Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - June 14th, 2012

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 8: Former Colorado Avalanche player Peter Forsberg (R) receives a painting presented by former teammate Joe Sakic during a ceremony to retire his jersey before a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 8, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)



Joe Sakic could be making a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame soon. And you can bet I'll be there, guitar in hand, for it!

Not many guys get into the Hockey Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Of course, not many guys played the game like Joe Sakic.

Super Joe is on the ballot for HHOF inclusion, having retired after the 2008-09 season, and the 18-member HOF selection committee would have a hard time keeping him out I would guess.

The Best and Worst of the Playoffs from A to Z.

From Anze Kopitar’s heroics in Los Angeles to the Raffi Torres suspension, the Post relives the best and the worst of the post-season.

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For all the talk about the acquisitions of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, it was Anze Kopitar, the Los Angeles Kings’ top scorer the last five seasons, and Kings captain Dustin Brown, who led the playoffs in points (20) and plus-minus (plus-16).

An interesting new study shows that children who learn to bodycheck early aren't better in the long run.

The study, published this month by the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicinein an early online release, adds to a growing body of research that counters the popular theory that children who learn to bodycheck sooner will learn to be more skilled at it, reducing their risk of injury as they advance through minor hockey.

"There are circles out there who would say that if you introduce bodychecking earlier, such as atom [ages 9 and 10], it's more of a learned skill and bodychecking becomes more instinctive, and therefore there are less injuries as you go on," lead author Andrew Harris said. "But with our study we didn't find that. There was no significant difference."

Look at that... someone wins the Cup and the city isn't left in charred remains.

Minor disturbances broke out around Staples Center on Monday night after the Los Angeles Kings beat the Devils, 6-1, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to capture their first championship.

Although riot police fired rubber bullets in at least one instance, the disturbances were far less serious than those that followed the Los Angeles Lakers’ N.B.A. titles in 2009 and 2010, or the large riot that engulfed downtown Vancouver last year after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Boston Bruins.

About 90 minutes after the Kings won the Cup on Monday night, the club released a video featuring the former Kings star and current team executive Luc Robitaille "asking fans to celebrate the Kings’ Stanley Cup championship safely and responsibly," according to an accompanying news release.

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