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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
After all, when the all-star Ducks defenceman was suspended for his blindside head shot on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom in the Western Conference final, he blamed the Canadian media for being banished from the series for a game.
Today, you have to figure Pronger’s conspiracy antennae will be on amber alert, given that he’ll be waking up this morning in the nation’s capital after his cheap shot elbow knocked out Dean McAmmond of the Senators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last night.
Good luck generating any sympathy this time.
Geez, he might even have to blame himself if, as is certainly possible, he gets suspended again and in so doing really helps the Senators get back into the best-of-seven series.
If you missed the hit on McAmmond….
Q. Randy, your view on the Alfredsson goal?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, obviously the league felt it wasn’t kicked in, simple as that. Sometimes those things go for you. Tonight it went against us. Obviously, we felt that there was a kicking motion from our point of view but I haven’t really reviewed the replay from a bunch of different angles. But that’s the way it is. They make the call and you have to live with it.
Q. Can you talk about what you felt the Senators did that maybe caused you guys some more trouble -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: They outworked us, simple as that.
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
But O’Halloran was overruled by NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, who looked at the replays and ruled there was no distinct kicking motion.
“And that’s the whole key here,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “The key is Alfredsson directed the puck in, but there was no distinct kicking motion. The puck hits his skate and it goes toward the net, then there is movement of the foot.”
more on the game…
Game 4 on Monday is going to be great. Ducks want a victory to clinch at home and Sens want to even it up, 2-2.
Watch the post game interviews…
One question, anyone miss the railcam?
Elbow to the chin…
Ducks caught a man short on a face-off in their own end, and they pay for it with an Ottawa goal.
Q. Randy, any update on Chris Kunitz and his ability for tonight or beyond?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Earth-breaking news, gentlemen. All of our players are available for tonight. So read into it. All our players are available for tonight (smiling).
Q. To become more clear, then -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: All our players are available tonight.
Q. Will Chris Kunitz be in the lineup this evening?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: We’ll have to make a coach’s decision on whether Chris Kunitz will play. He’s been cleared by the doctors. All our players are available to play.
Q. Just want to clear that up -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: All our players are available to play.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
May, now, in his 15th NHL season, is halfway to getting his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the first time, as the Ducks have built a 2-0 lead against the Ottawa Senators in the best-of-seven championship series that resumes tonight (6 MDT, KUSA-Channel 9).
“It’s incredible,” May said. “It’s been a great experience, but the dream is being the last team standing, so we haven’t accomplished anything yet. We’re certainly not complacent, I can promise that.”
Other than to say he enjoyed his time in Colorado, May prefers to leave it in the past.
“I’m happy to be here, and that’s no disrespect to where you’ve been,” he said.
from the OC Register,
Facing the prospect of falling behind the Red Wings three games to one while playing without one of their top players and team leaders, the Ducks rallied around the adversity to post a 5-3 victory in Game 4.
They haven’t lost since, closing out Detroit in six games and taking the first two against Ottawa to build a five-game winning streak.
“It was a real wake-up call,” Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell said after Friday’s practice at Scotiabank Place. “Our team had to get together and say, ‘What’s going on here? We’re down, 2-1.’ We did have to suck it up there without Chris in Game 4, and I think that’s really kind of emboldened us. We’ve really come together and played well since then.”
from the LA Times,
All you need to know about Ottawa’s inept offense in the Stanley Cup finals is that in two games, the Ducks have limited the Senators to 36 shots on goal, with 15 of them coming in man-advantage situations.
Playing a style of defense similar to an NFL Cover 2 scheme with two safeties deep, the Ducks have made it difficult for the Senators to get the puck into the attacking zone.
“It’s not just that, but they have a couple of real good safeties back there,” Ottawa forward Mike Comrie said of the Ducks’ Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.
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