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.

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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Top 5 Playoff Tough Guys

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1995 Stanley Cup Finals - Game 4:  Detroit Red Wings v New Jersey Devils

Grit and sandpaper go a long way come playoff time in the NHL. Toughness is an essential factor in teams making Stanley Cup runs and when a hard-nosed player liked David Backes goes down, the results can change, as is certainly apparent in the St. Louis and Chicago series.

Below are the top five tough guys (we’re talking effective tough guys who can also put points on the board, not pure goons) who’ve laid some of their claim to fame in the most essential of games by laying some smack down.

5. Ken Linseman

Linseman did some major damage for the Bruins in 1987-88 when he recorded 25 points in 23 games, but he also knew how to throw his weight around, earning 56 penalty minutes that same year. He was a major factor in the Bruins making the Stanley Cup final that season and was also a key contributor in the Flyers’ playoff runs of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

The Kingston, On., native was a scrappy 175 pound bulldog, which is why he’s still beloved by Bruins and Flyers’ fans to this day.

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Blackhawks can’t catch a break as Toews leaves game with injury. Was the hit dirty?

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Chicago Blackhawks v Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday night was not a good one for the Chicago Blackhawks as they were defeated 4-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The loss was the third straight for a Chicago team that is 4-5-1 in their last ten.

The Hawks not only lost the game, but captain Jonathan Toews was forced to leave the contest with an upper-body injury thanks to this big hit from Brooks Orpik.

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