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What they’re saying about Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals

After a meaty break between the conference finals and Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, the hockey public was ready for the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils to kick things off in Newark. The Kings won Game 1 by a score of 2-1 in OT (Discuss it here), but let’s take a look at the game through the eyes of Twitter.

(To make it easier to navigate, we’ll just quote or paraphrase the Tweets rather than bogging down your browser/phone with screen caps.)

New Jersey fans had their own clever remarks for the New York Rangers last round, yet the Los Angeles Kings’ Twitter feed reveals that they might need to get warmed up a bit for an unfamiliar foe:

“Crowd starts a ‘Beat L.A.’ chant. Pretty sure we’ve heard that one a few times.”

Yup, the Lakers and Clippers have heard it too.

Things started out without much rhythm; Sam Carchidi described a “lack of flow” shown by the fact that there was just one shot in the first five minutes. Arthur Staple captured the Devils’ stilted beginning with a little more color and sarcasm, though.

“[Devils had] more icings (three), offsides (two) and blocked shots (two) than shots on goal through 5:15. Clearly the fault of the Rangers — poisoned the game.”

Well played. Colin Fraser finally broke the ice with a 1-0 goal, which was the first of his playoff career. Dan Tencer reminds us of Fraser’s interesting path to that tally.

“Colin Fraser, the subject of a grievance filed by the LA Kings against the Edmonton Oilers prior to the season, opens the Cup finals scoring.”

As you may remember, Dean Lombardi dropped a Bernie Madoff reference because of that incident.

The Kings carried the early play, prompting people like James Mirtle to feel even more emboldened about picking them in their series predictions. Gary Lawless asked about the so-called rust that many expected to see from Los Angeles, although it must be said that they didn’t quite steamroll through Game 1 like they have before.

After Kopitar ended the contest, the praise started rolling out (except for Martin Brodeur and for Marek Zidlicky, that is). Carchidi referred to their efforts as “amazing” while also pointing out that road teams are 15-9 in overtime in the 2012 playoffs. Jim Rome had this amusing bit of praise:

“Bam! Kings win! They cannot lose on the road. Unbelievable.”

Even Tommy Lasorda congratulated the Kings.

Unfortunately, Eric Hornick finishes things off with some doom and gloom – which might be doubly disturbing for Kings fans.

“2004 Lightning were the last team to drop Game 1 of Stanley Cup finals at home and rebound to win Cup. Of course, a lockout followed.”

Well, great.

Twitter gift: Paul Bissonnette suits up for Coyotes tonight

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At some point, my guess is that Paul Bissonnette will parlay his clever Twitter ways into a (hopefully) equally promising broadcasting career – or at least a killer memoir. He’ll probably squeeze out as much of NHL career as he can in the mean time and Dave Vest reports that he’s likely to suit up for the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 tonight.

I hesitate to say that he’ll “play” for the Coyotes, because even when he’s in the lineup, he doesn’t get much ice time. He’ll come in handy if the contest gets dirty like it did when things devolved halfway through Game 2. This will be his third playoff game in 2012.

If nothing else, it might give his Twitter output a bump. His latest update came almost exactly a month ago, when he praised the city of Chicago and its “stunning” women.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot is also expected to be back in the lineup thanks to Martin Hanzal’s suspension and the Coyotes greater struggles.

Alyssa Milano runs NHL’s official Twitter feed tonight

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Noted sports fan/actress Alyssa Milano will run the NHL’s official Twitter feed during Game 3 of the Los Angeles Kings-Phoenix Coyotes series tonight.

The NHL’s feed is @NHL, so you can follow along for what will surely be extensive discussions of Corsi ratings and why save percentage is a superior way to judge a goalie than mere wins. If you have specific questions for Milano, you’d be wise to use the hashtag #AskAlyssa. There’s also a Pinterest page for the event, which you can check out here.

NHL.com reveals that this is the first time a celebrity has ever taken over the official Twitter account for the league.

My recommendation for a starter question? #AskAlyssa if Anze Kopitar is “the boss.”

(Actually, she probably won’t appreciate that reference.)

Let’s all welcome Jaromir Jagr to Twitter

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In late June, Pittsburgh Penguins fans were dying alive with anticipation over the possibility of Jaromir Jagr returning – and they followed much of that speculation breathlessly on Twitter. Perhaps it makes perfect sense that Penguins fans and everyone else might get the occasional glimpse of the Philadelphia Flyers winger’s thought process now that he’s on Twitter as @68Jagr.

Jagr provided a video introduction to get things started, but here are a few things I’d love to see from his account:

  • Twitter polls asking for bizarre facial hair requests.
  • You know how music artists find long-lost B-sides and never-before-released tunes? Jagr should go to some basement and unearth a treasure trove of photos form his mullet era. Frankly, we all need to widen that rotation.
  • As many snarky bits of Twitter chirping as he can get away with without getting suspended or attacked.
  • Speaking of Twitter chirping, I demand that Jagr take time out of his day to engage in whatever hashtag meme floats around in a given off-day.

So those are a few of the things that I’d love to see from the future Hall of Famer’s Twitter feed, but what are you looking forward to? (If you’re a Washington Capitals fan, try to be nice.)

Crosby, Ovechkin are on Chad Ochocinco’s radar

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If you look at a player’s media attention to talent ratio, Chad Ochocinco was once like Terrell Owens – worthy of all the buzz even with the headaches.

Now he’s a little more like Sean Avery –  plenty of hot air, few results – but it’s tough to deny the inherent intrigue of a human who responded to a Sportscenter-appointed nickname by changing his actual name. (Granted, it’s not Ron Artest weird, but Mr. 8-5 blazed a weird trail, unless you give credit to “The Ultimate Warrior.”)

With all that in mind, one cannot help but be tickled a bit by Ochocinco Tweeting to ask his followers for some differences between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. EJ Hradek gave his own take on what separates the two:

Either way, it’s charming to see Ochocinco’s near-child-like wonder about hockey, even if we might want to introduce him to the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Claude Giroux, Steven Stamkos and many more. (His “introduction” to Evgeni Malkin was kind of adorable, by the way.)