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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.
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
In the realm of Jose Theodore, time, speed and distance have no relevance. He is on his own, in the moment, in his area of interest. There are no sounds, no distractions, no blurs, no vague impressions.
It’s myspace.net, Theodore believes. It belongs to him and nobody else.
“If you are focused properly,” Jose Theodore says, “you don’t see time go by.”
And pucks don’t go past him.
The Avalanche goalie has played brilliantly in this playoff series with Minnesota. But, on Thursday night, Theodore was a virtuoso performer of the highest order.
From Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune,
Anyone who tuned into KSTC’s telecast of the Wild playoff game Monday night at Colorado likely came away believing Marc Joannette and Tim Peel are among the NHL’s most incompetent referees.
How could viewers have any other impression after listening to Wild play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay? The latter spent far too much time criticizing the officials and the former did nothing to rein him in during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.
continued… with a look at coverage through the first 3 games of the series.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
Any coach should have the authority on his bench to tell his players to take a loss like men, go home with their dignity intact and use the scoreboard to seek vengeance in the next game.
But what do I know? I don’t live in the state of hockey, where die-hard Minnesota fans are still sore after the Wild got beat up by Anaheim in the playoffs a year ago.
In response, Lemaire assembled the biggest cast of desperadoes and bushwhackers seen since “Blazing Saddles” hit movie theaters in 1974.
But here in Colorado, we know all too well how stupid violence in the game can result in a broken neck.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
As a couple of the Minnesota writers have already noted tonight, Mark Kiszla’s “Ugly Betty” column wasn’t so off the mark, was it? What kind of hockey do you call that tonight, Wild fans? Are you denying your team gooned it up tonight, and only cost themselves even more doing that?
I’m going to stay out of the media fracas, but knowing Kiszla, I can guarantee he’s laughing pretty hard right now at how the game turned out.
from Russo’s Rants,
I take it back. Kiszla was right.
Talk about an ugly hockey game full of silliness. I never thought this would end. The Wild got so chippy out there, Peter Forsberg didn’t leave the bench in the third to protect him.
The Wild took a team-playoff-record 111 penalty minutes. Derek Boogaard played 2:03 and got 24 minutes of penalties. Stephane Veilleux, running around endlessly, took eight penalties, totaling 35 minutes.
from Russo’s Rants,
First of all, I can’t believe you’re letting that Denver Post column get to you.
When an article is so absurd and based on such little facts, to me, it’s almost comical, so calm down. Obviously the writer doesn’t know hockey. Obviously the writer doesn’t watch playoff hockey. Obviously the writer hasn’t watched the Calgary-San Jose series. Obviously the writer has never heard of the Broad Street Bullies. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild’s makeup. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild has actually been unbelievably tame this series and should get more physical. And obviously the writer has never talked to or met Jacques Lemaire in his life.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News
, In fact, here’s what you have to do for the rest of this series - don’t start watching the games until the third period.
It’s quite bizarre, really, because so far in the first round, the Avs and Wild have done everything they can to put you to sleep early in the evening, then keep you on the edge of your seat as the night goes on and Monday night’s game was no exception.
For two periods in this series, the Wild generally spends most of its time skating backwards through the neutral zone, not bothering to forecheck even on the power play and pretty much choking the life out of the game
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