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Will Pittsburgh make the series 3-0?
Can St. Louis find a way to beat Luongo?
With a victory, the Devils can re-gain home ice advantage. Will they?
Will panic set in if San Jose loses to the Ducks?
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
You think you’re frustrated with the Buffalo Sabres? Rene Robert feels your pain and then some. The only difference between you and him these days is, well, the former right winger played on one of the famed lines in NHL history and his No. 14 hangs from the rafters at HSBC Arena.
Well, it’s up there for now, anyway.
To say he’s frustrated is an understatement. Robert has grown increasingly angry and disgusted from watching his former team, your favorite team, miss the playoffs in two straight seasons after building a contender. He also wanted fans to know they weren’t alone.
“If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t say a word,” he said. “I’ve been frustrated for I don’t know how many years. I want nothing other than to see this team to succeed and do well.”
from GZ Expat of Nucks Misconduct,
I love the expat life. I love the job…I love the cultural experiences we endure and learn from. I love the food…the weather. I don’t love the crowds, nor the pollution. Every now and then you are surprised with the life that it brings you, like coming home and finding the neighborhood kids (Dutch, Danish, French, Filipino, American, Australian) in front of the house playing a hearty game of road hockey.
But there are challenges, and trying to follow my favorite team from 5,000 miles away has been an ongoing challenge for me the past 5 years. Here is a list of some of the challenges and triumphs that I find and use to get my addiction of Canuck hockey fed…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
He’s a nice guy, fun to be around. Sweet hands. Big body. Good teammate. Doesn’t ever play the “I’m a star” card.
But when the light goes on for the playoffs, it’s like he gets stage fright. Does he have it in him to be a lead dog in the playoff race, like Vincent Lecavalier, another highly talented centre, was with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004? Or the mild-mannered but zealously competitive Joe Sakic for all those years in Colorado?
Admittedly, it took Steve Yzerman 14 years before he carried his first Stanley Cup in Detroit and legitimized his career. Super Mario Lemieux didn’t win until he was seven years along the NHL trail in Pittsburgh. But this is Thornton’s 11th NHL season. His legacy continues to be that of a wonderful player in the regular season, a guaranteed top-10 point-producer.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn’t depressed.
He feels…well . . . fortunate. Blessed even.
“Our mindset is—we better thank our lucky stars that we’re good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh,” Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell 3-2—again—to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League’s first-round series. “We’re not a team that’s going to get buried. We’ve made it hard on ourselves. We would have liked for that not to have happened . . . but thank goodness this group is confident enough to beat anybody.
“We’ve got five games left—we have to get four wins.”
Milan Lucic with a crosscheck to the head of Maxim Lapierre.
added 10:36am, According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Lucic has a hearing with the NHL today.
from Anthony J. SanFilippo at CSNPhilly,
As Danny Briere said Saturday, “We can’t win four games tomorrow.”
Nor three, nor two, nor … well … depends on your perspective.
See, the Flyers, as they have been all season, are very difficult to read right now. They can be the team that is energized by a fantastic effort that fell short, and use it to fuel them even more in front of the home crowd in Game 3.
Or, they can just as easily have their confidence completely decimated because they left their guts on the Mellon Arena ice, weren’t rewarded, and will now be a shell of themselves and go meekly into the April air.
They’re saying all the right things.
“We’re healthy, we’re in the series here, just inches from winning the game [Friday],” said Mike Knuble. “We’re right there, it’s just a question of getting a bounce or two. We still feel we have room to grow.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A day after the Blues’ 3-0 loss to Vancouver, television highlights continued to focus on the postgame tirade of head coach Andy Murray on the team’s bench.
Murray was incensed because after Vancouver scored its empty-net goal, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put his physical fourth line of Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Johnson and Rick Rypien on the ice….
“I didn’t particularly like the line that (Vigneault) sent out,” Murray said. “I could have sent out Brad Winchester and B.J. Crombeen. We were alerted by the league that there’s no messages to be sent at the end of the game.”
Murray was witnessed screaming at Vigneault from the Blues’ bench, telling the Canucks’ coach to “Use your head ... Use your head.”
“I didn’t get it at the time and I still don’t get it today,” Vigneault said Saturday. “All I know is (later in the game) I was looking at Crombeen jumping Kevin (Bieksa) from the back, obviously an instigator, and then all of a sudden something on the side got my attention.”
a bit more on the Blues, including Paul Kariya will take the morning skate but will not play tonight…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
When the regular season ended Sunday, some 350 NHL players completed the final year of their contract, an average of just under 12 free-agents-to-be per team.
What does this portend for the days leading up to and including the June draft, as well as the start of free agency July 1?
Three general managers (two off the record) provided mixed opinions. Locally, Boston boss Peter Chiarelli noted that there was a lot of talk about trades prior to last June’s draft, but talk did not turn into much action.
many more NHL topics discussed…
Trouble is, Bob (Gainey), in Montreal, Carey Price has already been anointed the future of goaltending. Even if the glass slipper doesn’t fit, you’re going to force it onto his foot.
-Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice XM204. Read much more from Mick.
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