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from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
Among the myriad jobs of Erin The Intern, the most noticeable one is guardian of the logo.
She stands sentry after practices and games, guarding the team logo that has been imprinted in the Ottawa Senators’ dressing room. When the media hordes descend, notepads and tape recorders and cameras at the ready to record the innermost thoughts of Antoine Vermette, Erin The Intern has to steer them around the centurion character in the middle of the room.
Lindy Ruff on an off-day Q & A…
Q. Lindy, the message today, you got the chance to play another home game and stay alive in this series. What’s the message to your players today?
COACH LINDY RUFF: Well, along the lines that we talked about before Game 4, again, that got to take care of all the little areas and make sure that we’re good with the puck and in a lot of situations just try to make sure we outwork them.
Q. They had a few more turnovers last game than the previous ones. Was that forecheck, guys clogging the middle better, pressure on them more?
COACH LINDY RUFF: I think it was a little bit of everything. I think that, you know, we were better with it. I think when you get the lead, a team has a tendency to try more things, you know, try to get back in the game. I think obviously when you get down by a couple, you’re going to err on the side of being more aggressive and trying to make more plays.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
They may be a bit raw and certainly a tad too undisciplined for any hockey purist, but they certainly didn’t lack the courage to win.
That’s no small accomplishment, especially against a team as deep and as mentally tough as the Red Wings.
You knew coming in it could go only one of two ways for the Ducks. Never a particularly good team when Pronger was out of the lineup in the regular season, they had to decide whether they would suck it up and do whatever it took to make up for the loss of perhaps the league’s best two-way defenceman or do the old woe-is-me routine and falter in his absence.
The Star Phoenix did a Q & A with former NHL defenseman Brad Marsh,
To me, the new rules and the officiating are ruining the game and they’ve taken those rules and put them in minor hockey. We’re not producing any skilled players at the novice, atom and pee wee levels because three-quarters of the game is spent in the penalty box. I coach minor hockey. Brendan Shanahan talks about this, this and this. He’s never stood behind a minor hockey bench and he’s never run a minor hockey practice. I know what the rules are doing to minor hockey. They’re ruining minor hockey. Period.
more from Marsh…
from the Tennessean,
Nashville Arena will become The Sommet Center today under a naming agreement between the Nashville Predators and Franklin-based Sommet Group, a Predators official said.
The lease between the Predators and Metro allows the NHL team to keep all revenue from naming rights. With talk about the Predators possibly exercising an out-clause in their lease with the city in the coming weeks, the new naming rights deal could be a signal that the team is leaning toward staying in Nashville long term.
via the Toronto Star,
The Stanley Cup playoffs are producing good results for TSN. The network’s 831,000 average for this round is up 22 per cent over last season. CBC isn’t releasing year-over-year figures yet, but Wednesday’s Ottawa-Buffalo game drew 1.7 million viewers. The CBC has to be thrilled by Ottawa’s chances of making the final.
No games tonight, we all need the time off!
from Randy Sportak at the Calgary Sun,
Thank you NHL for ruining Saturday night.
Sabbath’s eve is meant for hockey, that much we agree upon.
Just not morning hockey as will be the case tomorrow when the Ottawa Senators look to finish off the Buffalo Sabres.
Playoff games on a Saturday are perfect for dinnertime—at least for those of us in Western Canada. And preferably while enjoying a hamburger and milkshake while taking in the action in front of a high-def TV.
from Mike Keenan at Sun Media,
Some figured the refined rules would hinder the taller, broader, bulkier players, who were supposed to now have more difficulty pursuing and catching the Brieres of the world.
But the Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom have shown just how effective the bigger players can be, even in this so-called new era of the sport.
Take Bertuzzi. He’s a big man. And he has been a force.
What guys like he and Holmstrom do runs much deeper than just what you see in the summary.
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
“Only two NHL teams have ever done it,” I said. “But look at it this way. There have been 20 teams that came back to win after falling behind, 3-1, in a series. That means they’re 10 times more likely to pull it off after Game Four.”
“You know, I hadn’t thought about it that way,” Rex said, closing his notebook and shifting on his bar stool. “This team does have a way of making it hard on itself. They don’t seem to play their best until their backs are against the wall. Maybe they’re creating the ultimate crisis, to see how much we really believe.”
“Just think how tight the Senators will be if they lose Saturday,” I said. “Every media person in Canada will be talking about their history as choking dogs.”
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