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Brendan Lemieux proud to model game after father

Sunday, 06.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Left wing Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts considers himself the silent but deadly type.

As the son of former NHL player and four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux, that shouldn't come as a surprise. The family patriarch made a living out of making life miserable for the opposition whenever he stepped on the ice, and it usually worked.

Does dad notice similarities between his style and the way his son now attacks the game?

"Yes, Brendan plays a very similar style of hockey that I did back when I played," Claude Lemieux told "Having said that, it's hard to compare playing today's game versus the old NHL of the '80s and '90s. The game today is less physical and much more of a skill game played at a faster pace, so Brendan is forced to be different than I was because of the way the game is played."


Portland coach Johnston talks to Canucks: report

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 9:24 PM / News

Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston has interviewed to become coach of the Vancouver Canucks, general manager Jim Benning said Friday, according to the Vancouver Sun.

"He has done an excellent job the last five years with Portland," Benning told Team 1040 Radio. "They play an up-tempo, skilled game and he has a history with the Canucks and the organization, so he understands the market. He is going to be a candidate. ... He coaches the style we want our team to play. The interview went well."

Johnston was an assistant under Marc Crawford with the Canucks.


Red Wings sign Czech Republic forward Nosek

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:58 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Tomas Nosek to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced Saturday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nosek, 21, played his third season for HC Pardubice in the Czech ExtraLiga. He led the team with 44 points (19 goals) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.


Canadiens sign coach Therrien to contract extension

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:52 PM / News

The Montreal Canadiens signed coach Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension Saturday, general manager Marc Bergevin announced.

Therrien completed his second season in his second stint with the Canadiens. The Quebec native coached parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins before returning to the Canadiens for 2012-13. Montreal has a record of 75-42-13 in the past two seasons.

Therrien has one year remaining on his contract, and the extension will take him through the 2018-19 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Teams that have success in the National Hockey League have stability. It's an important message to the players," Therrien said Saturday. "We all want the team to progress, and the fact the organization acted to show stability in its coach like this, I take this as a nice vote of confidence."


Kings center Kopitar proves to be elite player

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:28 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- For the victors in the Stanley Cup Final, that first moment when they receive the big silver trophy and thrust it as high into the air as they can, is pure, unfiltered bliss.

What follows is only slightly more organized than chaos. Family, friends and media turn the playing surface into a crowded bus station, if that floor was covered by ice.

Everyone is searching for someone or something, trying to get to a place in the opposite direction of the person coming toward them. The people with media credentials are following the Los Angeles Kings, waiting for them to exhale and try to formulate coherent thoughts when delirium and exhaustion are in play.

The players are congratulated by people they love and people they don't know, and eventually their focus zeroes in on that big silver thing again.

Every player gets a chance in the aftermath of the original celebration to spend a couple more minutes with the Cup on the ice, and this is the chance for photos with family and particular sets of teammates.


Five reasons why the Kings won the Stanley Cup

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:19 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three seasons for a variety of reasons that became evident throughout their epic 26-game march to the 2014 title.

The Kings needed every advantage and edge they could muster to pass through the Western Conference and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. They had to win three Game 7s, all on the road, including one against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings also had to navigate their way back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

Somehow, Los Angeles found a way each time it needed to. The result was a Stanley Cup Final matchup against the New York Rangers.

It again proved to be about finding a way in the final round. The Kings rallied to win three of the five games played in the Final, taking the crown with an Alec Martinez goal in double overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center.

Here are the five main reasons the Kings will be celebrating a second championship in three years with a parade in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon:


Doughty drove Kings as playoffs' top defenseman

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 6:25 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty still doesn't have an individual NHL-awarded trophy, but his place among the elite players in the sport is secure.

And he's filling his resume with team-based achievements quite nicely.

Doughty capped an incredible 2013-14 season Friday by playing more than 41 minutes in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2, double-overtime, Game 5, Stanley Cup-clinching victory against the New York Rangers at Staples Center.

He led playoff defensemen with 18 points, and led the Kings in average ice time at 28:45 per game. Doughty often was the best player on the ice for Los Angeles, which faced a gauntlet just to reach to the Final then win a second championship in three seasons.


Goalie matchup Game 5: More quality chances

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 5:00 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

A huge part of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final was the battle between 2012 Cup winner Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The elite goalies went a long way in determining the way the series played out, with the Kings winning the Stanley Cup in five games.

Who had the upper hand? scouted the goalies before the series and tracked their performance during each game, identifying trends affecting each. correspondent Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, used the 360 Save Review System software from Double Blue Sports Analytics to chart the goals and shots against each goalie in each game of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are his findings from Game 5, a 3-2 double-overtime victory by the Kings which gave them the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.


Canadiens trade forward Leblanc to Ducks for pick

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 3:05 PM / News

The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.


Kings' Gaborik keys Stanley Cup run after L.A. arrival

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 1:33 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The way Jarret Stoll tells it, Marian Gaborik was either going to fit in with the Los Angeles Kings or he was going to be an outcast who risked bringing down a championship team.

Gaborik's new teammates were going to help him along, push and prod him in the right direction when and if they had to. But listening to Stoll, it was quite clear that the Slovakian star was the one who had to make it work, who had to determine how he wanted this to go after arriving in L.A. via a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 5.

"We've got good guys in the room, good people, guys that want to play the right way," Stoll said. "There's not one selfish guy in that room. We understand if there is a selfish guy in that room, we'll either kick him out or he won't play. That's honestly the way it will work."

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