Morning Skate: Tuesday, May 21

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, May 21

A good piece by the Capitals Outsider on Washingtons go-to guy for the media, Karl Alzner. I saw it firsthand in the playoffs. The guy can talk.

Ted Nugent howls out a rallying cry for Vancouver forward David Booth after he received some backlash for hunting bears from trees.

The Backhanded Shelf blog wonders if John Tortorellas habit of benching offensive players is costing the New York Rangers.

Eric Stephens from the Orange County Register chronicles the Los Angeles Kings attempting to close out the Western Conference Finals as the series moves on to the road in Phoenix.

Brad Larsen was promoted to head coach of the Springfield Falcons after a pair of seasons as an assistant coach.

The boys at Pro Hockey Talk deal out the blow-by-blow of Mike Rupps cheap shot at Martin Brodeur in last nights Game 4 win for the New Jersey Devils.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski has the Los Angeles Kings sending out tickets to Office actor Rainn Wilson in a jello mold. Perfect Dwight Schrute moment right there.

For something completely different: Jay Pharaoh hits a home run as Stephen A. Smith on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

For something completely different Part 2: Rolling Stone checks in with a review of last weeks Game of Thrones which should lead up to a pretty epic episode next weekend.

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.

Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.

Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.

“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”

Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.

Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.

Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future. 

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.

*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.

*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.

*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.

*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.

*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.

*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.