Hockey you can watch somewhere today:
- Russia vs. Finland in the bronze medal game, 10 am, NBCSports.com.
- Canada vs. Sweden in the gold medal game, 2 pm, NBCSports.com.
Mastercard Memorial Cup:
- Windsor Spitfires vs. Seattle Thunderbirds, 7 pm, TSN in Canada and pay streaming service through here.
Whoa, afternoon NHL playoff hockey:
- David took a look at Greg Cronin’s influence on the Islanders play and the need for the team to look elsewhere.
- And a reminder of Garik’s live video podcast, Tuesday at 8 pm. [FanPost]
- ‘twas once a time when Garth Snow may have been interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk. Will he try again? [FanRag]
- Stan Fischler does the 30 Thoughts thing for MSG Networks. No one tell Elliotte Friedman.
- The T-Birds lost to Erie in their first Memorial Cup game yesterday, which was a battle of good friends Mathew Barzal and Dylan Strome. [Sportsnet | Toronto Sun]
- Canada beat Russia in the Worlds semis with a wild third period comeback, which means Calvin de Haan has a chance to grab a gold medal this afternoon [IIHF]. Update: Ilya Sorokin isn’t playing in today’s bronze medal game for Russia. Good luck anyway, dude.
- What in the holy hell is this?
- Without Ryan Johanson and Mike Fisher, the Predators played a heck of a game against the Ducks to take a 3-2 lead in the series going back to Nashville. [On the Forecheck]
- Anaheim has their own injury problems now, too. John Gibson left the game after the first and Rickard Rakell was a scratch, both due to lower body injuries. [LA Times]
- Before the game, Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 for using a homophobic slur against a ref in Game 4. Getzlaf took home $9 million this season. I’m sure that ten grand will really teach him a lesson. [SBN]
- Sign T.J. Oshie or an entire series of European pop singers? Russian Machine makes a case for both.
I know we’re all rooting for the Thunderbirds in the Memorial Cup. Here’s a video of how they got there. Lotsa Barzal, as expected.