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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Maybe Corsi can win you a game, eventually, if you dominate the possession stats the way the Sedins have over the Flames’ top line for five games.
“I hope so,” Daniel said. “In a long series, if you can make them tired, it’s going to pay off. All you can do is create chances, and sooner or later they’re going to start to go in. That’s the way we look at it, and tonight it paid off.”
We’ve reached that point now, folks. It’s a long series, guaranteed for six games, with a genuine possibility of seven.
Calgary is quicker and heavier up front, and their game plan of pounding, pounding, pounding on the Canucks defencemen is surely paying off. Alex Edler is not the Canucks' best defenceman, which is a battle won for the Flames. He, Luca Sbisa and Kevin Bieksa have been turning pucks over in the face of the Michael Ferland-led Calgary forecheck with growing regularity.
Vancouver’s plan is more IKEA. Possess, possess, possess. Recalling that the Flames have succeeded all season in the face of the Corsi numbers, we are left to ask: Was Game 5 a product of erosion? Did four games of pretty good possession for Vancouver produce a Game 5 that they truly dominated?
Or, was that a one-off by a desperate team on the brink of elimination? Will Calgary’s way beat the Canucks way when we get back to Calgary for a Saturday night Game 6?
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
Now the Islanders are in a uniquely desperate situation, or desperately unique. Not only are they playing for the survival of their season, they have one game to keep Nassau Coliseum alive.
They have one last chance to give themselves more chances, one opportunity to avoid having the lights turned out forever on hockey in the only home they have ever known. If they want to seize on omens, they can look at the fact that they haven't been good at closing things out or shutting them down this postseason.
If they had been better at those skills, they would not find themselves down three games to two against the Capitals, heading into a possible elimination for themselves and their building Saturday. Looking back on it, they put themselves in this position well before the 5-1 loss in Game 5 Thursday night. They were up by two goals twice in Game 2 and let that slip away. They were up two games to one and couldn't build on it. They even jumped ahead 1-0 Thursday night.
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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks' failure to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003 will not result in top management turnover.
Owner Hasso Plattner sent a 513-word message to season-ticket holders Thursday that said both general manager Doug Wilson and chief operating officer John Tortora "did a good job" last year and offered no hint of potential changes at the top of the organization.
Recognizing fan disappointment in not making the playoffs, Plattner at the same time reaffirmed his commitment to Wilson's rebuild.
"We had hoped we could do both, stay competitive and rebuild at the same time," Plattner wrote. "It was close, but other teams in our conference were better, at least throughout the whole season, and deservedly finished ahead of us."
Hearing the same thing as @JasonGregor -- that EDM will have a media conference tomorrow to announce the hiring of Peter Chiarelli.
Not sure of structure of the new front office, but it is believed Chiarelli will be President of Hockey Operations (or something like that).
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
Peter Chiarelli has been in EDM meeting with Bob Nicholson for past two days. EDM won't confirm, not yet anyway, news conference for Fri...
...but all signs point to him taking over all hockey operations for the Oilers. If Chiarelli was to take job there, he wanted full autonomy.
NEW YORK -- Defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Feel free to discuss the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games tonight.
GAME 4 – (2) LIGHTNING-(3) RED WINGS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – RED WINGS LEAD 2-1
Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to even their first-round series tonight against the Red Wings, with Detroit currently holding a 2-1 series edge. The Red Wings took Game 3 with a 3-0 shutout win, led by 22 saves by goaltender Petr Mrazek and Pavel Datsyuk’s second goal of the series.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
GAME 5 – (3) ISLANDERS-(2) CAPITALS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON CNBC – SERIES TIED 2-2
The Islanders and Capitals face off in a pivotal Game 5 matchup at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC, with their series deadlocked at two games apiece. The two teams split a pair of overtime affairs at Nassau Coliseum, as the Caps tied the series at two with a 2-1 win in Game 4, capped by Nicklas Backstrom’s game-winner 11:09 into overtime.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
I think there’s still pressure on that team over there. I think that the way things have gone for them the last few years, we know the word redemption is coming into play for them, and obviously it’s a very motivated group over there. I do think that they think that they’re much better than us and it's our job to prove that we’re up at that level. So we’ve got an opportunity tomorrow to be a good test, but we’re excited about it.
-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild. More from Yeo and some Wild players from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.
original post was 4/22/15 at 1:09pm, moving this into focus so all can play. Rosters need to be set by 7:00pm ET on Thursday.
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from the NHLPA,
Hal Gill has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 16 seasons.
Gill played in a total of 1,108 career NHL games with six teams: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 36 goals and 148 assists for 184 points in his NHL career. Gill, a six-foot-seven, 243-pound defenceman, played on the Stanley Cup-winning Penguins in 2009 after reaching the Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
“I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations. I was lucky to have made amazing friendships throughout my career and live in so many beautiful cities. I would like to thank the fans for their support, the coaches for their direction, the team staffs for their efforts, and most of all, my teammates for their camaraderie (and keeping me in line),” said Hal Gill. “Thank you, as well, to Global Hockey Consultants for their commitment to building my career, and to my family for staying strong through the lows and steady through the highs. I’m very excited for the next chapter of my life.”
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