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from the Calgary Sun,
Only, in his case, it’s on purpose. The wily blueliner has perfected the bank shot off the end boards.
“More and more guys do it because guys have gotten so good at blocking shots,” said Schneider, who pinballed a couple of pucks into the slot Sunday afternoon that Minnesota Fats would have appreciated.
“It’s really hard to get shots through, especially five on five.
“So you are looking for ways to create havoc in front of the net and that’s one of the ways that’s developed over the last couple of years.”
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Take a look at the Detroit Red Wings’ Svensk embassy on ice, from venerable defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom to second-year forward Johan Franzen, who stands 6-foot-2, weighs 210 pounds and answers to the nickname Mule.
Every one of the Red Wings’ Swedish players — and there are six of them, not counting injured defenceman Niklas Kronwall — has made a substantial impact in helping Detroit stake a 2-0 lead over the Calgary Flames in their Western Conference quarter-final series.
Lidstrom, of course, has been a premier performer for years. So far, he has scored twice against Calgary while averaging 28 minutes a game. Forward Tomas Holmstrom has been his usual immovable self; a dumpster parked in front of the Calgary net. He’s also a plus three defensively.
from the CP via TSN,
“Obviously I think Jarome has a lot more to give,” Playfair said. “Their top players have outplayed our top players.
“(Tuesday) night is a game we expect that to be improved upon.”
The Flames have to cycle the puck more effectively through the offensive zone and get more shots on Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek, who has seen just 20 and 15 respectively from Calgary.
“Get pucks to Hasek from every possible angle.” Playfair said. “You’re not going to score on Dominik Hasek very often on your first shot.
“It’s going to be second shot, your third shot. Maybe he doesn’t have his stick in his hand by the time you score because you keep pounding away on it.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi says he is ready to go, but coach Mike Babcock isn’t convinced.
Babcock said after today’s practice that whether or not Bertuzzi plays in Game 3 will be decided Tuesday.
“He has to convince me,” he is ready, Babcock said.
KK member snafu submitted the following-
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is the country’s public television and radio broadcaster. The CBC is also Canada’s oldest broadcast service. One of the CBC’s crown jewels is Hockey Night in Canada, not only a consistently highly-rated program but the world’s longest running sports-related production. Recently the NHL and CBC announced a new agreement that allows the CBC to continue the HNIC segment (and certain playoff games) through 2014. The NHL will receive $100 million annually from the CBC.
from Terry Foster of the Detroit News,
The Wings are red hot. The fans are not.
It was a shock when the Wings announced that Thursday’s Game 1 was not sold out. The Wings always claimed sellout crowds of 20,066 for regular-season games but had an announced crowd of 19,204 in Game 1. It was the same Sunday as the crowd was announced at 19,751.
You can brush aside empty seats during the regular season and say people bought tickets but did not show up. But it is more difficult to ignore the empty seats during the playoffs.
The Wings are finally playing playoff type hockey, but remember, it isn’t a series until a road team wins.
This series is not over by any means, we will see a different Calgary team at home on Tuesday.
added 4:48pm, Just a little note, but with Lidstrom’s two goals in this series, he ties Larry Murphy for 5th all time for goals scored by a defenseman in the playoffs.
1. P. Coffey: 59
2. D. Potvin: 56
3. R. Bourque: 41
4. A. MacInnis: 39
5t N. Lidstrom 37
5t L. Murphy: 37
from George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,
“One of the best all-around players you’ll find. He scores beautiful goals. He’s going to be a Selke Trophy candidate for years to come. You saw the other night. He backchecks Iginla. He forechecks Phaneuf. He can be a pain in the butt, or he can be a Lecavalier or a Jagr.
“But because we haven’t had a lot of playoff success since he got here—losing out in the second round against Calgary three years ago, then the lockout year, and the one round against Edmonton last season—a lot of fans, especially in Canada, haven’t really seen that much of him. So he kind of flies under the radar.’‘
from George Johnson at ESPN,
For those convinced the softie-toffee Detroiters might shrivel up into the fetal position in the face of a withering Calgary assault—reconsider. These Wings will compete. They will not back off. They will even initiate. This is a far different proposition than the upset-minded Flames pummeled into submission in six games three years ago.
Younger. Stronger. Hungrier. No Hullie or Shanny or Stevie Y. Great players all, no argument. But there’s a lift in the legs and in the attitude of this group. If the Flames are waiting for the Detroiters to automatically run down like a $5 knockoff Gucci watch bought off a blanket on a street corner, they could be out of this thing faster than Pavel Datsyuk speeding down the boards with a half-step on a defenseman.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun informs his readers to catch a hockey game in Detroit on Sunday, tickets are still available.
But that is not the story, it is what Joe said about Detroit…
And Detroit is an up and coming city for sure. I was down there last week for the Blue Jays home opener and was blown away with what they have done with that downtown. It has been cleaned up nicely, with lots of pubs and restaurants and all sorts of character. I didn’t run into one homeless person, the parking is $10 and it’s right across from Windsor.
Thanks Joe, the folks from the Detroit area needed that right about now… read the rest of the story...
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