Loktionov Scores in OT to lead Windsor over London/Tavares

For the fourth time in the series, the Spitfires and Knights took the game to overtime and for the third time, the Spitfires were victorious. Just 59 seconds into overtime, Andrei Loktionov scored his 6th goal of the playoffs to give the Spits the win. via Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club | Ontario Hockey League. Loktionov…

2009 NHL Mock Draft 1.0 | Bleacher Report

1. The New York Islanders will select John Tavares of the London Knights This is a no brainer pick. John Tavares is easily the best forward in this draft and has been compared to the likes of Wayne Gretzky. With absolutely no offensive talents on this team outside the likes of Kyle Okposo, Tavares will…

Bloodstained Gary Bettman: ‘I Have Taken The Necessary Measures To Ensure A Crosby-Ovechkin Final’ | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Addressing reporters yesterday in an unnervingly calm tone of voice, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman—his hands, face, and white-collared shirt covered in blood—said that any obstacle standing in the way of both Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin playing in the Stanley Cup Final has been “taken care of.” “Sometimes you have to put the greater good…

Hockey’s Future end-of-season Calder Poll

3. Drew Doughty, D (LA) 6’1, 203 lbs. DOB: Dec. 8, 1989 Acquired: 1st round, 2nd overall in 2008 Although Doughty was unable to be the spark to lead the Los Angeles Kings into the playoffs, like Mason in Columbus and Ryan in Anaheim, his play for the rebuilding team was just as impressive. One…

Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: A Dead Team Skating

David Shoalts has several league sources who are spilling the beans about the mess in Phoenix. It isn’t surprising that the NHL is leaking this information now, when interest in hockey – rather than the business of hockey – has peaked. Who wants to talk about the probable demise of the Phoenix Coyotes right now?…

St. Louis Dispatch: Andy Murray Goes Ballistic

A day after the Blues’ 3-0 loss to Vancouver, television highlights continued to focus on the postgame tirade of head coach Andy Murray on the team’s bench. Murray was incensed because after Vancouver scored its empty-net goal, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put his physical fourth line of Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Johnson and Rick Rypien on…

Calgary Herald: Cammy vows to rebound hahahahahahaha

Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn’t depressed. He feels…well . . . fortunate. Blessed even. “Our mindset is–we better thank our lucky stars that we’re good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh,” Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell…

Boston Globe: The Unfortunate Fourteen

What of those clubs that didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs? Well, the Unfortunate Fourteen are always a mixed lot, and this year is certainly no different. Some want immediate change. Some ponder and puckhandle. A few, such as the Los Angeles Kings, managed expectations from the outset. LA is left hoping a…

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – April 19, 2009.

Al Strachan suggested it was now “highly likely” Marian Gaborik will remain with the Minnesota Wild now that GM Doug Risebrough and head coach Jacques Lemaire are no longer with the team. Pierre LeBrun however isn’t so sure, having spoken with Gaborik’s Los Angeles-based agent Ron Salcer who said his camp will listen to anything Minnesota…

Puck Stops Here: Cammalleri Non-Suspension B.S.

The main differences that the NHL has played up in explaining the lack of a suspension in this case is that it was a close game (so the resulting penalty mattered) and Cammalleri is a skilled player as Calgary’s top goal scorer this season.  Cammalleri is not a goon.  At 5’ 9” and 185 pounds…

Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: The Family Discount

It is one thing for a team to pony up $6-7 MM on a long term contract for a free agent, but its another to pay $13.5-$14 MM on a long term contract for two free agents. Particularly when everyone is running scared on league revenues and a falling salary cap. There aren’t that many…