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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
No champagne was uncorked.
No high fives. No celebrations.
The Calgary Flames clinched a playoff spot with last night’s 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars, but to say the jubilation was subdued would be an understatement….
Considering how much disappointment has surrounded the team lately thanks to the blown double-digit lead on the Vancouver Canucks in the standings and a horrible March performance, you’d think they would enjoy having something to celebrate.
“Oh, we’re pleased about it,” said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. “Going into the game, it wasn’t our focus. Our focus was to continue to get better.
“We have bigger goals ahead of us. With five games remaining, it’s still within our grasp—we’ll continue to work at it—the division title, and we’ll see how it all unfolds.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There is essentially no remaining margin for error. The eighth-place Rangers have frittered it away. Every team within proximity is streaking and the Blueshirts are faltering.
The finish could be ugly for the Blueshirts, who have four games remaining following last night’s 4-2 defeat here to the surging Hurricanes and just a two-point lead on the Panthers, who will make up their game in hand tonight at home against the Thrashers.
The Hurricanes are 10-1-2 in their last 13. The Penguins are 13-1-2 in their last 16. The Canadiens, who leapfrogged the Blueshirts by defeating the Islanders, are 4-0-1 in their last five. The Panthers have won three in a row. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 2-3-1 in their last six.
continued and watch Tortorella’s post game press conference below…
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
I was getting ready to go into the Wizards locker room when I was told Alex Ovechkin would meet LeBron James in the other direction, and so I switched directions too. Because the Wizards will win more games and have more feel-good moments, but it’s a pretty rare thing to watch two of the greatest athletes in the world meet for the first time.
added 12:21pm, Watch video of the meeting below…
Johan Franzen with a great goal tonight against the Blues.
from Roger Knox of the Vernon Morning Star,
Playing hockey was his job, and he took his skills east to play with the New York Rangers’ farm team, the New York Rovers, of the Eastern Hockey League in 1946-47. He played in 47 games, scoring 19 goals and 37 points.
The following year, (Larry) Kwong would make hockey history, becoming the first Asian-Canadian to play in the NHL, when the Rangers suited him up for a game in Montreal against Rocket Richard and the Canadiens at the old Forum.
Kwong, a left winger, waited for two periods before Rangers coach Frank Boucher finally tapped him on the shoulder in the third period.
On March 13, 1948, Kwong hopped over the Forum boards, along with the Rangers’ top two scorers, Buddy O’Connor and Edgar Laprade, and into the record books.
His shift lasted one minute. He didn’t score and it was back to the bench, never again to play in the NHL.
Chris reflects on his career, mentions some of the great players he has played with and will remember the respect other players have given him.
The NESN Instigators, Mike Milbury, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley were asked this question.
Which NHL team is the best feel good team of the season?
My feel good story as a Bruins fan and as a member of Bruins Nation is Montreal because they have really screwed it up. In their 100th anniversary of their franchise, what could go wrong? Their celebrations were all wonderful and dandy but their goaltender of the future, the new Ken Dryden is confused — there are all sorts of issues as to what he does with his free time, along with the rest of the young guys who are on whatever internet spaces they can find themselves on.
from Bill Clement of NBC Sports,
The Wild missing out on the postseason would likely lead Lemaire to strongly consider moving on. He’s the only coach in Minnesota franchise history, but it may be time for a change.
If he does leave the Wild, what’s next for him? Well, it may be a return to Montreal, where he starred as a player, and also coached the Canadiens for two seasons in the mid 1980s. He followed that by moving to the Montreal front office for seven seasons, during which the Canadiens won two Stanley Cups (1986 and 1993).
The Sportsnet experts, Mike Brophy, Mark Spector and Jim Kelley hand out some NHL hardware.
Mike Green is the unanimous choice for the Norrris and read on for the rest.
NEW YORK (April 2, 2009)—St. Louis center T.J. Oshie, who helped spark the Blues’ playoff surge by recording 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a +6 rating in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Oshie edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (8-7—15 in 15 games), Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (5-9—14 in 13 games), New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (5-8—13 in 13 games), Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott (9-3-0, 2.57 goals-against average), Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason (8-4-2, 2.46 GAA) and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (7-2-3, 2.53 GAA) for the award.
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