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Justin Williams scores game-winning goal in OT (Video)

Kings Justin WilliamsThe Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday on a goal by Justin Williams.

Williams capitalized on a terrible turnover by Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. Girardi mishandled the puck when he was trying to clear it and it was intercepted by Mike Richards. Richards passed to Williams, who had a clear shot on Henrik Lundqvist and buried it top-shelf to break the 2-2 tie and give the Kings the win.

The Kings had a great chance to score in the final 30 seconds of regulation and barely missed, but Williams didn’t this time as they got the victory.

Blackhawks accidentally tweeted ‘f— your mother’ in Spanish

The Western Conference Finals came to a thrilling end on Sunday with the Los Angeles Kings pulling out a 5-4 victory in overtime. Despite their disappointing result, the Chicago Blackhawks still delivered plenty of excitement for fans — both on the ice and on social media.

After Patrick Sharp scored a power play goal late in the second period to give Chicago a 4-3 lead, the Blackhawks official Twitter account tweeted a pretty standard photo. One of the hashtags, however, was anything but ordinary.

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As Deadspin pointed out, “chingue a su madre” is a Spanish term that means “f— your mother” or “motherf—er.” EPN is an acronym for Enrique Pena Nieto, who is the president of Mexico. Obviously, the person running the Blackhawks’ Twitter fell victim to autocorrect. Here’s what it was supposed to say.

Hey, it could have been worse. Just ask US Airways.

Kings fan files battery report against Corey Crawford, claims he was sprayed with water bottle

Corey-Crawford-BlackhawksA Los Angeles Kings fan named Clark Wong has filed a battery report against Corey Crawford, alleging that the Chicago Blackhawks goalie sprayed him in the face with a water bottle during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday. Crawford is now under investigation by the LAPD.

Wong, 27, told TMZ that he was heckling Crawford from behind the Blackhawks bench when he was pulled from the game during the third period. As Wong was taunting Crawford, he says Crawford squirted him in the face with a water bottle. Wong was ejected from the arena after the exchange, but he filed a police report before leaving.

Here’s where it really gets good. Wong believes that the bottle Crawford sprayed him with contained a lot of backwash and has caused serious irritation in his eyes. He claims he needs to see a doctor to have his eyes examined. Wong says he noticed the pain as he was leaving the Staples Center.

While we don’t know for sure if there was something other than water in the bottle (Gatorade?) that irritated Wong’s eyes, backwash seems unlikely. Almost all players take the Phil Kessel approach to hydrating during games. Rarely do you ever see a player doing anything other than squirting water into his mouth. The idea behind a sports water bottle is you don’t have to put your mouth on it.

I don’t see this holding up in court. Then again, this is America.

LA landmark Randy’s Donuts gives away free donuts to Kings fans

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The LA Kings took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 5-2 victory in Game 4 of their Western Conference finals series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and one LA landmark is celebrating the win with the fans.

Randy’s Donuts, a well-known doughnut shop in LA featuring an iconic, over-sized doughnut out front, is giving away free glazed doughnuts to fans who stop by the shop between 7 and 8 am on Tuesday morning.

The shop also covered the iconic doughnut to make it look like a hockey puck as part of a cool partnership with the Kings.

“Randy’s Donuts is honored and excited to partner with the Kings and to transform our iconic donut into a special Kings hockey puck in support of this historic run toward the Stanley Cup. The hope is our sign stays a puck throughout the playoffs, culminating with another Stanley Cup victory for the L.A. Kings,” said co-owner of Randy’s Donuts Larry Weintraub in a team statement.

Kings wins and free doughnuts? What’s there not to love about this?

Justin Abdelkader ejected for hit on Vladimir Sobotka (Video)

Justin-Abdelkader-Vladmir-SobotkaDetroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, who is doubling as the Team USA captain at the IIHF World Championship, was ejected on Thursday after laying a vicious hit on Czech Republic’s Vladimir Sobotka. The hit came with the game tied 1-1 in the second period. For whatever reason, it took the officials a little time before making the call.

Abdelkader clearly targeted the head area of Sobotka and left his feet. The hit also appeared to be very late, and you can easily argue that it was dangerous. After Sobotka remained down on the ice while play continued, the referees conferred and decided to give Abdelkader a five-minute major and game misconduct for charging. He was hesitant to leave at first.

The dirty hit may have been a turning point for the Czechs, as they went on to score two goals on the ensuing power play and score a total of three times in the second period en route to a 4-3 victory.

As Eye on Hockey noted, Abdelkader is likely to be suspended for the hit. If he is, the suspension would carry over into any future World Championship games he might be invited to participate in.

Sobotka also plays for the St. Louis Blues. Between the dangerous hit from Abdelkader and an injury to Alex Ovechkin that could be serious, NHL owners must be cringing while watching the IIHF tournament.

GIF via @myregularface

Carey Price out for series against Rangers

Carey-Price-collisionThe Montreal Canadiens were dealt a devastating blow on Monday as goaltender Carey Price has been ruled out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien broke the news to reporters.

“We’ve lost our best player, but we’ve faced adversity this year already,” Therrien said.

Price appeared to injure his lower body during Saturday’s 7-2 Game 1 loss against the Rangers when Chris Kreider collided with him. He was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots in two periods. Therrien admitted the team is upset about the play.

“I’m really disappointed,” he added. “Obviously he’s our best player. Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play. That’s the truth.”

Therrien did not say who would start for the Canadiens in Game 2, with his options being Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski. Budaj gave up three goals on five shots after taking over for Price in Game 1.

Obviously, this could be the worst thing to happen to Montreal. Price was dominant against the Boston Bruins last round and has been lights out for most of the postseason. You could argue that he was the best player on the ice for the Canadiens.

Jonathan Toews goal disallowed because of goalie interference (Video)

The Chicago Blackhawks thought they had a 2-0 lead during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings, but their lead was reduced after a Jonathan Toews goal was disallowed because of goalie interference.

Video of the play is seen above, and below is the prompt explanation from the league about why the goal was called off:

“At 3:22 of the second period in the Los Angeles Kings/Chicago Blackhawks game, the referee consulted video review to see if Jonathan Toews’ initial shot entered the Los Angeles net. It was determined Toews’ initial shot did not enter the net. The referee’s original call on the ice was “good goal” but a discussion between the on-ice officials resulted in a “no goal” decision because Toews made incidental contact with Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick before the puck crossed the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the decision on the ice stands – no goal and no penalty.”

The Blackhawks got a goal from Duncan Keith in the second and then Toews scored on a 3-on-1 in the third to make it 3-1, so they won despite having the goal taken away.

Was taking that goal away the right call? Probably by the letter of the law, but it looks like the puck was in before Toews made contact with Quick:

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