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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Miikka Kiprusoff has to make a difference.
He needs to be the difference.
Incapable of shutting down the Chicago Blackhawks offence in the regular season, the Calgary Flames defence has an even bigger hole that could be exposed with Robyn Regehr out of the lineup a couple more weeks.
Even Regehr had trouble containing some of the speedy Hawks forwards as the Flames dropped all four games to the up-and-coming Original Six squad that has given new life to the Windy City this winter.
That means Kiprusoff can expect to be tested.
Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Daniel Carcillo has a hearing with the NHL scheduled for 3pm et/Noon pt this afternoon.
The incident under review took place during the Flyers playoff series opener with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Penguins won the contest 4-1.
While there is no penalty noted on the game sheet, it is believed the incident under review involved Penguins’ Maime Talbot.
update 6:42pm, Carcillo gets a one game suspension.
from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,
How the precocious Hawks respond to the expected bullying will punctuate a season that has rekindled Chicago’s passion for its Original Six franchise.
‘‘We don’t know any different,’’ second-year winger Adam Burish said with a grin. ‘‘We don’t know what we’re supposed to do, how we are supposed to feel or how we’re supposed to act. We act like we think we should and have fun with it.’‘
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Curiously, during a 2-1 win in Game 1 of their playoff series against St. Louis, the Canucks did not announce a sell out as per usual. The GM Place atmosphere Wednesday was excellent, but some sections of the lower bowl may not have been too flattering on television (when the white towels weren’t waving).
Generally, the Canucks make a big deal of their consecutive sell-out streak, 257 and counting.
A team spokesman said that the video scoreboard flashed 18,630. He said loud crowd noise pre-empted a formal announcement. Another source said the Canucks did not want to announce attendance because the empty seats were so obvious.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Can’t happen again. Can’t.
Tonight, for the fifth straight spring of playoff hockey, the teal tribe of hope will gather. The men. The women. The children. The drunk. The sober. And the desperate.
Desperate not to be disappointed, that is.
Can’t happen again. Can’t. The tribe members will be wearing Shark jerseys. They will parade down Santa Clara Street toward HP Pavilion. They will go inside. They will yell their throats into raw tissue. They will want to believe that the Sharks can’t possibly follow up another outstanding regular season with an early exit from the Stanley Cup tournament that decides the NHL champion.
from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
But I had this theory. Every man is deeper than his sound bite. If Datsyuk ever sat down, relaxed, away from the rink, and spoke in Russian, I figured, he’d be a whole different story.
This week, I finally got to witness that, with the help of a Russian-speaking business associate of Datsyuk’s named Dan Milstein. The three of us met at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield. Milstein translated. Sitting at a table, sipping a glass of water, Datsyuk shifted easily between his native tongue and his improved English.
And after a few hours, I knew more about this guy than I’d learned in eight years.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
After Game 1 of the Canucks-Blues Western Conference quarterfinal, there shouldn’t be any confusion over what constitutes a penalty in this series.
That’s because, apparently, everything constitutes a penalty. Lay a stick on a Blues defenceman, Henrik Sedin, off you go. Use your arm to ward off a Canucks forward, Jay McKee, and you sit in the box and feel shame. Mill around a scrum too long and you’re liable to be sent off for public loitering. And none of your lip, young man, or you get 10.
At least that’s what it felt like on Wednesday night. That’s also the way it looked as the refereeing tandem of Chris Lee and Dan O’Halloran handed out minors like they were Reese’s Pieces on Halloween night. In the first two periods of a competitive but not particularly violent postseason game there were 11 power plays between the two teams: seven for the Blues, four for the Canucks.
Now, we can argue if that’s an appropriate total for a Stanley Cup playoff game. And there was plenty of arguing Wednesday night. But it’s also pointless because these are the terms of engagement in the new NHL.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Bruce Boudreau might disagree, and he gets to make the choice. But after watching Jose Theodore be awfully hard to hit Wednesday night in Washington’s series opening loss to the New York Rangers, you’ve got to believe the man they call Gabby is at the very least considering giving rookie Simeon Varlamov the start for Game 2 on Saturday….
Let’s say Boudreau sticks with Theodore, who now has four wins in his last 15 playoff starts, for Game 2, and the veteran netminder plays poorly and the Caps lose.
Then, you have to stick with Theodore probably because it would be difficult to put Varlamov in for a do-or-die Game 3 in Madison Square Garden.
But if you go with Varlamov for Game 2, he might steal one and even the series, or if he loses, you can go back to the more seasoned Theodore for Game 3.
added 9:40am, from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Boudreau has two days to mull his decision before Game 2 on Saturday.
It’s not one he plans to rush into, but he was certainly down on Theodore’s performance after tonight’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Theodore faced only 21 shots, and probably could have stopped any of the Rangers’ four goals.
“He’s right,” Boudreau said when he was told that Theodore accepted the blame for the loss. “You need the save and he didn’t make the save. But I’m sure he’s going to bounce back. He’s a professional. He’s played this game long enough, I’m sure he feels bad enough.”
from Jamie Baker of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,
Bob Errey was captain of the San Jose Sharks as the team prepared for the 94 playoffs. A couple of nights before the playoff series with the #1 seeded Red Wings began, Bob was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep. Bob had won a Stanley Cup while in Pittsburgh and was thinking about what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. After awhile he decided to jot down what he was thinking which he shared with the coaches and all the players….
1. It takes 16 WINS to win the Stanley Cup
2. 4 Wins per series
3. Never dwell on the past (good, bad, win, lose)
4. Never take anything for granted
5. One shift is as important as 20
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