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Kyle Clifford puts his baby in Stanley Cup

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It wouldn’t be an official NHL championship without an infant being placed in the Stanley Cup trophy. After the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers on Friday night, Kings forward Kyle Clifford volunteered his newborn son Brody to play the role of trophy topper.

That kid was out like a light. Duncan Keith’s baby looked a little more distraught when he was put in the Cup last year, but little Brody couldn’t have cared less. Dude wanted his rest after a stressful overtime game. We don’t blame him.

Photo: Twitter/Dennis Berstein

Henrik Lundqvist just devastated after giving up Alex Martinez goal to lose Stanley Cup

Henrik Lundqvist Stanley Cup

Henrik Lundqvist was probably the biggest reason the New York Rangers reached the Stanley Cup Finals and were as competitive as they were against the Los Angeles Kings.

The veteran goalie stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 2-1 Game 4 victory for the Rangers at home against the Kings on Wednesday night. He stopped 48 shots in Game 5 on Friday, but he let Alec Martinez put a rebound past him late in the second overtime to give the Kings the series.

Lundqvist’s reaction to losing the game and series was just heartbreaking. The guy truly played his butt off, but he goes home a loser like the other 29 teams in the league.

What a shame — he was awesome throughout the postseason. I don’t think he’ll ever get over that one.

Kings barely miss on tying goal vs Rangers (Video)

The Kings and Rangers are going to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals after the Rangers won Game 4 2-1 by the thinnest of margins.

The Kings were relentless in their attacks during the third period, but they were unable to tie the game. The closest they came to a goal was with nearly a minute left when an Alec Martinez shot was redirected in front of Henrik Lundqvist with 1:15 left in the game. The puck squirted through Lundqvist’s legs and ended up about an inch short of becoming a goal.

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Derek Stepan used his glove to brush the puck away, and the Rangers barely avoided allowing the tying goal. The Kings had a couple of players in front of the net trying to poke it in, but they couldn’t get it done.

Now the series returns to LA where the Kings can close it out in Game 5 in front of their fans.

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.

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:

Jonathan Toews goal

Did PK Subban mock blow a kiss to Shawn Thornton? (Video)

PK Subban Shawn ThorntonThere’s always bad blood between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, but one of the side stories in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the teams had to do with PK Subban.

At first there were headlines over racist tweets sent by fans about Subban. That was nothing new considering you can find racist tweets pretty much anytime Subban plays so long as you seek them out. But in Game 5 on Saturday, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton pressed Subban’s buttons by squirting him with a water bottle. He was fined for his actions, but you better believe Subban remembered it.

Fast forward to Wednesday after the Canadiens won two in a row to come back and win the series. In the handshake line between the teams, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshinski thought he spotted Subban mockingly blow one of those “Sup, loverboy?” kisses to Thornton. A stick got in the way, but that’s what it looked like.

And if he didn’t blow a kiss to Thornton, there’s no denying that he planted one on Pierre McGuire: