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One of the better lines from Melrose- To Linda Cohn of ESPN, “Don’t be a referee, you’re an anchor”!
Watch Barry in action breaking down the Stars win last night…
from Carl Steward of Inside Bay Area,
Reading the long list of possible candidates to coach the San Jose Sharks, only one name runs me up against the boards and slams me with intrigue—Mike Ricci. If nothing else, what a face to identify your increasingly faceless franchise, eh?
Stop snickering. I know there are a lot of things wrong with pinning Ricci’s name high on the candidate board. He has barely stopped playing, he’s never coached, and with those long locks and that hard-knock hockey mug, he doesn’t really look like a coach. He’s not button-down or buzz-cut, and unlike Ron Wilson, probably doesn’t spend half his day logging line rotations and brainy theorems into his laptop.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
It makes a difference how the Flyers go out.
If their season ends tonight, or Sunday in Pittsburgh, or whenever, it matters how this team plays its final periods of playoff hockey. It matters because that last impression will linger in the minds of these players and their fans.
There is a huge difference between feeling like a young team on the rise and feeling as if the Pittsburgh Penguins took their lunch money.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Imagine if Hossa had ended up a Hab or a Sen? Perhaps those teams still would be playing instead of watching the Penguins attempt to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final tonight, a berth in the Stanley Cup final hanging in the balance.
And maybe, just maybe, it would have been the Pens who would be on the golf course now had Shero not stepped up to the plate and snatched Hossa.
It is an entirely different Marian Hossa you see playfully wandering around the dressing room these days. Gone is the omnipresent frown he sported during all those playoff shortcomings with the Senators and Thrashers, replaced by a huge grin worthy of a talented goal scorer who finally is becoming the money player during playoff time that so many thought he should be.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
So I move on to a blog that will only make Don Cherry shriek in horror and stick a pen in his eye. (Best Coach’s Corner Everrrrrrr!)
The Red Wings are not only Detroit’s team, they are Team Earth. Never has one hockey club had such a worldly roster: Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Russians, more Swedes, Czechs, a Finn. Sure, other teams have had more countries represented, but not in these numbers. The Wings have a chance to become the first team with a 50-50 North American/European split to win the Cup.
“I don’t look at nationalities, I just look for good hockey players,” says Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars owner Tom Hicks said before Wednesday night’s game that he is pleased with the team’s co-general manager configuration and would like to take “interim” off of the titles for Les Jackson and Brett Hull.
“I look forward to having negotiations with them to talk about what the future is going to be,” Hicks said.
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
This fast-fading hockey chapter is overwritten in blood, and whether it’s clotting in Kimmo Timonen’s foot or spilling out of Braydon Coburn’s face, Philadelphia’s vengeance-themed hockey team is in a much messier situation than might have existed without those gruesome injuries to its superb defensemen.
All that said, no amount of perfectly located effort or plasma was going to derail these Penguins, whose pristine playoff run goes on stage again tonight at the Wachovia Center for Flying Elbows, a k a the Kate Smith Interactive Museum and Soft Pretzel Emporium.
Q. Mike, do you have any thoughts on the disallowed goal?
MIKE BABCOCK: What do you want me to say? The guy’s not in the paint? The guy’s out of the paint. That’s a repetition call totally. It’s disappointing. I mean, Homer got a penalty the other night and he bumped Turco earlier in the game. But I guess the way I look at it is this: in the League there’s lots that goes on on the ice. Sometimes a guy gets tripped and you miss it. Some things go wrong and you miss it. Just don’t make stuff up, that’s all.
These men are doing their very best, just like us. They want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly is a good referee. He just blew the call. That’s life.
The Dallas Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to force a game 5 back in Detroit on Saturday.
Detroit fans won’t be happy with the Datsyuk goal that was wavied off due to the Holmstrom goalie interference, Dallas fans will be saying it’s about time.
Game 5 will be one of matchups, can Dallas coach Dave Tippett get his checking line out against the Datsyuk line?
Wings will want to end the series in five, Dallas will come out with the same approach, win one more game.
The JLA should be rocking Saturday afternoon around 1:30pm ET.
added 11:05pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The word of the day, for the Dallas Stars, was: believe.
It was plastered on everything, from the crop tops worn by their roller-blading ice girls, to the Budweiser banners that skirted the perimeter of the pregame street party outside the American Airlines Center. And if it seemed odd that Believe! T-shirts were already going for half-price at the concession stands early in the game, well, that wasn’t really Mike Modano’s concern.
Modano, the former captain of the Stars, ensured his team would live to play another day. In a game when the Detroit Red Wings had a second-period goal controversially disallowed because of a goaltender interference call, Modano’s third-period power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie and led the Stars to a 3-1 victory over Detroit last night, which permitted them to stave off elimination for one night anyway.
from Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer,
There are those gullible enough, stubborn enough and warped enough to believe the Dallas Stars can rally to defeat the Detroit Red Wings.
Hillary Clinton. DISD bookkeepers. Guys convinced that chicks actually go to bars with bacon in their purses….
Admit it. The Stars are out of ideas, out of gas and out of the series.
Morrow hasn’t been a factor, Modano’s been a ghost, defenseman Matt Niskanen has coughed up a couple of costly gaffes and, most damaging, Turco has been average. When the Stars have needed him to stand on his head, he’s again fallen on his face against Detroit.
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