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from S.L. Price at Sports Illustrated,
What makes a winner? Considering that this is sport’s central question, the one agonized over by coaches, general managers, owners, parents and fans, considering how winners such as Yogi Berra and Michael Jordan are still revered, it’s remarkable that even those who wear the label find the question difficult to answer. After an initial stab at familiar terms—luck, confidence, hard work—there comes the flutter of ums, a pause and then surrender: “I can’t explain it,” Sakic says of Drury. “I can’t explain what he does.”
Or in the words of Scotty Bowman, who won the Stanley Cup nine times as a head coach and, with the Red Wings, fell victim to Drury’s overtime game-winner in Game 2 of the ‘02 Western Conference finals, “It’s hard to describe. We had one in Detroit with [Steve] Yzerman; they’re not big guys. You look at them game in, game out—and you still don’t know how they can do it.”
read on... long and if you like Chris Drury, you will be happy…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
If ever a league needed its stars to be its stars, it’s the NHL circa 2007.
I’d prefer the stepping up to be done by Marian Hossa in Atlanta, Marian Gaborik in Minnesota, or Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. I’d like the starring roles to be filled by players paid a star’s salary, such as Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Nashville’s Peter Forsberg, or Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom.
It doesn’t even have to be a forward to make me happy. For all I care, it could be any or all of the Isles’ Rick DiPietro, the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo and the Devils’ Martin Brodeur making headlines.
At my NHL.com blog today, I try to prepare you for the next two months.
I am interested in your traditions/habits and would appreciate you leaving a comment about them.
from the Calgary Flames,
And now it is playoff time. We are playing the Detroit Red Wings, my former team.
I would have to say that the leader of that team is the guy nobody mentions, Niklas Lidstrom. He is the calming influence on that team. The emotional leader is Kris Draper.
They have skill in players like Pavel Datsyuk and they have Tomas Holstrom who is tough to play against. You add Todd Bertuzzi to that line, too. I think he is the wild card for them. We all know how well he can play.
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Participation, as always is free and open to all KK members. Have a go at it, you just may win!
note: sticky post.
from the Windsor Star,
Barring a last-second setback, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg declared himself ready to play in Thursday’s opening game of the Western Conference quarter-final against the Calgary Flames.
Zetterberg, who hasn’t played since Feb. 24 because of an inflamed disc in his back, participated in a full practice for the first time Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
“I feel better than I did last week,” Zetterberg said….
Babcock said Todd Bertuzzi, who was diagnosed with a mild concussion after colliding with goalie Chris Osgood in a game last Thursday, will be re-examined by doctors later this week before he’s cleared to play.
“I think he will (play), but I don’t know for sure,” Babcock said.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
They gave Brodeur respect, called him “great” and talked about skills such as his stick-handling, which makes him almost a third defenseman. Still, some seemed as if they would rather be taking a puck off the head.
“We’re not going to sit here and talk about him every day,” center Brad Richards said. “We know he’s great. We know what he brings to the table. With all respect to him in the world, to sit here and wrack our brains over it is counterproductive.”
from Jody Vance at Slam,
Working at the rink, day in and day out, you get to know the characters behind the scenes pretty well, good folks like Vic the security guy who stands guard in front of the Leafs dressing room.
Vic is always there with a big smile and hello for me every game day, and this day was no different, except, he added, “Well, Jody ... is this it till next fall or will I see you next Monday?”
Call it the ripple effect of being a part of the NHL culture. It is akin to having a seasonal family.
One can only imagine how the players must feel on this day.
When any season wraps up, as it has in Toronto, do they give thought to how this group likely will not gather in its current form next fall?
from Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
The one who makes the franchise go - and made it go beyond logic Sunday - is the man behind the bench.
You can tell the players know it. They violated hockey tradition and their own instincts after that heart-stopping, last-second Devils goal and the heart-thumping shootout win Sunday. Instead of jumping immediately onto the ice, which is what hockey players do when they are on the bench and something remarkable happens, they stood right where they were. They all had to congratulate coach Ted Nolan.
“That was unexpected,” Nolan said yesterday.
added 7:02am, also from Newsday,
Although he hopes to participate in the playoffs, DiPietro said he first must be able to resume playing hockey in practice without symptoms before he even can take the neuro-psychological test he must pass in order to be cleared to play.
“The test is a few more steps away,” DiPietro told Newsday yesterday. “It’s an interesting process, but there’s a lot of things you need to do and be symptom-free before you go back to take that test. I’ll be doing some stuff on my own [today]. I think it depends on how I feel. It’s definitely a frustrating deal.”
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