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via STATS blog at NHL.com,
Eventual Cup Winners, 1987-2004 -- 9 of 18 trailed at some point during 1st-round series (including 1997, 1998 and 2002 Red Wings) -- 4 of 18 played 7 games in 1st round -- 12 of 18 faced elimination at some point For what it’s worth, each of the last six Cup winners faced elimination at some point during the postseason.
A2Y goes public with his plea,
So, I’m making a public plea to the Red Wings: win this series so I may live in peace, in happiness among my Tennessee neighbors. Allow me to continue to pick on them for their redneck-edness, to point out their accents, their ignorance of indoor plumbing, their startling resemblences to their spouses—without fear of the only comeback that could possibly cause me hesitation, “how ‘bout ‘dem dead wings?”read on...this settles it, the Wings can't lose now...
via the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ken Hitchcock is going nowhere. Flyers chairman Ed Snider was angry yesterday at suggestions by a New York Post hockey columnist that there was growing friction between Hitchcock and general manager Bob Clarke, and that it might lead to Hitchcock's firing, regardless of what happens in the current playoff series. The newspaper suggested that the Flyers would hire Pat Quinn, who was fired last week in Toronto. Similar rumors were reported by Toronto television stations last week. The columnist is "out of his mind," Snider said yesterday. "He just makes this stuff up. Hitch has done a wonderful job coaching, given what we have gone through this season with all our injuries."
from Media Life,
Last fall, it looked like the NHL had indeed bounced back from a hurtful lockout. Ratings were up, attendance was up and goals per game were up too, as people generally applauded hockey management’s contrite approach to wooing back fans. But now, these six months later, it looks like that judgment was premature. Hockey is not in fact back, and it may be worse off than ever on TV.continued
from the London Free Press,
But the "new" rules don't prevent tough hockey or physical hockey. The rewards are magnified for those who can play with swiftness and skill, but the "new" rules don't penalize players who are willing to battle along the boards for a puck, take a hit, deliver a hit, check hard . . . as long as they do it within the rules. Game 6 of the Buffalo-Philadelphia Eastern Conference quarter-final provided a perfect example.read on
Both Calgary and Edmonton can advance to the second round with victories tonight. No OLN-HD tonight and for the first time in a long time, no Center Ice games either.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres' matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers was a case study for what worked best in the NHL. You looked at the Sabres and saw bullet-train Maxim Afinogenov steaming down the wing. On the other end, it was beefy tortoise Derian Hatcher trying to keep up in a different game. And then there was Tim Connolly. Who better than Connolly to score the only goal the Sabres needed in a 3-0 victory over the Flyers on Sunday in HSBC Arena? And what better time for Connolly to showcase his talent than in a playoff game before a national television audience? It's everything the NHL wanted, everything Connolly and the Sabres needed.more
from the Detroit Free Press,
The enduring image of Saturday's 3-2 loss to Edmonton was of Manny Legace lying on his stomach for a good 10-count after giving up a goal. This happened on at least two of the goals. And Legace's teammates didn't come over to help him up or console him, probably because they have seen this many times before. Legace is a drama king. He has been for years. Publicly, Legace's teammates defend him. It would be nice if Legace defended his teammates, but he didn't really do it after Game 5. When asked if Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson was "phenomenal," here is what Legace said: "Uh ... yeah, he was pretty good tonight. He's seeing all the shots. You're not going to beat him when you don't have traffic. It's as simple as that. He's seeing everything. His defensemen are letting him see everything. You're not going to beat him just by shooting. You're not."more
from the Halifax Daily News,
Don Koharski is doing what he loves to do this time of year - refereeing in the National Hockey League playoffs. We spoke with Koharski last Thursday, and talked to him about his feat, the new officiating standards and their impact on the playoffs. DN: Are too many penalties being called in the playoffs? DK: It's being called the same way it was for 82 regular season games. It's probably the most consistent we've been as a group, and we're not there yet. We never will be, because it's the hardest thing to do, but with the new standard, it's the most consistent I think we've been. And everybody knows going in it's the same way it was in the regular season. We're not treating it any differently. We've been instructed to stay within the standards and those that are not within the standards, they won't be asked to do any more games. It's just the product has been so good and so positive in general, (the league) doesn't want to lose it and they're putting a lot of emphasis on our shoulders to continue to do the same standards.read on
"I've already made up my mind for next season -- I'll be leaving for the NHL. I'm 100 percent sure of that," Malkin, who has a contract with Metallurg through 2008, was quoted as saying by Sport-Express newspaper. His move across the Atlantic, however, could be delayed because Russia remains the only major hockey power not to sign a transfer agreement with the NHL. Under the agreement, approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation last year, Metallurg would have received $900,000 for Malkin. But Magnitogorsk general director Gennady Velichkin threatened to go to court if Pittsburgh do not buy out Malkin's contract. "We're not asking for ($900,000) compensation from Penguins. Such a sum is a handout and we're not interested in handouts," Velichkin told Russian media. "Put simply, they must buy his contract from us." Asked how much money Metallurg were looking to receive for Malkin, Velichkin said his transfer would be worth millions of dollars, similar to what soccer clubs pay for top players.more
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