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from Japers’ Rink,
Dear Pope Benedict XVI -
While you’re in town and I’ve got your ear, I’d like to ask a favor. Now, I’m not Catholic, but I was wondering if you could take a quick second and have a word with the big guy and ask him to help Bruce Boudreau come to the realization that John Erskine has no business being on the ice in this series.
fro Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Late in the second period, Briere would get in Huet’s kitchen again. This time, the goaltender knocked down Briere well after the play. Briere responded with a shot of his own. Both drew roughing minors after referee Don Koharski had seen enough.
“Sometimes the refs think he gets pushed into the goalie, but it doesn’t happen that way,” Huet said afterward. “If somebody does push him, he’s exaggerating. They’re not cheap shots. Everyone is trying to [go to the net] these days.”
Briere scored a killer power-play goal 3 minutes later.
“Look,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Danny Briere’s a pretty good hockey player, but we should be able to battle through that. We lost our cool too many times on retaliation penalties.”
from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,
The Stars brought their infamous Sybil act to center ice Tuesday night at the AAC. Or was it Three Faces of Eve?
Whoever it was, she didn’t go over a bit well with the sellout crowd of 18,532. The fans showed up in black, as requested, expecting to see the same team that had played almost flawlessly in two impressive victories in Anaheim last week.
That Stars team must still be touring Magic Mountain or Knott’s Berry Farm. It certainly didn’t show up for Game 3, which didn’t break Anaheim’s heart at all.
from the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,
Perhaps it’s a testament to just how impressive the young Price has been this season that no one thought to ask his coach anything about him until the very end. But how many rookies, let alone rookie goalies, can enter the maelstrom of the NHL playoffs and act like he’s playing on his backyard rink?
“Everyday he shows that he’s one of the best,” said Habs winger Steve Begin. “He’s so calm it’s unbelievable. He just likes to win, and he doesn’t like to lose. ”
Price’s shutout was not the stuff of miracles because, as he himself pointed out, the Canadiens as a team were tenacious on defence and offered very little in the way of chances to the Boston Bruins.
But that’s assuming we’re not talking about the first period of the game.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
As a couple of the Minnesota writers have already noted tonight, Mark Kiszla’s “Ugly Betty” column wasn’t so off the mark, was it? What kind of hockey do you call that tonight, Wild fans? Are you denying your team gooned it up tonight, and only cost themselves even more doing that?
I’m going to stay out of the media fracas, but knowing Kiszla, I can guarantee he’s laughing pretty hard right now at how the game turned out.
from Russo’s Rants,
I take it back. Kiszla was right.
Talk about an ugly hockey game full of silliness. I never thought this would end. The Wild got so chippy out there, Peter Forsberg didn’t leave the bench in the third to protect him.
The Wild took a team-playoff-record 111 penalty minutes. Derek Boogaard played 2:03 and got 24 minutes of penalties. Stephane Veilleux, running around endlessly, took eight penalties, totaling 35 minutes.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
...Then the penalty box door swung open again, like the gates of Hades.
Brenden Morrow cut the lead to 4-1. Brenden Morrow cut it to 4-2. A flagrant high stick by Mathieu Schneider brought a four-minute penalty. A sullen Dallas crowd woke and bellowed out hope.
“The place was rocking,” acknowledged Randy Carlyle, the Ducks coach.
But Todd Marchant found peace in the storm.
“I saw (Chris) Pronger and (Scott) Niedermayer and (Jean-Sebastien) Giguere and (Ryan) Getzlaf and maybe you can throw myself in there, too,” he said. “We’ve done this so many times. We’ve been in tough situations. I know some people probably panicked a little bit, and it did get loud in the building, but we had a two-goal cushion. We’ve had a lot of experience in those situations.”
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Thornton was planted in front of the Calgary net, taking a royal Canadian pounding from a passel of guys in red Flames jerseys. Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray launched a gorgeously on-target shot from up top. Thornton then used his trademark stick control to perfectly deflect the puck past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Suddenly, the enormous Pengrowth Saddledome went silent. You could almost hear the flaming gas jets in the rafters, the ones that regularly shoot out big bursts of fire, click off the way they do on your home barbecue.
Sharks 3, Calgary 2. Prescription filled.
And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy in the process of overcoming a largely unfair reputation as a playoff non-dominator.
from Bolts Report,
The Lightning just released this statement regarding Lecavalier’s surgery:
Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier underwent successful surgery today to repair the Glenoid Labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lecavalier dislocated the shoulder in the Lightning’s game on April 3 at Washington. A detailed rehabilitation protocol will be established by Dr. Andrews’ personal physical therapist and will be conducted under the supervision of the Lightning medical staff.
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via the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,
Thornton, San Jose’s leading goal scorer and point producer in the regular season, has only three assists and the questions were whether the Flames have done anything special to defend him.
“No, they’re just tight checking,” Thornton said after the morning skate. “They take away your time and space, so you have to make your space. They’re tight on you, they make sure you have no room.
“That’s how you play hockey.”
Curiously, Thornton is coming off a two-assist performance, but knows his play will be closely compared to Jarome Iginla’s.
“When you’re down 2-1, everybody can do more and I have to do more to help this team win,” Thornton said. “I have to have a big game tonight.”
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• John Muckler must be chuckling over the disaster scene in Ottawa, caused – in large part – by owner Eugene Melnyk’s hasty, unnecessary canning of JM last spring. …
• Pleasant Surprise Dept’ Mike Ribiero has impressed beyond anyone’s expectations. Even linemates such as Brendan Morrow are amazed. “He’s surprised me so many times this year. I should be used to it,” says Morrow. “To see how small he is and the type of stuff he can do. And when gets hit, he gets up and finishes the game.”
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