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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
This fast-fading hockey chapter is overwritten in blood, and whether it’s clotting in Kimmo Timonen’s foot or spilling out of Braydon Coburn’s face, Philadelphia’s vengeance-themed hockey team is in a much messier situation than might have existed without those gruesome injuries to its superb defensemen.
All that said, no amount of perfectly located effort or plasma was going to derail these Penguins, whose pristine playoff run goes on stage again tonight at the Wachovia Center for Flying Elbows, a k a the Kate Smith Interactive Museum and Soft Pretzel Emporium.
Q. Mike, do you have any thoughts on the disallowed goal?
MIKE BABCOCK: What do you want me to say? The guy’s not in the paint? The guy’s out of the paint. That’s a repetition call totally. It’s disappointing. I mean, Homer got a penalty the other night and he bumped Turco earlier in the game. But I guess the way I look at it is this: in the League there’s lots that goes on on the ice. Sometimes a guy gets tripped and you miss it. Some things go wrong and you miss it. Just don’t make stuff up, that’s all.
These men are doing their very best, just like us. They want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly is a good referee. He just blew the call. That’s life.
The Dallas Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to force a game 5 back in Detroit on Saturday.
Detroit fans won’t be happy with the Datsyuk goal that was wavied off due to the Holmstrom goalie interference, Dallas fans will be saying it’s about time.
Game 5 will be one of matchups, can Dallas coach Dave Tippett get his checking line out against the Datsyuk line?
Wings will want to end the series in five, Dallas will come out with the same approach, win one more game.
The JLA should be rocking Saturday afternoon around 1:30pm ET.
added 11:05pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The word of the day, for the Dallas Stars, was: believe.
It was plastered on everything, from the crop tops worn by their roller-blading ice girls, to the Budweiser banners that skirted the perimeter of the pregame street party outside the American Airlines Center. And if it seemed odd that Believe! T-shirts were already going for half-price at the concession stands early in the game, well, that wasn’t really Mike Modano’s concern.
Modano, the former captain of the Stars, ensured his team would live to play another day. In a game when the Detroit Red Wings had a second-period goal controversially disallowed because of a goaltender interference call, Modano’s third-period power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie and led the Stars to a 3-1 victory over Detroit last night, which permitted them to stave off elimination for one night anyway.
from Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer,
There are those gullible enough, stubborn enough and warped enough to believe the Dallas Stars can rally to defeat the Detroit Red Wings.
Hillary Clinton. DISD bookkeepers. Guys convinced that chicks actually go to bars with bacon in their purses….
Admit it. The Stars are out of ideas, out of gas and out of the series.
Morrow hasn’t been a factor, Modano’s been a ghost, defenseman Matt Niskanen has coughed up a couple of costly gaffes and, most damaging, Turco has been average. When the Stars have needed him to stand on his head, he’s again fallen on his face against Detroit.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero should be applauded for taking a chance on Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Not only has Hossa been a solid contributor on offense, as most expected he would, he has also played a stellar defensive game. He is often the first forward back on the back check.
All of that said, I’m not certain I’d cough up $7 million a year to a guy I see as more of a complimentary player than one who can lead a team.
more NHL bits…
From the LA Times,
The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud complaint against Broadcom Corp. co-founders Henry T. Nicholas and Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL Ducks, in an alleged scheme to systematically backdate stock options.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, also names former Chief Financial Officer William J. Ruehle and General Counsel David Dull. None of the current and former officials at the Irvine-based chip maker could be reached for comment immediately.
The complaint comes on the heels of an SEC lawsuit filed against Broadcom on April 22 alleging that Nicholas, Samueli and other senior Broadcom executives “orchestrated and carried out” a long-running scheme to backdate stock options.
Update 5:15pm ET: A comment from Michael Schulman, CEO of the Anaheim Ducks:
“In terms of the Ducks, nothing is changed there, or in terms of our operation . . . this does not impact the Ducks.”
From Gene Collier at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins are simply too much. Too fast. Too precise. Too disciplined. And too reliably backstopped by the consistently brilliant Marc-Andre Fleury. All of it too much of a mountain for anyone on this side of the Conferencial Divide.
Even within the mandatory confidence of professional athletes, did anyone in the room think this team was capable of winning 11 of the first 12 postseason games?
“You never think that way,” Ruutu said. “It doesn’t matter how you keep going, just so you keep going.”
You might change your thinking now that the Penguins walked into this building where they hadn’t won all year, where they were supposed to get jumped by a desperate hockey club stung by misfortune, and turned the Flyers into the jumpees.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens were both available for some questions today.
Below are the transcripts from their respective Q&A sessions.
from Spector ar Fox Sports,
Now, with the two clubs all but certain to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, their perceived weaknesses are among their strengths.
Fleury and Osgood have silenced their critics. The Penguins have proven adept at playing a strong defensive game and the Wings forwards have proven more than a match for their opponents with their physical offensive style.
Another factor has been the ability of their top forwards to lead the way offensively. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins are currently first and third in overall playoff scoring while Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk rank second and fourth.
Today’s media time with the Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow and coach Dave Tippett.
Q. What is the update on Brenden?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Brenden is fine, ready to go.
Q. Do you think you’ll be looking at different changes for lines?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: We’ll tinker around a little bit. We’re certainly looking for answers, looking for ways to win games. So that’s where we’re at. We’ll continue to find the answers and see if we can get the win we need.
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