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Transcript from this morning’s Q&A with Sidney Crosby.
Q. I’m just wondering what you’re expecting in terms of line combinations for tonight. Do you expect to start the game with the same two linemates and play the whole game with them, or do you expect this to be jumbled up quite a bit tonight?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Probably like practice the last couple of days. I think that’s usually a pretty good indication.
From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,
The Boston Bruins defenseman will be climbing Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro the first week of July for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. And he’s leaving open a spot on his climbing team to be taken up by the highest bidder in an eBay auction. Check it out now at [eBay] and you might turn out to be his lucky climbing partner. Bidding ends on Thursday.
Chara is challenging hockey fans everywhere to raise $5 for every foot he climbs in support of his fundraising goal of $100,000 for Right to Play programs. Kili rises 19,340 feet off the plains of Tanzania. All proceeds from the eBay auction to join Chara benefits Right To Play, which uses sport programs to aid the development of children and youth in underprivileged areas of the world.
Having been fortunate enough to climb Kilimanjaro with my wife in 2001, I have two words of advice for Chara and his climbing partners: Poli, poli. That’s Swahili for ‘slow, slow.’
About 15 minutes later, in what was mostly a deserted press room by then, Babcock poked his head in and said “the Mule [Franzen] is in. Pass the word.”
via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail...
The transcript from today’s press conference with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Q. Here we go again. Latest on Johan Franzen.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t even know that. I don’t know the answer, sorry. I was talking to the League guys, and I never got in the medical room to know. I know he’s out there flying around. And I know it’s decision time.
From Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse,
Can anything stop the Red Wings in their quest to win their fourth Stanley Cup in 12 years?
To get some answers, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with two of the leading lights among the Detroit hockey blogging community. Today I’ll be talking live to both Bill Houlihan of Abel to Yzerman from the Kukla Empire and George James Malik of Red Wings Snapshots at mlive.com. When it comes to Detroit hockey, both are hip deep in the middle of things, so I expect a lively and provocative hour.
We’ll be kicking off our discussion at 12:00 p.m. U.S. EDT, so come ready with your questions. And yes, if you must, bring along the snark.
Go here to join them at noon. (But seriously: you don’t need to bring the “snark”—with Bill in the room, I’m pretty sure the room will be thick enough with it…)
Girls in the elevator: We are here to see Soundmurderer (see Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival).
Me: I am here for the Stanley Cup Finals.
A distinguished elderly woman in the elevator whispering (too loud) to her husband: That’s Gerry Fisher!
Girls: Who is Gerry Fisher?
Me: Some fighter.
Jiri Fischer looks at me and smiles.
from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,
Try as they might to block it out, fans of the Detroit Red Wings — hell, hockey fans everywhere — can still hear that sound. The sickening crunch of metal as the limo lost its battle with that tree on Woodward Avenue, ending the career, and almost the life, of their Vladimir Konstantinov.
For all those who serve and have served Our Country.
Update 12:22pm ET (alanah): From Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,
While you might not think spending the morning and early afternoon of Memorial Day in the bowels of the second-oldest building in the NHL sounds like a fun way to kick off the traditional start of summer, I couldn’t disagree more.
For most of the past 15 years, I have spent Memorial Day covering some aspect of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
The next time the NHL wants to send a message, try dialing 1-800-FLOWERS instead of disallowing goals. Since when did Tomas Holmstrom’s play in front of the net become a threat to competition in the NHL? Is scoring so rampant that the NHL can nit-pick like a PGA Tour official over some arcane rule? The way the league is hounding him—Saturday’s disallowed goal was absurd—you’d think Holmstrom, not Chris Pronger, was the one suspended eight separate times.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was impressive in his 4-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
But Osgood wasn’t forced into overtime, obviously, quite unlike his late Detroit goaltending colleague Normie Smith on March 24/25, 1936.
Smith would make 90 saves to shut out the Montreal Maroons in the sixth overtime period at the Montreal Forum, outlasting Maroons goalie Lorne Chabot (66 saves) in what remains the longest game in NHL history.
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