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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
All of the Penguins were too tired after 109:57 of tense, grueling hockey to revel too much in the win. There was no time for that. There’s still too much work to be done. To win the Cup, the Penguins must beat the Red Wings in Game 6 at Mellon Arena tomorrow night, then again in Game 7 here Saturday night.
The odds still heavily favor the Red Wings.
But, at least, Detroit’s big red machine no longer looks quite so invincible.
Not after the Red Wings blew a 3-2 lead in the final minute of regulation.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I think Michel ‘Call me Mike’ Therrien deserves a pat on the back for the moves he made in Game 5 - and I don’t think he’s gotten too many pats on the back in these playoffs.
The moves weren’t huge but they got some good chemistry going. He moved Tyler Kennedy onto a line with Evgeni Malkin and I thought Kennedy played inspired hockey.
Transcript from a brief media session with Detroit Red Wings player Niklas Kronwall.
Transcripts of interviews with Sidney Crosby and Petr Sykora of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Well worth a read. There’s a pizza story in there…
Updated at 2:41am ET: More quotes added from Sergei Gonchar & Petr Sykora
Transcripts for both coaches are below.
First, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien, then Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Anyway, post-game press conferences broadcast live at the NHL Network Online.
Update 1:25am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Michel Therrien and Mike Babcock.
Update 1:43am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Petr Sykora, Sidney Crosby and Sergei Gonchar.
Update 2:11am ET: Transcript of a brief interview with Niklas Kronwall.
From Helene Elliott at the LA Times,
The general managers’ meetings produced many discussions but little news.
Among the issues debated were whether to disclose injuries and whether to adopt no-touch icing. The consensus was no and no.
“We play the number of games that we play and reporting injuries sometimes could be a detriment to the players’ health rather than a positive,” said Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils.
“We report the player as possible he’s playing or not playing, our practices are open every day. Everybody sees who practices, who doesn’t practice. I’m one who believes you shouldn’t report injuries.”
plus more on the GM meetings, and some words from Brian Burke on his contract status.
Note: Burke also told an interviewer on HNIC on CBC during Game 5 that the meetings produced some positive discussion on the possibility of limiting OT penalties to one-minute in length. He indicated the issue will be passed onto the AHL for further approval and testing.
From the AP via International Herald Tribune:
The world’s top golfer appeared via teleconference on Monday, promoting August’s PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit. Woods was asked if he was rooting for Detroit or Pittsburgh.
Woods started to laugh, then landed a zinger.
“I don’t really care. Let’s talk about the Dodgers,” the California native said. “I don’t think anybody really watches hockey any more.”
Charming, Tiger. And you don’t want to get me started on my opinion of televised golf—but fortunately, the NHL’s Frank Brown responded with a lot more class than I would have:
“The National Hockey League has enormous respect for Tiger Woods, for all his accomplishments and for his work with the community. We think he’s a great golfer.”
From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin said today that he has received permission to speak with former Toronto coach Paul Maurice about the vacant Florida coaching job.
Martin, speaking by phone just before the NHL general managers meetings in Detroit, said the permission came from interim Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher about two weeks ago, when Fletcher called to inquire about the services of Joe Nieuwendyk.
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,
Cliff Fletcher confirmed on Monday the Toronto Maple Leafs offered their head coach’s job to someone but did not identify him.
However, the only coach the Leafs spoke to recently was former San Jose Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. The Leafs recently asked for permission to talk to Wilson.
“We’re in negotiations,” Fletcher said before leaving an NHL GMs’ meeting to catch a plane.
He said they have spoken to only one coach about the job.
Update 4:48pm ET: Some thoughts on Fletcher’s future from Kevin McGran in the Toronto Star,
In an apparent about-face from what had been the Leafs stance since he replaced John Ferguson, it seems Fletcher is in the job for the long haul.
“Am I interested in keeping it? No, but I’m prepared to continue as long as necessary until they issues is resolved favourably for our board,” said Fletcher. “I’m committed to doing whatever I can to get the Maple Leafs going in the right direction and I’ll continue to do so.”
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