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Saku Koivu returned home from the hospital yesterday, but contrary to a published report in a Montreal newspaper today, Koivu is not yet in the clear and most definitely is not scheduled to return to the Carolina-Montreal series. A source close to the Canadiens described as "ludicrous" the report that suggested Koivu is a strong possibility to return to face Carolina in the playoffs.more
from the Calgary Sun,
But did Anaheim Mighty Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere deserve the pasting he received from the CBC's Kelly Hrudey Thursday night? The usually reserved former NHL netminder picked apart Giguere's simple style on Behind the Mask and, in the nicest way possible, implied the Montreal product wasn't athletic enough -- or perhaps didn't try hard enough -- to be an elite goaltender. Giguere didn't hear the comments but defended his strategy, which is based on covering the bottom of the net and keeping his upper core closed and square to the shooter. "If Kelly Hrudey wants to go that road, I'd love to go and see what kind of game he played when he played, too," said Giguere yesterday, skipping the optional practice at the Saddledome.more
from the Leader-Post,
On Monday, doctors in Raleigh, N.C., will remove the cervical thoracic brace from around the broken neck of Erik Cole. And then the Carolina Hurricanes left-winger will hold a gentle ceremony for the plastic and steel support that's been clamped to him almost every minute since early March. "I'm going to run over it a few times with my Cadillac," Cole said Friday. "And then I'm going to drive at least a few miles down the highway, dragging it behind the car."continued
from the Reading Eagle, T
he orange-clad crowd of 20,092 roared Friday night whenever Peter Forsberg touched the puck, expecting something magical to happen. Forsberg looked like David Copperfield two nights earlier, scoring two goals without shooting the puck on the net in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over Buffalo. “I know people (in Philadelphia) haven't been around him because he played in the West (with Colorado) so much,” Hitchcock said. “You're looking at him as a special player. Having coached against him for so many years, the way he's playing right now is the way he plays every game in the playoffs. It's not surprising.”more
from the News & Observer,
When Montreal Canadiens coach Bob Gainey meets with the media, at least half the questions and answers are in French, leaving the English-only speakers to wonder what they're missing. But after the Canadiens dropped their second straight home playoff game to the surging Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, two French words the coach used were clear even to those who don't speak the language -- "tempo" and "momentum."... Gainey said it gets tougher on players like Alex Kovalev as teams get to know each other. "All the good players, the impact players are going to get special attention in a playoff series," said Gainey, a former Hall of Fame forward for the Canadiens. " ... And it's going to intensify and become more focused ... as teams start to understand the tendencies and habits."more
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The Avs still are in solid shape in the series after their 4-1 loss to the Stars in Game 3 on Friday night. They will not collapse. They are not the 1975 Penguins or the 1942 Red Wings waiting to happen. Those are the only NHL teams to lose a series after taking a 3-0 lead, and the Avalanche will not join them on that page of the annals of NHL postseason embarrassment. Unless, that is, the Avalanche's collective psyche took a slap shot to the face Friday night that still stings through Sunday's Game 5 at Dallas and beyond. Fact is, Game 4 was more about the Stars finally playing up to their capability than it was an Avalanche flameout.read on
Both Ottawa and New Jersey have 3 wins and need one more to move on to the 2nd round. The other two series are now a best of 3, since those series are tied at 2-2. No OLN-HD game today, the NBC high definition game is Rangers/Devils. Center Ice will show the NBC game(s) if it is not on your NBC station.
Enough talking Edmonton, just play the game. You have a very competitive team, but enough complaining. Let your actions on the ice speak for you, too much belly-aching is not good for you or for the game. from the Edmonton Oilers,
If certain calls went the Oilers' way, they might be looking at an enviable 3-1 series lead but the fact of the matter is, they did not win Game 4 and now it's time for Game 5.OK, we get your point, you feel you were screwed by the refs. Not the first team to feel this way, adjust to the rules. Are you playing the same game as you did during the regular season? I'd say no, so get back to what you did. from the Edmonton Journal,
Kevin Lowe's plea for sportsmanship sounded sincere, but this is playoff time and his Oilers lost the last penalty-filled game. So sprinkle a grain of salt on the meat of his argument, which advocates an end to the on-ice embellishment of infractions, a.k.a. diving, that he contends has denigrated this series with Detroit. "I'm not saying we're innocent on the diving part," he began, "but Detroit has a lot of guys who are good at it. It goes hand-in-hand with experience, and I'm speaking from experience. We don't want this to become (a case) of whoever has the most clever diving (wins). "Let's get rid of it right now. Both sides make a truce and just play the game honestly. We're not soccer," said Lowe, who has in fact sounded this alarm before. "This has crept into the game and it's something the league has to address next year. This is about the integrity of the game."A truce? It is hockey Mr. Lowe, and if you think the Wings are diving, let the refs make the calls. Funny how this comes out after a loss! Maybe the Oilers should read this- "We've got to make sure we keep out sticks down and not give the referees a chance to call a penalty," said Fernando Pisani. Smart man, now enough talking, just play the game.
from the Edmonton Journal,
As the fans exhort their team -- a truly contending club for the first time in years -- to dial their game up a notch and take out the powerful Detroit Red Wings, it's time for some members of the public to tone down their alcohol intake, coarseness, their swearing and, in some cases, their attempts to win what appears to be a public gross-out contest. ...The most visible evidence was a placard that one fan carried, its message an offensive, sexually crude take-off on Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock's surname. It was bad enough that arena staff did not confiscate the sign when the fan entered the building, although such a screening process is admittedly imperfect. Worse, the placard was displayed on the large scoreboard video screen.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
"What do you say when you're down 3-1 in a series?" Burke, who will start Game 5 tonight at Scotiabank Place, asked yesterday. "I'm not going to sit here and say we've got 'em where we want 'em. "I would really be lying to you if I said that. But, to win a seven-game series, you have to win four games and until you lose that fourth game, then you've still got a chance. "All I can say is there's a lot of pride in this dressing room. If we can get it to 3-2, then we're going home with a chance to tie it up. That's what we have to look at right now."more
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