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via James Murphy of NESN,
Reports coming out of Philadelphia claimed that Krejci had a broken wrist and was done for the season. Obviously, that’s hard news to take, but this Bruins team just seems to chew it up and spit it out.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
McLellan believed he was ready. He paid his dues. The Western Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2000, McLellan led the Houston Aeros to the AHL’s Calder Cup title in 2003 before his apprenticeship in Detroit.
Red Wings University is never a bad place to upgrade your skills.
“It’s like leaving high school and going to college. I got to go to Harvard,” McLellan told ESPN.com during a sit-down interview Wednesday. “The people around here, the tradition that exists, you’d walk into the coaches’ office after a game and it’s like the Hall of Fame, but they’re all there in person. To hear Scotty Bowman talk about his past, Stevie [Yzerman], Pat Verbeek, Mr. Howe, Mr. Lindsay, Mr. Delvecchio—they’re all around all the time. You can’t help but listen and learn. I was real fortunate that way.”
Wilson and McLellan had never met before they sat down for the interview in early June 2008. By then, the Sharks GM had spoken to 20 other candidates. It didn’t matter. Wilson was sold right then and there.
Hockey fans clamoring for a three-peat of a Penguins/Red Wings Stanley Cup Final are perilously close to seeing that possibility disappear. Barring a historic comeback, the Red Wings, down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks, will be eliminated, thus removing any chance to see the Wings advance to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Final. The Wings won the Stanley Cup over the Penguins in the 2007-2008 season but were defeated in the 2008-2009 season by the Penguins. However, only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders have successfully come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.
It certainly has dampened the spirits of sports betting enthusiasts, who may have recently plunked a considerable amount of money on the three-peat possibility, especially earlier in the playoffs, when the Penguins and Red Wings had both won their respective first round matchup. Chances are still decent for the Penguins, who are winning their Eastern Conference Semi-final series over the Montreal Canadiens two games to one. But unless the Wings can sweep the remaining four games over the Sharks, the chances for the three-peat finals will be gone.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Is there another team in the NHL that complains as much as the Canucks?
The newspapers here on Wednesday were filled with stories of the Canucks getting all worked up about how Blackhawks forwards such as Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Adam Burish and Ben Eager treated goalie Roberto Luongo in Game 2.
Ladd elbowed Luongo, Byfuglien bumped him, Eager and Burish gave him a snow shower.
“O’Brien disgusted by Hawks’ crashers,” read a headline in the Vancouver Province.
Bruins with only 19 shots compared to 35 for the Flyers, win 4-1 to go up 3-0 in the series.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via the Vancouver Province,
A solemn vow that everything, and everyone, would be scrutinized in minute detail. Right down to body-cavity searches, if need be.
Well, the boardroom meetings are long concluded. The exhibits, for both defence and prosecution, admitted into evidence. Closing arguments presented to ownership.
And. . . . So far, silence.
No news is good news. Or bad, depending on whether you believe this is an aging, capped-out, draft-depleted, prospect-challenged franchise clearly at a crossroads.
Days, weeks, have passed since the bizarre, Rod Serling-ish media conference co-chaired by King and general manager Darryl Sutter, designed to placate a populace on the verge of revolt.
It would be an exaggeration to say the Wings and Pens were eyeballing each other from a distance. The sense that they were the NHL’s most desirable matchup in the Cup final might have been the case the past two years, but not this season.
They aren’t really even rivals. But Detroit has set a standard for excellence, and the Penguins have gradually pulled themselves up over the past few years to not only equal the Wings, but surpass them.
There’s great respect between the two organizations. From a Pittsburgh point-of-view, there’s admiration for the fact that not only have the Wings won it all four times in the past 12 years, which may constitute a hockey dynasty these days, but also that in the years when they didn’t succeed and lost in the first or second round, it didn’t produce organizational upheaval or an alteration in philosophy.
That ability to stay the course has sustained the Wings’ excellence, and the Pens want to be consistent in the same way.
-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star. More on this topic at The Spin.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of Michigan) was today named captain of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team that will play in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany….
In addition, four alternate captains were named, including Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of North Dakota), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y./Calgary Flames/Univ. of Michigan) and Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota).
more at USA Hockey…
It’s been a long time since the Leafs last won the Cup.
Sharks-Bruins is at least on the radar screen now as a possible Stanley Cup final, given Boston’s lead in its series against the Philadelphia Flyers and wouldn’t that be a dramatic conclusion - Thornton, the ex-Bruin, trying to prove that Thomas Wolfe was wrong. Maybe you can go home again after all.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on Joe Thornton and the Sharks.
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