Monday, April 11, 2016

Two Man Advantage Free Replay, April 10, 2016

Sunday night on the Two Man Advantage we had an extensive playoff preview show.  Dennis Bernstein kicked off the night during our pre-show and then David Boreanaz, the star of the hit tv show, BONES, began the two extravagenza sharing his thoughts on why "his Flyers" will shock the Capitals in round one.
Tracey Myers from CSN Chicago shared her thoughts on the defending Stanley Cup Champions while John Shannon (Sportsnet) and EJ Hradek (NHL Network) discussed not only the playoff matchups but the big stories of the weekend including Bryan Murray stepping down as the Senators GM, and Pavel Datsyuk's return to Russia.
Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period) offered his insights into what may happen in Boston with the future of coach, Claude Julien and John Hoven ( gave us his preview of the LA Kings first round matchup with the San Jose Sharks.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rangers 2 Ducks 1, Postgame Notes and Quotes, March 16, 2016

Anaheim Ducks 1 vs. New York Rangers 2
Mar. 16, 2016
Honda Center
38-22-9, 85 Standings Points


Jamie McGinn
On the second period
I just didn’t think we executed well. We didn’t do some things we talked about in the room. They were playing fast and made us turn back and get pucks. I thought we had a good last five minutes of the second period where we started using our legs more. We created more turnovers and chances.

On the game
We just didn’t put the puck in the net. Both teams had their chances. I feel bad for Gibby [John Gibson]. I thought he played an outstanding game tonight. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the win for him. You have to appreciate what he does between the pipes, Freddie [Andersen], as well. I thought he deserved better.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the Rangers
They’re a good team. They’re very good defending. I think it was just a seesaw kind of game. They’re very defensive minded in the first and third period, especially, but in the second period we took our foot off the gas a little bit, and they took the game to us in the first 10 minutes. It was a good hockey game. We just hate to lose it.

On New York’s game-winning goal
We can talk about it going off of Hampus [Lindholm] and onto their stick, but we had them stopped at the blueline. It’s a 3-on-3. You can’t allow that to happen. We didn’t play it right, so it probably deserved to go into the net.

Antti Raanta
On playing the Ducks
It’s a hard place to come play. We knew it was going to be a big challenge for us. The Ducks have been playing really good lately. We have been struggling a bit in our own game. Everyone was playing defense well today and when you defend good you’re going to get those chances. Kevin Klein was really big for us. He scored two goals and it’s always great to see the defense score. This is a huge win for the team and a great way to start this road trip.

On the Rangers defense
They did a great job like they have been the whole season. First period there might be eight shots I didn’t see, but our defense was blocking the shots and taking the rebounds. In the third period when they pulled the goalie, it was our defense and our forwards who were making blocks and pushing guys away so I could see the puck and try to make the save.

Kevin Klein
On the Rangers play
In the second and third we played with more speed. We were making plays and trying to get in on the fore-check a little more. It was nice to see.

On the importance of the win
It is when you look at the teams coming from behind us. There are a lot of teams winning and its becoming a tight race. We’ve got a tough two games left on this road trip and we’ve got to come with that same intensity and same energy.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault
On the game
It was a really competitive game. Two teams battling real hard. You had to work for every inch. I thought in the second and the third we got better as far as creating better opportunities and we were able to score a goal in the second and a goal off the rush in the third that ended up being the game winner.

On Kevin Klein bouncing back after his giveaway in the first period
Klein stuck with it and got us two big goals, but for me, it was a team game tonight. I thought one of our better defensive games of the year. We didn't give their top end players a lot of looks and it was because of our compete level and our defensive structure.

Kings 4 Rangers 3 Postgame Notes and Quotes, March 17, 2016

Los Angeles Kings (43-22-5) vs. New York Rangers (40-23-8) – Mar. 17, 2016

Kings                                      1-0-2-1=4
Rangers                                 1-1-1-0=3

“It was a great game, I think from both clubs. It was a good game. The goalies were both really good. We had a lot of opportunities to go ahead and [Henrik] Lundqvist made some big saves and they scored on a couple opportunities to go up, and we killed that. That’s all it is.

“I think there’s critical points in your season. One would be your Christmas cutoff. One would be your All-Star cutoff. One would be your trade deadline cutoff. It’s about how you play to the end. Then obviously April ninth or tenth is a cutoff too.

“He has done it before. If it were up to him, he would probably like to play the Rangers a couple more times this year. He has five goals in two games, and played the same in MSG [Madison Square Garden], and he was huge for us tonight.”

“It was just puck possession for a while, and protecting it. Finally I got the chance to get it on net and Carts [Jeff Carter] was in front. That has been our success a lot lately, getting guys in front and getting the pucks there.”

“He had a great first period obviously, with the tying goal about 15 seconds right after they scored. It is obviously huge and gave us the spark that we needed. He has been doing that in different ways whether that is a big hit, a blocked shot or a subtle play on the ice. He always does it, and that is why he is our leader.”

“It is nice. It is obviously nice to score, but the most important thing is that we got the two points. They beat Anaheim last night and we wanted to come out and get a little more cushion on Anaheim, and obviously winning in OT doesn’t really matter because they are from out east, but it is nice to get the two points.”

“I agree with my goaltender. At the end of the day though, it doesn’t really matter what he thinks or I think; if we ask about it, they’re going to have a great explanation as to why it was a goal. We just have to deal with it and move on and focus on the next game now.”

“He’s a big, strong, premier player in this league and they’re tough to handle. Our guys gave it everything they had tonight. We’re going to go to San Jose, reenergize, and get ready for an afternoon game.”

“I’m so frustrated right now; I don’t even know where to begin. The way we battled all game; I think we’ve just got to play by the rules. The rule is you can’t have a guy in the crease. I can’t come out to play the shot. As a goalie when you try to make a save and you have a forward motion and he doesn’t make any effort to get out. I can’t believe the ref after watching it, didn’t get it right. That means that you can pretty much put a guy in the crease and as long as the goalie doesn’t get run over, it’s a good goal. That’s the way I look at this goal.”

“I think when it really comes down to making plays we really put ourselves in a tough spot in the last five or six minutes. They’re a good team and they kept coming. We just have to be really smart with the puck. That’s been our recipe for the past couple of years. In the last five, six minutes you don’t give them much and we did a good job. That third one was a really tough, tough goal.”

“I think when you get calls like that, you definitely get flashbacks, no question.”

·          With 91 points through 70 games, the Kings have tied their most points through 70 games in franchise history (also 1974-75; 36-15-19). The 43 wins is also the most wins at the 70-game mark in franchise history (previously41, 2009-10).
·          Tonight marks the Kings league-leading eighth win when trailing entering the third period and their 16th win when allowing the first goal of the game (second most in the league). This is also the second time the Kings have overcome a two-goal deficit to win a game (Dec. 18 vs. CBJ; down 2-0, won 3-2 in OT).
·          The Kings won their league-leading 13th game in extra time (overtime/shootouts).
·          Anze Kopitar (2-0=2) scored his fourth overtime goal of the season, the most by a King in a single season in franchise history. He has five goals in the two games against the Rangers this season (5-0=5).
·          Milan Lucic (0-1=1) extended his point-streak to a career-tying eight games (3-7=10). It also ties the longest point-streak by any King this season (Jake Muzzin, Jan. 2-Jan. 19; 1-7=8). It is tied for the 12th longest point-streak of the season and it is currently the second longest active streak.
·          Dustin Brown (1-1=2) extended his goal-streak to three games (3-1=4), his longest since Mar. 25-Mar. 30, 2013 (three games, 3-1=4).
·          Jeff Carter (0-3=3) registered a career-tying three assists (fourth time; last: Feb. 12, 2015 vs. CGY) and he now has assists in each of the last two games (0-4=4).
·          Jonathan Quick stopped 23-of-26 shots to win his 36th game of the season (second most in the league). The win ties his own mark for second most wins in a single season by a Kings goaltender which he set last year (most is 39, 2009-10).
·          Luke Schenn (0-1=1) has three points in the last three games (0-3=3) and now has 50 points on the season.
·          Kyle Clifford (1-0=1) scored his second goal of the season and has points in each of the last two games (1-1=2).
·          Jake Muzzin (0-1=1) tallied his 29th assist of the season and he is just two shy of his career-high he set last season (31).
·          Tonight’s attendance was 18,230, a sellout. This marks the 166th consecutive regular season sellout and the 196th consecutive sellout overall (both team records).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kings 5 Blackhawks 0 Recap, March 14, 2016

The Los Angeles Kings went into the United Center on Monday night and blanked the Chicago  Blackhawks 5-0.  Here is a link to the game recap.

Jonathan Quick sets the mark for US born goalies

Ducks 7 New Jersey 1, Postgame Notes and Quotes, March 14, 2016

Anaheim 7 vs. New Jersey 1
Mar. 14, 2016
Honda Center
38-21-9, 85 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks opened a three-game homestand with a 7-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center. The Ducks have earned standings points in 10 consecutive home games (9-0-1), the longest active streak in the NHL and the team’s longest since Oct. 10, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014 (22 home games, 20-0-2). The last time Anaheim scored seven goals in a game was on Jan. 15, 2014 vs. Vancouver (W, 9-1).

Jakob Silfverberg's three-goal performance marked his first career hat trick, first four-point game (3-1=4) and first +4 rating. Silfverberg is the 17th different Duck to record a hat trick (48th hat trick overall) and first by a Duck not named Corey Perry or Ryan Getzlaf since Andrew Cogliano accomplished the feat on Mar. 2, 2013 @ PHX (3-0=3).

Ryan Kesler tied a career high in both points (1-2=3, 23rd time) and plus/minus (+4, second time).

Andrew Cogliano matched a personal best with 1-2=3 points (fifth time) and set a career high with a +4 rating.

Josh Manson recorded his first career multi-point game with a pair of assists (0-2=2) during the four-goal second period. Also, Korbinian Holzerearned his first career multi-point contest (0-2=2) with an assist in both the second and third period.

Corey Perry recorded his team-leading 29th goal of the season at 2:20 of the third period. Perry is one goal shy of his sixth career 30-goal season, which would tie him for the second-most in franchise history with Paul Kariya. Teemu Selanne has a club-record seven 30-goal seasons with the Ducks.

Rookie Nick Ritchie collected his first career NHL goal against New Jersey’s Keith Kinkaid at 6:16 of the third period.

Cam Fowler appeared in his 400th career NHL game, while Bruce Boudreau became the fastest Anaheim Head Coach to 200 franchise wins (200-100-38 in 338 games).

Tonight's attendance was 15,423.



Ryan Kesler
On his line dominating on the scoresheet
It’s nice for the confidence. My line is usually trying to shut down the other team’s top line every night. This time we went on the attack.

On the keys against New Jersey
We knew we had to get in front of them and get to the net. That’s how my line scored. For the first period, our execution wasn’t there. Offensively, we were making mistakes like we were last game. I thought we did a good job in the second period coming out and really executing.

Jakob Silfverberg
On his line contributing offensively
For the whole line, I’ve always said it: We’re a great checking line with the skill to score goals, too. Tonight, we scored a couple. It’s great for the confidence of all three of us. It was a fun night.

On the keys against New Jersey
We needed to focus on playing defense first. We have to make sure to stay above them and not give them a lot of space. We stuck with it. We ran away with it a little bit in the second period. It was a solid game for us.

Nick Ritchie
On the feeling of scoring his first career NHL goal
It had been a while. It’s nice to get that goal. I have to move on from it, but it was a big one. I was pretty excited. It was 5-1 there, so it was kind of a meaningless goal, but with your first one, it means something. Some of the guys were excited, as well. I’m going to remember that one for a while.

On if scoring his first goal was weighing on his mind
You’re more worried about playing the game and helping the team out, but to get it out of the away and move forward feels good. Maybe there’s a little bit of weight lifted off. Hopefully I’m better for it moving on.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On if he imagined the result would be 7-1 after the first period
The way the first period went, it was sort of a dull period. They outshot us, 12-6, and I don’t think we had a quality scoring chance. We talked in the intermission about driving the net. We got lucky on the first shift. We drive the net, get a rebound, and it gets in. After that, the Kesler line was pretty hot.

On Silfverberg’s performance
Tonight, he shot the puck and it went in. He’s a great defensive player. The nights he can get three goals or one goal, or gets one on the power play, he’s pretty good at it. These are good things.

Keith Kinkaid
On the Ducks scoring opportunities
They have some big bodies. They had a great net presence. I have to fight more down low or over them to find these shots. They got a few rebounds right to them and put them in.

On the loss
It doesn’t matter how badly you lose or how little you lose by, a loss is a loss. We got four out of six points on the week. We need to keep battling and put another winning streak together.

Andy Greene
On Kinkaid’s play
He came off of two great games. We had to do a better job in front of the net and be heavy on our sticks there. Rebounds were coming out and we have to make sure we’re marking our man and making sure they’re not getting those chances.

On the loss
We would have been happy to win three out of three, but to finish it like this leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We have to step back and realize we did take two out of three.

Head Coach John Hynes
On what went wrong after the first period
I thought we got off to a good start. The first period was very competitive, then early in the second we just made some mental mistakes. We overextended on a shift, we had a misread on one of our line rushes on the first couple goals against. I think more than anything that it wasn't a physical thing, it was momentum.

On the performance of his goalie Keith Kinkaid
I thought early he played well. We had some mishaps on the goals against. I think as it went on we had these lulls and then we played well. It seemed like when we had the lulls they wound up in the back of our net. We were trying to stick with him through the game to see if we could get ourselves back on track and continue to keep ourselves in the game. Unfortunately we couldn't do that.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Free Replay of the TwoManAdvantage, March 13, 2016

Here is the latest edition of the Two Man Advantage heard each and every Sunday night on NHL Network Radio following the final NHL game of the day.
On this Sunday's we wrapped up the day in the NHL as well as discussing the top stories of the weekend.  Guests included, Josh Bogorad (Fox Sports SW, studio host), Dave Pagnotta and Dennis Bernstein (Fourth Period Magazine), John Hoven (Mayors Manor) and Nicole Brown, the wife of Los Angeles Kings, Captain, Dustin Brown.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kings 4 Caps 3 (OT), Postgame Notes and Quotes, March 9, 2016

Los Angeles Kings (40-22-4) vs. Washington Capitals (49-13-5) – Mar. 9, 2016

Kings                                      3-0-0-1=4
Capitals                                  0-0-3-0=3

“They’re a high scoring team. They’ve already scored more goals than some teams are going to score all year.”

“We went back into first place tonight. That’s huge for us. We’re trying to be [as I said from day 1] a playoff team; with sixteen games left we’re fighting with the team that was supposed to have won it easy.”

“Two big teams. They’re a team that’s played well all season long, that’s why they’re in first place in the league. A big part of their success is playing physical, and that’s a big part of our success too. We learned a pretty good lesson today in the third period that we can’t take anything for granted. Even though we’re up three-nothing and had such a great start, when we don’t play the right way we let teams back in it. Good for us to get that extra point there in overtime, but there’s a lesson to be learned by the way we played in the third period.”

“You play all season long for that home ice advantage. That’s what the season is all about, finishing as high as you can in your division and in your conference. The Ducks have been the hottest team in the league since Christmas. Impressive record with what they’ve done. We’ve managed to make this homestand a good one, other than the one loss to Anaheim here, and we talked about that and making Staples Center a harder place to play in. That was our big focus with this homestand. We’ve got one more game left here before we hit the road again.”

“We want to get home ice, right? We’ve seen the last few times we’ve been in the playoffs how big game sevens are. When you have it in your home rink it’s a big advantage.”

““If we want to win the cup there’s a good chance we’ll have to go through them, so tonight was a big game. It was probably, for both teams, two different games. Hot start, slow down. Slow start, heat up. They’re a good team, and chances are pretty good that if we want to get to where we need to be we’ll have to go through them.”

“I didn’t like our first thirty minutes of the game. We needed to fix our battles on the puck and in those one-on-one areas we were a little loose with the puck. It’s not necessarily what you get, it’s what you leave and we left them some prime chances to come back on an odd-man rush and get a good look. This group was resilient. They were down three and looked at it as a challenge to see if we could come back and we did. Obviously, in overtime we had a bit of a poor change recognizing that we had to get some players off. That’s what happens in three-on-three.”

“We will take the second half of the game and say, ‘that’s what we need to do and the way we need to play.’ This group wouldn’t be satisfied with that effort in the first period for the whole game. We’re playing a very good team. The LA Kings are not going to let you come into their building and have an easy game. We took a while to engage into it and once we did we were fine. It was a good learning lesson and maybe down the road we can run into each other again. It’ll be a good reminder for us.”

“Starts have been our Achilles Heel lately. It’s obviously something that we need to clean up.”

“Anytime you get a reaction like that you’re going to have some emotions. I’m not a stiff or a robot. It’s obviously nice to see, but after that it was just a standard hockey game that we’re trying to win, and come back to win with the poor start that we had.”

“I wasn’t really emotional. It was nice and it was nice to be acknowledged. I enjoyed my time here. I had a lot of success, a lot of great years and a lot of great memories so it was definitely nice.”

“We’re not great starters. I guess we’re good closers but we have to correct that. It’s not good to play like that. You can see how good we are when we play well so that’s something that has to be corrected pretty quickly because the season is winding down and then the real hockey starts.”

·          With tonight’s win, the Kings have reached the 40-win plateau in their 66th game, the fastest that mark has been reached in franchise history (previously 67 games, 2009-10).
·          Darryl Sutter tied Bob Pulford (178) for 2nd on the Kings all-time wins list.
·          Jeff Carter (1-1=2) registered his ninth multi-point game and has seven points (4-3=7) in the last seven games.
·          Milan Lucic (1-1=2) extended his point-streak to four games (2-4=6).
·          Drew Doughty (0-1=1) has points in each of the last three games (2-2=4).
·          Tanner Pearson (0-2=2) tied his career-high for assists in a game (third time).
·          Vincent Lecavalier (1-0=1) scored a goal for the second consecutive game (2-0=2) and extended his point-streak to three games (2-1=3).
·          Alec Martinez (0-1=1) recorded his 19th assist of the season and has five points (1-4=5) in the last six games.
·          Jake Muzzin (1-0=1) registered his eighth goal of the season, second among Kings defensemen. He has points in each of the last two games (1-1=2).
·          Tonight’s attendance was 18,324, a sellout including standing room only. This marks the 164th consecutive regular season sellout and the 194th consecutive sellout overall (both team records).