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Bettman under fire after saying ‘Katy Perry’ chant wasn’t sexist

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From the Associated Press:

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe Winnipeg Jets fans were being “sexist in the slightest” by comparing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry to pop singer Katy Perry.

Bettman likens the chants to goalies being called “sieves.” The commissioner was in Winnipeg on Monday for the chants during Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

Predictably, Bettman’s remarks have ignited a media firestorm, with Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski going so far as to call them “rage-inducing.”

The Wall Street Journal has a more detailed breakdown of the exchange between Bettman and reporters.

Frankly, we wish the commissioner had just acknowledged how the chant could be seen as sexist and how some people might have been put off by it, even if it wasn’t the worst thing to have ever been chanted at a hockey game.

Trouba broke hand in Game 2 against Ducks, out 6-8 weeks

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Following Winnipeg’s sweep at the hands of Anaheim on Wednesday, head coach Paul Maurice said the club was dealing with as many as eight significant injuries during the playoffs.

Turns out Jacob Trouba had one of them.

Trouba broke his left hand in Game 2 of the opening-round series, per the Winnipeg Sun. The injury will require surgery and sideline the young d-man for approximately 6-8 weeks, ruling him out of potential participation with Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championships (May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.)

The 21-year-old struggled over the final three games of the series, so it’s not entirely surprising to hear he was hurt. That said, the nature of the injury is fairly significant — trying to play D with a broken hand? — and Trouba deserves plenty of credit for gutting it out and logging the minutes he did. He skated over 20 in Games 2 and 3 before seeing just 16:15 in the deciding Game 4.

This could partially explain why Trouba was danced around on Emerson Etem’s outrageous solo effort in Wednesday’s loss.

During today’s locker clear-out, captain Andrew Ladd also revealed he’s been playing with a sports hernia. Oh, and here are the rest of the injuries, per head coach Paul Maurice…

Shattenkirk lighting it up as Blues play ‘our game’

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Following Wednesday’s 6-1 whipping of Minnesota in Game 4 of their opening round series, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock had a telling quote:

“This is our game. It’s not our best game. We can play a lot better than we played today. We’ve still got things we’ve got to work on, but this is our game.

“We’re going to play this game and if it’s good enough, we’re going to put it out there, and if we win with it, great. If we don’t win with it, so be it. But this is our game.”

If Wednesday was truly indicative of the way the Blues want to play, might want to keep an eye on what Kevin Shattenkirk does moving forward.

Why? Well, Shattenkirk assisted on three of St. Louis’ six goals last night, continuing a theme that’s been present throughout this series; all told, he’s recorded helpers on seven of the Blues’ 12 goals and is currently tied with Anaheim’s Corey Perry for the playoff scoring lead.

Shattenkirk is also the first St. Louis blueliner to have six assists in a series since Hall of Famer Al MacInnis did it in 16 years ago.

Part of Shattenkirk’s Game 4 outburst came from a subtle move by Hitchcock. Hitch moved the 26-year-old back onto a defensive pairing with Carl Gunnarsson and the two fared pretty well, emerging with solid possession metrics (while allowing Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo to reunite as a pairing, which was also a boon for the Blues.)

While Shattenkirk was quick to deflect praise onto his teammates following the win, his comments said plenty about the Blues’ top talent coming through in a crucial moment.

“Our best players played well. Our whole lineup played well I think,” Shattenkirk said. “We got something from everyone tonight.”

PHT Morning Skate: Selanne weighs in on the Ducks sweep of the Jets

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Teemu Selanne, who spent portions of his career in both Winnipeg and Anaheim, weighed in on the Ducks sweep of the Jets following Wednesday’s game. The Finnish Flash believes the Jets have a bright future while the Ducks were simply the better team in the series.

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Fighting may be down in the NHL and the role of the enforcer diminishing, but that won’t stop the production of a sequel to the movie “Goon”. “Goon 2” is expected to start shooting in June. (Bar Down)

Sticking with the fighting theme, here’s a look at the new Grantland documentary “Knuckes vs. Numbers”, which focuses on the dying breed of enforcers in the game:

The Val-d’Or Foreurs, who trailed their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League best-of-seven series with Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3-0, battled all the way back to win the series in seven games. However, following the Foreurs’ Game 7 victory, the traditional handshake line was scrapped. (The Hockey News)

One of the worst shootout attempts ever occurred in a recent Division 2A IIHF game between Serbia and Spain. Marko Milovanovic was apparently a little too excited to get his attempt started. Have a look:

Ducks complete sweep of Jets before whiteout crowd in Winnipeg

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The Winnipeg Jets might look back on this series with the Anaheim Ducks and see a number of missed opportunities that proved costly.

The Jets held third-period leads in each of the first three games, and couldn’t hold on. The Ducks led the league in third-period comebacks during the regular season, and continued that trend in this series.

On Wednesday, the Ducks silenced the Jets with a 5-2 win in Winnipeg. The Ducks are off to the second round after completing the sweep.

“Every time we gained an inch, they came back with two. It was just one of those things. It was an even series,” said Blake Wheeler, as per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

As the final seconds ticked down, the fans, clad in white, stood to salute their team. Their team saluted the fans following the handshake. It’s been 19 years since a Stanley Cup playoff game took place in that city and Jets fans were loud from start to finish during Games 3 and 4.

A force in Game 3, Ryan Kesler showed up in similar fashion in the clincher, scoring twice in the third period, including the winner less than seven minutes into the third period.

The Jets made a game of it.

As the fans stood up, trying to give their team a push, Mark Stuart scored on a point shot right off a faceoff to get Winnipeg within a goal and with more than nine minutes left to find the equalizer.

But Kesler finished it off, killing any chance of a comeback with his second of the period.