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from the Tennessean,
The teams now head back to Joe Louis Arena for Game 5 Friday. Babcock will have to decide whether he goes back to Hasek, who was 27-10-3 this season for the team that posted the NHL’s best record in the regular season, or sticks with Osgood (27-9-4).
“I’m pretty sure (what I’ll do), but I always like to take a deep breath first and then decide what I’m going to do,” Babcock said.
Still, it’s a decision that’s likely to be subject of great debate in Hockeytown.
But there was no discernable discussion about making a change after Game 3, when Hasek said he should have stopped a couple slap shots that found the net in Nashville’s 5-3 win.
He was, unsurprisingly, even more upset after the Game 4 loss.
“Very disappointing,” he said. “Last 60 minutes, worst hockey I’ve played in my life. I have nothing to say about it. I feel very bad about myself.’’
from Patrick Reusse of the Star-Tribune,
Did you ever feel cheated watching the Wild players in the spring of ‘03? Not once, not even when they couldn’t get a puck past Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to save their lives.
On Tuesday, the Wild players cheated their coach, and cheated the masses in Minnesota who stayed up in anticipation of another taut, terrific hockey game.
The Avalanche came out flying and the Wild retreated. Mikko Koivu was one exception to that, but he didn’t have much company.
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Senators’ 2007/2008 season came to an official, if not also ignominious, end Wednesday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins swept them with a 3-1 win.
The season, however, really ended a long time ago.
You can pick any number of incidents that might have been the catalyst.
But it might have starting going off the rails as long ago as last Sept. 5, when Ray Emery, on his way to a workout at the Bell Sensplex, got into a road rage episode with a senior citizen who had accidentally cut him off
Update 10:18pm ET: More from the Canadian Press...
from the Globe and Mail,
The league’s board of governors has rejected the idea of expanding the season by two games a team because of complications and timing, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
“It’s accurate that we are no longer considering an 84-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, but that it remains a possibility for the 2009-10 season,” Daly said in an e-mail yesterday.
“I think it was a combination of it becoming too late in the scheduling process for next season to effectuate a change, as well as the fact that we weren’t agreeable with the union’s condition that it be changed on a one-year, trial basis only.”
Even though the LA Kings failed to reach the playoffs, Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings has been keeping busy.
It is not an easy job to continue blogging when the team you cover is done for the season, but Rich has been giving daily updates on the Kings and his player evaluations have been great.
Stop by and check them out if you have a chance.
from Dan Gelston of the AP via USA TODAY,
Is he frustrated by his lack of production? Nope
Is the Flyers physical play affecting him? Nah.
Would a possible line change help? Hope so.
About the only thing Ovechkin would admit after Wednesday’s practice is that he’s had enough of the losing. Philadelphia owns a 2-1 series lead over the Capitals and Washington, which entered the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league, has lost consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 23-24 entering Thursday night’s Game 4.
“I’m frustrated we’re losing,” Ovechkin said. “It’s not about scoring, it’s about winning.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Did former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden break a golden rule in hockey when he revealed that Boston captain Zdeno Chara has been playing with sore ribs in an interview with the Boston Globe in today’s edition?
Sinden was asked for his opinion on a variety of subjects and players, and when queried for his thoughts on Chara, the former Bruins president stated, “We’ve got a hell of a leader in Chara, but I think he’s hurting right now. This rib injury. He’s playing OK, but he’s not as aggressive.”
Over at Maxim, Ryan Miller is blogging the playoffs in a weekly report. From today’s entry, he’s got a few thoughts to share on watching Avery the other night:
The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha.
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
So, how many more people will be watching and paying attention to the Devil/ Rangers game four tonight at Madison Square Garden now that Sean Avery has acted like a one-man ticket booth?
What will he do tonight? Will he be nasty or a saint?
Will he stand in front of Martin Brodeur face-to-face? How will the Devils react?
By turning around to face Brodeur and distract him the way he did Sean Avery single handedly made this a much more interesting series.
Update 4:59pm ET: Steve notes that NHL Network Online is having it’s inaugural Cisco All-Access pre-game show, featuring Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek, airing at 5:55pm ET tonight. Join them and a special guest as they break down Game 4 of the Rangers-Devils series from every angle.
Calgary Flames assistant coach Rich Preston and Flames captain Jarome Iginla got into a very heated argument during a video session this morning.
The argument was based on a disagreement between coach and captain over coverage in game four last night.
Flames coach Mike Keenan acknowledges the argument took place and admits it was heated but says Iginla later apologized and the two were put into a room together to settle their differences. ‘‘All brothers scrap,’’ Keenan joked. ‘‘However, that doesn’t mean then don’t care for each other, in fact it’ the opposite,’’ he told TSN.ca.
They “care for each other”? This mellow, ‘kinder, gentler’ version of Iron Mike is hard to get used to…
Update 5:33pm ET: More on Flames frustrations from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.
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