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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,
Most of you can recall goals for the ages scored during the regular season and the playoffs. Goals from Alex Ovechkin. Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. No surprises there.
However, my choice for the best industry dedicated to winning I’ve seen this year, goes to a Detroit rookie named Darren Helm, who has yet to score a goal in the regular season. No goal in 16 games last season. None in seven regular- season games this season.
It happened in the Detroit-Chicago series. Helm was on the ice killing a penalty. For 20 seconds, he was behind the Blackhawks net flitting back and forth like a firefly, through and around Chicago players while they desperately tried to separate him from the puck. It was only when Helm, 22, somehow managed to shake off his pursuers, skated to the side of the net and almost scored, that play went the other way.
Visitors to this resort who aren’t hockey fans will see this sharp-dressed man walking the grounds and have no clue that he won two Stanley Cups….
His involvement with the resort coincides with his passion for golf. “Golf is just a good game,” he said….
While he is busy with the resort and being with his family, which includes four children, he’s still involved in hockey. He helps coach his children’s teams and is also Tampa Bay’s special assistant to the executive vice president of hockey operations….
They way Osgood has played, we’re not sure how Red Wings executive and Team Canada Olympic boss Steve Yzerman doesn’t hand him an invite to the team’s summer camp in August. If four or five goalies get invites, how does Osgood not get one?
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. More on Osgood vs. Fleury from Pierre…
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
The good news is the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to score in Games 1 and 2. They didn’t score until Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last season.
The bad news is, it doesn’t matter. They still need to win four of the next five games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and frankly, I like my odds of winning Lotto 6/49 than the Penguins odds of pulling that off. I can see the Penguins storming back in Game 3 at home, but beat Detroit in four out of five? Dream on.
From Dmitry Chesnokov at Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy:
Q. Sergei, can you compare tonight’s game with last night’s?
GONCHAR: In my opinion we did not play bad. Look at the statistics in the regular season and the playoffs. What other team managed to outshoot the Red Wings in a game? We did it yesterday and today. We constantly created scoring chances. It is a different matter that we did not convert. But this is Detroit. You also need luck in addition to playing well against them.
What in your opinion is the main reason for the loss? Just no luck? Or you couldn’t cope with the system Detroit was playing?
Not really, you can play against their system and win. The most important is to finish your chances with goals. It’s not enough just to create opportunities. But I will repeat myself, today they had a little bit more luck than us.
more from Sergei Gonchar plus a couple questions for Evgeni Malkin
From today’s press conference with Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock. Transcript provided courtesy of the NHL.
Q. These teams each have a Hart Trophy finalist, and obviously yours has not been able to play. Two parts, the first part, is it right to rescind the automatic suspension on Malkin? And the second part, are we overlooking the fact that you guys have won two games without your Hart Trophy finalist?
COACH BABCOCK: You have to decide that part. Obviously we’re a much better team to have him playing because he has the puck so much. In my opinion, he’s one of the most dominant players in the game.
From today’s press conference with Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma. Transcript provided courtesy of the NHL.
Q. Can you give your impression of where Malkin and Crosby are at in terms of potential level of frustration? We saw some at the end of both games maybe from both of them. Where do you think they’re at? And do you say anything to them going into tomorrow night?
COACH BYLSMA: You worry as a coach about frustration, and frustration is when you can’t let go of previous events.
If you were asked to name the face of the Detroit Red Wings, who would it be?
Odds are you would think of a player like Pavel Datsyuk, who led the team with 97 points this season, or Nicklas Lidstrom, the veteran defenceman and four-time Stanley Cup champion who has come to represent the unflappable consistency of the fabled organization. Many hockey fans might name Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa or Johan “Mule” Franzen as the core member of a team that is the closest thing the NHL has to a dynasty.
Yet with the exception of one goal from Franzen in Game 1, it has not been the Wings’ biggest names who are putting pucks in the back of the net in this Stanley Cup final.
from Puck The Media,
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals drew a 3.5/6 overnight rating, 5.3 Million viewers, and a 2.2 in the key demo of Adults 18-49. These are all positive gains from Game 1, which drew a 2.6/5 overnight, 4.5 Million viewers and a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.
added 11:44am, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Martin, 56, just completed his third season as Florida’s general manager. He coached the team for three seasons before being relieved of that duty last summer. Martin was
asked to stay on as general manager by owner Alan Cohen and Martin agreed, signing a four-year contract.
What sort of compensation the Canadiens would give to the Panthers isn’t clear, and it is not known if Martin would personally have to buy out his own contract to leave.
more on Martin
The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference this afternoon at 2pm et when the club will introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach.
note: original post was 8:56am today…
Sportsnet has learned Jacques Martin has been negotiating a potential buy-out with the Florida Panthers and that the Montreal Canadiens are very interested in hiring him as their next head coach.
Sources say Martin has multiple years left on his contract, but is willing to leave some money on the table to take the Canadiens job.
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