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from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Mike Knuble grew up in Kentwood, Mich., played hockey for the University of Michigan, held the Stanley Cup in his hands at the end of his first two NHL seasons with Detroit. “The passion it brings out in the city and the fans is something you never forget,” he said after the Flyers’ practice yesterday. “In Detroit they had all those flags hanging on the cars . . .
“You got tired of it almost after 2 years in a row. It sounds crazy but . . . It was like, ‘There’s that damn Cup again.’ “
Ten long years later, after stops in Detroit, with the New York Rangers and Boston, after his midcareer transformation from NHL grinder to goal-scorer, Knuble, 35, sometimes drives home from the rink conjuring up that image, sometimes imagines what that skate around the ice
after the NHL’s final game would feel like again. He tries not to, he said, because the Flyers have won only eight of the 16 games necessary for that dream to be a reality. But it doesn’t always work, and it does not make him tired.
from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
Before I spend one more word on how good our hockey team played Thursday night, I have to say how bad it looked to see so many empty seats at Joe Louis Arena. Cheaper seats. Expensive seats. Empty clusters. Half-empty rows.
Hey, this ain’t Nashville, folks.
This is Detroit, Hockeytown, where every seat should be filled, because these are the conference finals, the bridge to the championship, against Dallas, a team that hasn’t been here for the playoffs in 10 years. That last time was a war that ultimately led to a Detroit Stanley Cup.
from Rink Side Blog at Sports Illustrated,
Coach Mike Babcock credits Kronwall’s intelligence, his ability to see the ice and read the play, which means Kronwall isn’t giving up two-on-ones by taking himself out of position. “It’s important for us that him and [defense partner Brad] Stuart are on the hunt because it makes [opponents] nervous,” Babcock said. “You got to be aware of where they are.”
more on the Wings…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
In an interview this week, we asked Cole how he felt about the criticism.
“When you pick up the paper, and you get ripped, well, okay, you have to live with it,” he said. “But you have to keep saying to yourself, well, maybe the whole world isn’t thinking this way. Then you get reassured when you meet hockey fans and they’re so kind to you. That makes you feel good.”
Despite criticisms that he misidentifies players too often, Cole’s work this season has received kudos from people in the business.
from Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,
If the Stars, the team that played with bravado and arrogance in the first two rounds of the playoffs don’t show up in a hurry, the Western Conference finals will end in four games.
You know it. I know it. Even the players know it, though they certainly aren’t going to admit it.
From Rhéal Séguin at the Globe & Mail,
Hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak has taken hundreds of flights over his career and witnessed many bizarre incidents on planes, but nothing like last week’s midair altercation that left a drunken Russian passenger dead.
Mr. Tretiak was fast asleep in the first-class section of an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Toronto, on his way to the prestigious international hockey championship in Quebec City, not knowing that one of his diehard fans was determined to talk to him.
“I felt someone shaking me on my shoulder and I woke up. There was this guy standing next to me. He looked like he had been drinking. Before I realized it, somebody else was pulling him away as he screamed, ‘Tretiak, Tretiak.’ And then they just took him away,”
continued… *a strange story, and obviously very upsetting, experience for Tretiak
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
Olie Kolzig, the Washington Capitals goaltender through some of the best and worst moments in the team’s history, confirmed yesterday what had been suspected for weeks: He has played his final game for the franchise that drafted him in 1989.
continued (reg. req.)
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was diagnosed with a blood clot in his left ankle today. He will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.
The diagnosis was made at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Timonen said.
“I got hit with a shot in Game 4 against Montreal,” said Timonen, 33. “It’s been getting sorer and sorer every day. We thought we’d get it checked out because it didn’t get better and they found a blood clot.
added 8:35pm, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren answered some questions today from the media regarding Timonen…
added 9:12pm , Kimmo Timonen answers some questions and the answers are below.
from the Palm Beach Post,
Two promising and qualified candidates for the Panthers’ coaching job emerged this week when former Toronto coach and general manager Pat Quinn and current New York Rangers assistant coach Perry Pearn expressed interest in the job.
Quinn and Pearn both told The Palm Beach Post that they have enjoyed a close working relationship with Panthers GM Jacques Martin and would relish the challenge of ending the team’s eight-year playoff drought.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
And if you live in New Orleans, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Orlando or Cleveland, you are blissfully unaware of how unlucky you are.
You have the NBA and you never have had the NHL, and so you live under the impression that you’re seeing something urgent and dramatic.
You have no idea that the hockey playoffs are to the basketball playoffs what the William Tell Overture is to Chopsticks.
It’s not that the basketball games lack juice. It’s just that the hockey games overflow with it. Short of war or a home invasion, nothing seems more imperative.
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