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2014 NHL playoffs: Blues rally for another OT win, 4-3, over Blackhawks

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Brent Seabrook was ejected after a controversial hit on Blues captain David Backes. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Brent Seabrook was ejected after a controversial hit on Blues captain David Backes. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

By Brian Cazeneuve 

If the St. Louis Blues can survive a game such as the one they played against the Blackhawks on Saturday, then they could be heading to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Forget their long history without a championship. Forget their six-game losing streak to end the season, which also dashed their hopes for the Presidents’ Trophy. Trailing 3-2 in the final minutes of the third period, the Blues cashed in on a huge opportunity after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a game misconduct for leveling David Backes with a shoulder to the head. On the ensuing power play, Vladimir Tarasenko’s clutch goal with 6.4 seconds left sent this one to overtime where Barret Jackman of all people gave the Blues a thrilling 4-3 victory and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against defending champion Chicago. This St. Louis team appears to be maturing before our eyes.

Here are a few things we took away from a Game 2 that was full of bumps, thumps and lead changes:

Game recap | Box score | Highlights

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Joe Thornton, Claude Giroux highlight Canada’s Sochi All-Snubbed Team

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    Team Canada's Joe Thornton at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    It’s a true measure of the depth of Canada’s talent pool that Joe Thornton was left off the Sochi roster. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Every four years, Canadians wish that hockey was more like bobsledding. Or maybe pairs figure skating.

    Those sports, after all, allow a country to enter multiple teams in the Olympic Games, assuming that it has the talent pool to field a second world-class entry. And when it comes to hockey, Canada is plenty deep enough.

    Regardless of who Steve Yzerman and his crew picked today, some excellent players were not going to make the cut. Really, really excellent players. Enough, in fact, to field another squad capable of competing for a medal in Sochi.

    Start with the NHL’s assist leader Joe Thornton feeding sauce to James Neal and Martin St. Louis. Then imagine the blazing speed and Globetrotter-esque puck movement of a Kid Line featuring Tyler Seguin between Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner.

    Back them up with 2013 Norris finalist Kris Letang and gold medalist Brent Seabrook and solid goaltending from Cup-winner Corey Crawford or young sensation Josh Harding and you’ve got a club that would give other teams fits.

    Sadly, for Canadians anyway, that second squad is just a fantasy. But it is fun to imagine what a Canada 2 team might have looked like…

    MUIR: USA’s All-Snubbed Team | My final Team Canada projected roster | Windy ceremony draws tweet heat

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Corey Crawford, Dougie Hamilton, Marc Staal head to injured reserve

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    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was helped off the ice after being injured in a game against the Florida Panthers.

    Just as he was playing his way into the Sochi discussion, Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was injured. (AP Photos)

    By Allan Muir

    Three key players are set to miss time with injuries that are more serious than was initially reported by their teams.

    The Blackhawks, losers of three-of-four, will have to break out of their slump without the help of Corey Crawford. Chicago’s No. 1 stopper needs three weeks to nurse a groin injury suffered in Sunday night’s win over Florida.

    With Nikolai Khabibulin already on the sidelines, rookie Antti Raanta, the team’s third stringer, steps into the breach, starting tonight in Dallas. He’s been solid in limited exposure this season, going 3-0-1, including a 29-save effort in relief of Crawford on Sunday. Kent Simpson, who was Raanta’s understudy with Rockford of the AHL, has been recalled by the Hawks to serve as the team’s backup.

    Week 10 Power Rankings: Blackhawks relinquish top spot

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  • Published On Dec 10, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 7

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    Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers is bidding for a Team USA roster spot for Sochi.

    Playing for the U.S. at Sochi was a reason why Tim Thomas came back…and is now in the mix. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Nov. 20)

    Team USA

    1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Former NHL netminder and current CBC commentator Kelly Hrudey had Miller at No. 1 on his NHL goalie rankings last week. Can’t say I’d argue with him. This guy is such a proud athlete, he’s practically willing the Sabres to be competitive. He was at his world-beating best against the Maple Leafs on Friday, stopping 32 of 33 in a 3-1 win. (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Nov 20, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 4

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    Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

    Jonathan Quick hasn’t been consistently sharp, but he’s the best of a shaky US bunch. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Oct. 30)

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    Team USA

    1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    He needed to get back into the groove after he allowed four goals against the Coyotes last Thursday night, but the woeful Oilers didn’t offer much of a test, sending just 18 shots his way. “He’s probably their guy,” a scout informed me last week, “but they’d probably feel a little better if he’d string a couple of good ones together.” (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Oct 30, 2013
  • Top Line: NHL’s best young core; Alex Ovechkin-to-KHL talk, more links

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    Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers

    Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and the Oilers are expected to take a big step toward Cup contention. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • All those years spent in the basement are starting to pay off for the Oilers and Avalanche, but which team made the most of its misery by building hockey’s best core of young prospects?

    • The Blackhawks let Stanley Cup-winning goalie Antti Niemi walk after their 2010 championship. GM Stan Bowman had no intention of doing the same with Corey Crawford. But was Crawford’s new six-year, $36 million deal a smart move? Both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are coming up on big deals, and even with the cap expected to go up next season, there will be only so much room. Bowman seems to have a lot of faith in a goalie with one great season on his resumé.

    • All that talk about Alex Ovechkin defecting to the KHL? Wishful thinking by the Russian league, writes Katie Carrera.

    • Sovietsky Sport has an interview with KHL boss Alexander Medvedev that’s worth reading. Here’s a comically bad translation via Google that sort of gets the main points across, as well as the names of seven KHL players whose wages aren’t counted under the league’s salary cap. Nothing sketchy about that, right? Guessing you can name at least one of them . . .

    Loui Eriksson skated with the Bruins for the first time yesterday and it sounds like he made himself right at home.

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  • Published On Sep 03, 2013
  • Blackhawks sign Corey Crawford to six-year, $36 million extension

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    Goaltender Corey Crawford of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

    Corey Crawford landed some silver (the Stanley Cup) and gold (a fat new contract) this year. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Looks like this will go down as a pretty good day for Corey Crawford and his family.

    The Blackhawks’ netminder was already scheduled to spend Labor Day commemorating Chicago’s championship season with the Stanley Cup in his home town of Chateauguay, Quebec. Now he gets to celebrate with a new deal in his back pocket as well.

    The Blackhawks announced this morning that they have agreed to terms with Crawford on a six-year contract extension. Renaud Lavoie of TVA is reporting the deal is worth an average of $6 million per season, mirroring the recent trend of goalies like Jonathan Quick (10 years, $58 million) and Tuukka Rask (eight years, $58 million) cashing in big on one good season.

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  • Published On Sep 02, 2013
  • UPDATED: Crosby tops list of potential Team Canada orientation camp invites

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    Sidney Crosby will likely anchor Team Canada once camp invitations are released. [Richard Lautens/Getty Images]

    Sidney Crosby will likely anchor Team Canada once camp invitations are released. [Richard Lautens/Getty Images]

    By Allan Muir

    UPDATE: Shortly after the NHL’s Olympic participation was confirmed, Hockey Canada’s Bob Nicholson told the Canadian Press that players invited to that country’s orientation camp might not see any ice time.

    “Insurance is a big issue,” Nicholson told CP on Friday. “We got some quotes yesterday that it would be over a million dollars to skate. So if it’s that type of dollars, it’d be very difficult for us to do that. But we’re just starting to look into that now with the [Olympic] agreement being done.”

    A spokesman for USA Hockey confirmed players invited to their camp will not skate.

    Nicholson expects Canada’s camp invites and the announcement of the coaching staff to happen in the coming days.

    Now that an agreement has been reached to send the NHL’s top players to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Games, it’s only a matter of time before Hockey Canada announces plans for a summer orientation camp to prep that country’s best for their bid to defend the gold medal won in 2010 in Vancouver.

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  • Published On Jul 19, 2013
  • Corey Crawford’s epic profanity-laced Stanley Cup parade speech

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    Corey Crawford unleashed a profane speech at the Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade.

    Blackhawk works blue: Goalie Corey Crawford made the vicar blush in Chicago today. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Two things you knew you were going to hear during the speeches given by the Chicago Blackhawks at Friday’s Stanley Cup celebration parade: a reference to “beauties” and a whole passel of f-bombs.

    Corey Crawford managed to work them both into one 19-second oration.

    Crawford, carrying a WWE-style belt awarded to him by his teammates as their MVP, stepped up to the podium in front of what looked like half of Chicago, slurred a few words, mixed in a couple of Homer Simpson-style “woo-hoos” and let the profanities fly.

    It is epic. It also is wildly NSFW and probably NSFH, too, if you live with anyone under the age of 18 who might happen to walk by while you’re watching this, so exercise caution before pushing play.

    No, seriously: caution!


  • Published On Jun 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Chicago’s Cup-clinching win; Boston chokes it away; more links

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    Jonathan Toews carries the Stanley Cup.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews paid the price to hoist Lord Stanley’s sacred Cup a second time. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A day like this calls for a record-setting, supersized annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Boston was envisioning a Game 7, writes Bruce Arthur, and suddenly they were shaking hands.

    • Jonathan Toews found a way to dig deep and come up big when it mattered most to the Blackhawks.

    • Chicago’s second Cup in four years came in a flash.

    • The Bruins played 20 amazing minutes before letting complacency carry them into the summer.

    • Bruins fans are disrespecting this great game if they can’t take a moment to appreciate what the Blackhawks accomplished, writes Steve Buckley.

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  • Published On Jun 25, 2013


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