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via Canes Now at the News & Observer,
How quick was Carolina’s 4-3 dramatic finish over the New Jersey Devils?
So fast that ESPN.com didn’t have a chance to take down its “Devils Oust Canes” (bottom left hand corner) before putting up its story on the Canes’ win.
from CBC Sports,
As much as legends Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux dominated their era, the two greats never faced each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Fortunately for the NHL, it won’t miss out on another golden opportunity.
Thanks to the Capitals’ Game 7 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, the two most recognizable hockey players in the world will square off for their first-ever playoff meeting Saturday afternoon in Washington.
“Welcome to the circus,” proclaimed Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau after Washington rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the second round.
So says Jimmy Devallano, Senior VP of the Detroit Red Wings. You will have to scroll to the very end of the interview Devallano did with Norm Runack on the Fan590 last night to hear the Bettman talk, but first listen to Jimmy talk about the Wings/Ducks series and numerous other NHL topics.
Link to listen to the interview from last night…
from David Pollak and Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Whatever changes lie ahead for the Sharks after the embarrassment of their first-round playoff exit in Anaheim, they won’t involve a new name on the wall outside the general manager’s office.
Sharks President Greg Jamison said Tuesday that while he and the ownership group are frustrated with the team’s postseason performance, Doug Wilson will continue to lead the hockey department.
“His body of work stands for itself, and our goal is to work together toward that magic goal of the Stanley Cup,” Jamison said.
added 8:45am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There is an unofficial manual for building an NHL team and no one follows the text better than San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
In short order, a team is supposed to draft the best available players, develop them patiently in the minors, and then promote them to the NHL, gradually doling out more and more responsibility as the experience levels increase.
The only thing missing from the manual is the unwritten final chapter, the one that deals with intangibles.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like the end of the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Prudential Center.
It is probably the worst defeat I’ve witnessed in hockey.
When I talked to Jamie Langenbrunner afterward, he was still at a loss for words. I asked him if he, as captain, said anything in the postgame locker room to his teammates before the room was opened to the media.
“No one did,” he said. “It was stone silent in here. I don’t think any of us knew what to say, to be honest with you. If you think of something, tell me.”
I haven’t, yet.
Left wing Zach Parise sat with his head in his hands for most of the time the media was in the locker room. He didn’t even look up when I asked him about what he was feeling.
“We’re all a little bit in shock right now about what happened, being so close to the second round,” he said.
from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,
So, inhale, exhale. The Rangers’ gloves are no longer around the throats of Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin and the rest of the Caps’ youthful corps. Now, they can continue to pursue their hockey destiny without unnecessary demons. For the first time in 21 years, a Washington pro team had won a Game 7, the most magical yet diabolical pair of words in sports. Even more important, the Caps’ grand project of building a true champion, not a pretender or some annual April disappointment, stayed on track. A season that might have ended in exhaustive blame-analysis can now continue.
What the Caps have built so far—the 108-point season, the best ever for this franchise—still stands. And the construction can continue in the next round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now bring on Sidney Crosby, the darling of NHL marketing who looks like James Bond, so he can face the Great Eight, the Capital who looks like everybody who was ever sent to kill Agent 007.
The 2nd round of the playoffs kicks-off on Thursday when Vancouver hosts Chicago.
Friday games are Carolina at Boston and Anaheim at Detroit.
See the full schedule at NHL.com...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When the series ended, when the Rangers went through the handshake line following last night’s 2-1 Game 7 defeat, Chris Drury used his left hand to congratulate the Capitals.
That’s because, as he told The Post, the captain had played the first round with a broken right hand he sustained late in the April 9 victory over the Flyers in the Garden finale that clinched a playoff berth.
Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…
from John Ryan of the Mercury News,
So what positives can the Sharks draw from the fact that the darn puck just somehow decided on its own to go into the net more times for Anaheim?
• They can finally schedule that Presidents’ Trophy parade.
• They have always craved inclusion as one of the Bay Area’s big teams. But you can’t go winning and being all successful and hope to hang with the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s and Warriors. They’d all be jealous. (Side note: Game 6 drew a 4.6 rating on CSN Bay Area, matching the highest first-round rating ever on the network. The field was wide open, the pump was primed for growth.)
• Doug Wilson needs extra time to figure out how to trade two guys with no-trade clauses.
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