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Ron MacLean pointed out Crosby cheating in the faceoff circle, Don Cherry discussed the first period of the Pens/Sens game, defensemen getting their stick in the way of a shot and the 4th-liners in the playoffs.
Cherry then went on to talk about Milan Lucic and Joe Thornton and MacLean talked a little about the refs in the playoffs.
Cherry then talked about the dismissal of Vigneault in Vancouver and feels Gillis threw some of the coaching staff under the bus.
The last question asked on this interview is the one the twitter world has been talking about the last hour.
Make sure to follow the recent timeline of Erin Nicks' twitter for discussion and clarification.
The Ottawa Senators had a rough night in their own barn, dropping a 7-3 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who now lead the teams' second-round series 3 games to 1, and Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy reports that Senators coach Paul MacLean held a short press conference. Short doesn't begin to describe it, but its description would probably read longer than what MacLean had to say:
And I quote: "Um, it's, uh, I think everything's right here" (shows game summary to press), "It's 7-3, see you in Pittsburgh. We're going to Pittsburgh, and we're coming to play. Have a good night."
I am proud of many of the things we accomplished as a group these past seven seasons in Vancouver and only wish we were able to win the Canucks first Stanley Cup. I am a career coach and it is what I love to do. I hope to coach again in this League and will always have good memories of my time and the fans in Vancouver.
-Alain Vigneault. Read more from a release he sent out at the Canucks' website.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
They're finding out that repeating is awfully tough.
"The physical part is obviously huge, but just the highs and lows that you go through, you got to be ready for that in your head," said Kopitar. "Last year we had lot more highs than we had lows. This time it's a little bit different. Mentally, it's challenging. You have to take it as a new day and prepare that way."
This a good test for the Kings, who have character and guts. It would be a shock if they didn't raise their game and step up to another level in Game 5 on Thursday at Staples Center.
This team still has the hunger.
"Absolutely, absolutely," said Williams, who appears to be playing banged up in this series. "We're professionals, we're here for a reason. That Stanley Cup, the big silver jug, is the pinnacle of success in our professional life. Regardless of whether you've won it once, twice, five times, come playoff time that's all you want."
The Pittsburgh Penguins are visiting the Ottawa Senators in game 4 of this series. The Penguins lead 2-1 and the Senators need a win in order to avoid an elimination game in Pittsburgh on Friday.
The puck drops around 7:37pm ET and can be watched on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
Feel free to comment below on the game or anything related to the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
Sorry a little late with this, but had to shutdown due to storms in the area. All good now.
So, which one is your favorite and/or did TSN miss any goals?
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
During the two months of the NHL playoffs, his days are spent in a windowless studio on the seventh floor of the CBC’s downtown Toronto headquarters. He was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt during one recent editing session. Pages torn from a steno pad covered the desk, an incomprehensible shorthand scrawled on each scrap — a cue, a note, or an inspiration for a future montage.
“I have this weird kind of head,” Thompson said. “I walk around with cinematic films going on in my mind. I’ll see a bird flying over a streetcar as a kid walks across the street, and it will be like, ‘Oh, that song!’ ”
And the songs for his montages vary. Sometimes, they are not even songs. Thompson has worked with opera and hard rock, folk music and spoken word. Canadian actor and filmmaker Jay Baruchel opened one broadcast earlier this season by reading from Two Solitudes, the 1945 novel by Canadian writer Hugh MacLennan. (Baruchel had two pages to read, and he read them fiercely: “I wish we had actually filmed him doing it,” Thompson said with a smile.)
Numerous media outlets are confirming the report from Louis Jean of Vigneault being fired by the Canucks.
added 4:30pm, from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province.
Popes are elected in less time than it took the Canucks to fire Alain Vigneault. But now that the inevitable decision has been made, the longstanding debate over Vigneault’s abilities has finally come to an end.
For this we can only be thankful, because the issue had long since become tiresome. The small but persistently shrill anti-Vigneault faction laid a disproportionate share of blame for the Canucks’ shortcomings at the former coach’s feet. Vigneault supporters were likely blind to a staleness that had set root in the organization. In the end, it was simply time for a new voice, a new face, and unless Francesco Aquilini decided to reset the organization from top to bottom, Vigneault was going and general manager Mike Gillis was staying.
added 6:10pm, Read the press release from the Canucks below...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
It is time to either put Vigneault (read: us) out of his (our) misery, not to mention a couple of assistant coaches who would be networking for their next job already, if what we suspect to be pending was actually announced as fact.
Penned beat man Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: “Like a carton of sour milk, the expiration date on Vigneault has passed. Move on.”
We’re not so sure that analogy isn’t a tad harsh, as we’ve always found Vigneault to be anything but sour. Guarded around playoff time, yes. Sour? No, he’s usually good for a laugh or two.
But after seven seasons at the helm in Vancouver there is no doubt: The Big West Coast problem might not be Vigneault’s fault entirely, but it is his problem.
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