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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks, who came into Calgary four days ago with the series tied 1-1 and eager to capitalize on their veteran poise and savvy, demonstrated neither quality as the younger, hungrier, more physical, more talented, more — OK, you get the picture — Flames depantsed Willie Desjardins' team for the second straight game.
The final score was 3-1 which, in a neat bit of symmetry, is also where this series stands.
The Canucks, however, don't find anything neat about their situation.
"This isn't our hockey," said Kevin Bieksa. "We didn't play very good overall and that's disappointing. If you put your best game on the ice and you lose, that's fine. But we can't be very happy with where we are right now.
"It's overall. We're not generating a whole lot. We're not getting a lot of chances. We're not controlling the tempo of the game. We're a lot better team than what we're playing right now."
Game 5 on Thursday night, then, might be a good time to demonstrate that.
Game highlights are below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Even allowing for the way hockey is transformed from a regular-season Autobahn to playoff bumper-to-traffic that’s 12th Avenue northbound at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you would still have every reason to believe this first-round series should still feature a cavalcade of entertainment, and should still be a showcase for some of the league’s most compelling talent, right?
Well, you would be wrong, Shanahan Summit-breath. For in its infinite wisdom, the NHL has decided fans and the sport are better served when its officials turn blind eyes toward the hooking, holding and obstruction fouls for which there was supposed to be a zero-tolerance level coming out of the canceled 2004-05 season.
Neither the Rangers nor Penguins have benefitted to a greater degree by this return to the bad old days. The officiating hasn’t been determinative in the Blueshirts’ 2-1 margin in the series that resumes with Wednesday’s Game 4, even if both sides have legitimate grievances over the way the games have been called.
Pittsburgh’s Running of Henrik Lundqvist has become an annual rite of passage, like the Running of the Bulls, with Chris Kunitz for the second consecutive spring the most notorious and unabashed culprit. Undeterred in their own right, the Rangers have taken liberties against Crosby and any other Penguin on the move.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Legs heavy, energy stores on empty, they raced up and down the ice, neither side wanting to give in to the other or to tiredness.
Three periods of playoff hockey had come and gone, with all the sweat and exertion and adrenaline that accompany it. Then one overtime, then a second, then into a third. Tuesday night became Wednesday morning at the United Center. Playoff beards filled in. Marian Hossa turned 45.
The Blackhawks and the Predators were carrying on as if everything was at stake, and maybe it was. Game 4 of their first-round series felt like a line in the sand. Whoever crossed it would win the series. Is that how it would be? Who knew? But with every frenetic rush into the other side’s zone, the desperation seemed to increase.
Neither wanted to cede anything to the other. Not any ground. Not any momentum. Certainly not a goal. Scott Darling was superb in the net for the Hawks. Pekka Rinne was crazy good for the Predators.
Something had to give. Theoretically. But doesn’t pi go on forever? So why couldn’t a hockey game?
Finally, at 1:16 a.m., with a heavy slap shot from inside the blue line and Bryan Bickell shielding Rinne, Brent Seabrook tucked this game in for a 3-2 Hawks victory. Good night to all.
Watch the game highlights below...
Here is Sportsnet's nightly recap...
Below, the NHL's version...
NEW YORK (April 21, 2015) - Forwards Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:
GAME 3 – (2) LIGHTNING-(3) RED WINGS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 1-1
The Red Wings return to Detroit tonight to host the Lightning in Game 3 of their first-round series. Tampa Bay earned a decisive 5-1 victory over Detroit on Saturday afternoon, led by Tyler Johnson’s two goals. Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek will get the start in net for the Red Wings tonight, who have been outshot by a 76-38 margin through the first two games of the series.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
GAME 4 – (2) CAPITALS-(3) ISLANDERS – TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK – ISLANDERS LEAD 2-1
John Tavares and the New York Islanders look to carry momentum of their Game 3 overtime victory into tonight’s matchup against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime on Sunday, the Islanders’ first overtime playoff goal since 1993, to seize a 2-1 series lead over Washington, despite 40 saves from Caps goaltender Braden Holtby.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
New York, NY (April 21, 2015) – Last night’s Rangers game delivered a 4.84 HH Nielsen rating on MSG and MSG+ (game was simulcast on MSG+), averaging 535,105 total viewers. To date Rangers playoff games are averaging a 4.69 HH Nielsen rating on MSG Networks through round one, which is up 69% from last year’s playoff average through two games on MSG Networks. In addition the average A25-54 demographic ratings are up 83% from last year’s average through two games on MSG Networks, coming in at a 3.28 and averaging 271,285 adults in the demographic per game.
Last night’s A25-54 rating was a 3.74, averaging 309,778 adults in the demographic and was the second highest A25-54 rating for a first round game since the network began tracking demographic ratings in 2004 (highest is 4.08 in 2012).
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
... That’s when it got intense. Maurice was asked directly about Byfuglien’s choice of answers today.
"Four or five? Ten," the coach said about the number of times it was essentially repeated. "Somebody counted. Are you offended?"
But what about the lack of maturity, accountability, the coach was asked?
"So you’re asking me what Dustin’s like behind closed doors based on something that pissed you off?
"I think part of (the perception) is fairly accurate, not your assessment, but he’s got an awesome sense of humour. You won’t like that. Don’t underestimate the investment the players make. Here’s where I’m losing the argument before it even starts. You’re going to find one of the 650 other NHL players would have handled that nicely and be contrite and everybody would have thought that was good. He’s a very, very competitive man and not particularly happy with the result. More than anything he wants to win badly.
"So he doesn’t like the fact that he has to speak to the media today. And I’m reading the Twitter pop-ups and, ‘the guy makes so much money he should be happy to stand in front of the media and talk to them.’ And there’s a certain dynamic between media and some players that you feel he has the absolute obligation to come out and answer for everything because of the gift and the joy that it is to play professional sports and the amount of money a man would make.
added 4:53pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice post-practice...
During practice earlier today, Burrows was seen grabbing his wrist and asking for help while he skated off.
added 3:40pm, Mark Spector of Sportsnet was on the scene and followed a video report, watch below...
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