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VOTE for NHL ’13 Cover

I’m not in the business of telling people who to vote for, but since I just cast my vote for the NHL ’13 cover, I just thought I should encourage people to check the box next to Pavel Datsyuk’s name. If you’re reading this and don’t know who Pavel Datsyuk is, I’m amazed and confused. He’s a forward with the Detroit Red Wings, widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the NHL. He’s earned his name for his ability to dangle (handling the puck) and his unreal fashion of scoring. You can vote here.

Just so nobody confuses me with someone who hasn’t done their part, here’s proof of my vote:

 

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Finland eliminates U.S.A. in final seconds

With 9 seconds left, Jesse Joensuu from team Finland scored the game winning goal to give the Finns a 3-2 victory, advancing them past the quarterfinal round and sending team USA home. Good effort from the US though. At least they have the summer to look forward to.

Finland will face Russia on Saturday in the semifinal round. Russia beat Norway 5-2 to advance. Tournament coverage will continue.

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Kings take 3-0 lead against Coyotes

Everything is going right for the Los Angeles Kings right now.

Last night, the team came back from a single goal deficit in the second period and held on to that lead to win their third game in the series. They now hold a commanding 3-0 lead against Phoenix. Game 4 is in Los Angeles on Sunday, and while it’s not anyone’s place to say that this will be another sweep for LA, the games so far have been in their favor in almost every way possible.

The momentum changing moment in last night’s game came from a play made by third line center Jarret Stoll, who stole the puck from a Phoenix defenseman to keep the puck in the Coyote zone. After Trevor Lewis drew a delayed penalty, the puck found its way to Dwight King, who had enough space to go in for the goal.

If this is what the third line is capable of, what does that say to the Coyotes about their puck handling? Game 4 is Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center. Negro Hockey League will keep you updated.

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Pacioretty leads Team USA in IIHF scoring

The video is a bit cheesy, but either way Max Pacioretty (of the Montreal Canadiens) deserves recognition for leading the United States in points during this year’s IIHF World Championship. In his first IIHF tournament, the forward has 2 goals and 10 assists, with +5. He’s had a point in every game so far, and hopes to continue the streak in the quarterfinal game against Finland tomorrow.

Negro Hockey League will be updating you with the results of that game. Congrats Max!

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Carter hat trick, Quick shutout give Kings 2-0 series lead

Everything went perfectly for the Los Angeles Kings last night as they beat the Phoenix Coyotes in a 4-0 victory.

Jeff Carter had a hat trick, 2 goals coming in the power play, while Anze Kopitar followed up with 2 assists. The game marks Jonathan Quick’s second shutout of the playoffs.

“We really want it right now,” forward Dustin Penner told NHL.com. “We want the first goal. We want the next goal. It’s that intensity and that passion that drives us. It’s that good type of fear that stops you from letting games get away from you and continues to push you forward. We use that fear of losing to motivate us as opposed to shrinking to it.”

On top of a 2-0 series lead, the Kings have also now won 7 straight road games in the playoffs and have successfully killed 28 consecutive penalties. With the series heading back to LA, is there anything the Coyotes can do to stop them?

Goalkeeper Howard of the U.S. fails to save a puck during their 2012 IIHF men's ice hockey World Championship game with Slovakia in Helsinki

U.S.A. beats Switzerland; time for rematch with Finland

Team U.S.A. defeated Switzerland 5-2 today, and clinched a spot in the IIHF World Championship Quarterfinals, where they will first have to beat Finland…again.

The game got off to a slow start for the Americans, which resulted in a scoreless first period. The Swiss opened up the scoring with 21 seconds into the second period. The U.S. had a wake up call and responded shortly thereafter off a Bobby Ryan goal. Cam Fowler broke the tie later in the period off an assist from Paul Stastny. Stastny would get a PP goal of his own in the third, and Alex Goligoski would seal the deal even more with a fifth goal.

Jimmy Howard, starting goalie of the Detroit Red Wings, made 25 saves in the contest. The win, pushes the U.S. to second place in Group H, matching them up with Finland. The team already showed their dominance against the Finnish in 5-0 victory last week, but with Finland finding new life, especially in Valtteri Filppula, the U.S. should not expect another walk in the park.

Quarterfinal play begins Thursday. Negro Hockey League will have the updates.

Filppula drives Finland over Kazakhstan

As Negro Hockey League continues to cover the IIHF World Championships, it should be noted that Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula, who is playing for Finland, put the team on his back today. Fil led the way with 2 goals and 2 assists, contributing to a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan. As Detroit’s most consistent player, this is not surprising. But in no way, should his game be overlooked. Way to go Fil. Finland had a rough last two games, so there is essentially no choice but for the players to wake up.

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Kings take game 1 in Phoenix

It didn’t take long to see that Los Angeles was ready for the crowd at Phoenix. Anze Kopitar gave the Kings the first goal of the night, with less than 4 minutes off the clock. What followed was an overwhemingly offensive effort from the Kings, who controlled the tempo through the first. They made it a point to always get into the Phoenix zone. Derek Morris gave the Coyotes some energy though, with a slap shot from 98-feet out, that got past Jonathan Quick.

Phoenix would tie the game again in the 2nd period, but were unable to respond to 2 Kings goals in the 3rd. Not much of a recap, but what should be noted is the spectacular play from both Jonathan Quick and Mike Smith. Quick made 25 saves on 27 attempts, finishing with 0.926 save percentage. Smith made 44 of 47, and finished with 0.936 sv%. Game 2 is Tuesday night, and Phoenix will need to be ready for the dominating play style of Los Angeles, while also helping out Mike Smith in their own zone. That difference in shots says a ton.

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Kings and Coyotes battle for the West

The last round featured both of these teams witnessing a match up of great goaltending. This round? Same story, or so people expect. Jonathan Quick was outstanding for Los Angeles all season, especially when their offense was starting to go absent. Mike Smith held on down the stretch, and carried the team through a tough opening round with the Blackhawks, as well as a physical round with the Predators. Needless to say, there is a lot riding on this conference final round. Don’t miss out on this, as it starts right now!

 

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IIHF World Championship- Exhibition Statistics

While the conference finals begin tonight for the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are many players who are staying active in Finland and Sweden for the IIHF World Championship. 16 countries are being represented in the tournament, which is now in exhibition mode until Tuesday, May 15. A few players of note that are getting some time on the ice are Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders) for the United States, and Evander Kane (Winnipeg Jets) for Canada.

As the tournament stands right now, Kane has 3 goals (including a GW against Finland), 2 assists and +5. Okposo has 2 goals and an assists with +1.

Negro Hockey League will keep you updated with the stats as the tournament continues.