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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Outside of Dallas few realize that the unsung hero of the Stars’ first-round triumph over Anaheim was Stephane Robidas. Not only did he tie the score in Game Six but the defenseman endured a broken nose and never shied away from contact. This with All-Star defensemen Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher out with injuries.
After a dozen years in Ottawa, Wade Redden is surely going bye-bye. When all is said and done, the 31-year-old defenseman never fulfilled his expectations and was a goat in playoff games enough times that it overshadowed any of the good that he might have done. By the way, Redden ranked 30th in the league in turnovers during 2007- 08.
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from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,
Given the number of points Lidstrom puts up and the great team he plays on, he’ll continue to dominate the Norris for years.
However, no blueliner is as complete as Phaneuf.
No one hits harder, no one shoots harder and few in the game are as competitive as the ever-evolving Edmonton native.
from the AP via the International Herald Tribune,
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke stopped short of confirming he will still be on the job when training camp opens in September.
“I don’t know,” he said Tuesday.
Burke has one year remaining on the four-year deal he signed with the Ducks in 2005.
“No NHL club has asked permission to speak with me at this time. Not one team has asked. Nor have I asked for permission to speak to any NHL team at this point in time,” Burke said. “So unless and until those two things change, or unless and until I arrive at terms for a contract extension here in Anaheim, I have no intention of further discussing my situation.”
from Five for Fighting,
Sergei Zubov skated, in full pads, with most of his teammates today. Dave Tippett said that it’s a big positive that he took the full practice. Yes, it sounds like Zubov is a go at some point in the second round. When that is, exactly, we’re not sure yet. But the potential of his return has to make Stars fans giddy.
Philippe Boucher, however, isn’t anywhere near skating.
from the Palm Beach Post,
The only man who has coached the Panthers to a victory in the playoffs is interested in returning to his old job.
Doug MacLean, who guided the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in his first season and also made the playoffs in his other full season in Florida, said today he would like to return to coaching and hopes to talk to General Manager Jacques Martin about the Florida vacancy.
San Jose—always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Unless tonight is the launching point for them to pose a serious challenge for the Cup that so many expect, but obviously Calgary will have something to say about that. So if you’re betting on former Art Ross Trophy winners, do you put your money on Jarome Iginla or Joe Thornton?
History doesn’t tell us much. According to Sharkspage, the Flames and Sharks have met twice in playoff history: 1995 Conference Quarter-Finals (Sharks won 4 games to 3); and 2004 Western Conference Finals (Flames won 4 to 2).
And statistically-speaking, tonight’s game favors San Jose: since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 120 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 76 (63%).
Who goes on to the second round?
Earlier today, the NHL provided Detroit Red Wings Captain Nicklas Lidstrom to the media on a national conference call. Nick was named as a finalist for the Norris Trophy this morning—the ninth time in ten seasons he has been nominated, and he’s a five-time winner of the award.
Here is the transcript of the Q&A session.
Q. I wanted to know whether No. 6 would mean something for you. Obviously you tied Ray Bourque last year, but inching closer to a guy like Doug Harvey with No. 6; he’s got seven.
from the Red Deer Advocate,
Real hockey fans celebrate their team’s victories by cheering loudly, singing in the streets, waving flags, or drinking themselves stupid. Real hockey fans don’t burn police cars.
Calgary’s famed Red Mile has been a shining example of how hockey fans should honour their home team — granted, I am a little bias as I am a Flames fan.
A little nudity and public drunkenness aside, (OK, a lot of nudity) thousands of Calgary fans have managed to celebrate the Flames’ playoff victories in peaceful fashion. When the Flames made their surprise playoff run in 2004, the insane parties on the Red Mile didn’t result in looted stores or burned police cars.
Tonight’s highly anticipated faceoff in Washington features a few players with some game 7 experience. The Flyers available lineup tonight features 7 players with 15 games experience in this situation; the Capitals boast 6 players with 16 games experience.
Only Washington’s Matt Cooke and Sergei Fedorov have ever scored in a game 7 situation.
But does any of this matter? And who will come out on top?
Flashbacks To: 1945, 1962, 1976, 1988
April 22, 1945 • At 12:14 of the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Walter “Babe” Pratt scored the Cup-winning goal to give Toronto a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Final.
Leafs rookie goaltender Frank McCool, who allowed only nine goals in seven starts, limited the Wings to one goal or less for the fifth time in the series.
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