Devils-Kings Game 6 in review


It’s still the best thing in all of sports, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the handshake lines, the presentation of the Stanley Cup. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen the winning captain lift the Cup and then hand it off to teammates, but every one of them thrills me to no end.


1) Game over, season over.

2) I told you the Devils PK stunk, and I was convinced when the Rangers scored those PPGs against them. They finished up with 22 PPGs allowed in 24 post-season games, and an embarrassing 73 percent kill rate. Awful.

3) And as some of those goals were scored, and some of the other great chances LA had in this game, I couldn’t help but think that those shots wouldn’t have gotten through against the Rangers. I guess I just got used to seeing shots contested and blocked and altered all season long, but that’s what jumped out at me on many chances last night. The Devils’ D-men kind of ole’d them. And now those who decried the Rangers’ shot blocking, well, here’s another team that didn’t do it and paid the ultimate price.

4) Nice going there by Steve Bernier. Had to be the worst five-hour plane ride as any hockey player has ever had to endure. To tell the truth, I had to make some phone calls and missed the penalty and the three PPGs live. Saw them all later on. But the officials sure got that one right, and a bunch of others right … and a few wrong.

5) Captain America Dustin Brown was awful in Game 5, and that’s what captains do — they play their best the next time out. That’s what Ryan Callahan did after his stinker in the ECF. He was the Rangers’ best player the next game.

6) What’s up with these NBC guys who say Game No. 6 and period No. 2, when everybody else on the planet says Game 6 or period 2, or second period? And how about Brown dropping an F-bomb on Pierre McGuire on live TV?

7) I hope NBC doesn’t mess up my U.S. Open viewing this weekend as much as it messed up my hockey all year. Nice job running out of there before the celebration was over. Geez. What’s the hurry? Horrible.

8) How about Milk Carton Clarkson thinking he could run around like a clown and get away with it?

9) Where’s all our Devils trolls today?

10) Three American-born Conn Smythe Trophy winners now. Two from Connecticut.

11) I really do wonder if Martin Brodeur will go out this way. I kind of hope he doesn’t. I’d love to know what he said to Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick in the handshake line, but he sure had a lot to say. Like I mentioned earlier, the handshake line is one of the greatest things in sports.

12) I’ve said it many times. I wish the NHL would start a tradition by which the captain of the previous Stanley Cup champion comes out onto the ice with the commissioner and presents the Cup to the captain of the new champion. I just think it would be so cool, especially since  it has become that the champion “owns” the Cup for the year.

13) As True Blue Mike pointed out late last night, another team that began the season in Europe has won the Cup. That’s four Cup winners in a row now.

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  1. "Fragile" Frankie Merman on


    I guess it’s officially the off-season now. Hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

  2. Congrats to the Kings, owners of the second most prestigious title earned last night, behind “Angriest Troll on Worst Internet Blog”.

  3. Yay Kings. Not sure how the whole captain presenting cup to captain thing would work. What if the Kings play the Rangers next year for the Cup and the Rangers win? Dont think giving Callahan the Cup would be the first thing on Brown’s mind following a loss.

  4. Here’s to the Kings. Best team won- that goes for the entire playoffs as well as the finals. Going to check if Chico and Kenny are still whining about the “questionable major” on MSG- are you kidding? Bernier’s penalty will go into the book as the “textbook hit from behind”. Couldn’t believe my eyes when after the Kings had passed the cup to virtually every player I switched over to see that munchkin reading the rule about hits from behind- off the screen. Now that’s class.

  5. JimboWoodside on

    Kings did a good job last night – put a playing-over-their-heads team out of everyone’s misery.

    Many of our best players didn’t show up in our final series, but lots of their good players were nowhere to be found in their final series. I think their Stanley Cup win was beating us – Maaaaarty just about said so in the postgame interviews when he said that they sent two of their biggest rivals home for the summer.

    That’s all well and good – but then you have to win the final series to be remembered, and already people are saying, “Say, who did the Kings beat to win their first Stanley Cup ever!?”

    Parise and Kovalchuk sure didn’t look like 10-million-dollar a year players in this series, and Parise had a really mediocre playoffs altogether, but I’m sure that won’t stop other team’s GMs (including ours) from throwing the contents of their team’s bank vaults at him in a few weeks..

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  6. Watching the cup raised I envisioned cally and I got choked up. By far the toughest trophy to win in all of sports. Draft 11 days away. Let the trades begin.

  7. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    When Quick started stepping away you could see Marty’s lips (and maybe even hear a smidge) “You’re unbelievable.”

    I wonder if any of that conversation included accolades he won’t man-up and give Hank in person or in the press, OR, referenced Quick in comparison with Hank?

  8. True, I thought I saw the same thing. That’s a very classy thing to say from the guy who many ‘think’ (DISCLAIMER: NOT ME, NOT AT ALL) is the best goalie ever to a 22 year old goalie on the uprise. Despite my true feelings, I have to give Brodiva some credit. That is a nice, constructive, gentlemanly, kind, good-for-the-sport, thing to say.

    I am sure he did it just for the moment, jackarrss that he is, but he did say it.

  9. How did Danedrink and Chico have the nerve to sit there on their post-game and say the things they said? When a guy turns his head towards the boards and gets blasted into them by someone that could but does not stop, and the victim, no less, is bleeding from the hit, the call is really easy.

    That, gentlemen is a 5 minute major, gamer. It is one of the few calls we have seen consistently, well, almost, all year. About 90% the time, repeat offender or not, leave your feet or not, Hagelin or not, but not Chris Neil, THAT is the call.

    To spend half your post game saying it was the wrong call and that it was unfair and not the way a cup should be won, and even the Kings didn’t want it to happen this way is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

    You guys are a bunch of puds.

  10. Simply, the Derbils lost their composure. While teams other than the Rangers could do that against the Rangers, it was not allowable on the national stage. It was strange to see these guys get so out of sorts.

    They must have realized how much they needed to cheat to win. Well, you guys got caught.

  11. So, how about Martee saying, after, “our guys allowed too many shots up close” and “their guys pushed our ‘o’ away from the net and ‘he’ (Quick), got too many easy saves”.

    Nice analysis of your entire career, you lucky-to-be-a Devil-system-for-life-best-stats-in-hockey-ever-because-of-it-rodent!

    (Whenever it didn’t happen that you ‘d’didn’t push everyone away, block and limit shots, you SUCKED. Like how about a 4.5 GAG the first part of last year when John MacLean was coach, you lucky-to-be-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time-Richter-wanna-be!!!!!!

    Oh, and if MacLean stayed as coach, you would have retired, wouldn’t you? Boy, you really are so great…..

  12. Sorry to see the hockey season end.

    Our team had a great season. A turning point. So many great young players to work with. Our coach was remarkable in what he did. He got every ounce out of them to be the great team they were. He should win two coach of the year awards for this season.

    Depth will be added. We will be better. We need size. It is the trend. We will get bigger and badder. We learned this year.

    It’s like 1995 all over again next year!!!!! Only this time, WE WIN THE CUP!!!!

  13. Congrats to the Champion LA Kings. I watched MSG’s post game coverage only long enough to enjoy Chico’s sad sack face for a few secs.

    Can’t the League afford to close the bottom of the Conn Smyth like they’ve done w/ the Stanley Cup?

  14. Shout out Larry Brooks who praised Devils discipline and class yesterday. Boarding major and game misconduct, two 10 minute misconducts and the entire coaching staff screaming at the officials during the game. Spot on again Larry!

  15. The on ice cup celebration was beyond bush-league! YAWN!

    Here is what Quick told to Marty during the handshake: “Richter was better. Enjoy your retirement, fat boy”

  16. Did Shanahan schedule a hearing for Bernier yet?

    Normally, I think he would be suspended a game, but considering how he pretty much cost them the game in most people’s eyes (I thought the Devil’s were beat the second the puck dropped), that’s enough supplemental discipline for me…

  17. Good morning all…..I can’t seem to get Randy Newman’s song I Love L.A. out of my head…..

  18. Morning Boneheads……2 of the 3 American-born Conn Smythe winners – Avon Farms Academy graduates- way to go CT Prep School!!

  19. Congrats to Flyers-West. Bet they are sorry now for getting rid of Richards, Carter, Gagne, etc.

    I always thought it was tradition for the Captain to hand the Cup to his A’s. But Brown didn’t do that. Maybe it’s not the tradition I think it is. I didn’t see the MSG post game but I guess it was predictable that Chico and Daneko would whine about the penalty. they are big homers. But you know what? If it was Prust who did that, some of us would be whining too, even though we’d be wrong.

    So the one thing that really struck me this year. DON’T kill yourself to get the number one seed. It’s a double edged sword though. The Kings could have been out of the playoffs if they lost ONE game they won, so you’re playing with fire, but the Rangers driving so hard at the end of the year to finish with the top seed, turned out to tire them in the end. The Kings were much fresher, and played with a “nothing to lose” attitude until game 5 of the finals, and then regrouped.

    So watching Quick, does anyone think he’s better than Hank? I don’t. I think they are pretty equal actually, so it will be interesting if the anti-Rangers bias gives the Vezina to Quick.

    Four month until next season. Can’t wait to see what the new version of the team will look like.

  20. Steve, i think it’s tradition to give the Cup first to the guys who have waited for it the longest.

  21. Anybody want to sign Bernier today!? At least Rupp helped GET a Cup, not lose one.

    Clarkson = CLOWN. Guy’s a joke. Sorry.

    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  22. Carp – #12: I agree. Anyone but Bettman who was running his makeup stained little fingers all over the cup before presenting it to a player he probably never heard of before (Woo Hoo Dustin Brown!).

    Obviously this sets up the BEST situation ever. A team is attempting to defend its Stanley Cup and loses in Game 7. After the handshake the Captain has to skate over and give the Cup to the team that just beat him. Priceless.

    Parise looked angry. Which means he is hungry. Which means he wants to eat the Jam. Maybe on toast or grits. I say sign him.

  23. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    With 27million in cap space, a home-team discount from his 5.2 million last year, i’m sure they’d find a way to fit him in.

    His ego might not allow for a $3.0 million contract though.

  24. It’s a perfect time for the Devils to possibly get a new goalie with Hedberg likely leaving to play back up elsewhere and Brodeur at an age where he should start no more than 41.

  25. Great quote I thought in Ken Davidoff column today from Met G.M. Sandy Alderson when he was talking about his responsibilities and personnel decisions that need to be made.

    “It’s not a matter of allowing emotions to control the decision completely, or blocking them out of any consideration completely. It’s really about giving them the appropriate weight against the probability of success. And that is the hard part.”

    My Interpetation: As an organization, it’s okay to fall in love with your players, but be prepared to base your decisions on the probability of success of each decision, not your feelings for the individual player. This certainly applies to the Rangers and the decisions to be made on Prust, Dubinsky, AA, Stepan, MDZ etc.

  26. Gooood ridance, Devils. Adios! Hasta La Vista Baby! Sayonara!

    And yeah, I thought that was an eff bomb Dustin Brown dropped on live TV, wow!

  27. I hope so, Eric. But as a follow up, did we sign Zenon Konopka yet? Is our PP fixed yet?

  28. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Anyone else notice that in Marty’s last 3 Final appearances, the opposing netminder won the Conn Smythe (once in a losing effort that probably wasn’t deserved)?

  29. Steve that’s where you’re wrong. We would not whine at all about it, we would lambaste our guys for giving up 3 goals on the ensuing PP. When Hagelin got suspended, nobody here thought he deserved any less, only that others who got away with stuff should have gotten more. Not to mention Prust is too smart for a play like that.

  30. Rob in Beantown on

    I didn’t watch the game, but I heard afterwards Kings fans didn’t boo Bettman. If that’s true, I am disappoint. Can anyone confirm that Bettman was not in fact booed?

  31. “Parise looked angry. Which means he is hungry. Which means he wants to eat the Jam.”

    Totally. Parise and his balls crossing the Hudson for jam. Do it up, Sather.

  32. Now that the season is over? I’d rather we finished last in the league and had the 1st pick.

  33. Bettman didn’t get booed in LA because the Kings fans probably had no idea who he even was.

  34. The fans didn’t have a chance to boo Bettman because he wasn’t introduced. The NHL and Bettman have wised up over the years. They just turned on his mike and he started his “Dustin Brown, come and get the Cup” spiel. Then the fans HAD to cheer for the captain. Smart move by the little weasel and his handlers.

  35. BTW, I thought first Pierre and then Choke-O and Daneyko were WAAAY off base on the Stoll hit. Pierre because of the angle from his vantage point; the others, well just because.

    The way I saw it, Stoll hit Gionta with a glancing blow to the right shoulder. Gionta then dropped to his knees in Devil-like fashion, used his gloves against the boards to cushion his “fall”, and immediately turned to look for the Ref.

    Bernier, OTOH, totally finished that check on Scuderi.

  36. If Prust had cursed on live TV, he would have been suspended from the first month of his offseason

  37. Sioux-per-man on

    #12 – I agree Carp – 100%. A touch of the Master’s, past Champion handing to a the new champion. I would also like the same thing for the Conn Smythe trophey. Past Champion > Bettman, hands down the best idea that should become a reality, it’s all about the hockey and it’s players (Not Bettman). LA’s fans don’t know enough to BOOOO him like Boston’s fans did last year.

    Sign Parise! He has the heart of a champion, is a class act as a professional, and he will simply out work AND out score you in front of the net. The Rangers are missing the Fighting Sioux spirit on their team. Parise would bring that in spades!!!

    Matt Greene – lead all defensemen in hits in the playoffs – 77 hits. (Del Zotto 2nd with 62) That’s the Fighting Sioux Spirit right there. Greene becomes the 12 Fighting Sioux player to have his name engraved on Lord Stanley. I hope he brings it back to the Ralph on his day with the cup. It’s pretty sweet how the Ralph honors its players on the wall of champions.

    To bad JT Miller skipped the experience of playing for the Sioux.

    What’s next the ….. the Draft. My pick for the Rangers would be Jordan Schmaltz.

    Now back to work boneheads!!!

    The quest for next years cup starts today. Time to break out the insanity and get in shape, and perhaps tee up Mr Titleist and work on your golf game.

    I’m off to find the baby buffalo for Carp’s wall :)

  38. Manny – Yes, two-a-days for Prust for all of July, plus fetching Shanny’s slippers and newspapers every morning.

  39. I can just see and hear Prust on the ice calling the game, “Prust passes to Prust, down the boards comes Prust, in front of the net, passes to Prust, and a SHOOOOTTTTT…GOAL BRANDON PRUST…and the crowd goes bananas”

    Which reminds me. *NO MORE DOC EMRICK*

  40. Feh – these Kings are no more than the flavor-of-the-day. Like in every sport, on clinching night, every Cup winner looks like a lock to three-peat…..until the next season starts and the wave of unforeseeable injuries kicks in. Next season will be a free-for-all like ever other season during the free-agency era. In fact, I’d say the Rangers have an even better chance to win it all than LA, because the odds of a repeat champion are so slim.

  41. Manny – the only things I’d disagree with in your network call above are:
    1. there’d be no crowd, except for the handful of hardcore Prust groupies
    2. He’d still miss the net

  42. Goooooood morning, Carp!

    GO KINGS GO!!! Can’t wait to go party with the Browns & the Cup in Ithaca!!!!!!! So sweet!!!!!

  43. Hey guys, remember that time THE KINGS WON THE CUP! Oh man, that was so great! Now lets start the countdown to next season!

  44. I agree, smart move by Bettman and his guys to avoid the introductions and go straight to the come get the cup stuff. Crowd didnt even have time to boo.

  45. Guys – The crowd didn’t boo because with a minute left in the game, almost everyone left to try to beat the traffic

  46. P.S. Does this mean that we don’t get to see Alyssa Milano until next season starts? The NHL should put her on every promo and bus stop ad…

  47. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Carp, what do I win for predicting Kings winning the Cup before the season?*

    *Please ignore that I said they would beat the Capitals in the Final.

  48. If Torts would be played by Henry Winkler, then Alyssa Milano is the new Leather Tuscadero!

  49. nyrmessier011 on


    Ten days to draft.
    19 to free agency.
    Three months to lockout.
    Five to games.

  50. Schedule release next wed or thurs expect to open in la when they raise the banner. No Europe next year and garden renovations means we start prob in california and work our way east.

  51. I like the idea of the past cup winner handing it over. In fact I think there should be more acknowledgment for the winner during the following season. You win the hardest trophy in sports only to have every other team on the day after declare that it is now next year and everyone is 0-0. The “Defending Stanley Cup Champs” should mean something tangible.


    -Carp’s idea with captain handing over the Cup.
    -Champs play the league All Stars like the old days.
    -automatic home ice throughout following years playoffs (unless they play Pres Cup Winner). This of course is a bit outside the box and will likely never happen but the idea is the cup should count for more than the ability to take it to a party where everyone can drink out of it and then a visit to the white house.

    I also think the regular season champs from each conference should get something for it besides a banner and the indignity that comes with losing to an 8th seed which waited until the end to play well. How about an extra pick at the end of the first round? Or even the first 2 picks of the draft? Goes counter to parity but parity is way overrated.

  52. Champs play the league All Stars like the old days.


    *PLEASE* reinstitute this!

  53. ThisYearsModel on

    Any truth to the rumor that Quick asked Fatso for his ex-wife’s phone #? Loved Quick mentioning Leetch in his interview. Team USA is set in goal for a long time. The bandwagon out here is huge, and people are piling on this morning. The Kings are charging admission to their parade in the areas around Staples center. They go on dale this afternoon. Anschutz must love Dolan. They are cut from the same cloth. The commoners can line up around lower Figeroa street for free but will not get anywhere close to Staples or LA Live.

  54. Less than 3 months to Traverse City, assuming no lockout and the Rangers are actually going (can anybody confirm), but not sure if TC would be affected by a lockout.

  55. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Greece is proving to be the biggest bunch of Europansies in all of Europansyland

  56. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    ulfie, other tournies like TC have already been cancelled. I haven’t seen anything regarding TC though.

  57. I was being sarcastic when I suggested last night that the loosing Captain ( Parise) hand the Cup to the winning Captain. But really, there has to be a better way. What if the Captain of the previous Cup winner for the franchise ( if still alive) present it to the current Captain? for instance when the Rangers win it next year, Messier presents it to Callaghan. If it is the teams first cup, (say St. Louis) then the retired player who has won the most Cups present it. Garry Bettman looks like a Chipmunk on the ice.

  58. “Wow, Greece. You suck. I can’t believe the world is going to have to bail you out.”

    Vibin’. Greece needs a haircut and a shower…

  59. 4generations 4 cups on

    Carp, do you think it’s possible the the O’Rourke told Bernier when he took the penalty for boarding, “Game over, Season over.” ?

  60. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    So if you’re defending the Cup in the finals , you Capt has to hand over to the winners?

    DON”T THINK SO !!! Sorry Carp.

  61. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    DeBoer pulling marty with more than 3 minutes left only rubbed salt into the wound.. those two goals were humiliating to Marty and the team.. embarassing

  62. The King’s 6th goal made me LOL

    I love the whole Cup scene too, it’s special for any hockey fan. I think having the Captain of the previous year’s winning team hand over the cup would be hurtful, though. It’s not like winning for years in a row is common, but it’s possible. So, handing it over would be rubbing salt in the wound of being knocked out as the defending champions. Especially if they just lost the final series! And, if they’re not still in the playoffs, that Captain would have to fly around to all possible winning games of the finals, being reminded that his team isn’t playing. Plus, how awkward would it be for Callahan to hand himself the Cup every year?? ;)

  63. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Greece is such an embarrassment. They are bad at soccer, too.

  64. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Now the Greeks can start diving and waiting for the refs to bail them out…. where have I seen that before?

  65. Look! More Greek players faking injury. I am thinking there is a problem with accountability there…..

  66. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Manny, Greece should have subbed countries 22 months ago.

  67. Bwahahahahahahaha. It’s not going well for them. Remember the time that the Euro Bank offered them 50% forgiveness on debts and the Greeks refused the deal? WTF.

  68. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Greece would be better served getting Chelios to anchor their defense.

  69. Unless he faked an injury because he felt responsible for the goals but didn’t want to look responsible.

  70. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Maybe he faked an injury because he wanted his night to end at 2 instead of 6.

  71. “I am thinking there is a problem with accountability there…..”

    Accountability problem? No.

    Accounting problem? Yes.

  72. Greece has the same economic output as the state of Indiana.

    Greece = chump change.

    If Indiana vanished, would the world collapse?

  73. you do realize Greece was the most recent Euro champions prior to Spain, right? didnt think so

  74. We should trade them Indiana for Greece. The coastline of Greece is a bit prettier than Indiana.

  75. I think the captain of last seasons champs would see it as an honor, and it gives them one last chance to remind people they were the champs.

  76. I think Chara would be annoyed that he had to put offseason plans on hold, stay in the US, then fly to LA, then fly to NJ, then fly back to LA, all just to take part in a 90 second Cup handoff ceremony.

  77. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Tiki, you do realize that was 8 years ago, right? The Lightning faced the Flames in the Cup Final that year. How did those squads fare this year? The Pistons won the NBA title. How did they do this year?

  78. how did i know youd use the 8 years ago argument? so i guess since brasil hasnt won in a while, theyre bad at soccer too. :/

  79. for that matter, no country besides spain has won since 2006. every country besides spain must be bad at soccer too.

  80. and for those people unfamiliar with football, its not a piece of cake to qualify for the Euros.

  81. Following up on Tiki’s argument: You guys do realize that the Greeks beat the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae right? Why would this soccer match matter?

  82. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Tiki, no you look at recent form in qualifying and international friendlies. That’s why the FIFA rankings suck, because they use too much historical data.

    Greece sucks. They really do.

  83. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Manny, actually, the Persians won the battle, but lost the war as a result.

  84. Mister D, Chara should not have any offseason plans until the playoffs are over. Otherwise it might anger some Bruins fans. And God forbid if he tweets about his offseason activities.

    But seriously, i agree with you

  85. Fine. The Greeks didn’t “win” the battle but they adequately delayed the Persians and separated their Cavalry that it turned the war.

  86. doodie, no problem. we can agree to disagree. but, so u know, there are qualifying groups to qualify for the euros. its not based on fifa rankings. so greece may suck compared to spain, but qualifying or the euros is no small feat. just ask england

  87. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    He can’t even afford enough letters in his name.

  88. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    EBay has a listing fee. Better try Craigslist. Which in Greece would probably be Dimitrislist.

  89. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Samaras does something good, then dribbles out of bounds. Way to go!

  90. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    The ball crossed the goal line; it’s a goal right?

  91. If we won the Cup next year, I could not fathom Callahan yucking it up in front of the camera handing Sidney Crosby the Cup the following year. Sorry Carp. I have to disagree with you on this one.

  92. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Maybe they hand it to Bettman after their last regular season game.

  93. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Greece would probably get more calls their way if they didn’t flop so much.

  94. The anti-cup handoff crowd would be the same people who 100 years ago would have said “a handshake line after the series, really? how stupid!”

  95. Rob in Beantown on

    Mister D’s comment is really the reason it will never happen:

    “I think Chara would be annoyed that he had to put offseason plans on hold, stay in the US, then fly to LA, then fly to NJ, then fly back to LA, all just to take part in a 90 second Cup handoff ceremony.”

    Its not just showing up at one game for a few minutes, its showing up at every potential clinching game. Major inconvenience, especially for a guy who probably wants to be nowhere near a hockey rink for a few weeks. Okay idea in theory, just impractical.

  96. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    I think the handshake line is stupid now. I can’t imagine wanting to shake the hands of guys that ended my dreams, especially when it’s a division rival.

    In the immortal words of Dino Ciccarelli: “I can’t believe shook this guy’s friggin hand after the game. That pisses me right off.”

  97. I’m sure if the Captain had standing plans that were too important the league would be fine with an Alternate doing the honors.

    Whatever, I must be really bored today.

  98. Stranger Nation on

    Capt hand-off sounds like a HUGE work around for getting Scary Buttman out of the picuture

    How about Shanny hands out the hardware – could be another way he could continue his role as league owner stooge.

  99. I suppose if Chara was a JW he would be annoyed. But if he looked at it as an honor to be able to proudly represent his franchise and ceremonially pass the torch of stanley cup supremacy he might kind of look forward.

  100. Yes to handshake line! Yes to previous Capt. handing out Trophy. That’s RESPECT.

    Don’t we always claim that these guys respect each other or something?

  101. Stranger Nation on

    Uncle Daddy must be the most classless tool ever. “Quick had no tough saves” comment was one of many lows of that fat fool. Giving up 6 in SC clincher was best way to end this season.

    IMHO the hand shake line is a formality which makes no sense now as players really don’t give a rat’s arse about shaking their opponents hand. It used to be a way to make plans to share rides back to the farms of Canada, but now is a relic which people associate with ‘sportsmanship’ but is merely a forced formality where few players actually stop to say something of note.

  102. In my opinion, If any person should present the Cup to a Captain, why not a former player from that team? Like, if NYR wins -Avery- Messier can hand him the Cup.

    That would be tough for the Blue Jackets though. If they win, who hands the Cup to Nash? Federov? Zherdev?

    I like the way things are!

  103. Afternoon ‘Heads

    I still think it sunk that the Kings didnt skate around the rink with the cup. Just my two pennies. I do like the idea of the previous captain haning over the cup. It would be interesting if a team was going back to back, had the same captain, and lost!! That would be tough for a player to handle. I guess it would be like a boxer handinghis opponet the heavyweight belt after a loss.

  104. Rob in Beantown on

    Did Uncle Daddy really tell Quick he was incredible in the handshake line and then say he made no hard saves to the media?

  105. Isn’t Uncle Daddy just attempting to blame his own team? That Greene goal following the ENG was REALLY embarrassing.

  106. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Nash would be handing the Cup to the Blue Jackets.

  107. carp – good read on ryan mckeirnan(sp?) mcgill is not an easy school, so he is not only a good hockey player, kid must be pretty smart too. does any nhl team have their hooks into him yet?

  108. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    bklynmike, Canadian college hockey is pretty weak. Any player worth his salt in Canada is either in juniors or NCAA.

  109. The handshake is a great tradition, imo. After seeing it for so many years, it still gives me goosebumps. I’m sure there are some players who hate it, but I’m pretty sure most enjoy it as a great tradition.

  110. I like the handshake line, but I wish guys like Lemieux and Hunter would get skipped. Shaking their hands (but obviously not letting it go) defeats the meaning.

  111. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Mister D, look no further than the Kings-Coyotes line this year.

  112. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Kongrats Komrades. I wonder what ever happened to Kaspar

  113. “who hands the Cup to Nash?”

    Either Crosby, Stills or Young?

    Also, just because the Devils have $27 million in cap space doesn’t mean they can spend all or even a major part of it. They have to clear up their ownership problems first and foremost. Since they owe the NHL a 1st round pick as a result of the Kovalchuk Contract Fiasco, I wonder if they bite the bullet this year since they have the 29th overall pick – or do they look to draft a replacement for Uncle Daddy?

  114. >>The handshake is a great tradition, imo. After seeing it for so many years, it still gives me

    Perhaps there was something special about it when it first started, but this tradition is more of a requirement these days. And, the more hockey people make a big deal about it, the less appealing I find it.

  115. “Perhaps there was something special about it when it first started, but this tradition is more of a requirement these days. And, the more hockey people make a big deal about it, the less appealing I find it.”

    Its hollow. Every once in a while you’ll see a good one but, for the most part, its just a formality.

  116. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    AnthonyM, the Devils have lined up some new equity partners who will sign on after the team goes through Chapter 7 bankurptcy. They have more than enough financial wherewithal to sign whomever they want.

  117. Unlike fans’ popular believe, absolute majority of professional players don’t have animosity against each other. (even if they fight to the blood. If professional boxers can do it after 13 rounds with a knockdowns…). They know too well, that very next season they could play together and do unthinkable things for each other as a team mates. You can’t permanently hate another player you been roommates with, or played in a college, or in a national team. Besides, most of the players genuinely have a very profound respect to each other, recognizing the Talent and how hard is their trade. Handshake is that recognition and a great tradition of mutual respect. After all, they are just doing their professional job not more, not less.

  118. bull dog line on

    disagree about hand shake. been watching for many years, and still enjoy the handshake line after playoff ends. it is unique in that it the NHL’s only, no other pro sport does this. if you have noticed all the pro sports are now presenting there championship trophy on the field, or court. its because the way the NHL has always done it is really cool, and other leagues realized it. the handshake is the NHL’s only, and for that reason really cool.

  119. “….the Devils have lined up some new equity partners who will sign on after the team goes through Chapter 7 bankurptcy. They have more than enough financial wherewithal to sign whomever they want.”

    Doodie, no guarantee that happens before July 1. Zach Parise will probably be holding a Ranger press conference by the time the Devs sort all that out.

  120. The hand shake line symbolizes the class of the NHL and its players. 90% of players in the nHL are classy humble individuals. Can’t say that at all about the other 3 major sports.

  121. >>…90% of players in the nHL are classy humble individuals.

    How did you arrive at that stat?

  122. it should be someone who the fans will respect handing the cup, someone like Gretzky or Orr

  123. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    Good afternoon all!

    I couldn’t catch all of it, but during the moment with Quick and Marty, which I thought was really cool, have to say, at one point it looked he said “you’re unbelievable.”

    Did any of you see the MSG post-game? You’d think Bernier got robbed and LA somehow stole the Cup by a fluke. Aristophanes……

    Miami, how it goes you pimp?

  124. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    P.S. Last night watched my first hockey game on my own new big flat screen tv…..made me that it wasn’t our boys.

  125. Leetchhalloffame on

    Hate Clarkson but count me as a Rangers fan who would take him on my team in a heartbeat.

  126. and who does nhl live have hosting the show today after the LA Kings win? who else but 2 Debbie fans, deb placey and Ken daneyko

    this why fans get upset with the league

  127. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    NYR Fan, the investors are in place, they are just waiting for the bankruptcy to be finished before they officially sign on. No need to sign up to pay out. You buy low, not high. The Devils will be able to commit whatever money they want without any fear.

    This brings up something that I wanted to ask the boneheads. I was thinking about starting my own blog that would focus on legal issues in hockey. Some examples:

    1) Coyotes sale
    2) impending lockout
    3) probable Devils’ bankruptcy
    4) Steve Moore trial
    5) supplemental discipline process and revisions
    6) the junior coach who was just suspended for a year

    Would any of you be interested in reading something like that?

  128. Orr: I posted this earlier, we kind of agree-

    What if the Captain of the previous Cup winner for the franchise ( if still alive) present it to the current Captain? for instance when the Rangers win it next year, Messier presents it to Callaghan. If it is the teams first cup, (say St. Louis) then the retired player who has won the most Cups present it. Garry Bettman looks like a Chipmunk on the ice.

  129. Sioux-per-man on

    Philly has to wonder if they made the right moves last year?

    Richards, Carter, and Gagne all end up playing for the Kings in the post season, and they win the Stanley Cup. What exactly did Philly get in return? Thank God it wasn’t Quick :)

  130. Doodie,
    Interesting idea – my definite “yes”, if it unbiased observation’s site. Would like to add intellectual property in hockey (equipment, designs, slogans, etc.) and international (arbitrary)law in relations with the foreign hockey entities.

  131. doodie…i’m pretty sure the dino ciccarelli uote you referenced was in 1996 after lemieux hit draper with the infamous cheap shot that caused those two teams to HATE each other(at least till the main characters left or retired) for the next decade

  132. Philly absolutely made the right move. Simmonds was way better than Richards in the regular season.

    Simmonds – 28 goals, 49 points

    Richards – 18 goals, 44 points

    On top of that, they got Schenn, who has a ton of potential.

    Voracek for Carter was also a decent swap. Carter only had a few more goals than Voracek, and they managed to get rid of that huge contract that still has 10 years left, unless I’m mistaken. Also that 1st round pick they got from the Jackets turned into Sean Couturier.

    Gagne’s best days are behind him. So he doesn’t make a difference.

  133. Doodie, I believe you. I guess my point is that Parise seems intent on going to July 1.

    If the Devils are intent on signing him….why have they dragged their feet?

    Why would you wait this long to sign your captain?

    Why would you put your captain through the arbitration process?

    It seems like a risky strategy for the Devs. Unless, the plan all along was to trade Zach on draft day…

  134. iDoodie machetto: get well Tony on

    4everranger, it would be unbiased. Also, I would definitely add IP issues.

    Mikey, you are correct about why he said that, but you mean to tell me that the Rangers wanted to shake Neil’s hand? Or Ovechkin’s? Or Clarkson’s?

  135. Devils may just be content on building around Adam Henrique. They have let their high priced free agents go in the past…

    Niedermayer, Rafalski, Gomez, Arnott….those are just a few off the top of my head…

    oh yeah! Remember, Elias was nearly a Ranger!!

  136. Hmmmm- some guys hate the handshake line- some guys don’t even watch hockey after their team gets eliminated- Clarkson on the Rangers?- “I don’t know henry, you may fold under questioning.”

  137. No way jose to Clarkson boys. I know I am just “jumping” in here but I don’t like him.

  138. duckbill platypus on


    Greece belongs to Germany. Mr Merkel is the man in charge there.

    Duck the Bill

  139. How is Clarkson what we hoped Avery will be?! LOL

    Up until this season they have almost identical stats and both are cowards! HOW are they different? The hate for Avery makes you blind

  140. Mike Carton Clarkson has a career in the NHL ahead of him. Coward? He’s an agitator and a power forward who scored 30 goals….How many times did Avery turtle against him?

    Avery….has a career in something else ahead of him….

  141. Agitator and a power forward LOL that really showed in playoffs…really

    30 goals 28 of which went in off of his ass…

    Let’s see him duplicate this season again or score at least more than 11 goals then maybe I’ll believe the hype…

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