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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Alexei Yashin is in a familiar position at playoff time — nailed to the bench….
Nolan busted Yashin, 33, down to centre on the fourth line halfway through the first period of the Eastern Conference quarter-final game. Yashin played between Richard Park and Andy Hilbert, while Richard Zednik was promoted to Yashin’s spot with centre Viktor Kozlov and right winger Miroslav Satan. Yashin barely got off the bench in the third period.
The Wings are finally playing playoff type hockey, but remember, it isn’t a series until a road team wins.
This series is not over by any means, we will see a different Calgary team at home on Tuesday.
added 4:48pm, Just a little note, but with Lidstrom’s two goals in this series, he ties Larry Murphy for 5th all time for goals scored by a defenseman in the playoffs.
1. P. Coffey: 59
2. D. Potvin: 56
3. R. Bourque: 41
4. A. MacInnis: 39
5t N. Lidstrom 37
5t L. Murphy: 37
from TBM at NBC Sports,
Things have changed in the NHL, but not that much. Last year, Edmonton’s Raffi Torres unloaded a brutal elbow on San Jose’s Milan Michalek, knocking him out of two games.
Incredibly, Torres was not suspended.
There is a genuine fear among players that with the stakes so high, the risk of severe injury has never been greater. And the only way to curb it is to make sure that the players understand that serious offences will carry serious consequences.
The players have the guts to do what it takes in the playoffs.
Does the NHL?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“With this new system, you’ve got to spend your money right and you’ve got make the playoffs or you’re going to be in trouble,” a league executive said last week. “You’re going to see more GMs paying the price. (Barnett’s firing) might be the start of a trend.
“In the past, if things didn’t go right for your team, you’d just go out and spend more cash. Now, GMs are having their mistakes exposed. (If) they don’t spend the cash the right way, they’re going to hear about it or get fired like Barnett did. That’s the thing with the salary cap: There’s nowhere for GMs to hide.”
more, plus some UFA talk…
from the OC Register,
But the Ducks’ checkers kept the Wild’s best line under control for most of the 2-1 and 3-2 victories. They won’t get a clear shot at the Wild-and-crazy Slovaks here.
The other advantage is the ice itself, a chronic problem no matter how low they turn the thermostat in Anaheim. Wild players, for some reason, didn’t seem comfortable on tapioca.
The ice is much kinder to the Wild in their gorgeous arena, the closest thing the NHL has to the Indiana Pacers’ fieldhouse when it comes to making the new look old again.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Let’s be honest, the Islanders have no business staying with them in this series. Anyone can break down the categories, examine the matchups from every conceivable angle and draw the same conclusion.
Ruff has more than three times as many playoff victories as Nolan has playoff games coached. Ruff is better at making adjustments on the fly. He junked his lines in the second period, shipping listless Ales Kotalik to the fourth line and giving Stafford time with Drury and Dainius Zubrus.
The difference Saturday night was Nolan’s players showed up. The Sabres were absent just long enough for one to slip away. In the playoffs, that’s all it takes.
from the Calgary Sun,
The disappointment Jim Moss felt was quickly washed away and replaced by pride….
“It’s a feeling I wish all parents could experience,” Jim Moss said. “I guess they do in their own way but when you see your son in the same arena that Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman played and skating with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, it’s pretty special.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I hope happens on a regular basis.”
It’s been an exciting week in the Moss household in the Detroit suburb of Livonia.
Anyone else have a feeling we may see a few OT games today?
In my opinion, a perfect schedule today. I see a window of opportunity for a nap after the Flames/Wings game this afternoon.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Well, don’t know about you, but touch football is not how any person without a pre-ordained agenda would describe the nastiness included in these Stanley Cup playoffs so far.
There’s been a meanness about the tourney in its opening days, a surprising level of ferocity in which teams seem to be challenging one another with not only their speed, special teams and goaltending, but with their willingness to dish out and absorb punishment. It’s almost as if with the NHL Players’ Association in chaotic tatters, there’s a little less brotherhood on the ice and a lot more malice.
from George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,
“One of the best all-around players you’ll find. He scores beautiful goals. He’s going to be a Selke Trophy candidate for years to come. You saw the other night. He backchecks Iginla. He forechecks Phaneuf. He can be a pain in the butt, or he can be a Lecavalier or a Jagr.
“But because we haven’t had a lot of playoff success since he got here—losing out in the second round against Calgary three years ago, then the lockout year, and the one round against Edmonton last season—a lot of fans, especially in Canada, haven’t really seen that much of him. So he kind of flies under the radar.’‘
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