NHL playoffs: Best of Tuesday

Nothing like a Rangers goal to shut up Pierre McGuire.

The NBC Sports analyst was going on and on in the second period of Game 3 on Tuesday about how awful the New York power play breakout was, how it was "freelancing."

Shortly after his tirade, Ryan McDonagh scored to basically zip McGuire’s lips. The goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, but they went on to lose to the visiting Bruins 2-1 to fall in a 3-0 series hole.

But back to McGuire. He had Twitter all riled up.

Here are two good ones:




McGuire did have a point about the power play. The Rangers are a lousy 2-for-38 with the man advantage in the 2013 playoffs.

But he got a little spicy again once the game was almost over, comparing the Bruins’ fourth-liners to a ‘bad rash.’


Bad rash? Really? That’s all you got, Pierre? Those fourth-liners were good, though.

What an amazing game for the Pierre. Bravo!

Knuckle puck bounce?

Moments before the Bruins scored the eventual game-winner in their 2-1 victory there was a little puck magic happening in Henrik Lundqvist’s crease.

A flipping puck flew over the Rangers goalie and bounced oh-so-close to the goal line before flying back out.

Luckily for the Bruins, Daniel Paille was there to bury the rebound.

Watch the bizarre play here:



Kings lose on ice … and on Twitter

The Kings’ Twitter account is known to be one of the best in the league, but it failed miserably during Game 4 against San Jose.

According to Deadspin.com, which caught a screen grab of the tweet, the Kings sent out a rape joke during the 2-1 loss to the Sharks.

According to the report, a special guest had taken over the account. The guest? Kevin Ryder from LA rock/alternative radio station KROQ. Ryder co-hosts ‘Kevin and Bean’, the station’s morning talk show.

We won’t repeat his tweet, but the Kings deleted it and then sent out this apology:



The Great One gets in on Game 3 at MSG

Wayne Gretzky attended the Rangers-Bruins game at Madison Square Garden to watch his former team stink up the building.

Luckily for Wayne, his wife Janet Jones has aged gracefully, so even though the Rangers were pitiful (minus Henrik Lundqvist), the Hall of Famer had something fun to watch.


Ref’s quick whistle hurts Kings

Both the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings have seen questionable calls from the officials throughout their series. On Tuesday night, it was the Kings who were hurt the most by a blown call.

In the second period with LA down 2-0, Dustin Penner was on the doorstep as a deflection by Tyler Toffoli was trickling past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi. But the ref on the right post blew the whistle after he apparently lost sight of the puck.

It was a bad break for LA, and Penner wasn’t happy.


Burns channels his inner Blake

Was that Brent Burns or Rob Blake?

Burns, the San Jose Sharks forward/defenseman (you don’t see that very often in the NHL anymore) gave a monstrous check with his back side on the Kings’ Brad Richardson during Game 4.

It sure did look a whole lot like the big hits former King/Shark Rob Blake used to dish out in his heyday.


It was a great night for Burns, who has by far the best playoff beard of these 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

He also opened the scoring in the game just more than six minutes into the first period, and the Sharks went on to win 2-1 and even their series against LA at 2-2.