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from the Calgary Herald,
Kiprusoff’s leash has lost about five links based on Joseph’s efficient play and Kipper’s alleged sloth of late. For both Kiprusoff and goalie coach David Marcoux, this is uncharted territory. How quickly will coach Mike Keenan now pull back on the chain? How much more ice will Cujo see? And how will it play between Kiprusoff’s ears? You’ve just crossed over into the Goalie Controversy.
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from jenniejenniewho’s at NHL Connect,
The hockey gods are one of the best things about hockey; they are the mystical forces that let you believe things will work themselves out. If they don’t, it wasn’t meant to be.
The hockey gods take the pressure off fandom. Sure, the fact that Marian Hossa got hurt in his debut with the Penguins seems terrible, but the hockey gods know why it happened. You hope against hope it’s to set up an stirring comeback that coincides with Sidney Crosby’s return to the ice; you like to think the hockey gods will make it a game that will be talked about for ages, one that vaults the Penguins to the top of the Eastern Conference,
fro Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Not sure how many people have noticed but Sergei Samsonov is well on his way to resurrecting his NHL career. The 29-year-old Moscow native is turning into quite the reclamation project for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The former first-round draft pick has 21 points (11-10) in 24 games since arriving.
“It’s been a great change for me personally and a good fit overall,” Samsonov told Sportsnet.ca.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Lous Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are in crisis mode. They can’t score goals, can’t win games, and the coach is questioning his players’ commitment. Big, bustling crowds have come into Scottrade Center with renewed hopes and dreams, only to go home disappointed.
The National Hockey League will be in Detroit on Tuesday to film Zetterberg in a commercial called “Walkout” — a spot “designed to highlight the distinct intensity and drama of playoff hockey seen through the eyes of the players,” according to an e-mail from Michael DiLorenzo, NHL director of corporate communications.
The ad will show Zetterberg walking onto the ice for a road playoff game with 20,000 fans rooting against him. The league didn’t say where the spot would be filmed.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Is it too late for a trade-deadline do-over?
Too bad, because the Vancouver Canucks are suddenly looking like a team that needs some big changes.
The Canucks have lost three straight games since general manager Dave Nonis virtually stood pat on deadline day.
from the Courier Post,
With about 5 minutes remaining in Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Carter got tripped up by Brandon Dubinsky along the offensive right wing corner.
A Rangers fan in that section called for a dive and Carter turned back at him and smiled.
On the ensuing power play, Carter scored on a pass from Scottie Upshall and pointed to the fan behind the glass as if to say, “That one’s for you.”
“I had a buddy there in the corner heckling me,” Carter said. “So when I scored that goal I happened to turn that corner. I gave him a look and we had a good laugh. All in good fun.”
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from the Toronto Star,
It hasn’t worked the past two springs, but they’re at it again. Just when it appeared the only bit of drama left for Leafs’ fans would be found in the draft lottery ping-pong balls, Toronto has ratcheted up its game.
Taking 13 of a possible 16 points since mid-February has brought the Leafs from the back of the pack to within shouting distance of the playoffs.
They sit six points behind Philadelphia, the team that currently holds the eighth and final post-season berth in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have a game in hand.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
More to the point, the Rangers are making good a prediction I made when ninety-percent of you were chortling derisively: Yes, the Rangers WILL soar to the division’s top and have a wonderful opportunity to take the conference title.
Sure, Montreal is formidable—but emphatically beatable—and inconsistent Ottawa should rebound under Bryan Murray. The Devils funk could last a lot longer than many suspect which leaves no major detour on the Rangers Thruway.
Most importantly, New York now has what I call “backup-ability.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Toskala did not immediately win over the Leafs’ fans, who were certainly clamouring for a new hero in goal after Andrew Raycroft wobbled badly. But Toskala was playing in the Eastern Conference for the first time and he also had to grow accustomed to being the go-to guy every night.
“When I changed teams, it takes a little time to get comfortable, but [playing a lot] makes you mentally stronger,” he said. “I think every time you play it makes you better.”
In that case, he should be Superman pretty soon. There is no end in sight for Toskala’s consecutive starts, not with the Leafs having to win almost all of their final 15 games to have any hope of making the playoffs.
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