5 thoughts: Devils-Kings

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5 thoughts: Devils-Kings

NEWARK, NJ Here are five thoughts from the first period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings, with New Jersey leading 1-0 at the Prudential Center.

1) The Devils needed Zach Parise to start pulling his share of the scoring load and he did that in the first period. Jonathan Quick made an ill-advised pass behind his net, and Parise grabbed the loose puck before beating the LA goaltender to the post with a stuff shot. Just like that Parise has his first point of the Cup Finals, and New Jersey has their captain getting off offensively. Theyll need him if theyre going to push it to seven games.

2) Speaking of Quick, he looked shaky in the first period. The Devils believed they might have rattled him by winning Game 4 and its looked like that a bit thus far. He appeared to be having a lot of difficulty tracking the puck and suffered brain freeze while throwing a puck right to Zach Parise in a bad spot. Quick needs to rebound strongly as hes done throughout the playoffs (for example the really soft goal surrendered to Derek Morris in the conference finals).

3) Andy Greene and Ilya Kovalchuk both were credited with assists on the New Jersey goal. Interesting when it basically happened due to a goalie turnover. Things that make you go hmmm.

4) Best start to any of the games in the series thus far with a hard-hitting, snarling first period. It started with Dainius Zubrus slamming Justin Williams on the opening shift of the game and continued with Matt Greene shoving Patrik Elias into the boards after a Jersey shot later in the first. The normally mild-mannered Elias had some harsh words for the Kings bench right after the play.

5) Andy Greene with two blocked shots, two takeaways and an assist on the Parise goal in the first period for New Jersey. Hes been dialed in early.

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.