Bryan Mcwilliam

Bryan Mcwilliam is a a freelance sports journalist and editor who currently writes and edits for The Hockey News. He interned at THN in the summer of 2012 and was a big fan of the Calgary Flames run to the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Toronto, Ont., native enjoys contact sports, eating everything in sight and his favorite film is Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The series favors the New York Rangers thanks to goaltending

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New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game Two

Going into game two between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, there was a lot of attention on who would start in net for the injured Carey Price. The Canadiens went with unproven 24-year-old goalie Dustin Tokarski – who had three career NHL games under his belt – over regular season back-up Peter Budaj – who had 296 games of NHL experience. One can only wonder why this decision was made. Perhaps it was Budaj’s lacklustre appearance in game one where he allowed three goals on eight shots, or perhaps the Canadiens were hoping for some kind of lighting in a bottle effect with Tokarski.

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Guelph Storm dominant in win over Val-d’Or

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Val'Dor Foreurs v Guelph Storm - Game Four

The Guelph Storm outplayed the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday in a 5-2 win and nothing changed in their contest this evening against the Val-d’Or Foreurs.

Scott Walker’s Storm came out firing on all cylinders and were up 3-0 after one period, thanks to goals from Kerby Rychel – who has been a monster in the Memorial Cup so far – Zack Mitchell and Jason Dickinson.

In the second, Pius Suter made it 4-0 for Guelph with his first goal of the Cup, putting the game out of reach.

The Foreurs finally got a stroke of luck when a slashing penalty on Guelph’s Brock McGinn led to a power play goal for Randy Gazzola. They would add a second goal less than a minute later when Timotej Sille put one passed Guelph goaltender Justin Nichols.

The two goals by the Quebec team was not enough to withstand the onslaught known as the Storm, with Guelph increasing the deficit to four goals once again thanks to Robby Fabbri and Tyler Bertuzzi – who like Rychel – is playing great.

After giving up six goals, Val-d’Or coach Mario Durocher saw enough of starting goaltender Antoine Bibeau and pulled him from the game in favour of Keven Bouchard. The back-up netminder held his own, stopping 13 shots in the third and centre Anthony Beauregard added a third goal for the Foreurs, but the gap was just too much as the Storm walked away with the victory 6-3.

Guelph will play their next game against the London Knights on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST, while Val-d’Or play tomorrow night against Edmonton.

Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings wager on Twitter

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Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Five

The Chicago Blackhawks opened up their series against the Los Angeles Kings yesterday with a 3-1 victory in a tightly contested game one.

Defenseman Duncan Keith scored the game-winner and Brandon Saad had two points (a goal and an assist) in the contest.

The series is going to be a close one and could become a new age rivalry, so much so that the two team’s Twitter pages have gotten in on the action via a series of funny wagers.

Here is a transcript of the wager as it happened:

@LAKings – @NHLBlackhawks Alright, here’s the wager; loser has to change twitter picture and name to opposing logo and hashtag. Deal?

@NHLBlackhawks – @LAKings That’ so 2013. How about loser donates signed captain’s jersey to winning team’s charity.

@LAKings -@NHLBlackhawks add loser sends a pizza to the winner and it’s a deal.

@NHLBlackhawks – @LAKings Done. Note we don’t roll with alfalfa sprouts and mashed yeast though.

The Kings got the bets off to a start, but like the series so far Chicago is up. The creativity behind the poster of the Chicago account is definetely of a higher grade. They deserve two thumbs up for their comment “we don’t roll with alfalfa sprouts and mashed yeast though.”

Do you think the Blackhawks will send a deep dish if they lose the series? Or will Dustin Brown be getting out his marker to sign a jersey heading for Chicago’s charity.

Edmonton Oil Kings take one over host London Knights

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2014 Memorial Cup - London Knights v Edmonton Oil Kings

One night after losing at the hands of the Guelph Storm, coach Derek Laxdal and his Edmonton Oil Kings squad took it out on the Memorial Cup host London Knights.

The Oil Kings Reid Petryk scored the first goal of the game 9:42 into the first.

The contest was pretty evenly matched until the Oil Kings’ Edgars Kulda added his first goal of the game in the second, putting one passed Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz, who saw his first game action on Friday against Val-d’Or in seven weeks thanks to a long Knights layoff and an eight game suspension for slashing on March 25.

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Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings too close to call?

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Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks

On the brink of game one between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings, where the Blackhawks defeated the Kings by a score of 3-1 what could be defined as a new age rivalry began once again.

This will be the second consecutive season where the teams have squared off in the Western Conference final and the last two Stanley Cups belong to each of them (Chicago last season, Los Angeles the season before).

Are the Kings and Blackhawks creating one of the best playoff rivalries of recent memory? They could be and the teams are similar in so many aspects that this series may be too close to call, but one thing that’s certain is that it should be even-matched on many fronts.

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Memorial Cup: Guelph Storm take down the Edmonton Oil Kings

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Guelph Storm v Edmonton Oil Kings - Game Two

The Memorial Cup kicked off last night in London, Ont., as the Val-d’Or Foreurs defeated the hometown London Knights in front of 8,863 fans.

Today, Kerby Rychel and the Guelph Storm matched up against the Edmonton Oil Kings and Griffin Reinhart in what was sure to be an exciting contest between two closely matched opponents.

Rychel opened the game’s scoring in the first period, putting one passed Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry on the team’s first power play opportunity of the game. The teams also showed that neither was going to back down from each other as Guelph’s Ryan Horvat and Edmonton’s Blake Orban went toe-to-toe, showing that fighting can exist in big games.

The Oil Kings tied it up early in the second period when Samuelsson Henrik scored unassisted 1:19 into the period and than took the lead less than 30 seconds later when defenseman Ashton Saunter put one past the Storm’s Justin Nichols.

Rychel would score his second power play goal of the game to tie it up showing why he was selected 19th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013.

The back and forth contest would sway towards Guelph once again thanks to an even strength goal from Fergus. Ont. native Brock McGinn. The Storm would take the lead into the second intermission.

Scott Walker’s Guelph squad put the nail in the coffin in the third thanks to Todd Bertuzzi’s nephew Tyler, who scored at 5:46 and again at 15:49 to give the Storm a 5-2 victory.

Edmonton took the loss and will play next on Sunday night against London at 7:00 p.m. EST, while Guelph will play Val-d’Or on Monday at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Five things to watch: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Game 1

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P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers will begin their series today at 1:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Whether it be the speed game of the Canadiens or the depth of the Rangers, both teams have been big surprises in the playoffs. They both took down heavyweights in Boston and Pittsburgh and the two Original Six combatants squaring off against one another should make for an exciting series and atmosphere in hockey-crazed cities like New York and Montreal.

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New York Rangers to unveil 55-foot long “Rangerstown” sign

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Nashville Predators v New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are considered the underdog in their upcoming series against the Montreal Canadiens, which begins at 1:00 p.m. EST, and they’re looking to create a buzz amongst their hometown fans before the game even starts.

The franchise will unveil a 55-foot long “Rangerstown” sign in New York’s Herald Square today at 10:30 a.m. Each letter in the sign will be six feet high, 13 inches deep and weigh close to 100 pounds.

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