2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: Pre-game quotes from Flyers, Blackhawks

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2

Blackhawks
lead series 1-0

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As we gear up for Game 2, here’s some quotes from the Flyers and the
Blackhawks from today.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, on Dan Carcillo’s attitude and
approach:

“Danny Carcillo has done an excellent job with his discipline when
he’s been in the lineup, so he plays an aggressive game. He can agitate
a little bit. He’s physical. And I think he’s done an excellent job
of controlling his game and keeping it legal.”

Laviolette, on the decision to start Michael Leighton:

“We haven’t had to make a decision in a long time, I said that
yesterday, just based on injury. We just wanted to go back and talk
about everything.

“Michael Leighton, his numbers have been excellent for us in the
regular season. They’ve been excellent in the Playoffs. His bounceback
coming back here. Game 3 in Montreal was kind of the same scenario
that we were in last night. We played — we need to play better in
front of him. Everybody could be better. Our goaltending, we said that
yesterday, our goaltending, defense, forwards, our game can be better;
and we all seemed to respond as a team in Game 4.”

Simon Gagne, on Carcillo’s return:

“He’s a guy that — you know he’s not a big guy, but he’s going to
bring some physical aspect. He’s going to run around, I think, finish
every check that he’s able to do, and at the same time, he’s got some
skills too. He’s a guy who can make some plays and score some big goals
for us against Jersey in the first round.”

Ian Laperriere on the attitude of the Flyers:

“Very confident. We’re relaxed. There’s no panic, nothing. We know
we made mistakes. That’s what cost us the first game; and we did a lot
of good things and we did a lot of bad things. That’s why we came on
the wrong side of the game last game. Everybody is pretty relaxed and
just enjoying our free time in Chicago, I guess.”

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, on Dustin Byfuglien’s struggles in
Game 1:

“I still think he was a factor last game. He’s a presence
physically. I think — I know he finishes checks. I think the player
receives it, knows he’s around. I think Buff — we didn’t get enough
pucks at the net when he was there.

“I think he’s tried to get to the front of the net. He was there
sometimes when the puck didn’t arrive. I still think he’s a factor when
we do get a power-play that he can make an imprint in that area. I
still think he’s useful in a lot of ways.”

Jonathan Toews, on whether the nerves of the team have calmed a
bit:

“I think so. May have been the same thing for both teams. It’s a
big stage. A long week just to sit there and think about it. If you’re
kind of — just got a couple of days and you go in that first game,
maybe you pick up where you left off in the previous round a little bit
more.

“But, you know, now I think as a team we feel we’re back in the
routine, back in the swing of things. We can go out there and play
hockey and focus on the smaller details of our game.”

Dustin Byfuglien, on whether he’s willing to pay the price to get
room in the crease, going against Pronger:

“Definitely. You go out there and stand with him and do what you
have to do. It’s part of the game. When they get a power-play they
really stand around and be there with their presence. I’ll be there
until the end of it.”

Milbury, Jones: Tkachuk walked the walk; Kings’ response was embarrassing

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The Los Angeles Kings got revenge on Matthew Tkachuk and the Calgary Flames on the scoreboard on Wednesday. But was that 4-1 win enough?

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones provided a lengthy “overtime” segment on NBCSN that brought about some really fascinating takes on the situation between Tkachuk and the Flames versus Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings.

Watch the full video above, as it’s worth your time.

A few interesting lines if you’re (tsk tsk) skipping it:

Milbury: Believes that Doughty didn’t “do enough,” noting that star players sometimes have to stick up for themselves. On the other hand, Tkachuk showed that he can “walk the walk.”

He also gave the Kings a “C-, D+ if not worse” for their overall response. “Fight your own battles,” Milbury said of Doughty.

Jones disagreed to some extent, believing that Kings teammates won’t look at Doughty differently. But Jake Muzzin? He believes that Muzzin’s frequent defensive partner (at least over the years, maybe not this season) backing down from a fight was an embarrassment.

Spicy stuff.

For what it’s worth, Drew Doughty has one career fight (against Joe Thornton [!] in 2011-2) while Jake Muzzin’s lone bout came against Andrew Desjardins in 2012-13, according to Hockey Fights. Does that mean they shouldn’t have dropped the gloves on Wednesday? Milbury and Jones seem to believe that they should have answered the bell.

For more, check out a collection of the early violent moments and Tkachuk’s attempted shot at Doughty. The Kings win is summarized in greater detail here.

Measure of revenge: Kings delay clinching efforts for Flames, Blues

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Deep down, the Los Angeles Kings probably realize that their season will end on game 82. Still, they kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Wednesday night … and managed to spite a team they’re growing to hate.

OK, maybe the hate is almost totally focused upon Matthew Tkachuk, yet the disdain for that talented-but-tormenting rookie was palpable.

It didn’t feel like the Kings exacted physical revenge on Tkachuk, but beating his team 4-1 ranked as classic scoreboard vengeance. With that, the Calgary Flames (and by extension the St. Louis Blues) will need to wait to clinch a playoff berth.

Now, as much as tonight was about Tkachuk, the focus was also on a pugnacious player who once dazzled for the Flames: Jarome Iginla.

In what might be Iginla’s final visit to Calgary – at least as an active NHL player – he was one of the best players on the ice. His fitting curtain call included a “Gordie Howe hat trick” with a spirited fight, an assist and a goal.

Seriously, that fight with Deryk Engelland:

That goal included a bit of luck, but hey …

Iginla was named the first star of the contest, and cameras captured his big smile in enjoying a special night. For all the nastiness of that game, it was refreshing to see such a heartwarming moment.

For more on the violence, check out this post on the early stuff and this one on Tkachuk’s missed missile launch on Drew Doughty.

Kings and Canucks will square off in first NHL exhibition games in China

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It’s official: the NHL will hold preseason games in China before next season.

The league made the announcement on Wednesday night: the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will play two exhibitions: one on Sept. 21 (Shanghai) and Sept. 23 (Beijing). How cool is that?

“It is a privilege and an honor for the L.A. Kings to represent the National Hockey League in China as part of these two games against the Vancouver Canucks,” Kings president Luc Robitaille said. “Growing the game of hockey is something we take great pride in and it is a big priority for our hockey club and AEG as a whole. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our players and our staff, and we are looking forward to the games taking place in two tremendous facilities in two remarkable cities.”

The press conference inspired some jokes tonight.

Some of the best bits came in roping in … Kobe Bryant and David Beckham?

Alrighty then.

Click here for more details.

 

Video: Drew Doughty (mostly) avoids massive Matthew Tkachuk hit

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Hockey is such a fast sport that it’s probably not so easy to make someone your “target.” Instead, a big hit often comes down to the right combination of circumstance and timing.

Still, there’s no denying that Matthew Tkachuk is gunning for Drew Doughty (and the Kings are gunning for Tkachuk) on Wednesday.

Doughty isn’t oblivious to that notion, either, as you can see him avoid what looked like a pretty terrifying hit above.

We’ve already covered the early violence in this game, and it’s quite possible that there will be more carnage going forward. Stay tuned.