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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
With all this talk about time and space, you half expect Albert Einstein to turn up at the morning skate.
The Flyers need to create time and space for their best players, especially Danny Briere’s line. They have to deny time and space to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ stars. The Flyers’ theory of hockey relativity - E=mc2 - stands for Energy equals Malkin/Crosby to the second power.
Of course, all this time/space continuum chatter is just modern coachspeak that means, We have to hit their guys before they can move with the puck.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Playing in New York has tangible value for Avery, both as a personality and as a player. The parts of the city and the city culture that he cares about have embraced him. The coach for whom he plays has accepted him. Never will Avery play for a coach so loyal to his players as Renney….
The relationship has been mutually beneficial, but the Rangers need Avery every bit as much as Avery needs the Rangers. It’s crazy to think otherwise.
It’s imperative for Sather to recognize that and stop acting as if he’s Darcy Tucker at center-ice during warmups looking for a fight, looking for a fight he’s not going to win and that the Rangers are going to lose.
via Dan Noxon of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
This was the kind of game I expected from the Stars. They played much better and they’ve got to be heading home tonight knowing it was one they very easily could have won….
But I say this series is far from over.
I’ll say this, too. After seeing the game-ending replay several times, Ozzie could have been called for a dive had the game still been going. It’s not like Ribs even really swung the stick.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Outside, on the Riverwalk that skirts Joe Louis Arena, the 2008 Downtown Hoedown was underway – a country music block party in the cradle of Motown. On the street-level apron just outside the building, the Dallas Stars’ bus was greeted by the smells of Big Al’s BBQ, a fund-raiser for the Detroit Red Wings’ Foundation, featuring plenty of down-home cooking from the arena’s executive chefs.
Motor City did its best to make the visitors from down Texas way feel right at home on Saturday night – until they stepped on the ice, that is.
There, it was the same sad story for Dallas.
added 10:49pm, again, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Stars’ goalie Marty Turco called it “a pretty dangerous play on their part – a butt-end to the eye. It’s one thing to engage in a physical battle; that’s pretty gutless if you’re hitting someone in the face, if that’s what did happen, and I’m pretty sure it did. We’ll see what transpires in the next little while.”
more on the incident at the end of the game…
Video of the incident added on 5/11/08, watch below…
Courtesy of the NHL Network Online, the live press conference from Detroit starting momentarily. Go here.
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Update 10:06pm ET: CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada video post-game. (update 10:22pm: live stream on CBC.ca is now over)
via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
“If you’re not on them when they get the puck and they’ve got room to come at you with speed, they’re going to make magical moves with the puck,” Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said of Malkin and Crosby. “It’s almost a given that if you give Evgeni Malkin the puck going up the ice at full speed with two wingers on each side of him, he’s going to make moves that are going throw your head around a circle.”
more on the Penguins & Flyers…
from Craig Custance of Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
Here’s the latest. I spoke with Atlanta Spirit Co-Owner Michael Gearon this morning…
Gearon said via cell this morning, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Waddell has not been asked to step down from his post as general manager. He called any reports that say otherwise “completely false.”
*The contradictory report from Scott Burnside at ESPN, originally noted here at KK.
The number of Europeans playing in the National Hockey League (NHL) is on the decline according to a survey released by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Saturday.
There were fewer Europeans than a year ago playing in the just completed NHL regular season but more American-born players, it said.
Canadians continued to dominate rosters, providing more than half the league’s talent.
Europeans accounted for 243 (25.8 percent) of the 941 players appearing in at least one NHL game this season, down from 266 players a year ago.
Q. Max Talbot was able to practice today, can you give us an update on his status, might he play tomorrow, and, if he can, what will you do with the lineup?
COACH THERRIEN: We’ll see tomorrow. He looked pretty good today. We’ll go through the morning skate and make a decision. We’re going to sit down with him and see how he feels. But it’s nice to see him back practicing with the boys.
Q. Can your team execute its system any better than it did in the second and third period last night?
COACH THERRIEN: You know, we didn’t give up a lot of scoring chance against, and a lot of credit to the players. They really buy into it. When we took that two goal lead, we were tough to play against. It’s just something that we try to teach a lot with that young group through the course of the season to be able to get some success in the playoffs.
We played pretty well. For a team that hasn’t played almost for a week, I thought we were sharp in different situations in the game. But I’m expecting the Flyers will be better tomorrow. There are some areas in their game that I’m expecting that we’ll be better too as well.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
“The bottom line is, we need to skate and handle the puck more. Our best defence against them is when we have the puck. Last game, we didn’t do enough of that.”
Stars’ coach Dave Tippett hinted there could be line-up changes. Stu Barnes, out since the middle of the last round with concussion-like symptoms, could be closer to playing. Also, the Stars could make a switch on the blue line, and replace Fistric with fellow rookie Matt Niskanen.
Of greater concern to Tippett was the Stars’ work in the face-off circle, where the Red Wings dominated the opener. All teams want to start with the puck, but it’s even more critical against a puck-possession team such as Detroit. Once they have, they rarely give it back.
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