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Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings delivers a hit to Martin Havlat that resulted in a five minute interference call and a game misconduct to Kronwall.
added 10:02pm, Empty Netters chimes in…
That said, Kronwall’s a head hunter who has a history of leaving his feet to deliver hits. And he charged Havlat. Versus commentators Ed Olczyk, Brian Engblom and Keith Jones kept saying Kronwall didn’t leave his feet to deliver the hit. They must have depth perception issues because this is what we saw:
Kronwall was up in the air for maybe a split second, but that doesn’t matter. According to Rule 43 of the NHL’s rulebook:
“43.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.”
Reporting live from my hospital bed, waiting to check out.
Sources tell TSN the Calgary Flames have fired head coach Mike Keenan and will announce the move shortly. Details to follow.
added 6:09pm, Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Mike Keenan has been relieved of his coaching duties with the team.
“Our team did not meet expectations,” said Sutter. “Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is a necessary change required to allow our team to continue toward our objective of winning the Stanley Cup.”
“The Calgary Flames organization appreciates and respects Mike for accepting the opportunity to come to Calgary and are thankful for his efforts over the past two years.”
Other members of the Flames coaching staff remain subject to further review and evaluation
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
However the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceedings go this week, the public scrap has become a zero-sum game for the two sides.
The release of private documents has embarrassed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, lifting the cloak of secrecy he and the league use to keep faltering franchises in line. The guerrilla attempt by Jim Balsillie to buy and relocate the Coyotes’ franchise to Southern Ontario has distanced him from even his most sympathetic supporters within the league.
But with no ceasefire in sight, the sides keep firing away. The release last Sunday of unprecedented Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. commercials supporting Balsillie’s makeitseven.ca website has ratcheted up pressure on the league, portraying it as anti-Canadian and self-serving.
Mikael Samuelsson with the OT goal on a 3-1 rush.
added 10:43pm, watch live streaming of the press conferences below…
added 10:57pm, game highlights via Versus added below (2nd video)...
added 11:20pm, added Samuelsson goal below (3rd video)...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Perhaps one day, about five years after Chris Osgood is done with his NHL career, we’ll all wake up and realize he was a better goalie than anyone ever gave him credit for.
Perhaps it will be the day he goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 400-plus wins and a few Stanley Cup rings.
But, until then, it seems Osgood will have to live with the fact no matter what he does, people will second-guess him.
“It doesn’t really bother me to be honest,” Osgood told ESPN.com during an interview over lunch Monday. “I know I have respect from the guys in the room and they know what I can do.”
Mark Spector of Sportsnet is live blogging the proceeddings, or was at least trying to until he was told no mobile devices allowed in the courtroom.
added 5:14pm, If you would have told me I would be pointing to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, who is twittering the court hearing, I would not have believed you.
added 7:04pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
U.S. Bankrpuitcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum ordered the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to take their dispute over which one controls the team to mediation.
The judge said he wants the matter resolved quickly and scheduled a hearing for May 27 for a report on their progress.
Both sides obviously want a sale of the Coyotes, the judge said, but cannot agree on the timing, although both agree it should be done as soon as this summer.
Also, pre-game notes from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
Q. Any comments on the hit last night?
COACH BYLSMA: I know that the league was reviewing them and they’ll decide what they thought the hit was about, make their decision.
Q. How much of the power play success recently is a matter of some bounces are going to go your way and how much of it is your defensemen seem to be comfortable with the puck and get shots through?
COACH BYLSMA: A few things we’ve done well that’s allowed us to have more success. I think we’ve done a better job with the puck at breakout, allowing us to get it set up more often. We’ve been attacking the net from down low, the low guy, and we’ve also been a little bit more aggressive on the backside, having different facets and different positions with the puck to create situations where you can take three or four guys. If you can do that over and over again, give yourself a better chance.
If you don’t get the entry, puts more pressure. We’ve been able to get the entry set up and more zone time. As a result, we’ve been able to get more attacks at the net, more pucks at the net, loose pucks, getting second chances.
Q. Any update yet on Cole and Ruutu.
COACH MAURICE: It happened 12 hours ago. We’re not going to know for a little while. Haven’t seen the guys. Usually they don’t take my medical thing anyway.
Q. Did you encourage the NHL to take a look at that?
COACH MAURICE: No, I nothing to do with that. I just coach.
Q. Would you expect them to do that?
COACH MAURICE: They do. They watch the games actually.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
I probably shouldn’t be this frustrated so early in the series, but Chicago really seemed to be chasing Detroit in Game 1. I think if the Blackhawks hope to advance, they need to play with a more aggressive forecheck. They need to hit Detroit’s defense (especially Nick Lidstrom) whenever they touch the puck. Make them pay a physical price and tire them out. Your thoughts?
—Donovan Duplasey, Wisconsin
I suspect that every team that has played these Red Wings has at one time or another has thought that tenderizing Lidstrom was the key to beating them. Count the rings on his fingers and you can surmise that it’s easier said than done.
That’s the beauty of having guys like Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski on your back end. If the opposition sits back a bit, they’ve got the legs to lug the puck up the ice. If the opposition tries an aggressive forecheck, well, one quick transitional pass later the Wings are enjoying an odd-man rush. The Hawks saw enough of those on Sunday to know they don’t want to play that kind of game again….
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