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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
He entered the zone of diminished returns.
There is no turning back.
Forsberg has become more trouble than he is worth. His unreliability is demoralizing.
It raised eyebrows when he was in and out of the lineup down the stretch of the regular season after signing with Colorado on Feb. 25.
This raises doubts.
At this time of year, in the most relentlessly testing of professional sports’ postseasons, any skepticism — even subconscious — about a teammate’s resolve is a major problem.
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
At what point does secondary scoring become primary?
That’s the question we asked ourselves as “second-liners” Johan Franzen (three goals) and Valtteri Filppula (one) helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to an easy 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday afternoon.
For Franzen, it was the second consecutive multi-goal contest, giving him the team and league lead with seven. And the talented Swede can score them in a variety of ways.
continued & some ref talk too…
added 8:22pm, from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs blog at CBC,
“He’s got a hot stick right now,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. “Everything he touches seems to be going in. I think we need to be a little tighter around the net and make it a little more challenging in that area.”
Yeah, just a little. The Avs were thoroughly embarrassed in this one, getting outshot 40-20. The team has lost six straight to Detroit this season, and four straight in the playoffs since 2002.
“We’ve got to regroup, and figure out how we’re going to get better,” said captain Joe Sakic, who has no points in the series.
from the CP via TSN,
Colorado Avalanche forward Wojtek Wolski will not play in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings and likely will miss the rest of the second-round series because of an upper-body injury.
Wolski was hurt in Detroit’s 4-3 win Thursday night.
Star forward Peter Forsberg, who was scratched from the series opener with a groin injury, is questionable for Game 2.
Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville expects Jose Theodore to play Saturday after being pulled and sent to the hotel during Game 1 because he was sick.
from Duffer’s Dabbles,
As a youngster in Calgary, Colorado’s Ryan Smyth grew up watching the heated Battle of Alberta between the Flames and Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s and then got to experience it as a member of the Oilers. Though admitting it’s a close call, he goes with Edmonton-Calgary as the nastier feud than Detroit-Colorado. “That’s tough,” Smyth admitted. “Back in the day, we saw a huge rivalry (between the Flames and Oilers), but over the course of the mid-nineties, these guys, Detroit and Colorado had some wars. It’s comparable, but I think it’s a little different in Canada.”
more on the Detroit/Colorado series…
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
In the roiling cauldron that was Joe Louis Arena, where fans were alternating covering their eyes or leaping to their feet, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood was oblivious to the stress.
His so-called fun peaked with 8.4 seconds left in game when John-Michael Liles had the game on his stick and 20,066 fans had their hearts in their mouths.
However, Osgood plucked the puck and a victory out of mid-air to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Thursday in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
Watch the above mentioned save by Osgood…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If the Red Wings continue to outshoot their opponents by double digits in every game, there’s almost no chance they’ll lose a best-of-seven series.
The only thing that could stop them would be an out-the-world goaltending performance, which will require Theodore to either get well soon or Quenneville to make a very gutsy decision and for Budaj to reward him for it.
more on the game last night…
Watch the video highlights of the Canadiens/Flyers and Wings/Avalanche games from last night.
added 9:47am, ESPN highlights with Buccigross and Melrose…
from All Things Avs,
This is the bargain Francois Giguere made with the devil when he re-signed Peter Forsberg, all right. When Foppa is in the lineup, all is right with the world. You think he’s finally turning the corner on his health and things will stay good for a while and then - pow - right in the stomach comes the next injury.
In the Avs’ case, it came right before Game 1 tonight, and although the Avs tried to put on brave game faces and act like nothing had happened, you could tell it killed them. And this, as I’ve said before, is the problem with having Forsberg around….
I don’t anticipate Forsberg back for Game 2, and if the Avs lose again as I anticipate partly because of that, they’re done, even if Foppa comes back for Game 3.
Watch (link to NHL.tv) the press conference from the JLA…
added 10:39pm, press conference is completed.
via All Things Avs,
Another out of the blue groin pull for Foppa. Won’t play tonight.
Unbelievable. There’s always something. What a blow to the Avalanche that is.
Total series killer. Wings in four or five now.
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