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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Tortorella—who, by the way was on the other bench in the spring of 2007 for an up-close-and-personal look when New Jersey’s Gomez dominated Tampa Bay in the first round—believes Gomez has both the talent and character to be a part of the Rangers’ core, then the Blueshirts will commit to the center and seek to acquire a north-south sniper to add to his line.
But if not, if Gomez’s play down the stretch and in the series against Washington created large enough doubts in the head coach, then Sather will attempt to move No. 19, which will not be easy to do.
Understand: The contract, which features an annual cap hit of $7,357,143 for another five years and has $33.5M remaining in actual salary, is going to be the trade, if there’s a trade. If there’s an exchange, the value for the Rangers will come in removing the contract from the cap, not in the return coming the other way. The contract will be the trade.
Chicago skates into Vancouver to take game 5 with a 4-2 victory over Vancouver.
That’s makes two road teams with victories on Saturday, will the trend continue on Sunday?
“You can see first shift [of overtime], Stecks miss empty net and I say, ‘Jesus, where is our luck? Puck bouncing, and next shift they get power play and score goal. It’s not about when you score the last five minutes of the game, it’s all about when you play hard, how we want to play and how we can play. I think today we played good, but it’s not good enough, so next game is gonna be different. There was in that situation when they [were losing] 2-0, and they come back and they winning right now. But it’s not over yet. If somebody thinks it’s over, it’s not over.”
-Alexander Ovechkin after tonight’s loss to the Penguins. More post game quotes from Dan Steinberg at D.C Sports Bog.
Nice tribute to Alexander Ovechkin from HNIC tonight.
We’ll turn it over to Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters who was live blogging the Caps/Pens game tonight…
Malkin works the puck up the right wing and gets by Fedorov. Malkin backhands the puck into the crease in a possible passing attempt to Crosby who is coming in on the back door. The puck hits off the upper body of Poti and deflects by Varlamov. Oh what an awful break for Washington. The Penguins mob Malkin along the boards near the penalty boxes. All those classy Capitals fans litter the ice with debris. It counts as a power play goal. Kunitz gets the only assist. End of game. Penguins 4, Capitals 3.
added 10:21pm, Watch the CBC version of the Malkin game winning goal below…
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
It has been a long road to this place. Fedorov was the first Russian player to defect to the National Hockey League, in Seattle on a national team trip in 1990; 19 years, one Hart Trophy, three Stanley Cups and one disputed marriage to Anna Kournikova later, he has now lived in the United States for almost as long as he lived in the former Soviet Union. To other Russians, Fedorov is a significant figure.
“I think he is a legend, you know?” Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar says.
“People forget,” says Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, “how tough it was to leave.”...
“[Russian players] come to this country and obviously, we took some—I want to put it so people understand it nicely—we took some, let’s say, top positions in every team because of our talent, and coaches want us to perform, and it’s never been easy,” Fedorov says.
For all the superstar talent that envelops their dressing room, when it comes playoff time, one Detroit Red Wing stands above the crowd:
Right-winger Johan Franzen.
The man they call “The Mule” turns into a thoroughbred during the post-season, and he’s a big reason why the Wings find themselves deadlocked 2-2 with the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference semifinal series heading into Game 5 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
Franzen scored twice in Detroit’s 6-3 Game 4 victory, adding another chapter to his growing Stanley Cup legacy.
He has four goals with two assists in this series, and is fourth in playoff scoring with 12 points.
Eight of his 23 Stanley Cup goals have been game-winners and he’s scored 19 in his last 24 playoff games.
continued and other notes from this series…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Pittsburgh defenceman Sergei Gonchar suffered an apparent knee injury and will miss the next several weeks, perhaps the remainder of the season….
The National Hockey League has ruled out the notion of supplemental discipline which has prompted reaction from Gonchar’s representative, JP Barry.
‘‘We now have Exhibit A of the extreme double-standard that exists in the NHL’s approach to discipline. Alex clearly cuts back with his knee after missing his check with devastating results. But of course, because it’s Alex, its all Sergei’s fault,’’ Barry told TSN.
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has hardly been under siege in the Chicago Blackhawks NHL playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.
Four games into the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal, he’s faced only 83 shots. That’s good news for both him and the Blackhawks because his save percentage is a dismal .867. Imagine if the Canucks actually tested him 35 times in a game. Even 30….
They understand they’ll have to be vastly improved in the shot department if they intend to prevail in tonight’s pivotal Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.
“Chicago is a pretty good group and they play smart defensively,” Canucks winger Alex Burrows said yesterday. “They always have three guys in the neutral zone and they have good backside pressure. Once we get the puck deep, their defencemen are able to skate it and move it.
“I think we have to have that shooting mentality. That’s how you’re successful in playoffs.”
The Ducks participated in an upbeat practice today and James Wisniewski did participate. Wisniewski has not been cleared to play yet but will be seeing a doctor before game time tomorrow.
Ryan Getzlaf did not skate but participated in off-ice workouts at the arena this morning.
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