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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
This is why, if I were the owner of a last-place pro sports team, I would be involved in a mega-scandal involving thrown games: If I’m Stan Kroenke right now, my pregame message to the Avalanche the rest of the season would be: “This is a must-lose game tonight. Now go out there and tank it for the team!”
Should the Avs tank it so they can get the first pick in June’s NHL draft? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov wants to stress that he is not slagging the Maple Leafs.
At the same time, the veteran forward admits noticing a difference between his former team and the New York Rangers, the squad he was shipped to at the trade deadline two weeks ago.
“The whole team is really close here,” Antropov said in a phone interview. “That’s something we never really had in Toronto the past few years.
“One of the reasons is all the new faces we had with the Leafs in the last two or three years. And then there were different coaches, different systems. That all plays a part in it.
“It’s not a shot at Toronto. I loved my time there. But I did notice the difference when I got here.”
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Detroit fired 48 shots on net and took 35 other shots for a total of 83. Repeat: 83. The Flyers took 37 shots (26 on net). You cannot allow a team to take 83 shots and expect to win.
In their last three games, the Flyers have allowed 41, 39 and 48 shots on goal.
That’s not acceptable if the team thinks it’s a Stanley Cup contender.
more on the Flyers
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It was 4-3 here last night over the Canadiens in a shootout during which the Rangers went three-for-three against a Still Not Ready for Primetime Carey Price, and even though Montreal did get the loser’s point, the point is that the Blueshirts are playing their best hockey of the season.
“We’ve become a very aggressive team in every sense,” said Paul Mara, part of a defense corps that punished the Canadiens all night long, taking the body and with menace at every opportunity. “We’re on the attack, and we’re not shying away from anything anywhere on the ice.”
The Thrashers Zach Bogosian left the game in the 2nd period and did not return after injuring his left knee on a hit by the Penguins Matt Cooke.
About 2/3 of the way into the video, you will see the video in slow motion.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Martin Brodeur stands alone.
The New Jersey Devils’ standout goalie earned his 552nd victory, the most wins ever by an NHL goalie, Tuesday night at Prudential Center, besting the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 before a raucous crowd that chanted “Marty, Marty” and “Marty’s better” throughout the game.
After the game, Brodeur, with a little help from his teammates, cut the net away from the posts. Probably will make a very nice keepsake.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“Hello, I’m wondering if you can guess who I am?
“Before Tuesday night’s games, I had more goals this season than Jarome Iginla, Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Semin, Vincent Lecavalier, Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis. But I’m pretty sure if you ran into me on the street, you wouldn’t know who the heck I was. Which is fine, because I don’t crave the attention.
“My name is ...
continued & anyone want to guess before Pierre discloses the answer?
It’s a beautiful spring day here in Newark. Temperatures are likely in the high 50s and there was no need for anything stronger than a sport coat on the three-block walk to Scully’s for lunch. On the way back, right around 3 p.m., we saw close to 100 fans waiting outside the box office, hoping to snatch up the $10 day-of-game tickets put on sale before every home game.
It was cool to see that level of excitement and passion and just further stoked the fires for what hopefully will be a historic night.
more and NHL.com will be blogging for the rest of the night at the same link, just in case you want to check in throughout the evening.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
When asked if Pogge would be summoned from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies over the final few weeks of the season, Wilson said post-trade deadline callup restrictions make such a move difficult.
Then came a stinging shot at Pogge’s less-than-stellar performance of late.
“He has not performed well since he went back to the minors,” Wilson said. “He has to play better.
“We’re not going to reward him for poor play.”
General manager Brian Burke said management still has high hopes for Pogge.
From Jes Golbez on the KK Member Blog:
Enver Lisin, a 2nd round pick of the Coyotes back in 2004, is supposed to be a part of the team’s future. He’s got a lot of speed, that’s for sure.
The problem? he’s been hurting his team in the present, a LOT.
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