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from Canwest via the National Post,
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says he was caught in the middle when free-agent centre Michael Nylander called him last July to say he wanted to play for his club.
Nylander’s wife had told her husband there was absolutely no way she was going to move to Edmonton so he could play for the Oilers. Having loved her previous time in Washington, she reportedly ordered her husband to get on the blower to the Caps and was standing right beside her man as he called.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Not enough was written, probably, about the job Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.
There’s no question about what happened, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.
Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it was just dumb of Howson to do that.
a little more on that topic plus Dater explains why he picked the Wild in round 1…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
“Alex scored 65 goals. It’s a big deal in the media, everybody talks about it, people are always talking about him, the cameras are always on him, the other team is really, really aware of him,” said Fedorov. “He’s got more pressure on him than I had when I started in Detroit.”
more on Fedorov…
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC mentioned on the pre-game of the Sharks/Flames game that Patrice Bergeron will see a doctor tomorrow morning and if the doc gives the go-ahead, Bergeron will play tomorrow night for the Bruins against Montreal.
The Bruins have been playing for Begeron in this series and if he does come back tomorrow, it could be a huge, emotional factor for the Bruins.
Nick Lidstrom’s goal seemed to take a little steam out of the Predators.
added 7:00pm, Watch the game highlights from the NBC broadcast…
from Scott Morrison at his Viewpoint Blog at CBC,
Funny, but wasn’t this the kind of scenario supporters of the Montreal Canadiens had always worried about…
- Having a rookie goaltender and dealing with the pressure of the playoffs. After giving up five goals in the first four games of the series, Carey Price has now been beaten five times on consecutive nights by the Boston Bruins, though he was hardly solely to blame for the latest defensive collapse.
Included in that total, was in each of the past two games, with a chance to put the Bruins out of their misery, the Canadiens gave up four goals in both third periods. Not good.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Miikka Kiprusoff’s lucrative contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.
The Calgary Flames could sure use an advance performance worthy of that salary.
As in tonight.
Or else this season is kaput.
Trailing three games to two, the Flames are down to their last life as they head into tonight’s Game 6 in their best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks.
from Amy Luft of the Montreal Gazette,
First came the high fives, then the expletives, as Habs fans at home watched their team lose a hard-fought Game 6 against Boston last night.
“I don’t (expletive) believe it,” said Joel Beaulé, 34, who remained calm throughout the third period while cheers and chanting gave way to sweaty brows and nervous faces at the Peel Pub on Peel St.
“We can’t just expect (Boston) to lie down and die for us,” said David Soares, 22, who watched last night’s away game at McLean’s Pub on Peel St. Soares showed his support for the team by wrapping the cast on his broken left arm in red, blue and white.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, T
hat the Wings have the edge in their battle against the Nashville Predators owes no small part to Kronwall, who has been their most impactful player physically and is tied for the lead in scoring; his five points rival that of star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
Kronwall added two assists to help the Wings push the Predators near elimination, coming up with a key interception that led to the winning goal in Game 5.
“He made a great, great pass on the breakaway goal in overtime,” Chris Osgood said Saturday.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
The Stars-Ducks series is reaching its peak in terms of physical play. The games also have become more thrilling as the series has advanced. On Friday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks played like a team clinging to its playoff life.
So with the series coming back to American Airlines Center, the pressure on the Stars to score that knockout punch is a bit heightened.
“The pressure is always on. It’s playoff time,” center Steve Ott said. “We’re up 3-2, and I think our confidence has to stay high. This is exciting, it’s intense. And that’s what you can expect in Game 6.”
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