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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
There is a possibility that the Montreal Canadiens could have captain Saku Koivu back in the lineup on Saturday.
How strong the possibility is will be determined after the morning skate, prior to the sixth game of the first-round series Saturday.
Koivu has missed the past three weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot. But he skated for the third day in a row and will determine whether he is fit after skating with his teammates in the morning.
“He skated today and he felt better,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “He pushed it a little harder. He’ll skate again tomorrow and then see.”
From Jason Magder at The Gazette,
Jean-Pierre Masse was beaten and kicked in the face several times about 10:20 p.m. after Game 4 of the NHL playoffs in which the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. The incident happened on Causeway St. outside the TD Banknorth Garden, minutes after the game had ended.
Witnesses said Masse, 28, was wearing a red Canadiens jersey as he was walking by a group of about 20 Bruins fans.
“They began yelling things like, ‘Go home, you French (expletive)’ - things like that,” Hugo Contant told the Herald.
more… on what is certainly an isolated incident, but a disturbing one.
According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.
The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season. When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.
“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.
Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.
Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:
Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”
from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,
This was a big series for Gabby. He’s a year from free agency. This postseason could have been the crucible in which he proved himself irreplaceable.
Instead, through five games, he’s disappeared as surely as Alex Rodriguez in October.
When a talented player becomes frustrated, the operative phrase in hockey is, “He’s squeezing the stick too tight.”
It’s a wonder Gaborik is left with anything more than sawdust (or melted graphite) by the end of each shift.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
When Devils coach Brent Sutter walked into the room for the media availability this morning at the team hotel, I asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Everything is tickety-boo”.
I was pretty sure that meant, “Everything is good”, but just to be sure I did an internet search (I wasn’t sure how to spell it either) and it turns out I was correct.
The definition on Dictionary.com reads: “adjective Chiefly British Informal. fine; OK [Origin: 1935–40; perh. expressive alter. of the phrase that’s the ticket] “
With that settled, it’s on to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at Prudential Center with the Rangers leading three games to one and looking to wrap up the series with one more victory.
Our team is bigger and tougher than the Flyers. They know it now and we know it now.
We now know how to play playoff hockey, NHL style. We have figured out what the refs will call and not call except for the random bad call like the final penalty called on Kozlov driving to the net.
more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Should the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final, a select number of members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn., including those of us who cover the team throughout the season, would be thrust into a conflict of interest, for the final step in triggering the automatic one-year extension at $8.36M (with a cap hit of $4.94M) is Jagr winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.
A select number of writers votes for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Thus, as it now stands, we have it in our power to determine whether Jagr remains under contract to the Rangers or becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. As it stands now, we will have more of a say than Glen Sather, Tom Renney, Jim Dolan and Aaron Ward.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
Devils Coach Brent Sutter took special interest in the matter after the game, saying that if the Rangers were allowed to run into Brodeur, then his team would make it a point to crash into Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
It seems to have become a rallying cry for the Devils, who are trying to become only the 19th team in N.H.L. history to rebound from a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
“They are getting away with it; we should be able to get away with it, too,” Devils forward Jay Pandolfo said. “That’s the only thing you can do. It’s out of your hands after that. Sure enough, they are going to hit Marty, and if we retaliate we’ll probably get a penalty. It’s tough, but it’s been going on all series.”
Update 1:25pm ET: A cartoon comment on the subject from Charlie Teljeur.
from the Nashville City Paper,
“If we are going to win the series we have to win one in the Joe, plain and simple. We expect an all-out effort on our end. I know we are going to see the best that Detroit has to offer.
“We are not intimidated by that. I think we know we have to come in and play our ‘A’ game. The more times we play at the Joe, the better chance we have of it happening. That’s just the odds.”
Beating the Red Wings for the third straight time might be an even bigger challenge.
“I don’t think anyone can say they have beaten Detroit three times in a row in the last 10 seasons, never mind this season,” Trotz said. “Detroit is not rattled. They are a very poised team. They are going to come out with an outstanding effort….”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
They talked. That’s about all Peter Chiarelli would say. Some 48 hours after Harry Sinden kicked Chiarelli’s team down the block and around the corner, Chiarelli and Sinden talked for about a half-hour yesterday by phone, Chiarelli here with his Bruins and Sinden from his home in Florida, where he has spent most of this season.
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“I had a long talk with Harry today, and I think it’s best, for many reasons, that I don’t get into specifics,” said Chiarelli, standing outside his club’s dressing room at Bell Centre, less than an hour before the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 5-1. “He was contrite . . . and I’ll leave it at that.”
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