Monday Links: Lightning Strikes Rangers

To date, 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been nothing short of fabulous.  Moreover, the 2015 Stanley Cup Conference Finals have been packed full of drama.  The Ducks and the Blackhawks have played in four games and two of them have gone to overtime. The Blackhawks have won both games that went to overtime.

Both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals are going at least six games. The action on the ice has been fast and furious. The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs haven’t disappointed. If you’re not watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, you’re missing out.

Here are a few of the stories that sitting above the fold in today’s hockey news.

Blackhawks vs. Ducks

They say that familiarity breeds contempt: Going into Game 5, Ducks and Blackhawks are sick of each other (Orange Country Register)

The Ducks aren’t all that happy with the way the games are being called. The Blackhawks have almost twice as many power plays as the Ducks. Ducks don’t say much, but they question the disparity in penalties with the Blackhawks (Orange Country Register)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell is having a rough Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 14 games, Bickell has scored (0g-5a—5pts). Blackhawks’ Bickell says wear-and-tear goes both ways (Pro Hockey Talk)

Boudreau, Ducks considering lineup changes ahead of Game 5 (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Blackhawks and Ducks kept us highly entertained in game four: Blackhawks down Ducks 5-4 in double overtime (Chicago Tribune)

Ducks-Blackhawks becoming a true heavyweight battle (CANOE.COM)

Rangers vs. Lightning

Shutout makes Lightning’s Ben Bishop a king for the night (New York Post)

The New York Rangers are the first team facing elimination in the Conference Finals: Have never-say-die Rangers met their match in Lightning? (ESPN.COM) *Prediction, the Rangers force a game seven.

Larry Brooks: The Rangers accomplished very little in deflating defeat (New York Post)

Stamkos, Bishop power Bolts over Rangers in Game 5. (TSN.CA)

Bolt’s Commitment to Defense Helps Put Rangers on Brink of Elimination (Sports Illustrated)

Lightning’s Steven Stamkos is living in the moment (Toronto Sun)

Triplets May Draw Attention, but a Captain Stands Alone (New York Times)

Other Hockey Stories in the News

Flyers Notebook: Hakstol hiring risky for coach and team (

Personally, I think it’s a bad idea for the Bruins to trade Milan Lucic: Should The Boston Bruins Trade Milan Lucic? (The Hockey Writers)

What If Devan Dubnyk Doesn’t Sign With Minnesota? That’s a very good question. (The Hockey Writers)

Philly’s coaching quartet one big mystery (Philly.COM)