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It is all about the goaltending in the Avs/Wings series.
Read about it at my Hockey.com blog…
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
[Joe Sakic:] “I was joking around that a lot of these kids were in elementary or junior high when that was going on. But they’re going to see what it’s like firsthand pretty quick, I’m pretty sure.”
So, first things first: If this upcoming series develops a sharp edge, it won’t be because of history, but because of the present—the high stakes and overheated emotions of today—not because anyone got psyched the night before by looking at footage of Patrick Roy duking it out with Mike Vernon or Chris Osgood at center ice; or Foote’s running battle with Brendan Shanahan; or even Lemieux’s infamous check of Kris Draper into the boards at the old McNichols Sports Arena in 1996 and Darren McCarty’s subsequent vengeance.
History will be an issue because of the infectious undercurrent, and even then not necessarily because it makes sense.
NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round. Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.
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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
A goalie’s life is never easy, but it should be particularly difficult for Colorado’s Jose Theodore and Detroit’s Chris Osgood over the next 10 days.
That’s because the NHL’s two best pests in front of the net, Tomas Holmstrom and Ryan Smyth, will be plying their trade.
“They’re both similar players,” Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom said.
“They’re good at knocking pucks down, good hand-eye co-ordination. They’re both good at taking the puck to the net too.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Do you hear the theme from “Happy Days” playing in the background? Holy back to the future, McFly. Not only did the Avalanche advance to the second round on the backs of oldies-but-goodies like Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, but they also get Jose Theodore to channel himself circa 2000 to draw old arch-nemesis Detroit in the second round.
continue for a series breakdown and the other matchups are available on the right sidebar at ESPN…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
If the Avs are to beat Detroit, they’re going to have to do what they did to Marian Gaborik, which is HIT their star players. The Avs hit the Wings about as hard as a teenage girl pillow fight in the regular season, so it’ll be time to change that.
The Avs are clearly a different team than the regular season, though. Foote and Salei have vastly improved and toughened the blue line. I mean, it’s not even close there.
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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Not enough was written, probably, about the job Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.
There’s no question about what happened, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.
Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it was just dumb of Howson to do that.
a little more on that topic plus Dater explains why he picked the Wild in round 1…
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
When he rejoined the Avalanche on Feb. 25, Forsberg signed a one-year, $5 million contract, with the pro-rated share actually only $1 mil.
It could turn out to be the deal of the century.
In the 16 regular and postseason games he’s played, the Splendid Swede has provided the Avs with 17 assists and two goals.
Against Minnesota, he had four assists and a goal, despite being a constant target for the Wild.
“I’m actually feeling better (physically) than I thought I would at the end of the series. There were a couple of real physical games in Minnesota, but these last two weren’t as physical. I feel good. I didn’t think I had that great of a series, but maybe I’ll do better.
“I think being the first team to (advance) in the Western Conference is a positive for us. If you’re going to play a lot of games, you want as much rest as you can get, and we’ll have a few days before we play again.”
From Jerseys & Hockey Love, Tapeleg puts his feelings into poetry:
(but in a manly way)
And from Jim Souhan at the Star-Tribune:
“When I look at the effort that our guys put on, you can’t ask for much more,’’ Lemaire said. “Except goals.’‘
Unfortunately for the Wild, the NHL czars insist on keeping score that way. With goals.
from Dave Krieger of the Rocky Mountain News,
The margin of safety the Avs appear to bring to the Pepsi Center tonight is a mirage. And they have seen this particular hallucination before.
These are the building blocks of the delusion: You have the advantage in a best-of- seven playoff series, up three games to two, and you’re coming home to play Game 6. Not only do you have a chance to close it out in your own building, you also have a safety net. Lose at home, knotting the series for a third time, and you still have the backstop of a Game 7.
That’s the illusion - the alleged safety net and the lack of urgency it can produce. In fact, lose the home game and the air goes out of the balloon.
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