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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
In my recent playoff predictions, I said the Flyers/Capitals series would be close, high-scoring, and ultimately decided by Washington’s Cristobal Huet outplaying Philadelphia’s Martin Biron in goal.
The Flyers still led the series by a game after Saturday’s 3-2 win by the Capitals, so my pick still needs a wing and a prayer to come true.
But as Huet showed in Washington’s second win of the series, he has to pull nearly as much of a load as Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Caps’ talented youngsters if his team is to make it to the second round.
via the AP,
Right wing Mike Knuble is out for the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff series against the Washington Capitals. He suffered a torn left hamstring in Saturday’s Game 5 loss. Knuble, who scored the winner in double overtime of Game 4, appeared to catch his skate in a rut while attempting to block a shot late in the second period.
Courtesy of Jeff Riger of 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit...
You have to bash Osgood a little bit. He should have been able to tell the boys to step aside last night and say I got this one, but he didn’t do that!
-Riger talking about the game tying goal by Bonk last night.
from the CP,
Welcome to the Penguins’ unexpected spring vacation, one they hope doesn’t get them off their game just when they appeared to be peaking. On a day they expected to be playing Game 5 against Ottawa, they had a light skate before many players went home to watch some or all the day’s three NHL playoff games.
“I’ve been watching a lot,” forward Jordan Staal said. “It’s always fun to watch playoff hockey and, even though you’re a part of it, you love watching it, too. I think all of us have been watching a lot of games to see what’s going on.”
Sidney Crosby said not knowing who the Penguins would play next - either the Bruins, Rangers or Capitals, in a series that will start sometime late in the week - made watching the other games more interesting.
“It’s nice that we’re through our first one and we can have a little sit-back and watch,” he said. “I think everyone who’s involved in the playoffs has fun being part of it and follows it.”
The Nashville Predators are 0-10 in playoff road games throughout their team history.
Sure they battle, and keep on battling, but 0-10 is not going to cut it for them.
A win on Sunday by the Predators will force a game 7 back in Detroit on Tuesday.
That would be another first for the Preds, they have yet to play a game 7 and would be looking for their first series win in their playoff history too.
Are the odds with the Predators?
from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,
Besides the short-sighted rationale from the lunatic fringe suggesting the ‘Nucks should re-sign Trevor Linden and give him the ‘C’-hey, ‘94 was a long time ago-one vindictive reader went as far as to suggest the Canucks “shouldn’t be like the Leafs”, whatever the heck that means. Last I checked, Vancouver’s Cup count was no larger than Toronto’s. Or, for that matter, Columbus, Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, Los Angeles….
Uh, newsflash. The Canucks ARE the Leafs with a great goalie. Should they not try to address a little scoring, Luongo may choose to bolt town when the opportunity arises.
Al, just bring a rubber octopus out with you. Confuse them, the art of deception can work!
from the Detroit Free Press,
Details were scarce Friday, but the Wings have been told by the NHL that head octopus wrangler Al Sobotka no longer may swing the mollusks over his head while removing them from the ice at Joe Louis Arena. If he (or anyone else) does, the team will be fined $10,000.
That’s $1,250 per tentacle.
More replies, see On the Wings…
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
Passover begins on the 15th day of the first month of the ancient Hebrew calendar. Back in the day when the Canadiens routinely either won the Cup or advanced deep into the playoffs, the celebratory Passover meal often would coincide with a playoff game. With an 8 p.m. start, however, and a seder supervisor who knew how to read through the ritual prayers at a fairly brisk clip, you could usually catch most of the second and all of the third periods. But when the puck drops at 7 this evening, Passover celebrants will be just warming up.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If the Montreal Canadiens are so sure rookie netminder Carey Price will rebound from his Game 5 gaffe in Saturday’s Game 6 in Boston, why did the team keep him from the media Friday? Only in the NHL can one of the bright young stars of the game be shielded from the cruel pokings and proddings of the media the day before a big game. We’re not even talking morning skate here—we’re talking a full day and a half before the actual contest. But no, there was precious (and now presumably fragile) Price being kept under wraps.
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from Dave Krieger of the Rocky Mountain News,
The margin of safety the Avs appear to bring to the Pepsi Center tonight is a mirage. And they have seen this particular hallucination before.
These are the building blocks of the delusion: You have the advantage in a best-of- seven playoff series, up three games to two, and you’re coming home to play Game 6. Not only do you have a chance to close it out in your own building, you also have a safety net. Lose at home, knotting the series for a third time, and you still have the backstop of a Game 7.
That’s the illusion - the alleged safety net and the lack of urgency it can produce. In fact, lose the home game and the air goes out of the balloon.
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