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Oshawa Generals outlast Kelowna, move to Memorial Cup final (Buzzing The Net)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 18:43:23 PDT)

Oshawa Generals-Kelowna Rockets Memorial Cup chatravaganza, Tuesday 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT! (Buzzing The Net)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 15:55:27 PDT)

What the heck happened to Tom Sestito? (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 08:11:42 PDT)
In 2013-14, Tom Sestito had his best season in the NHL. He played 77 games, he had nine points (a career high!) and amassed 213 penalty minutes, which was of course why he was in the employ of the Vancouver Canucks.  That was the season when he picked up 27 PIMs in one second of ice time , which is a hell of a thing. But then John Tortorella was fired along with GM Mike Gillis. A completely new regime took over, and suddenly Sestito wasn’t in the plans any longer. He was a frequent healthy scratch this season , before being demoted to AHL Utica. “I haven’t been given a fair shake here yet. It’s [head coach Willie Desjardins’] team, he’s the coach,” he said. His AHL stint didn’t last all that long, as the Canucks announced in February “that forward Tom Sestito will not play for either club for the remainder of this season. Sestito will workout on his own and will continue to receive his salary while the Canucks work to identify a new club where he can continue his career.” And that trade never happened, because the market for minor league enforcers ain’t what it used to be. So what’s he up to now? Well, he’s back in Rome, NY, preparing for the offseason. He’s claiming a back injury led to his demise with the Canucks. And he’s vowing REVENGE ON THOSE WHO HAVE FORESAKEN HIM! From "I took a break. It took a toll on the ol' mind. I got freshened up. It was good for me,'' he said of the layoff. "I think it was just time to go our separate ways. They put that option on the table. I think it worked out for the best for both sides. They wanted to play their younger guys.'' While he tries to remain diplomatic, that's a hat that poorly fits the straight-shooting Sestito. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he makes clear he hopes to sign with a Western Conference team. All the better to bump into the Canucks a few times. "I will be back. And I have stuff to prove against them,'' he said. "I didn't get a chance to prove myself. I definitely deserved better. I got put in a bad situation. … I know why they did it. They had their guys. I just think there's certain games I could have played. It's a business. I understand it. They just had their own way they wanted to see their team and I wasn't a part. I don't have hard feelings against Vancouver. I just want to make sure they know they made the wrong choice.'' Failing that comeback bid, please remember that Sestito could have a future in political commentary. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

What We Learned: Blackhawks playing dangerous game on defense (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 May 2015 07:54:44 PDT)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) Prior to Sunday night's game, very few players were in the same stratosphere in terms of minutes played as the Chicago defense. In terms of minutes per game, Chicago's top-four ranked second, eighth, 11th, and 14th among playoff players in terms of minutes per game at 5-on-5, which is crazy. . And granted, that comes with the caveat that Chicago is obviously playing a ton of overtime this postseason — 151:38 to be exact, a little more than two-and-a-half extra games — but nonetheless, there's a lot of work being given to what are, essentially, just four guys. Right now, Chicago has four defensemen averaging at least 25:52 per night, while the other three they've used (Kyle Cumiskey, David Rundblad, and Kimmo Timonen) are basically getting the minutes you'd give to a guy you don't trust to do little more than fight in a game against Arizona in December: 13:37 or less. This is, of course, often commented upon this postseason. Joel Quenneville doesn't trust his bottom-two defensemen, whomever they may be, to play more than the most sheltered, minimal minutes available. And when you watch Timonen play, you start to get why. But there are two questions that should nag at anyone watching this happen, including Quenneville: 1) How wise is it to deploy defensemen like that? 2) Could the other guys actually handle a little more than, say, 10 minutes a night in most cases? In theory, this is really putting a lot of miles on Duncan Keith (32:23 per night), Seabrook (26:52), Niklas Hjalmarsson (26:37), and Johnny Oduya (25:52). Only two defensemen from 1994 to present have played more minutes in fewer games than Keith's 453 — Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger both played more than 35 minutes a night in 13 games for St. Louis in 1999 — in the postseason. If we expand that out to cover Oduya's 362, we find that this has only happened 14 times in that span, meaning just 10 times in the last 21 playoffs has any defenseman played many minutes in so few games. We are, effectively, in uncharted territory. No team in modern hockey has ever used its defensemen like this. Based on that data from Hockey Reference, we know that just 235 defensemen in the past two decades have ever broken 360 minutes of play in the postseason. That's not a very deep pool from which to draw, and as you might expect, the vast majority of those guys played on different teams. Of course, there may have been many teams in that time that were so top-heavy on defense that this kind of usage was a necessity for the coach, but it destabilized the entire team to the point that they got bounced in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Those teams are of little interest here, because it does not examine the wear and tear that logging so many minutes will eventually rack upon those teams' top-four defenders. So when examining the teams of defenders that logged at least 360 minutes in the playoffs, the number is whittled down considerably. Only 88 players were on teams for which three other defenders played at least 20 minutes a night. That means it's only happened 22 times since 1994. Here are those teams, with the average minutes played by the top-four, drop-off in minutes between the Nos. 4 and 5 defensemen on those teams, and where they finished the postseason.

Oshawa Generals edge Rimouski Oceanic 4-3 at Memorial Cup (Buzzing The Net)
(Sat, 23 May 2015 15:09:09 PDT)

Rimouski Oceanic-Oshawa Generals Memorial Cup chatravaganza, Saturday 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT! (Buzzing The Net)
(Sat, 23 May 2015 09:31:45 PDT)

Memorial Cup preview: Top 10 Oshawa Generals observations (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 09:20:36 PDT)

What We Learned: Why is Rick Nash so bad in the playoffs? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 May 2015 08:05:40 PDT)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)   Each year, the New York Rangers make the playoffs. Each year, Rick Nash is criticized for not producing. This kind of thing is common in hockey, of course. Sidney Crosby has faced it. Alex Ovechkin has faced it. If you put up a lot of points in the regular season and then not-a-lot in the playoffs, especially if your team is unceremoniously bounced, then you get called out. No one would ever mistake Nash for a player of Crosby’s or Ovechkin’s level; he’s long been an All-Star but never has he been in the conversation for “best in the world."  But as far as Rangers go, he’s certainly the best they’ve got up front. He averages 0.47 goals per game over his career on Broadway, and he’s pushing 400 in the regular season since he broke into the league in 2002. Not world-beating, but always respectable, and when he’s got actual talent around him —which he does to some extent with the Rangers —he can produce. He has eight 30-goal performances out of his 11 full seasons. The playoffs have been a different story, as everyone has learned time and again when watching pregame, between-periods, and postgame chats on the Rangers’difficulties putting the puck into the net in each of the last three postseasons (during which time they’ve always advanced at least to the second round). Nash has 50 playoff games in New York. He also has just six goals, or 0.12 per game. It’s a major problem. But the question, then, is whether this is just another Ovechkin/Crosby/Stamkos run of bad luck; that is to say: Those players basically play at the same level and have suffered playoff difficulties because of hot goalies, bad luck, and maybe a few undisclosed injuries, so does Nash fall into the same boat? And if you look at his even-strength performances in both the regular- and postseason in his career —Nash has only made it four times due to having languished in Columbus so long —you see the drop-off at 5-on-5 is about as stark as can be. (These numbers include only the first two rounds this year, and worse performances are indicated in red, better in green.)

Jersey Fouls of the Week: McBeer creates a 'Virus' (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 16 May 2015 17:34:55 PDT)

Howe's treatment; Kesler's off-ice value; Best team in the playoffs (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 15 May 2015 12:00:29 PDT)
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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at .  

Canucks sign Subban; Oceanic and Remparts might go distance: the coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)
(Fri, 15 May 2015 06:03:13 PDT)

NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Thu, 14 May 2015 17:10:36 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has been hospitalized for three weeks as he awaits a liver transplant, and the team on Thursday appealed to the public in hope of finding a suitable donor. These efforts continue in earnest but have so far not yielded a suitable donor." Melnyk, 55, has owned the Senators since 2003. --- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan returned to practice on Thursday after undergoing an appendectomy and missing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. He skated during a light workout before the Lightning left for New York and the opener of the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers on Saturday.

Oshawa Generals win after overtime over-the-glass penalty: OHL post-game questions (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 13 May 2015 20:50:09 PDT)

Kelowna Rockets poised to sweep: the coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 13 May 2015 08:00:34 PDT)

Erie Otters edge Oshawa Generals: OHL post-game questions (Buzzing The Net)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 18:41:36 PDT)

Otters, Wheat Kings need wins in Game 3s: the coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 06:43:47 PDT)

What We Learned: Are bigger nets really answer to NHL scoring woes? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 11 May 2015 06:02:00 PDT)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.   The difference is just 1.21 inches. That's about the size of a U.S. half-dollar. And yet in the NHL, it seems to be everything. Or so people would have you believe. That number is the difference in size between the average NHL goaltender in 1983-84 to present. And among many other things, that has lately been attributed to the much, much smaller number of goals being scored in the average NHL game. Over that same span — and this is a bizarre coincidence — the average number of goals scored per team per game is down... 1.21. Yup, add in everything from bigger pads and better training to larger players and improved theory, and goaltenders today have become dominant, near-invincible juggernauts who loom over results like malevolent clouds, ready to render the game boring. The average save percentage in the league this year was an all-time high .915. Back in '84, it was just .873. Meaning that on every 1,000 shots, the average goaltender gives up 42 fewer goals than he did 31 years ago. Goalscoring is, in fact, at stultifying low levels for a lot of observers in the game. While the 2-1 wins being eked out on a near-nightly basis in these playoffs might leave fans' nerves frayed, they also leave grouchy neutrals grumbling about where the hell all the goals they used to see 20 years ago went. The size of the goalies is certainly being blamed; the two guys in Saturday's game check in at 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-3, and the other goalies who were still alive for Sunday's games are all at least 6-foot-1. These are large men, who in most cases are sizable even by NHL standards The average player has been about 6-foot-1 for a while now , and goalies tend to be the tallest among them. It's almost impossible to believe that anyone would look at 1.21 inches and say to themselves, “Well this is the problem with the damn sport now,” but they might actually be right. These lines fit together pretty convincingly (all this data from Hockey Reference ): That increasing goaltender size would negatively impact goal-scoring stands to reason to some extent: bigger guys are typically going to have better save percentages because they take up more of the net. In theory anyway, because Anders Lindback is the second-tallest goalie in the league and he sucks. But what's interesting is that these larger goaltenders with better save percentages also tend to play a lot more. In 1983-84, only 20 goalies played more than 40 games for their teams, meaning that there were guys who were clear starters for their clubs. This season that number was 30. Vancouver was the only team to double up exclusively, because they pulled and sat Ryan Miller (45 appearances) so many times that Eddie Lack got into 41 games. Arizona used Mike Smith in 62, and also gave Devan Dubnyk (58) some reps before trading him and allowing Minnesota to start him in many consecutive games. But again, we're dealing with the size of a half-dollar, a little bit more than the tab on a can of soda (or beer if you like to party). So that can't be the only reason. Again, though, 1983-84 — as far back as save percentage statistics go — is, coincidentally, the same year in which the Capitals hired the first goalie coach in league history. Now all 30 teams have them, and one would have to think there's no coincidence there. Goaltenders now get specialized training not only at this level but throughout their playing careers, and kids can attend goaltending-specific hockey camps at a very young age. The reason NHL goalies back in the mid-80s were so bad by today's standards (the league leader back then was Roland Melanson at a .903 that would have gotten him drummed out of today's NHL faster than he could say “Pavelec”) that many highlights from back then featured goals being scored against netminders just standing there five feet out of their crease and kicking futilely at the puck, or simply laying down on the ice. Obviously the butterfly changed everything by the mid-1990s, as did the trap, as teams practiced a more defensive approach. And while I don't think team play is appreciably more conservative throughout the league now, we clearly see that goals per game is down about 10 percent from the “Oh my god the Devils are murdering everything we love about the sport!!!” days. Can you blame that entirely on the fact that goalies are bigger? Probably not. Is that a contributing factor? The closeness of the trends in the above chart are also reflected below. Simply put, there's a lot of mathematical correlation here (even if the height issue is one of about a billion ways the sport is different now than it was even a decade ago).

Oshawa hits road up 2-0 after blanking Connor McDavid: OHL post-game questions (Buzzing The Net)
(Sun, 10 May 2015 10:50:00 PDT)

Fucale's 40 saves help Remparts go up 2-0: Friday's 3 Stars (Buzzing The Net)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 20:39:10 PDT)

Oshawa Generals make Game 1 statement: OHL post-game questions (Buzzing The Net)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 18:41:06 PDT)

Jersey Fouls of the Week: Dales and Gronks and Canucks (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 15:59:22 PDT)

Why are second-round Stanley Cup series so one-sided? (Trending Topics) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 08:49:02 PDT)
In theory, each round of the postseason in any sport is supposed to be what separates out the weak teams from the strong. In theory, it's hard for a worse team to win four games against a better one, even if the margin between them is thin. It doesn't always happen that way, of course, but that's how it's supposed to work. Consequently, as you advance through the playoffs the series are supposed to be closer; teams that win — even handily — in the first round shouldn't have quite so easy of a time in the second, and so on. And yet, here we are on the verge of a pair of sweeps, with two more series looking like they ought to wrap up pretty quickly themselves. And if you look at the numbers, all the teams that “should have” won their series are cruising.  A large part of this is that it was a weird year in the NHL. It seemed that a lot more teams got by on PDO — the Flames, Canadiens, and Rangers all fit that description, and you could make an argument for the Wild as well once Dubnyk came aboard — than usual, and that will help to make their matchups against better teams look even uglier than many might have expected. In every single second-round series, for example, the team with the lower possession numbers for the 82-game season is the one getting belted pretty good, and in all cases the gaps are sizable enough that you'd say it's not really a toss-up.

Washington Capitals hit totals are ridiculous (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 07:31:15 PDT)
As you know, “hits” are a nebulous and subjective stat in the NHL whose totals seemingly rise and fall based on whatever the official scorer is trying to accomplish. Look no further than Cal Clutterbuck’s days with the Minnesota Wild, when he’d lead the league with hit totals that made it appear that every check was its own arcade fighting game-style hit combo.  In pursuing some stats this week, we came across the hit totals for the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The Washington Capitals have apparently dished out 459 of them in 11 games, more than hundred more than the No. 2 ranked Montreal Canadiens have in 10 games – 334 hits. Now, how could the Capitals arrive at such an elephantine number? Why it’s because they’ve been credited with 276 hits in their six home games. That’s 46 hits per game. The NHL leader in home hits in the regular season was Arizona, with an average of 35.59. In the playoffs, it’s the Anaheim Ducks in their brief four playoff games with 40 per game. Keep in mind the Capitals have yet to play an overtime game at home. Here’s a brief look at where the Capitals currently stand with regard to past hits leaders at home and overall in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Team Home Hits Avg. Overall Hits 2015: Washington Capitals 46.0 (6 home games) 41.7 (11 games) 2014: Los Angeles Kings 40.5 (12 home games) 41.6 (26 games) 2013: Chicago Blackhawks 34.5 (13 home games) 38.4 (22 games) 2012: NY Rangers/NJ Devils 35.7 (NYR - 11 home games) 32.1 (NJD - 21 games) 2011: Vancouver Canucks 38.3 (14 home games) 35.7 (24 games) Obviously we can expect the Capitals to regress to the mean. And obviously, the two series they’ve played in have been among the more physical. But an average 46 hits per home game is … well, plentiful.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

OHL, WHL championships begin: the coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)
(Fri, 08 May 2015 07:25:27 PDT)

Oklahoma City wins 6th-longest game in AHL history over Utica (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 07 May 2015 22:59:15 PDT)

Dose: More Flames Magic (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 06 May 2015 01:27:00 PDT)
One playoff team avoided a 3-0 deficit while the other couldn't score its way out of it. Wednesday's Dose discusses Flames - Ducks and Hawks - Wild.

Ray Shero, Lou Lamoriello and end of Devils hockey as we knew it (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 04 May 2015 15:54:23 PDT)
On April, 30, 1987, Lou Lamoriello was named the third general manager in New Jersey Devils history. Just over 28 years later, they have a fourth.  In the span between Lamoriello taking over the Devils and relinquishing his job to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, New Jersey has experienced (in particular order): - Three Stanley Cups, won in the span of eight seasons. - Five conference championships. - Nine division titles. - Three major work stoppages. - Four ownership groups. - Moving to a new arena. - The franchise-shifting thievery of Scott Stevens from the St. Louis Blues, as compensation for Brendan Shanahan. - The drafting of Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer, both as the result of trades. - Twenty-one head coaches named to the job, including Jacques Lemaire and Lamoriello himself three times. - The establishment of the team’s defensive philosophy, which would be its calling card for over two decades. - One 17-year, er, 15-year contract to a player now in Russia. - The departure of at least a dozen other players, chasing the money to places like Madison Square Garden and Minnesota. - From 1987-2012, qualifying for the playoffs in 21 seasons out of 23. Then came three straight seasons in which the Devils missed the playoffs. Then came the end of an era for Devils hockey. “They have not been good years. I don’t feel good about it. I take responsibility for that. I really do. For where we are right now. But now this is a chance to go forward,” said Lamoriello. All due respect to Brodeur and Stevens and Niedermayer and Ken Daneyko and every other player that wore the sweater, but to a man they’d say the same thing: Lou Lamoreillo was Devils hockey. His roster, his rules, his finger on the trigger for every coach he hired. His philosophy permeated every level, office and locker in the organization, from the way Devils employees wore their facial hair to the way they interacted with the public to the system the players executed on the ice. His fingers were on every facet of the organization, from player personnel (frequently briliant) to team marketing (or lack thereof). At least once in my career covering the team, he stopped me in the bowels of the arena to check my credential status -- president, GM, bouncer, perhaps. (Also, Lamoriello’s uncanny knack for keeping information from leaking was honored in Monday’s phone conference, as news of Shero’s hiring wasn’t broken until Lou himself broke it.) You don’t see moments like this often in sports, and especially not today when the lifespan of executive is generally shorter than it was when Lamoriello started. This is Jerry West giving up the Lakers’ GM gig. This is, perhaps more accurately, George Young leaving the New York football Giants -- a legend that built something dynastic, and then seemingly lost his touch.  Unlike those two, Lamoriello will remain as the team’s president, but it’s fairly obvious what this move connotes. Lamoriello vowed on Monday that this wasn’t ownership pushing him upstairs. “This is my decision with 100 percent support of ownership,” he said. And it was … sorta. Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Devils ownership “pushed strongly” for Lamoriello to hire a new general manager , but that Shero was ultimately Lou’s pick. Josh Harris and David Blitzer purchased the Devils from Jeff Vanderbeek in 2013. While they took away Lamoriello’s business responsibilities – mutually agreed upon, allegedly so he could concentrate on hockey ops – they also backed him as general manager and team president. “I’d like to think that Lou would stay with this team as long as he likes,” Blitzer said. Yet Lamoriello indicated that this move was in the works for some time. “Something like this doesn’t happen overnight. The day I was brought in with new ownership, this type of a plan was talked about. Certainly my age isn’t hidden,” said Lamoriello, 73. “It’s the right thing. I think we have to be realistic in life. We have to be honest. We have a person at a perfect age (52), with experience.” Things had gotten ugly in the seasons following the ownership change. The departure of Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk left an un-fillable void for the team, as Lamoriello frantically pieced together veteran players like a chef trying to save a over-salted dish. He fired coach Pete DeBoer, and named himself, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as co-coaches. He traded for Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks after Martin Brodeur had re-upped with the team, causing a distraction and briefly a rift between the Devils and the best player in franchise history. What Lamoriello said at the time of the Schneider deal was what he said on Monday: If given the chance to make a significant move, you make the move, no matter the timing. With Shero in high demand this offseason, getting a hard look from teams like the Boston Bruins, Lamoriello felt it was imperative to sign him pronto. “Timing is everything in life. The opportunity to bring in someone like Ray Shero, you have to make that decision,” he said. Shero fits with another Lamoriello philosophy: Borrowing another team’s winning tradition. He did it when he sprinkled Canadiens fairy dust on his roster with Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson, Claude Lemieux and Stephane Richer. He cited it again in bringing in Shero, even if it might mean a shift in the team’s tenets. “I think there’s been a certain philosophy here that’s been successful for a number of years, and the decision was to get someone that has experience in different organizations but also a background in winning. I think that’s what’s extremely important in what you do. There is a difference,” said Lamoriello. *** Shero’s first experience with Lamoriello was when he was the head coach of the Providence Friars and Shero was a player at St. Lawrence University. His first experience with the Devils organization was when his father, the legendary Fred Shero, was the team’s first color commentator in 1982. He was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins last summer along with coach Dan Bylsma after Pittsburgh lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After having signed on in 2006, Shero helped build two conference champions and a Stanley Cup champion around Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  Still under contract with the Penguins, he said he received a call from them telling Shero that Lamoriello was interested in speaking with him. He sat down with Lou and the Devils owners, and the decision was made to move forward with his taking over as general manager. “Working with Lou Lamoriello – a hockey Hall of Famer, one of the most respected GMs in the history of the game – wasn’t something I was going to turn down,” said Shero, for whom the Devils will owe no compensation to the Penguins  There are two basic questions when it comes to Shero and the Devils: His autonomy and how he’s grown as a general manager.

What We Learned: The myth of ‘team player’ Alex Ovechkin (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 04 May 2015 06:10:33 PDT)

Flames get Hudler back for Game 2; Giordano cleared for limited contact (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 03 May 2015 07:43:33 PDT)
Two bits of good news for the Calgary Flames coming off their 6-1 rout by the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 Friday night. First, Jiri Hudler, who left the game in the second period and didn’t return, will be good to go for Game 2 on Sunday. Bob Hartley also sounded optimistic at the possibility of Micheal Ferland's return after he was also injured. The other good news for Calgary, while it may not affect them for a little longer, is that Mark Giordano was cleared for limited contact. The Flames captain suffered a torn biceps in late February and was projected to miss five months. Despite his absence in the lineup, the team managed to clinch a playoff berth and beat the Vancouver Canucks in Round 1, setting off a bevy of excitement on the Red Mile. But hopes of Flames fans should be tempered with this news. Hartley noted this milestone was just part of the process of Giordano’s recovery.  From the Calgary Sun : “Nothing has changed. It’s all about doing what’s right for our player. We’ve been like this all season. Our players are the best asset that this organization has. The medical staff is working with Gio every day, and you know how Mark Giordano is committed. Today, it’s a good step in the right direction, but he’s still very far.” Calgary could certainly use Giordano’s presence as they face an Anaheim offense that pumped in six goals in Game 1. But if the captain is to return any time soon, it doesn’t sound like it will be before the end of Round 2. “We haven’t really talked about putting a date on it,” said Giordano. “I think it’s going to be a lot more of this stuff and ramping it up more before I can even think of playing.” - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Flames-Ducks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 May 2015 11:56:30 PDT)
Bob Hartley declined to risk putting talented yet diminutive rookie Johnny Gaudreau on the ice for the third period of Game 1 with the Calgary Flames getting pummeled by the Anaheim Ducks in more ways than one. Corey Perry beat up the Flames on the scoreboard and with his physical play. If Calgary can't figure out a way to stop him, it might be more of the same in Game 2 on Sunday night. "You can see it on Corey Perry's face, how much he wants to score and how much he wants to be the guy that does the damage," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

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