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Spellman's Scorecard: A whole lot of hard Hawks hockey

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  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, right, lays on the ice after being hit in the face with the stick of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles.

      Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, right, lays on the ice after being hit in the face with the stick of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles.

 
 

Gotta say it:

Duncan Keith deserved that suspension.

Just can't do that.

Question:

I wonder how many times over the years Brendan Shanahan, the NHL player safety guru, would've suspended Brendan Shanahan the player?

Does that even make sense?

Well deserved:

I know it was probably just fate that the best picture Sports Illustrated had for its regional cover was of Marcus Kruger mixing it up along the boards.

But I love it anyway.

Kruger may not be a marquee name, but the guy throws it all out there all the time and deserves a little pub.

And if it can't be my guy Michael Frolik, Kruger's a good second option.

Q is right:

Niklas Hjalmarsson is a warrior.

Who was that guy?

While some people sensed trouble Tuesday night when the camera caught "Chicago guy" Jim Belushi in the seats at the Staples Center, my uh-oh moment came about three minutes into the game when Patrick Sharp dropped the gloves.

Someone got in his head.

Just wondering:

Did the city council OK the Cubs' selection of third baseman Kris Bryant in the first round?

Instant reaction:

I know it's all about pitching, but, man, I really like this pick.

I'm still a little skittish about taking a pitcher that early, and for that I say: Thank you Mark Prior!

Fun in the press box:

Sunday night at the UC during Game 2, this one media guy was walking down the stairs of the three-tiered press box with a cup of coffee and just as he neared the lower tier, he did a Dick Van Dyke over the ottoman routine and his coffee went flying … all over a couple of reporters.

What a dork.

Yeah, you got it, it was me.

The equation:

The 1-888-709-LIMO commercial is to this decade what the Victory Auto Wreckers ad was to the 1980s.

Discuss.

Talking tennis:

I'll admit it, I only watch tennis when it's the finals of a major and it's between two marquee players.

This weekend it will be Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova. Not sure I'm gonna watch this one though because honestly I can't remember a competitive match between those two.

Now if it turns out to be Nadal vs. Djokovic in the men's finals, I'll be all over that.

Speaking of majors:

Longshot for U.S. Open: Zach Johnson.

So long, Deacon:

Yeah, I'll admit it. My only memory of Deacon Jones was his guest role on "The Brady Bunch."

(Rare) soccer talk:

I know people say hockey is a tough sport to figure out, but for my money nothing tops the MLS.

The game itself is easy to follow.

The off-the-field stuff? Impossible.

Players leave midway through the season to go play for teams in their home countries. You've got your loaners, your DPs, your random friendlies …

Not that I'm trying too hard to figure any of it out, but when I do give an effort, my head explodes.

Ahh ... OK:

Now we know why Robin Ventura didn't want to sign that contract extension.

She's done it again:

A year after introducing everyone to jockey Tim Thornton, Arlington track analyst Jessica Pacheco is picking right up where she left off with a new video series called "Racehorse" featuring local owners and the equine athletes they adore. You can find it at arlingtonpark.com.

After watching the premiere episode, pretty sure this is going to be must-see stuff.

Two out of three ain't bad:

Showdown at Belmont!

Oxbow vs. Orb!

Crickets.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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