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I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1. Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.
HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.
Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.
The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!! So Pat, what game were you watching?
In the end, however, we have one general hope for this series: That it doesn’t suck.
That it’s competitive and engaging and unpredictable. That there are flashpoint moments between these teams that shift the momentum in unforeseen ways.
-Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy writing about the anticipated Pens/Caps series. More from Greg on the matchup…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL’s 2009 post-season has a theme rapidly developing.
If you happen to be a netminder in the greatest hockey league there is, it’s probably not a theme you’re fond of.
You could see that theme – let’s call it “The Running Of The Goalies” – on display during both second-round games played Friday night.
Skating before their hometown fans, the Red Wings were the beneficiaries of Johan Franzen’s bull-like charge into Anaheim G-man (if a defenseman can be a D-Man, surely a goalie can be a G-man, right?) Jonas Hiller for Detroit’s first goal in a 3-2 Game 1 win over the Ducks.
In Boston, Hurricanes left winger Ryan Bayda barreled into pipe patroller Tim Thomas milliseconds after Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen scored the visiting team’s first goal in a 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Bruins.
continued & watch both plays from last night that Adam refers to below…
ESPN starts off on the wrong foot in this video hightlight of game 1 between the Wings and Ducks…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
When the season started he was known locally as “Kyle Well-fed.”
Nobody was projecting the former Toronto Maple Leaf to be a Stanley Cup hero in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal, much less acknowledged by coach Alain Vigneault as “our best player.”
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC via his Twitter account wants to know-
After Orr—who is best defenceman of last 40 years?
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
In Game 1 against the Canucks, the lessons included the importance of staying out of the penalty box and the knowledge that Vancouver’s star goaltender Roberto Luongo can be beaten. The Hawks scored three times in the third period against Luongo, a furious comeback that fell short when Sami Salo took advantage of a defensive miscue and won it for Vancouver with just over a minute remaining.
Now the Hawks look ahead to Game 2 on Saturday night at General Motors Place with a better understanding of what they must do to bring the series to Chicago tied at one game apiece.
Lesson No. 1: limit penalties.
The Hawks spent much of Thursday’s first period killing three penalties, including a four-minute double-minor, high-sticking infraction against Andrew Ladd.
“We have to stay out of the box,” Ladd said. “It killed most of our momentum at the start of the game. Confidence in terms of knowing how we need to play and what we need to do to be successful against these guys can help going forward.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
If WWE guru Vince McMahon was promoting the upcoming Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins grudge match, the spin likely would go something like this.
“In the red corner, representing the nation’s capital, the most electrifying figure in the sport, the man with the trade mark gap-toothed grin ... Alexander The Great!
“Over in the black corner, representing Steeltown, the young man considered The Next One for more than a decade ... Sid The Kid!
“And his tag team partner, also representing Steeltown via Russia, the Kremlin Kid, Evgeni Malkin!”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so we wait for hockey’s Halley’s comet, eyes looking upward, arms outstretched, fingers pointing to the place where this event will streak across the game’s skies.
What will happen?
What will it be like?
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Paul Maurice stood waiting next to the news conference podium as a technician laboriously counted off, from one into the high teens, trying to get the sound right.
“I thought he was counting off our turnovers,” the Carolina Hurricanes’ coach said when he finally was able to take his seat behind the microphone.
If that were the case, Maurice would still be waiting. And waiting. And waiting, because there were too many for anyone to count in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins to open the second-round playoff series.
After playing some of their best—and most emotional hockey—to beat the New Jersey Devils, the Hurricanes produced a turn-back-the-clock performance against the Bruins, playing the way they did when they struggled earlier this season, not when they succeeded this spring.
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