Quick Shines Again
The Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators was not the only playoff series that started last night. The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings battled the San Jose Sharks late last night and it was very entertaining. The Kings ended up winning the game 2-0 led by a stellar performance by goaltender Jonathan Quick. Quick did not allow a single goal in and registered 35 saves in the victory. His 5 wins in the postseason is ranked first in the NHL. Slava Voynov and Mike Richards were the goal scorers for Los Angeles as they now have a 1-0 lead in the series. The next game will be on Thursday at 10:00 PM EST.
Torres in Trouble Again?
Sharks forward Raffi Torres has not had a good history in the NHL recently after being suspended for 25 games by the NHL in April 2012 for making contact with the head of Marian Hossa, a forward from the Chicago Blackhawks. After completing his suspension, it seemed that Torres was starting to clean up his game. That statement is now being put into question as Torres made contact with the head of Jarret Stoll of the Kings last night. Stoll did not return to the game and Torres was penalized for charging on the play. It was announced today that the NHL Department of Player Safety will meet with Torres in-person, which is required for instances that could result in a suspension that could exceed 5 games. Would you suspend Torres and if so, for how long? Here is the hit:
Let’s Play Four Outdoors for Coors
The NHL has officially announced that there will be four outdoor games that will played next season as a part of the Coors Light Stadium Series. Here is the list of the games:
Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium: January 25, 2014
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium: January 26, 2014
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium: January 29, 2014
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field: March 1, 2014
Selke Finalists Announced
The NHL also announced the finalists for the Frank J. Selke trophy, which is given to the best defensive forward in the league. Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the award this season. While all three players are deserving of the award, it is becoming more and more apparent that this award is becoming one where certain candidates are finalists every season. Datsyuk has already won the award three times and will tie Bob Gainey for the most Selke awards in NHL history if he wins this season. Bergeron won the Selke last season and is looking to repeat. Toews was close to winning in 2011, but he ended up being the runner-up to Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler. Toews was in the conversation to be a finalist for the Hart trophy, but ended up not making the cut. Could that persuade voters to give him the Selke? We’ll see.
Detroit-Chicago Begins Tonight
With two series’ openers last night, another will open tonight. The 7th seeded Detroit Red Wings will take on the top seeded Chicago Blackhawks at 8:00 PM EST. While the Blackhawks have been labeled as the favorite in the Western conference, the Red Wings are coming off a huge series victory over the 2nd-seeded Anaheim Ducks. Chicago won all 4 games against Detroit in the regular season, but has not won a playoff series against them since 1992. The Blackhawks will look to change that this season as Game 1 can be seen on the NBC Sports Network tonight. 3 of the 4 matchups between the teams this season went to overtime. Hockey fans across the nation should be in for a real treat.
Jersey Foul or Life Foul?
Of all the jersey fouls Seth Rorabaugh from the @EmptyNetters blog over at the Post Gazette tweets, this one by far takes the cake, and probably eats it too. This hair-raising foul was spotted at Game One of the Pens/Sens Eastern Conference Semi Final, Monday night.
Not exactly titillating…