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from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Winning a road playoff game and closing out a wounded team to avoid a Game 7 are steps in the maturation process that the Blackhawks can cross of their list after their Stanley Cup playoff series-clinching 4-1 victory over the Flames late Monday night. But the more players talked afterwards, the more it seemed those goals weren’t all they were playing for. Young or not, this was about showing people that the Blackhawks have officially arrived.
‘‘We want to be more than a fun team to watch,’’ Adam Burish said. ‘‘We wanted to show that we’re a good hockey team. It’s more than just filling the building and being OK. We want to be a great team. We want to go deep in the playoffs. We want to show people. That was the edge we had tonight.’‘
added 8:10am, Scotty Bowman was on Fan590 this morning and said the key of the series was Chicago shutting down Jarome Iginla. Bowman also talks, about the Canucks, San Jose/Anaheim and a few other topics.
Click to listen to the interview.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
What next, Mr. Sutter?
One thing is evident on the heels of the Calgary Flames latest first-round defeat: It’s time to make changes.
With the coaching staff.
With the personnel.
With the identity.
The man atop the totem pole, GM Darryl Sutter, can make all the assertions he wants this season was done in by injuries.
A betting man says he will.
But that’s only part of the puzzle that’s become as scrambled as the one you get from the box Christmas morning from your aunt.
With a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, the Anaheim Ducks advance to the 2nd round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Ducks will travel to Detroit for games 1 and 2 while the Chicago Blackhawks will visit Vancouver for the first two games.
Since Chicago defeated the Flames in Calgary tonight, I wonder if they will just stay in western Canada and then make the short flight to Vancouver instead of goin back to Chicago and then quickly heading out to Vancouver.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
All the months of preparation; all the trades; all the dollars spent on salary — all in vain once again for the Calgary Flames, whose season ended in familiar fashion last night.
Only once in the past 20 years have the Flames advanced past the first round, and their prolonged postseason drought continued again this spring.
The Flames had no answers last night for a Chicago Blackhawks team that outclassed them in all areas of the game — physical play, special teams, discipline, energy and finishing ability. The net result: A 4-1 Blackhawks’ win, which gave the visitors from Chicago the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series by a margin of 4-2.
Chicago took a very early two goal lead and basically skated with the Flames the rest of the way.
Chicago scores into an empty net late in the game, final score 4-1.
from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,
Somebody posing as a Washington Post reporter convinced ESPN on Monday that one of the Washington Capitals’ star players had been suspended for Tuesday’s decisive Eastern Conference playoff Game 7 against the New York Rangers.
“I was on my way to the rink this morning and my buddy called me and was a little upset I was missing Game 7,” said Capitals defenseman Mike Green, a finalist for the Norris Trophy given to the NHL’s top defenseman.
“I had no idea what for. It kind of caught me off guard.”
ESPN SportsCenter hosts Josh Elliot and Hannah Storm relayed that Green and teammate Donald Brashear were suspended under a “Breaking News” banner Monday at 9:52 a.m.
Within a half hour, ESPN retracted the story.
If you missed it earlier today, you can start here which will lead you to some screenshots of the ‘breaking news’ at ESPN.
from Adam Brady of Ducks Blog at AnaheimDucks.com,
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Game 7.
Yeah, I know it will say Game 6 on the game programs and the TV screens, but for the Ducks this could be considered do-or-die tonight. The last thing in the world Anaheim wants is to have to face an actual Game 7 back in the Sharks’ barn. So polishing off this series tonight at Honda Center is crucial.
“I think you have to take that mindset,” Ryan Getzlaf said about approaching tonight’s game like it could be the last one. “Anytime you’re in an elimination [situation] you have to put a team behind you when you have the opportunity. We’re in the situation where we’re up 3-2 and we’ve got to try and win this fourth game tonight.”
Yes, tonight. In our building, which better be plenty loud tonight after what we heard in San Jose over the weekend. “They’re our seventh man on the ice,” Corey Perry said about the home crowd. “It keeps the emotion on the bench up and guys feed off that. They’re going to try to take the crowd out of it right away and we’ve got to be first on everything.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
John Tortorella looked around the group of reporters Monday and asked the question.
“OK, I’ll poll you right now,” said the New York Rangers coach. “Who thinks we’re going to win tomorrow?”
Not a single hand was raised.
“There you go. There is no pressure on us,” said Tortorella. “We’re going to go there and try to relax and compete in a Game 7 because everybody thinks we’re done. It falls back on them. They have the advantage because it is a home building and that’s what they did this year. They deserve that seventh game, but it’s funny what happens with the pressure.”
Ah, the mind games on the eve of a seventh game. It’s universal in all sports.
TORONTO (April 27, 2009) - Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for a total of six games as a result of two separate incidents—one prior to and one during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series Sunday against the New York Rangers.
Brashear was suspended one game for initiating contact with Rangers forward Colton Orr during the pre-game warm-up. Brashear was suspended for five additional games for a blind-side hit on New York forward Blair Betts at 9:54 of the first period.
“Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury.”
Brashear’s suspension will be served beginning tomorrow night when the Capitals meet the Rangers in Game Seven of the series. The suspension will extend through the Capitals’ next five 2009 playoff games, the 2009-10 regular season, or both, as circumstances warrant.
Dion Phaneuf did not take part in the morning skate and head coach Mike Keenan erased all questions about the status of the blueliner for tonight’s contest.
“No, he will not,” was Keenan’s response when asked if Phaneuf would play. “He’s not available. And his status is day-to-day.”
Phaneuf’s teammates expressed their concern about his possible absence but remained positive that they could handle the 24-year-old’s workload.
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