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from Jay Levin of the Nashville Predators,
NP.com: What is it about Preds games that have hooked you on the sport?
Amy: It’s just fun. It’s a great night out for Vince and me. This past season we had a pair of tickets, so it made for a great date night. We’ve spent our last two Anniversaries at a Predators game; all of Vince’s guy friends are like, ‘Man that’s some kind of wife.’
Q. Has Draper been cleared to play by doctors and if so, will he play tonight?
COACH BABCOCK: Yeah, he was cleared before last game. Don’t know if he’ll play tonight. It will be based on Samuelsson. Samuelsson didn’t take the morning skate, so we’ll see what happens there.
Q. Second injury, we just saw Pavel out on the ice. Just your thoughts on him and how does he look today?
COACH BABCOCK: Well, I guess he had his best overnight experience that he’s had. And he seemed to have a big turn around. So he was real optimistic here today. I don’t assume that affects today’s game whatsoever, but it could really affect the following game.
“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way. This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.
“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”
-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF. More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,
Babcock said that Draper’s status for tonight depends on Samuelsson. If Sammy plays, Draper won’t play.
Babcock just said that Datsyuk won’t play tonight, but might play in Game 4.
Q. Discounting the final 19 seconds of the second game, there had only been five minor penalties called in the first two games of this series. Do you think the officiating started has changed from the regular season, and does this favor one team or the other in this series?
COACH BYLSMA: I think the Red Wings power play numbers stand for themselves in terms of whether we want them to get more power plays or less. Our power play has been good in the last second half of the playoffs here. They’re talented players.
But I think the standard that’s been called in the game has been fair. I mean, is there penalties on each side ?? as a coach, you can go through the game and say that was a penalty, that wasn’t a penalty. But if you’re honest, you can usually say that about both sides.
You know, as a coach, you typically want to point out the ones that their team does against yours and you rarely want to point out the ones that your team does against theirs. So I think the standard on the ice has been pretty consistent for both teams.
from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
McCarty is happy to do whatever the team asks of him at this most important time of year. “To fill a role and to be a part of it is an honour,” McCarty said. “Obviously, you’d like to play and be part of it on the ice, but that’s not the way it’s been meant to be so far. This time’s a little different. It’s sort of on the outside looking in, but that’s not how it feels to me. It’s just nice to be a part of it.
“The bottom line is to win. That’s what this organization is all about. Just to be here and be at the finals again, it’s exciting. Everybody does their little part to chip in when they can.”
McCarty, 37, says he feels like a proud papa as he watches his Grand Rapids teammates like Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Ville Leino and Justin Abdelkader fill important roles along Detroit’s latest drive to the Cup.
I have a schedule, follow-up doctor’s appointment and will return around 11:00am or so.
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Tonight is the biggest game of the year for the Penguins and it is a “Who wants it more” type game. That is my opinion, what is yours?
from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Last year when the Penguins fell behind the Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, in the Stanley Cup final, then-coach Michel Therrien commented on the subtle obstruction and interference that Detroit players were committing against his players.
In addition to the déjà vu element of being down, 2-0, to the Red Wings again in this year’s Stanley Cup final, the Penguins are encountering the same type of obstruction and interference by the Red Wings, who, it seems, are being allowed by the officials to toe that fine line between good defense and committing a penalty.
For the most part, the officials in Games 1 and 2 have ignored obstruction and interference penalties.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Jacques Martin is everything the Montreal Canadiens are not—and never have been.
They are blue, blanc et rouge. He is vanilla.
They are the home of firewagon hockey. He is the neutral-zone trap.
They are emotion and excitement and everything that encompasses the city of Montreal. He represents the yawn of a new era.
They are known for success. He is a epitome of the first-round playoff elimination.
They are the kings of the off-day press conference. He is equally dull in both of Canada’s official languages.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
He’s been hyped for so long, and has proven to be such a prodigious talent, that surely it’s only reasonable that with his team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in such need of a saviour in this year’s Stanley Cup final, that he must be that saviour.
Well, consider the possibility that this is not Crosby’s time. Not yet.
Just because there’s a demand for a spectacular rescue performance with the Penguins down two games to none to the Detroit Red Wings, and just because so many have equated these Penguins with the 1984 Edmonton Oilers that finally knocked down the door and beat the New York Islanders to win their first Cup, doesn’t mean the script will unfold that way.
Crosby, you see, may not be ready for that. Not quite.
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