Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Smyth’

Top Line: NHL playoffs doom regular season powers; more links

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Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks

Someone’s gotta lose: And that means the Kings or Sharks will be one and done. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• The postseason is always cruel, but never quite like this year. At least two teams that rang up 100 points will be gone by the end of the first round. And that number might be low.

• The Sharks’ long memories ensure that the hostility will be ramped up for their first rounder against the Kings.

• This piece by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News…wow. He’s been on a roll this season, but this column suggesting the young Dallas Stars find inspiration in the film Streets of Fire might be his best of the year. Personally, I’ll never forgive Jim Steinman for ruining Sisters of Mercy, but that’s me.

“Detroit? Why did it have to be Detroit?”

• Fluto Shinazawa thinks the Boston Bruins will get through their opening round playoff series just fine. It’s the Stanley Cup Final against these guys that’ll be tough.

• The Flyers don’t have enough margin of error to allow for stupidity like the kind Scott Hartnell displayed in their season finale.

• Candiens goalie Carey Price says most Canadians will be rooting against his team in the playoffs. Which makes sense, given that most Canadians do not reside in or around Montreal.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2014
  • Top Line: Latest on Ryan Malone; Ryan Smyth’s memorable exit; more links

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    By Allan Muir

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

    • As goodbyes go, Ryan Smyth’s couldn’t have gone much better. Everything, from the fan reaction, to the captain’s C to the the longest shift in recent memory to Vancouver’s salute…it was an elegant tribute to a man who always played the game the right way.

    • Steven Stamkos says Ryan Malone’s Tampa Bay teammates will be there for him as he deals with the aftermath of his cocaine possession and DUI charges.

    • Here’s another amazing moment from last night when the Los Angeles Kings put aside their rivalry with the Anaheim Ducks to honor the great Teemu Selanne. Classy move, L.A.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Emotional night for Oilers as Ryan Smyth plays last game in Edmonton

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    By Nick Stoico

    It was a very emotional night in Edmonton, Alberta.

    After announcing his retirement from the NHL on Friday, Edmonton Oilers captain Ryan Smyth played the final game of his 20-season NHL career on Saturday. Smyth received a standing ovation for the entirety of his final shift at the end of the Oilers’ 5-2 win over the Canucks.

    Emotions got the best of Smyth while he was on the bench before stepping on the NHL ice for his last shift. Following the game, Smyth made his way around the rink waving to fans and shook hands with each coach and player on the Vancouver Canucks, as well as the game officials.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Top Line: Stars complete playoff picture; Captain Canada calls it quits; more links

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    The Dallas Stars snapped a six-year playoff drought with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

    The Dallas Stars snapped a six-year playoff drought with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday. (LM Otero/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • It was fitting that Trevor Daley, the only player remaining from Dallas’ last playoff team, scored the goal that clinched a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues and returned the Stars to the postseason for the first time since 2008. And what a game that was by Tyler Seguin: 11 shots, 16 attempts, a breathtaking power play goal and a relentless defensive effort. Easily the best I’ve seen him play as a pro.

    • Clinching a playoff berth might finally allow the Stars to move on from the past and boldly into the future.

    • The loss was the fifth straight for a St. Louis team that is falling apart at the worst possible time. Injuries are killing the Blues. They could have as many as seven regulars out of the lineup for this weekend’s finale.

    • Ryan Smyth, who announced his retirement Friday night after 18 seasons in the NHL, will be remembered for a tireless work ethic and some of the best flow hockey has ever seen.

    • He retires as an Oiler, but Smyth will always be Captain Canada.

    • Matt Larkin makes the case for an Alexander Ovechkin/Evgeni Malkin trade…and it’s not anywhere near as crazy as it sounds.

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  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • Top Line: Patrick Burke says no Olympic boycott; Columbus shock; more links

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    You Can Play founder Patrick Burke

    Patrick Burke will advise players on how to handle the anti-gay issue when they’re in Sochi. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    “A boycott won’t change anything,” Patrick Burke tells Kevin Allen. The You Can Play founder believes that athletes can make a more powerful statement about Russia’s discriminatory anti-gay laws by participating in the 2014 Sochi Games than by staying at home, and I’d have to agree. The threat of protests breaking out against the laws every day of the Games is exactly the sort of embarrassing pressure that could force the Russians to abandon their stance. Burke also said he is making himself available to Hockey Canada and USA Hockey to talk to players about the current situation.

    • Russia’s sports minister says everyone in the West needs to chill out about the whole thing. They’re just thinking about the kids!

    • What once was a little fan gathering took a serious turn for the cool yesterday in Columbus when a surprise guest showed up.

    • It’s hard sometimes to accept that D2: The Mighty Ducks was based on a lie. Iceland isn’t a world hockey power to be feared. It’s a program that’s still taking baby steps, but apparently there is hope . . .

    • The Washington Capitals paid a steep price — first rounder Filip Forsberg –  to acquire Martin Erat at the deadline. The veteran winger didn’t bring much to the table down the stretch, but is expected to make his presence felt this year.

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  • Published On Aug 19, 2013


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