mercredi 25 juin 2014

Nhl Awards 2014 (VINE) A message to Milan Lucic from George Stroumboulopoulos

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Player of the day : Derek King

Derek King (born February 11, 1967) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1986–87 until 1999–2000.

Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Islanders
Hartford Whalers
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1985
New York Islanders
Playing career 1986–2004

King was drafted 13th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played 830 career NHL games, scoring 261 goals and 351 assists for 612 points. He was a three-time 30-goal scorer, including one 40-goal season. He scored the last Maple Leafs goal in Maple Leaf Gardens in 1999

King was named the assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies on August 21, 2009.

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Hockey card of the day : 2004-05 ITG Heroes and Prospects #119 Alexander Ovechkin



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mardi 24 juin 2014

Hockey fight (VINE) - Goalie - Dan Cloutier vs Steve Passmore 3-3-2000

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Blake, Burns, Hasek, Modano, Forsberg and McCreary a diverse HHOF class

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While growing up in Sweden, Peter Forsberg never dreamt of going into what he called the "NHL Hall of Fame."

That was a slip of the tongue, and after announcing a six-man class of 2014 that includes Forsberg, Canadian defenceman Rob Blake, American centre Mike Modano, Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek, late coach Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary, selection committee chairman John Davidson expressed pride in the diversity of this group.

"We make it very clear that this is the Hockey Hall of Fame, it's a world renowned hall of fame," Davidson said on a conference call Monday. "When we have a class like this coming into the Hall, I think that says a lot about our game and how worldwide it really is."

In total, this group includes six Stanley Cups for five different NHL franchises and three Olympic gold medals for three different countries. McCreary said he'd need an hour to be able to reflect on his memories of the five men who will go into the Hall of Fame with him.

Hasek will be the first Czech player inducted when this class is honoured Nov. 17 in Toronto, McCreary will be the first official to go in since Ray Scapinello in 2008, and Modano will enter as the highest-scoring U.S. born player in history.

Burns will be posthumously inducted as a builder four years after his death at the age of 58. The only coach to win the Jack Adams Award three times, he did so once each with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins and then captured the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils.

The Montreal native's induction was considered long overdue by many in the hockey community.
"I know that Pat would've been so happy, so grateful, so proud to accept this honour," said his wife, Line. "It's a very emotional day for the Burns family, I can tell you that."

Blake was the only one of the four players who had to wait beyond his first year of eligibility to make the Hall of Fame. The longtime defenceman said he approached this day much as he did a year ago when it was his initial chance, only this time his phone rang.

"Very rewarding when you answer that phone call," Blake said. "Kind of speechless when it happens and then you start recalling all the things that helped you get to where you are."

Blake, a native of Simcoe, Ont., won gold for Team Canada at the 1994 and 1997 world hockey championships and then at the 2002 Olympics. In 2001, he won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche, the premier team achievement of a career that included 777 points in 1,270 games.

Forsberg was Blake's teammate on that 2001 Avalanche team and also helped Colorado hoist the Cup in 1996. He also gold at the Olympics and the world championship for Sweden, and he had 885 points in 707 NHL games. He won the 2003 Hart and Art Ross awards as league's MVP and top scorer, respectively, as well as the 1995 Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

His career was cut short by injuries, but his Hall of Fame case seemed clear well before that.
"I had a couple tough years in the last part of my career, but thinking back in the first 10 years of my career over there in the NHL and getting awarded like this, it's an unbelievable day," Forsberg said.

Hasek, a six-time Vezina and two-time Hart Trophy winner with the Buffalo Sabres and two-time Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, said earlier this year he never considered the Hall of
Fame as a goal. On the day his shoe-in candidacy became official, "The Dominator" was reflective.

"What a fantastic time I spent over there," said Hasek, who had seven straight seasons with a save percentage of .930 or higher. "I'm very thankful to say that I played hockey for such a long time (with) such great players."

Modano was one great player who prevented Hasek from winning a Cup with Buffalo, beating him with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He owns the record for points scored by an American-born player with 1,374.

The Livonia, Mich., native almost went to play for Burns with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques as a teenager in 1986 but ultimately chose the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders. He complimented the team and his first coach there, Rick Wilson, for helping spark his long NHL career.

"I wanted to play the game, I thought Canada was the best place to go as far as competition and the type of travel and commitment the WHL had at the time," Modano said. "The passion and the excitement that the Canadians had for the game of hockey I would've never been exposed to in Detroit as much as I was in Prince Albert."

McCreary, a native of Guelph, Ont., is the 16th on-ice official to go into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He worked 1,700 regular-season and 282 playoff games, but his best story about a fellow inductee came from the first Olympics that involved NHL players

That was in 1998 in Nagano, when he was on the ice for Canada's semifinal game against Hasek and the Czech Republic that went to a shootout. After a coin flip to determine who would shoot first, linesmen Janne Rautavuori and Kevin Collins went to the coaches to get the lineups while McCreary skated down the ice to where Hasek was.

"He came out of his crease and said to me, 'Is Gretzky shooting?' Of course I didn't know because I had not witnessed the list," McCreary recalled. "I found that unique that that was the only question he had to ask. ... Of course everyone from Canada knows the result of that question."

Gretzky didn't shoot, and Hasek managed to keep Theo Fleury, Ray Bourque, Joe Nieuwendyk, Eric Lindros and Brendan Shanahan from scoring. Sixteen years later, he'll join Bourque, Nieuwendyk and Shanahan in the Hall of Fame.

Lindros, who will forever be linked with Forsberg because of the blockbuster 1992 deal between the Quebec Nordiques and Philadelphia Flyers, will have to wait until at least 2015 and possibly beyond for his call. The Oshawa Generals standout finished with similar NHL stats to Forsberg's — 865 points in 760 games over 13 seasons — and won a Hart Trophy but never a Stanley Cup.

Mark Recchi, once a teammate of Lindros's with the Flyers, won three Cups, one each with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Bruins. The Kamloops, B.C., native with 1,533 career points is considered a candidate for years to come.

Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom are among those who will be eligible for the first time in 2015.

Jonathan Toews et Patrick Kane pourraient remplir leur compte en banque, très bientôt

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Chicago Tribune : rapporte que les négociations contractuelles entre la haute direction des Blackhawks de Chicago et les deux grandes vedettes, Jonathan Toews et Patrick Kane, vont bon train, en ce moment.

Tellement bien que ceux-ci pourraient appliquer leur situation en bas d'une lucrative extension de contrat aussi tôt que cette fin de semaine. Du moins, c'est ce que les deux joueurs ont voulu laisser entendre, en entrevue avec les journalistes qui couvrent la remise des trophées, tenu ce jeudi.

De plus, ces derniers ont mentionné que leur souhait premier était de garder leur connexion établie, depuis leur entrée dans le circuit Bettman, en 2007-08.

À cette époque, Toews et Kane étaient constamment incités, par l'entremise de l'état-major, afin de se côtoyer régulièrement pour ainsi créer une chimie qui a clairement payé ses dividendes, aujourd'hui. Cette année, le capitaine du club américain a amassé un total de 68 points en 76 rencontres.

Tandis que son coéquipier a récolté 69 points en 69 parties. Tous deux touchaient un salaire annuel de 6,3 millions, annuellement.

lundi 23 juin 2014

Hockey humour (VINE) - Andrei Markov happy for the contract

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Hockey goal (VINE) - Andreas Athanasiou - Nice deke

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Panthers hire Gerard Gallant as coach, reuniting him with standout Jonathan Huberdeau

Montreal Canadiens Tomas Plekanec gets a few pointers from assistant coach Gerard Gallant during their training camp Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Brossard, Que. The Florida Panthers hired Gallant as head coach on Saturday.

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Gerard Gallant and Jonathan Huberdeau had a wildly successful coach-player relationship at the top level of junior hockey.

The Florida Panthers hope they will again in the NHL.

Gallant was hired Saturday to coach the Panthers, a move that reunites him with Huberdeau, a young forward who is considered one of the franchise’s biggest keys to rebuilding. Gallant replaces Peter Horachek, who had the interim title for most of last season after replacing Kevin Dineen. The Panthers told Horachek in late April that he would not be retained.
Weeks later, they settled on Gallant.

“He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a release distributed by the team.

“Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team.”

Gallant will be formally introduced by the Panthers on Monday.

He spent parts of three seasons as the head coach in Columbus before being fired in November 2006 and has been an NHL assistant with the Blue Jackets, the New York Islanders and most recently the Montreal Canadiens, for whom he worked the past two years.

He also has some time in the Panthers organization, having spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant with the team’s AHL affiliate.

But one of his key selling points was likely his work with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He went 159-34-9 in three seasons there, with Huberdeau — the third overall pick in the 2011 draft — on the team for those years. Huberdeau had 88 goals and 124 assists in 165 games in juniors under Gallant.

Still, Gallant faces a big test with the Panthers, who finished 29th in the 30-team in NHL with 66 points this past season and have not won a playoff series since going to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996.

Florida ranked next-to-last league-wide in goals scored, plus were the worst team in the NHL on special teams — scoring on 10 per cent of its power plays and letting opponents score on 24 per cent of man-up chances.

By season’s end, Florida was a staggering 27 points out of the final post-season spot in the Eastern Conference.

Gallant becomes Florida’s eighth coach in 11 seasons. As a player, he spent parts of nine seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, then finished his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored 211 goals in 615 games.

Canadien : Toujours pas d'entente avec Weaver

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Mike Weaver n’a toujours pas signé de nouveau contrat avec le Canadien de Montréal, mais le défenseur semble optimiste quant à une éventuelle entente avec l’équipe qui l’a acquis cette saison.

«Toujours rien, mais il reste encore du temps!» a répondu Weaver à un partisan qui lui demandait s’il avait paraphé un nouveau pacte avec le CH, dimanche.

On peut déduire que l’arrière de 36 ans est probablement en négociation avec le directeur général Marc Bergevin, histoire de s’entendre avant le 1er juillet, date d’ouverture du marché des joueurs autonomes de la LNH.

Le précédent contrat de Weaver était d’une valeur de 2,2 millions $ sur deux ans.

Weaver a été une des révélations de la fin de la campagne du Canadien. Obtenu des Panthers de la Floride à la date limite des transactions, le vétéran a solidifié la brigade défensive du Tricolore. Il a inscrit un but et six aides en plus de montrer un différentiel de +9 en 17 matchs dans l’uniforme bleu-blanc-rouge. En séries, il a marqué un but et trois aides en 17 rencontres.

Jamais repêché par une équipe de la LNH, Weaver était avec les Panthers depuis 2010, après des passages chez les Blues de St. Louis (2008 à 2010), les Canucks de Vancouver (2007-2008), les Kings de Los Angeles (2005 à 2007) et les défunts Thrashers d’Atlanta (2001 à 2004).

vendredi 20 juin 2014

Hockey humour (VINE) Brad Richard buyout !!!

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Canadien : Les 5 attaquants qui seront joueurs autonomes dans la mire de Marc Bergevin

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Marc Bergevin dispose présentement d’environ 35 millions de dollars pour s’entendre avec les joueurs qu’il désire conserver à Montréal et tenter d’améliorer son club par le marché des joueurs autonomes.

On sait déjà qu’il y aura une lutte pour les postes au centre avec Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, Alex Galchenyuk, Daniel Brière et le retour fort probable de Lars Eller.

Le Danois devrait obtenir moins de 3M$ par saison s’il demeure à Montréal…

L’aile gauche du Canadien ne devrait pas être bien différente la saison prochaine, Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque, Brandon Prust, Travis Moen et Michael Bournival sont tous sous contrat pour 2014-2015.

Avec le départ annoncé de Thomas Vanek, l’aile droite devra être solidifiée.

Seuls Brendan Gallagher et Dale Weise évoluent à cette position de façon naturelle, Prust peut également offrir un bon rendement de ce côté.

La signature de Ryan White ne règlerait pas le problème à ce niveau!

C’est un peu pour cette raison que le DG du Canadien tente de s’entendre avec Brian Gionta
Alors, à moins que Bergevin procède à un échange qui enverrait Plekanec ou Brière sous d’autres cieux, il devra regarder du côté des agents libres pour remplir un rôle au sein du top6 des attaquants
de son équipe.

Jetons un coup d’oeil aux athlètes qui pourraient intéresser le DG montréalais.

Matt Moulson, 30, ailier droit

Matt Moulson a été échangé deux fois au court de la dernière saison.
Il a commencé la campagne avec les Islanders avant de passer aux Sabres et terminer le calendrier au Minnesota.

Malgré les nombreux changements avec lesquels il a manoeuvré, Moulson a connu une bonne saison avec 23 buts et 28 passes pour 51 points en 75 parties.

Le joueur de 6 pieds, un pouce et 205 livres a ajouté 4 points en 10 matchs de séries.
Sans être particulièrement physique, il pourrait bien s’ajuster sur un trio avec Desharnais et Pacioretty.

Il touchait 3,9M$ en 2013-2014, certaines équipes pourraient lui offrir plus de 5M$ cet été, Bergevin devrait au moins participer à l’enchère.

Ryan Callahan, 29 ans, ailier droit

Ryan Callahan a été acquis à gros prix des Rangers par le Lightning en retour de Martin St-Louis, mais il semble que Steve Yzerman ne cherchera pas à conserver ses services.

Le joueur de caractère a enfilé 17 buts en ajouter 19 mentions d’aide pour se forger une fiche de 36 points 65 rencontres partagées entre New York et Tampa Bay.

En dépit de son leadership et son jeu défensif reconnu, Callahan n’a qu’une saison de plus de 50  points à son palmarès en carrière.

Il gagnait 4,825M$ cette année et il souhaite faire sauter la banque.

Même s’il représenterait un ajout intéressant au Tricolore, Bergevin ne lui déroulera pas le tapis rouge vers le Centre Bell.

Alex Hemsky, 30 ans, ailier droit

Ales Hemsky est le joueur qui possède le plus de talent brut des 5 présentés ici.
Le problème du Tchèque est sa fragilité, il n’a qu’une saison complète dans la LNH à sa fiche, en 10 ans dans le circuit…

La dernière campagne a été l’un des bonnes de Hemsky, il a participé à 75 matchs, partagés entre Edmonton et Ottawa, enfilant 13 buts et participant à 30 filets de ses coéquipiers.

On a pû apprécier Alex Kovalev à Montréal, Hemsky est le même type de joueur, sans avoir la réputation de superstar de l’Artiste…

Hemsky avait une entente qui lui rapportait 5,5M$ au cours du dernier calendrier, il devra vraisemblablement accepter une baisse de salaire.

Malheureusement, les besoins à Montréal sont davantage au niveau du poids et de la robustesse, deux éléments qui ne font pas partie de son jeu.

Jussi Jokinen, 31 ans, ailier gauche

Jussi Jokinen est passé des Hurricanes aux Penguins la saison dernière à la date limite des transactions.

Il a connu cette année sa 2e meilleure campagne en carrière avec 21 buts et 36 passes pour un total de 57 points en 81 parties.

C’est ce que permet une saison aux côtés d’Evgeni Malkin!

Le Finlandais a tout de même 7 récoltes d’au moins 40 points en carrière, il représente un athlète idéal sur un 2e trio qui peut évoluer sur les unités spéciales.

Jokinen touchait 3M$ annuellement depuis 3 ans,  il cherchera à être payé au moins 1 million de plus pour son prochain contrat.

Jokinen est un vétéran très fiable défensivement, mais son petit gabarit ne répond pas aux besoin du CH.

Radim Vrbata, 33 ans, ailier droit

Radim Vrbata a le désavantage d’avoir passé une grande partie sa carrière dans le désert avec les Coyotes…

Cette saison, il a accumulé 51 points, dont 20 filets, en 80 rencontres.

À 33 ans, il est sur la pente descendante, mais il a été l’un des attaquants les plus réguliers de la LNH
depuis 10 ans!

Il a 4 campagnes de 20 buts ou plus en carrière et sans être un joueur robuste, il n’a pas peur d’aller dans la circulation.

Il a déjà évolué avec Tomas Plekanec au niveau international et il est familier avec le hockey québécois puisqu’il a disputé 3 saisons dans le LHJMQ.

Son contrat lui rapportait 3M$ en 2013-2014 et il ne pourra pas exiger beaucoup plus en raison de son âge.

Le Canadien se doterait d’un joueur polyvalent et capable d’offrir un 20aine de minutes de bon hockey par match en faisant l’acquisition de ses services.

New York Rangers use final compliance buyout on veteran centre Brad Richards

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The New York Rangers have used a compliance buyout on centre Brad Richards, his agent told The Canadian Press on Friday.

Richards had six years and US$25 million left on his deal with New York, which saves itself a salary-cap hit of $6.67 million by buying him out.

The 34-year-old centre had 51 points in 82 regular-season games in 2013-’14 and 12 points in 25 playoff games.

Richards originally signed a $60-million, nine-year contract with the Rangers in the summer of 2011 after being a point-a-game player for the Dallas Stars.

This was the second and final compliance buyout the Rangers had to use after spending the first on defenceman Wade Redden just after the lockout ended.

Richards, who did not go on buyout waivers because his contract included a no-movement clause, becomes an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with another team July 1.

The Murray Harbour, P.E.I., native and 2006 Canadian Olympian will receive payments from the Rangers for the next 12 years.

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dimanche 15 juin 2014

Combination of depth and luck helped Kings beat Rangers to win Stanley Cup

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All the New York Rangers kept going back to was how it could've been different. Not necessarily regrets about how they played against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup final but because of the 50/50 moments.

"A few bounces either way it could be a different outcome," Rangers defenceman Kevin Klein said earlier this week.

Enough didn't come to reverse the tide, and on Friday night the Kings finished off the Rangers in five games to capture their second Cup in three years. In the after light of this championship, there will be plenty of dynasty talk — and well-deserved — but in the rewind of this final, two major themes emerged as reasons they are again on top of the NHL: Luck and depth.

It's not necessarily better to be lucky than good in hockey, but for the Kings it was a combination of both. But their best pure game of the season was their only loss, thanks to Henrik Lundqvist, Antron Stralman, Derek Stepan and a pile of snow in the crease.

In Games 1 and 2, each one an overtime victory following a two-goal comeback, the Kings got their break before the Rangers could. No goaltender interference being called on Dwight King's Game 2 goal didn't hurt, either.

There were so many funky bounces that "puck luck" became a cliche before the series ended. After the Rangers won Wednesday to avoid the first Cup final sweep since 1998, coach Alain Vigneault wondered if "maybe the luck is changing a little bit."

That was wishful thinking, in part because these Kings turned out to be too deep and too strong to let luck send the series back to New York and make things interesting. The New Jersey Devils followed that pattern two years ago by winning Game 5 and forcing another cross-country flight after Los Angeles took a 3-0 series lead.

These Kings weren't nearly as much of a buzzsaw as the 2012 incarnation. In 2014 they needed seven games in each of the first three series, including a comeback from a 3-0 hole against the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

But depth ultimately defined Los Angeles's second Cup. In the final, 15 goals were scored by 12 different players, including two apiece by Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams, captain Dustin
Brown and deadline acquisition Marian Gaborik.

"Depth has been huge," No. 1 defenceman Drew Doughty said. "That's how you win championships."
Before the Kings took a stranglehold of the series, coach Darryl Sutter opined that "depth only matters when you win." Three straight overtime games from the end of the Western Conference final through the start of the final required it.

"We've moved guys around," Sutter said. "Obviously guys get banged up and things like that. But that is your biggest issue always in a series. It's not just playing guys, it's getting the quality, getting good minutes out of them."

In these playoffs, the Kings had five players — Doughty, defencemen Jake Muzzin, Slava Voynov and Willie Mitchell and centre Anze Kopitar — averaging over 20 minutes of ice time. Eleven different players had at least 10 points over the 26-game run.

"I think just believe that anybody can do it," Kopitar said. "It's not like when we get down, everybody looks at, I don't know, Carts to go do it. It's everybody taking pride, chipping in, helping each other out."

Rangers centre Brad Richards, the closest thing New York had to a captain since Ryan Callahan was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the package for Martin St. Louis, called the Kings a "cool, collected team that doesn't get rattled and it just seems that they're scoring at the right times and getting big saves at the right times."

Unlike in 2012, the Kings couldn't call goaltender Jonathan Quick their best player in the playoffs. On the way to that Conn Smythe, Quick went 16-4 with a 1.41 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and three shutouts.

Quick's numbers were more pedestrian this time around, but his 32-save shutout in Game 3 put Los Angeles on the verge.

Luck certainly helped in the clinching Game 5, when the Rangers hit the post not once but twice in overtime before Alec Martinez scored the winner.

Hockey - Une ligne orange... en guise d’avertissement

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L’État du Massachusetts veut à tout prix éviter les blessures graves au hockey.

La solution? Instaurer une ligne orange près des bandes afin d'avertir les joueurs qu’ils doivent se relever la tête en cas de mises en échec dangereuses.

À lire et à voir également :
Cette ligne a une largeur d’environ 40 pouces. On la retrouve sur les patinoires de deux collèges du Massachusetts, soit à la Phillips Academy Andover et au collège Pingree.

L'idée est venue de Tom Smith, un joueur de hockey prometteur de son école secondaire, qui a souffert d’une blessure à la moelle épinière alors qu’il s'adonnait à son sport.

«Le plus beau sport m’a été enlevé, a souligné à CBS Boston, le jeune homme maintenant âgé de 24 ans.

«Il y a un peu de résistance face à cette mesure parce qu’elle est nouvelle, mais on n’a pas entendu d’arguments appuyés par des faits qui pourraient venir à l’encontre de cette initiative.»
À l’heure actuelle, seulement deux collèges utilisent la ligne orange, mais d’ici le mois d’octobre, cette mesure sera adoptée dans plus de 100 patinoires à travers 15 états américains.

samedi 14 juin 2014

Los Angeles Kings win Stanley Cup in double overtime nail-biter over Rangers

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The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup the hard way, ending their marathon playoff run with a double overtime thriller.

A post-season that started with the Kings having to dig themselves out of a three-game hole against San Jose ended Friday night in a 3-2 double-overtime triumph over the New York Rangers to seal their second Cup in three seasons.

The final lasted five games, with three going to overtime — including two double OT contests. It was the only playoff series that didn't go the distance for the Kings.

Alec Martinez's winner at 14:43 of the second overtime was a fitting conclusion to a post-season slog that saw the Kings run a gauntlet of Western Conference heavyweights before dispatching the speedy Rangers in the final.

It was the 26th game of the Los Angles playoff run, matching the single-year league record set by Philadelphia in 1987 and Calgary in 2004, who both lost seven-game series in the final. L.A. did set a record for most playoff games by a Cup winner.

The Kings had to go through a murderer's row in the West just to get to the final after finishing 10th in the league with a 46-26-8 record and 100 points. Los Angles had to get by San Jose (111 points), Anaheim (116) and defending champion Chicago (107) in one of the most gruelling post-season routes on record.

They overcame a 3-2 series deficit in the second round against Anaheim and rallied from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits in Game 7 of the Western Conference final in Chicago.

Their latest campaign lasted 115 games, counting seven pre-season, 82 regular-season and a record 26 post-season contests.

Los Angeles went 7-0 in playoff elimination games along the way. Only the 1975 Islanders won more (eight).

The Kings are only the fourth team in playoff history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in rallying to beat the Sharks in the first round. And they are the first team to play — and win — three Game 7s on the road in a single post-season.

Throughout it all burned the belief that if the Kings played their game, they knew they were tough to beat.

"We really earned it," said forward Justin Williams, named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after opening the scoring with his ninth goal and 25th point of the post-season.

"It's been a wild year," said forward Jeff Carter. "A lot of hockey, a lot of ups and downs ... We had to dig deep. We really had to battle."

Like teammate Drew Doughty, Carter won Olympic gold and hoisted the Cup in 2014.

"A hell of a year," he said. "Couldn't ask for anything more."

Captain Dustin Brown hoisted the Cup first, then handed it off to veteran defenceman Robyn Regehr, a spectator since suffering an injury in Game 1 of the Anaheim series.

Brown sacrificed his body to get to the Cup, delivering 125 hits in the post-season. The native of Ithaca, N.Y., is the first U.S.-born captain to win multiple Stanley Cups.

Family and friends packed the ice as fans pressed their nose to the glass to watch the post-game partying. Coach Darryl Sutter watched with a smile, his son Christopher — who has Down Syndrome — hoisting the Cup in the celebration.

"You got to give these guys full marks," he said simply of his players.

The Kings squandered 3-0 series leads both times en route to hoisting the Cup. But they got the job done in five games — three wins coming via overtime — this time compared to six against New Jersey in 2012.

Los Angeles' remarkable road to this Cup was long and tortuous. It was an edge-of-your-seat record-setting ride though all-comers that will be hard to beat.

Martinez ended the longest game in Kings' history, surpassing Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference final (91:40), by wristing home a rebound of a Tyler Toffoli shot to seal the Cup.

"I haven't been married and I haven't had kids but as far as I'm concerned so far this is the greatest feeling in the world," Martinez said.

"It came out pretty quick," he said of the rebound. "I just tried to get it on net then I blacked out."
It was the 17th Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal in NHL history.

Martinez eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in OT in Game 7 of the Western Conference final at Chicago on June 1. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joins Martin Gelinas (Calgary, 2004) and Adam Henrique (New Jersey, 2012) as the only players in NHL history to notch two series-clinching overtime goals in one post-season.

Amazingly Los Angeles did not hold a lead in the first three games of the final. The Kings led for just 14.6 per cent of the first four games — a 40:01 stretch that was all in Game 3.

The Kings trailed 2-0 the first two games of the series but rallied both times to win in OT.
The Rangers probably deserved better.

"Obviously everybody's very disappointed in the outcome," said New York coach Alain Vigneault whose team went past Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Montreal en route to the Rangers' first final in 20 years.

"You go into this hoping that you don't regret anything. We put it out there," he added. "We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?"

The never-say-die Kings, who trailed by two goals four times in the first two games of the final, proved once again that the third period is their domain. They have four victories this post-season when trailing after two periods. And in mounting the latest comeback, they put an end to New York's remarkable 5-0 record in elimination games.

The win improved the Kings' playoff overtime record in 2014 to 5-2.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist kept the Rangers in the game for the second outing in a row. The elegant Swede stood on his head for much of the evening, especially when push came to shove.

"During the regular time he made some big saves. I thought in the overtime, though, that's when we played our better hockey of the night," said Vigneault. "Had some real good looks. Both goaltenders were outstanding."

Lundqvist ended the evening face down in disbelief. He may still be shaking his head.

The contest started slowly and took its time to boil, but finished in nail-biting, adrenalin-pumping end-to-end fashion.

The third period was all Kings as a goal by Marian Gaborik pulled Los Angeles even at 2-2 some eight minutes in. Gaborik knocking in a rebound of a Doughty wrister from the point at 7:56. It was his 14th of the playoffs — following a season in which he had 11 goals in 41 games.

Los Angeles outshot New York 12-3 in the period and 29-15 in regulation time. The shots were 42-25 for L.A. after four periods of hockey and 51-30 when the dust settled.

Overtime was a thrill ride as both teams hit the post and Los Angeles poured it on. The Kings also had to kill off a minor penalty in each overtime.

New York defenceman Ryan McDonagh hit the post with a blast from the blue-line in the first OT period. Toffoli also rang a shot off the post, some 13 minutes in. Lundqvist stopped Williams twice at point-blank range during one sequence late in overtime as the Kings turned the screws.

Then the Rangers mounted two assaults on the L.A. goal before Chris Kreider fired wide on a semi-breakaway.

In the second overtime, a Dan Girardi shot clipped the outside of the Kings post and L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick make several key saves.

Kreider and Brian Boyle scored for the Rangers in a 3:53 stretch late in the second period — the first on the power-play, the second short-handed — as New York clawed its way back to lead 2-1 after 40 minutes that saw just 12 shots on the L.A. goal.

That New York outburst silenced the sellout crowd of 18,713 at Staples Center.

The Rangers were 11-1 when leading after two periods in the playoffs and had won 39 of 43 games in that scenario including the regular season. But L.A. refused to go quietly.

The Kings have outscored their opponents 30-16 in the third period this post-season, including 3-0 in the Cup final.

Friday's game was the 93rd game of the 2014 playoffs, surpassing the previous single-year record of 92 established in 1991.

It was also the 63rd post-season game for the Kings dating to 2012, tying the NHL record for most games over a three-year span (Dallas, 1998-00; Detroit: 2007-09).

It was the 25th post-season game for the Rangers, who finished 12th in the league at 45-31-6 and 96 points but still made it to their first final in 20 years by eliminating Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Montreal.

Going into Friday, the Rangers were 5-0 when facing elimination. Lundqvist led the way in such games with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage.

The Rangers' record in elimination matches is now 11-3 dating back to 2012.

New York hadn't got a shot on target by the time the Kings went ahead at 6:04, with Williams scoring on a deft backhand as linemates Jarret Stoll and Dwight King poked away at Lundqvist after a shot from the point by Willie Mitchell.

It took New York almost eight minutes to record a shot on goal. That followed a third period in Game 4 in which they only managed one shot.

It took the Kings some 27 minutes to crack double digits in shots. New York, frustrated for stretches by the L.A. forecheck, was stuck at seven.

The New York power play, 1-for-19 in the final up until then, finally clicked at 15:37 of the second period as Kreider tipped in a McDonagh feed from the faceoff circle to tie it at 1-1. McDonagh threaded the pass through three Kings to set up the goal, which came on the Rangers' 11th shot of the night.

McDonagh, who turned 25 on Friday, becomes the first player to record a point on his birthday in the Cup final since Jari Kurri did it in 1990 for the Oilers.

Boyle then scored shorthanded to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 19:30. The big man deftly roofed the puck after a nice curl-and-drag past Doughty, with New York's Dominic Moore in the penalty box for hooking. The speedy Carl Hagelin triggered the play, beating defenceman Slava Voynov to the puck, as Boyle notched his third of the post-season.

The Rangers' third short-handed goal of the playoffs had Moore celebrating in the box.

The Kings ranked 26th in the league in average goals per game during the regular season, averaging
2.42 a game. It helped that they led the league with just 2.05 goals against per game.

They found their scoring touch in the playoffs, leading all teams with an average of 3.40 goals a game going into Friday.

It was the 26th overtime game of the playoffs, tied for the third-highest total in one year (the record of 28 was set in 1993).

Los Angeles is the 17th team in NHL history to win the Cup in overtime and the first to do so at home since the 1908 Islanders

LNH : Monsieur «Match numéro 7» récompensé

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Monsieur «Match numéro 7», monsieur «Clutch»… Appelez-le comme vous voulez, mais appelez-le monsieur. Justin Williams mérite amplement son titre de meilleur joueur des séries.

L’attaquant a reçu le trophée Conn Smythe, vendredi après la conquête de la coupe Stanley des Kings de Los Angeles.

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Williams a terminé les séries avec huit buts et 16 aides pour un total de 24 points, deux points derrière son coéquipier Anze Kopitar au sommet du classement de la LNH à ce chapitre.

Mais ce qui distingue l’ailier ontarien, c’est qu’il a inscrit au moins un point dans chacun des trois matchs numéro 7 auxquels ont participé les Kings avant d’accéder à la finale. Williams a toujours été performant dans sa carrière lors de rencontres ultimes.

C’est la troisième coupe Stanley de la carrière de Williams, après le triomphe des Kings en 2012 et celui des Hurricanes en 2006, à l’époque où l’attaquant portait les couleurs de la formation de la Caroline du Nord.

vendredi 13 juin 2014

Player of the day - Valeri Bure

Valeri Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Буре; born June 13, 1974) is a Russian former ice hockey right winger. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. A second round selection of the Canadiens, 33rd overall, at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Bure appeared in one NHL All-Star Game, in 2000. He led the Flames in scoring with 35 goals and 75 points in 1999–2000, a season in which he and brother Pavel combined to set an NHL record for goals by a pair of siblings with 93.

Bure left his home in the Soviet Union in 1991 to play junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Spokane Chiefs. A two-time WHL all-star, he was the first Russian player in the league's history. Internationally, he represented Russia on numerous occasions. He was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1994 World Junior Championship and was a two-time medalist at the Winter Olympics. Bure and the Russians won the silver medal in 1998 and bronze in 2002.

Back and hip injuries led to Bure's retirement from hockey in 2005. He now operates a winery in California with his wife, Candace Cameron. Bure paired with Ekaterina Gordeeva in 2010 to win the second season of the figure skating reality show Battle of the Blades.

Early life

Valeri Bure was born June 13, 1974, in Moscow, Soviet Union.[1] He is the younger son of Vladimir and Tatiana Bure.[2] Vladimir, whose family originated from Furna, Switzerland, was an Olympic swimmer who won four medals for the Soviet Union at three Olympic Games between 1968 and 1976.[3] Nobility also ran in Bure's history: his ancestors made precious watches for Russian tsars from 1815–1917 and as craftsmen of the imperial family, were granted noble status.[3]
Bure was around nine years old when his parents separated.[2] In 1991, he joined his father and brother, Pavel in moving to North America as his elder sibling embarked on a National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Vancouver Canucks. His mother arrived two months later.[4] They settled initially in Los Angeles where Vladimir continued to train and coach both Valeri and Pavel in hockey and physical conditioning.[4] However both ultimately became estranged from their father, along with his second wife and their half-sister Katya, by 1998. Neither brother explained a reason for the split.[5]

Playing career



Bure played three games during the 1990–91 season with HC CSKA Moscow of the Soviet Championship League prior to leaving the Soviet Union.[6] As a 17-year-old, Bure was eligible to play junior hockey upon his arrival in North America, and joined the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In doing so, he became the first Russian in the league's history.[7] He joined the team one year before the Canadian Hockey League, of which the WHL is a member, instituted an import draft.[8]

Bure recorded 49 points in 53 games in 1991–92 for the Chiefs, his first season in the WHL.[6] The Montreal Canadiens selected him with their second round pick, 33rd overall, at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. The NHL Central Scouting Bureau praised Bure as being a good skater. In its assessment, the Bureau added: "very smart around the net; good passer, playmaker. Good shot, quick release. Will take a hit to make the play. Good competitor."[9] He returned to Spokane for the 1992–93 season where Bure led his team and finished second overall in WHL scoring with 147 points.[10] His 68 goals that season remains a Chiefs' franchise record.[11] He was named to the WHL's West Division First All-Star Team.[12] Bure attended Montreal's training camp prior to the 1993–94 season, but was again returned to junior.[7] He recorded 102 points in his final season in the WHL and was named to the Second All-Star Team.[6][13] In three seasons with Spokane, Bure recorded 298 points and stands fourth on the Chiefs' all-time scoring list.[8]




Montreal Canadiens

Upon turning professional in 1994–95, Bure spent the majority of the season with Montreal's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Fredericton Canadiens. He had 23 goals and 48 points in 45 games for the club.[6] Bure earned a recall to Montreal late in the season and made his NHL debut on February 28, 1995, against the New York Islanders. His first goal came two weeks later, on March 15, against goaltender Wendell Young of the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1] In 24 games with Montreal, Bure scored 3 goals and added an assist.[6] Playing in his brother's shadow – Pavel had become a superstar in Vancouver – Valeri struggled to live up to the expectations placed on him.[14] He scored 22 goals and 42 points in his first full season in Montreal, 1995–96, but scored only 14 goals the following season.[15] He struggled with injuries that season as he suffered two concussions as well as a kidney injury.[14]

At five feet, ten inches tall, Bure was a smaller player in the NHL. His linemates Saku Koivu (five foot ten) and Oleg Petrov (five foot nine) were similarly diminutive, and the trio were known in Montreal as the "Smurf line".[15] After playing 50 games for the Canadiens in 1997–98, Bure was traded. He was sent to the Calgary Flames in a February 1, 1998, deal in exchange for Jonas Höglund and Zarley Zalapski.[1] The deal was welcomed by Bure, who appreciated both the ability to play closer to his family on the west coast as well as increased opportunity to play with a young Flames team.[16] He recorded his first career hat trick in one of his first games in Calgary, against the Edmonton Oilers.[1] Bure appeared in 16 games with the Flames that season and scored 38 points in 66 games combined between Montreal and Calgary.[6]




Calgary Flames

Bure's offensive ability emerged in Calgary as he became one of the team's leading scorers.[14] His totals of 26 goals and 53 points in 1998–99 were both third best on the team; at one point of the season, Bure scored the game-winning goal in four consecutive victories for Calgary.[1] The departure of Flames' star Theoren Fleury provided additional opportunity for Bure in 1999–2000, and he responded to become one of the NHL's early scoring leaders. He used his speed and skating ability to good effect and was eighth in league scoring by mid-December.[17] Bure was named to the World team at the 2000 All-Star Game where he played on a line with his brother. Pavel was named most valuable player of the game by scoring three goals, two of them assisted by Valeri, in a 9–4 victory over North America.[18] Bure completed the season as the Flames leader in goals (35) and points (75, 14th overall in the NHL) and was the only player on the team to appear in all 82 games.[1] Pavel Bure scored 58 goals for Vancouver, and the brothers' combined total of 93 goals set an NHL record for a set of siblings.[1]

Though his offensive production declined in 2000–01, Bure's 27 goals was second on the team to Jarome Iginla's 31 and he finished third with 55 points.[19] He became embroiled in a power struggle with his coaches, first Don Hay who was dismissed mid-season, and then Greg Gilbert, as both wanted him play a more defensive-minded game. Bure struggled to adapt and at one point was held out of the Flames lineup by Gilbert in response.[20] Bure was rumoured to have asked for a trade out of Calgary, and the Florida Panthers (who had acquired Pavel), Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers were among the teams who showed interest in his services.[21] On June 24, 2001, the Flames traded Bure, along with Jason Wiemer to the Panthers for Rob Niedermayer and a second round draft pick.[13]




Florida, St. Louis and Dallas

As his contract had expired, Bure was a restricted free agent. He did not sign until late September, a delay which resulted in his being a brief hold-out from Florida's training camp in advance of the 2001–02 season.[22] Injury interrupted the start of Bure's Panthers career as a knee ailment that began bothering him before the season worsened as he played the first games of the campaign.[23] Tests revealed damage to his right knee that required arthroscopic surgery to repair; Bure missed 37 games while recovering.[24] A second knee injury ended Bure's season in mid-March as the Panthers had fallen out of playoff contention. His brother had already been traded by that point, and the Panthers were also making him available in potential deals.[20][25] He appeared in only 31 games and recorded 18 points.[6]

Bure remained with the Panthers as the 2002–03 season began, but his year was marked by an offensive slump.[20] He was also hampered by a hairline fracture to his wrist after Keith Primeau slashed him during an early December game against the Philadelphia Flyers.[26] With only 5 goals and 26 points in 46 games for Florida,[6] Bure was traded on March 11, 2003, to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenceman Mike Van Ryn.[27] Another knee injury, this time a sprained ligament, kept Bure out of the Blues lineup for much of the remainder of the season.[28] He recorded two assists each in five regular season and six post-season games for St. Louis.[6] After the season, the Blues placed Bure on waivers, and he returned to Florida upon being claimed by the Panthers.[29]
Free of injury for the first time in two seasons, Bure was one of the Panthers' offensive leaders in 2003–04.[30] He reached 20 goals for the fifth time in his NHL career,[6] and as the season's trade deadline approached, was Florida's leading scorer with 45 points.[31]

However, as the Panthers were out of playoff contention, they traded Bure to the Dallas Stars on March 9, 2004, in exchange for Drew Bagnall and a draft pick.[31] Bure was placed on the Stars' top line with Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen,[32] and he recorded 7 points in 13 games to conclude the regular season. Bure added three assists in five playoff games.[6]

An unrestricted free agent following the 2004 playoffs, Bure did not play anywhere in 2004–05 as the entire NHL season was canceled due to a labour dispute. He signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings for the 2005–06 season when the league resumed operations.[33] He never played a regular season game for the Kings. A back injury suffered during the pre-season, initially just described as "soreness", kept him out of the regular lineup.[34] The injury ultimately required surgery, and a second surgery on his hip caused Bure to miss the entire season.[35] He opted to retire following the surgeries.[36]


Bure made his debut internationally with the Russian national junior team at the 1994 World Junior Championship.[37] He was the leading scorer of the bronze medal-winning Russians with eight points in six games and was named to the tournament's All-Star Team.[1] That same year, Bure first played with the senior team as he scored three goals in six contests at the 1994 World Championship in a fifth-place effort.[37]

After appearing in one game at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996,[37] Bure made his first of two appearances at the Olympic Games in 1998. The tournament marked the first time he played with his brother Pavel since they were briefly teammates with CSKA Moscow in 1991.[16] Valeri scored one goal in the tournament,[6] and Russia advanced to the gold medal game. They settled for the silver medal after being shut out by Dominik Hašek and the Czech Republic.[38] Bure returned for the 2002 Salt Lake Games. He scored a goal in the tournament as Russia won the bronze medal.[37] Russia invited him to play at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, but as he was without an NHL contract at the time, Bure declined to play due to a lack of proper insurance in the event of injury.[39]



Personal life

Bure married actress Candace Cameron in 1996. They were introduced by Cameron's Full House cast mate Dave Coulier at a charity hockey game.[40] The couple has three children: daughter Natasha and sons Lev and Maksim.[41] Bure cited his family as the reason he retired from hockey. He felt he could return from his surgeries, but wanted to spend time with his children and allow his wife to return to acting.[42] The family are devout Christians.[43]

In 2007, Bure and his wife opened a Florida restaurant called "The Milk and Honey Café", but closed the business when the family moved to California.[36] They operate a Napa Valley, California winery, Bure Family Wines.[42] Bure developed an interest in wine early in his NHL career that he described as growing into a passion: "I fell in love with the behind-the-scenes work and being able to start from the vineyard and put it into a bottle. It's an amazing process."[36] Bure modified the Russian imperial seal his great-grandfather stamped on his watches to use as his company's label.[42]

Bure returned to the ice in 2010 as a contestant on the second season of the Canadian Broadcasting 
Corporation's figure skating reality show Battle of the Blades.[44] The series is a competition that pairs a former professional hockey player with a figure skater. Bure's partner was Ekaterina Gordeeva.[45] The pair won the competition and shared a $100,000 prize donated to charities of their choice. Bure's donation was made to Compassion Canada.[46]



Career statistics

Hockey card of the day - 1990-91 Upper Deck #526 Pavel Bure RC



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