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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have added NHL coaching veteran Rick Bowness to the position of associate coach on head coach Jon Cooper’s staff today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“We are extremely pleased to add Rick Bowness to our coaching staff today,” Yzerman said. “With 24 years of NHL coaching experience as both a head coach and an assistant, we are confident Rick will be a valuable addition. We look forward to having him behind the bench next season.”
Bowness spent the previous seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, beginning his tenure there as an assistant and later being elevated to associate coach. The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all but one of Bowness’ time behind the bench, including an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“It doesn’t matter where you place in the regular season,” Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov was saying, rubbing a lightly bearded jaw that’s likely to soon lose a battle with a razor.
“When you don’t get through the first round, everybody’s disappointed. It’s not easy, but at the same time, we have a good young group of guys who will improve next year, so we have a good future.”
In a few sentences, Markov nicely summed up a remarkable season for the Canadiens that met an ugly finish Thursday night with a 6-1 Bell Centre loss to the Ottawa Senators.
The Habs now head into summer having been eliminated in a five-game Eastern Conference quarter-final by the seventh-seeded Senators.
But they will — or should — find much silver lining to this dark cloud in the days ahead.
Ottawa with a convincing 6-1 win over Montreal gives them a 4-1 series win.
Now the Sens can get some rest.
"I'm an anti-Hab? Am I really? I suppose I take that as a compliment. They're crazy. I can tell you that right now. That's nuts. I've been through the Edmonton years, and I loved it, and the Islanders years, and that was great. And then Boston with Bobby (Orr) and the rest of them. The Canadiens, The Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio. They came down and visited Newfoundland and we went fishing together. Are you kidding? There's no way I can favour one team. I do the games. And I get excited. I love it.
"Those people are way out in left field. No way. Can't be done. I couldn't do it."
-Bob Cole of Hockey Night in Canada when asked if he or the CBC might have an anti-Habs bias. More on this topic from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette.
The Habs will have to rely on Peter Budaj to win 3 games in a row...
by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
If teams hadn’t gotten the point yet, they’re certainly getting it now: Don’t doubt the Ottawa Senators, at any cost. Montreal is learning this lesson the hard way. Through four games, the historic Habs are down three games to one to a team that was discarded as a hodgepodge of minor league have-nots during the regular season and then again as cobbled-together--and not particularly impressive--fluke team during the postseason.
This was not an easy call for the Situation Room to make. The quick answer however is that Mika Zibanejad did NOT utilize a natural stopping motion with his left skate as he entered Carey Price's goal crease and focused on the incoming puck. Instead Zibanejad demonstrated a turn of that skate toward the net coupled with a distinct forward motion toward the goal as he contacted the puck. NO GOAL!
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on the controversial goal.
Want to watch the goal? Here you go...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
At least Canadiens fans will have something to bitch about all summer long.
Actually, a few things:
On the sequence leading to Mika Zibanejad’s goal, why was the faceoff on the wrong side of the ice?
Why did the goal count if replays show Zibanejad’s left skate moving to redirect the puck?
Why weren’t two icings waved off late in the third period?
All leading to the fundamental question: Did the zebras screw the Canadiens out of a win that would have tied this series?
Chris Nilan routinely refers to NHL referees as “donkeys”.
The former Canadiens tough guy enlivens his very good TSN690 talk show by making “hee-haw” sounds any time the discussion turns to officiating.
Hockey probably has the worst officiating of any major sport. From the whistles that are buried deep in referees’ pockets when the playoffs start to the guys whom Don Cherry dismisses as “failed referees” booting players out of the faceoff circle, there are a multitude of questionable calls that leave fans of one team or another feeling aggrieved.
But did officiating cost the Canadiens Game 4 … and probably any realistic hope of winning the series?
Most of the folks I follow on Twitter thought this goal would not count, what about you?
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 11:55 of the third period in the Canadiens/Senators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Mika Zibanejad's left skate and into the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Ottawa.
According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."
Ottawa scored late in the 3rd period and the game is headed to OT.
Sens win in OT on a goal from Kyle Turris on Peter Budaj who replaced Price at the start of OT. Price appeard to hurt a leg at the end of regulation.
added 10:45pm, Watch below to see how Carey Price was injured.
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