“The Vegas Golden Knights have made their initial player selections! Jen Neale and King Tufficult join host Jesse Cohen immediately following the NHL Awards Show and Expansion Draft from Las Vegas, Nevada.”
LAS VEGAS – Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky won the 2017 Vezina Trophy Wednesday night, becoming the first two-time winner of the award since Tim Thomas did it with the Boston Bruins.
The award is voted on by the league’s 30 general managers.
During the regular season, Bobrovsky posted NHL leading numbers: 2.06 goal-against average and a .931 save-percentage. He was third in the NHL in shutouts (7) and third in wins at 41, which is a career high for the Blue Jackets’ goaltender.
In addition to his Vezina win, Bobrovsky nabbed a Hart Trophy nomination this season where he finished third behind Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid, who won the award.
It’s no secret that Bobrovsky has struggled with confidence and health throughout his career. This season was a bounce-back he desperately needed. With his resurgence, Bobrovsky helped lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their best season in franchise history, which included a 16-game win streak.
LAS VEGAS – Brent Burns. Fashion icon. Man-bun enthusiast. Descendant of Chewbacca. And now James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.
This season Burns set a San Jose Sharks franchise high in goals (29) and points (76) by a defensemen. Burns was the only nominee that received points on every single ballot received from the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
On stage, Burns went out his way to thank the other nominees, Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. He pointed out Karlsson’s incredible saucer pass during the playoffs, and laughed saying his coaches probably wouldn’t be too happy if he did the same thing.
“In which the boys speak with Jen Neale from Puck Daddy about the Ducks’ expansion draft strategy”
ANAHEIM, Calif. — With Patrick Eaves injured and Corey Perry continuing to be a shell of his former goal-scoring self, someone not named Ryan Getzlaf would have to start scoring if the Anaheim Ducks had any chance at beating the Nashville Predators.
Sure veterans Sami Vatanen and Jakob Silfverberg chipped in a goal each, but it was two of the youngest Ducks who’d have the biggest impact in Anaheim’s Game 2 victory.
As seems to be the norm now, the Ducks don’t start playing hockey until at least 15 minutes have past in the first period. The Predators were leading 2-0 when Ondrej Kase, one of three 21-year-old Anaheim players in the lineup, drew a tripping penalty on Matt Irwin.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — They may not admit it, but the Anaheim Ducks are tired. It showed in the first period of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators.
“We weren’t ready to start the game,” said defenseman Hampus Lindholm after the Ducks overtime loss. “We lost the game in the first period. They were on us the whole period. We didn’t really get to breathe.”
Over the past 15 days, the Ducks have played seven hockey games; in addition to trekking back and forth between Southern California and Edmonton a couple times. Dead legs aren’t unexpected, but they’re coming at the worst time of the year.
Earlier today we gave you the breakdown of the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators and predicted who will win. It’s time to look at five big questions facing the two teams in the Western Conference Final.
1– Who wins the battle of Ryan versus the Ryans?
The Nashville Predators brought in Ryan Johansen for situations just like the one they’re about to face. The Anaheim Ducks have a two-headed snarling, half-bald monster at center with Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf. A duo Johansen became acquainted with last post-season.
In the three meetings between the two during the regular season, match-intensive coach Randy Carlyle opted to roll out the Kesler line whenever Johansen hit the ice. Since Kesler is the pre-eminent shut-down center for Anaheim, it’s not a stretch to assume Carlyle will put Kesler on the ice against Johansen whenever possible.
Anaheim Ducks fans have waited for this moment for over a decade. No, not finally winning in Game 7.
It was the return of Paul Kariya.
Sixteen numbers line pillars at the top of Honda Center signifying the sixteen wins it takes to win a Stanley Cup. Each time the Ducks get a win, a notable former (Mighty) Duck paints an ‘X’ through the number.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — PRAISE BE THE HOCKEY GODS! THEM DEMONS HATH BEEN RUN OUT OF HONDA CENTER.
After four straight years of Games 7 losses at home, the Anaheim Ducks finally won a Game 7 in front of their home crowd. The Ducks narrowly defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1, and now move on to the Western Conference Final to face the Nashville Predators.
The victory on Wednesday night was the Ducks’ first Game 7 win since 2006 when the then-Mighty Ducks beat the Calgary Flames in the same round.
To be honest, the bar was set pretty low for the Ducks coming into the game.
Just drop the puck already.
The Anaheim Ducks know the history, and don’t really want to talk about it anymore.
In the last four seasons they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs at home in Game 7. Now they face the same win-or-go golf scenario Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Only four players remain from the start of the streak in 2013: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Andrew Cogliano. What was thought to be the key problem for the choking, Bruce Boudreau, is now gone, and replaced by Randy Carlyle.
Carlyle, Getzlaf, and Perry were on hand for the team’s last Game 7 win. It was 2006 in Calgary. The then-Mighty Ducks beat the Flames, 3-0. After sweeping the Colorado Avalanche the next round, Anaheim met up with the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final. The Oilers beat the Mighty Ducks, only to lose in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. That was the last time the Oilers were in the playoffs.