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from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,
The only difference is last year the goaltender was changing from game to game. Now, it is from period to period. Soon, the Lightning could make NHL history with goaltender line changes.
This, my friends, is a collapse.
It is not a slump. It is not a fluke.
This is a team in the middle of the playoff chase looking as if it has a chicken bone lodged in its throat.
“There’s no explanation. It’s not like we have any time to mess with,” defenseman Dan Boyle said. “Five games to go, anything less than four (wins) and we’re probably going to be out.”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
In the movies, the cavalry always arrives just in the nick of time and saves the day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way in the NHL. But for at least one team facing another playoff-less summer, a last-minute reinforcement provides a reason to believe things will improve next season.
The long-suffering Los Angeles faithful will get a look at a big part of their future on Thursday night when Jack Johnson pulls on a Kings sweater for the first time. As good as Anze Kopitar has been this season—and the 19-year-old Slovenian forward has been a bright light in a very dark tunnel—it is Johnson who is at the core of GM Dean Lombardi’s vision for reconstructing the Kings.
From CTV News Staff,
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov has called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to support the push for a historic nation-versus-nation hockey match-up to mark the 35th anniversary of the historic Summit Series.
The 1972 on-ice battle—held at the height of the Cold War—grabbed the attention of citizens of both nations and is widely remembered as a key moment in Canada’s hockey history.
Now, there is a movement afoot to hold another tournament to mark the 35th anniversary of the original eight-game event which Canada won.
To kick off the limited edition Edge Body Gear, a private launch event will be held at the Dominator Clothing store on March 27th in Birmingham, Mich. Edge owners and hand raisers will be among the guests attending this launch event to be the first to view and purchase the Edge Body Gear. Dominik Hasek, founder of Dominator Clothing and Red Wings hockey player, will be onsite to ‘meet and greet’ during the event, along with a special appearance by Igor Larionov.
more… (There are so many ways I could make fun of this, but Paul might fire me when he gets back to work! Alas.)
I have a VIP meeting today and should return by 1:30pm.
While I am away, I would like to know which team do you fear the most in the playoffs. Don’t forget to tell me why!
from the Tampa Tribune,
For anybody out there sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to plop down your hard-earned money to purchase Lightning playoff tickets, Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella has guaranteed your money will not be wasted.
“We are going to get in [to the postseason],” he said. “We’re just taking … we’re going around the block, I guess that’s the best way to put it. We are going to get there. You can write that, I don’t [care] what you write. It is a guarantee. We will get in.”
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche quoted the Beatles.
“We need some help,” captain Joe Sakic said.
“Somebody’s got to help us,” winger Ian Laperriere said.
“There’s where we’re at, and we need some help,” coach Joel Quenneville echoed.
Won’t you please, please help the Avs?
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citzen,
While it’s only the first year for the Big Zee in Boston, the Chara deal is just another cautionary tale for NHL general managers who get caught up in the Rotisserie-style lust for a big-name player….
Here’s a sampling (there’s plenty more) of some good money wasted this season:
Toronto: The Maple Leafs have a recent history of painting themselves into a corner with contracts (see the Owen Nolan file). GM John Ferguson Jr. got sucked into the Centre of the Universe hype over Bryan McCabe, handing him an elite defenceman’s five-year deal for $28.5 million.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Sidney Crosby recalls attending prep school in Minnesota in the spring of 2001, getting ready for his entry into major-junior hockey a couple of years later.
Ryan Whitney was a senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he was participating in the U.S. national developmental program.
And Mark Recchi was a respected veteran, with a Stanley Cup ring and hair that was thinning a bit on top.
OK, so not everything has changed over the past six years, but one thing finally has: The Penguins are part of the NHL playoffs again.
from the Vancouver Province,
Playoff madness is back!
Vancouver hockey fans will experience the excitement and emotion of playoff action for the first time in three years after the Canucks officially clinched a post-season berth with last night’s 3-0 NHL win over the Colorado Avalanche
“It’ll be huge,” said pub owner Bruce McGregor, who is gearing up for playoff crowds downtown at Jester’s Grill and Tap Room, Smiley O’Neal’s, and the Point Pub in Port Moody. “I couldn’t tell you what the [dollar] numbers would be, but I’m sure our business will jump 30 per cent or even more on those playoff nights.”
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