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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (Sunday edition),
Still, Ottawa coach Bryan Murray isn’t ready to panic and snapped at a reporter who suggested the Penguins might have confidence.
“They’ve won one game and didn’t touch the puck for two periods,” barked Murray….
Afterward, someone reminded Alfredsson that before Game 2 he declared that whoever scored a win yesterday would have the “momentum” going into Game 3 tonight.
“I lied,” said Alfredsson, who scored his first goal of the playoffs on a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play at 16:44 of the second to give the Senators a 2-1 lead, with Colby Armstrong off for nailing goalie Ray Emery.
added 8:52pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The beauty of the NHL playoffs isn’t just the fine line that separates winning from losing, but the way those lines intersect with each other and lead from one to the other like a map. A broken stick here, a goalpost struck there, a timely hit, a key save.
But sometimes those fine lines don’t just happen—they are created.
And so it was on Saturday afternoon. With the opening-round series between Ottawa and Pittsburgh feeling much like a rout after two periods of play, longtime Senator-killer Gary Roberts created that fine line for his new team, the Penguins.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The game ended with shoving and hitting and penalties. In the middle of it all was Avery.
“I don’t think it was frustration,” Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said about the chippy finish. “I think it’s more the love we have for Sean Avery. He’s a solid competitor. ... I don’t know him personally, but he seems to disturb lots of people in the league.”
from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
After refusing to comment following the Sharks’ fisticuff-filled 5-2 loss to the Predators on Friday night, Wilson reacted incredulously Saturday to Trotz’s repeated attempts to blame the series’ physical tone and vindictive episodes on the Sharks.
“The rhetoric coming (from Trotz) is that we went there to start a street brawl, which is comical,” Wilson said after the Sharks’ 4 a.m. return from splitting the first two games in Nashville. The best-of-seven Western Conference series resumes Monday.
“Our responses aren’t about beating anybody up or any of that baloney. We took home ice from them. The pressure is on them now. We’re still in the driver’s seat. ... We’ll win the game on the ice.”
Most every series has had its share of big hits, scrums and gritty play. Hope hockey fans are enjoying the play so far, the best is yet to come.
Expect a better game tonight from the Islanders and the Tampa Bay/New Jersey game should be a hard fought batttle.
The Flames will come out flying tomorrow, trying to erase Game 1 memories quickly.
No need to even discuss Sharks/Preds, we know the Shark Tank will be rocking. And look for the Wild to regroup and come on strong at home.
TORONTO (April 14, 2007)—The National Hockey League announced today that Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov has been suspended for one game for a hitting-from-behind incident involving San Jose forward Steve Bernier in Western Conference Quarterfinal game #182 in Nashville, April 13.
The incident occurred at 4:44 of the second period. Radulov was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.
Radulov will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, Monday, April 16 at San Jose. He will be eligible to return for Game 4, April 18 at San Jose.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Listen up America, we need to talk.
With all the Homeland threats you’ve been under lately, the last thing I want to do is get you unnecessarily alarmed. but, in this case, I think it’s well worth it.
You see, you’re about to be invaded. Don’t worry, the intruder isn’t your typical army (although he is just as noisy and often fires randomly into a crowd) but a single, solitary individual. This army of one goes by the simple name of Don Cherry, sometimes referred to as The Coach; Grapes; or occasionally, Old Yeller.
Nashville Predators’ forward Scott Hartnell will not receive an automatic one game suspension for incurring his second game misconduct of the playoffs.
The NHL reviewed Friday night’s altercation that led to Hartnell’s game misconduct. The league determined that Hartnell was not involved in a secondary fight, he was involved in the initial altercation, and that the tie-down on his sweater was in fact secure.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Holmqvist was supposed to be an upgrade as a backup goalie, one of those guys who goes in when the schedule gets heavy, one of those guys who pleases everyone if he can win a dozen games or so along the journey. Frankly, he was supposed to be Bruce Gradkowski.
Instead, Holmqvist was better than expected.
Instead, Marc Denis was worse.
Even now, especially now, you cannot get away from it. Much of the reason the Lightning is in Holmqvist’s hands is because of Holmqvist, who was more athletic, more resilient, tougher mentally than his team had any reason to believe. And much of the reason is that Denis wasn’t.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
What the Flames need is to find a style that blends their speed and skill with the edge they used to have.
“We want to be a hard-working team that comes at you and doesn’t give you anything free,” said Tony Amonte.
Fine in theory, but unless they work together to create that scenario there are too many free rides for the opposition like the one Detroit got in Game 1.
Let’s not mince words—the Flames were humiliated.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Evgeni Malkin has been in playoffs before and figured he knew what it is like to chase a championship at this time of year.
But nothing in the Russian Super League prepared Malkin for what he experienced in the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to Ottawa in Game 1 of their opening-round series Wednesday.
The pace was faster, the hitting harder, the passions higher than anything he remembered from his days with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
“He said playoff intensity in Russia does not go as high as it is here,” said Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar, Malkin’s friend, countryman and landlord. “He’ll probably need some adjustment.”
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