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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a media availability before Game 2 of the Canucks-Blackhawks series Monday night, although there was no formal announcement on his part. It was a just a chance for local media to have a crack at him, just like it was two weeks ago in Los Angeles.
Three items that caught our attention:
The officials: Bettman was also asked about the officiating in the playoffs—a sensitive topic judging from ESPN.com message boards—and whether the games are being called differently in the postseason.
“It’s not the case,” Bettman said. “They haven’t been given a different set of instructions. The game is played a little differently, and the officials have to react to that. And there are adjustments that go on in the course of a series that you don’t see over the course of the regular season, two teams will play and play different teams the next night.
“The games now are probably a little more intense. ... But no, they’re told to call it just the way they did [in the regular season]....
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The Hawks did find out what happens when Luongo gets knocked down.
He gets up. And then he makes saves.
He did it so often and so consistently in Monday’s second period, it was like he was a machine, one that couldn’t be broken or discouraged.
The Hawks air bombed his crease with slashes, elbows, and pucks. They ran him. They bumped him. They landed on him. They pelted him. Ben Eager and Adam Burish made good on a pre-game gave promise a give him an ice shower. Through it all, Luongo was unflappable, and unbreakable, looking nothing like the fragile goalie who struggled his way through the final two months of the regular season.
Luongo never lost his composure or his focus until the very end. He made glorious saves.
Last time I have been bit was in grade school. It is not a good feeling it is pretty cowardly.
-Dan Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers who claims Marc Savard of the Bruins bit him tonight during a scrum. More from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.
Watch Carcillo post-game as he talks about the incident.
added 12:35am 5/3/10, from James Murphy of NESN,
Savard gave his version of what may as well be known as BiteGate for the remainder of this series.
“He pummeled my face, pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tries to pull your teeth out like [he did],” Savard claimed. “I don’t know. I don’t see how that is biting. Yeah, I mean, he embellishes stuff. Obviously, under the pile, you try to pull out my front teeth, so if that’s a bite then I don’t know what to say.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If you’re a Canadian and love the sport of hockey, you’ve got to be feeling spoiled these days.
Or this year.
The calendar began with a special world junior championship tournament in frigid Saskatoon — Canada lost to the United States in a terrific gold medal final — and continued with the Canadian double hockey gold in balmy Vancouver at the spectacular Winter Olympics….
The Canadiens, back from the dead after falling behind 3-1 to Washington, are home and alive in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and springtime hockey in Montreal is something special. Always been that way, and while the Bell Centre crowd has developed the unfortunate habit of ridiculously screaming for penalties constantly, it will be deafening Tuesday night.
Olympic golden goal scorer Sidney Crosby will be in town with the defending champion Penguins and the series tied 1-1. Every time it seems like the Habs are on the ropes, they bounce back into the fray.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski’s nifty scoring touch has helped him score nine goals in eight playoff games this season and yet his college coach doesn’t believe his hands are Pavelski’s greatest asset.
“It’s the ability he has between his ears,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. “He’s not the biggest, not the strongest, but he has the ability to think and anticipate, and know what he’s going to do before he gets to his puck.”
Now in his fourth NHL season, Pavelski has been the talk of the playoffs because of his Sidney Crosby-like offensive pace.
added 11:47pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Accordingly, Tuesday’s third game is shaping up as the Battle Of the Sharks’ Joes (Big and Little) at the Joe – Detroit’s venerable Joe Louis Arena – and may the best Joe(s) win.
Thus far in the playoffs, Pavelski has been something of a revelation for the Sharks, who are on a five-game postseason win streak. In the opening round, Pavelski scored the last-minute tying goal in Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche, the overtime winner in Game 4 and the series clincher in Game 6.
frolm Michael Hurley of NESN,
When exactly will Sid the Kid start acting like Sid the Man?
We thought that maybe, when he lifted the Cup over his head last June in Detroit, the time had come. Yet it turned out that the wispy whiskers he was sporting on his face were as much a sign of his immaturity as it was his complete inability to grow a beard.
So when Sidney Crosby slammed his stick against the post of the Montreal net on Sunday, displaying the emotional control of a 5-year-old getting sent to timeout, it wasn’t exactly surprising. It is, however, getting old.
thanks to a Sean Leahy tweet for the pointer
Watch the best goals and saves (below) from the past week of the NHL Playoffs.
On exit day last week, Green did not speak with the media, but today, a different story.
friom Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
“At some point, we’re going to have to win a game here and (tonight) sounds like a good opportunity,” Laviolette said.
To do that, the Flyers believe they need to have more jump at the start of the game and apply more pressure on the Bruins’ defensemen on the forecheck.
Despite six high-tempo practices last week, the Flyers came out flat-footed against the Bruins on Saturday and were outshot 15-8 and outscored 2-0 in the first period.
“They caught us off guard,’ Flyers right wing Claude Giroux said.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Byfuglien and the Blackhawks acknowledge that they need to disrupt an on-his-game Luongo more in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-final on Monday, but the way that NHL officials are calling goaltender interference in the playoffs makes that more difficult.
“I think it’s a little stupid that they’re calling it so strict now that it’s playoffs,” Byfuglien said. “Even in other series, I know they’ve called a few guys for just standing there.”
Byfuglien, who weighs nearly 250 lbs., said he has been called for interference because he is simply a big body, but added that, in totality, the officials have been fair with him. But whether the Blackhawks power forward, who might move to defence, has occasion to pitch a tent in Luongo’s crease is a matter of some doubt heading into Game 2.
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