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from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,
Who knew that five years could feel like an eternity?
The Stars’ 4-1 triumph eliminating the Anaheim Ducks, the defending Stanley Cup champs, in six games, released a torrent of emotions for the Stars, some they’ve never felt before.
All of the above and then some.
“To see the look in our guys’ eyes, how important it was and how good it felt…,” said goalie Marty Turco. “It was gratifying. I personally had never won a series here at home….”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
One moment, they were the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The next, just another losing team on the wrong side of the handshake line at the end of a playoff series….
“When you have won there’s a little bit [of] satisfaction inside your body. You try hard but when you’re a little bit off here and there, that’s why you can’t win,” Selanne said.
“You need every player’s commitment and work ethic and all the tools every player can bring. If you can’t, even if you’re off a little bit here and there, you can’t do it.”
from Canwest via the National Post,
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says he was caught in the middle when free-agent centre Michael Nylander called him last July to say he wanted to play for his club.
Nylander’s wife had told her husband there was absolutely no way she was going to move to Edmonton so he could play for the Oilers. Having loved her previous time in Washington, she reportedly ordered her husband to get on the blower to the Caps and was standing right beside her man as he called.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Not enough was written, probably, about the job Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.
There’s no question about what happened, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.
Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it was just dumb of Howson to do that.
a little more on that topic plus Dater explains why he picked the Wild in round 1…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
“Alex scored 65 goals. It’s a big deal in the media, everybody talks about it, people are always talking about him, the cameras are always on him, the other team is really, really aware of him,” said Fedorov. “He’s got more pressure on him than I had when I started in Detroit.”
more on Fedorov…
Flashbacks to: 1950, 1967, 1993, 1997
April 20, 1950 • New York center Don Raleigh set a Stanley Cup record with his second overtime goal in as many games as the Rangers downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game Five of the 1950 Final.
The win proved to be the Rangers’ last of the series as Detroit went on to win the final two games and the Stanley Cup.
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC mentioned on the pre-game of the Sharks/Flames game that Patrice Bergeron will see a doctor tomorrow morning and if the doc gives the go-ahead, Bergeron will play tomorrow night for the Bruins against Montreal.
The Bruins have been playing for Begeron in this series and if he does come back tomorrow, it could be a huge, emotional factor for the Bruins.
Nick Lidstrom’s goal seemed to take a little steam out of the Predators.
added 7:00pm, Watch the game highlights from the NBC broadcast…
from Scott Morrison at his Viewpoint Blog at CBC,
Funny, but wasn’t this the kind of scenario supporters of the Montreal Canadiens had always worried about…
- Having a rookie goaltender and dealing with the pressure of the playoffs. After giving up five goals in the first four games of the series, Carey Price has now been beaten five times on consecutive nights by the Boston Bruins, though he was hardly solely to blame for the latest defensive collapse.
Included in that total, was in each of the past two games, with a chance to put the Bruins out of their misery, the Canadiens gave up four goals in both third periods. Not good.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Miikka Kiprusoff’s lucrative contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.
The Calgary Flames could sure use an advance performance worthy of that salary.
As in tonight.
Or else this season is kaput.
Trailing three games to two, the Flames are down to their last life as they head into tonight’s Game 6 in their best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks.
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