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Stick a fork in me, I’m Doan! (post-game bullets)

  • I’m pretty sure Terry Murray would have benched Penner after the first period of this game. Sutter did not.
  • Only one coach has knocked out the first three seeds in the first three rounds of the playoffs, and he’s done it twice.
  • Dustin Brown check on Roszival. Sorry, Phoenix, that’s not a knee-on-knee check.
  • Note to Phoenix fans: throwing crap on the ice is classless, and it also can cost your team because the ref can call a penalty against the home team.
  • Oh never mind: YOUR SEASON IS OVER.

Shoulder pads don’t have to be weapons

With regard to dangerous hits, we often hear that “respect” has gone out of the game. I doubt it. It’s the risk of injury for the checker that’s gone out of the game. And — for some reason — it’s easier to get players to respect (read: protect) themselves than it is to get them to respect their opponents.

Memorial Cup: Is this how video review normally works?

The Memorial Cup is on NHL Network. It’s the Edmonton Oil Kings playing host Shawinigan. Third period. There’s a scramble in the Oil King crease, the puck ends up in the net, the horn blows, the crowd goes wild, the ref (Nicola D’Etille? almost certainly spelled wrong) signals the play is dead. The crowd boos,…

How did these Kings get here in the first place?

None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:

Kerry Fraser (and me) on those horrible divers

(1) yes, it’s true, Brown suckers people into taking penalties and one of his techniques is to hit someone and then go down easy when the player retaliates; (2) the key here is “WHEN THE PLAYER RETALIATES.” If you don’t want the penalty, don’t retaliate.

Question for the Hive Mind: How many teams –

– have had three consecutive 3-0 series leads in one playoff year? I know Montreal did it at least twice (in the late 60s and in…1976?) and Pittsburgh did it since the lock-out, either the year they won it all, or the year they lost in the finals to Detroit. Who else?