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Q. Marc-Andre, someone was telling me that you might have given Al the octopus guy a little squirt with water just as he was doing his twirling thing. If that’s the case, can you describe what the deal was with that?
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY: It was an accident. I just missed my mouth by a little bit. (Laughter) Yep. I don’t know, it was just at the game he does it to us. And after the first two games, I thought I’ll give him a little something back. And we won, so it’s good.
Q. Can you give us an update on Sergei Gonchar and where he’s at and what the expectation is for him for tomorrow night?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: We’re expecting that he’s going to be able to play tomorrow. So that’s a good sign.
Q. Secondly, asking the guys what it’s like physically to come here after a game like that. What’s it like for you? You come down to the rink today and you reflect on last night, what goes through your mind? What are you feeling today?
Q. Sidney, how is everyone feeling today with a little sleep, I guess, but probably a lot of adrenalin?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Feel pretty good. I mean, we’re happy to still be playing. It was definitely a tough one last night. But we’re just happy to really still be playing here.
Q. You said earlier in the season that Gonchar might be one of the least‑recognized stars in the League. Can you just talk about, in your mind, what he brings to this team, not on the ice, but in the way he helps you guys in the room and with your maturity and the way you handle things?
A translated report at an online Russian news site:
Wayne Fleming, a Canadian coach offered the job of head coach of Belarus’ flagship ice hockey team Dinamo Minsk, held a news conference in Minsk on Monday.
The coach said that he would make up his mind on the offer on June 4, describing his talks with the club and the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation as fairly constructive.
The 57-year-old Fleming, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames, said that he liked Minsk and expressed certainty that his family would find it comfortable to live in the city. [...]
He is the second Canadian coach to be offered the Dinamo Minsk job. John Paddock turned down the offer earlier this year.
Press release via the SooToday.com:
Algoma University will celebrate the awarding of degrees at Spring Convocation 2008 to be held on the campus of Algoma University on June 14, 2008.
and being honored…
Mr. Ronald Francis, Honourary Doctorate of Letters
From Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com:
“I heard the Stanley Cup was in the hallway,” said [Max] Talbot, with a sly smile. “We just wanted to play more hockey.”
But Talbot’s smile escaped as fast as Sykora’s game-winner travelled from his stick to the back of the net.
“It was a big moment, but after the third period, it was the past,” Talbot said. “I’m just trying to forget about it because if we don’t win Game 6, it will mean nothing. Guys are happy about what we did and the character we showed, but it’s going to mean nothing if we don’t win the next game.”
more on the physical toll of game 5
From Mike Smith at The Hockey News,
The new CBA has been successful in creating, while not in excess, a healthy supply of free agents. The growing number of “Powerball lottery” contracts for players entering restricted free agency for the first time results in older players, either free agents or those making too much money, being more readily available.
The art is to pick the right ones, the ones who want to play and play well, not just be paid well. All managers make judgment errors signing players; the good ones make fewer.
I have had different free agent signing experiences as a manager. While in Winnipeg, we did not place much, if any, emphasis on free agents. To put it simply, Winnipeg had no money to spend on the older free agent.
From Drew Sharp at the Free Press,
Nobody felt the drastic shift in emotions Monday night worse than Osgood. He surrendered a power play goal midway through the third overtime, giving the gritty Penguins a 4-3 Game 5 victory.
“We wouldn’t be in this position if not for Ozzie,” said Brian Rafalski. “We had an opportunity to close it out, but it just proves that the game is 60 minutes long not 59 minutes long. It was one of those games that just didn’t want to end.”
Many came to Osgood’s defense.
He was nowhere to be found nearly an hour following the game.
From Adrian Dater at the ‘All Things Avs’ blog in the Denver Post,
I’m more proud than ever to cover the NHL, after watching last night’s triple OT thriller. It’s still the game of Real Men.
And that’s why, even though I bled green as a kid and have a virtual shrine to Larry Bird from where I write this, I probably won’t watch more than a few minutes of the C’s-Lakers Finals coming up in about 12 more days, or whenever they start a series in the NBA now.
I didn’t watch a full NBA game all year, and I’m not about to start now. The game is unwatchable to me now, and so are the god-awful broadcasts. I don’t need every 2-3 pass possession broken down 23 different ways by the men in pancake makeup, or the ditzy sideline reporter reporting that “Kevin Garnett told me the Celtics need to come out strong in the third quarter if they want to get back into this game. Guys, back to you.”
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
How entertaining was the contest? The worn-out beat reporters sitting on press row – men and women who after two months of travel typically pray for the final to end in a sweep, regardless of who wins – were standing in OT ...for good chunks of it anyway. It’s the first game I can recall attending in years where I felt nervous energy as a paid neutral observer.
“That was probably one of the best games for a long time,” said Penguins coach Michel Therrien. “And it’s fun.”
The question now is how does the NHL build off it; what can the league do to help sustain the momentum it has built?
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