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Surprise Flyers In A Position To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Flyers, like the Bruins, found themselves in a dogfight for a playoff berth in the final weeks of the season, but that seems to have hardened the team and made it more prepared for post-season play. Captain Mike Richards, meanwhile, leads the club in ice time and seems to be in the middle of everything, whether it’s a scoring play or a scrum.

The Flyers, on home ice, now have a glorious opportunity to put their boots on the throats of the Habs. But if they don’t, no one would criticize them for it because they are the team that came all the way from the bottom to be respectable again.

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Konstantinov Trial Starts Today

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from Francis X. Donnelly of the Detroit News,

He was Vlad the Impaler, a ferocious Red Wing known for flattening foes with bone-jarring hits on the open ice.

Now the 41-year-old can’t even take care of himself, slowly shuffling about his Metro Detroit condo with a walker.

It’s been 11 years since a limousine wreck turned Vladdy Konstantinov’s world upside down, a decade full of lawsuits and mental and physical rehab.

The legal maneuvering resumes today in U.S. District Court with the start of a trial that will try to ascribe blame for the injuries with the Ford dealership that sold the vehicle

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Penguins Win Rangers Type Game

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

If New York can’t win this game—a grinding affair in which Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for one assist and just five shots on goal—is there any game of any type that the New York Rangers can devise to climb back into this series?

Surely this series can’t be over even before it really starts. Can it?

“Just like the Jersey games, we’re looking to win them 3-1, 2-1, 3-2—that’s playoff hockey, I think,” said New York’s Chris Drury. “I’m sure their meetings [before Game 2] were mirror images of ours. They didn’t want to play 5-4 games, either.

“I felt like we had some good chances. But when you come away from the game without any goals, you’ve got to do more.”

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added 8:50am, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“That’s one thing about our team, we can do it both ways,” said 19-year-old Jordan Staal, who scored the first Pittsburgh goal and is doing a checking job any veteran would admire.

“We’re great defensively, we’re solid on both sides of the puck,” Staal added. “This team really seems to find ways to win and that’s what we did today. This team has matured so much, especially from last year.”

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Price Still Learning

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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Price has had one outstanding game in this series and one subpar game. As a result, the Canadiens won the game in which they were outplayed by the Flyers and lost Game 2, even though they outplayed Philadelphia by a wide margin.

Surprise, surprise. Come playoff time, goalies, quarterbacks and starting pitchers have a disproportionate impact on a team’s fortunes.

Price is still learning his craft. No matter how large his talent or how bright his future, he is a 20-year-old playing a man’s game.

There will be nights when it all comes together, as it did during Game 7 against the Bruins - and there will be nights like Saturday’s game against the Flyers, when a couple of pucks go in over his left shoulder and the kid goes to work to adjust his position, doing the things he will do automatically as he matures.

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Sharks Have A Tough Road Ahead

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“We’ve got a big mountain ahead of us to climb,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said. Actually, at last geographic report, there are no mountains in Dallas, where the next two games will be played. However, Stars goalie Marty Turco will be there. And the Sharks would probably rather face a big mountain.

Mount Marty is the challenge that the Sharks can’t solve. They have outshot Dallas in the first two games, 58-44, and they have zero victories to show for it.

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Zubov Back

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from the Star-Telegram,

Modano had just taken a shot that had hit a skate and eventually skittered back to Zubov near the right side wall.

Modano, knowing how Zubov operates, had quietly circled back on the other side while every Shark defender’s attention—especially Nabokov’s—was focused on Zubov.

Without hesitation, Zubov whirled 360 degrees, backhanding the puck across the ice to the now wide-open Modano, who knew exactly what to do with it. His lightning-like wrister beat Nabokov on the stick side before the goalie could react.

“I had spun back the other way and everyone kind of gravitated towards Zubie,” said Modano, whose goal was his second in two games and seventh this year against the Sharks.

“That’s ‘shinny’ hockey at its finest, but with Zubie, that’s part of his game,” Tippett said. “That’s pretty special right there, to find a guy right on his tape, spinning around like that, that’s a special play. But we’ve seen that from Zubie around here for a long time.”

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Digging Monday

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The Diggers are feeling all retrospective.  They’re thinking about Round 1 at the SoGay and 1999 and 2001.  They’re unified, as usual, in their reporting this morning.  Each of them astute in their predictions that playing underneath the retired jersey of Dive legend Ray Bourque, the home team will most certainly provide a bit more resistance.

Kulfan

The Wings’ main concern heading into Tuesday’s game is to make sure the Avalanche don’t regain any hope.

“We don’t want to take anything for granted,” Osgood said. “It doesn’t matter who is in or out for them. It’s never easy, and we know that.”

A roaring Pepsi Center crowd and possibly seeing Forsberg and Hannan in the lineup should invigorate the Avalanche.

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No Arguments Here Joel

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Peter Budaj’s stopped 39 of the 40 shots he’s faced.  JoeSay Three or Four’s not been so fortunate, allowing 8 goals on 36 shots.  No one would question Joel Quenneville if he decided in favor of Budaj starting Tuesday night.  It’s the common sense approach. 

Joel?

Rick Sadowski

“Jose’s going to play,” Quenneville said. “He’s been our guy. He’s had a great stretch run for us and was great in the first series and we expect him to be a big factor going forward in this series.”

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Pens Keep On Winning

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Pittsburgh won more puck battles, gave up less quality chances than the Rangers, and the Penguins’ 23-year-old goaltender, Marc-André Fleury was as good as he had to be and better than the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, a 26-year-old Vezina candidate. Fleury’s workload through two games of this series has not been as difficult as Lundqvist’s, but the only numbers that matter are two fewer goals against for Fleury, and two more wins.

“It was 1-0 with 15 seconds to go. That’s how small the difference between these two teams is,” Lundqvist said. “We just have to go back home, and still feel confident that we can beat this team. Go back to New York, worry about ourselves, get two wins.”

more on the Pens/Rangers game today….

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All Foote

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from the National Post,

Prior to Game 3 in Colorado, the 36-year-old spoke to the Post about the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry, the lack of original nicknames in the NHL, and possibly replacing Mark Messier as the new spokesman for Lays potato chips.

National Post Is it different playing in Joe Louis Arena as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets than as a Colorado Avalanche?

Adam Foote Yeah. [The Jackets] just didn’t have the history that [the Avalanche] had. That’s probably why. It seemed that both teams approached it the same way. [The Detroit-Colorado rivalry] was fun, it was exciting, it was intense. It was as close as you’re going to get to things like that without getting in trouble by the law. There was some pretty nasty stuff going on. It was a very intense series.

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