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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.
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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.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
And so a lesson in playoff hockey was administered by the Red Wings to a Ducks team that had steamrolled through the first two rounds, going 8-2.
For the first time in these playoffs, the Ducks trail a series. They do so after playing the physical game they wanted, taking control of the second half of Game 1 and yet allowing a patient, talented Detroit team just enough of an opening to squeeze through.
“From our standpoint, we did a lot of the things that we tried to do in the hockey game. We set a game plan out and we came out on the short end of a hockey game that was highly competitive,” Carlyle said.
Hasek stopped 31 of 32 shots from the Ducks, many of the scoring chance variety.
Game 1 goes to the Wings 2-1.
Ducks won’t change a thing for game 2, Wings need to create more offense.
added 10:24pm, Watch the post game reaction from the coaches & players.
Mike Babcock and Randy Carlyle met with the media today…
Q. Tell me what Dan Cleary has meant to your team in these playoffs?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: He’s a great person, a good, good player. He’s worked hard enough over the last while in his career to get his game back. He’s a physical guy for us. He played on our puck-control unit there with Draper and Maltby. He’s good on the power play, real good on the penalty kill. He plays hard.
He was a child phenom. It got away from him. Through maturity and work ethic, he turned out to be the real good player in the league that he is.
Paul Kukla and I had a chance to speak briefly with Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night in Canada. From his CBC television bio:
Hrudey became a full-time hockey analyst during the 1998/99 NHL season, after providing stellar commentary during the previous four playoff seasons alongside Ron MacLean. And during the 1999 NHL playoffs, Hrudey’s segment Behind the Mask became a regular feature on Hockey Night in Canada.
During his 15-year NHL career with the Islanders (six years), Kings (seven years) and Sharks (two years), the former Medicine Hat Tiger compiled a record of 271-265-88, with a goals against average of 3.43, with 16 shutouts.
The conversation can be downloaded here, or listened to on the player below. Our sincere appreciation to Mr. Hrudey for taking the time to chat with us about the Conference Finals now underway.
from the CP via Canada.com,
Getzlaf, who grew up in Regina, turned 22 on Thursday and went out for dinner with a group of other Ducks.
Perry is from Peterborough, Ont., and turns 22 next Wednesday.
Both were major junior stars — Getzlaf with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and Perry with the OHL’s London Knights.
They skate on the Ducks’ No. 2 attacking unit with Justin Penner, 24, who was cut from his hometown Winkler, Man., midget and junior teams. He went off to play college hockey for the Maine Black Bears to get noticed, and everybody notices him now.
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