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Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:
Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..
A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.
And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:
Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .
The following officials have been selected to work together in the Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal series (previous playoff games listed in parenthesis):
Bill McCreary (270) & Eric Furlatt (31)
Paul Devorski (155) & Dennis LaRue (41)
Marc Joannette (59) & Kelly Sutherland (34)
Kevin Pollock (86) & Dave Jackson (59)
Brad Watson (99) & Tim Peel (29)
Dan O’Halloran (67) & Mike Leggo (29)
read on for the linesmen…
via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,
What if Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game on NBC runs late, what with the Kentucky Derby scheduled for early evening on the network?
If the game goes to one overtime, it will remain on NBC.
If it goes beyond one OT, it will switch to Versus, except in Pittsburgh and Washington.
Two years ago, NBC famously sent a game in the Eastern Conference finals over to Versus to switch to Preakness pre-race coverage.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The interviews had ended, and Alex Ovechkin walked through the crowd in the Caps’ dressing room and into the shower area. As soon as the door closed, one could hear a distinctive scream.
“Flipping right!” ... or something like that. Kids are reading, so we’ll keep it PG.
The weight of the world probably was lifted off his shoulders. For one night. Now come No. 87 and the rival Penguins. Put your seat belts on.
“We believe,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter [if] we lose 2-1, 3-1 [in the series]. ... We come back. Not many teams do in history, [but] we do. We did. We did it. This year, we make everything history.”
continue for more on game 7 of the Rangers/Capitals series…
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Vindication. It’s something no player ever wants to have to achieve. But there’s no better time to do so than during the playoffs. Over the years many players have made a name for themselves with just a single post-season performance. This year there are likely to be a few as the playoffs go on, but through the first round we noticed quite a few.
Thus we present THN’s Top-10 Vindicated Players From Round 1….
1. Chris Osgood, G, Detroit
Osgood had a horrendous regular season; poor enough to earn THN’s anti-Vezina Trophy in our upcoming annual awards issue of the magazine. A 26-9-8 regular season record is impressive, but was also indicative of the team he plays for, not Osgood’s individual play. His 3.09 goals-against average was 41st of the 47 NHL goalies who played at least 25 games and his .887 save percentage was even worse at No. 45….
2. Michael Ryder, RW, Boston
Another former teammate coming back to haunt the house he once lived in; this time after basically being run out of town by the fans….
What scares you the most about the opponent your team will be facing in the Conference Semi-Finals?
For example: As a Wings fan, I fear a Wings neutral zone turnover, then watching the Ducks storm the offensive zone, create some havoc around the goal and the next thing you know, the puck is in the net.
“I’ll guarantee you one thing, they won’t be getting to Louie as easily as they got to [Miikka] Kiprusoff, and we’ll take it from there. Actions speak louder than words.”
-Shane O’Brien of the Vancouver Canucks talking about the Chicago Blackhawks. More on the series from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that he has no reason to believe that Brent Sutter won’t be back as his head coach next season.
He also made it clear that he wants Sutter to come back.
“There should be no discussion on this,” Lamoriello told me today. “I have no knowledge of anything. You have to speak to Brent about this. Even to get into discussions about this makes no sense.”
Although Sutter has admitted to being home sick, he has said repeatedly that he makes decisions about his future after every season and this one is no different. That said, he has not commited to coming back next season either.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Not that the NHL would ever admit it cheers for certain teams, but the league must be beaming at the results of the playoffs so far. Because in terms of marketing the sport to casual fans, Gary Bettman and his buddies are looking at a huge summer.
The only Stanley Cup final permutation right now that doesn’t result in huge media coverage – let’s call it the ‘nightmare scenario’ – would be if Anaheim met Carolina. This is not meant to besmirch these two great teams; they simply don’t have the name recognition that draws in the ESPN crowd.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Will Washington Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, the top goal scorer in the NHL again this season, repeat as the winner of the Hart Trophy? Or will the title of most valuable player go to Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk?
The voting members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association had a tough challenge this season under the terms of the Hart, which is awarded to the “player adjudged most valuable to his team.”
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