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from the Buffalo News,
They stood 180 feet apart Monday night, but let’s just call it 3,000 miles. That was the distance separating Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from Ottawa Senators netminder Ray Emery when the postseason began. The Stanley Cup finals did little to close the gap.
You look at Giguere and see an allworld goalie. He’s 30 years old, calm, unflappable, dependable. You look at Emery and find a guy from another planet, a newbie still finding his way, a mistake waiting to happen. Eventually, for better or worse, every player is exposed in the playoffs.
from the Vancouver Province,
“We’re attacking a number of different things, including getting ready for the draft,” Nonis said Monday. “Maybe there’s an opportunity to make a deal or two there that will change the look of our club. There’s not any one thing we’re targeting, but we’re looking at a number of different scenarios.”
It’s a safe bet that several of those scenarios are rooted in an effort to find more scoring.
The Canucks are running out of roster spots in their attempt to find more offence up front. The Taylor Pyatt signing appears to leave just one glaring hole among the Canucks’ top-six forward slots.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Pronger said it was tough to watch the game “when you don’t have a say in it, when you can’t really go out and perform in those types of games that are as big as this one was tonight. It was tough and nerve-racking. Certainly, when your team plays as well as they did today and the guys step up.”
What makes Pronger so effective (and what made him attractive to the Ducks) is that blend of skill and menace. If he played any differently, would he still be Chris Pronger?
So last night, the Ducks took to the ice without him. Defenceman Joe DiPenta drew in, but Scott Niedermayer, François Beauchemin and Sean O’Donnell picked up all or most of Pronger’s minutes
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Ducks posted their 12th one-goal win and the third of the final in a 3-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 Monday night. The winner came early in the third period when a Chris Phillips skate problem led to a 2-on-1 that was easily converted by Ducks winger Dustin Penner.
Phillips, whose skate had essentially blown up on the previous shift, lost an edge on his second pair of skates and it forced him to go back to the Senators bench with Teemu Selanne and Penner bearing down with the puck. A surprised Wade Redden had to jump onto the ice to replace Phillips, but couldn’t track Penner down quickly enough. Penner was coming on for Brad May for the Ducks and drove straight to the net.
“I wasn’t expecting to go on,” Redden said, “but still, I have to make a better (expletive) decision.”
from the Edmonton Sun,
With three picks in the first round of this year’s entry draft, and more young bargaining chips than he knows what to do with, GM Kevin Lowe will be making at least one big trade on or before June 22.
“We’re really going to look to get a player or two at the draft, through a trade.”
The next step in the plan, landing a high-profile unrestricted free agent, might be a little tougher.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Daniel Alfredsson stopped, aimed and fired in the direction of Scott Niedermayer, missing the defenceman, but possibly killing his Ottawa Senators in the process.
It was a decision he will come to regret over time, if he doesn’t regret it already.
It was a decision that he will lie about and it will become famous over time, when the debate turns to hockey and how the Senators lost the Stanley Cup.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
“If we play like we did for two periods (last night), it’s not very good,” the Senators coach said when asked about the prospects of becoming just the second team in Stanley Cup final history to come back and win it all after trailing the series 3-1.
“If we play like we did in the first period and go in there and play with ...”
At that point, Murray started to speak of better positioning and not giving up bad goals, but he steered clear of the cruel and sudden truth.
That is, no matter how the Senators play Wednesday in Anaheim and possibly beyond, their goose is pretty much cooked now.
much more on Game 4…
from The Maven,
• This from Ken Hitchcock on those who keep trying to improve The Game: “We’ve out-thought ourselves. We moved the bluelines and people adjusted and now sometimes you’re playing against five goalies. There’s a lot of shot-blocking and I’d like us to re-test and move the bluelines back in. See if it can create more chaos where the shots are coming quickly and they can’t block as many. And you’re closer to the net, so chances are you’re going to score.”
• Mike Milbury’s next destination might be as a TV analyst. Yet in his post-Isles comments it’s evident that The Mad One would love most of all to coach. But where?
Well, there’s an opening less than 50 miles from MM’s Garden City home and it’s in New Jersey.
from the Mercury News,
The Sharks have raised prices in all categories for season and single-game tickets. The most expensive tickets showed the greatest percentage increase, with fans in the lower bowl, in general, facing a bigger bump than those farther away.
read on for the prices…
In Don Cherry’s NBC debut Monday night (mentioned earlier on KK) there was a spirited discussion about fighting in hockey. Don argued his opinion that fans generally don’t mind a fight in the game. NBC Sports decided to put up a poll to ask viewers their opinion and here are the results online as of about 2am EDT.
Incidentally, Cherry also appears to have won the support of fans for his fashion sense Monday night. Poor Brett Hull didn’t know what hit him…
Update June 5, 2007:
The video of Cherry and Hull’s NBC report can be found here.
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