Watch a mic’d up Jonathan Toews hand Kimmo Timonen the Stanley Cup

Kimmo Timonen (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kimmo Timonen spent 16 seasons, 1,108 regular season games, 105 post-season contests and scored a total of 121 goals and 606 points, including playoff points, across his career. However, he had never won the Stanley Cup and that’s why there was no question who the first Chicago Blackhawk, after captain Jonathan Toews, would hoist the trophy.

In a moment not all to different than the incredible scene between Joe Sakic and Ray Bourque in 2000-01 when Sakic immediately passed the Cup off to Bourque, the veteran Timonen latched on to the trophy, lifted it above his head and, as you can hear Toews yell, was encouraged to take the Cup for a lap before passing it off: Read more

Hawks’ Crawford thwarts Bolts’ Stamkos with massive save midway through Game 6

Hawks goalie Corey Crawford stops Bolts star Steven Stamkos on a breakaway during the second period of Game Six of the Stanley Cup final Monday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The goaltenders in the Stanley Cup final between the Blackhawks and Lightning aren’t regarded by the hockey community as the very best of the netminding community, but after Tampa goalie Ben Bishop stoned Chicago star Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 Monday, Hawks counterpart Corey Crawford made a stunning stop of his own, turning aside Bolts star Steven Stamkos on a breakaway early in the second period.

The heat has been on Stamkos during the Cup final, with the Tampa captain unable to score in his first five games against the Blackhawks. But despite being gifted with a breakaway less than one minute into the second frame, Stamkos was patiently waited on by Crawford and was unable to stuff the puck past the Hawks goalie: Read more

Bolts’ Bishop thwarts Hawks’ Toews with massive save early in Game 6

Tampa's Ben Bishop makes a save in front of Chicago's Jonathan Toews in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ben Bishop almost certainly isn’t anywhere close to 100 percent healthy, but in making an incredible save on Hawks captain Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday, the Lightning goalie continued to show he doesn’t have to be in ideal condition to keep his team in an important game.

Bishop had already made several strong stops after Chicago came out strongly in front of their home crowd at United Center, but his right pad save on Toews – who had just received a slick pass from fellow Blackhawks star Patrick Kane – with some six minutes left in the fist period was spectacular: Read more

Watch Vermette’s game-winning goal that gives Chicago 3-2 Stanley Cup final lead

Antoine Vermette (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

At the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks shipped defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for center Antoine Vermette. Through five games of the post-season, that deal couldn’t look better for the Blackhawks.

In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, Vermette notched a tally late in the third period to lift Chicago to a 1-0 series lead. He came up clutch again in Game 5, scoring two minutes into the third period and giving the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead that they would hold to take a 3-2 series advantage as the series gets set to shift back to Chicago. Check out the goal: Read more

Watch passionate Coyotes fan Tase Glendale mayor at charity event

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Ronda Pearson (via YouTube)

During a Wednesday special city council meeting in Glendale, Ronda Pearson spoke passionately about her support of the Arizona Coyotes. Pearson made waves for her passionate thrashing of Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers and now she’s making news following another run-in with her favorite mayor.

At a charity event Saturday afternoon for the 100 Club of Arizona, a group that helps raise money for first responders in the state, Weiers agreed that if someone were to pledge $10,000, he would stand in and get shot with a Taser gun. In accordance with the fundraiser – and after Pearson’s tirade against Weiers – fans raised part of the money before an anonymous donor stepped in to cover the remainder of the $10,000.

And, with that, Pearson was at Saturday’s event, Taser gun in hand, firing away on Mayor Weiers. Watch the video, courtesy of NBC 12 News in Arizona, below: Read more

‘Red Army’ doc director: Soviet style of play was inspiring, today’s game celebrates status quo

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Viacheslav Fetisov (Sony Pictures Classics)

When it comes to hockey documentaries, Gabe Polsky’s Red Army sets a new gold standard.

The incredible 85-minute documentary covers the legendary teams from the Soviet Union and centers around Hall of Fame blueliner Slava Fetisov, one of the most unique characters whose story is astounding and perseverance and triumphs provide the perfect backdrop for the remarkable tale.

Red Army hit shelves on Tuesday and Polsky, who wrote, directed and produced the documentary, spoke with The Hockey News about the film’s creation, the Soviet style of play, his relationship with Fetisov and why hockey has never been as good as the 1987 Canada Cup. Read more

Take one guess who scored first for Chicago in Game 4. (Hint: rhymes with Toews)

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Chicago's Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews vie for the puck along with Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Wednesday. (Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jonathan Towes hasn’t acquired his reputation as one of hockey’s best playoff performers by accident, or via a slick and savvy Blackhawks marketing campaign. Year after year, Chicago’s captain steps up in the post-season – and Wednesday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Toews did it again, scoring the first goal of the night to put the Hawks ahead of Tampa Bay.

Toews hadn’t scored in the Cup Final series heading into Game 4 at United Center, so many expected he would contribute sooner than later. And sooner arrived at the 6:49 mark of the second period, when Toews batted a rebound past Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for his 10th goal and 20th point in 21 post-season games this spring: Read more

Former wrestler, UFC fighter CM Punk calls out Hulk Hogan in Stanley Cup final feud

UFC star, former pro wrestler and diehard Hawks fan CM Punk reacts after shooting the puck between periods of an NHL game between his favorite team and the L.A. Kings March 30 in Chicago. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

And now, for a sentence you didn’t expect to be reading during the Stanley Cup final: it appears an old-school wrestling feud is underway between a pair of notable fans from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

Hulk Hogan, the legendary professional wrestler and Lightning supporter, and CM Punk, a Chicago native, former professional wrestler and current UFC fighter, have gotten into a war of words regarding the final. The latest barbs come from Punk, real name Phil Brooks, ahead of Game 3. Punk took aim at Hogan’s mispronunciation of Steven Stamkos and mistakenly calling Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper, “Jon Conner.” Read more