2012 Cup

PHT’s Stanley Cup finals picks — in five words


The “five words” motif was decent in the conference finals — everybody got at least one pick right — with special mention going to Jason Brough for being the only one to choose New Jersey over New York.

(Of course, Jason was also the only one to take the Coyotes over the Kings.)

Moving along, here are PHT’s staff picks for the Stanley Cup finals…using only five words.

No more, no less.

Stanley Cup finals: No. 6 New Jersey vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Kings in 7): It will be incredibly close.

James O’Brien (Kings in 6): Quick wrestles torch from Marty.

Joe Yerdon (Kings in 6): Go ahead and crown them.

Jason Brough (Kings in 6): Kings can handle Devils’ forechecking.

Mike Halford (Devils in 7): Brodeur goes out on top.

Round 1 results:

Dadoun 6-for-8
O’Brien 3-for-8
Yerdon 4-for-8
Brough 3-for-8
Halford 3-for-8

Round 2 results

Dadoun 1-for-4
O’Brien 2-for-4
Yerdon 1-for-4
Brough 1-for-4
Halford 1-for-4

Round 3 results

Everybody went 1-for-2.

Bettman to players: Don’t screw up ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ with drugs

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The NHL wants to take an educational approach — not a punitive one — to deter its players from using illicit drugs like cocaine.

“My interest is not to go around punishing people,” Bettman told Sportsnet today.

“My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they’ve been given, to play in the NHL.”

While some players have expressed surprise at hearing that cocaine use is growing, the anecdotal evidence of substance abuse has been very much in the news, from Jarret Stoll‘s arrest to Mike Richards’ arrest to, more recently, Zack Kassian‘s placement in the NHL/NHLPA’s treatment program.

“We don’t have the unilateral right to do things here. We need the consent of the Players’ Association,” Bettman said. “It’s not about punishment. It’s about making sure we get it to stop.”

Related: Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

Goalie nods: Jones makes Sharks debut against ex-Kings mates

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News and notes from around the crease…

Jones goes for San Jose

Martin Jones, acquired by the Sharks this summer, will make his first regular-season start for the club tonight against his old team — the Los Angeles Kings.

Jones, 25, spent the last two years in L.A. as Jonathan Quick‘s understudy. He was flipped to Boston at the NHL Entry Draft, then shipped to San Jose. Sharks GM Doug Wilson wasted little time locking Jones in — signing him to a three-year, $9 million extension — and Jones wasted little time locking up the No. 1 gig, putting together a stellar preseason.

For the Kings, Quick will get the start in goal.

Markstrom out for Vancouver

Jacob Markstrom wasn’t scheduled to start for the Canucks tonight — No. 1 Ryan Miller is getting the call — but the Swedish ‘tender won’t even dress when his club takes on the Flames in Calgary.

Markstrom suffered a lower-body injury at practice this week and is being held out of tonight’s action. In his place, the Canucks called up AHL netminder Richard Bachman, who’ll serve as Miller’s backup.

For the Flames, Karri Ramo is the opening-night starter.


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