Greenes get to watch this Cup run

Former UND captain Matt Greene won his first Stanley Cup two years ago.

His parents didn’t get to watch a single game.

Jim and Darcy Greene were on a research trip to Benin, a small country in West Africa. They would go to an Internet Cafe and try to get the Kings’ website to load just to see game scores. They were en route back to America during the clinching Game 6.

This time, they got to watch.

The Kings flew families of players to Madison Square Garden for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, then flew them back to Los Angeles for Game 5. So, Greene’s family was able to join him on the ice to celebrate after the Kings clinched the title with a double overtime goal in Game 5.

“It was a lot better this way,” Jim said with a laugh.

Greene hammering out Cup plans

Matt Greene is working on plans for his day with the Stanley Cup.

That day will happen in Grand Forks.

The former UND captain will bring the trophy to his old college city in mid-August. The date is expected to be Aug. 11 or Aug. 12. He is still working on the details of his trip and day with the Cup. They are expected to be announced at a later date.

Here’s the story on the Herald’s site.

Greene’s deal = $10M

Matt Greene re-signed with the Los Angeles before the start of the free agency period and has listed the details of his contract.

Greene will make $10 million over the next four seasons, getting an equal $2.5 million share each year. The contract will bring Greene’s career earnings to roughly $30 million.

The former UND captain just completed a five-year deal with the Kings, helping them to a pair of Stanley Cups. He was an alternate captain on both Cup-winning teams.

Greene, 31, has played 504 games in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and the Kings, scoring 13 goals, tallying 69 points and registering 583 penalty minutes. He also has played 79 NHL playoff games in his career, going to three Cup Finals.

Also of note, the Kings lost defenseman Willie Mitchell in free agency today.

Greene wins second Cup

Matt Greene has won the Stanley Cup again.

The former UND captain became the program’s fourth two-time winner, joining Jonathan Toews, Jay Caufield and Craig Ludwig after the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Game 5 of the Finals.

Greene started the play on the game-winning goal, breaking up a pass in the defensive zone and sending the play the other way, where eventually former Miami RedHawk Alec Martinez found a rebound and finished off the victory.

There will be a column on Greene in Sunday’s Herald.

Greene was a scratch in the first game of the playoffs and a minus-4 in the second game after that, he was a +8 and he was on the ice for the series-clinching goals in both the conference finals and Cup Finals.

After the win, Greene told CBC that he plans to do something different with the Cup this time around, but he didn’t specify his plans. He also said that he’d like to make a run at more titles with the Kings. Greene becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

For now, he will continue to celebrate with the Cup, though. The Kings have planned a parade for 2 p.m. Central on Monday in Los Angeles.

With Friday’s result, a former UND player has been one of the captains on four of the last five Stanley Cup-winning teams.

UND’s Cup champs

1986 — Craig Ludwig, Montreal
1990 — Geoff Smith, Edmonton
1991 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1992 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1996 — Troy Murray, Colorado
1999 — Ed Belfour, Dallas
1999 — Tony Hrkac, Dallas
1999 — Craig Ludwig, Dallas (A)
1999 — Rick Wilson, Dallas (assistant coach)
2000 — Brad Bombardir, New Jersey
2006 — Mike Commodore, Carolina
2010 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2012 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)
2013 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2014 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)

*Photo credits: Reuters, USA Today Sports.

Rangers get one back

The Stanley Cup isn’t coming out yet.

The Los Angeles Kings probably put forth their best game of the Stanley Cup Final — outshooting the New York Rangers 41-19 for the game and 15-1 in the third period — but goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the goal line were able to help the Rangers get the first win of the series.

So, it goes back to Los Angeles on Friday night.

Former UND captain Matt Greene held an even rating and made four hits in 14:25 of ice time during Game 4. Greene and the Kings were able to hold the Rangers scoreless on three power-play chances. They are now scoreless in their last 11 man advantages.

But the Rangers were able to take a 2-0 lead and hold onto it this time, unlike Games 1 and 2.

Greene moves one game from Cup

Former UND captain Matt Greene is now one game away from winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

Greene and the Kings won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals 3-0 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. One more win and Greene is guaranteed to have his name etched on the Cup again.

Coach Darryl Sutter decided to stay with Greene in Game 3 and he scratched the now-healthy defenseman Robyn Regehr and it ended up being a very good decision. Greene played great in Game 3, earning the No. 2 star of the game from CBC. NBC also raved about his play.

The Los Angeles times wrote a piece on Greene, too.

Greene played 15:05 and registered a +1 rating. He was key on the penalty kill as the Kings blanked the Rangers on six chances with the extra man.

Since posting a -4 rating in his first playoff game of the year, Greene is +8.

Greene is trying to join Craig Ludwig, Jay Caufield and Jonathan Toews as the former UND players with multiple Cups.

Photo credit: Reuters.

Greene, Trupp inch closer

Matt Greene moved a step closer to winning the Stanley Cup for a second time and Evan Trupp moved a step closer to winning the Kelly Cup on Saturday night.

For the third game in a row, Greene and the Kings trailed by two goals, but managed to rally and win in overtime. This time, it was Dustin Brown with the game-winner to give Los Angeles a 2-0 series lead on the New York Rangers.

Greene played 16:12 in Game 2, registering one assist and an even rating. So far in the playoffs, Los Angeles is 11-6 with Greene in the lineup and 3-3 without him, but there’s a chance that Greene will be out for Game 3 on Monday in New York.

Defenseman Robyn Regehr appears to be getting close to returning from injury and Greene has been the sixth defenseman.

Greene had a rough start to Saturday’s game with a turnover at the blue line and a defensive mix-up leading to Ranger goals. But he helped get one back when his point shot hit the leg of Dwight King to cut New York’s lead to 4-3 in the third. The Kings tied it soon after that.

Meanwhile, in the ECHL, the Alaska Aces went up 3-2 in the series against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Trupp had seven shots on goal but didn’t register any points in the game. The Aces have a chance to win the Kelly Cup on Monday night in the same arena where Connor Gaarder scored a double overtime goal to send UND to the Frozen Four this season.

Greene, Kings take Game 1

Matt Greene is three wins away from winning his second Stanley Cup.

Thanks to Justin Williams’ overtime winner, the Kings rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday.

Greene had another strong game for the Kings, registering a +2 rating. He is now +5 in the last two games for the Kings and was on the ice for both overtime winners.

Greene also played a big role on the penalty kill, which held the Rangers scoreless on its three power-play chances.

Oh, and Greene also had a little patching up to do in the second period.

Greene headed to Cup Finals

Former UND captain Matt Greene is headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in his career.

Greene lost in a Game 7 in 2006 with the Edmonton Oilers as a rookie and won a Stanley Cup in 2012 with the Kings.

Greene, the alternate captain of the Kings, had a big Game 7 effort in knocking out former UND standout Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. Greene posted two assists (one on the game-winner), a +3 rating and a game-high six hits. Toews also scored a goal for the Hawks.

Defensively, Greene also helped kill an extended five-on-three power play for Chicago in the second period.

Greene is in the final year of his five-year contract with the Kings. The year prior to his arrival, the Kings finished in last place. Since he has arrived, they have made the playoffs every year (except for the half year he played after he got traded). He has been an alternate captain for each of the last five years and now has two Stanley Cup trips in that timeframe.

Greene has been a key stabilizing figure on the back end and the Kings’ young stars have grown up.

Greene already has his name on the Stanley Cup wall once — can he get it on there again?

If the Kings win it all, we will have to see what happens with Matt Frattin. The rules say you have to play 41 regular season games or 1 NHL Finals game to guarantee your name on the Cup. Frattin played in 40. They would have to petition to get his name on the Cup. Not sure if they would do that for a traded player.

But before anyone can worry about that, the Kings have to get by the New York Rangers. The series starts Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Toews advances, will face Greene next

The Chicago Blackhawks were furious Wednesday night after a likely game-winning goal late in the third period was disallowed because of a controversial penalty whistled behind the play.

But captain Jonathan Toews wouldn’t let it hold the Hawks down.

The former UND standout told his team in the intermission to win the game 3-1.

They didn’t quite do that, but what happened was good enough. Defenseman Brent Seabrook blasted a shot home in overtime to send the Chicago Blackhawks to the Western Conference finals.

Toews and the Blackhawks will meet former Sioux captain Matt Greene and the Los Angeles Kings with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line. The conference finals start Saturday.

This also guarantees that a former UND player, who is one of his NHL team’s captains, will play for the Stanley Cup. Toews wears the ‘C’ for the Hawks and Greene wears an ‘A’ for the Kings.

This should be quite a showdown between the 2010 champs and the 2012 champs.

Who you got?