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from the Hockey News,
Seconds after the Sabres secured a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 Friday, Ruff blew a gasket as he flew off the Sabres bench to complain to game officials about a blown offside call in the final six seconds—which led to a Rangers desperation shot on goal—and about a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice infraction that was botched by the referees in the dying minutes.
Ruff was waving his arms and screaming at anything dressed in black and white stripes….
God bless you for scoring, Jeff Cowan. And god bless you, too, J-S Giguere, for allowing a goal at such a strange angle.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Judging from the Ducks’ 5-1 win in Game 1 in which Selanne was the third star despite linemate Andy McDonald scoring three goals, the Finnish Flash has the best chance to take himself off the loser list.
“For sure this is my best chance,” Selanne said after practice yesterday.
“You never know what is going to happen.
“It’s so hard to win one. But the feeling is there. These last two years have been the most fun I’ve had in my career.”
From Josh Peter at Yahoo! Sports,
This just in: Roberto Luongo is mortal.
Casual fans might be asking, “Roberto who?” But the puckheads among us must be asking, “Roberto Luongo is mortal? You can’t be serious, can you?”
We’re serious. Very serious.
The Anaheim Ducks did more than beat the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In a 5-1 victory, they dispelled the myth that Luongo, Vancouver’s splendid goaltender, can single-handedly carry the Canucks into the Western Conference finals. The Ducks did this in astonishing fashion, too.
Note: No disrespect to the Ducks—their goals were well-earned, and Luongo has struggled against them all season—but Mr. Peter’s entire article seems to be prefaced on the idea of The End of Luongo. Well, Luongo got scored on 4 times in regulation in the first game of the Dallas series as well. Just because he didn’t dominate in Game #1 of the 2nd round, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of this series. (Just thought I’d point that out. Hmph.)
From the OC Register,
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.
*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.
From Tony Gallagher at The Province,
Unless the league permits them to set leg hold traps, the Canucks have a significant problem and whether the potential return of any of the injured players would actually make a difference is open to question. Vancouver also had a bushel of chances and the temptation is to say “what if Taylor Pyatt had scored early in the second, or early in the third on his chances?” And while that’s intriguing, the corresponding question is what if the Ducks had scored on their good chances?
If there is one job the forwards must do better it’s slowing these guys down before they get to the defence, which suddenly looks ridiculously vulnerable with Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa watching from the press box.
Brian Burke took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Brian, is your team going into this year’s playoff after the first round is in better shape than last year? Do you feel better about this year’s team than you did last year’s game? You polished off Minnesota.
BRIAN BURKE: I don’t think it’s fair to say we polished off Minnesota. It was a 4-1 series, but they were all one-goal games, except the last game, which was a two-goal game with an empty netter. I thought it was a difficult series to play. It’s certainly a hockey team we respect.
As far as moving forward, you get to the playoffs. If you’re lucky enough to advance, you’re going to play another team that advanced. This is a good hockey team we’re playing.
The main difference this year is that I think for our team the addition of Chris Pronger on defense would be the biggest single difference, then the fact that we’ve managed to get both our goaltenders active and ready to play early.
from the Pioneer Press,
Here’s the upshot of an otherwise disappointing first-round loss: new rivalry, new hero and newfound respect for a couple of Wild players. There also should be the realization that a lot of work remains to be done. The team has to get bigger. The guys were worn to the nub by the end of Game 5.
At least the Wild have found a blood rival for next year. In a season filled with faceless opponents and emotionless games, the Ducks will be an exception.
The Ducks earned the right to become the team Minnesota loves to hate. People will circle their calendars for next season’s quack-ups at the Xcel Energy Center. It will be the biggest thing since Todd Bertuzzi was with the Vancouver Canucks.
from the OC Register,
“People may not read this properly, and I swear it’s from my heart, from who I am,” May said. “I hope Kim Johnsson is OK. I never in one moment wanted to hurt somebody and take an opportunity of them playing away. I hope that I haven’t put him in a terrible or a bad or a tough situation. He wants to play hockey as much as I want to play hockey. He wants to win like I do.
“I respect Kim Johnsson. I respect his teammates. I respect (Minnesota left wing) Derek Boogaard, who said that I have no respect for people. I do have respect for people. We’re playing hard for our teams. So I respect the other team, and I understand their animosity and anger toward me. I accept that.”
From Alan Adams at Sportsnet.ca,
Again, the punishment doesn’t meet the crime.
But then again, this is the NHL we’re talking about.
Anaheim’s Brad May has been suspended for three games for a sucker punch he landed on Minnesota defenceman Kim Johnsson in the dying moments of Minnesota’s 4-1 win over the Ducks on Tuesday.
May received a match penalty for “intent to injure” and a three-game suspension—an absolute joke. Eight or 10 games would have sent the right message and there is precedent. Tie Domi was suspended for eight games in 1995 for sucker-punching Ulf Samuelsson.
continued… (*plus more observations on the Islanders’ saga)
Anaheim Ducks forward Brad May has been suspended for three games as a rsult of his actions in Game 4 of their Western Conference Series against the Minnesota Wild.
Late in the third period on Tuesday, May punched Wild defenceman Kim Johnsson from behind, sending him to the ice for several minutes. May was assessed a match penalty on the play.
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