2013 playoffs

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 2 picks


PHT staffers — myself (Mike Halford), Jason Brough, Joe Yerdon, James O’Brien, Ryan Dadoun and Cam Tucker — did reasonably well with their picks in the opening round.

Well, everybody but me did reasonably well:

Halford: 3-5
Brough: 7-1
Yerdon: 5-3
O’Brien: 6-2
Dadoun: 6-2
Tucker: 5-3

Brough was the overall winner winner chicken dinner, Dadoun was the only staffer to pick San Jose over Vancouver and Yerdon was on the money by taking the ‘Hawks in 5, Red Wings in 7, Kings in 6, Penguins in 6 and Rangers in 7.

As for the commenters? The best shout came from “Raleik,” the only person to correctly predict a quick exit for the Canucks (picked the Sharks in 5).

Onto Round 2 we go…

Western Conference

No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 7 Detroit

Halford: ‘Hawks in 7

Brough: ‘Hawks in 5

Yerdon: ‘Hawks in 5

O’Brien: ‘Hawks in 5

Dadoun: ‘Hawks in 5

Tucker: ‘Hawks in 5

No. 4 Los Angeles vs. No 6. San Jose

Halford: Kings in 6

Brough: Kings in 5

Yerdon: Kings in 6

O’Brien: Kings in 6

Dadoun: Kings in 7

Tucker: Kings in 6

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Ottawa

Halford: Penguins in 6

Brough: Penguins in 7

Yerdon: Penguins in 6

O’Brien: Penguins in 6

Dadoun: Penguins in 6

Tucker: Penguins in 6

No. 4 Boston vs. No. 6 New York Rangers

Halford: Bruins in 6

Brough: Rangers in 6

Yerdon: Rangers in 6

O’Brien: Bruins in 7

Dadoun: Rangers in 6

Tucker: Bruins in 7

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.