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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
With each game, each series and each season, Murray and assistants John Paddock and Greg Carvel have gained more knowledge of the inner workings of their own team.
“I know what guys can do now,” said Murray. “I know the level you can expect, where they fit and they, in turn, came to understand better the system that we’re trying to play, the checking role we expect of them and the work ethic we expect of them.”
With that knowledge, the coaching staff can figure out what matchups work best, what areas they are best equipped to try and exploit on the other side.
I have to be honest with you, as a Wings fan, we normally don’t hear the phrase, “The Wings are running the goalie in every game.”
In a way, that is the type of team Detroit fans have been waiting for, but I really don’t see much of the “goalie running” everyone is talking about.
Do the Wings really run the goalie? What do you think about that fans, both Wings and fans of the other teams.
The Hockey News comments on yesterday’s action…
•I’d imagine the Lightning’s loss will mean one of their big three (Richards, Martin St-Louis, Vincent Lecavalier) will be on the move this summer. Tampa GM Jay Feaster can’t go into the 2007-08 season so top-heavy in payroll and he needs to improve his defense.
•I don’t buy the theory that older teams tend to wear down during overtime or late in a series. The Red Wings looked young and strong throughout the overtime of Game 6, the seventh-plus period of hockey they played in about 33 hours. A younger Calgary team looked wasted at times. Durability is all about conditioning and drive, not age.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
They couldn’t do it last year at home against Anaheim and they definitely couldn’t have done it in Detroit, where the Flames were made to look uglier than the city.
Oh sure they put in a gusty effort last night—a showing that did them, the city and the fans proud.
But in the end their admirable refusal to die made for a more heartbreaking end to a frustrating season.
That said, a win would only have made the Game 7 loss harder.
from Mark Moore of the Toronto Star,
Some people think violence occurs because hockey is an intense emotional game, but now is the time when the inaccuracy of such explanations is most clear.
At playoff time, games are all-important, team discipline is absolute and acting out frustration against the interests of the team is simply not tolerated. The violence we see, therefore, is largely a deliberate tactic.
from the Tennessean,
Owner Craig Leipold said Sunday the Predators have not decided whether to invoke a clause in their lease that could force the city to decide whether to pay for thousands of tickets at the end of next season or give the team a way out of its lease.
Leipold told The Tennessean the NHL team averaged about 13,500 in paid attendance for home games this season, which allows them to put the city on notice for next season….
One reason the Predators might invoke the clause is that beginning next season, the NHL is requiring teams to reach 13,200 in paid attendance to qualify for the league’s full revenue-sharing package. Teams must average at least 14,000 in paid attendance in 2008-09 to qualify for full revenue-sharing benefits.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
There’s no doubt that Kiprusoff will be a priority in terms of signing him to a longer term deal, but are whispers out there that the Flames may entertain the concept of trading Iginla as early as this summer. Maybe there’s need for a chemistry shakeup in Calgary and there is no question that if a player like Iginla might be available, there will be an awfully lot of potential suitors.
Finally a road team wins. Franzen with the goal in 2OT.
If Vancouver wins tomorrow, Wings will play San Jose at home on Thursday or Friday.
If Dallas Wins, Wings will play the Stars, again either Thursday or Friday at home.
OK, who is still around?
Will it end in 2OT?
St. Louis: 31:35
Tampa Bay gave it all, but the Devils move on.
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals are set:
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