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Rest up boys, next game is Tuesday at 10:30pm EDT.
Long plane ride for both teams and many tired bodies on both sides right now.
added 8:04pm, via Curtis Zapke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks were called for just two penalties in regulation, their fewest in the postseason. They took one penalty in the first overtime but killed it.
The Ducks continued to lose the puck possession game. They were beaten, 56-38, on faceoffs and have been beaten, 92-43, in the first two games. Andrew Ebbett lost all eight of his faceoffs.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Ducks improved to 5-0 against Detroit in postseason overtime games. They beat the Red Wings twice (on goals by Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne) in the 2007 Western Conference finals and twice in the 2003 quarterfinals (Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin).
Watch Marchant’s game winning OT goal below…
Video Review: Anaheim at Detroit - 14:00 of the first period
05.03.2009 / 02:38 PM ET
Video Review -Anaheim at Detroit, 14:00 of 1st period - Hockey Operations used video review to determine if Detroit player Stuart used a distinct kicking motion (the fact that the puck bounced off Anaheim defenseman Wisniewski before going in the net is not a factor - Rule 49.2 states “A kicked puck that deflects off the body of any player of either team shall be ruled no goal”). The decision of Hockey Ops was that Stuart did not use a distinct kicking motion - Good goal.
from Jim Matheson of he Edmonton Journal,
Would you trade Ales Hemsky?
I know, I know. His Edmonton Oilers contract is user-friendly in today’s salary cap world. His cap hit for the next three seasons is a very agreeable $4.1 million, less than Dustin Penner’s number, although Hemsky’s salaries are $4.4 million, $4.5 million and $5 million during the last season in 2011-12. On the other hand, his contract is also attractive to other teams that might want to trade for him.
If the Oilers could get two front-line players for him, at least one a bigger, stronger body like winger Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and retrieve hard-nosed defenceman Matt Greene, too, would they consider it?
Is it that far-fetched? I don’t think so.
ESPN during their Sports Center show this morning did a feature on Vladimir Konstantinov. The video below is not as in-depth as the one that appeared on the show this morning but still gives us a look at Vladdy today.
update 1:05pm, added the full video of the feature below…
Will Anaheim and/or Carolina be able to steal home ice advantage today?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned.
It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then the seven-game series against the Caps progressed, notified GM Glen Sather of his decision at his exit interview on Thursday, though The Post has not been able to confirm that.
from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press via the Royal Oak Tribune,
There seems to be much pent-up resentment toward the Red Wings in North America because they feature so many European players, and that there is a lot of rooting going on for the Ducks as a result.
That appears to be particularly true in Canada, where the commenting on “Hockey Night in Canada” has clearly leaned away from giving European players their due. It’s been going on for decades, but has gotten worse recently with the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup triumph last spring. It will surely only grow now that all three finalists for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP are Russians — including the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk….
Also Friday night, Jonathan Ericsson, a Red Wings’ defenseman from Sweden, dropped Anaheim’s Corey Perry, a forward from Canada, to the ice with a series of overhand rights.
Ericsson wasn’t wearing a face shield like Perry. Can you imagine the outrage if it were the other way around? Yet, you didn’t hear anything about the chippy North American player hiding behind his face shield, did you?
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
The first order of business for the Flyers is getting a goaltender under contract. With starter Marty Biron and backup Antero Niittymaki scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, the Flyers currently have no goalies with NHL experience in the organization.
Biron wants a long-term deal and the Flyers do not, and that could open the door to a free-agent goalie such as Craig Anderson, Scott Clemmensen, Manny Fernandez or Nikolai Khabibulin signing with the Flyers on July 1. There is also talk the Flyers are interested in Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Flyers will spend the month of May trying to re-sign Biron, but if they are unable to come to terms they will break ties and look into making a deal at the NHL draft or on July 1.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Ron Wilson took the blame for all the San Jose playoff collapses of the past. So who gets blamed now? And Wilson didn’t have Dan Boyle and Rob Blake on his defence.
• Nobody mentions Randy Carlyle among the better coaches in hockey, but they should. He might be the best bench coach in the game.
• The starting Olympic goaltenders should be: Roberto Luongo, Canada; Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden; Evgeni Nabokov, Russia; Niklas Backstrom or Miikka Kiprusoff, Finland; Tim Thomas, Ryan Miller or Rick DiPietro, USA, Tomas Vokoun, Czech Republic: Can’t wait for Vancouver.
• I worry about Jaromir Jagr. He says if he doesn’t play in Russia next season, he wants to play in Edmonton. I think he is badly in need of a travel agent or a therapist.
more hockey notes plus a look at Kyle Wellwood…
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