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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
from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Tuesday night at 10 Eastern, HBO will broadcast its latest installment in its “Sports in the 20th Century” documentary series, “The Broad Street Bullies,” on the Philadelphia Flyers of the 1970s. (It will be rerun multiple times on HBO and HBO2 and is available on demand starting Wednesday for viewers caught up watching either the Penguins-Canadiens game or the Sharks-Red Wings playoff games if either or both reach overtime.)
Hockey is an infrequent subject of HBO sports documentaries, and this is the first time they’ve profiled an N.H.L. team, although their “Do You Believe In Miracles” portrait of the 1980 United States men’s Olympic hockey team might be the best, and certainly the most affecting look at that team ever produced.
I happen to be old enough to remember this Flyers team. Nasty, dirty, win at any cost and entertaining are words I would use to describe the Broad Street Bullies..
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
As the Red Wings take the ice tonight for Game 3, down 2-0 to the unexpectedly confident Sharks, suddenly many things seem uncertain for the most successful franchise in the NHL for the past decade and a half. But there’s some assurance: Babcock is cocksure he knows the answers. He will be direct in telling players what they must do. And, while considerate of their points of view, his unqualified, singular concern is winning.
Since he began coaching 22 years ago, at Red Deer College in Alberta, Babcock has succeeded at every level. His consummate confidence and intensity are sometimes confused with arrogance, even conceit, according to some former colleagues.
But as players and others come to know him, they usually understand Babcock is fiercely knowledgeable of the game, intensely competitive and utterly fearless of difficult decisions or dire straits—like being down a couple games in a playoff series.
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