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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
To suspend or not to suspend.
If Pronger is suspended, for no more than one game, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The score of the game and the fact it was an elbow from behind doing some damage to Holmstrom’s head and that it was also perceived as payback for earlier events will work against Pronger and the Ducks.
If Pronger isn’t suspended, well, that won’t be a huge shock either. Holmstrom apparently did not suffer serious injury on the play, it’s the Western Conference final and there have been hits like this one that have in the past gone unpunished.
The big thing, though, is that the Niedermayer-Pronger-Holmstrom convergence partially obscures the real story here – Detroit totally handing Anaheim its lunch on Duck ice in what should have been a statement game for the Ducks.
added 8:06am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Q. Do you feel your team lost its composure in the second period?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, obviously things really spiraled down quickly for our group in the second. I think we must have taken five penalties in a row or something like that.
Obviously, our frustration level got up there, and we didn’t show the necessary discipline that’s required. It just seemed to have a snowball effect. What else can you say?
Did we lose our composure? I’d have to say that it left lots of room for improvement.
Wings take it to the Ducks, win 5-0, go up 2-1 and get back home ice advantage.
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Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger decided to plant Holmstrom’s head against the glass.
Niedermayer received a five minute major.
added 11:06pm, Holmstrom on the ice for the 3rd.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The term embedded could apply to Pierre McGuire, who provided analysis for the third game of the Detroit Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks Western Conference final on TSN Tuesday night.
McGuire set up, not at his usual spot between the benches, but right on the players’ benches. During the first and third periods, he stood with the Ducks. In the second, he joined the Red Wings.
In a normal situation, this would raise questions, such as: When is close too close? Yes, it’s a great idea to report and comment from the front row. But, on the other hand, an independent commentator doesn’t want to appear to be joining the team.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
As a goalie, many in the hockey world expected him to hit a wall in these playoffs, but for the most part he has played “Like Wall,” the nickname once given to Latvian goalie ace Arturs Irbe.
After a shaky outing in the opening game of the second round against New Jersey, he hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a game since and is now 11-2 in the postseason. When it matters, he has been the Emery Board, nailed across the front of the net, more than good enough.
As hockey fans know, Bill Daly is the Deputy Commissioner of the NHL and has been with the league since 1996. Today he was kind enough to speak briefly with Paul and myself.
Our thanks to Mr. Daly for taking the time for a few questions.
You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.
Inner Circle Sports’ Rob Tillis discusses the impact of HD, relocation and the young stars of the NHL.
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via Our Sports Central,
Torchetti replaced Ted Nolan, who moved on to coach the New York Islanders to a playoff birth this past season. “If this wasn’t such a great opportunity I would have been happy to stay in Moncton and continue to work with Mr. Irving to bring another championship to this great community,” he said. “Chicago recently signed Jonathan Toews, who at only 19, had an unbelievable tournament at the World Championships, and they have first pick in the upcoming draft, so it is similar to the rebuilding that I was part of in Tampa a few years ago.”
added 7:08pm, Got to love how someone is trying to scoop the signing announcement.
added 9:23pm, from the Univ. of North Dakota Hockey,
Jonathan Toews is home in Winnipeg. He’s still thrilled about his experience at the World Championship. He’s trying to get some rest, get over a cold and then get to work on a decision he’s said is going to be one of the toughest he’s had to make.
He has not, however, made that decision. Hockeybuzz.com falsely reported today that he has signed, citing sources in Canada saying that it was a “done deal.”
I got off the phone with Toews a little bit ago and he was surprised to hear about the report. After seeing it for himself he said, “Jeez, I can confirm that’s not true.”
added 10:22pm, from the Chicago Tribune,
On a day when the Blackhawks announced the signing of a new assistant coach and one of their prospects, two key questions remain unanswered—but perhaps not for much longer—regarding Jonathan Toews and Michal Handzus.
Of perhaps the most significance, Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said Tuesday he hopes to sign Toews, the highly touted first-round pick from last summer, perhaps this week.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
But Murray and general manager John Muckler don’t always see eye to eye. It’s not really a matter of hockey philosophy. As a coach, Muckler did a magnificent job of instituting a similar transformation in Edmonton, and he believes what Murray believes: you have some defensive responsibilities and after that, be as creative on offense as you can be.
The animosity began with Murray’s disapproval of some of Muckler’s managerial moves — or non-moves — and has escalated. As a result, the whisper around the NHL is that there will be a regime change in Ottawa this summer.
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