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from Corey Masisak of CSN Washington,
A visibly upset Boudreau had some stern words during his post-game press conference following an uninspired 2-1 loss Friday night to the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center.
“We’re not getting 20 guys playing,” Boudreau said. “We’re getting 13 and 14 guys every night rather than everybody coming to play. Tonight we had five or six passengers again.”
When asked if he would consider making changes to his lineup, Boudreau responded, “I will think very deeply about that for the next two days.”
So who were the guys Boudreau designated as passengers for this defeat? It starts with Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann, who have started on the second line together in four of these five contests.
“If you squeeze the bottle, your hand is going to shake.”
-Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Joe Nieuwendyk can still remember the exhaustion. The effort required to take his skates off, then put them back on every period. The ache in his hips each time he hopped over the boards, shift after shift, hour after hour.
And then came the worst part – the next day.
“I’d be so tired and dehydrated during overtime, I’d look to the guy on the bench beside me and say, ‘Is this ever going to end?’” recalled Nieuwendyk, now the Dallas Stars general manager. “And the day after? You couldn’t do a thing. But somehow you convinced yourself to do it again.”
Marathon Stanley Cup playoff games – like the Ottawa Senators’ Game 5 triple-overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday – have an attraction all their own.
Zdeno Chara with an instigator penalty along with additional minutes.
This all took place with less than a second to go in the game tonight.
Rule states an automatic suspension for instigator within the last five minutes of the 3rd period, but NHL can review and make the final decision.
added 11:59pm, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
“I think if you do something like that you risk, and it’s a serious risk, of an instigator,” said Ruff. “You come in and start throwing punches, I think [the league] needs to take a hard look. Anything in the last five minutes is stupid to do. I like the fact that we had one guy grabbing [Chara] by the knees, one guy grabbing him around the waist and another guy grabbing him around the neck and the big man went down.”
from the CP at CTV,
Bobby Orr’s rookie jersey is going, going, gone—sold for US$191,200 to an unnamed buyer at an auction in Dallas on Friday.
The sweater is one of only two known to exist from Orr’s 1966-67 season with the Boston Bruins.
from Glen R. Goodhand of The Lindsay Post,
Down through the years both individual pucksters and teams have been ripped off in several different ways….
Game-worn sweaters are hot items when it comes to shinny memorabilia, and some fans have no scruples when it comes to procuring them. Late in 1965, four members of Blackhawks had their jerseys stolen after a game at the Montreal Forum. Stan Mikita, Chico Maki, Dennis Hull, and Al MacNeil all had to wear different numbers the next night when they took on the Bruins in Beantown. When Mikita turned out in an unfamiliar digit (number 8), one balcony spectator jibed: “What’s he trying to do—disguise himself?”
Almost a year to day later, the Detroit Red Wings had two sets of sweaters pirated away—again at the Montreal Forum. Fifty were taken in all. Twenty five red shirts had been used in an old timer’s game against Quebec the night before; and 25 whites which were needed for the Jan. 22 match against the Canadiens. To prevent that evening’s contest turning into a “shirts and skins” deal, they had to borrow a set from their Hamilton Juniors. It took some scampering to get them from the Steel City in time for the first face-off in Montreal.
read on for some marvelous hockey related stories…
There are those who surmise the NHL has a rooting interest in these playoffs and works to set up dream matchups. Despite the fact that history does not bear this out a bit, let’s roll on because, like the movie “JFK,” it is fascinating, but not true in the least little bit.
-Phil Coffey of NHL.com. More hockey talk from Phil in his weekly Ice Age feature.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
In the continuing purge, the three longest-serving Edmonton Oilers’ employees — trainer Ken Lowe and equipment men Barrie Stafford and Lyle Kulchisky — apparently no longer have their positions.
The heart-and-soul Oilers may be reassigned within the organization, although there is some thought that Lowe, brother of team president Kevin Lowe, might not hang around.
The Oilers haven’t commented yet.
Kulchisky, the assistant equipment manager who also looks after the visiting team, trucking their gear to and from the airport, just finished his 34th season with the club.
Damian Cristodero of Lightining Strikes talks to Vinny Lecavalier,
On being an elite player again: Yeah, definitely. That was three years ago (winning the Richard Trophy). It wasn’t 10 years ago. I’m still young. I’m still strong. I’m going to come back next year and try to do it.
On pinpointing last season’s troubles: I felt that maybe I could have shot even more. It’s really tough to say. I know I say that every single time, but it really is confidence and what you build on. There was so much inconsistency, I never really got into a rhythm. A little bit more after the (Olympic) break, but you don’t want to start when there’s 20 games left. You want to start at the first of the year. I felt I trained hard last summer and was ready to go. It didn’t happen the way I wanted it to.
As announced on NHL Live…
NEW YORK (April 23, 2010)—Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2009-10 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
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