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Just announced on NHL Live:
NEW YORK (April 19, 2010)—Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada
Earlier in the game, Carcillo, supposedly one of the toughest guys in the game, pretended to be hit in the face by Mike Mottau’s stick. Replays showed it wasn’t even close, even though Carcillo jerked his head back like he’d been bitten by a mamba. No penalty was called—indeed it was a rare moment the undisciplined Flyers weren’t whistled for an infraction Sunday as they took eight minors through the first two periods—which is perhaps the only reason the hockey gods, if they exist, allowed Carcillo his moment of joy 3:35 into the first overtime period.
Still, it’s the kind of play, especially for a tough guy, that is the hockey equivalent of knocking down an old lady for her purse.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN. More from Scott plus other hockey topics too.
added 12:16pm, On Coach’s Corner last night, Don Cherry addressed the diving going on.
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
Boyz2Avz are a big hit.
The Avalanche’s boy band has grown up right before our eyes — and the Sharks’ teeth — in the playoffs.
These new kids on the blocks are Duchene (three assists), Chris Stewart (three goals), Brandon Yip (one goal, one assist), TJ Galiardi (one assist), Ryan Wilson (one assist), Kyle Cumiskey (one goal), Kevin Porter and O’Reilly. Eleven points in two games in San Jose — and one more on Sunday night.
Before last week, the ice, ice babies had appeared in a combined total of zero National Hockey League postseason games.
Now, those eight boys have been transformed into men. The one-timers are not afraid of the old-timers.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Heaven knows, the Ottawa Senators have tried just about everything imaginable to bring a little inspiration.
One year it was the little Buddha statue Tom Chorske carried around in his shaving kit; another time the toilet that Bruce Gardiner flushed the blade of his stick in before each game.
Last night at Scotiabank Place, it was comedian Rick Mercer coming on the scoreboard to shout: “Let’s hear it for the Ontario team that doesn’t suck.”
All worked, to a degree – but never enough. And this night’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their opening series of the Stanley Cup playoffs would be no different.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Martin Brodeur wanted our town’s spring hockey spotlight on the Devils and Devils alone. He got his wish when the Rangers went down to the Flyers a week ago yesterday.
But if yesterday’s tepid performance in New Jersey’s Game 3, 3-2 overtime defeat to the Flyers is an indication of what the goaltender’s teammates are going to do in that spotlight, you can turn out the lights because the party will soon be over.
“It’s not for me or as much for the team, but our fans get so tired of hearing, ‘Rangers, Rangers, Rangers,’ ” Brodeur, the best player on the ice yesterday, told The Post before the match. “This is for the people who support us and it can be great, but we need to get past the first round for a change.”
The task of advancing for the first time since 2007 became more difficult when Daniel Carcillo scooped up loose change at 3:35 of OT just five seconds after the Devils had killed a penalty but were in a state of confusion regarding their coverage, which, in fact, was not an uncommon occurrence much of the evening.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Each of the first eight games in this year’s playoffs was decided by one goal. The ninth was a one-goal affair until New Jersey scored an empty-netter in the last minute of a game against Philadelphia. Amazingly, every game but one through Saturday was a one-goal affair (excluding empty-netters). Sunday brought two more, a couple of doozies. First, the Flyers beat New Jersey and Martin Brodeur in overtime in Philadelphia on a Dan Carcillo winner. Then No. 8 Colorado beat the top-seeded Western Conference San Jose Sharks 1-0 in overtime in a game that actually ended on Monday on the East Coast.
Want more Close Encounters of the NHL Playoffs Kind? There have already been seven OT games in the first five days. The Sharks and Avs have played two OT games already and avoided overtime in the first game only because Colorado scored with less a minute left in regulation.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Speaking of calls, I can’t wait to hear the Sharks tomorrow, and some of their electronic boosters in the media. Let’s see if they start carping about a suspension for TJ Galiardi, for his boarding hit on Devin Setoguchi. Guaranteed, if a Shark did that, it’s just a good, hard hit and a bad call on the boarding. That’s hockey, as they said after Rob Blake’s blatant punch to the face of Galiardi while leaving his feet in Game 2.
And, I don’t care if I get called a homer or not, but some of the calls were absolutely awful again tonight against the Burgundy and Blue. Ryan Stoa’s roughing call with 12 minutes left in the second period was the worst in my book. He was just involved in a scrum where everybody was grabbing each other, and they call the rookie for “roughing.” Craig Anderson was literally run over at one point (no call), Brandon Yip was completely tripped another time (no call) and Ryane Clowe held at least three Avs’ players’ sticks at times (no calls).
more on the game last night…
Avs/Sharks in OT, Boyle attempts to backhand the puck behind his own net from the corner, instead, he was a bit off target and beat Evgeni Nabokov on the shortside.
Colorado wins 1-0, up 2-1 in the series.
added 12:33pm, Boyle post game, “pretty much the worst thing that can happen to a player.”
added 12:49am, Watch the goal…
“I’m very disappointed in the penalties we took.
“They were lazy penalties. Too many hooks and hold ups. We need to let our legs do the work and keep our sticks on the ice.
“I’m also disappointed there weren’t more infractions the other way.”
-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette after defeating New Jersey in overtime. More on the Flyers from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s too early to say whether the Pittsburgh Penguins have what it takes to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, although the graduation of Sidney Crosby from merely superb player to out-and-out hockey legend suggests that as long as he’s around, wonderful things are going to happen.
But the commodity that the Penguins have in more copious amounts than the other 15 clubs in the NHL post-season parade is, quite clearly, poise.
Sure, they have goaltending and quality skill players and grit and experience, but what they don’t get enough credit for is their collective ability to confront difficult situations and emerge victorious.
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