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.

Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

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Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.

So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?


You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.