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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“I think [my performance] was OK,” Malkin said yesterday, “I felt good. The first game, maybe I was a little bit nervous.
“But next game, [I will] be better. Maybe play a little bit harder, maybe have more hits. Maybe [get] more shots and play aggressive.”
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, asked pointedly to assess Malkin’s work in the opener, never mentioned Malkin in his response, speaking instead to the importance of getting improved play from throughout the lineup.
“We need to get better in the offensive zone, taking pucks to the net and maintaining possession,” he said. “[Washington] did a good job defensively, being aggressive.
“Pretty much every line needs to get better at that for us to do what we think we can do in this series.”
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Ever since their three-goal explosion in the third period of Game 1 Thursday night, the Hawks have been the faster, stronger and more physical of the teams, and they have seized home-ice advantage in the series with three of the possible five remaining games scheduled at the UC.
After winning all three home games in front of roaring crowds during their first-round series with Calgary, the Hawks are pleased to be setting up shop once again on West Madison Street.
“It’s all about coming out hard and flying and using that energy in our own building,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “We have an opportunity here, so we have to go out there and take advantage of it.”
The most shocking aspect of the two games in Vancouver was the Hawks’ ability to put pucks past Canucks star goaltender Roberto Luongo. The veteran netminder has yielded eight goals during the first two games after giving up just five in Vancouver’s four-game sweep of St. Louis in the first round.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
They want heads to roll after a fourth consecutive first-round playoff disappointment.
Those people are the 2,500-plus Calgary Sun readers who voiced their opinion by taking part in the You Be The Boss survey posted for the better part of a week both in the paper and online calgarysun.com.
Asked if this team needs a major overhaul, more than 1,500 voters said ‘yes.’
Based on the survey results, that shakeup should begin just under the GM on the totem pole and end with former Norris Trophy finallist Dion Phaneuf.
In Sutter they still trust, apparently, after he assembled a team that in January was walking away with the NHL’s Northwest Division title.
It would be interesting to see a follow-up vote if the GM doesn’t do what they hope and expect and rid the team of Keenan before next fall.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
...The rest of the story is how Quenneville, five years ago at this time, had just been fired from his first NHL head-coaching job and had been chosen to coach Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Prague.
The trip began with an exhibition game in Budapest, Hungary, where he called the Czech Republic “Czechoslovakia” and made a few other minor international hockey gaffes at a press conference where he clearly did not look comfortable.
In a mixed zone with myself and two other Canadian scribes in Prague he was very upset before excusing himself after about two minutes. He ended up in hospital that night where he stayed for two days before being sent home after having suffered a mental breakdown, leaving assistant coach Mike Babcock to take over and coach the team to a gold medal.
It was explained that he’d never been to Europe before, couldn’t sleep and combined with coaching Canada on the big ice in a foreign environment, was overwhelmed by the stress.
“It was stress, but it was job-to-job stress,” he said in a one-on-one interview with Sun Media, agreeing to speak to a subject he’s avoided speaking to before.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The Minnesota Wild might view Pierre McGuire as the next John Davidson.
That would be good for McGuire.
Or, the Wild might see less Davidson, and more Barry Melrose.
Not so good.
What we know for sure is that McGuire, as well-known a hockey broadcaster as there is in this country outside of Don Cherry, is on the short list to become the next general manager of the Wild, succeeding the departed Doug Risebrough.
from Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Computer magnate Charles Wang told Newsday he regrets buying the New York Islanders nine years ago. Given his costly failure at the helm of the franchise, Hockey Guy can understand that sentiment.
But it wasn’t a bad buy. It was a potentially good buy that went terribly wrong, due to Wang’s naive and/or inept management.
Why did he let Mike Milbury run the franchise into the ground? Appointing the team’s back-up goaltender, Garth Snow, as the latest general manager was equally egregious.
Hockey Guy postures as if he could run a franchise better than the men actually in charge. In the case of the Islanders, though, this presumption is legitimate.
There might be 50,000 people – Hockey Guy included – who are better qualified to run that team than Wang, Milbury, Snow, et al.
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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
• It was so quiet in Joe Louis Arena after Marchant beat Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, you could almost hear the Ducks players celebrating along the boards all the way back in Anaheim.
• You could read Babcock’s lips as the Red Wings players left the bench at the end: “Good job, men.” Babcock knows it could be a deflating loss, so he was trying to soften the blow of a potentially devastating defeat.
• The Ducks don’t win very often in Detroit during the regular season (1-6-1 in the past four years), but they are now 5-2 in the playoffs at Joe Louis Arena since 2003. They also have won four consecutive overtime games at The Joe. Go figure.
• For what it’s worth, the Ducks also are 3-0 in playoff series tied 1-1 through two games.
So says Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Detroit Red Wings are going to win the Stanley Cup again this year, and it’s not even going to be close. Don’t let Sunday’s 4-3, triple-overtime victory by the Anaheim Ducks over the Wings fool you. Only Jonas Hiller and some oddly inaccurate Detroit shooters on great scoring chances in the first two OTs prevented the Wings from staying perfect in the postseason.
Plenty has gone wrong in Detroit in recent history, but nothing goes wrong with the hockey team anymore.
Its star forwards never get hurt, its star defenseman (Nick Lidstrom) never gets old, and when it’s anybody’s turn at a potential big free-agent payday, Detroit’s top players always sign at big hometown discounts to stay.
The Wings were supposed to join the Avalanche at the bottom of the NHL seabed following the lockout, when a new economic order was imposed to supposedly stamp out rich-team dominion. But the Wings just kept getting richer.
Video Review: Carolina at Boston, 19:58 of 2nd period
Hockey Operations reviewed the shot by Carolina’s Larose to see if the puck was entirely across the goal line. The referee’s call on the ice was no goal - therefore video review needed to determine conclusively that the puck was over the line. Video review determined that it was inconclusive as to whether the puck crossed the goal line in its entirety - no goal.
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