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2014 NHL playoffs preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

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Joe Thornton (left) and Drew Doughty are both crucial figures in a potentially thrilling first round California series. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

Joe Thornton (19) and Drew Doughty (8) are crucial figures in a possibly thrilling first-round series. (Getty Images)

By Gabriel Baumgaertner

Regular Season recaps

Wed. Oct. 30: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

Wed. Nov. 27: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)

Thu. Dec. 19: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1

Mon. Jan. 27: Los Angeles 1, San Jose 0

Thu April 3: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1

Notable injuries

Kings: Drew Doughty (upper-body, day-to-day), Dwight King (undisclosed)

Sharks: Raffi Torres (knee, doubtful), Scott Hannan (head, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Top Line: Brent Burns has razor date; Crosby vs. MacKinnon; more links

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    Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks has the best head of hair in the NHL

    Brent Burns’ Geico Caveman look is about to become a thing of the past. ( Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • We’ll miss the Geico Caveman look, but since he’s doing it for charity, we guess we can get on board with the idea of Brent Burns shaving hockey’s best head of hair.

    • All of Nova Scotia — and probably the rest of the hockey world — will be watching tonight as the province’s two favorite sons, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, meet up for a Bluenoser’s delight in Pittsburgh.

    • The Capitals have decided to keep 19-year-old junior eligible forward Tom Wilson with the big club this season. Katie Carerra makes the case that it was the only call that Washington could make.

    • Buffalo president Ted Black said, apparently with a completely straight face, that firing GM Darcy Regier at this point would be “a panic move.” The hold coach Ron Rolston has on his job, however, might be more tenuous.

    • Great “this ‘n that” column this morning from Jim Matheson, who touches on a possible destination for Ryan Miller, a Florida/Edmonton trade thought, and a Canadian option to Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

    • A couple of guys who have been there offer advice to Calgary rookie Sean Monahan on how to make the transition to the NHL as a teenager.

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  • Published On Oct 21, 2013
  • NHL’s 10 most exciting players

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    By Allan Muir

    It’s no wonder the hockey world went bananas over that amazing goal scored by the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl last week. What with suffocating systems and chip-and-chase ruling the day, conservative play rather than creativity, is the widest path to the NHL. And anything that veers from the straight and narrow, whether it’s a between-the-legs shot, a rules-testing spin-o-rama or some shootout parlor trick, is bound to generate some buzz.

    But as curmudgeons from Adam Oates to Don Cherry proved, there’s always someone waiting to drop a “respect for the game” anvil on any player who has the skills, creativity and guts to try something truly special.

    Shame on them for that.

    Honestly, is a little extra personality and style really so bad? Of course not. That’s why we shouldn’t just encourage the sort of flash that Hertl displayed, but celebrate it . . . even if it means suffering through a little hotdogging every now and then.

    Let’s free up the next generation of potential stars like Hertl to be as bold and original as they want to be. And let’s recognize the guys who’ve already proved that they’re more than worth the price of admission. I mean the players who can pull you out of your seat with a stunning burst of speed, a sweet dangle and a dazzling how’d-he-do-that? finish . . . or maybe something else that’s uniquely their own.

    With those factors in mind, here are the 10 most exciting players in the NHL today.

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  • Published On Oct 17, 2013
  • Top Line: Coyotes sale finally closed; Red Wings fan fave Burr dies

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    The Coyotes' sale will keep the team in Phoenix...for now.

    The Coyotes’ sale will keep the team in Phoenix…for now. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    An annotated guide to this morning’s short list of must-read hockey stories:

    • The Phoenix Coyotes finally have real owners not named the NHL! After more than four years under league ownership, the Coyotes are now the property/problem of IceArizona Acquisitions Co., a group of 11 businessmen who are now charged with making things work in Glendale. Otherwise, say hello to the five-year out-clause and goodbye to the ‘Yotes…. again.

    • Former Red Wings first-rounder Shawn Burr, who had been battling cancer for three years, died at the age of 47 after a fall down the stairs caused brain trauma. Mitch Albom pays tribute to the Detroit fan favorite.

    • Panthers forward and Rookie of the Year Jonathan Huberdeau is back on the ice after off-season hip surgery. He hopes to be ready by training camp.

    • Team Canada’s junior national team evaluation camp update. Flames prospect Sean Monahan impressed during the controlled scrimmage.

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  • Published On Aug 06, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Sharks hang on in third, beat Kings 2-1 to even series at 2-2

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    Brent Burns after scoring.

    Brent Burns has all the makings of a star, and probably would be one anywhere else. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    It might have been the most impressive period yet of these 2013 playoffs. Led by their captain, Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks pinned the Los Angeles Kings in their own zone virtually from the opening face-off, outshooting the champs 15-3 and dominating in every facet of the game. If not for the heroics of Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick, this one might have been a rout.

    But at the end of 20 minutes, the Sharks had mustered just a one-goal lead on Brent Burns’ second tally of the postseason. And that set up a white-knuckle ride for the fans at HP Pavilion who watched as a furious rally by the Kings fell just short, allowing San Jose to escape with a 2-1 win. The series is headed back to L.A. tied up at two games each.

    If the storyline sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this one before. For the third game in a row, the Sharks dominated the first period, swapped chances in the second, and then held on for dear life as the Kings fought back with everything they had in the third. The formula has worked twice now for the underdogs, but it’s going to take more than a 20-minute effort to eliminate the champs.

    Some thoughts and observations from tonight’s contest:

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  • Published On May 22, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Couture the OT hero as Sharks ride power play to Game 3 win

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    Logan Couture scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 3 to cut  the Kings' series lead down to 2-1. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    Logan Couture scored the winning goal in OT to cut the Kings’ series lead to 2-1. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Funny how things work out, isn’t it?

    Two nights ago, the Los Angeles Kings scored twice when given a late five-on-three advantage to beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of their series.

    Tonight, the Sharks were handed the same two-man advantage, and in overtime, no less. The Kings killed off the first penalty, but Logan Couture made them pay for the second, scoring the clincher 1:29 into the extra frame to earn San Jose a 2-1 win in Game 3.

    The win cuts Los Angeles’ series lead to 2-1, and gives the Sharks new life with Game 4 coming up Tuesday night in San Jose.

    Here are some observations from Saturday night’s thriller:

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  • Published On May 19, 2013
  • Top Line: Flyers rejoin playoff hunt, Iginla to Kings rumor ripped, more links

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    This year has been a trying one for the Flyers, who might be looking at a premium draft spot come season’s end. (Eric Hartline/US Presswire)

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Heading into Friday’s game with the Devils, the Flyers had an equal statistical chance to finish 29th overall as make the playoffs. That was until a rare shootout win took Seth Jones off their minds…at least temporarily.

    • No doubt the vote of confidence GM Paul Holmgren gave coach Peter Laviolette was a great source of relief and comfort for all involved.

    • Those Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings rumors don’t sit well with Eric Duhatschek.

    • NHL owners will never pass on the lucre of an 82-game season, but let’s face it: this 48-game sked is pretty boss, isn’t it? The players of the Minnesota Wild seem to agree.

    • Roberto Luongo reclaims the No. 1 job in Vancouver, making his third consecutive start tonight against the Red Wings. Coach Alain Vigneault has to go with the guy who is winning more games, and that’s Bobby Lu.

    • If the Canucks watched the Wings Friday night, they learned it takes more than a 40-minute effort to beat them. The Oilers had the drop on them early, but the more experienced Wings stuck around long enough to capitalize on an own goal and a brilliant Pavel Datsyuk bid in OT to steal two points.

    • Brent Burns has two goals in two games since being bumped from the blue line to Joe Thornton’s line. The erstwhile defender doesn’t see why a big deal is being made of the switch, but hey, versatility like that is pretty unique in the game today.

    • In the midst of a disappointing season, defending Vezina winner Henrik Lundqvist is working on becoming a better puck distributor to help out his struggling blue line.

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  • Published On Mar 16, 2013