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from Bruce Dowbigginn of the Calgary Herald,
Put yourself in Iginla’s place. The organization has decided to cobble together another run with the same principal working parts in 2008-09—and that means you must stay healthy and produce premium numbers. But you don’t see any young players following in your footsteps to give the Flames a long-term future….
You know that any number of organizations would die to have you play for them—organizations that are a whole lot closer to a Stanley Cup than are the Flames.
It’s probably a year early to start scanning the horizon. After all, you’re an Alberta boy and that doesn’t leave the blood stream overnight.
But if Darryl Sutter’s latest concoction of players and coaches goes as well as the past three have done, there’s a limit to your loyalty.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Head coach Guy Carbonneau said he won’t reveal the name of his starting goaltender until game time tonight, but Carey Price will be back in goal when the Canadiens face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Carbonneau has little choice as the Canadiens hope to avoid falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. While Price has not played well in the three games against the Flyers - he has a 3.79 goals-against average and an .853 save percentage - the Canadiens have to look at the big picture.
from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,
What the Stars are doing, goalie Marty Turco noted, is illustrating the miniscule difference that exists between winning and losing in hockey.
Remember, the same Stars who were so terrible in March were a brilliant 12-2 in February.
“Even though it’s gone great for us so far, there’s a fine line [between winning and losing],” Turco pointed out. “There was in both months, and there is still right now. We’re not taking anything for granted.”
Nor should they. While head coach Dave Tippett is absolutely right when he says that the Stars haven’t won a game in this series they didn’t deserve to win, they’re also getting their share of providential bounces, like the Norstrom shot that zinged Roenick’s stick.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Nords fans still talk about the Good Friday brawl in 1984 at the Montreal Forum: fourteen fights. So many, in fact, that referee Bruce Hood lost track of who was tossed from the game and who was not.
“My parents still talk about that game,” Biron said. “How the Canadiens cheated. It runs deep. People who are Quebec fans will always be Nordiques fans. It runs deep within families. They will always have that feeling inside them.”
Biron has that feeling deep inside him as well whenever he sees that “CH” crest of the Canadiens.
“Funny, but Marty never talks about it,” said Danny Briere, admitting that he never knew his former Buffalo roommate painted his face blue and white as a child.
from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,
Things are rolling the Stars’ way, in case you haven’t noticed. They haven’t been decisively better than San Jose in any game in this series, but because they have consistently been just a little better, they own a 3-0 series lead after Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime victory.
And if a defenseman bouncing the puck off of a Shark to get past Evgeni Nabokov sounds a little lucky, well ... that’s Stanley Cup playoff overtime hockey.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With the exception of Game 2 in Detroit, the Avs have competed, scrapped, persevered, been resilient and not embarrassed themselves. But the problem is, only in part because of their continuing injury problems, they’re just not anywhere near as good as the Red Wings.
That might be almost as galling to the Avalanche loyalists as the site of all those Red Wings jerseys in the Pepsi Center seats.
The latest unofficial count is that 324,000 former Michigan residents now live in Colorado; and sometimes it seems that 323,284 of them claim to have had been at every Red Wings game until they moved.
But that’s not the Red Wings’ fault.
Colorado has a tiered roster, finished out with grit.
The Wings have skill throughout, and that’s why they’re about to end the Avalanche season.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
For the fourth straight playoff season, our beloved Los Tiburones have shown just enough flash and talent and resiliency to raise big, big hopes. But then they fail miserably to lock up victory - either within an individual game, or in a series.
Tuesday night, it was both. By losing in overtime after losing the lead in the third period - for the second time in this series - the Sharks have essentially sent the Dallas Stars to the next round.
How do you explain that? How do you explain why a team isn’t able to hold onto a lead just once in three tries?
“I wish I had an answer for you, to be honest,” said Shark goalie Evgeni Nabokov. “But I don’t.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The officiating in this Game 3 is god-awful, and two good teams like these deserve better.
Peter Forsberg’s goalie interference penalty in the second period was one of the worst calls I’ve seen in a long, long time. What’s the penalty, competing to try and get your stick on the puck and score a goal in front of the net?
Henrik Zetterberg was called for a phantom interference penalty in the second, and Cody McLeod was called for high-sticking in the first period when his stick never touched….anybody.
I also thought Samuelsson dove on that “high-stick” of Forsberg’s in the second, giving the Wings a four-minute PP.
note: added by Dater sometime overnight to his blog…
Update: OK, I guess Sammy lost a tooth on that play. I didn’t see that at first, and should have pointed that out. But I still don’t think Forsberg’s stick was very high. It was more of an accident to me than a high stick.
Cudos to Adrian doing the update he did in blogger fashion. Too many time bloggers decide to sneak in or delete a line or two, hoping they won’t be caught.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
By the middle of the third period last night, even the New York Rangers’ notoriously diehard fans in the upper reaches had thrown in the towel, turning their anger on their heroes and finally on themselves in a series of punch-ups.
Down on the ice, the Rangers were punchless by the third period, having thrown everything they had at the Pittsburgh Penguins, only to run up against goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who has never been bad in this NHL playoff series, but was far better last night than his Rangers counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, for the first time.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Ask Peter Karmanos what his team’s payroll will look like next season, and he’s quick to say what the Carolina Hurricanes spend on players will be determined by what the franchise makes on advertising and tickets.
And in that respect, the Hurricaanes’ owner is putting his mouth where his money is.
Having completed a hands-on restructuring of the sales force of Compuware, the software company he helped found, Karmanos said he’s going to try to do the same with his hockey team.
‘‘I plan to come in and actually help work on both those areas myself two or three days a week starting in July,’’ Karmanos said this week in a telephone interview from his Detroit office. ‘‘We’re going to do just fine.’‘
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