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from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of Bruins Blog,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has just announced that center Marc Savard has fully recovered from a concussion and has been cleared to play.
Chiarelli said Savard met with an independent neurologist and, in concert with the team medical staff, say the veteran is ready to join the Bruins for the second round of the playoffs.
As it stands at this moment, give me your favorite team to represent the Eastern and Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
Today at my NHL.com blog, I take a look at dealing with a game 7.
It’s funny, I’ve received a few emails today from people who are working, but finding it difficult to work, which is what I mentioned in the blog.
So are you at work or school and feeling the same way?
from Chales P. Pierce of the Boston Globe,
Someone needs to keep a bucket of cold water handy when Smilin’ Jack Edwards gets to the end of a successful Bruins playoff series because, otherwise, wow…
A couple of years ago, we had that “ragtag band of farmers” business when a Boston victory coincided with Patriots Day. Then, last night, as the Bruins dispatched the Sabres, we had the Buffalo chances sinking “like the Edmund Fitzgerald” into “Gitchee-Gumee.”
1) The Fitz sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Buffalo is located along the eastern shores of Lake Erie. So what you said is approximately as accurate geographically as saying that the “ragtag band of farmers” stood firm along a bridge in Maine.
You can watch and hear Jack in action in the video below. Scroll to the 9 minute mark for his Edmund Fitzgerald piece…
Talk among NHL insiders is that the Islanders are now in deep financial trouble. Some are worried Wang may be the next NHL owner to toss the keys to the franchise to Bettman and say he is finished paying for losses in excess of $20-million (U.S) every year.
-David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail where you can continue reading.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
You could sense all season that the Sabres weren’t going deep into the postseason and that alone is hardly a crime. They were a playoff team but little more, certainly not one that could match up with the powerhouses you see playing for the Stanley Cup every season. Simply, they weren’t ready to contend this season.
For evidence, see the Bruins. They missed the playoffs two straight years after the lockout. Two years ago, they lost in seven games to Montreal. Last season, they beat the Canadiens but lost in seven games to Carolina. That team is essentially intact, and it knew what needed to be done against the Sabres this time around.
David Krejci had been mostly quiet through the first five games before scoring two goals in Game Six. Mark Recchi and Miroslav Satan also scored for the Bruins, who were carried by their veterans throughout the series.
Who scored for Buffalo? Patrick Kaleta, rookie Nathan Gerbe and gimpy Thomas Vanek. The Sabres’ younger players showed up for the playoffs and most of their veterans did not.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so, a season of records and excellence and unparalleled expectations now comes down to a one-game, winner-take-all exercise in living up to the hype.
Even now, having watched the Caps’ 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Monday’s Game 6 with our own eyes, it is hard to fathom it has come to this.
The most dynamic team in years, a team that pretty much lapped the field offensively during the regular season and looked ready to take a step toward greatness, is now reduced to hoping it has 60 minutes of hockey in it that will avert months of questions and self-loathing.
from Joe Biddle of the Tennessean,
As harsh as it might sound, Predators’ fans need to be embrace that this could pretty much be the way it ends every season.
The Predators will be clawing to make the playoffs. They will always find it difficult making it past the first round because they will rarely be one of the top seeds.
General Manager David Poile has done what he can do, given the constraints he has with a local ownership group which doesn’t tolerate losing money, and who in these economic times can argue that?
But it will remain a blue-collar team with a roster that does not contain enough established NHL stars. Trotz has been in place since the expansion team was hatched. His longevity with one team is unheard of in the NHL. And in fairness to Trotz, he squeezes about as much out of his team every season as anyone could.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Now that Jacques Lemaire, whose first tenure in New Jersey from 1993-94 through 1997-98 established the foundation of excellence that would follow on the banks of the Hudson, has announced his retirement just one year into his encore, Lamoriello should reach into another winning organization for the Devils’ next head coach.
And that would be his own.
For the timing is right and the time is now to promote John MacLean, who guided the AHL Lowell Devils to the playoffs in his first year running the show behind the bench after seven seasons as an assistant in New Jersey.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Six games into this series against Phoenix, Dan Cleary has no points, Johan Franzen has one goal, and Pavel Datsyuk’s power-play unit may be racking up the chances but chances alone don’t advance teams in the playoffs. It almost boggles the mind that Tomas Holmstrom is averaging more than four minutes per game on the power play and does not have a single point to show for it.
The Wings have scored 20 goals against the Coyotes, and of those 20, six belong to Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg wasn’t particularly noticeable in Sunday’s 5-2 loss, but overall he, Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi have been good. Though Bertuzzi is still searching for his first goal, he has four assists and has been doing a terrific job in front of Ilya Bryzgalov.
Time is at a premium for Franzen and Cleary to get going.
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