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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
O’Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown. O’Brien’s employers reportedly didn’t like it much, either, and called him in for a chat before he spoke to the media in Vancouver on Saturday.
“I wasn’t trying to show anybody up or anything like people keeping saying and talking about,” he told reporters in Vancouver before the Canucks flew to Los Angeles. “It was a big game, there was some emotion, the crowd was standing and next thing I know I was raising my hands in the air.
“It was probably a little immature and uncalled for, but at the same time, I don’t know, for those of you out there who have been in a fight sometimes you don’t think before you act—I’m pretty good at that. I’ve got to start thinking before I do stuff. I’ve done a lot worse in my life.”
He also complimented the Kings’ coach.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“My goal,’’ he said, “is to turn the Tampa Bay Lightning into a world-class organization,’’ said Vinik, who ran Fidelity’s Magellan Fund prior to opening his own hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, which continues to be his day job. “To do that, I’ll hire a super CEO, and then it will be his job to hire a super GM, and it will be the GM’s job to hire a super coach.
“I want excellence throughout the organization, people who are great people with great vision and integrity.’’
If they come at a high cost, so be it, said Vinik, whose aim is to have the top three jobs filled by the time of the draft at the end of June. His career in finance has taught him that the best people often come with high price tags, but he’s OK with shelling out, “because in the end, you find those people pay dividends.’’
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from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,
Babcock said before Game 5 that he does not believe in momentum early in a playoff series, but he does believe in momentum late in a series. That night, Babcock’s Wings scored three late goals to win, 4-1.
They have momentum now. They also have more firepower, stars who are starting to play like stars, and role players who know exactly what they are supposed to do.
They also have the hotter goalie. In the past two games, Jimmy Howard has been fantastic. This bodes well for the Wings, not just in this series, but beyond.
“As a goaltender, if you can be that guy, that’s good all the time and very good at playoff time,” Babcock said, “you’ve got a pretty happy team.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The Sharks were the better team and deserved to win the series. Let me repeat, the Sharks were the better team and deserved to win the series. But I do think the Avs were victimized by some bad officiating in the series. That subjected me to some self-righteous moralizing from some, for being a “homer.” Some media people are so afraid of being called a homer that they bend so far backwards in the other direction that they, in effect, become homers in the reverse way. They overcompensate the other way, which in itself is even more unprofessional than the hometown writer who just thinks there were some bad calls made against the team he covers. No matter what happens to the home team by an official’s call, they think, it can never be portrayed as just that – simply a bad call.
I’m scratching my head trying to figure out the Preds’ personnel decisions on the ill-fated final regulation power play, the one in which Chicago managed to score a short-handed goal to send the contest in overtime. Obviously the Predators didn’t need to score a goal, since they were already up 4-3. And they knew the Blackhawks would be doing everything they could to produce a tying score. So don’t you want your top defensive players on the ice? It made sense to have Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Joel Ward out there. But Jason Arnott and Martin Erat? Why wouldn’t David Legwand and Jerred Smithson be on the ice in that situation?
-John Glennon of the Tennessean. Read more from John at Predators Insider.
Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean. Don talks defensive coverage down low, shot blocking and additional hockey topics.
Keep an eye on Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
M. Lemieux now getting same treatment from Versus as wife of ball player in World Serious. Constant camera shots.
-David Shoats of the Globe and Mail via a tweet.
After being down 3-0 in the game, the Penguins scored 4 consecutive goals and now wait for their next opponent.
from Bob Verdi of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
Just think. If the Blackhawks win Monday night, they are done with the Nashville Predators until October at the earliest. What greater incentive could a team possibly have?
“They’re everywhere, like bad mosquitos,” said Marian Hossa, who scored 4:07 into overtime at the United Center to provide the Blackhawks a crazed 5-4 victory Saturday.
“It’s like they always have too many men on the ice,” added Kris Versteeg moments after the Blackhawks assumed a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series that cannot be compared with root canal surgery for one reason: At least you get a needle when you’re in the chair. The Predators don’t come with an anesthetic, nor do they offer one. They just cling to you, like a sweater that’s two sizes too small. When you play against Nashville, you not only feel you’re being checked. You feel like you’re being audited.
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