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NHL.com followed both the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets into the dressing room after their wins last night.
It is not often you get to see a coach talking to his team post-game.
The Dallas Stars are up first...
Then the Columbus Blue Jackets...
Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff
On the Stars’ resiliency tonight:
“Obviously we didn’t play our best first period. I thought we were slow to move the puck and didn’t quite get our feet moving. We had a couple of good offensive chances that we were just a little bit slow to. We talked about trying to get a little more speed through the neutral zone and getting more pucks in behind their defense and then that was probably one of the better second periods we’ve played.”
On his comments to the team in the first intermission:
“I just said I wasn’t happy. I thought we got outworked. I thought we weren’t playing smart enough and it was our turn to answer and that group in there answered the bell. It’s not often that we get outworked but I thought after that, the last forty was as hard as the boys could go, they emptied the tank.”
On the physical nature of tonight’s game:
“That’s just playoff hockey. It was fun for everybody I think. It’s just playoff emotion. I really feel like we’re in a playoff series now.”
On the series going forward:
“It’s starting from scratch. We’ve got to go there and win a game. We’ve got to win a game in Anaheim. We’ve got to be better and I have to do a better job with the team. I thought in Game two we played, in my eyes, a real good game but we didn’t finish and we made some big mistakes. We eliminated some of those big mistakes here and it’s now just focusing on one game…no more. We’ve done it all year.”
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Fleury's toast now. He's a train wreck that not even a team of the planet's most advanced sports psychologists could cure. He'll give up floater after floater in Game 5 and beyond, right up until the Penguins are eliminated and, then, spend their summer searching for another franchise goaltender.
If I know my city, the invectiveness sprayed at TV sets across Western Pennsylvania was all that and a whole lot uglier.
Well, count me out.
Don't misunderstand, please. Fleury blew it. He blew it big-time. He had no business straying from his net or conceding Foligno's shot from somewhere south of Cincinnati. He let the team down when it needed him most.
But sorry, this just doesn't come with the same feel of the Fleury we've seen flop in years past.
I remember Fleury on Long Island last spring, ramming his forehead against a cement-block wall at the back of the locker room. He was a mess of the worst kind. Dan Bylsma didn't want to turn to Tomas Vokoun, but he had no choice.
This just isn't that. Not yet, anyway.
more and below, watch the game tying goal and OT goal by Columbus to even the series at 2 games...
Patrick Kane goes short-side on Ryan Miller to even up the series at two games...
George here: I posted this little tidbit in my Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 tailings post, but I gather that not all of you read TMR, and something tells me that more than just Red Wings fans will be interested in this little ditty.
"Rope of Silicon's" Brad Brevet reported that a documentary titled Red Army--a film chronicling the creation, dominance, persistance and downfall of the mighty Soviet Red Army hockey team and its players--will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.
Is main character is a certain former Red Wing, New Jersey Devil, Russian Minister of Sport and current senator from Vladivostok, one Vyacheslav "Slava" Fetisov, who captained the team through the "Miracle on Ice" years and was part of the famous "Green Unit" (a.k.a. KLM line).
The video explanation...
NHL release is below...
LA Kings mascot takes down the Sharks mascot...
Bailey may be facing a fine/suspension!
The three home teams will try to even up the series at 2-2 tonight.
Feel free to comment on the games tonight or anything hockey related.
from Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It is clear through three games that the Rangers intend to bump, harass, slash and aggravate Flyers captain Claude Giroux every chance they get. So, how are they doing?
Last night marked the 13th consecutive game Giroux did not score a goal against the Rangers, who took a 2-1 series lead with a suffocating 4-1 victory. Giroux drew a couple of penalties on the Blueshirts and chipped in his second assist of the playoffs. He even got his first shot on goal, on his 62nd shift of the series, but he again did not get one past Henrik Lundqvist.
"He's a good goalie," Giroux said. "We knew that coming in the series, and we just need to keep shooting the puck, and they're going to start going in."
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of all Team USA games next month from the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, part of more than 40 hours of coverage on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all NBCSN content.
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