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from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,
Jonathan Cheechoo will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
This is just stunning and shocking.
You can’t do better than this?
I discuss watching the NHL Conference Quarterfinal round at my NHL.com blog today.
Elimination games are near.
Just announced on NHL Live…
NEW YORK (April 20, 2010)—Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Frank Selke Trophy, awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
To be honest, I would like to “propel” the NHL’s rule for disallowing kicked-in goals into outer space, never to be seen again.
But unlike a lot of Vancouver Canucks fans, I don’t believe anyone is out to get them. The Canucks are not a victim of a grand conspiracy so much as a proclivity to take too many penalties at a time when their penalty killing, and perhaps their goaltending, isn’t where it needs to be. And besides, the series, at 2-1 for Los Angeles, is far from over.
The fact that the man who made the no-goal decision last night on Daniel Sedin in Los Angeles is Mike Murphy, the NHL’s director of hockey operations who once played and coached in Los Angeles, has no bearing on anything unless you happen to wear a tin-foil hat.
added 11:36am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
There is only one move for the NHL to make, one move that will end any controversy about SkateGate from last night. The hockey operations department should publicly release the DVD sent out to teams two months ago. Mike Murphy told Ron MacLean, Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey that the video contained “an addendum” to rules governing kicking the puck into the net.
more plus 30 hockey points…
Four teams (Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Colorado) can go up 3-1 in their respectives series while either Chicago or Nashville will go up 2-1.
What do you think the team you follow will do tonight?
Also, note the Wings/Coyotes early start tonight.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some questions from readers and this one is about the Oliers signing Jagr…
I would say the organization is torn right now because they are in a rebuild. Do they really want to spend $4 million on a 38-year-old player who certainly isn’t the offensive threat he used to be?
That said, Jagr looked fine in the Olympics, but for getting clobbered in the open ice and knocked for a loop by Alexander Ovechkin. I did notice his cycling along the boards is a little shorter than it used to be. He runs out of gas a little quicker now, but what player his age doesn’t?
I do believe Jagr would be very good for Hemsky, who says he used to be a left-winger, so could move over if Jagr came on board. What Jagr reportedly wants however, is a package deal. He also wants the Oilers to sign Czech Olympian forward Roman Cervenka, who is an emerging star in the Czech League but on the smallish side and looked like he was over his head at the Olympics.
more plus other questions and answers…
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
They can’t decide whether to:
A) Continue to try to cover this slippery little dynamo, or,
B) Drop their sticks, raise their arms in the air, then sweep them downward to the ice while chanting as one: “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”
Here’s the thing. For long stretches, the Senators do an admirable job of keeping Mr. Crosby under wraps. But it’s like getting baseball slugger Albert Pujols on three weak grounders his first three trips to the plate. You still have to pitch to him one last time, and chances are he is going to pound one over the wall.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have launched a new, easy-to-use application called Slapstick, which will help generate online excitement and enable fans to digitally express themselves.
Fans can upload a photo to Slapstick at www.washingtoncaps.com/slapstick and select from three scenarios, a ranting player, coaching the team and answering questions from the media. Users can personalize their photo by choosing from various facial hair options, hats and head gear as well as their choice of home or away jersey.
Once the video has been personalized, fans can email it to their friends or post it to their favorite social media platform, including Facebook and Twitter. Creation of the personalized videos is free using the application’s text to speech function. For only 99 cents Slapstick users have the unique option of adding their own voice to their creation via a toll free number.
“We are excited to offer this new way for our fans to interact with the team and with each other,” said Capitals senior director of marketing Joe Dupriest. “With our dedicated and passionate fanbase, we think Slapstick has the potential to become an instant viral sensation.”
from Michael Rosenbeg of the Detroit Free Press,
In June 2002, after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in Scotty Bowman’s final game as coach, Bowman delivered the ultimate compliment to Nicklas Lidstrom.
Lidstrom, Bowman said, “is just about the perfect player on the ice.”
Years from now, that is how hockey people will talk about Lidstrom. He is Joe DiMaggio on skates, on the far end of the spectrum of both skill and intelligence. It’s not just that he is great. It is that he has been just about perfect—in the right place at the right time for almost two decades….
And yet ... well, he had a bad game Sunday. There is no getting around it. Lidstrom was on the ice for three Coyotes goals, and since Lidstrom himself said the Wings hung goalie Jimmy Howard “out to dry” at times, it is fair to say he did some of the hanging.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Foul vibes surround the Devils and the meek manner in which they fell behind again in their first-round series as they try to avoid a third straight year of immediate ousters. Yet they are back in business, home-ice advantage and all, if they simply beat the Flyers tonight.
“The best remedy is to just win,” Martin Brodeur said, his team trailing the Flyers 2-1 after losing 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. “[Game 3] was definitely a disappointing game, the outcome, but we’re looking forward to get back and play a hard game. We’ve played decent hockey, but we haven’t peaked yet in the way we like to play. If we do that, we’ll be fine.
“[Tonight] is a big game for us to turn the tide in our favor.”
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