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from the LA Times,
More important, the three have fit easily into a locker room full of professionals.
“As a player, when you’re shown that confidence from the coaching staff and the organization, you obviously feel good about yourself,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “At the same time, when given that opportunity, you have to go out and earn it and make the best of it. They’ve continued to work hard during the whole time.”
Now Penner, Getzlaf and Perry are out to bridge the gap between potential and performance.
“This is exactly what we want,” Getzlaf said. “The playoffs are a pretty big opportunity for everybody to kind of showcase themselves. If you can play well in the playoffs, you can go a long way in this league.”
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from the OC Register,
Earlier this season, the cookies became part of every Ducks’ road-meal spread. Lichtenfels got an earful from the players when the snack was absent at one stop — “a moment I never imagined would be a part of my job description when I was taking my finals in public relations and advertising at Penn State,” he said.
Lichtenfels is a charter bus and jet plane dispatcher, a travel agent, a hotel concierge, a baggage handler, a public-relations coordinator, a butler, a gofer and even the guy who calls last-stop hotels back to retrieve the cell phone chargers players always seem to leave behind.
from the Star-Telegram,
Stars forward Mike Ribeiro participated in practice Monday, thus answering a big question after Game 3.
Yes, he is still on the team.
He just has been a no-show in this playoff series. And he hasn’t been alone in his disappearing act. Many of the Stars’ big-name, big-talent players have been reported missing against Vancouver—Ribeiro, Mike Modano on down.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“I know there’s lots of commentary about the history, but this is a very different hockey team than I had last year, very different,” said Murray, who held an optional workout yesterday.
“We play different, we work different, we handle things better and we’ve talked about it at length. Especially, early in the year (when there was adversity).
“We paid a little price, at that time, but we’re past that. The history lesson has been well learned, I hope.
“We’re just going to be calm and play.”
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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Take a look at the Detroit Red Wings’ Svensk embassy on ice, from venerable defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom to second-year forward Johan Franzen, who stands 6-foot-2, weighs 210 pounds and answers to the nickname Mule.
Every one of the Red Wings’ Swedish players — and there are six of them, not counting injured defenceman Niklas Kronwall — has made a substantial impact in helping Detroit stake a 2-0 lead over the Calgary Flames in their Western Conference quarter-final series.
Lidstrom, of course, has been a premier performer for years. So far, he has scored twice against Calgary while averaging 28 minutes a game. Forward Tomas Holmstrom has been his usual immovable self; a dumpster parked in front of the Calgary net. He’s also a plus three defensively.
from the Dallas Morning News,
Coach Alain Vigneault said Vancouver notified the NHL about the Stars bumping Luongo after the first two games in Vancouver.
“Obviously, all teams tell their players to go hard to the net, put traffic in front of the goaltender and to drive hard,” Vigneault said Monday. “Louie got hit twice there and once almost got hurt. The league is aware of it.
“Roberto doesn’t embellish anything whereas other goaltenders really do embellish,” Vigneault continued. “It’s tough for the referees to see everything going on out there, but obviously, he has been getting bumped. We need him to stay healthy.”
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
But when Nick Polano finally saw the young Russian hockey star, 19-year-old Slava Kozlov, it was bad. He was in a hospital bed, recovering from a serious brain injury, a fractured skull, a broken cheekbone and broken ribs suffered in a car accident.
He didn’t look very good,” said Polano, who at the time was the assistant general manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
But Kozlov was alive. The passenger in the car wasn’t as fortunate. Kozlov and Red Army teammate Kirile Tarasov were hit by a bus and Tarasov was killed. Kozlov was fighting for his life.
Polano needed to be careful about what he said to Kozlov, because the patient in the bed beside him was specifically instructed to contact the KGB, Russia’s internal security, if anybody spoke to the young prospect about passports and visas.
from the Globe and Mail,
So the beverage buzz must be true of all other NHL arenas — the so-called “crazy beers” at Rexall Place in Edmonton jumps to mind — but like any good hockey rivalry, nothing quite matches the storied history of Calgary’s heroin beer.
“Maybe we just have a more exciting atmosphere,” Raines added with a laugh. “We certainly work hard to create a more exciting atmosphere.”
As Jason Zimmer and Jody Evans, both in their late 20s, carried cups of beer back to their seats during a recent regular-season home game, they offered their own insight into the phenomenon. There isn’t anything special in the beer, they agreed, but the heroin beer effect is real, they insisted.
from The Whitehorse Daily Star,
There have probably been many words used to describe Howie Meeker over the past several decades, but I guarantee you quiet, passive or understated certainly weren’t among them.
Animated, passionate, outspoken and honest. If I had to chose one word to describe the NHL and broadcast legend, I would say he’s a real firecracker. Meeker still has as much fire inside him at 82 years of age as anyone 50 years his junior.
Over a beverage at a local lounge Sunday, Meeker chats about his family, his former career and the current Toronto Maple Leafs. He shares his ideas on how Canadian hockey can and should improve, and even predicts this year’s Stanley Cup winner – the Buffalo Sabres.
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