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Flashbacks To: 1945, 1962, 1976, 1988
April 22, 1945 • At 12:14 of the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Walter “Babe” Pratt scored the Cup-winning goal to give Toronto a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Final.
Leafs rookie goaltender Frank McCool, who allowed only nine goals in seven starts, limited the Wings to one goal or less for the fifth time in the series.
The casual sports fan is beginning to take notice of the NHL.
Read about it at my NHL.com blog.
Anything on your mind during the games tonight? Feel free to get it off your chest by leaving a comment.
Interesting to see the latest KK Poll is almost 50-50 when given the choice to predict the winner of the Boston/Montreal game.
From the Canadian Press,
Game 7s were a hot topic this week, and a player who was in a truly memorable do-or-die contest was Boston Bruins backup goaltender Alex Auld.
Auld played for a very good Vancouver Canucks team that lost to Calgary in overtime in Game 7 of their first-round NHL playoff series in 2004. The Flames went on to lose the Stanley Cup final in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
continued… with more tales of guys back for another shot at game #7s
April 21, 1951 • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Game Five of the 1951 Final. It was the only Stanley Cup series in which every game had ended in overtime. Toronto’s Sid Smith, Ted Kennedy, Harry Watson, Barilko and Montreal’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard each netted overtime winners during the five-game matchup.
Barilko died in an off-season plane crash in the summer of 1951, though his remains would not be discovered until 1962.
*information courtesy of NHL media
*Photo found at mikeboon.com, where he also provides a tribute to Barilko
From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
For the most part, the teams that remain alive are the ones the league can seriously promote on television, and in the process, draw fans to the sport. The Rangers, of course, are the best of that group.
They bring in the huge New York market. They boast established stars like Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan. Just as important, they have home-grown American stars like Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. And of course, they have Sean Avery who, like him or hate him, does get noticed. For the NHL, it doesn’t get much better than that.
As of this writing, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington are all alive. The first two command attention, just by the reputation of their cities. And Washington has Alexander Ovechkin.
Again, this is a pure treat for the NHL.
more… on the potential matchups in the 2nd round
From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,
My life may be a bit different than yours since I do hockey for a living. 24/7, that’s me and although you may not have the schedule I do, you probably have been following the conference quarter-finals and have been impressed by the pace and action of the games.
We have hard hard hits, battles along the boards, grit and determination is the norm and most games have kept us tuned-in until the final horn. The officiating on a whole has been great, letting the boys play is much better than calling every little infraction. As long as the pattern continues, we cannot ask for anything more from the on-ice officials.
more… from the boss
Flashbacks to: 1950, 1967, 1993, 1997
April 20, 1950 • New York center Don Raleigh set a Stanley Cup record with his second overtime goal in as many games as the Rangers downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game Five of the 1950 Final.
The win proved to be the Rangers’ last of the series as Detroit went on to win the final two games and the Stanley Cup.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The NHL’s next Winter Classic will be Bruins vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Jan. 1, 2009, provided the House That Ruth Built can keep the house from flooding. Not kidding, folks. The Yanks normally shut down The Stadium at the end of October, and this year they will close the ballpark for good as they make their way around the corner to their bigger, cushier digs. If the NHL wants to go “Game on!” it will have to pay a $200,000 bill to preserve the pipes through November and December. If the league opts not to foot the expense - a decision that will have to come soon - then the Red Wings will face the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field.
many more NHL topics discussed…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
At the GM meetings in the winter, you’ll recall, the league essentially declared war on the goalies by demanding a new crackdown on their equipment. Now, the league that less than 10 years ago wouldn’t allow a goal to be scored with as much as a toe in the blue paint is allowing the netminders to be physically abused every game.
What the league is setting itself up for, however, is for a series-winning goal, or a Cup-winning goal, to be scored while a goalie is being blatantly hindered from being able to stop the puck.
more and some AO talk too…
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