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Josh Bailey suffered a cut on the play, did not return but should be ok.
update 2:50pm, Now reports state Bailey out 4-5 weeks with facial lacerationsw.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
With just two games left in their never-ending, 82-game slate, the Flyers’ goal is clear: Capture two points against the Rangers this weekend and they’re in the playoffs.
Just win, baby, either tonight at Madison Square Garden or Sunday at the Wachovia Center.
That’s easier said than done. But the Flyers, going up against a team that cost them home-ice advantage on the final day of the regular season last year, wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We control our destiny,” Ian Laperriere said. “Sometimes you get down to this time of year and you have to hope that other teams lost games to get in. We don’t need that. For us, we need to win one game to get in.
“It won’t be easy. That’s the team that wants to pass us. The pressure is there. We need to play hard and with emotion.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
They can win without Savard, even without a semblance of a power play, by gumming up the middle, trapping like 18th century Quebec frontiersmen, and leaving it to Tuukka Rask to brick up the net.
Exciting? Hardly. Total snoozefest. But winning is its own excitement, and the Bruins will go into the postseason most likely second only to New Jersey for goals allowed. It usually takes three things to win a Cup: a power play, real defense, and strong goaltending. No one’s going to make the Bruins a favorite, but they have two of the three essentials. Although, with backliners Andrew Ference (hernia), Dennis Seidenberg (torn wrist tendon), and Mark Stuart (ailing pinky finger) out of the mix, real defense could be more in peril than even a legit power play.
Does it get any better than this? No. But it could be worse, just as there are times when things can be worse than .000.
from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,
So now that the Rangers have defied the odds and their own limitations to fight back to the equivalent of a must-win Game 6, the most important guy on the team says they, like their wired fans at Madison Square Garden tonight, will enjoy every minute of the unexpected opportunity that begins tonight with a home-and-home against the Flyers.
“We’re happy and excited to be in this position,” said goalie Henrik Lundqvist. “Both teams are pretty excited I’m sure, but the difference is we have been on the outside [of the playoffs] the whole time and [the Flyers] have been on the inside, so hopefully they feel more pressure than we do.”
With just over five minutes to go in the 3rd period, a three minute ovation for Modano.
Mike went on to tie the game in regulation and score the shootout winner.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“It was tough to leave the ice there not knowing what the future holds; if that was it or it wasn’t,’’ he (Modano) said. ``You have nights like that, you think ‘this could keep going.’ You can play well if things go well for you like that; you finally score on your first shootout of the year. I don’t know if there was fate there, but certainly when you have nights like that it makes you ponder that decision a little longer.”
added 8:41am, Watch below a video with all the Modano highlights from last night.
from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
The physical and emotional readiness of goaltender Jonathan Quick has become an issue for the Kings. He was rested for two games last week to work on his technique and give him a mental break, but he’s winless since his return after an overtime loss to the Ducks on Saturday and a no-decision against the Ducks on Tuesday in which he gave up three goals on eight shots and had to watch the Kings’ rally from the bench.
Quick was scheduled to start against the Coyotes on Thursday at Staples Center, his seventh attempt at winning his 40th game of the season. He has two no-decisions, three regulation losses and an overtime loss since his last win, March 22 against Colorado.
Coach Terry Murray has been adamant that Quick is his No. 1 goalie and that Quick is fine with a heavy workload. But a look at the NHL’s 10 busiest goalies finds that Quick, who has gone from 2,494 minutes on ice last season to 4,128:52 before Thursday’s game, is the youngest goalie in that group. Which makes it reasonable to wonder if, as he finishes his first full NHL season, he has had enough experience to smoothly handle this kind of jump.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
The prevailing sentiment around the league is that Boudreau hasn’t committed to neither José Theodore nor Semyon Varlamov because he believes that it’s possible, if not likely, the Capitals could need both in their quest for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
While that’s not the conventional approach, it’s not unprecedented in recent NHL history, either. Three of the past four champions, in fact, started the playoffs with one goaltender and switched to another en route to the Cup.
Goaltending-by-committee is also consistent with Boudreau’s longstanding philosophy of riding the hot netminder and the pattern he has established over the past two months.
From having trouble breathing to back on the ice.. have to give Meszaros credit for this one.
This is his 49th tonight
update 9:54pm, First video is his 50th and watch #49 below.
update 10:17pm, Well, Crosby back to 49 goals now that the goal officially is credited to Guerin so I added almost to the headline too.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate their first Presidents’ Trophy at Friday’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Capitals will have a brief pregame on-ice ceremony unveiling the Presidents’ Trophy – given each year to the team with the best record in the NHL – before the game then share it with their fans at Verizon Center and Kettler Capitals Iceplex the next two days.
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