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from the Toronto Sun,
“He doesn’t like traffic, but, then again, what goalie does?“Thornton said yesterday. “Either way, we have a lot of big forwards and plan to use our size to our advantage.
“It’s unlikely you are going to score many pretty goals in the post-season.
“It’s going to be hack and whack. Most of the goals will come from within four feet of the net.
“The trouble is, Hasek has such an unorthodox style, you can’t really scout him.”
from the NY Post,
“We’ve been through all situations and we’ve had success both ways and had disappointments both ways,” the coach/GM said after practice yesterday, when the Devils prepared for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tomorrow against Ottawa at the Meadowlands. “To say there’s a formula [for success isn’t true].”
He acknowledged, “This is the best for us. This is a better set of circumstances.”
His players agreed. They believe the difficulty they had dispatching seventh-seeded Tampa Bay in six games bodes well for their postseason future.
A year ago, after overwhelming the Rangers in a four-game sweep, the Devils dropped their second-round series with Carolina in five games.
On the afterlife: “I’d like to die fast and painlessly at a hockey rink. I’ll watch a game, have a heart attack and go. Then I want my body to be frozen and stored off ***(not revealed, will give it away). Overhead will be a neon sign flashing my NHL numbers, ** and 7, nonstop.’‘
On a family excursion: “When I was a kid, my family moved to Australia because my dad had a crazy idea for supplying our troops in Vietnam with food. Within (a short time) the war ended, and he was stuck Down Under with his thumb up his (butt), so we moved back to ***.
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The first game of any series is a good time for the road team to “steal” a game. Will it happen tonight?
from the New York Times,
Renney expressed doubts that the Sabres, who finished with the league’s best record during the regular season, were the “cream of the crop.” And the voluble Avery said he would be out to “hurt” the Sabres.
“It’s psychological warfare,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said. “I don’t think anybody in here is going to play that game.”
He added: “We’re just going to worry about hockey. We’re not going to worry about the off-ice, in-between-whistles stuff, which is apparently what they’ve already started.”
from the Vancouver Sun,
Unlike their first-round playoff series, the Vancouver Canucks won’t be viewing a mirror image of themselves when they step on the ice tonight in Anaheim for round two.
The Ducks are nothing like the vanquished Dallas Stars.
They have a roster laden with North American players, they score more, fight more, have more size and a better power play.
Almost no one is picking the Canucks to advance past Anaheim, unless you count TSN’s Maggie the Monkey, who merely spins her wheel rather than delving into any thoughtful analysis.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
“I concur we have a very good core here,” Feaster said. “It’s a core capable of winning a championship. So from that standpoint our window of opportunity is still open. That’s something we’d like to take advantage of.”
The question is, will Bill Davidson, owner of Lightning parent company Palace Sports & Entertainment, provide the money to acquire a No. 1 goaltender and a scoring wing, the biggest holes on a team eliminated Sunday from the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season?
Feaster said his preliminary budget for next season is $40-million. That is about $4-million less than this season and could be up to $9-million below the yet-to-be-set league salary cap.
Coaches and players said this is no time to pull back, though CEO Tom Wilson said Palace Sports will lose $9-million on its Tampa operation this fiscal year.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Is it possible that our beloved Montreal Canadiens are turning into the Toronto Maple Leafs?...
It’s simple economics: when the customer will buy anything, there’s no incentive to improve the product.
Never mind that this team finished with 90 points and missed the playoffs. Never mind that this was the sixth time since the team’s last Stanley Cup in 1993 that the Habs have missed the post-season dance. Never mind that no edition of the Canadiens since 1993 has amassed as much as 100 points, even with the silly NHL rule that gives a team a point for losing in overtime or in a shootout.
from the Daily News Journal,
If we’re halfway intelligent about hockey, we must admit some performance demerits lie with head coach Barry Trotz, an average NHL coach who has been handed a championship roster.
Trotz has fallen short in getting his team psyched up. Too often, the Predators come out flat and stay that way.
The Preds also have a propensity to play stupid. How many times have we seen a Nashville player act like a knucklehead and take a needless penalty that killed momentum and cost his team dearly?
That is opposed to San Jose, which sent the Preds free falling into the off-season again. Trotz’s boys did not feature a creative offensive strategy, especially one that successfully utilized Nashville’s speed advantage.
from the Mercury News,
Versus snagged Games1 and 4 of the Sharks-Red Wings series as exclusive telecasts. For a healthy portion of Bay Area viewers - tens of thousands, based on first-round ratings - it’s a tune-out, turn-off moment.
A Versus representative said 71 percent of the Bay Area gets the network. Yes, at the only time of year the NHL truly sells itself, its TV contract eliminates much of the potential audience.
Who knows how many of those people would actually watch a game, but here’s one stark example: Game3 of the first-round series, on Fox Sports Net Bay Area, drew a 2.5 local rating (60,000 households). Game5, a 2.5 rating. Game4, on Versus, a 1.3, or 31,000 households.
Versus has the entire conference finals and first two games of the Stanley Cup finals. So if the Sharks advance, tens of thousands of interested viewers could miss the very best of the product.
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