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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,
For Carolina to even the series, it needs to match the New Jersey’s compete and hunger level, hope it continues to get stellar goaltending from Cam Ward and try to take a boisterous crowd out of the equation early. The home ice advantage was apparent for the Devils in Game 1, a palpable difference from this time last year when the Rangers invaded – and so did their fans.
For New Jersey, a fiery forecheck on a middling Carolina defense worked wonders and there’s no reason to expect the Devils will change tactics in Game 2. Carolina, meantime, needs to find a way to generate more offense, perhaps by stretching the ice surface. The Devils may boast one of the best goalies ever, but when you limit the opponent to 19 shots, they could have had Martin Short in goal instead of Martin Brodeur and still come out on top.
more plus a look at the Flyrs and Blues/Canucks…
from Timothy Parker of NBC Philadelphia,
With the Pittsburgh Penguins Philly-bound the Flyers need to get the home ice advantage. When the Penguins invade the Wachovia Center for Games 3 and 4 it is imperative that the 20,000-strong Orange Crush pounce on Crosby like a lion on prey.
Crosby went on record in December that Philadelphia is the worst place for him to play.
Earlier this season “Sid the Kid” described his past Philadelphia experiences as “vicious.”
With that knowledge the Flyers faithful need to get into his head like usual.
Crosby is a talented superstar. But, he often appears like a cocky, spoiled five year old on the ice—his constant complaints for calls and his overall selfish attitude.
more & I would like to know- What do you think of this type of ‘journalism’?
ESPN’s award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will profile National Hockey League star Alexander Ovechkin in the episode airing Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. ET. The program, which launched in October 2007, combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes. These stories are presented in a fresh and innovative format that incorporates producer/correspondent meetings.
E:60’s Rachel Nichols has an all access pass inside the life of this megawatt hockey god who is equal parts everyman, equal parts rock star. In this revealing portrait, viewers see what makes Ovie run 100 miles per hour on and off the ice: his unabashed joy and enthusiasm, his love of fast cars, his simmering rivalry with the other name on the NHL’s marquee, Sydney Crosby, his hell bent for leather style of play that leaves defensemen swiveling their heads, and his burning desire to turn the nation’s capital into a hockey mad city.
The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, NBA star LeBron James, Caps owner Ted Leonsis and iconic hockey commentator Don Cherry are among the voices in the feature.
Watch a one minute preview of the show below…
from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
While the Blues are asking their D-men to play bigger-than-expected roles, due to the loss of Erik Johnson and Eric Brewer, the Canucks are deep and experienced on the blue line.
The Blues will try to beat that smoothness out of them with vigorous body checking, but Vancouver has more toughness than fans may realize.
To sustain pressure in this game, the Blues will have to fly. And they can’t expect the Canucks to take as many undisciplined penalties as they did in Game 1, since that was a point of emphasis in the team’s preparations.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
When Paul Holmgren traded Scottie Upshall for Daniel Carcillo on March 4, it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. When he earlier waived veteran contributors Glen Metropolit and Ossi Vaananen to make cap room for the return of Daniel Briere, it created even smaller waves. As Holmgren said after practice yesterday, “You can argue that those guys wouldn’t be playing now anyway.’‘
But here’s the thing, and there’s no getting around it. Since those moves, the Flyers have played 11 games against teams involved in the postseason. Including Wednesday’s 4-1 thrashing by the Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series, the Flyers have lost eight of those games.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The second night of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs is in the books. Here are five things that stood out:
• After a disappointing regular season, which left everyone doubting him (again), Wings goalie Chris Osgood came up with a big performance in the defending champs’ 4-1 win over the upstart Blue Jackets. In the first period of their first playoff game, the Blue Jackets were buzzing all over the ice….
• Not surprisingly—at least to me—Columbus was very competitive in its Game 1 loss. Coach Ken Hitchcock’s team was hanging with the defending champs in the first half of the game. In fact, they had the better of the play during a couple of different stretches….
• The pressure just got bumped up a notch in San Jose. The eighth-seeded Ducks flew north to grab a 2-0 win from the men in teal in Game 1 of the first playoff meeting between the two California teams….
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe tells us so.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tells us all about it…
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I know Jay Feaster’s called already. I talked to Pat Quinn and Doug MacLean, who are very interested. I believe Neil Smith would like it. I think Rick Dudley would be a great candidate. I believe Pierre McGuire would be an interesting choice (he’s long been interested in getting into management), as would Nashville Director of Hockey Ops Mike Santos and assistant GM Paul Fenton.
You can see the list I’ve compiled. You can bet they’d be interested in Dave Nonis, but I can’t see Brian Burke letting him go from Toronto. Jim Nill in Detroit has been coveted by many, but he never leaves. Lots of people will line up.
Normally I’d think Tom Lynn would be a candidate, but Leipold made clear today he’s looking for “new eyes.”
Said Leipold, “If I’m someone out in the NHL, and this job is available, with the kind of players we have coming back next year and the kind of fan base, I would jump all over this.”
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