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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
They have to do a better job of converting on their power-play opportunities, they have to cash in on more of their chances and they have to improve their chances of doing that by putting some physical pressure on Antti Niemi.
But how much when you have no concept of what’s going to be called? To be sure, nothing has been in this series, but that doesn’t mean to say that the next two referees in here tonight won’t have an entirely different view of the very clear rules on goalie interference in the rule book.
You only have to look at the Washington-Montreal series, and Mike Knuble barely touching the pad of Jaroslav Halak with his skate, to know that anything can be called.
Roberto Luongo would not even have noticed the infraction for which Evgeni Malkin was called Thursday.
And then again, nothing can be called all, depending upon a whim or how the officials feel like making things up that night.
Don Cherry on the actions of Dan Carcillo.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
There was plenty of good reason for whining and moaning at Bell Centre Thursday night, and not by Sidney Crosby.
The Habs were screwed over big-time by the refs in the first period of what would become a stunning 3-2 victory over the Penguins. Up 1-0 on the softest goal given up by a netminder in these playoffs, Montreal held the lead for all of 53 seconds — until Ruslan Fedotenko’s tackle of P.K. Subban at the Penguins’ blue line allowed Max Talbot to make good on a breakaway.
“I knew Fedotenko would make a contribution at some point this spring,” mused one Pittsburgh writer.
A half-minute later, Hal Gill was sent off for holding, and with the Penguins on the power play, Crosby tripped Roman Hamrlik in the Habs’ zone.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Montreal 3, Penguins 2. Disbelief, limitless.
The Canadiens actually would shovel 16 shots at Pittsburgh in the final period, but it hardly mattered after the opening flurry. Their defensive poise, which frayed badly at even-strength for the first time in the series, returned, goalie Jaroslav Halak made a sprawling save on Sidney Crosby with about 10½ minutes left and Evgeni Malkin couldn’t cash a breakaway with four minutes to go. This would be Pittsburgh’s first road loss of the spring.
“If you’d said at the start it’d be two out of three going into Pittsburgh (for Game 5 Saturday),” Mike Cammalleri said, ” I would have said, ‘Why not?’”
Now here is more math that works in Montreal’s favor: although the Penguins have just five goals in the past three games (including an empty netter), 11 Penguins have scored in the series. Not one of them is Crosby.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“I don’t know if I felt any different,” said Franzen. “The puck just seemed to go in off my stick a lot.”
The puck seemed to follow Franzen around all night.
“He was all over it,” said linemate Todd Bertuzzi. “He had some really good speed in the neutral zone. When The Mule’s got speed like that, he’s basically untouchable. It was good to see. We’re going to need it again.”
“Stevie Y wants to become a GM; we’d love to have him as a GM,. I keep telling Kenny, ‘Hey, I want to move you up to president.’ He goes, ‘I don’t want to be a president, I want to be a GM.’ So he’s going to stay there as GM.’‘
-Mike Ilitch, Owner of the Detroit Red Wings. More from Ansar Khan at Mlive.
from Damien Cox of the Spin,
It now appears that one way or another, the Phoenix Coyotes are going to be playing games in Canada next season.
That could occur if the Ice Edge Holdings group, now back in the game, is able to purchase the team, as that group is still believed to want to hold at least five games a season in Saskatoon and the rest in Arizona.
Or, the entire kit and kaboodle could yet end up in Winnipeg with the rebirth of the Jets. It’s not impossible Manitoba could welcome the team it lost as early as later this month.
Wild. Crazy. But nothing seems too bizarre for this oddball situation any more.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
After being badly outplayed for two periods and trailing by a goal, the never-say-die Montreal Canadiens roared back for a 3-2 victory Thursday, punctuated by goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s cheeky attempt to score into an empty net and a double-pump celebration at the final horn.
Afterward, the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were left to rue their luck as they chalked up their first road loss of these NHL playoffs.
“It’s their game,” Pittsburgh defenceman Kristopher Letang said. “We didn’t get very many dangerous shots in the third [period], and they played according to their game plan.”
Detroit defeats San Jose 7-1, lead by Johan Franzen who had 4 goals and 2 helpers. Todd Bertuzzi chipped in with a goal and 3 assists.
Next game Saturday night in San Jose. Puck drops just after 10:00pm EDT.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Jerry Reinsdorf is in jeopardy.
Sources tell TSN the city of Glendale has asked Ice Edge Holdings to return to the bargaining table as a back up plan to buy the Coyotes, in the event the deal with Reinsdorf falls through.
Sources say Glendale reached out to Ice Edge late last week amid growing concern Reinsdorf’s accepted bid to purchase the Coyotes from the National Hockey League is at risk of falling apart.
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