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from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Two straight tough losses for the Sharks is probably too much to overcome, but these guys aren’t the Atlanta Thrashers, either. Expect Game 6 in San Jose Monday to be as hotly-contested as every other showdown between these two teams.
more on the game…
Schneider left today’s game early in the first period with a left forearm injury. Looked harmless but will not return.
update 5:07pm, Broken wrist for Schneider, done for the year according to Babcock presser and the comment left in this post.
from The Maven,
Then, it happened.
An unnecessarily bad icing that could have been averted.
A penalty against Dainius Zubrus for fouling Dan Girardi, which never was called.
The scramble; the puck arriving at Chris Drury’s stick; Girardi scrambling to fill the empty net before Drury’s shot sailed goalward.
And then the overtime crusher by Slapsy Maxie Afinogenov on a slapper that sailed through Henny Lundqvist’s five-hole.
Over – and out!
Well, not quite.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz, the reclusive owner of the 1,800-store Katz Group pharmacy empire, has launched a surprise $145-million bid to acquire the Edmonton Oilers.
The all-cash offer by Katz, 45, an Edmonton native and University of Alberta law school grad whom Forbes magazine now ranks among the world’s richest men, was made to the 37-member Edmonton Oilers ownership group earlier this week.
Under terms of the offer, disclosed to The Journal late Friday by a source familiar with information shared at the meeting, the Oilers would remain in Edmonton.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
But as each minute expired Friday night, as the clock ticked into the final 10 seconds, there was no avoiding that sinking feeling that the Sabres had no escape. Really, anybody who thought the Sabres would come away unscathed again was drowning in fantasy. It defied the laws of probability, which had been gaining ground.
Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream.
Buffalo’s hockey god, Chris Drury, answered all prayers, resuscitated the Sabres once again and carried them within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in nine seasons under Lindy Ruff. Even the eternal optimists and strongest die-hard would agree that this is getting a little ridiculous.
from The Kingston Whig-Standard,
Kirk Muller and Doug Gilmour have been Kingston’s poster boys for the NHL for two decades, playing for a combined 13 teams. Last night, at the 12th annual Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, the boys came home.
“Who said you can’t come home? Thank you, I appreciate it tremendously,” said Gilmour last night before a sold-out Hall of Fame crowd at the Ambassador Motel.
“To be going into the same hall with a group of people I grew up cherishing is a very special honour,” Muller said.
Do the Sens move on tonight?
Sharks/Wings- I think today the key is PP and PK, whoever is better will win.
Regarding the NBC game, as I stated yesterday, the Detroit NBC affiliate will go to split screen if the game runs into Kentucky Derby time. I have read other cities will go to the Derby. Aslo have read NBC may move the game to VERSUS if it runs over the allotted time slot.
from the Toronto Star,
The crowd gathered around Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, his left eye is still bloody, his left pupil still dilated from a stick injury suffered against Calgary.
“How’s your eye?” a reporter asked.
“Where are you?” joked Holmstrom, feigning blindness and getting a few yuks….
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the Wings are different team with Holmstrom.
“When (Holmstrom) gets the puck you don’t get one chance, you get a bunch of chances,” said Babcock. “The power play is about work ethic. It’s about getting the puck back, it’s about winning battles.”
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Now the Senators get a chance to shut down the Devils and their building tonight.
“That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?” said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who scored the overtime winner in Game 6 of the 2003 Eastern Conference final here to force Game 7 back in Ottawa. “That’s definitely our goal.”
The Devils will have home-ice advantage tonight and it will be interesting now to see if New Jersey coach and GM Lou Lamoriello, who fired Claude Julien as coach with just a couple of games to go in the regular season, will change his philosophy regarding the matching of lines. Lamoriello obviously thought he could do a better job behind the bench.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
With the Sharks and Detroit tied 2-2, we face the very realistic possibility of the series going seven games. If it happens, that would entail a major back-and-forth cross-country hockey slog. Today’s game at Joe Louis Arena will be followed by a plane ride back to San Jose for a Game6 on Monday. And that would be followed by another potential flight back to Detroit for a Wednesday conclusion.
If you’ve taken careful notes, that works out to three games in five days - sandwiched around two flights across a combined six time zones. Or three flights across a combined nine time zones, if you include the trip both teams made here from San Jose for today’s game.
Frankly, I became fatigued just typing out that scenario. You probably were pooped just reading about it. Imagine if you had to play hockey, too, while icing down your bruised body somewhere over Nebraska both ways. It only stands to reason that the younger team might have an edge.
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