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from the Buffalo News,
The Islanders played soft and defensive in Game One, and it got them nowhere. They need to come out of their shell and engage the Sabres in a game of speed and finesse. That’s a dangerous strategy against the Sabres. But the Isles feel emboldened to open things up when DiPietro is back there covering for them.
“You can’t change your game just because it’s playoff hockey,” said Jason Blake. “The Sabres are the best four-line team in the league by far. What are you going to do, watch them skate around with the puck all day? We have to play the way we did when we won hockey games. We have to be more aggressive.”
Blake said the Isles are more confident with DiPietro in net. He even compared DiPietro with Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and other elite goalies.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Ten games into Brendan Shanahan’s return from the concussion that sidelined him for 31 days, the Rangers’ winger isn’t yet the same player he was before violently colliding with the Flyers’ Mike Knuble on Feb. 17. He’s not first on the puck as often. He doesn’t have the ability to shift into overdrive. He’s reading and reacting more than initiating.
from the Mercury News,
Looks like Nashville forward Scott Hartnell could be suspended after all - and possibly for two games.
Hartnell received two game misconducts Friday to give him three in this series.
According to NHL Rule 23.3, a player with two game misconduct penalties in the playoffs will be suspended automatically for the next game. Each additional game misconduct results in another game being added to the suspension….
“Colin Campbell is presently looking at the incident at the end of the game and the game misconducts are being reviewed,” said Mike Murphy, the NHL senior vice president of hockey operations.
added 8:45am, also from the Mercury News,
In fact, if the Nashville victory Friday looked familiar, it’s because the Predators followed the same template that Edmonton used to beat the Sharks in last year’s conference semifinals. The Oilers picked off some of the young Sharks players, one by one, with vicious hits that put them out of action - and the Sharks never responded in kind. The strategy was to let Edmonton take penalties and capitalize on the power plays. But when the Oilers proved exceedingly good at killing penalties, the Sharks were sunk.
Until the Sharks do figure it out, opponents are going to repeat the formula. Why wouldn’t they? Wilson, the Sharks’ coach, is not a proponent of claw-hammer hockey. But recognizing how Edmonton had exposed a Shark weakness, the front office supposedly retooled the roster to handle a muck-it-up game if necessary.
added 8:58am, from the Tennessean,
Four games today, all from the Eastern Conference.
Will any series be tied 1-1 after the games today?
from KK member SteveNJ,
Saturday, April 14
2:30 PM ET
The NHL on NBC Playoff Special
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Brett Hull, Ray Ferraro, Pierre McGuire
3:00 PM ET
The NHL On NBC - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game #2
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators
AVAILABLE IN HD
Play By Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass:
Will air in 83.6% of the US and in the following NHL markets: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston, Washington, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Columbus, Nashville, Minnesota, Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, Phoenix, Anaheim.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The first-round series between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators has been a very intense one early on, and there was more fuel on the fire after Alexander Radulov’s hit from behind on Sharks forward Steve Bernier Friday night.
Was it a suspension-worthy offence? I would say yes.
Now the number of games that Radulov should be suspended for depends on what the value of a playoff game is compared to a regular season game.
from the AP via Yahoo,
San Jose forward Steve Bernier had to be helped off the ice after being hit into the boards with his head snapping back before he fell face-first Friday night in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators.
Bernier was at the sideboards, working for control of the puck when he was first hit by Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Then Nashville rookie Alexander Radulov came up and hit Bernier in the back, snapping the forward’s head back and forth at 4:44 of the second period.
continued and the latest report was Bernier was taken to the hospital with head and neck problems.
Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun informs his readers to catch a hockey game in Detroit on Sunday, tickets are still available.
But that is not the story, it is what Joe said about Detroit…
And Detroit is an up and coming city for sure. I was down there last week for the Blue Jays home opener and was blown away with what they have done with that downtown. It has been cleaned up nicely, with lots of pubs and restaurants and all sorts of character. I didn’t run into one homeless person, the parking is $10 and it’s right across from Windsor.
Thanks Joe, the folks from the Detroit area needed that right about now… read the rest of the story...
Stars/Canucks game not on VersusHD, golf is on.
In case you ask, via Comcast in Detroit area.
The Versus website states all quarterfinal games in HD.
update 10:06pm, Game is on INHD as noted in the comments. I have the VS?GLFHD channel, why not use that channel or at least let us know the game was moved? Even the INHD channel guide shows a movie on instead of hockey.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
The coaching staff once tried to bring an end to a regular-season slump by holding a séance in the trainers’ room, complete with candles to help them call on the ghosts of One-Eyed Frank McGee, King Clancy, and Fearless Frank Finnigan. It didn’t work.
One goaltender — and we shall spare him the humiliation of using his name — refused to change his underwear during one playoff run that, perhaps fortunately, came to a quicker-than-expected end.
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