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Some times you can take a person out of the environment where bad habits were created and new habits will take that place; then there are times that those old habits return.
Tonight in the Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Game Three this was exactly what happened with Matt Cooke.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
The Wild was in the driver’s seat, up 4-2 in Game 1 until with less than 13 minutes left, Kyle Brodziak burps up a puck to Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie McGinn scores and the rest of the night was pandemonium. The Wild, 5-10 all-time at home in the playoffs, went from potentially being up 1-0 in the series to now being in a 2-0 hole with Game 3 tonight (6 p.m.) at the X.
For the first time in his Wild career, Brodziak will be a healthy scratch tonight. Justin Fontaine and Dany Heatley draw in, Stephane Veilleux and Brodziak come out.
Darcy Kuemper will make his first career playoff start and fourth playoff appearance against Semyon Varlamov. It’s Kuemper’s first start since a concussion and first start since March 27 in St. Louis. Before the injury, the second-half savior won once in his final eight starts, allowing three or more goals in six of those games. He stopped all 14 shots he saw in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2, but starting in the playoffs is a different mentality than just getting thrown in. He’s got all day to think and … not freak out.
Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche had a four point night last night and now has 7 points (1-6-7) through 2 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is tied with teammate Paul Stastny (3-4-7) for the league lead in points.
Watch MacKinnon rack up the points last night...
First, Alex Steen with a goal early in triple OT...
Then below, some magic from Paul Stastny...
Listen, do me a favor, tell Patrick (Roy) he can talk to you Adrian (Dater). Don't come in here and comment on him. So I've done my commenting on him. He can say whatever he wants. He always has something to say after every game, so...
-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues during his post-game conference which I watched.
Patrick Roy made a few post-game comments, here is one...
added 8:26pm, Watch the Hitchock conference below...
The Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 today.
This hit started some of the action in the 3rd period.
Bordeleau and Jackman both received unsportsmanlike penalties on the play, then the rest of the 3rd period went like this...
added 11:38am, Watch how the injury happened below...
The Avalanche announced Duchene would not return to the game, citing a knee injury.
With Boston leading 2-0, Patrick Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with five minutes to go in the 3rd period.
Neither team scored but do you think more teams should pull their goalie a little earlier when down by at least two goals?
Roy explains his decision and you can watch it below. I edited the video to start at the 3 minute mark, so it may be a little slow in loading.
"This organization has a lot of class. They put a lot of pride on the past, and they have a great past," Roy said.
"Two years ago, I could have had both jobs, coach and GM, if it were up to the fans. And I truly appreciate that. I thought that was a great gesture, and it made me feel good with the fans. It's not that I had doubt, but at the same time it was nice to see that the past was way behind us and everybody had moved on, and that they could see me as their next coach and GM. For the ego, I have to admit, it feels good."
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorada Avalanche on the Montreal Canadiens. The Avalanche play in Montreal tomorrow and Roy met with the media today.
More on Roy from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post and below, via Sportsnet, watch the media gathering with Roy...
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