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from the Calgary Sun,
While suspensions are more likely for teammates Jamie McLennan and Daymond Langkow, there’s a slim possibility Iginla could miss a game, too. Pierre McGuire, the NBC colour man who was parked between the benches yesterday, saw what he thought was Iginla butt-ending Schneider during their battle. He said as much on the air.
There weren’t any replays available in the press box but Iginla—known as a fierce competitor on the ice but maybe one of the most docile men off it—swears he would never do that.
“I don’t think I’ve tried to butt-end a guy, ever,” Iginla said, adding he was trying to use his arms to get a better position on Schneider.
added 7:55am, In case you missed the slash on Franzen.
As die-hard hockey fans, we know the Flames were trying to send a message to the Wings today.
In my opinion, they went too far. McLennan should be gone for the rest of the playoffs and if Calgary is eliminated, serve at least 10 games next season.
The other “messages” sent by the Flames late in the game should be looked at too.
Not the way to end any game, and believe me, the media will be all over this.
added 8:12pm, from the AP via TSN,
The slash might lead to a stiff suspension from the NHL, which gave the Islanders’ Chris Simon a 25-game suspension for viciously swinging his stick last month.
McLennan didn’t talk to reporters after the game.
“I think the league will take a look at a few things that happened,” Zetterberg said.
Flames star Jarome Iginla got into the act, with hooking and cross-checking penalties with 43 seconds left with aggressive stick work.
“It was really about getting some fights going at that point to keep our energy up and carry some anger into the next game,” Iginla said with several new stitches over his left eye. “We’re not going away.”
Will any road team win a game in the Flames/Wings series?
Wings have a chance tomorrow night and I believe the game will go to the team with the best legs.
I believe this will be Hasek’s first back-to-back game of the year.
Tighten the straps boys, it is going to be a great game.
from the Calgary Herald,
By now you’re probably getting the idea that Bertuzzi is one big set of shoulders. And that was on a night when the Flames won. Hand them a loss and the Flames will probably have him rivalling the Great Khali. His mass is especially noticeable on nights when Robyn Regehr, the Flames’ redwood, is out of the lineup—as he likely will be the rest of this series.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock obviously spied Bertuzzi barging through Calgary’s zone like a piano mover on Thursday.
from the Calgary Sun,
Detroit is still favoured to win the series and not just because the Wings have home-ice advantage in what’s become a best-of-three series against a Calgary team that can’t seem to win on the road.
Since the 2000 playoffs, 15 series have followed the route taken by the Flames and Wings, with one team rebounding from a two-game deficit to even the set at 2-2.
Last spring, Edmonton regrouped from losing the first two games to San Jose and won the series—just like Carolina did to Montreal in the opening round, en route to the Stanley Cup.
But instances like those are the exceptions, not the rules.
from the AP via The Hockey News,
Babcock hopes the Red Wings are resisting here-we-go-again thoughts. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2002, they’ve had two first-round exits and one in the second.
“One of the key things for me is, this isn’t last year’s team - (and) this isn’t ‘04,” he said. “Don’t carry that baggage around.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“Do I like what happened? No,” said Babcock.
“Could he have handled it differently? Sure. I coach the team so I’m a little biased but I saw (Iginla’s) elbow hit (Hasek) in the forehead and thought at least it should have been a penalty both ways.”
Iginla didn’t see it that way.
“That ice is just as much ours as it is his and, to be honest, I thought he came into me and I didn’t think it was much contact at all,” said Iginla.
“I was surprised he got so upset on that play. At that point in the game, it’s obviously a good thing to get the powerplay and if he’s not happy and we’re playing within the rules, that’s obviously a good thing too.”
Reading the different forums and blogs on the Wings/Flames series, it has been a panic theme after every game.
Just remember what I said after the Wings went up 2-0, it is not a series until a road team wins. Still hasn’t happened and it may not.
The home ice may actually come in play for this series.
From Helene St. James at Detroit Free Press,
As the Red Wings prepared to play tonight’s Game 4 of their first-round series with the Flames, establishing success on special teams was at the forefront.
While the power-play struggles can hardly be surprising giving its ineffectiveness throughout the regular season, the penalty killing’s vulnerability has been far more noticeable. The Wings have allowed four power-play goals in three games, and their 75% success rate ranks 14th among the 16 NHL playoff teams.
Plus: St. James questions if Bertuzzi could boost the Wings’ 2nd line.
From Randy Sportak at the Calgary Sun,
Down the road, Jarome Iginla can tell the tale of when he pulled a Babe Ruth—calling his shot and delivering at the biggest moment.
For now, though, the Calgary Flames captain just wants to chalk it up to a good break coming at the right time.
Yesterday morning, Iginla proclaimed he was on the verge of snapping a personal drought against the Wings.
Hours later, he scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period in a 3-2 victory over Detroit.
From Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press,
Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t use hair-care products, a teammate pointed out, while Henrik Zetterberg has rock star hair.
The two young Red Wings have markedly different personalities, and there are those around them who wonder at times how they communicate so well. Their chemistry, though, is indisputable: They became fast friends four years ago, have played well with one another, and now they’re as dominant a pairing as can be found in the NHL.
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