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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
We knew going into the Sharks-Oilers series that Joe Thornton would be up against Chris Pronger in almost every opportunity. Certainly the Oilers want to get Pronger out against Thornton and although the record will show that Thornton had no points in Game One, he had a marvellous game. He was making great passes and playing strong along the boards to get away from Pronger.continued...plus Avs try to make a statement...
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Bang. Bang. They knocked them down. Bang. Bang. They hit the ground. Bang. Bang. They made an awful sound. Bang. Bang. They really got rocked around. Out-hustled. And, especially, out-muscled. If it looked like the Edmonton Oilers had the old rope-a-dope going against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, this one was just being on the ropes and, for most of the second period, out on their feet.continued
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
Sure, it's disappointing when the local club you're kind of rooting for because it's a local club turns out to be a bunch of bullies. But the Sharks, they hurt people. Legally, but still ... The Oilers have this defenseman named Chris Pronger who is as big as a Zamboni (6-foot-6 and 230 pounds) and fast as a Maserati and has a longstanding rep around San Jose for mistreating Sharks. He is quite unpopular here. Experts said Pronger was the key to the Oilers' hopes. But the Sharks neutralized him, pounded him, stood up to him and his teammates.read on
from the News & Observer,
Brodeur gave up six goals Saturday, tying his personal high for a playoff game, but was the victim of a number of odd bounces, including one where he admittedly took his eye off the puck and had it bounce off his stick and between his legs for Carolina's second goal. "At this point, there's no difference between losing 6-0 or 2-1 in overtime," Brodeur said. "It's one game, nothing more. We lost and we're down 1-0. We've been in tougher situations a lot in the past." Laviolette deflected questions about whether the Canes were intruding on Brodeur's crease -- "If we were, we definitely got tackled into it," he said -- or were deliberately trying to put the puck into his skates from odd angles, instead pointing out the save Brodeur made on Chad LaRose as an example of how hard it is to beat him. "The puck goes off your defenseman's stick in between your legs, is that Marty Brodeur having a bad night? I don't think so," Laviolette said. "... I'm sure he can't wait to get back in the pipes and have a great night."
from the Edmonton Journal,
Do you know the way to hate San Jose? Not yet? Even after losing Game 1? Well, as a public service, here are 28 reasons to mock or condemn the city of San Jose and its hockey team. Clip and save for this round of playoffs. -Sharks fans like to photoshop pictures of Chris Pronger and post them on the team's website. One such photo makes it appear as if Pronger wears panties. Another puts the rugged Oiler defenceman in a pink leotard and blond wig. This is outrageous. This is hockey blasphemy. -Those same fans think their beloved Jonathan Cheechoo is American, from Alaska. Nope. He's all Canadian, from the backwoods of Moose Factory, Ontario.more
from the LA Daily News,
It's not quite accurate to say Scott Niedermayer scowled after his Mighty Ducks demolished the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. It seemed more like a grimace, or maybe just a simple frown. Niedermayer struck the look of a captain whose team had just fallen behind 2-0 in a playoff series, and not the other way around. "We didn't really do much," Niedermayer said. "We're going to have to be much better."continued
from the OC Register,
When someone facetiously asked him the last time he had three shutouts in a row, Bryzgalov rubbed his chin, as if in deep thought, and said matter-of-factly that he once had four shutouts in a row playing in a tournament for a Russian junior team in his native country. Been there, done that, apparently. "I don't think he even realizes (what he's doing), so don't tell him," Teemu Selanne, the Ducks' leading scorer, said after Sunday's game, laughing. ...When you're hot, you're hot. Ask Ilya "The Wall" Bryzgalov. Next time I see him, I'm going to ask him if he knows who Wally Pipp was.read on
from the Toronto Star,
A Toronto commercial real estate magnate who once tried to bring an NBA team to the city has surfaced as a potential bidder for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, and plans to move the franchise to Kansas City if an agreement for a new hockey rink in Pittsburgh isn't completed. "What we would get with the Penguins would be an affordable franchise and a portable one," Sam Fingold said in an interview. "We think this could be a great investment."more
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Clarke gambled that even though the NHL was moving toward speed, the officials gradually would ease off on obstruction in the defensive zone and allow players such as Derian Hatcher, more so than Mike Rathje, to clutch and grab for a brief instant or, at the very least, get in the way of puck pursuers. He was wrong. And Snider was on the competition committee that changed the NHL in a dramatic way. Why didn't Snider impress upon his GM that the officials weren't going to back off? Or did Clarke believe that because the NHL always said one thing and did another as the season progressed, the league and the Flyers chairman were just crying wolf? Clarke said he did not receive the league memo on rules interpretations until training camp - after he had signed Hatcher and Rathje. Yet an outline of the new rules, as approved by Snider and his committee, was released July 22 - long before Hatcher and Rathje were signed.more
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
"This really feels fresh," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said Saturday. "We've never been involved in a playoff series with San Jose, so it's a fresh series, and you really need that second series to confirm where you are." And then there's San Jose's Ron Wilson, who isn't as moved by concepts like freshness. "You don't know what to expect coming out," he said. "You've seen what teams with long layoffs have done in these playoffs, and plus we have three games in four days. I think (tonight's game) could be really sloppy." Hmmm. Fresh, and sloppy? Sounds kicky.read on
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