Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Samuel:

I would imagine if any other head coaches in the other major sports would even dare try to do something like that. A suspension is likelier in the NFL or NBA. But in hockey, a fine will do.

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Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville got angry last night when a call didn’t go against the St. Louis Blues as he had hoped.

While yelling at the referees for not handing the St. Louis Blues a delay of game penalty, he made an inappropriate gesture. Making matters worse, it was caught on camera.

The league came down hard on the coach and fined him $25,000.

“I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call,” Quenneville said before the fine was announced. “I apologize for my behavior. It wasn’t very appropriate at all. It was a bush league move on my part.”

The Blackhawks ended up losing in the third overtime and trail the playoff series 1-0.

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The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

Samuel:

The decision to start Andersen makes sense and the Ducks are investing in their future tonight. They are the top seed and they know they have a little room for this experiment. Ultimately, this first game will decide how they will approach the rest of the series.

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Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks’ decision to start Frederik Andersen tonight makes sense.

He has played better than Jonas Hiller this season and has stolen games in which he has played.

Hiller, meanwhile, has been so-so after the Olympics, going 4-4-3, and had save percentages of .889, .765 and .826 in his last three games. He has not played since April 8.

He also was upset by the Detroit Red Wings last season, giving up seven goals over his last two games as the Ducks blew a 3-2 lead.

Hiller, 32, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and although Andersen is a rookie, it makes sense to see how he handles the playoff pressure. If he falters tonight, you could always throw Hiller back in for Game 2. If he does well and starts a run, then you know whether to make Hiller an offer.

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I’m ready for some Sharks playoff hockey

#BeatLA

The Sharks are back in the playoffs and will take on the Kings. I went to Game 7 last year between these two and it was a heartbreaker. But I still believe in my Sharks.

They probably aren’t the best team and they haven’t played their best hockey yet. But when it comes to the playoffs, anything goes. Especially with this series against the rival Kings, it is expected to go the distance.

I hope I can get some time to go to one of these games. But with the Warriors-Clippers playoff meeting likely to take place also, I have to save up and figure out which series I want to go to more.

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Roberto Luongo steals a concept design and doesn’t compensate artist for it

In all honesty, they probably didn’t know it and didn’t think much of it. But now that we know who created it and that he never got compensation, what is the best approach? It’s up to the artist on what they want to see with it, but I do wonder how many more of these cases happen that we just don’t pick up.

Goalie masks are unique in a way because they aren’t required to put just the team logos on it. They can be creative and artists can put whatever they want to the mask. In fact, sometimes the mask has nothing to do with the team, but the design reflects the player.

So with this, it might open up a new way of artist and players in approach to the goalie mask designs. These cases are rare so we might not see it much. But when it does happen, I hope the artist is contacted and properly compensated. They deserve that at least.

Who needs NFL ugly sweaters when you can get the NHL ones?

NHL ugly sweaters are here for you to buy!

Remember when the NFL ugly sweaters were introduced and it got a lot of attention? Well if you’re a hockey fan, these NHL sweaters might be a better fit for you.

Unfortunately, they only have the sweaters for the Bruins, Blackhawks, Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers and Penguins. It isn’t known if the rest of the league will be included and they are $59.99 each for pre-order.

What do you think? Check the rest of the sweaters right here.

Sharks do good by giving Sam Tageson a fulfilled dream

Watch the above video from last night. Go ahead and cry. These things happen more often than not in sports but sometimes we don’t hear the stories. Caught up in athletes getting in DUIs and all the nonsense of contract negotiations and advertising, sometimes a good story like this is missed. So glad that this one has caught national attention.

When football and hockey collide, you get this

I am digging this. The design is very accurate to what a Steelers helmet looks like. Aside from the Penguins logo, this is spot on.

My experience at Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series game between the Ducks and Kings

I don’t even like either the Kings or Ducks. Both of them are the rivals. But as a hockey fan, attending the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium was a must for me. I’ve always wanted to go to the Winter Classic games but since those games are never on the West Coast, this is the best option for me. It was actually a great cool night and the entire atmosphere was very unique.

I had arrived at around 5PM, a good 90 minutes before the ceremonies would begin. I got there early knowing that getting into the stadium closer to the start of the game would suck. When arrived there, I saw that there was a fan fest area in one of the parking lots. It didn’t look interesting, so I just went inside.

What was really unique about this stadium was the set up of the field for the game. They had a volleyball court, a stage for KISS and a mini rollerblade rink for kids. Those were all occupied before the game and during the intermissions.

There’s a lot of stuff going on around the rink.

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Dodger Stadium game an intriguing matchup

Samuel:

Tonight I am going to the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. I will boo both teams equally. But as a big hockey fan, attending something like this was on my bucket list that I am so glad that I got to take care of so soon. I got a sweet deal on my ticket and I am going to soak up all of it tonight. I will have a recap of my adventure when I return from the game.

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports

Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES – The Anaheim Ducks have been better than expected this season and the Los Angeles Kings have not been quite as good as advertised.

That’s why today’s Stadium Series contest between the Ducks and Kings (9:30 ET, NBC Sports Network) is an intriguing matchup.  It’s a meeting of the NHL’s most consistent team and a Kings squad that is still trying to rediscover the consistency it knew when it won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

The Ducks have won 20 of their last 23 games, while the Kings have won only four games in their last 14.

The teams have met twice this season, with each team winning once. The Kings’ win came in a shootout, while the Ducks beat the Kings 2-1 in regulation on Thursday night.

Story lines to consider:

Jonas Hiller vs. Jonathan Quick?

Anaheim goalie Hiller (Switzerland) and Los…

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My first ever trip to “The Pond” to catch the Sharks and Ducks

It was a good environment for a hockey game.

It was a good environment for a hockey game.

I went to the Honda Center (I still call it “The Pond”) for the first time ever to catch the Ducks take on the Sharks. This was something I had wanted to do for a while and with the Sharks in town for New Year’s Eve, I decided why not?

The entire arena itself is pretty nice. It’s not messy and it’s easy to maneuver around. Ducks fans weren’t arrogant as I thought they were and I suppose it was nice for them not to have me be all loud since the Sharks stunk it up.

But overall, the experience was nice. It wasn’t even expensive and getting there was easy. The goal horn isn’t as annoying as the one the Kings use, so I at least know I will likely be back here for one more game this year.