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from the Press Enterprise,
Unlike the regular season, which gives teams five minutes of ice time to settle a tie before going to the one-on-one shootout, postseason hockey eschews the gimmicky ending.
First team to score, unlimited time to finish, makes for passionate competition. Players can’t take a second off. Spectators hang in suspended angst.
In baseball, you’ve got at least 15 seconds between pitches to anticipate a game-ending hit, and maybe 15 minutes if a rally is building and pitchers are being shuffled in and out.
In football, you start anticipating an overtime outcome with the coin-flip winner. The team that gets the ball first often drives for 10 minutes and boots a three-pointer.
Hockey? Possession changes every few seconds. Every shot stops the breath of 18,000 spectators.
from the Toronto Star,
It may just be that those Red Wings fans who have missed playoff action at the Joe Louis Arena for eight games in a row will show up at the Honda Centre, otherwise known as the Duck Pond, in Anaheim on Tuesday.
That’s the fear of Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
“There’s a lot of Detroit fans in Anaheim,” says Giguere. “It’s going to be really loud in that building, it’s going to be really interesting.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that left wing Chris Kunitz will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Kunitz is doubtful to return this postseason. He suffered the injury late in the third period of Game 1 vs. Detroit.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Perhaps the tint on my TV needs some adjusting, but I have to ask anyway: Did all those stationary bike sessions in the sauna turn Chris Chelios orange? Did he convert to Oompa-Loompa-ism? Has the league relaxed its laws on players camouflaging themselves during games?
more game talk... and I noticed that about Cheli. Unless he spent some time on the Cheli’s Chili Bar outside deck with album covers wrapped in aluminum foil, it looks like he may have used some kind of tanning lotion.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
While the Wings’ top forward unit of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom was again dangerous, they did not hit the scoresheet at even strength (Datsyuk did score on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period to briefly give the Wings a 3-2 lead).
That in and of itself would have been cause for celebration for the Ducks. But throw in the line’s surprise offensive outburst and this was grinder nirvana.
“It’s the best thing you can do in hockey, scoring goals. Everyone wants to do it,” said Pahlsson, who is nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. “So, it’s a lot fun. We really love scoring, too, even if we don’t do it as much as the other guys.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
If Rob and Scott Niedermayer didn’t get along so well, if they had developed a sibling rivalry while growing up in Cranbrook, Canada, Scott wouldn’t have packed his three Stanley Cup rings and left New Jersey to share a locker room and a car pool with the brother who is 16 months his junior.
That they like each other might be the luckiest break the Ducks have ever gotten.
continued (reg. may be req.)
Scott Niedermayer scored in the first OT to give the Ducks a 4-3 win.
Hard fought game and both teams gave it their all.
Next game is Tuesday in Anaheim, 9pm EDT start.
Make sure to watch the post game interviews!
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The polar opposite workspace of Dominik Hasek and Tomas Holmstrom barely take up 2% of a National Hockey League rink.
But Hasek’s blue-hued plot and Holmstrom’s squat just outside the other crease is the most hotly disputed territory in this series, through which the Red Wings’ improbable Stanley Cup march must flow.
Randy Carlyle and Chris Pronger…
Q. Coach, with the rules that are in place, what can you do about a player like Holmstrom standing in front of the net?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, I think it’s important that you do as much blocking out as possible, try to impede his progress to the net ‘cause that’s where he makes his living.
You know, there’s been a lot said about him. We classify him as possibly the best or second best. There’s another player in Ryan Smyth that does a similar job in front of the net. Those players have a knack of getting their sticks on pucks that are directed there.
But it’s not from a natural-born talent from the individual. If you watched today when they practiced, he was out there for a good half-hour, 20 minutes practicing that art. I guess practice makes perfect in a lot of situations, where he’s a force to be reckoned with at that position on the ice.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Like their many fans squeezed by the slump in the local auto industry, the Detroit Red Wings are trying to make less resources go further.
In these playoffs, particularly their past two games, that means making the most of a goal or two, stretching around 20 shots into big wins.
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