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The Bruins will have had nine days off since dispatching Montreal in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final last week. With questions about rust being asked, the Bruins can look to Vancouver’s Game 1 last night as a working blueprint. The Canucks, who also swept their first-round opponent (St. Louis), scored three straight goals against Chicago and held on for the win.
“Everybody’s wondering whether we’re going to be rested or rusty,” head coach Claude Julien said.
“I think Vancouver is a great example to take. They came out and played well in the first period. I’m expecting our players to feel the same way - that we can come out and play the way we know we can. Put all the excuses aside.”
continued with more on both Boston and Carolina
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
So look at Maurice now – back on the post-season pace, Carolina opening its Eastern Conference semifinal in Boston tonight.
“It’s the best part of hockey, the best part of the year,” the once-again Hurricane steward told the Star. “When you’re out of the playoffs for so long, you really do start to wonder – what’s the point?
“But it’s just so much fun now, I can’t even tell you. The days just slide by. At the moment I’m feeling at ease because we’ve had this little rest. That will all change when the series starts.”
Maurice is among the diaspora of former Leafs who are still playing or coaching hockey that counts, in May. When the post-season began, there were 35 Blue & White – from low-level management to top-tier stars – on the Stanley Cup prowl, while Toronto watched from the sidelines, experiencing the excitement only vicariously.
from Dave Droschak of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Staal won’t be able to breathe in this series without the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Chara knowing if the Carolina star is chewing Dentyne or Trident. Bank on it.
“It doesn’t matter who we play. Eric Staal is going to see, not just one, but different guys shift-by-shift. He gets a lot of attention. That’s what All-Star players get,” said Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford.
“I don’t think I played my best against them this year,” added Staal, who including playoffs has logged a remarkable 368 consecutive games. “I’ve had success against Boston in the past and I like playing in their building. So, it’s about getting ready to play in this series now. The regular season doesn’t really matter this time of year.”
via Canes Now at the News & Observer,
How quick was Carolina’s 4-3 dramatic finish over the New Jersey Devils?
So fast that ESPN.com didn’t have a chance to take down its “Devils Oust Canes” (bottom left hand corner) before putting up its story on the Canes’ win.
Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…
Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.
The matchups for the next round are…
Boston vs. Carolina
Washington vs. Pittsburgh
Feel ok for a few hours, then boom can’t keep my eyes open, headache, etc….
note: Original post time was 8:39am this morning.
Woke up this morning with a sore throat and a very run-down feeling.
Maybe a little more sleep will cure that. So I will be back a little later on this morning.
In the meantime, check out the game 7 performances of the players and coaches involved in the two game 7’s tonight.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….
The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.
From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.
After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.
“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.
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