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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Let’s get this out of the way, shall we? The officiating wasn’t exactly friendly to the Red Wings on Sunday. In fact, there were so many egregiously bad calls made in that contest that Kevin Pollock and Brad Watson (both are working the Habs/Pens game tonight) are certain to be watching the next round on TV from the comfort of their summer cottages.
But don’t buy into the babblings of the tinfoil-hatted conspiracy nuts who are planning to gather outside the Joe prior to Game 3. There’s no NHL cabal plotting to ensure the Wings’ demise.
“The one thing is that, for me, we’re up 2-0 in this series. We won two big home games. We’ve got to stay focused here and stay focused on our game and not be distracted by what’s being said. o me, it’s pretty obvious. The guy (Carcillo) yesterday, when you watch replays, everybody’s seen how he embellishes. So it’s hard to believe a guy when you see stuff that he does. We really don’t pay attention to that. We’re focused on staying the course here and doing our job and that’s the main thing.”
-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien. More on the Bruins from Matt Kalman of the The Bruins Blog.
from Dan Pollard of NHL Network at NHL.com,
Scotty Bowman used to practice line changes when he was coaching in Montreal. He considered it another part of his flow drills and just another game situation that should be worked on.
It may soon become part of the regular drill set for all NHL practices. As of Tuesday there were 25 “too many men on the ice” penalties in the playoffs and counting. At least that’s by my count. That’s a lot of brain cramps. Six were rung up in the first period of play, 10 in the second period, and seven in the third.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, who left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal after being hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke, has been diagnosed with a torn ACL.
Markov, who is out of the Habs’ lineup indefinitely, has not officially been ruled out of the series or playoffs by the Canadiens.
We continue to acknowledge that we have wildly underestimated the Boston Bruins (as the Buffalo Sabres might have). The Bruins are 5-0 at home this spring and have killed off 26 of 28 power-play attempts. They also have allowed opponents to score with the man advantage in only one of eight games.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can find more hockey topics.
2002 against Vancouver. Then this happened…
added 12:27pm, As a KK member pointed out, the Ducks swept the Wings in 2003. So I could say the last time Detroit was down 0-2 and won a series…
from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,
There are assuredly some bumpy times ahead for the Sharks in Games 3 and 4 at Joe Louis Arena. But this team has never seemed this assured or better equipped to combat the tides of May.
They have been through the shocking Dan Boyle own-goal in the Colorado series. They have given up the first goal to Detroit in both of these games and trailed going into the third period Sunday.
Didn’t matter. Mostly, they have had Pavelski to bring them back from those moments.
They’re the Serene Sharks, well-adjusted and definitively lined up behind the right leader, who happens to be a budding superstar.
When has anyone ever said that about the Sharks in the playoffs?
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
It’s lip service if they continue to pretend that Connolly can lead a team to the Cup. The Sabres have a young, promising team, but they won’t begin to grow up until Connolly is out of here.
Fans are fed up with Tiny Tim. Management is clearly disillusioned. From what I hear, several of his teammates are down on Connolly, too. Yes, he was coming back from a broken foot in the playoffs. But that’s no excuse. His play was flat and unspired, as it’s been during long stretches when he’s actually healthy.
In my NHL.com blog today, a few hockey observations.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Michael Cammalleri (he told reporters in Montreal on Monday he prefers it to Mike, but really doesn’t care) has been on fire with eight postseason goals, one off the league lead as of Monday morning. He has scored in six of nine postseason games, including two goals in the Habs’ big 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday that tied the series at 1.
It’s a stark change from a year ago, when Cammalleri had one goal in six games for Calgary in a first-round loss to Chicago….
The 5-foot-9 forward said he doesn’t really understand the idea that the size of the Habs’ small forwards, often referred to as “Smurfs,” would be a factor in the playoffs.
“It’s hockey,” Cammalleri said. “The puck’s on the ice. Sometimes I don’t understand that notion. It’s not basketball where the net’s 10 feet in the air, but what can I tell you?”
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