Note 1: A reminder that The Illegal Curve Hockey Show will be on TSN 1290 Radio, Saturday from 9:00 AM – 12 Noon. Join Drew, Richard, and Ezra as they recap tonight’s game 7 between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, and get you ready for both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. You can stream the show online here: http://www.tsn.ca/winnipeg/listen/
Note 2: Reminder that if any Stanley Cup Playoff games go to overtime, we will be having our CompuStitch Embroidery Design #ICOTPOOL contest. Similar to the #ICGWG contest in that you pick one player (total) from either team and @ tweet us (@illegalcurve) with your selection as well as the hashtag #ICOTPOOL. Winner gets IC Gear so always ensure you send in a pick and following the game be sure to check out the IC Contest Winner page to see if you’ve been selected.
Today’s 2nd Round Games:
Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks (Series tied 3 all)
Stanley Cup Playoff Papers
ESPN.com: Nothing Better Than a Game 7—The first ever playoff series between two L.A. teams comes down to tonight’s game 7, because, hockey.
ESPN.com: Habs-Rangers Preview—I think most hockey fans would gladly accept another Original 6 match-up, even one that may not have the panache of Habs-Bruins. With Lundqvist and Price as the net-minders, first goal wins.
New York Post: Why the Rangers Should Win in 6—Larry Brooks has strong opinions, and has never been shy about expressing them. Here, he outlines why he feels the Rangers will win in 6 games.
New York Post: House of Horrors for King Henrik—King Henrik hasn’t won in Montreal in the past 5 years, turning into Court Jester Henrik, posting a 0-3-1 record with a 6.99 goals-against average and .862 save percentage.
Other Hockey News
St. John’s Telegram: IceCaps Come Home Leading 3 Game to 2—The series is there for the IceCaps taking, now the only question is if they will capitalize on their opportunity.
Associated Press: Sharks Begin to Re-Tool Following Playoff Melt Down—Say goodbye to Dan Boyle and Marty Havlat in San Jose, and say hello to Brent Burns, defenseman.
Winnipeg Free Press: Kings Wants the Cup (Dauphin and the RBC Cup, that is)—With the playoffs set to get underway in the RBC Cup, the Dauphin Kings are in a good position to take the championship to Manitoba.
Kevin Allen (USA Today): Latvian Juggernaut too much for Underdog Americans to Handle 🙂—The Americans lose to Latvia, and it’s almost like taking Tim Thomas (4.01 GAA) as the U.S. number one goalie was a bad decision.