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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
To suspend or not to suspend.
If Pronger is suspended, for no more than one game, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The score of the game and the fact it was an elbow from behind doing some damage to Holmstrom’s head and that it was also perceived as payback for earlier events will work against Pronger and the Ducks.
If Pronger isn’t suspended, well, that won’t be a huge shock either. Holmstrom apparently did not suffer serious injury on the play, it’s the Western Conference final and there have been hits like this one that have in the past gone unpunished.
The big thing, though, is that the Niedermayer-Pronger-Holmstrom convergence partially obscures the real story here – Detroit totally handing Anaheim its lunch on Duck ice in what should have been a statement game for the Ducks.
added 8:06am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Wings take it to the Ducks, win 5-0, go up 2-1 and get back home ice advantage.
Watch the post game interviews.- Link will become active shortly after the game is over.
Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger decided to plant Holmstrom’s head against the glass.
Niedermayer received a five minute major.
added 11:06pm, Holmstrom on the ice for the 3rd.
from the NHL Fanhouse,
I decided to call Babcock’s alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, to figure out what advantage - if any - a background in sports psychology could give a National Hockey League coach. Gordon A. Bloom is a faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at McGill, where Babcock studied as an undergrad and graduate student while also playing for the McGill men’s hockey team.
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
On a team with elegant Swedes such as Holmstrom’s linemate Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, Holmstrom is a Norse of a different color. “He can’t skate,” general manager Ken Holland says. “If you have him race most NHL players over 30 feet, he’d lose. But put a puck four feet away, tell him to get there first, and Homer”—Holmstrom’s nickname—“will win that race. And when he sets up shop at the front of the net, they can’t twist him or turn him.”
from Red Wings Corner,
Forgive me, for I am a stranger in a strange land. But in Orange County I’m not seeing the signs of hockey culture. (An oxymoron, I know.)
I have not seen any kids play hockey on a driveway or move nets to the curb when someone shouts, “Car!” I have not heard any locals dissect the local NHL team. And I do not see anyone outside of the Ducks’ arena wear anything with the word Ducks, colors of the Ducks or anything resembling a cartoon Duck not named Daffy in these parts.
So forgive me if it surprises me that this is the place from which Detroit was attacked as not being the hockey town that it once was.
One day before the start of the Western Conference final between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings the Los Angeles Times printed a column by Helene Elliott that assailed Detroit as having lost its status as Hockeytown because the Red Wings have not been able to sell out a single playoff game this spring.
Let’s get the terminology straight first. There’s a difference between the upper-case Hockeytown and a lower-case hockey town.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
“Dom’s different. I talked to Ritch Winter (Hasek’s agent) and he said Dom wants to finish his career on the ice,” Holland said. “That was really important to him, finishing on his terms.”
The terms in this series have confounded the opposition Ducks. They have outplayed and out-chanced the Wings through the first two games in Detroit but have shot wide or high often on quality scoring opportunities, the ones Hasek hasn’t stopped.
“That’s what Dom does to people,” said Chris Chelios, another Red Wing veteran playing on the cheap. “He intimidates the other team. He gets in their head. Then they starting thinking they have to be perfect. Once he gets them thinking, he’s got them.”
Q. Talk about the struggles five-on-five? Is it what they’re doing?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No. They’ve been good. I think you always got to give the other team credit. We’re good teams. Our power play and penalty kill has been good. Dom has been good. We haven’t been very good five-on-five. They’ve been better than us in that area. Yet in saying that, I think for the first 25 minutes of the game last night, they were better than us. Then I thought for the next 35, everything was pretty even. I thought they were better than us again in overtime.
When you’re playing good teams, there’s always going to be momentum swings in the game. You just want yours to be longer than theirs. I didn’t like our start last night. For whatever reason, they were able to establish a physical game early. We didn’t engage right I way. It took us a long time, I thought, to engage physically in the game and get involved.
from the CP via the CBC,
Todd Bertuzzi sounds like a man who finally gets it.
The insolence is gone. So is the arrogance and brooding. Instead of carrying a chip on his shoulder, Bertuzzi seems happy to have caught the life raft the Detroit Red Wings have tossed him and his NHL career.
“I’m very fortune to be in the position I’m in,” Bertuzzi said Monday about being involved in the chase for the Stanley Cup. “When you’re in this position you want to make sure you take full advantage of it and enjoy it. You never know when you’re going to be back.”
from the Toronto Star,
It may just be that those Red Wings fans who have missed playoff action at the Joe Louis Arena for eight games in a row will show up at the Honda Centre, otherwise known as the Duck Pond, in Anaheim on Tuesday.
That’s the fear of Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
“There’s a lot of Detroit fans in Anaheim,” says Giguere. “It’s going to be really loud in that building, it’s going to be really interesting.
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