Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

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.

For The Win

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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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Blackhawks beat the Bruins for the Stanley Cup in a fantastic finish

The Blackhawks are champions again!

The Blackhawks are champions again!

How crazy was that? Both goalies were pulled at some point in the final minutes. The Blackhawks, down 1-0 scored two goals in 17 seconds, take the lead and fend off the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years.

This was one of the best Stanley Cup Playoffs I’ve seen in a long time. And to end it with a great final series where we see this kind of ending, amazing! The first game went into three overtimes. We’ve had outstanding play from both sides and the aura of the Original Six truly made this series a great one.

With the realignment, we have a lesser chance of an Original Six matchup again.

I’m going to cherish this series. Despite my team not being in it, this was the kind of run throughout the entire playoffs that really made hockey big again in America. And maybe, the game gained some new fans from this. Lockout or no lockout, we had a fun season.

No matter how this Stanley Cup Final ends, this was one of the best playoffs ever

After watching Game 5, it dawned on me again at how wonderful this playoff run has been for the entire league. I don’t know if it’s a product of the lockout with players playing with more energy, but we have some memorable moments in the playoffs.

I can’t remember a crazier comeback than what we saw what the Bruins did the the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round. That’s the kind of stuff that can propel or haunt a franchise.

The Sharks and Kings gave us the most evenly matched matchup in the playoffs. Both went to lengths to outduel each other and getting to Game 7 (I was there) was amazing. Unfortunately the Sharks lost, but it was a great series.

The Cup Final has been great too. Overtimes (especially the triple overtime in Game 1) gave us an instant classic. The entire series has been a joy to watch and for any newcomers to hockey, the playoffs this year has given them every reason to love and follow this sport. I am just happy to have watched and have been a part of this run. It’s been just so fun!

Did last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 boost the NHL’s popularity?

Six seconds away from the game-winner. (Credit: Deadspin)

The NHL has to be riding on a major high right now. Despite the shortened season, the playoffs gave us great games beyond belief. Starting from the Leafs collapsing in Game 7 to a well-played Sharks-Kings series, the NHL has given us fans something to celebrate.

And maybe those games caught the attention of non-hockey fans. And if that wasn’t enough, last night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final had to have done something.

Ratings are one indicator of interest and it looked real good from last night. And it looks like the NHL is on the right track in getting a bigger audience. After all, since commercials are not allowed during overtime, the audience could not walk away for a second and risk missing the game-winner. That’s compelling. And maybe that’s what the audience in America needed to get into hockey.

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Chicago Blackhawks streak ends in Colorado

An impressive streak that will go unnoticed outside of the hockey world. I don’t think this is getting enough coverage by all the major sports outlets. This is what helped give hockey a lift after this lockout. This was an impressive streak and sadly, with its end, the NHL will go back to nothingness because nobody cares enough about it.

Stephen A. Smith embracing debate with the wrong kind of hockey information

Comparing the winning streak from the Miami Heat (14 straight wins) and the Chicago Blackhawks’ point streak (19-0-3 record) is difficult. Both are different, yet Stephen A. Smith decided to do it anyway and ended up giving us all kind of misinformation.

In the segment, Smith says that he finds the Blackhawks streak less impressive because of the three ties. The problem here is that the NHL hasn’t had a tie game since 2004. The three “ties” Smith refers to are shootout losses. But the Blackhawks still get a point for getting a game into overtime.

The misinformation is pretty bad. I don’t know why they would allow someone to talk hockey when they know nothing about it. In fact, Smith’s confession that he didn’t know the Blue Jackets existed is equally bad. He’s not the first one to make that mistake, but Smith has no excuse.

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