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from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
The New Jersey Devils apparently are getting rugged defenseman Colin White back for the second round of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators.
The concern now is Devils captain Patrik Elias.
Elias missed his second straight practice with a cold on Wednesday, sparking concern that the left wing on the Devils’ top line might not be available for Game 1 at the Continental Airlines Arena on Thursday night.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Here are 10 of the more memorable Stanley Cup-related musings over the years:
4. “I’d like to know where Patrick (Roy) was in Game 3 – probably up trying to get his jock out of the rafters.” – Jeremy Roenick, after Game 4 of the 1996 Western Conference semifinals against Colorado.
8. “Bob Kelly was so dumb, they should’ve written his name on the Stanley Cup in crayon.” – Legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Gene Hart on the former Flyer.
fro Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Look for the Ducks to triumph over the Canucks if for no other reason than fatigue — both mental and physical — on the Canucks’ part.
But if there’s an upset, there won’t be a lot of long faces in the league’s head office. The Anaheim ice is an absolute disgrace and staging a postseason game on that surface is akin to staging a World Series game on a gravel infield.
Two of the league’s most atrocious surfaces — Nashville and Tampa Bay (in that order) — are gone.
Once the Ducks and Devils go, the quality of the overall spectacle will pick up.
more picks from Al, plus other NHL topics…
from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,
Head coach Ron Wilson refines the search by pointing out that Guerin isn’t in charge of breaking down video but of whispering sweet somethings into the ears of the players next to him on the bench during the game, and his expertise in that context is invaluable.
“Take Mathieu Schneider or Chris Chelios or Nicklas Lidstrom,” Wilson said. “Billy knows what makes those guys tick, what they like to do and don’t like to do. He can tell one of the young guys what don’t they want to do in a certain situation. To say that this is why we got him is putting it a little too simply, but this is one of the ways he helps us. I mean, if you saw all the little things he did against Nashville that made things easier for the other guys, you’d get it.”
On April 23rd, Sean Avery appeared on MTV’s TRL for a short interview. Nothing too serious: a few words about guys losing teeth, a few words about wearing another man’s underwear and charging tourists for pictures, etc.
You know how it is… just a typical day with Sean Avery.
P.S. For a flashback to Avery’s appearance on MTV’s Cribs last summer, you can check out that video on YouTube.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Vancouver Canucks led only 45 minutes, 55 seconds (9%) of the total 512:15 played in their seven-game elimination of the Dallas Stars. No team led less. . . . The first-round lead-time figures for the other Conference Semifinalists (by percentage of total playing time): New York Rangers 166:00, 69.2%; Ottawa Senators 179:09, 59.7%; Buffalo Sabres 171:54, 57.3%; Anaheim Ducks 153:18, 51.1%; New Jersey Devils 173:55, 46.6%; San Jose Sharks 147:46, 45.0%; Detroit Red Wings 154:39, 40.2%.
from the Daily Post,
Ninety-nine years later, when a Colby Armstrong rings the bell of a Patrick Eaves with a shoulder to the head (when a less violent move would have served the same purpose)—and the victim’s bench boss shrugs and says, “That’s hockey!”—stories like the following are a breath of fresh air.
“Bun” Cook was no pantywaist! In 1929-30 he clocked 55 minutes in penalties when the real “bad man” of the NHL, Eddie Shore cooled his heels in the sin bin for 105 minutes. The game’s historians describe him as “determined and dedicated”.
more... a must read for old-schoolers…
vai the AP,
“He’s out for Game 1 because he still has blood on his eye,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. “The doctors want no blood on his eye before he plays.
“It’s a blow because he scored 30 goals this season, and he’s one of our key players. But we expect to get him back at some point in the series, and that’s good news for us and him.”
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from David Kolb of MSG Network,
It seems like everyone in New York, N.Y. has forgotten that the other New York team, 400 miles northwest, is the team to beat.
Expectations must be high, if the Sabres disappointed so many scribes and television analysts while eliminating the Islanders in five games.
Conversely, the Rangers swept the Thrashers in four and are now the darlings of the hockey world.
And yes, it’s easy to jump on the Ranger bandwagon - as so much of U.S. and Canada’s hockey fans, writers and analysts have done - after their four-game annihilation of Atlanta.
Ranger fan or not, it is great they are in the playoffs!
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