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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.’‘
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
If Sens fans are constantly reminded of the prominent role that Crosby holds as a Penguin, why shouldn’t they show their displeasure?
Furthermore, can someone explain how Crosby can be described as “mature” and “wise beyond his years,” but when criticism arrives in the simplest of forms en masse, he is referred to as a “boy?”
He isn’t a child, being pummelled by bullies sporting red, black and gold. He doesn’t require protection or leniency from critics, simply because he’s a gifted player under the age of 20.
To state so suggests a separate standard being created for the phenom—revered and worshipped, high atop a lofty perch free from negativity and critique. Something tells me that No. 87 would be the first person to vehemently disassociate from such a scenario.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Actually, this seems to be a Rangers’ issue. Actually, for some inexplicable reason, the Rangers - the Ranger$ - are the only team in the league not to have paid guaranteed signing bonuses while the lockout was still in effect on July 1, 2005, after the 2004-05 NHL season had been canceled.
And, actually, this does not seem to be about the language in the contracts, at all, for Slap Shots has learned the NHL already has stipulated in its pre-hearing briefs that the contracts as written do guarantee the signing bonuses.
more...plus some Kerry Fraser and Cherry talk…
Instead of grabbing a sniping forward with the No. 1 overall pick in 2000, the team made Rick DiPietro the only goalie in NHL history chosen with the first overall pick. But after deciding on DiPietro, the Isles still needed scorers, which is why Mike Milbury shipped Luongo to Florida for a package that included right wing Mark Parrish, a 20-goal man, and the enigmatic Oleg Kvasha.
It’s debatable whether the Islanders would have been better off keeping Luongo and drafting Marian Gaborik, the forward Milbury said he would have selected No. 1 if the goalie moves hadn’t been consummated. The former Isles GM and current senior vice president has said he made the deals because the mandate from new owners Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar was to produce a playoff team—immediately.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
For those convinced the softie-toffee Detroiters might shrivel up into the fetal position in the face of a withering Calgary assault—reconsider. These Wings will compete. They will not back off. They will even initiate. This is a far different proposition than the upset-minded Flames pummeled into submission in six games three years ago.
Younger. Stronger. Hungrier. No Hullie or Shanny or Stevie Y. Great players all, no argument. But there’s a lift in the legs and in the attitude of this group. If the Flames are waiting for the Detroiters to automatically run down like a $5 knockoff Gucci watch bought off a blanket on a street corner, they could be out of this thing faster than Pavel Datsyuk speeding down the boards with a half-step on a defenseman.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
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