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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
To use the old cliché: they played for each other. They finally became a team.
None of that came easy to the Senators and a tip of the proverbial hat has to go to crusty general manger John Muckler, who always could see their problems and never stopped working to eliminate them.
The same goes for Murray who at long last became the coach that instilled a sense of accountability into his players. By holding them accountable for their shortcomings as well as their accomplishments he became the coach that got them to play as a team. For once the Senators could close their locker room door and hold themselves accountable for what went on on the ice.
Under Murray they came to realize that they and they alone would solve their problems and when that light finally went on, when that sense of accountability finally took hold, Murray’s job was done.
from the CP via TSN,
“We feel good,’’ said captain Brenden Morrow, who scored the winning goal on a power play just 1:04 after Vancouver was called for too many men on the ice.
‘‘We’re going to try to not get too high. We tried not to get too low after being down 3-1. I think we have to play with a lot of emotion. We have to stay disciplined and keep our emotion in check and turn our energy into positive energy.’‘
Stu Barnes said the Stars can’t lose the desperation they showed to force a sixth game.
‘‘Anytime you have your back against the wall, and the other team has three wins, you’re desperate and you have to go out and play your best,’’ he said. ‘‘Hopefully we can do it again in Game 6.’‘
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Sidney Crosby’s NHL season is over, one in which he asserted himself as the league’s No. 1 drawing card and, quite probably, it’s most valuable player.
Most impressively, there really wasn’t a mis-step along the way. The Kid comports himself with class at every turn, even when being baited by Don Cherry or the fans of Montreal.
Now, with his sophomore season in the bag, Crosby faces a tricky decision.
Should he join Team Canada for the upcoming world championships in Moscow?
From Pierre Lebrun at the CP via CBC,
Fast forward 12 months later and the Senators are back in the same spot after a five-game win in the first round. Except this year’s edition believes it’s better suited for a run.
“You can see the difference in this hockey club from the previous hockey clubs that I’ve been with,” said Senators GM John Muckler. “This hockey club seems to have something special. The leadership is great, they all get along together, they compete every night, they have the skill level and the physical strength - so we’ll see where that takes us.”
The difference is the commitment to team defence.
from the News & Observer,
Missing the playoffs didn’t hurt the Carolina Hurricanes only in terms of pride. It hit them in the pocketbook as well.
After turning a $10 million profit last season while winning the Stanley Cup, the Hurricanes expect to lose about $4 million this season.
“You can live with it,” team owner Peter Karmanos said. “But not forever.”
The International Ice Hockey Federation is proposing a Champions League format which would pit the top club teams in Europe against each other in a tournament similar to soccer’s Champions League.
The goal is to get the Champions Hockey League off the ground in 2008-09, which coincides with the IIHF’s 100th anniversary.
“This is a vision that we have had for quite some time and started to work actively on for several months,” said IIHF President Rene Fasel.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“Do I like what happened? No,” said Babcock.
“Could he have handled it differently? Sure. I coach the team so I’m a little biased but I saw (Iginla’s) elbow hit (Hasek) in the forehead and thought at least it should have been a penalty both ways.”
Iginla didn’t see it that way.
“That ice is just as much ours as it is his and, to be honest, I thought he came into me and I didn’t think it was much contact at all,” said Iginla.
“I was surprised he got so upset on that play. At that point in the game, it’s obviously a good thing to get the powerplay and if he’s not happy and we’re playing within the rules, that’s obviously a good thing too.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Somehow, championship teams find a way to overcome any and all adversity. The vanquished, meanwhile, too often seek out a bullseye for misguided blame. And the officials always are the easiest target around.
But unless Apple invents the iRef, we’re stuck with the guys and the system we’ve got. And until someone comes up with a practical, fail-safe solution to a game played and run by human beings, all you ref-blasting bleaters out there ought to stuff a hockey sock in your soundholes and allow the rest of us to enjoy the playoffs in peace.
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within 24 hours
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Sabres and Sharks hope to wrap up the series tonight.
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