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Barry Melrose of ESPN breaks down the games last night and talks a little Pens/Rangers…
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
They played their hearts out,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game. “They laid it on the line like you knew they would. That’s probably why they’re so sad.”
What did Boudreau say to his boys afterward, before reporters swarmed in to record the Caps’ disappointment?
“I just told them that they’d given me the greatest year of my life and I thanked them,” he said. “We’ll talk tomorrow. They don’t want to hear too much and I couldn’t say too much at that point.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Afterwards, Kiprusoff — who begins the first year of a lucrative new six-year contract extension next season — said of coach Mike Keenan’s decision to switch goalies: “It’s not my call. You have to ask somebody else.”
Keenan, that somebody, was blunt in his assessment: “I didn’t think it was controversial,” he said, of his decision to make the goalie switch. “Kipper didn’t play very well. I was surprised. I thought he would give us his best game.”
Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla, who scored their opening goal, was deeply disappointed with the loss, especially since the game was there for the taking, about 23 minutes in, when Calgary held a 2-1 lead on Owen Nolan’s breakaway goal.
“Guys worked extremely hard to get to this point and give us a chance to win the series,” said Iginla. “There was about a 10-minute span there when they won the game and ended up winning the series on us.”
fromm Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
All you want is a team’s best. Such a modest request for a Game 7. But we all know how hard that has been to find for the Sharks on a consistent basis in the playoffs over the past few years.
But the final score Tuesday settled that matter for now. In nine minutes during the second period, the Sharks settled the issue of whether they can bring their best when it really matters.
“If you have played youth hockey, street hockey, any hockey, you’ve played this game in your head a million times,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said afterward.
The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national broadcast coverage for the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Thursday, April 24 when the Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche. On Friday, April 25 the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks host the Dallas Stars.
Complete, detailed schedule is below:
Pittsburgh/New York Rangers
Full credit to the Washington Capitals for great season and to the Philadelphia Flyers for a great comeback after most people were picking the Caps to win game 7.
from the National Post,
“I like Burkie,” said an NHL executive who wished to remain anonymous. “He is smart guy. He is a great orator. He is kind-hearted, and he will be bend over backwards for you.
“But he can be a bit of a bully, if you let him. And he is not afraid to tell you about what he has accomplished. His track record on paper is good - whether he did it or whoever else around him did it.”
more on Burke…
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Outside of Dallas few realize that the unsung hero of the Stars’ first-round triumph over Anaheim was Stephane Robidas. Not only did he tie the score in Game Six but the defenseman endured a broken nose and never shied away from contact. This with All-Star defensemen Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher out with injuries.
After a dozen years in Ottawa, Wade Redden is surely going bye-bye. When all is said and done, the 31-year-old defenseman never fulfilled his expectations and was a goat in playoff games enough times that it overshadowed any of the good that he might have done. By the way, Redden ranked 30th in the league in turnovers during 2007- 08.
many more NHL tidbits…
from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,
Given the number of points Lidstrom puts up and the great team he plays on, he’ll continue to dominate the Norris for years.
However, no blueliner is as complete as Phaneuf.
No one hits harder, no one shoots harder and few in the game are as competitive as the ever-evolving Edmonton native.
from the AP via the International Herald Tribune,
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke stopped short of confirming he will still be on the job when training camp opens in September.
“I don’t know,” he said Tuesday.
Burke has one year remaining on the four-year deal he signed with the Ducks in 2005.
“No NHL club has asked permission to speak with me at this time. Not one team has asked. Nor have I asked for permission to speak to any NHL team at this point in time,” Burke said. “So unless and until those two things change, or unless and until I arrive at terms for a contract extension here in Anaheim, I have no intention of further discussing my situation.”
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