Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - May 24th, 2012

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 14: Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche is stopped by Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center on March 14, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. The Avalanche defeated the Sabres 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Shane Doan might not have had the best day, but his comments haven't been the worst during the playoffs. This article breaks it down (with video).

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was obviously unhappy as the interview began, but he did his best to remain calm. About two minutes into the video, though, the steam valve crept open, and his unfiltered grievances began to fill the microphones around him.

The Coyotes had just been eliminated in the Western Conference final, losing in overtime at home, and it had gotten ugly. Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown — with whom Doan had met rather violently during the regular season — sent Coyotes forward Michal Rozsival from the game with a questionable hit.

It was not questionable in Doan’s mind.

So about Wayne Gretzky...

What was Gretzky thinking? Who was he cheering for? Did he take any satisfaction from seeing some of the young players that joined the Coyotes organization under his watch - the Martin Hanzals, the Mikkel Boedkers - show some glimmers of their potential?

Instead, Gretzky chose to stay silent, watching from afar, not taking sides, especially as the Coyotes’ ownership saga continues to percolate on, with no definitive end in sight.

But on the morning after the Kings dispatched the Coyotes in five games, Gretzky surfaced to talk about horse racing, about hockey in southern California and about the possibility of witnessing yet another series where his loyalties could be divided.

An update from the Memorial Cup.

It was textbook London Knights hockey and it was too much for the under-performing Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Knights (2-1) got an early lead on goals from Ryan Rupert and Bo Horvat and then shut down the Oil Kings (1-2) with solid defensive play and shot blocking for a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night in the final round-robin game for both teams at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

“I don’t know if it was textbook, but it was on the right track,” said defenceman Scott Harrington. “We got away from it a little last game (a 6-2 loss to Shawinigan).

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