Video: Drew Doughty scores sick goal to tie Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

June 4, 2014 – 11:48 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty has developed into one of the NHL’s best defenders, and on Wednesday night during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Los Angeles Kings top d-man showed how great he can be. Despite a bad giveaway in the first period that led directly to a goal for the New York Rangers, Doughty was on fire all night during Game 1. But his best moment was clearly an amazing goal he scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second period.

On the play, Kings forward Justin Williams entered the Rangers zone, then dropped the puck off to Doughty. The 24-year-old then made an unbelievable move by going between his own legs with the puck toward the left side of the ice, then moved in close to New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. With what was essentially a one-on-one opportunity with some traffic to Lundqvist’s left. Doughty pulled up a bit and fired the puck into the net on Lundqvist’s blocker side. The Swedish net-minder got a piece of it, but couldn’t stop the shot.

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Video: Justin Williams wins Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final for Los Angeles Kings

June 4, 2014 – 10:57 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Henrik Lundqvist

Justin Williams is known around the NHL as “Mr. Game 7″ but on Wednesday night he came through to give the Los Angeles Kings a win in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Just over four minutes into overtime of a 2-2 game, Williams found himself wide open in the slot against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and he didn’t miss. He buried the puck past Lundqvist, going over the goalie’s stick into the upper left corner of the net.

That goal meant that the Kings, who opened the game down 2-0, came all the way back again in a postseason full of improbable comebacks for the franchise. The 3-2 win showed that Los Angeles is just as resilient in the Stanley Cup Final as it has been all postseason.

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Cubs, WGN Radio to end 89-year relationship

June 4, 2014 – 1:16 am by Hickey

Wrigley Field

They say the first 80 years of a marriage are the toughest. The Chicago Cubs and WGN Radio made it that far in their relationship, but it turns out there will be no ninth decade of the arrangement.

Chicago media guru Robert Feder confirmed Tuesday night that the two sides will go their separate ways next year, ending a broadcast association that dates back to 1925 — practically the beginning of the baseball on the radio era.

The Cubs will enter a seven-year agreement with WBBM-780, which also broadcasts the Bears. There is also a possibility Cub games will end up on WSCR-670 — which has a very powerful signal — if the White Sox don’t renew their deal with that station after 2015. It will be interesting to see if the Cubs try to muscle the Sox off of that frequency, or have even reached a wink-wink-nudge agreement that will lead to the South Siders being heard elsewhere.

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Ben Tate thinks Johnny Manziel attention is ridiculous

June 3, 2014 – 8:56 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Ben Tate

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate claimed on Tuesday that rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is getting far too much attention from the media. Tate also said that if he were Manziel, he would be wary of the all the exposure he’s getting.

Tate signed with the Browns on a two-year, $7 million deal this offseason, and other than Manziel he’s probably the team’s biggest offseason acquisition. He seems like a perfect addition to the team’s running back rotation, especially in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. Despite being a new addition himself, Tate clearly feels perfectly at home speaking his mind.

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New York fans would save money by flying to Los Angeles to watch Stanley Cup Final

June 2, 2014 – 1:45 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Rangers Kings

The New York Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994 and their fans sure are excited about it. Unfortunately, if those fans want to watch their Rangers in person during the upcoming series against the Los Angeles Kings, they would actually be better off flying to LA to do so.

The Rangers will host Games 3, 4 and 6 (if necessary) in their upcoming matchup against the Kings. Seats are so expensive at Madison Square Garden that New York fans would actually save money by flying out to Los Angeles, getting a hotel room and getting resale tickets to Game 1.

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Justin Williams: Los Angeles Kings forward sets Game 7 records

June 2, 2014 – 4:35 am by Ryan Phillips
    Justin Williams

For a long time now, Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams has been known as Mr. Game 7. Why? Because he had never lost one, and had always stepped up and played his best during Game 7s in his career. On Sunday night he did it again.

The Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime Sunday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. As always, Williams was right in the thick of the action. He scored a huge goal with 2:38 left in the first period to tie things up at 2-2. Then he added an assist on the game-winner in overtime. But that assist came as a result of a supreme individual effort. On the play in question, Williams carried the puck into Chicago’s zone and worked it around behind the net before dishing it off to defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez then fired the puck past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (thanks to a deflection by Chicago’s Nick Leddy).

Williams’ attack and pass was the kind of play the underrated winger is known for. He just makes things happen.

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Videos: Relive the entire Blackhawks-Kings series

June 2, 2014 – 12:46 am by Ryan Phillips
    Kings Blackhawks Martinez goal

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks just completed what was quite possibly the best seven-game series in sports history. Yes, you read that right, not just NHL history, but sports history. Yes, that’s a lofty title to bestow, but I’ve never seen two teams locked in such an intense battle.

The Kings wound up taking the Western Conference Final with a 5-4 overtime win in Chicago Sunday night, as defenseman Alec Martinez’s shot from the point fluttered past Chicago’s Corey Crawford. But this series won’t be remembered simply because one team won. In each game there was incredible, intense back-and-forth action, and each game featured multiple major momentum swings, then counters to those swings. It was a heavyweight fight that lasted almost two weeks. It was also a clean series, with no cheap shots and pure respect for each other on both sides. And it was amazing.

This series was a classic clash in styles. The Blackhawks play beautiful hockey. They are easily the most skilled team in the world and their ability to score goals while also playing high-level defense is unparalleled. They also may have the best two-way player in the world in Jonathan Toews (though Kings center Anze Kopitar isn’t far behind) and one of the best playmakers in the world in Patrick Kane.

Meanwhile, the Kings are tough, gritty and always seem to find a way to win. They check like crazy and don’t give opponents room to breathe. They hit, hit again, and when you think they’re finally tiring, they only hit you harder. It’s rarely beautiful, but Los Angeles just has incredible will and desire and just as you start thinking the Kings are out of it, they shock you by jumping right back in.

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Tim Duncan says Spurs will beat Heat in NBA Finals

June 1, 2014 – 1:15 am by Ryan Phillips
    Tim Duncan

The San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals Saturday night, notching a 112-107 overtime win and moving on to the NBA Finals. It is the second-straight year the Spurs are Western Conference champions and the second-straight year they will face the Miami Heat in the finals. And San Antonio’s Tim Duncan wasted no time declaring that, unlike last season, the Spurs were going to win the title this year.

Duncan and the Spurs fell short to the Heat in seven games last year but it was especially painful because San Antonio had a lead late in Game 6. Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer to cap a furious Heat rally and Miami eventually won in overtime. Miami then won Game 7 95-88.

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