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I believe that this is an auto-play video, but Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean put things particularly eloquently after his team's series-ending 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, ending the teams' second-round series in 5 games.
MacLean's bottom line on the series, as he told Sportsnet? "I hope they don't charge us for the clinic," he said, referring to the example the Penguins set for Ottawa's younger players as to how a team must continually improve its play to persist in the second, third and fourth rounds:
With a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Senators had a tough time finding any momentum and now many will ask if Daniel Alfredsson has played his last NHL game.
Good goal according to on-ice officials and Toronto.
added 8:26pm, NBCSN call is below...
The Ottawa Senators face a win or go home scenario tonight when they play the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Puck drops around 7:38pm ET and can be viewed on NBCSN, CBC or RDS.
Feel free to comment on the game as it plays out or anything playoff related.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
Hiring Roy was an inspired idea. Kudos to Avs president Josh Kroenke for a bold stroke to change the culture of a slumbering franchise.
The only way this move could have been better is if Roy could lose 40 pounds, shed 15 years and get back to work between the pipes, instead of on the bench for Colorado.
His first job as coach should be to find the Avs a top-notch, stand-on-the-head, Vezina-worthy goalie the team has lacked since some guy named Roy left the building in 2003....
Everything about Varlamov, from his goals-against average to his save percentage, shouts: Average. Pedestrian. Ho-hum.
We've seen Saint Patrick, and Varly is no Saint Patrick.
Nobody in sports during the past 30 years, from Tiger Woods to Lance Armstrong to Michael Jordan, is a more passionate, demanding winner than Roy.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney has signed a long-term contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes' future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don's long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed."
Mark Osbourne and Rob Pizzo of Hockey Night Online discuss the Patrick Roy hiring, Senators/Penguins and Wings/Blackhawks.
Watch the discussion below...
One thing I don't like seeing is how unglued the Hawks' top players are. They need to show composure and leadership, not whine to the officials.I said this all year long and Hawks fans hated me for it: it concerned me that Chicago entered the playoffs without having faced any adversity.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN in a chat he did with fans today.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Why subject yourself to the grind of the travel and the work after all these years, when you could be enjoying retirement, fishing or golfing somewhere?
BC: “I love doing this. This is great. I don’t ever want to stop this. Now, somebody’s going to stop me someday by saying: ‘No, we don’t want you anymore.’ And when that day comes, I guess I don’t have any choice. I’m gone. But as far as wanting to leave, if I don’t enjoy doing this, or if I have some kind of difficulty — please God that that doesn’t happen — and I can’t do it, OK. But as long as I can do it and the fans can enjoy the game, I’m certainly going to enjoy the game.”
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
There are eight teams still competing for the Stanley Cup, and precisely none of them operate on the model now being proposed by the new-look Colorado Avalanche.
Then again, it's hard to explain precisely what the Colorado model is, or how it will work.
What we do know is that of the remaining eight, none are run by Hall of Fame centremen with no previous experience or coached by Vezina Trophy winning goalies straight out of junior hockey with expanded powers beyond just minding the bench.
And the eight other NHL clubs that qualified for post-season play before being eliminated in the first round? Nope, they aren't using the buddy system the Avs are going with, the we-won-championships-together-so-we-must-know-how-to-run-a-team approach.
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