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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
After the Blackhawks had lost Sunday to the team with the fewest points in the Western Conference, coach Joel Quenneville said, “You could use some really bad adjectives to describe our play.”
A few spring to mind: Terrible. Atrocious. Dreadful.
Let’s stick with just plain bad.
The Hawks suffered their worst home loss of the season in a 5-1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The loss was the Hawks’ second in two days and fifth in seven games….
“All aspects of our game were off,” Quenneville said. “I’m talking about every single area. It hasn’t been consistent with the way we’ve played recently, so this was a curveball. We’re not pleased, and we’re not happy.”
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
...instead of a meltdown, Washington got the best of Fleury’s best from that moment on. He stopped legendary sniper Sergei Federov. He foiled an excellent chance for Mike Green, the league’s top-scoring defenseman. He stopped two more in overtime, the last when Green fired a Brooks Orpik giveaway at him with 0:08 left.
“He’s been that way the whole trip,” said center Max Talbot, who helped kill three power plays against the league’s second-best unit. “We really needed him on the penalty kill today. I don’t think he played any better today, he’s just been better the whole trip. This was a big team effort but I feel good for him because when you’re going bad, the goalie always gets the worst of it.”
via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
I am proud of my last name given to me by my father.
My ancestors are from Sparta. My last name is kind of a derivative of Leonidas, the King of Sparta and of 300 film fame.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is pronounced “Lee - On - Sis”, Leonsis.
Most intelligent, non-xenophobic and educated people have no issue with its pronunciation.
In case the hockey weekend slipped by you, start here to find out who Ted may be talking to.
Thanks to On Frozen Blog for the pointer..
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
With even adequate netminding yesterday before a full house of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden, the Bruins easily would have pinned up their 44th win of the season. Instead, they once more suffered the inconsistencies of Manny Fernandez, his hard times ultimately leading to a gift-wrapped 4-3 Rangers win that added to the recovering spirit and playoff aspirations of the Broadway Blueshirts (now with three wins in a row under the bullwhip of new coach John Tortorella).
“I have to turn this around,” said a clearly frustrated Fernandez, who hasn’t posted a win since Jan. 8. “I can’t catch a break. It’s not even a question of good shots . . . it’s stuff you don’t usually see.”
“If we play within our system, the way we’re supposed to, not giving pucks away and we lose, it’s a little easier to take. When it happens twice in a week, you can’t just file it away and not be concerned about it. You have to address it and fix it.
Because if it happens in the playoffs, we’re not going to have a lot of time to fix it. We all know momentum is huge. You have a couple of these and you could be out.”
-Wings goaltender Chris Osgood. More on the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“We expect more from Modano than what he gave us tonight,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “And without that, it’s going to be bad for us.”
Modano has one goal in his last 20 games. He was minus-3 against the Canadiens in 20:45 of ice time.
“Tonight was a mental thing,” Modano said. “You could tell the head wasn’t there, and your body’s not too far behind without focus or concentration. There are nights when it’s a struggle and that’s what you deal with. When your body isn’t feeling good and you’re not feeling light, things all add up to missed passes and the little things as far as trying to make those plays.”
via Richard Durrett of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Marty Turco skated behind his net to try to play the puck on a rim-around and missed it. The puck came out to Christopher Higgins on the side boards and he flipped in into a wide open net.
The goal put the Canadiens up 3-1 and that is how the game ended.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Sammy Pahlsson, acquired in Wednesday’s trade with the Anaheim Ducks, said he could join the lineup in a week or so “if everything goes really well.”
“Just a quick one on the ice to get a feel for it a little bit,” Pahlsson said. “I haven’t skated or worked out for a long time. I have to get some strength back and get used to skating and being on the ice again.”
read on plus Martin Havlat was injured in the game today and of course no report on the type of injury.
from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,
Everyone loves the underdog. The upset special. The little guy who goes all the way.
But in the modern NHL, it almost never happens.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs produce plenty of upsets. It seems like every year a team emerges from the bottom of the pool to knock off a couple of favorites.
But they always fall short of the ultimate goal.
Since 1996, every Stanley Cup champion has finished among the top five in the regular-season standings.
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