The Hockey Hall of Fame is about to get a few new members. Yesterday, the NHL announced the 2014 Hall of Fame class, and it’s a good one. The marquee names are goalie Dominik Hasek (who will be the first Czech player enshrined in the Hall), forwards Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano, and defenseman Rob Blake. Coach Pat Burns, who will be inducted in the Builder Category, and referee Bill McCreary round out the group.
The six hockey legends will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on November 17. And that gives us a little time to get to know them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played. After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist's pads came straight to his stick.
"After it went in, I think I blacked out,"Martinez said. "I'm just so happy for these guys."
From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez's championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.
And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.
NHL logos are some of the coolest (cough) team crests around. But you know what makes them better? Adding Simpsons characters to them. And that's exactly what graphic designer Mark Avery-Kenny has done. Over on Instagram, Mark has posted images of Simpsons-ized logos that he's created for all 30 teams. Here are some of our favorites:
This year's Stanley Cup Final doesn't figure to get much hype, featuring two small markets in Los Angeles and New York. In all seriousness, though, this series marks the first meeting of the United States' two most populous cities in a major sports championship since the 1981 World Series, in which the Dodgers beat the Yankees. There's a lot at stake in this bicoastal battle.
Both teams should have plenty of motivation, too. The Kings battled back from a 3-0 deficit against the Sharks in the first round; the Rangers overcame a 3-1 Penguins lead in the conference semifinals. Now the Rangers hope to win a Stanley Cup on the 20th anniversary of their last championship in 1994. And the Kings, just two years removed from their last Cup, can cement their status as one of the elite teams of the modern era.
Who will skate away with the Cup? We break the series down.
Before the Eastern Conference Final between the Rangers and Canadiens, talk show host Jimmy Fallon and Habs mascot Youppi set up a friendly wager. If the Canadiens win, Fallon would have to wear a Montreal jersey on his show. If the Rangers win, Youppi has to go around Montreal in a New York jersey.
We all know what happened next: The Rangers won the series in seven games. So it was up to Youppi to pay up. On Sunday he did. And boy was he sad about it.
Youppi posted 10 photos to Twitter of him in a Rangers sweater (with Fallon's name and the number 1 on the back) moping around Montreal:
In the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings were on the verge of getting swept by the San Jose Sharks. Just two seasons removed from winning the Cup, it looked like the Kings were about to crash and burn.
But five weeks later, the Kings find themselves four games away from another Stanley Cup. Last night, LA defeated defending champs the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime, 5-4, in a thrilling Game 7 to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers.
Three weeks ago, the New York Rangers were a game away from their season being over. But after digging themselves into a 3-1 hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs, the Rangers scrapped out a win to keep the series going. Then they won again. And again. And again. They kept winning, all the way through the Eastern Conference Final.
And last night, the Blueshirts moved moved within four wins of the Stanley Cup. New York defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, to win the East and clinch its first Final appearance since 1994.
"It's something you feel good (about), but you have to keep in the back of your mind that this isn't the ultimate goal," center Brad Richards said. "It's an amazing achievement to be able to play for the Cup."