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 Posted: Sun May 31st, 2015 07:57 am
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Should be a very wide-open, exciting series based on their styles. Patrick Kane is simply the best player on the ice, at all times.



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Scary news from Mats Zuccarello.


from tsn.ca:




New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello said he suffered a brain contusion when he took a puck to the head in Game 5 of the team's opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The 27-year-old made the announcement to the media during the team's end of year locker cleanout on Monday.

Zuccarello also said he couldn't speak for four days after the incident.

"I don't know what you guys know, but there was a small fracture in my head. I lost my talking and some feeling in my arm and stuff. I was in the hospital for three days," Zuccarello told the media. "I couldn't talk for a while. I had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. I went to speech therapy. I'm getting much better. I couldn't say a word for four days... I feel much better and I'm getting better and better."

Zuccarello missed the rest of the Rangers playoff run with the injury.



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1 hour to Puck Drop. Lets go HAWKS!



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 Posted: Fri Jun 5th, 2015 02:22 am
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The Zucc news was really scary. Surprised somebody hasn't died in the NHL from getting hit in the head with a puck. They only started wearing helmets 40 years ago. The first 60+ years  were no helmet.

And Kane proved to be a joy to watch again.  



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 Posted: Fri Jun 5th, 2015 03:42 pm
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In todays game you are expected to provide traffic in front of the net, so getting hit with a puck is considered par for the course. Getting hit n the head doesn't happen too often since most guys are shooting a little lower than that trying to score or get a tip.
The era before helmets was slower paced and I also think guys were more careful about being in front of the net when shots were coming in. The goalies were smaller so a point shot could realistically score a lot of the time without traffic. Now if the goalie sees it, he stops it, they are soooo much bigger now. Screens and tips are necessary.
Plus "back in the day" the shots weren't as hard, sticks weren't built the same for shooting, blah blah blah. Bigger players and faster players combined with a feeling of invincibility from high tech protective equipment makes getting in front of a shot puck a big component of the current game. It's why they need to start playing in bigger rinks (never happen) or make the nets bigger (eventually). There isn't enough room out there anymore.
I would not be surprised if a shot from the point eventually hits someone in the head and kills them, unfortunately.



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This goof from NBC Sports just doesn't get it.


from cbssports.com:


Jason Garrison's playoff beard is apparently a bad thing.


NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus has a suggestion for marketing the NHL and growing the popularity of individual players around the league: Tell them to stop covering their faces with playoff beards.

Seriously.

One of the most easily identifiable aspects of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, right up there with the Stanley Cup itself and the post-series handshake, is apparently a problem when it comes to marketing the players. At least that is what Lazarus basically told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday when he said that he would like to see players stop growing playoff beards in an effort to help improve their marketability.

He also added that he has taken this suggestion to the NHL, the NHLPA and even individual players around the league.

"I know there are some traditions and superstitions that you can't mess with," Lazarus told Ed Sherman of the Tribune. "But this is one tradition I could do without."

More from the Tribune:

"The players won't like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. "Let's get their faces out there. Let's talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens they are. (Hockey players) truly are one of a kind among professional athletes.

"I know it's a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, 'That guy looks like the kid next store,' which many of these guys do. I think that would be a nice thing."


He also added that the element of a shaggy beard makes it difficult for fans to identify players.

That, of course, is absurd.

Not only because a large portion of the fanbase enjoys the tradition so much that they themeslves take part by growing their own playoff beards as a way to support their favorite team, but because you can't possibly identify players by their face during gameplay. Plus, every player wears a jersey with two pretty important things that help fans identify each player when they are on the ice: Their name and their number. And unless you're a hardcore fan of a particular team (who wouldn't need the players marketed to them anyway), you probably wouldn't recognize a non-superstar player, beard or no beard, if you saw him out in public or on television.

It's nothing more than out of control brand management. Or attempted brand management. The NFL doesn't seem to have a problem marketing its players whose faces are covered by giant facemasks every time they step on the field.

When it comes to longtime hockey traditions just about the only thing that would have been more outrageous would have been suggesting that the league replace marathon overtime games with a shootout.



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Didn't NBC have the GlowPuck as well.  No wait that was those idiots at Fox.

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I heard that yesterdy and thought it was a joke.



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Congrats to my all-time favorite  hockey team for the past two weeks on their impressive 3rd Cup in 6 seasons. This one's for Claw!



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Glad to see an Original Six franchise win it all even if it wasn't the greatest franchise of all times the Montreal Canadiens.



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HBF wrote: Congrats to my all-time favorite  hockey team for the past two weeks on their impressive 3rd Cup in 6 seasons. This one's for Claw!

This one is for Claw.
You're absolutely right.

Neighborhood still shooting some fireworks off and people are outside on the block talking about the game.
Earlier today there were tornado sirens going off and we had heavy rains all over the area but tonight it's all Black Hawks.

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Unbelievable. The first 30 years of ineptitude I suffered through as a fan have been paid back in spades.

Awesome.



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