Harrison Mooney

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  • Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

    • This 15-year-old girl's custom Blackhawks Chucks are better than whatever crap you're wearing on your dumb feet. [DNA Info]

    • Dave Tippett will coach Team Canada at the World Championships. [Fox Sports]

    • Anthony Stolarz has had his stick-swinging suspension lifted so he can play in the Memorial Cup. [Buzzing the Net]

    • Ilya Bryzgalov didn't have much to say to this columnist about Semyon Varlamov. That's the story. [Denver Post]

    • No. T.J. Oshie for Game 1 versus the Blackhawks. I'm stilling setting the over/under on times his shootout in the Olympics gets mentioned at 9.5. [STL Today]

    • The Stars looked less like a playoff team in game one and more like a group of kids learning to play the clarinet. [Dallas News]

    • Henrik Zetterberg won't play in round one for the Red Wings, but he skated with his teammates, and

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  • Canadiens avenge truly terrible rendition of 'O Canada' by winning Game 1 (Video)

    The Stanley Cup playoffs were nearly ruined before they had even officially begun on Wednesday night. Aspiring Opera singer Max DeFrancesco sang the anthems for Game 1 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and either due to nerves or perhaps a hatred for Canada, he sang... poorly.

    After struggling with the pitch on his first few notes (pitchy, dawg), DeFrancesco struggled with the language the rest of the way. He appeared to occasionally slip into Italian, which is weird, since nobody sings the anthem in Italian.

    Considering the language politics at work in Canada -- and especially in Quebec, the province from which the Canadiens hail -- splicing in words from the wrong second language (and also some non-words from a non-language, I think) is up there with dropping in a line with America the Beautiful. That's not how you do it. Such disrespect!

    The Canadiens would go on to win the game 5-4 in overtime, and it's clear to me why: they were motivated by the sullying

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  • Facebook knows that you like hockey. They know because you told them, clicking the "Like" button on your favorite NHL team, in an attempt to further personalize your profile, but really just helping them to advertise to you.

    They knew you were going to like this map, then. Facebook knows all. Stop telling Facebook all your secrets.

    Still, it's a pretty cool map. This colour-coordinated look at North America illustrates which playoff team each state and province is rooting for, based on the number of Facebook Likes.

    There are some interesting takeaways:

    • The San Jose Sharks are California's most Liked franchise. Anaheim and Los Angeles may have been assigned colors, but the Golden State is San Jose teal. (I guess that's really more of a persian green.) It seems strange that the state of California would be rooting predominantly for the one local team that's never won a Cup, but perhaps it's in the interest of fairness?

    • Pittsburgh wins the Battle of Pennsylvania, if not in-game, than

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  • Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

    • Here's an interesting way to pick the first round: by painting your nails. Why didn't I think of that? Anyway. I would say she... nailed it. And now I nailed it with that joke. [Sports-Kings]

    • John Tavares in response to rumblings that he's unhappy with the Islanders: "there's no part of me that wants to leave." [Newsday]

    • Eugene Melnyk gives Paul MacLean a vote of confidence. [Senators Extra]

    • Canada could support three more NHL teams, say economists. [Ottawa Citizen]

    • Andrew MacDonald: good in the defensive zone, terrible in the neutral zone. [Broad Street Hockey]

    • Katie Baker on the Red Wings' incredible playoff streak. [Grantland

    • Speaking of the Red Wings, they'll begin this year's playoffs without Henrik Zetterberg, who still isn't ready to return to the lineup following back surgery. [FreeP]

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  • Hockey Hugs: Marty St. Louis is scared; Blue Jackets float through life

    Hockey Hugs is a feature that celebrates the best in hugging from around the sport of hockey, because who doesn't love a good hug now and then? Have you seen a particularly good hug photo lately? Send it to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or Tweet it to @HarrisonMooney.

    The NHL's regular season is over, which means, 14 teams and their fans could probably do with a good hug.

    Fortunately, this feature has several. A handful of times every night, you see, the two teams pause the game so one team can hug. It builds momentum. (After a hug, the bench is 10 feet tall.) It relieves pressure.  

    "We all know the pressure's there, we just have to deal with it and move on," Randy Carlyle said as his team felt the rigours of trying to hold onto a playoff spot. "Our job is to provide a template for players to feel comfortable. Some days it's a little more harsh, sometimes it's a pat on the back, a hug, whatever you deem appropriate."

    Here at Puck Daddy, we always deem hugs appropriate. Which is why we're

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  • Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars: Puck Daddy's Tinder NHL playoff preview

    (Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...)

    For the second year in a row, the Anaheim Ducks surprised us with their excellence. Sure, folks expected them to be good, but few had them winning the Pacific, let alone the West. The Ducks were an unstoppable force this year, racking up a league-high 54 wins. 

    Now the question becomes whether or not they can keep it up in the postseason, because this club posted similar regular-season results similar last year, only to fall at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings in round one. Another would be a disaster.

    As for the Stars, in their first year under Jim Nill, they look like a brand-new franchise, and not just because they've changed shades of green. The

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  • NHL Three Stars: Simmonds, Smith standouts on last day of the regular season

    Romance in Phoenix.

    No. 1 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators

    Smith led the way in a strong Predators finish, with 2 goals and 2 assists in a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. That's the second time in as many nights the Predators have scored 7. Perhaps this is Barry Trotz showcasing a new coaching style in a last-ditch effort to save his job?

    No. 2 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

    Simmonds scored his 28th and 29th of the year in the Flyers' 6-5 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. His 29th is the reason Philadelphia left with a point, as he tied the game up with 10 seconds to go:

    No. 3 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Sedin scored twice in the first period of the Canucks' 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. (He may have had a hat trick if not for the unfortunate, nasty hit he took late in the second that sent him to the hospital. It was a sad end to a rough season for the Sedins, who looked like themselves only briefly this year.)

    Honorable mention: Martin Brodeur

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  • It was an emotional night in Anaheim, where Teemu Selanne played his final regular-season game as a member of the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Though Nick Bonino scored the winner, Selanne was named all three stars in the victory, which is garbage, in my opinion. They should have made an allowance to name him even more stars.

    (I kid. Selanne got the tribute he deserved in front of the Anaheim fans.)

    But he wasn't the only one likely playing in his final regular-season game. So too was Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. In an incredible, moving moment, Selanne opted to share the stage with his former teammate, now the Avalanche backup, and the two skated a victory lap together in front of the Honda Center faithful.

    I'm not crying. You're crying.

    Giguere had yet to make a formal statement on the future of his career prior to puck drop, but when asked if this was it for him in the

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  • With nothing left to play for, the Vancouver Canucks had to be hoping that the final game of their terrible season would come and go without incident.

    No such luck. Late in the second period, Daniel Sedin was driven into the boards from behind by Paul Byron of the Calgary Flames. After he lay on the ice for a worrisomely long time, he was stretchered off the ice and taken immediately to hospital. 

    Rogers Arena can be an incredibly quiet building. But it's never been quite that silent, as fans sat and waited for a sign that Daniel was okay.

    Byron was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct, both of which appeared to be reactions to the sight of Daniel on the ice. No question there was a push, but this one seemed more awkward than anything. It will be interesting to see how the league views it. Will Byron be unavailable to begin next season due to suspension? And if so, will the stretcher's appearance in the clip inflate the ban?

    Henrik Sedin left with his brother,

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  • All playoff matchups set, as Avalanche win Central thanks to Blues' collapse

    If there's a team the Toronto Maple Leafs should try to emulate next season, it's the St. Louis Blues.

    Not so much the toughness, or the decision to retain good hockey player Alex Steen, or the committment to team defense, mind you. Mostly, it's the way the Blues made sure to make the playoffs before they completely forgot how to play hockey.

    The Blues closed out the season with their sixth straight loss on Sunday, and in so doing, handed the Central Division title over to the Colorado Avalanche, who finish with the same number of points -- 111 -- but hold the regulation and overtime wins tiebreaker.

    Embarrassing. But relinquishing the Central isn't the end of the world. The Blues can survive not winning the division. They may not survive the punishment, however: a first-round matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    All eight NHL playoff first round matchups are now set. Here are the battles out West:

    PACIFIC DIVISION

    Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

    San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles

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