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2014 NHL Playoffs: L.A. Kings, Anaheim Ducks dealing with goalie controversies

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Jonathan Quick and the Kings are an 0-3 playoff hole vs. Anaheim

Quick and the dead? On the brink, the Kings have no choice but to stick with their struggling goale. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

You knew change was coming for the Los Angeles Kings after they fell behind 3-0 in their series with the San Jose Sharks.

Coach Darryl Sutter tinkered with his lines at practice ahead of tonight’s pivotal Game 4 in L.A, moving winger Dustin Brown to the top line in an effort to get something out the team’s struggling captain.

Winger Tanner Pearson, solid in limited minutes in his series debut on Tuesday, will skate with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli. Mike Richards, coming off his best game in a long while, will center Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis. Jarret Stoll will saddle up with wingers Dwight King and Justin Williams.

That’s a lot of change. But there is one constant. That’s Jonathan Quick in net.

And there was never any doubt.

Oh, his numbers? Yeah, they’re terrible: his league-worst postseason slate of  5.78 GAA and .858 save percentage doesn’t look too swell next to the 1.86 GAA and .934 save pct. he put up last spring, let alone his Conn Smythe-winning stats from 2012.

That was way back when Quick was being mentioned alongside playoff legends Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and Tim Thomas after he led the eighth-seeded Kings to one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup titles of all time.

Now? Kings fans are lamenting the Ben Scrivens trade and pondering the potential of young Martin Jones.

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  • Published On Apr 24, 2014
  • Top Line: Jaromir Jagr aims at Gretzky; Big job for new Jets coach; more links

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    Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils

    Jaromir Jagr reckons if anyone can play in the NHL until age 70, he can. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Now that he’s passed his old buddy Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s all-time scoring list, Jaromir Jagr has his eyes set on Wayne Gretzky, even if it takes him until he’s 70 to catch him. He was joking … we think.

    • The way Martin Brodeur is playing, Jagr might have some company along the way to an active old age.

    • It’s a good thing that Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz are scoring for the Penguins, because pretty much no one else is.

    • Speaking of the Penguins, Third String Goalie digs up a 1999 episode of the PBS show Frontline that looks back at the attempt of former Pittsburgh owner Howard Baldwin to rescue the legendary Russian Red Army team from bankruptcy … until the Russian mafia got in the way.

    • Here’s how to read between the lines of what Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said during Sunday’s press conference so you’ll understand what he really meant while announcing the firing of coach Claude Noel and the hiring of Paul Maurice.

    • Players who skated for Maurice in Carolina expect him to work wonders with the Winnipeg Jets.

    • Mark Spector says solving the dilemma of “immature freelancers” Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane will be Maurice’s greatest challenge.

    • Here are six areas of concern that Maurice has to address to get the Jets back on the right flight path. Yep, only six.

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  • Published On Jan 13, 2014
  • Top Line: Ducks face costly Jonas Hiller decision: KHL All-Star hijinx; more links

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    What will the Ducks to with impending free agent Jonas Hiller? (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • With Jonas Hiller playing the best hockey of his career, the Anaheim Ducks are facing an expensive decision on the future of the pending UFA. The affordable goaltending depth in their system suggests they may look elsewhere after this season, but given his playoff experience, it’s hard to believe they’d move him before the postseason. He may just walk away for nothing this summer.

    • This is a man wearing a fish head for a shootout attempt at today’s KHL All-Star Skills Competition.

    • And this man was between the pipes. Let’s just go ahead and admit it: They win.

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  • Published On Jan 11, 2014
  • Jonas Hiller, Damien Brunner top Swiss hockey roster for Sochi Olympics

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    Goaltender Jonas Hiller backstopped Team Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    Swiss’s goalie Jonas Hiller went 2-3 with a 2.47 GAA and a .918 save percentage in Vancouver. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    Has Sven Baertschi become Switzerland’s Bobby Ryan?

    Probably not, but Baertschi, the Flames’ underachieving first-rounder — who is currently toiling in the AHL — was the most notable name missing from the 25-man Olympic roster that was released by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation on Monday.

    MUIR: USA’s All-Snubbed Team

    The Sochi-bound group includes just eight NHL players: goalies Reto Berra (Calgary) and Jonas Hiller (Ducks); defensemen Raphael Diaz (Canadiens), Roman Josi (Predators), Mark Streit (Flyers) and Yannick Weber (Canucks); and forwards Damien Brunner (Devils) and Nino Niederreiter (Wild).

    Here’s the rest of the roster:

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  • Published On Jan 06, 2014
  • NHL playoffs: Red Wings beat Ducks on Brunner’s OT goal, series knotted at 2

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    Detroit’s Damien Brunner made up for a subpar game by netting the winner in OT. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    They were held without a goal by Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks for five consecutive periods. They trailed twice in the third period by margins of 1-0 and 2-1. Their best line on the night was their fourth. But in the end the Detroit Red Wings dug deep and forced overtime before pulling out a thrilling 3-2 win in Game 4 that knotted their Western Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

    Here are some observations from Detroit:

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  • Published On May 07, 2013
  • 42-year-old goalie signs contract, dresses for Anaheim Ducks tonight

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    An injury to Jonas Hiller means a 42-year-old unknown will be on the Ducks bench. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s another one of those dream-come-true moments that only happen in the NHL.

    With Jonas Hiller a late scratch for tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars, and minor-league recall Igor Bobkov unable to make it to the Honda Center in time for the start of the game, the Anaheim Ducks reached into the local hockey ranks to find someone to fill a sweater…and sweat it out on the bench.

    42-year-old Rob Laurie, whose claim to fame might be starting for the Anaheim Bullfrogs roller hockey team in the first-ever professional sporting event at the Honda Center, is in the lineup for the Ducks.

    Laurie, who last played on ice for the El Paso Buzzards of the Central Hockey League in 2002 and had his jersey retired in 2011 by the Bullfrogs, signed a one-day pro tryout contract. If nothing else, he’ll take warmups tonight, and have a heckuva story to tell the boys in the beer league.

    UPDATE: And the dream dies quickly. Bobkov arrived 3:56 into the first, sending Laurie to the showers. Still, he earned a #43 Ducks jersey and the chance to face some NHL shooters in the warm-ups. Not bad for a guy whose previous career high-water mark might have been a one-game stint with the AHL’s Adironcack Red Wings in 1995-96.


  • Published On Apr 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Gretzky to the Leafs, Hiller’s new mask, more

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    Wayne Gretzky is rumored to be joining the Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Great One is rumored to be looming over Toronto’s perennially fallen Leafs.  (Nick Turchiano/Icon SMI/Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    Purple Monkey Dishwasher. Does Wayne Gretzky want to be president of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Probably not, but someone speculated about it on the radio, then the internet got ahold of it, so apparently now it’s a thing.

    Don’t jump! Is this the first suspendable hit of the season? Nick Kypreos was the first to report on Twitter that Brayden Schenn would hear from Brendan Shanahan today after he leapt off the ice just prior to making contact with Anton Volchenkov. Hard to determine the first point of contact from this video, but it doesn’t appear to be the head. Still, there’s a desire to eliminate hits that involve leaving the ice, and since there was no penalty called on the play, the guess here is that Schenn will face a fine if nothing else.

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  • Published On Jan 23, 2013


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