NHL Blog Beat – May 23, 2012.

Commentary on the Coyotes and Kings, a look at the NHL playoffs so far, the latest on the Bruins, Maple Leafs, and Bruins, and more.


Was this a dirty hit?

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund with an excellent breakdown of LA Kings captain Dustin Brown’s controversial hit on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival and why it wasn’t dirty or worthy of suspension.

PUCK DADDY: In the wake of the Kings series-ending overtime victory against the Coyotes, Greg Wyshynski looks at when, historically, overtime goals are most likely to be scored.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker looks at this week’s NHL playoff series, and other notable NHL news.

BRODEUR IS A FRAUD: Is Coyotes goalie Mike Smith really as good as he was this season, or was it a fluke?

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Alexander Monaghan wonders if the Coyotes can build on their success of this season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Bob Mand speculates over the possibility of the Bruins trading Tim Thomas.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Steve Burtch on why signing a veteran goalie might not help the Toronto Maple Leafs.

CBS NEW YORK: BD Gallof suggests NY Islanders GM Garth Snow could have a tough time selling unrestricted free agents on joining his team.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore is headed to SB Nation. Best of luck!


  1. All that I know is with the ‘Yotes success if they can quickly land owners players might actually consider wanting to play there more. I truly believe that they need to find away to work one elite scorer into their system to take it to the next level.

  2. most of Brown’s hits could be labeled as “predatory”, it’s hard to see much difference between Torres’s hit on Hossa and and Brown’s hit on Henrik Sedin in the first round. the best description i’ve heard of him is the old ” Matt Cooke” with slightly better hands. whatever the outcome is in the final Brown will be getting a beating at some point next year for his actions in the playoffs as every team they’ve played so far ended up wanting a piece of him. what neeeds to happen more often is what happened in the Rangers vs Senators series where Boyle crossed the line by taking liberties with a much smaller rookie player and Carkner challenged him, Boyle declined and Carkner dropped his gloves and beat the snot out of him anyways … Boyle didn’t bother any smaller players the rest of the series.