Archive for the ‘Playoffs!’ Category

Yesterday, I wrote about how it seems like there is an unusually long list of players who could potentially be Conn Smythe candidates this year. I also mentioned in the post that Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is probably the favourite right now, and posed the question as to whether Quick has been good enough to win the award even if Los Angeles loses to the Devils.

A lot is still dependent on what happens in the Cup Final itself, and Quick has received a decent amount of attention for his sparkling play this Spring, but if you look at the numbers, you’d realize that he hasn’t received nearly enough praise.

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Pensively pondering.

For those of you who missed it, today was Stanley Cup media day and lots of questions were asked about innocuous subjects. Some of them were more relevant than others, of course, as the Stanley Cup media day isn’t quite the circus that Super Bowl media day is, as I’m sure you sports fans out there have seen that spectacle.

Drew Doughty was asked several questions — being the top defenseman of one of the two combatants in this year’s final means people care about your opinion. One question caught the interest of a few outlets today (transcription courtesy of Pro Hockey Talk):
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Usually by this time of year, we’d have a pretty clear idea of who’s going into the Cup Final on a Conn Smythe shortlist. This season, we’re left with more of a “longlist,” and that’s kind of exciting.

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With a few days off between the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final, we’re left with a bit of a hockey hangover, but we’re also left with a good amount of time to dissect and break down the series between the Kings and Devils while being given plenty of time to find or create a narrative or two.

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(Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils’ fourth line once again came up big in the deciding game 6 against the New York Rangers. Halfway through the first period, Ryan Carter opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games, pouncing on a Stephen Gionta rebound after a great pass from Steve Bernier. These three players have unexpectedly combined for 9 goals in the playoffs so far. Heck, Gionta now has more points this postseason than Patrik Elias.

The impact their fourth line has had is impressive, particularly since the members of the line weren’t even on the team to start the season.

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Not Mark Messier

18 years after Mark Messier’s Guarantee, the Rangers and Devils find themselves in familiar positions. Given that it’s probably going to be the topic of the day (you think?) until the puck drops tonight, I thought I’d share a bit of a corny video tribute to the moment that I found on youtube.

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Martin Brodeur, presumably while listening to "Triple-H's" theme song

Between violent hits, big upsets, the Kings’ dominance and other story lines, there has been plenty to talk about so far in this year’s NHL playoffs.

One of the topics (players) that I don’t think people have talked about or are talking about enough, though, is Martin Brodeur.

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