Rare footage shows pre-Mad Men Jon Hamm talking Blues – and talking smack about Blackhawks

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Jon Hamm (Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Film and TV star Jon Hamm – best known for his iconic role as Don Draper in the AMC series “Mad Men” – is also famous for being a fan of his hometown St. Louis Blues. And in newly-unveiled footage of a little-seen movie made long before he became known worldwide, Hamm got the chance to talk some smack about the rival Chicago Blackhawks while pumping the tires of his favorite NHL team.

In the movie “Cheese And Crackers”, a black-and-white film shot in St. Louis in 1997, the characters played by Hamm and fellow actor Jason Newman have a spirited debate about the merits of the Blues and Hawks. The language isn’t safe for work or children, but if you can get past that, it’s a neat look into the past – and the absence of color footage makes Hamm look like a star from the golden age of Hollywood. Read more

Jimmy Fallon’s NHL Awards: Zdeno Chara most likely to be two humans sewn together

Zdeno Chara (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

On The Tonight Show Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon dipped his toe into the NHL’s frozen pond with his humorous NHL Playoff Awards. He’s done this before in 2013 and even focused on the Bruins before, though he’s destroyed the pronunciation of so many of these names.

Last night, the Bruins and Penguins were in the crosshairs and it was a pretty good segment which, naturally, compared Zdeno Chara to Frankenstein-type monster. There is no other comparison for the towering Bruins defender.

But Matt Niskanan and Simon Despres got the worst of it, especially the former, who is in the middle of a heated Stanley Cup playoff series. If Niskanen doesn’t receive trash talk related to this joke in Game 4 – and onwards – it would be the most surprising development of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now anytime he dumps it in, we have to wonder if Niskanen was actually trying to shoot it on net. Read more

Patrick Marleau scores overtime winner on first Sharks shot, denies Kings of hope

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The Los Angeles Kings played their best game of the first round, had the lead midway through the third period and were clearly the better team in overtime, but none of that mattered. The San Jose Sharks won anyway and now hold a 3-0 series advantage on their division rivals.

Patrick Marleau continued his amazing run of overtime winners with this fortunate redirect, San Jose’s very first shot on goal in OT. The Sharks have won 10 of their past 11 playoff overtime games and Marleau has ended four of them.

Who says the Sharks vets don’t get it done in the clutch? Read more

Dan Carcillo scores and has hilarious stare down with Philadelphia fans

Dan Carcillo

Professional antagonist Dan Carcillo didn’t play in either of the first two games for New York against Philadelphia, but we’re sure glad Rangers coach Alain Vigneault dressed him for Game 3 in Philadelphia.

Carcillo, who’s played 33 of his 38 career playoff games in a Flyers uniform, had taken a hooking penalty midway through the third period when his Rangers led 3-1. It set the table for the Flyers to get back into it, but after they failed to convert on the man advantage, Carcillo increased the lead to three – and rubbed the city of Philadelphia’s face in it.

There is just so much hate to love in this clip: Read more

Montreal sweeps Tampa Bay, Lightning struck by bad goaltending

Montreal Canadiens

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning turned a Game 4 stinker into a thriller, they were unable to overcome poor defense and even poorer goaltending that nagged them throughout Montreal’s sweep.

As was popularly predicted, the loss of goalie Ben Bishop to injury was too much for the Lightning. He had emerged as the backbone behind a work-in-progress defense and had a significant hand in Tampa’s evolution and growth this season. He entered the Vezina conversation as a top 10 goalie in GAA and SP, but without Bishop, the Lightning more closely resembled the team that missed the playoffs the past two years. Read more

Mikael Granlund’s first playoff goal is one of the best overtime winners you’ll see

Mikael Granlund

Despite being dominated in Game 3, the Colorado Avalanche will still one lucky bounce away from going up 3-0 in their series with the Minnesota Wild.

I mean, look at this Fenwick chart from the game, which looks like it should have been much more of a blowout than San Jose’s 7-2 win over Los Angeles Sunday night.

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But this was a 1-0 overtime game.

Enter Minnesota playoff Mikael Granlund, who converted his first post-season goal in the extra frame. He couldn’t have made it look much prettier, or made Jan Hejda look much worse. Read more

Matt Cooke injures Tyson Barrie with knee – is a suspension next?

Matt Cooke

The Colorado Avalanche are already without leading scorer Matt Duchene due to injury – and now they may lose a scoring blueliner after Tyson Barrie’s run-in with Minnesota’s reformed bad guy annual recidivist Matt Cooke.

Midway through the second period of Game 3, Barrie had the puck near the benches, looking for a play up ice. Cooke came in to apply pressure and lay a shoulder check – only he stuck out the knee instead. Read more

See Steven Stamkos’ media scrum get invaded by coach Jon Cooper

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Steven Stamkos

Despite his team trailing 3-0 in its series against Montreal and a day after a controversial call was made that overturned a goal his team had scored, Tampa coach Jon Cooper had a little fun with the media and his goal scoring captain.

As Steven Stamkos was doing his job as captain at the center of a day-off media scrum, the Lightning coach crept up behind all the microphones and stuck his water bottle into the fray. Read more