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from Bob Duff at NBC Sports,
Could it be better?
Maybe a little bit.
An Alexander Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin threesome in the second round would have left every National Hockey League executive salivating.
Regardless, the drool must still be forming in many mouths at the NHL’s head office among those whose main goal is to sell the game to the United States audience.
The second-round matchups in the Stanley Cup playoffs are intriguing on all four fronts.
via Rangers Report,
When I asked Shanahan about the rekindling of the bitter Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry, of which he played a major part while in Detroit, the veteran laughed.
“I thought it was pretty interesting, especially the fact that they went and got (Adam) Foote and (Peter) Forsberg back. I thought maybe Detroit would maybe try to swing a deal for me and Larry Murphy,” he said.
“I’ll watch a little bit, but it’s kind of in the past and I don’t really focus on that anymore. What everybody forgets about our rivalry with the Avalanche 10 years ago is that we were usually No. 1 and 2 in the league. Everybody talked about how much we hated each other and how dirty the games were and that was all true. But what made it most interesting was it was the two best teams in the league trying to do that to each other.”
First I’ll (sic) like to say you suck, cause the Flyers are the best team in the NHL and always will be. Second I think you only hate the Flyers cause, your (sic) one of the ones that want to get rid of all the fighting in the NHL, and probably want to get rid of all the ruff (sic) stuff.
The Flyers are an in your face, hard working team and you don’t seem to like that. I bet you probably would rather go watch (homophobic slur deleted) hockey like they play in Europe.
Anyway you suck for not liking the way the Flyers bring excitment (sic) to the NHL!
Name: Unknown, Hometown: Dosen’t (sic) matter, Email: yousuckadam @hotmail.com
Ah, Flyers fans. Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to your e-mails whether or not Philly’s final tilt with Washington is resolved the way you’d like it. Gotta love amped-up fans, even when their passions don’t extend to areas such as simple spelling and grammar.
more letters to Adam Proteau of the Hockey News…
A veteran just brings experience. He’s never too high or too low. You can’t think you’ve lost the series after one game; you have to be even-keeled and provide stability for the young guys. And that ties into the home-ice advantage. A vet has been there before, so he’s not intimidated to play in places like Montreal, where the crowd is loud.
When you’re in the playoffs, you just have to trust that everyone else on your team is going to step up.
At the bottom of the post, you can find contact info to send your questions to Souray.
It is all about the goaltending in the Avs/Wings series.
Read about it at my Hockey.com blog…
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
[Joe Sakic:] “I was joking around that a lot of these kids were in elementary or junior high when that was going on. But they’re going to see what it’s like firsthand pretty quick, I’m pretty sure.”
So, first things first: If this upcoming series develops a sharp edge, it won’t be because of history, but because of the present—the high stakes and overheated emotions of today—not because anyone got psyched the night before by looking at footage of Patrick Roy duking it out with Mike Vernon or Chris Osgood at center ice; or Foote’s running battle with Brendan Shanahan; or even Lemieux’s infamous check of Kris Draper into the boards at the old McNichols Sports Arena in 1996 and Darren McCarty’s subsequent vengeance.
History will be an issue because of the infectious undercurrent, and even then not necessarily because it makes sense.
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Basically, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell never has to worry about calling Lady Byng candidates into detention because the award is given out to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high level of playing ability.
This year, the candidates fit the mold well.
Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, who has won the trophy in back-to-back years now, is joined by Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis and Buffalo right wing Jason Pominville. St. Louis was last season’s runner-up.
From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
...just hours after an excruciating overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, one absence was conspicuous.
Veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig had cleaned out his locker stall and left the building, skipping the mandatory meeting. He did not speak to reporters. After Monday’s 3-2 loss at Verizon Center, he stripped his name tag off of his locker stall.
Kolzig, a fixture in the Capitals’ net for a decade before being essentially replaced by trade-deadline arrival Cristobal Huet, did not play after a 5-0 loss in Chicago on March 19. In recent weeks, Kolzig seemed increasingly detached as Huet led the Capitals to the franchise’s first playoff berth in five years. Kolzig, 38, did not return a message left on his cellphone, and his agent, Art Breeze, declined to describe his client’s thought process, other than to say: “The choice will be Olie’s as to where he plays next year…”
continued… with more post-season Capitals talk (reg. required)
Update 1:20pm ET: El-Bashir hears from Kolzig and updates at his blog,
First, Kolzig said he doesn’t want to give any interviews for a few days as he collects his thoughts. He said he obviously has some decisions to make and will talk soon.
Second, he also said he didn’t remove his nameplate from his locker stall at Verizon Center out of anger. He acknowledged that the Caps’ Game 7 loss to Philly could “possibly” have been his last game in Washington, so he wanted to take the nameplate as a memento. He plans to frame it with a jersey.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
INTANGIBLES: Crosby will be under extreme media pressure and that alone could enervate The Kid. If Avery succeeds in luring Pitt into a headhunting expedition, that, too, could hurt the Pens. Opening on the road won’t scare the Blueshirts; they took all three games in Newark. Motivation is high on both sides and each club is well-rested, but the Penguins will be more rusty from the longer layoff.
CONCLUSION: I picked the Rangers in seven over New Jersey never thinking that Brodeur would have such a mediocre five games. I pick the Blueshirts in six as much on a hunch as the fact that New York has been in an impressive crescendo. Add The Avery Effect to that, and ‘nuff said!
NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round. Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.
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