the best of them, and that combative personality either works with players or it doesn't.no comments
The Anaheim Ducks finished second in the Western Conference, winning their second Pacific Division banner and giving their fans high hopes for the post-season. They were expected to make the playoffs this season, but the finish, despite the presence of superstars like Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan, and Ryan Getzlaf, was a pleasant surprise.
A team with a 30-12-6 record was just knocked out of the playoffs by a team with a 24-16-8 record in a hard-fought seven game series. There's nothing to be ashamed of by that, except for the fact that the Ducks were outgunned when it mattered by a smarter Detroit team. People who counted the Red Wings out this season did so at their own risk. Mike Babcock is one of the best coaches in the league, and he proved it this series.no comments
The playoff matchup that neutral hockey fans were hoping for is going to happen. Thanks to a Game 7 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the Detroit Red Wings will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in a playoff series that some fans have dreamed about ever since the NHL announced new alignment for 2013-14.
With the Red Wings set to flip over to the East next season, this will be the last time the two rivals will face one another as Western Conference rivals.no comments
After their thrilling 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6, the Los Angeles Kings safely advanced into the second round of the playoffs. They joined the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators as early qualifiers for the next round.
NHL.com decided to make a poll question asking fans which team they thought had the best shot at hoisting the Cup. There was just one small issue. Instead of writing in the "Los Angeles Kings" as an option, the folks behind the poll called them the "Lost Angeles Kings" instead.
Awesome. The NHL quickly caught their mistake, but not before hockey fans had a nice laugh.
Thanks to Matthew Reid for sending this our way!
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Corey Perry has a bit of a bad reputation around the NHL for questionable hits and dirty plays after the whistle. In Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings, Perry was given a two-minute penalty for interfering with goaltender Jimmy Howard. Perry certainly earned his two minutes, kicking Howard in a sensitive area. Twice.
You could make a case that the first kick, seen above, was caused by Perry being forced back into Howard by Jonathan Ericsson. The video below might disprove your argument as Perry added a second kick (around the 0:08 mark) without any assistance from the opposing defensemen.
The Ottawa Senators are pretty happy that they're advancing to the second round. Perhaps they are all a bit too excited as the team's official Twitter account proudly claimed that they are the first team to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
There's just one problem - San Jose advanced to the second round by sweeping the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. That was two days ago.
Maybe the team's Twitter was trying to say they are the first to advance from the Eastern Conference. Maybe all of the excitement got to someone's head and they blocked out what happened a couple days ago. Either way, congratulations to Ottawa for moving on and at least this blunder was a fairly minor one in the scheme of things.
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