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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Pierre Marc-Bouchard’s goal at 11:58 of OT won it for Minnesota, which was the stronger-looking team in the extra session. The goal was the result of the Avs’ Jeff Finger taking the wrong path behind the net to a puck that should have been icing. The puck further took a crazy bounce to Brian Rolston in the right corner, and he fed a wide-open Bouchard for a wrister to the top shelf.
“The puck took a funny hop and we made a mistake on the other side of the net,” Avs coach Joel Quenne-ville said. “They had some good chances in OT.”
Watch the OT Game winner and this play may be proof why no-touch icing won’t work…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Two games into the quarterfinals, Gaborik has no points and three shots. He has been smothered by the Avalanche defense, which was supposed to be its weakness.
“There’s not a lot of room out there, so I’ve got to try to create room by skating, by changing my game up a little bit,” Gaborik said. “I have to find the room. I have to. There’s always an Avs sweater on you. I have to work for [space].”
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
At 29, Todd Fedoruk finally is becoming the hockey player he always has wanted to be. It’s happening just in time for the Wild.
Desperately seeking goals in a tight, physical playoff series with the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild have scored two that can be traced to Fedoruk within a degree of separation: his power-play goal in Game 1 and Pavol Demitra’s long slapper in Game 2, which sneaked by a Fedoruk screen.
The two goals perfectly encapsulate what Fedoruk is giving the Wild as they prepare for Game 3 on Monday night at Pepsi Center in this best-of-seven, first-round series — size, grit and toughness, with an occasional touch of offense.
from Sid Hartman of the Star-Tribune,
Here last week to announce the eight-year concessionaire contract with the Twins, (Jeremy) Jacobs sang the praises of new Wild owner Craig Leipold and talked about how happy he was to have Leipold back in the NHL after Leipold sold the Nashville Predators last year. The sale of the team from Bob Naegele to Leipold was completed Thursday.
“I am on a number of committees with Craig, and you won’t find a more dedicated owner than him,” Jacobs said.
Commissioner Gary Bettman, here for the Wild-Avalanche playoff game Friday, echoed Jacobs’ words.
“I think Craig Leipold is the right owner for this franchise. Bob Naegele and his partners couldn’t be handing this franchise to better owners than Craig Leipold and Phil Falcone,” Bettman said. “Craig is passionate about the game, he’s a terrific owner. He’s great when it comes to league issues, and he is absolutely committed to this franchise.”
via All Things Avs,
Sorry to inform you, Minnesotans. I mean, we in Denver know you’re so much smarter about hockey than us Cowtown folk, but last I checked hooking is against the rules. We know, we know. It can’t happen in the last minute of a game. That’s “not right.” That’s not hockey.
So, suck it up, get the pacifiers out of your mouths and LET’S….PLAY…HOCKEY!
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Knuckles still white? Oh, and did you think you had curses like that inside of you?
Up and down and round and round she goes. Welcome to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pass the antacids. Heck, pass the bottle.
It’s tough to imagine going through four series like this. But that’s what the eventual Stanley Cup champion will have to do. And then it’s time for a summer of therapy. Not for the players, but for the fans. This is nuts.
“Oh yeah, we feel it too,” Eric Belanger insisted after the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
I’m officially picking the Wild in six games over our brave boys.
How could I pick the Wild after I dared to poke some fun at Marian Gaborik and rip the wondrous skills of Derek Boogaard? First of all, settle down all you Wild lovers. It’s a hockey blog for crying out loud. Let’s have a little fun now and then, sheesh.
But I’m picking the Wild because of three guys some of you may never have heard of ’til now: Stephane Veilleux, Branko Radivojevic and Mikko Koivu. Along with being one of the all-time hard-to-pronounce lines, they’re the Wild’s checking line, and I just think they are the major difference over the Avs.
From the Pioneer Press,
Wild defenseman Nick Schultz underwent a successful appendectomy Monday evening, the Wild announced.
“Schultz is resting comfortably and his status will be updated when more information becomes available,” the Wild said in a statement.
The Wild were already short in defensemen, having lost Kurtis Foster to a broken left femur suffered on March 19.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post feels the Sharks would have been a better matchup for the Avs instead of the Wild.
Watch Adrian in action…
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
The Avs no doubt are saying their prayers that a guy like Boogaard will be in the lineup a LOT in this series. He’s slow, not skilled and if he wants to fight guys all night and/or take dumb penalties, the Avs will take that all night long.
I don’t know what to think about the Wild. They’re a very good team, fast, with some good skill. But their defense isn’t overpowering. I mean, this is a D that suits up a has-been like Sean Hill, a soon-to-be has-been like Keith Carney and, lest anybody in Denver forget, Martin Skooooo(no, those are boos)la.
But I got a whiff tonight of a team that talks a little too much for one that has won the square root of Sweet Fanny Adam in this league.
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