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2014 NHL playoffs: It’s time for Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin to step up

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Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars

After a breakthrough season with Dallas, center Tyler Seguin has cooled in the playoffs. (Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

One of the most compelling hooks of the Ducks-Stars series that resumes tonight in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN) is that it features four of the NHL’s top-eight scorers.

So far, three of them have shown up to play.

Ryan Getzlaf has given a good account of himself, just as you’d expect. He’s leading the Ducks in scoring with two goals and four points through the first three games. He’s established his physical presence at both ends of the ice. And he’s doing all that while battling through a gruesome (and surely painful) injury he picked up while blocking a slapper with his face in the frantic final moments Game 1.

Corey Perry? He leads Anaheim in both shots (11) and punches taken (about 400). That last stat is highly unofficial, but it’s a good indication of how involved he’s been in the series. The Stars’ D-men have turned the blue paint in front of goalie Kari Lehtonen into Central Park at midnight, mugging Perry every time he skates by, but he keeps coming back, wallet in hand. He’s paying the price.

And then there’s Jamie Benn, who is easily the most committed forward in this series. Dallas’ captain had never skated in the NHL postseason prior to last Thursday, but he’s playing like these are the games he’s been waiting for his whole life.

Beast-mode doesn’t begin to capture the impact that Benn has had. When the Stars were on their heels in Game 1, he antied up with a bone-jarring open-ice hit that set Getzlaf’s teeth on vibrate. In Game 2, he rocked Perry so hard that his Olympic linemate retaliated with a nasty spear to his lower midsection.

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  • Published On Apr 23, 2014
  • Top Line: Lucic spear defended; race an issue in Kane criticism; more links

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    Top Line: Milan Lucic spear defended; race factor in Evander Kane criticism; more links

    Corey Perry (10) and Jamie Benn (14) sparked one of Friday’s below-the-belt controversies. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Jerard Fagerberg isn’t just a beer-league goalie. He’s also a moral gymnast, judging by his defense of Milan Lucic’s cup-check on Danny DeKeyser. Strictly for Bruins fans or those who enjoy spikes in their blood pressure.

    • It was one of those nights. Corey Perry gave Jamie Benn an equipment adjustment as well.

    • No word on whether Lucic or Perry will face league discipline for jabbing another man’s midsection, but we do know the NHL frowns on grabbing one’s own junk.

    • Adam Proteau says you’re being naive if you don’t think criticism hurled at Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and P.K. Subban is at least in part racially motivated. No one should be naive enough to assume it’s not a factor for at least some people, but that doesn’t mean it’s the prevailing influence. Still, it is a take worth reading. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Getzlaf leads Anaheim to 3-2 victory over Stars; Ducks take 2-0 series lead

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    Ryan Getzlaf

    Ryan Getzlaf (left) left his stamp on Game 2 for the Ducks, spurring them to a 2-0 series lead. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    He was aching from the deep gash carved into his face by a Tyler Seguin slap shot late in Game 1. He was uncomfortable from wearing a bell shield to protect his battered jaw. And he was exhausted from attending the birth of his third child on Thursday.

    But none of that stopped Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf from asserting his will in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

    The captain pounced on a turnover at the Dallas blueline and scored his second goal of the series to knot the game at one late in the first, then set up Andrew Cogliano’s winner at 5:09 of the third to power the Ducks to the win. The victory gives Anaheim a 2-0 lead as the series switches venues to Dallas.

    “Every once in a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys are losing their composure a little bit and playing the way they did,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “With what’s happened to him in the last three days and to come in and get two points and plus-3 [rating] is a sure reason why he’s hopefully going to be nominated for the MVP.”

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Top Line NHL playoff update: Martin St. Louis ready for Broadway; more links

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    Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

    Little Martin St. Louis (26) may finally be ready to come up big for the Rangers. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • After a slow start in New York, Martin St. Louis says he’s ready for his game to be judged.

    • There could be a new man behind the mask for the Flyers when they take on the Rangers in Game 2 on Sunday.

    • Maybe Wayne Simmonds was right. Maybe gingers should stick to being gingers.

    • Maybe the offensive explosion we’ve seen over the first two nights of the playoffs isn’t such a surprise, considering the questions that were being asked coming into the tournament.

    • Bruce Arthur argues the subtle genius of Steven Stamkos could be the difference in the series with the Canadiens.

    • Poise under pressure eluded the Lightning in their Game 1 loss to the Canadiens. Sean Gordon explains how negating Montreal’s aggressive forecheck will be the key to addressing that in Game 2.

    • Two months after they teamed up to lead Canada to gold in Sochi, coaches Mike Babcock and Claude Julien will match wits as the Red Wings take on the Bruins. Are there any secrets left between them?

    Boston has had a fairly stout penalty kill for years now, but it’s not the Bruins penalty killers who are worrying Babcock.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • Top Line: Sidney Crosby dives again; Is shotblocking worth it? More links

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    Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Diver down: Only this time, Sidney Crosby committed no crime in the Penguins’ playoff opener. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • There goes Sidney Crosby diving again.

    • After watching the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf take a biscuit in the mush, Jason Kay asks the obvious question: Does shot blocking do more harm than good?

    • It’s not always easy to predict which teams will get great goaltending or have their stars go on hot streaks in a series, but James Mirtle says controlling possession is one trait that defines a long playoff run.

    • It’s been a dozen years since the Blues and the Blackhawks last met in the postseason. Jeremy Rutherford says built-up hostilities should make their first-rounder a nasty affair.

    • But Bernie Miklasz thinks that puck possession, not punishment is St. Louis’ key to victory against Chicago.

    Sochi snubs may have dinged some egos in San Jose, but the downtime they provided may be the key to the Sharks’ Stanley Cup aspirations.

    Marian Gaborik produced a 61.4 percent Corsi rating over the regular season’s final seven games. Ian McLaren says that stat suggests that the veteran winger could be a difference maker for the Kings against San Jose.

    • Steve Mason is out for the Flyers’ opener against the Rangers, and that suits an old buddy just fine.

    • Philly won’t have much of a home ice advantage when the series shifts to the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • NHL Playoffs: Ducks survive comeback scare against resilient Stars

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    Tyler Seguin (left) and the Stars battled back before falling short against Anaheim. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    Tyler Seguin (91) and the Stars battled back before falling short against the Ducks. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    If ever there was a playoff game where both teams could say they got what they needed, the Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Stars was it. Anaheim dominated early and held serve at home to take a 1-0 series lead, but Dallas shook off some early jitters and nearly clawed back from a four-goal deficit. The Stars are still in a 1-0 hole, but by establishing their game over the final 25 minutes they proved that they can hang with the higher-seeded Ducks in this series.

    Some observations after the opener:

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

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    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks against the Dallas Stars

    The struggles of goalie Jonas Hiller (1) and the Ducks’ lack of a reliable No. 1 may prove fatal. (Tim Sharp/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 20: Ducks 6, Stars 3

    Nov. 26: Stars 6, Ducks 3

    Feb. 1: Stars 2, Ducks 0

    Notable injuries

    Ducks: RW Tim Jackman (broken right hand, out indefinitely)

    Stars: RW Rich Peverley (heart surgery, out for season), LW Ray Whitney (lower body, day-to-day), D Brenden Dillon (lower body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: James Neal gets away with mayhem; longest NHL game; more

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    By Allan Muir

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

    • James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal’s unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh’s leadership and the league’s justice system.

    • The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you’ll see.

    • It’s not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It’s how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won’t be back behind Vancouver’s bench next season.

    Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.

    • “Life is a series of adjustments,” says David Poile. Nashville’s GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Top 13 NHL Players of 2013

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    Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin

    Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin overcame obstacles to remain among the NHL’s brightest stars. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    From the end of the lockout in January to the end of December, it was a pretty good year to watch the NHL. There were many great performances, but these 13 players are our choices for the league’s best of 2013. Some are well established stars who continued to impress or even improve while a couple emerged to join the pantheon.

    (All stats current as of Dec. 21.)

    MORE: 13 Best hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful | Front office moves

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  • Published On Dec 23, 2013
  • Team Canada scouting Maple Leafs, Ducks; Jonathan Bernier their target?

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    By Allan Muir

    Scouts show up in press boxes every night around the NHL, and while guessing why they’re there is a time-honored tradition, it’s hardly news.

    Unless, of course, those scouts are from Team Canada. And they show up in the Center of the Hockey Universe.

    With both Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli set to be at the Air Canada Centre for tonight’s Toronto vs. Anaheim tilt, it’s fair to speculate on who they came to see.

    The Ducks boast two players who will be in the Sochi mix: forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

    Getzlaf might be in tough because of Canada’s embarrassment of riches at center, but he
    has 18 goals in 58 points in his last 52 games and brings an imposing presence to the position. Perry is a natural winger and a pure sniper, a quality Yzerman has said he’ll prioritize after Canada’s offense failed to click in Torino.

    The two obviously have great chemistry, something that might enhance their value as a two-fer given the lack of practice time before the Winter Games. Slide someone like Taylor Hall on their left flank and you’d have a quick, dangerous, physically imposing third line that would cause the opposition fits.

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  • Published On Oct 22, 2013


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