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Four minutes of the best saves, hits and goals from the NHL playoffs during the last week.
Q. An update on Lidstrom and Datsyuk?
MIKE BABCOCK: They didn’t practice. Both guys are feeling better. We’ll see what goes on in the skate tomorrow, see if they’re available for that skate.
Q. Given the fact that your team played as well as they did without them, any chance that you would give them…
MIKE BABCOCK: None. If they’re ready, they’re playing.
RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a multi-year contract.
“Jay played his best season in the NHL this past year on both ends of the ice and is one of the best defensive forwards in the league,” said Davidson. “He will continue to provide strength and experience on the penalty kill as we move forward.”
McClement, 26, led all forwards in the NHL with 315:08 of shorthanded time this past season. He was one of four Blues to play in all 82 games, a career-high and posted career-highs in points (26), goals (12) and assists (14). McClement recorded a career-high three-game goal scoring streak from Feb. 24-Feb. 28, scoring three goals over-the-span.
The Kingston, Ontario native has skated in 311 career NHL games, all with St. Louis, collecting 111 points (35 goals, 76 assists) along with 140 penalty minutes.
The Edmonton Oilers are holding a 2:00pm ET press conference and will be streaming it live if you want to watch.
added 12:45pm, NHL Live reporting we could see a Pat Quinn as coach and Tom Renney as asst. coach scenario.
added 12:55pm, TSN confirms the above scenario.
added 2:16pm, from the Edmonton Oilers,
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have hired Pat Quinn as the club’s new Head Coach. In addition to Quinn, Tambellini also announced Tom Renney has been named Associate Coach and current Oilers Assistant Coach, Kelly Buchberger, will also be on the coaching staff.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.
Carolina has been outscored 16-8 through three games and outshot 113-87. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have eight goals and 14 points between them, while the entire Carolina roster has eight goals and 22 points. And that’s been the problem; Carolina has been unable to contain Crosby and Malkin, especially the latter who has nine points in the three games.
from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,
If the Wings win this series, Kronwall deserves an award. The entire Hawks team felt his Game 3 hit on Martin Havlat and carried the pain into Game 4. You have to admire how the Hawks stand up for one another. But in this case, nothing good came of it. The players were emotional wrecks on Sunday, and Quenneville couldn’t do anything to get their heads back in the game. Maybe the coach was suffering from a Kronwall hangover, as well?
Quenneville isn’t buying that theory. He thinks the Hawks’ discipline ‘‘eroded as the game eroded,’’ and that ‘‘was more reflective of the score’’ than of a desire for revenge. Could be. But I’m not so sure. Cam Barker was asked about the Kronwall hangover on Monday, and sounded conflicted.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The difference in games played for Bob Probert between the Detroit Red Wings (474) and the Chicago Blackhawks (461) is negligible, but there’s no question he cemented his reputation as the most feared fighter in the NHL while wearing the Winged Wheel.
Which is why his public support of the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals—dropping the ceremonial first puck, telling Jonathan Toews(notes) “good luck, kick their asses”—isn’t exactly endearing him to the Red Wings faithful:
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
Revenge in the playoffs is for suckers. Get your payback in the last five minutes of a blowout next season. The Wings know this. The Hawks players don’t, Their coach ought to.
Quenneville didn’t want to revisit his tantrum on Monday. Good. Fine. But it might be too late because blaming the officials for blowing the biggest game of the year gave his players an excuse for their inexcusable play, which is inexcusable fro a coach.
But by not commenting on his pricey comments, perhaps Quenneville’s getting back to the right strategy: shut up and play.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
How impressive has the Penguins’ offense been this series? While they’ve only played three games this round, they have scored an average of 5.33 goals per game against the Hurricanes. That average is more than a half a goal better than their previous best mark for a single series.
continue on for a chart listing offensive output in a series…
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