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NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).
Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.
Behind the Jersey has done some deep digging this morning… via the Daily Tribune,
Holland screamed at an NHL official following Detroit’s 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, a contest that turned testy in the final minutes on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. …
After the game, an angry Holland confronted NHL executive Frank Brown in the hallway outside the Red Wings locker room.
“You tell us to pussy-foot around the media,” Holland yelled. “Give them some (expletive) suspensions.”
from Mike Brophy & Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Two questions immediately spring to mind: Why the heck was Iginla on the ice in the first place? And what was Calgary coach Jim Playfair thinking? Maybe he should change his name to Playdirty.
The Flames are a very good hockey team, but they showed no class in losing on Saturday.
more and some Stars/Cahucks talk too
fro Reuters via ESPN,
Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, said he would decide this summer whether he might continue to play professionally.
“I have other things than playing the world championships to think about ... I don’t even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season,” he told Aftonbladet.
more & this will be the last time I bring up Foppa’s medical status. UFA talk, yes, medical talk, no. We have heard it before, from his spleen, to wrist, to foot.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
The Lightning all season has bemoaned its lack of balanced scoring, and no team during the regular season had more goals tied up in two players.
The issue has remained hot in the playoffs as Lecavalier, with five goals, and St. Louis, with three, combined for eight of Tampa Bay’s 12. It got more scrutiny after a 3-0 loss in Game 5 that upped Tampa Bay’s goalless streak to 97:34.
“Something big has to happen from someone you’re not expecting it from,” Tortorella said. “All teams need that if they’re going to progress.”
If the road teams win, the home team is done. Will it happen, stay tuned…
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Maybe the Canadiens should have acquired Sean Avery before the NHL trading deadline on Feb. 27.
I imagine the sight of Avery in a Canadiens sweater would have upset many French-speaking fans and media, but the loud-mouthed manure-disturber might have provided the missing spark the team needed in its failed drive to make the playoffs.
from the Vancouver Province,
Maybe it’s unfair to single out individuals in a series so grotesque you knew it had to go seven games, although that didn’t bother Canucks coach Alain Vigneault who unloaded on his veterans. Saying, “The players that have played for the Vancouver Canucks for the longest are not bringing their ‘A’ game to the table,” makes it pretty clear who has him most upset. But after all, four of the top five Dallas goal scorers—Mike Ribeiro, Niklas Hagman, Philippe Boucher and Jere Lehtinen—haven’t scored a goal in six games themselves.
from Sun Media,
As much as we love playoff hockey, it seems to bring out the worst in us.
Sure, sitting on the couch for hours on end, drinking alcoholic beverages and eating salty snacks sounds good in theory. But after a few weeks, the playoff beard gets itchy, our liver and bulging stomach start to complain and our office pool survivors dwindle to a couple of third-line wingers.
In short, we turn into bitter, angry people.
Would somebody please put Bob Cole out of his misery? Every time the whistle blows, it takes a couple of minutes and several replays before the poor guy is finally able to figure out what happened.
more and it gets worse…
from the Calgary Sun,
While suspensions are more likely for teammates Jamie McLennan and Daymond Langkow, there’s a slim possibility Iginla could miss a game, too. Pierre McGuire, the NBC colour man who was parked between the benches yesterday, saw what he thought was Iginla butt-ending Schneider during their battle. He said as much on the air.
There weren’t any replays available in the press box but Iginla—known as a fierce competitor on the ice but maybe one of the most docile men off it—swears he would never do that.
“I don’t think I’ve tried to butt-end a guy, ever,” Iginla said, adding he was trying to use his arms to get a better position on Schneider.
added 7:55am, In case you missed the slash on Franzen.
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