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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press via the Modesto Bee (not online yet at Freep.com),
...I had a unique chance to watch this second round from afar - for the first time in years - and minus the coating of our hometown optimism, I have to say this:
They were beaten.
And it could easily happen again.
Problems in the playoffs
Sure, injuries made it a weird year. But when the Wings got healthy, they won 16 of their last 21 games and were “the team nobody wants to play in the playoffs,” remember?
What happened next? They lost seven of 12. And only one frontline guy, Brad Stuart, in the final game, was seriously hurt. So how are injuries an excuse?
As for one-goal games? Let’s be real.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
John Madden knows something about the nuances of defensive hockey, having served the majority of his NHL career in New Jersey, where, for decades, the Devils mastered the art of smothering the life out of a game.
So Madden, now the Chicago Blackhawks’ checking-line centre, knows exactly what happened to his team in Sunday’s unremarkable 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, a defeat that prevented them from clinching their Western Conference playoff series.
The Canucks ripped a page out of the Devils’ book and slooooowed everything down.
First the Canadiens defeated the President’s Trophy Winner Washington Capitals and now have taken the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7.
What will happen on Wednesday night?
Philadelphia defeated Boston 4-0 tonight to force a game 6 in Philly.
Flyers also lost Brian Boucher to an apparent knee injury which you can watch below.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
“Pain?” Nick Fotiu asked in his New York accent. “Fuggedaboudit.”
We’ll never know what the margin of error is between Sami Salo and Semi Salo, but it’s sounding like the Vancouver Canucks defenceman is going to get off luckier than the former Calgary Flames winger Fotiu, who went through what Salo is going through today — but worse — back in 1986.
Fotiu blocked a Charlie Huddy slapper, and it cost him one of his testicles.
“There is no way to describe it,” Fotiu said when we reached him in New Jersey Monday. “Pain? Forget about it. You could … not … believe … the pain. @#*&, it was bad. Bad, bad pain.
1 1/2 minutes of the best goals from the last week of the NHL Playoffs.
via a Chris Johnston tweet,
Ryan Smyth says he has a fractured ankle. He’s heading back to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The Bruins averaged a 8.3 local rating on VERSUS, the Red Sox a 6.3 local rating on NESN and the Celtics a 4.1 local rating on ESPN.
In terms of households, the Bruin game delivered 200,000 households, the Red Sox game 153,000 households and the Celtic game 99,000 households.
In terms of total viewers, the Bruins easily beat both of the other local teams averaging 328,000 viewers (Red Sox had 223,000 and Celtics had 142,000 viewers).
The statue of Bobby Orr is outside the TD Garden.
Bobby says thanks and the 2nd video is a close-up of the statue.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Was told that Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson are off to compete in the World Championships in Germany. Jimmy Howard said he spent a long time mulling an invitation to join Team USA but a groin injury ultimately prevented him from a trip to Germany. “My groin is not 100 percent. We thought it would be better than going over there and setting myself back for training this summer,” Howard said.
- Nicklas Lidstrom confirmed reports that he enrolled his son in a school in Sweden, but said not to look at that as any confirmation of any retirement plans. The enrollment was just to keep his options open.
added 3:12pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is confident that captain Nicklas Lidstrom will return next season.
“I went to Nick, I said, ‘Nick, what do you want me to tell them (media)? He said, ‘Tell them my wife and I are going to hang out for a couple of weeks and talk about it,’ ‘’ Babcock said. “So, Nick will be back.’‘
Does Babcock truly believe that?
“Of course I believe it, or I wouldn’t have said it,’’ Babcock said.
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