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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?”
from World Tennis Magazine,
I am Derek Sanderson, a Boston Bruins hockey player.” He was one of the NHL’s most productive offensive players of that era, won Stanley Cup twice in 1970 and 1972!
I thought to myself: “Gee, this is unbelievable; such a star is sitting next to me!” We engaged in a conversation and discussed many topics – hockey, tennis… and suddenly I remembered: Damn, my brother-in-law and the skates! Should I ask Derek about it or should I not? Wouldn’t it be embarrassing?
At last I pulled the courage and asked: “Listen, would you be able to help me with something?” “What do you need?”
I explained to him that my brother-in-law was also a hockey player and needed some decent skates; at that he said: “Look, that’s not a problem. You give me your racket, I’ll give you skates.”
from Marc Antoine Godin of cyberpresse (translated),
Hal Gill had the chance to play good hockey markets like Boston, Toronto and Pittsburgh. Each of these cities has its own personality.
“Montreal is probably the largest crowd dynamics of the league, says the gentle giant. But if you make a mistake, people let you know! In Toronto, it’s full every night, but it’s very quiet. And Pittsburgh, it was not always full, but it’s a younger crowd, usually very busy.”
Michael Cammalleri is still not in regard to experiences hyperactive crowd. “Hockey at the University of Michigan is a spectacular experience, said Cammalleri. When there is a punishment to an opponent, the whole crowd murmur “Ooooohhh” as the player approaches the penalty box. Then the noise increases ...
“And when the guy entered the penalty bench, the 7000 people - even little old ladies and children - cried the worst insults in the showing of fingering!”
thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer
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