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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Ducks said they hadn’t been contacted by the league regarding any disciplinary action against Mike Brown for his hit on Jiri Hudler in Game 1 and the Wings believe there will be no suspension.
“I’m not surprised (no suspension yet) and I don’t think there will be,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said….
Babcock confirmed that defenseman Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play in Game 2 Sunday. Rafalski did not skate Saturday. Dan Cleary (lower-body injury) also didn’t skate, which has been common since the playoffs started, but he is good to go.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.
The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?
While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.
He’d have to be a little crazy.
Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.
Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.
He’s also a great coach.
And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.
I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1. Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.
HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.
Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.
The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!! So Pat, what game were you watching?
In the end, however, we have one general hope for this series: That it doesn’t suck.
That it’s competitive and engaging and unpredictable. That there are flashpoint moments between these teams that shift the momentum in unforeseen ways.
-Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy writing about the anticipated Pens/Caps series. More from Greg on the matchup…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL’s 2009 post-season has a theme rapidly developing.
If you happen to be a netminder in the greatest hockey league there is, it’s probably not a theme you’re fond of.
You could see that theme – let’s call it “The Running Of The Goalies” – on display during both second-round games played Friday night.
Skating before their hometown fans, the Red Wings were the beneficiaries of Johan Franzen’s bull-like charge into Anaheim G-man (if a defenseman can be a D-Man, surely a goalie can be a G-man, right?) Jonas Hiller for Detroit’s first goal in a 3-2 Game 1 win over the Ducks.
In Boston, Hurricanes left winger Ryan Bayda barreled into pipe patroller Tim Thomas milliseconds after Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen scored the visiting team’s first goal in a 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Bruins.
continued & watch both plays from last night that Adam refers to below…
ESPN starts off on the wrong foot in this video hightlight of game 1 between the Wings and Ducks…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
When the season started he was known locally as “Kyle Well-fed.”
Nobody was projecting the former Toronto Maple Leaf to be a Stanley Cup hero in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal, much less acknowledged by coach Alain Vigneault as “our best player.”
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC via his Twitter account wants to know-
After Orr—who is best defenceman of last 40 years?
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
In Game 1 against the Canucks, the lessons included the importance of staying out of the penalty box and the knowledge that Vancouver’s star goaltender Roberto Luongo can be beaten. The Hawks scored three times in the third period against Luongo, a furious comeback that fell short when Sami Salo took advantage of a defensive miscue and won it for Vancouver with just over a minute remaining.
Now the Hawks look ahead to Game 2 on Saturday night at General Motors Place with a better understanding of what they must do to bring the series to Chicago tied at one game apiece.
Lesson No. 1: limit penalties.
The Hawks spent much of Thursday’s first period killing three penalties, including a four-minute double-minor, high-sticking infraction against Andrew Ladd.
“We have to stay out of the box,” Ladd said. “It killed most of our momentum at the start of the game. Confidence in terms of knowing how we need to play and what we need to do to be successful against these guys can help going forward.”
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