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The Edmonton Oilers are holding a 2:00pm ET press conference and will be streaming it live if you want to watch.
added 12:45pm, NHL Live reporting we could see a Pat Quinn as coach and Tom Renney as asst. coach scenario.
added 12:55pm, TSN confirms the above scenario.
added 2:16pm, from the Edmonton Oilers,
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have hired Pat Quinn as the club’s new Head Coach. In addition to Quinn, Tambellini also announced Tom Renney has been named Associate Coach and current Oilers Assistant Coach, Kelly Buchberger, will also be on the coaching staff.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.
Carolina has been outscored 16-8 through three games and outshot 113-87. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have eight goals and 14 points between them, while the entire Carolina roster has eight goals and 22 points. And that’s been the problem; Carolina has been unable to contain Crosby and Malkin, especially the latter who has nine points in the three games.
from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,
If the Wings win this series, Kronwall deserves an award. The entire Hawks team felt his Game 3 hit on Martin Havlat and carried the pain into Game 4. You have to admire how the Hawks stand up for one another. But in this case, nothing good came of it. The players were emotional wrecks on Sunday, and Quenneville couldn’t do anything to get their heads back in the game. Maybe the coach was suffering from a Kronwall hangover, as well?
Quenneville isn’t buying that theory. He thinks the Hawks’ discipline ‘‘eroded as the game eroded,’’ and that ‘‘was more reflective of the score’’ than of a desire for revenge. Could be. But I’m not so sure. Cam Barker was asked about the Kronwall hangover on Monday, and sounded conflicted.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The difference in games played for Bob Probert between the Detroit Red Wings (474) and the Chicago Blackhawks (461) is negligible, but there’s no question he cemented his reputation as the most feared fighter in the NHL while wearing the Winged Wheel.
Which is why his public support of the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals—dropping the ceremonial first puck, telling Jonathan Toews(notes) “good luck, kick their asses”—isn’t exactly endearing him to the Red Wings faithful:
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
Revenge in the playoffs is for suckers. Get your payback in the last five minutes of a blowout next season. The Wings know this. The Hawks players don’t, Their coach ought to.
Quenneville didn’t want to revisit his tantrum on Monday. Good. Fine. But it might be too late because blaming the officials for blowing the biggest game of the year gave his players an excuse for their inexcusable play, which is inexcusable fro a coach.
But by not commenting on his pricey comments, perhaps Quenneville’s getting back to the right strategy: shut up and play.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
How impressive has the Penguins’ offense been this series? While they’ve only played three games this round, they have scored an average of 5.33 goals per game against the Hurricanes. That average is more than a half a goal better than their previous best mark for a single series.
continue on for a chart listing offensive output in a series…
from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press via the Morning Sun,
The Red Wings stand just five victories away from winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, and their fifth in the last dozen seasons.
With each win closer to another title, the dynasty question becomes louder.
Do the Red Wings qualify?
Hockey dynasties tend to be defined by long streaks of consecutive championships, but there have been far fewer teams in the NHL throughout most of its history.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
This is a wooden Doug Jarvis hockey stick, leaning against a Bell Sports Complex wall in Brossard during the Canadiens’ semi-annual used equipment sale. It is remarkable for its simplicity, at least relative to the dozens of modern composite sticks whose company it is keeping….
Maybe, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, it just needs a little love. So I take it home for $19.95 and $2.57 more in tax, and then call Doug Jarvis at his home near Kingston, Ont., to discuss this Sher-Wood’s history.
“In junior, everybody used the same stick - a Sher-Wood,” he recalls of his days with the Ontario league’s Peterborough Petes. “They told you: ‘If you want to try something different, you have to pay the difference at the local sports store.’ “
from Howard Berger of Fan590,
One of the most compelling Stanley Cup tournaments in recent memory is becoming less intriguing by the day. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings are making a mockery of the Conference finals as they steam toward a second match-up in the championship round. The Cup semifinals could end in a total of nine games for only the fifth time since the National Hockey League expanded in 1967. That would occur if the Penguins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes here in Raleigh on Tuesday, while the Red Wings eliminate Chicago in Game 5 of the West series on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.
The saving grace, of course, would be a potential collision of freight trains in the Stanley Cup final, as Pittsburgh and Detroit appear head-and-shoulders above the competition right now. But, parity in the championship round is not guaranteed.
from Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer,
With a chance to win their third NHL Eastern Conference championship in the past seven years, the Hurricanes now have spent a full week stuck in a bull’s eye role during target practice by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday’s 6-2 win by the Penguins in the RBC Center ran the games count to 3-love and the goals total to 16-8.
In the afterglow of thoserip-roaring adventures in early-round escapes against New Jersey and Boston, this excursion against the Penguins is downright depressing.
As hockey years go, the Triangle is still a toddler. Hurricanes fans are used to seeing close playoff series or not getting to the postseason party at all. Other than that rarest of sports species known as Duke football fans, most North Carolinians just aren’t very familiar with having to deal with prolonged periods of hopelessness and even the most one-sided Duke football losses rarely lasted longer than three hours.
Truth is, trailing 3-0 is a lot more exasperating than having the regional culture ridiculed by the New England media. Sticks and pucks may break our trucks, etc. Besides, at the end of the day against the fancy Boston bourgeoisie, it was Les Gooberhabs, 4-3.
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