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So says Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Detroit Red Wings are going to win the Stanley Cup again this year, and it’s not even going to be close. Don’t let Sunday’s 4-3, triple-overtime victory by the Anaheim Ducks over the Wings fool you. Only Jonas Hiller and some oddly inaccurate Detroit shooters on great scoring chances in the first two OTs prevented the Wings from staying perfect in the postseason.
Plenty has gone wrong in Detroit in recent history, but nothing goes wrong with the hockey team anymore.
Its star forwards never get hurt, its star defenseman (Nick Lidstrom) never gets old, and when it’s anybody’s turn at a potential big free-agent payday, Detroit’s top players always sign at big hometown discounts to stay.
The Wings were supposed to join the Avalanche at the bottom of the NHL seabed following the lockout, when a new economic order was imposed to supposedly stamp out rich-team dominion. But the Wings just kept getting richer.
Video Review: Carolina at Boston, 19:58 of 2nd period
Hockey Operations reviewed the shot by Carolina’s Larose to see if the puck was entirely across the goal line. The referee’s call on the ice was no goal - therefore video review needed to determine conclusively that the puck was over the line. Video review determined that it was inconclusive as to whether the puck crossed the goal line in its entirety - no goal.
“I applied for the (TV) play by play job in Columbus before the team’s inaugural season and would have loved to come home and been the voice of the Blue Jackets for 40 years. I didn’t get the job and have been stuck working at the most successful network in TV history. Darn the luck. My current contract (with ESPN) is up July 1, 2012. We will see what happens then.”
-John Buccigross of ESPN. A bit more from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers have had significant discussions with Emery’s agent J.P Barry about the potential of the 26-year-old returning to the National Hockey League. ...
Following Philadelphia’s first round playoff elimination, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren acknowledged he’ll have to consider all options in goal, considering Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
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…
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