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Q. Can you comment on Gary Roberts on Franzen, please?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I haven’t seen it. I heard he didn’t have the puck, and I heard he tried to sock him in the head. I didn’t see it, so it’s hard for me to comment.
Q. You had a conversation with Malkin about him being the leader in this game. How do you explain him having zero shots in this game?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: It’s really tough to generate offense against that team. They’re good on obstruction. It’s going to be tough to generate any type of offense, if the rules remain the same. So it’s the first time we’re facing a team that the obstruction is there, and we’re having a hard time skating to take away ice.
We took two penalties tonight on the goalie. We never take penalty to the goalie in the playoff. I’ll tell you something, I reviewed those plays. He’s a good actor. He goes to players, and he’s diving. Took away our power play. Got to get focused. I know our players are frustrated right now. It’s tough to play the game. But Osgood did the same thing against Dallas under Ribeiro.
Our team never go to goalie. We never did it. And we don’t target the goalie. But this is, want to talk about experience, he goes to players, and he knows what to do, I guess.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail hockey blog,
A more intriguing story is what will happen next in the organization if and when the Oren Koules group completes its purchase of the team from Palace Sports & Entertainment. The assumption is that Koules will then ask Feaster to replace his current coach, John Tortorella, with Barry Melrose, the ESPN analyst and coach of the Wayne Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings team that went to the 1993 Stanley Cup final. Koules is from Chicago; he played junior hockey in the Western League, for a time in Great Falls and then in Medicine Hat. That’s the connection to Melrose - that and the fact that because of his ESPN platform, Melrose may be one of the most recognizable faces in hockey south of the 49th parallel, even if he hasn’t coached in more than a decade and the game has changed in so many dramatic ways since he last worked behind an NHL bench.
If Tampa shows signs of being a gong show, how will Vincent Lecavalier respond to ongoing attempts to sign him to a what could amount to a lifetime contract extension? He might just ask that negotiations be put off until everything settles out between the old and new ownership groups and he can see how the front-office shapes up.
From the LA Times,
The Penguins got a rude awakening at their Detroit-area hotel when a fire alarm went off about 1:30 a.m. Monday.
“It was kind of annoying,” forward Tyler Kennedy said. “I just stayed in bed. Worse comes to worse, I’d just jump out the window.”
Kennedy said hotel employees confirmed that it was a false alarm.
“They came out and said it was just someone fooling around,” he said. “Probably was a Red Wings fan.”
Also a note that Ryan Malone is currently sporting a broken nose, courtesy of Kronwall in Game #1
*hat-tip to Rotowire
From The Pittsburgh Channel.com,
While Pittsburgh’s hockey Penguins chase the Stanley Cup in Detroit, a young counterpart is waiting for them to bring it home so he can swim in it.
Sidney the penguin, named after team captain Sidney Crosby, hatched at the National Aviary on the city’s North Side in February.
“He can eat up to a pound of fish a day by himself,” said Erin Estell, manager of animal programs at the aviary. “He only weighs about five pounds. In the wild, that is a fifth of their body weight that they are eating.” That’s like a person eating 80 double cheeseburgers a day.
Update 6:37pm ET: For more on Sid the Kid Meets Wild Kingdom, Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse posted on what amounted to Sidney, The Diarist Turtle a few days ago.
Paul finds some Pittsburgh Penguins fans in Detroit this afternoon ready to share their thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals.
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From Neil Stevens at the Canadian Press,
Doug Cook, Dick Power and Mario Pouliot are names that won’t ring a bell with most Canadian hockey fans but players skating in the NHL’s championship series owe them a debt of gratitude.
There are dozens more just like them, too. They are the coaches who taught and encouraged the boys that would become the men competing for the Stanley Cup this spring.
Darren Helm, at 21 the youngest player to skate for the Detroit Red Wings in these playoffs, quickly mentions Cook when asked to name a minor-league coach from whom he benefited. Helm was eight when he was first coached by Cook in St. Andrew’s, Man.
“The encouragement he gave me - that’s what I remember most,” says the soft-spoken Helm. “He made playing hockey fun, and he always believed I could go far.”
From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
GM Paul Holmgren would like to re-sign restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger and Randy Jones, but with over $47 million already committed to next year’s payroll, Holmgren probably won’t have enough cap space to retain the three even though the upper limit is expected to rise to around $56 million next season.
Holmgren also has to consider whether to retain any of his unrestricted free agents. Vaclav Prospal, Jason Smith, Jaroslav Modry and Jim Dowd fall into that category and if speculation in the Philadelphia media is anything to go by, Holmgren will cut those players loose and focus on re-signing his younger talent.
But not retaining his impending UFAs won’t solve Holmgren’s cap problem; he’s going to have to consider other options.
more… plus a look at the Dallas Stars
The transcript of Coach Michel Therrien’s remarks today.
Q. What’s your power play need to do to change its luck tonight?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: You have to look at the big picture about our power play. And I thought we got some quality shots last game. We didn’t get the bounce we were looking for. We got some traffic.
Our power play, we’re second in the playoffs. The only teams that is ahead of us is Calgary. They played one round. So there is no sense to panic with our power play. Special teams are crucial, we all know, and could make a big difference in games.
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