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from the News Journal,
"I think it's a joke," Hatcher said before Monday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "It's not how they called it the last 10, 15 games of the season; it's back to how they called it in the preseason. "If that's how they were going to call it, they should have started it 10 games ago. I thought the refereeing was great going down the stretch. They found a pretty good balance. Now, it's back to where it was in the preseason, and to me that's wrong."more
from the Detroit News,
He couldn't stop grinning. Jiri Fischer was back in the environment he loves … and misses. He was with his teammates, and he was cherishing every second. Fischer, who hasn't played since a heart abnormality nearly took his life on Nov. 21 during a game against Nashville, is traveling with the Red Wings on this trip to Edmonton. He is noticeably thinner. He doesn't know when, or if, he'll play hockey again. But the enthusiasm and appreciation for life is there, more than ever, and he couldn't contain his joy of having an opportunity to be with friends and teammates these next few days.continued
Knowing that his star Jaromir Jagr and his best defenseman, Darius Kaspariatis, were already out with injuries, Renney's brainstorm was to bench his healthy rookie goaltending sensation Henrik Lundqvist, too. For backup Kevin Weekes. "You think back to our last good game, it was here against [the Devils] with Kevin in goal," Renney explained after announcing the move at the Rangers' morning skate. But even if Renney's switch had led to a victory last night - and that hope evaporated when the Devils scored twice in the game's first 15 minutes - Renney's decision to bench Lundqvist still would have been hard to defend in this best-of-seven series.more
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
I've been in the RBC Centre when it has been half-empty, but there's no denying the excitement in the building when the National Hockey League playoffs come to town. The last two games here have featured overflow crowds - the team was selling standing-room tickets for $95 - and there isn't another rink in the league with a higher percentage of fans wearing home-team jerseys. Not that the jerseys are mandatory. The party-like atmosphere is reflected in some unusual garb. One row was filled with fans in black formal attire, while two other fans were spotted with yellow and powder-blue tuxes with matching top hats.continued
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It's still to be determined if the Oilers can beat the Red Wings. But there's no question Edmonton is going to annihilate Detroit. "It's nothing in Detroit (compared) to what it is in Edmonton. It's loud in Detroit but it's nothing compared to Edmonton. Coming home with the series tied, it's going to be amazing,'' said Ryan Smyth. Shawn Horcoff goes even further. "As much as they call Detroit Hockeytown, it's 10 times louder in Edmonton in the playoffs,'' said the Michigan State grad.continued
from the Star-Telegram,
Turco melted faster than the AAC ice on a July afternoon, coughing up the tying goal in the fading moments of regulation and the game-winner in overtime. The Avs' 5-4 victory ripped the heart out of a Stars' team that was finally beginning to look like itself again. Instead, they trail this series 0-2 with the next two games on tap in Denver. The loss should force coach Dave Tippett and the Stars to seriously consider whether they can continue to start Turco in goal Wednesday night in Denver.read on
Legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretyak was unanimously elected president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF) on Tuesday, the Reuters news agency reported. Tretyak, who turned 54 on Tuesday, succeeds Alexander Steblin, who was sacked last month following allegations of drunkenness and violent behavior.continued
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
A player like Denis Gauthier of the Philadelphia Flyers has a reputation in the National Hockey League. When a player like that hits someone hard, many like to jump to conclusions. He can say sorry all he wants but, obviously, Gauthier didn't learn his lesson, because on Monday night he did it again against Tomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres. It was a dangerous play that resulted in a five minute major. I think Colin Campbell and the NHL should suspend Gauthier. This guy should forfeit the right to play in the postseason. This was a nothing game because the score was so out of hand, and Gauthier went way over the line. That's embarrassing and he should be suspended.more I turned the channel long before the hit so I did not see it, but I recall Gauthier vowing a week or so ago that he would stop taking stupid penalties. from Philly News, T
he more they acted like idiots, the more we wanted to play," was what Ruff had said, the reporter told Hitchcock in the crowded interview room. Hitchcock listened, and calmly responded: "Well that's Lindy's opinion. He ought to not talk about that." Hitchcock then took one more question, talked more about being embarrassed, then abruptly said thank you and walked away from the podium. It was then that an emotional night took yet another strange and unexpected moment. As he was walking through the throng of reporters, Hitchcock loudly said: "Tell Lindy to [bleep] off. Tell him to mind his own [bleeping] business."more
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Answer me this: Why wouldn't the NHL keep the same officials with every series from beginning to end? Why must the guys who officiated the Sabres-Flyers game two nights ago travel to New Jersey to handle the Devils-Rangers game tonight? This makes no sense. Officiating crews should be assigned to one series and stick with it. First and foremost, it would give each series consistent game-callingcontinued
from the Detroit Free Press via the Mercury News,
For the past two games, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace has seen entirely too much of one color. "Every time I look up there's white jerseys around," he said, "and they've been keeping us away from the net and letting Rollie see a lot of shots." "Get to the net, make it hard for him to see," Legace said. "He's a very good goalie so you're going to have to get in front of him somehow, because if he sees it, he's going to stop it."more on the series...
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