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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
As the Senators appeared headed for a regulation time loss at Bell Centre Friday, you could anticipate the first question asked of coach Dave Cameron the next morning.
Trailing the first round playoff with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, would he turn to Craig Anderson when the series switched back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday?
Surely, he'd give it some thought.
Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond still gets no respect -- despite the way he heroically led the Senators from the grave to the playoffs. Everybody expects his leash with Cameron is short, despite the fact he was 20-1-2 to end the season.
They seem to forget Anderson has played just four games since Jan. 21, winning one. They believe Cameron will turn to the hero of Ottawa's 2013 playoff series win over the Habs at the first sign of Hammond weakening.
“We didn’t deserve it. What’d we have, 13 or 15 shots or whatever after two periods? That’s not going to get it done, even though we had the lead. We’ve got to put pucks on net, we’ve got to make their D turn, we’ve got to make their goalie work. You could see when we started doing some good things and played down low we got some offensive zone time, but too little too late.”
-Jack Capuano, head coach of the New York Islanders after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. More on the game from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
I think Corey Crawford just let in another goal.
It’s time for a change, but more importantly, it’s time for a spark. Crawford is not the Blackhawks’ biggest problem in their first-round series with the Predators, but it’s very possible that rookie goalie Scott Darling is the biggest solution. That’s a difficult thing to write. It reeks of complete panic, and that’s not what the Hawks are about. This a team that hits bumps, shrugs and bounces back. We’ve seen it over and over again.
And Crawford helped keep the Hawks on track while they struggled during the regular season. Did I mention he has also won a Stanley Cup?
But there’s something missing in this series, even if it’s only two games old. That’s not Crawford’s fault, though he wasn’t at all sharp Friday in a 6-2 loss to the Predators. The defense has been awful in front of him. But in four periods of work, he has given up nine goals on 47 shots. Those numbers speak the truth.
This is a sport of feel and hunches and momentum, and none of it is in the Hawks’ favor in a series that is tied 1-1.
from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins can only hope their superstars find their way in the postseason as they prepare for Game 2 of their first-round series against the heavily favored New York Rangers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
“Guys with that kind of talent,” right wing Blake Comeau said, “you can only contain them for so long.”
They have been contained for quite some time, though.
Jarring numbers surround Crosby and Malkin entering Saturday's game.
Crosby has scored one goal in his previous 19 postseason games. In 13 career playoff games against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, he has scored once.
Malkin's numbers in recent playoff seasons are marginally better. Although he did produce a hat trick while eliminating Columbus last season, Malkin has been held without a point in 11 of his past 21 postseason games. Malkin has multiple-goal games in three of his previous 56 playoff appearances.
First you the NHL's version...
Below, watch Sportnet's nightly recap...
So the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks decided to get to know each other a little better toward the end of Vancouver's 4-1 win over Calgary:
From the box score:
Per Sportnset's Scott Lewis:
Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine possession Friday, according to a report.
Sportsnet has confirmed with PBX operator Lamontagne of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department that Stoll is in custody. The LAMPD would not confirm any other details of the arrest.
Here's 8 News Now's Jonathan Cisowski's report...
From ESPN's Scott Powers:
Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the team's Western Conference first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return, Nashville announced.
Weber left the game after he was checked into the boards by the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad at 10:49 of the second period. The Predators captain fell to the ice, was slow to get up and skated to his team's bench. He played 16 shifts and 13:25 of ice time before leaving. He had an assist on a goal in the first period. The Predators went on to win 6-2.
Here's the incident from We All Bleed Redd:
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Nashville on Friday to attend Game 2 of the Predators' first-round series against the Blackhawks. Before the game, he discussed Nashville's impact on the NHL and league-wide topics.
On if it was good for the league to have a "non-traditional" market like Nashville have significant on-ice success:
"I'm not sure i'm comfortable any longer with the term 'non-traditional.' Fact is there are some cities that have franchises longer, but Nashville has built its own tradition, its own history. This team is very well-owned by Tom Cigarran and his partners. The team on the ice has been built the right way by David Poile, who's one of the preeminent general managers. And we're in a place as a league where we have incredible competitive balance, best in our history, probably the best in all of sports. We've got 20 teams that could have won the Stanley Cup in all probability and four of them didn't even make the playoffs.
And as we sit here at the very beginnings of the first round, the Stanley Cup is up for grabs and that's great news for fans. It's great news for fans in Nashville as there are high expectations and a team that performed extraordinarily well in the regular season."
On Las Vegas's pursuit of an NHL franchise:
"Mr.(Bill) Foley, who's the person interested in having an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, wanted to assess the strength of the fan base, potential fan base in Las Vegas. Las Vegas in that regard is at least perceived to be an unusual market. He began his ticket drive and while I'm not prepared to announce the results, because it's actually still ongoing, it has been very successful to date."
The New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames look to go up 2-0 tonight and take that lead back home.
Meanwhile, Montreal wants to be up 2-0 wheh they head to Ottawa.
Tonight's schedule is below and feel free to discuss anything hockey related.
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