What they’re saying about Game 2 of 2012 Stanley Cup finals

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So the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in OT in Game 2. Same story as Game 1, right? If you ask Twitter, the answer is probably “Yes and no.” Let’s take a look at what the hockey world said about Game 2.

Doughty’s goal

The first period was a pretty solid one overall for the Devils, but the hockey world will remember it most for Drew Doughty’s dazzling 1-0 goal. Adam Gretz felt like Doughty “looked unstoppable” from the second he touched the puck on that play. Stephen Whyno relays the comparisons Doughty drew to Bobby Orr, Scott Niedermayer, Ray Bourque and even Pavel Bure. Lyle Richardson doesn’t just capture how impressive the tally was, though, however; he considers context from a skin-tight 2012 playoffs in his review of the play.

“That’s right, a defenseman beat three defenders and sniped a beautiful goal … in the playoffs!”

Yup, goals like that have been hard to come by.

Brodeur’s brilliance

Martin Brodeur didn’t get his first win in the series just yet, but he had some great moments. Brian Compton argued that he kept the Devils in the game while I ventured in the chat that “vintage Brodeur” might be the kind of term that could force one-too-many-shots on a person in a drinking game.

Dave Lozo even dropped an “Anchorman” reference in there.

“If the Devils were Ron Burgundy and the Kings were Veronica Corningstone, this is the part where Ron says, ‘She’s better than me.'”

“So called fourth line”

I have to say I’ve been reluctant to buy-in to all the talk about the Devils’ fourth line, yet it’s getting harder to deny it with each passing game. That ragtag group created New Jersey’s only goal in Game 2 and its only “clean” one in the series so far. Compton points out that Ryan Carter has scored five goals this season, making him a successful Florida Panthers cast-off much like Michael Grabner.

Carter comes through

While Puck Daddy’s Harrison Mooney points out the fact that most journalists probably didn’t have Jeff Carter written in as the winner in their recaps, others delighted in beating up on Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren for trading Carter and Mike Richards, including Stephen Burtch.

Devils blogger Kevin Sellathamby probably captures it in the most amusing way, though.

“I hate Scott Howson,” Sellathamby wrote.

Celebrity cameo

While Tommy Lasorda congratulated the Kings in Game 1, famous former race car driver Mario Andretti (pictured amusingly with his grandson) did the honors for Game 2.

“Nice win Jeff Carter and LA Kings!”

Who’s next? I’m rooting for A.C. Green, personally.

Habs sign Mark Streit — is he Markov’s replacement?

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed 39-year-old defenseman Mark Streit to a one-year contract worth a reported $700,000.

This will actually be Streit’s second stint with the Habs. He started his NHL career in Montreal, all the way back in 2005.

Streit split last season between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the playoffs, he only appeared in three games for the Penguins, all of them in the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa when Justin Schultz was hurt.

What the Streit signing means for Andrei Markov remains to be seen. Streit, like Markov, can run a power play, so it’s tempting to conclude that Streit is Markov’s replacement.

That being said, almost all of Streit’s contract could be buried in the AHL if necessary, so that conclusion may be premature. This could even be a move by GM Marc Bergevin to gain leverage and convince Markov to sign.

Markov, 38, remains an unrestricted free agent. The Canadiens want him back, but only at a certain price.

Devils give Mirco Mueller two-year extension

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The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Mirco Mueller to a two-year contract extension with a cap hit of $850,000.

Mueller, a first-round draft pick of the Sharks in 2013, has only played 54 NHL games, scoring two goals with four assists. In June, after spending most of 2016-17 in the AHL, San Jose traded the 22-year-old to the Devils.

In New Jersey, Mueller should get a good chance to crack a rebuilding roster.

“Mirco is adding another piece to what we’re trying to build here,” Devils coach John Hynes said, per NJ.com. “He’s a young player, he can play with pace. He’s a very good skater. He’s got size, which is something we need on the back end. He makes a good first pass. He allows you to get out of your own zone because he can break out, he can end plays defensively, get possession, make the pass to be able to transition yourself out of defensive situations.”

The Devils have also re-signed goalie Scott Wedgewood and forward Joseph Blandisi.

Rangers lock up Zibanejad for next five years

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The New York Rangers have locked up a key piece of their future, signing center Mika Zibanejad to a five-year deal with a cap hit of $5.35 million.

Zibanejad had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, but that won’t be required anymore.

The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 23 assists in 56 games last season. It was his first year in New York after getting traded from Ottawa for Derick Brassard.

With Derek Stepan in Arizona now, Zibanejad is arguably the Rangers’ No. 1 center. Kevin Hayes is in that conversation as well, and perhaps Lias Andersson will be soon.

But getting Zibanejad signed long term was a top priority for GM Jeff Gorton this offseason. Hayes can become a restricted free agent next summer, but that’s a bridge to cross at a later date.

Related: Andersson to get ‘every opportunity’ to make Rangers next season

Avalanche reportedly settle with Nieto, avoiding arbitration

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Matt Nieto won’t need his arbitration hearing on Monday.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Nieto has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Nieto split last season between San Jose and Colorado, which claimed him off waivers in January.

In 43 games for the Avalanche, the 24-year-old forward scored seven goals with four assists.

Nieto was the only Colorado player on this summer’s arbitration list. However, the Avs still have a restricted free agent in Nikita Zadorov, who could be off to the KHL next season.