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If I played for the Washington Capitals, I wouldn’t worry that Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak was just a tad more brilliant than Theodore in net Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the supposed indomitable Caps and the allegedly helpless Habs; I’d worry my team was out-shot, out-skated and outplayed in overtime of a siren-sounding loss to start the NHL postseason.
-Mike Wise of the Washington Post. More from Mike.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Ovechkin talked to the media after the game and here’s what he had to say:
Q: Was there anything in particular that was going wrong for you tonight?
Ovechkin: I think our line didn’t play in their zone at all. We had a couple of chances and we score one, but still we didn’t play our game like we want to.
Q: Was the reason you couldn’t play in the zone a lot more about what you did wrong or what they did right?
Ovechkin: I think it’s all about us. If we had a chance to play in the zone and they got the puck they just put the puck in the neutral zone and we had to go back. I don’t know. Maybe we just have to play simple. Maybe we have to play more close to each other. I don’t know. We’re going to think about it, watch the game and make some changes.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...yesterday, a day after backstopping the Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings in the opening game of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series, Bryzgalov appeared in the team’s dressing room after an optional practice wearing a lime green, palm tree-covered T-shirt (“Caribbean green”) and happily went on about how good life happens to be at the moment.
It will be even better if the Coyotes happen to extend their lead to 2-0 over the Wings today, before the series shifts to the Motor City, on the grounds that “it would be a kind of unusual situation for Detroit, and then we will see how they respond.”
added 11:18pm, I am going to refrain from adding a new post on Wings/Yotes, instead putting it here.
from Anthony Perez of PhoenixCoyotes.com,
The Coyotes outhit Detroit 43-20 in a 3-2 victory. Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said his team needs to continue to play physical but smart in order to win the series.
“We don’t want to run around crazy trying to be physical, but we want to do it, and just make sure we’re playing hard,” Tippett said. “If we have a chance to finish a check, we have to finish a check, but not finishing a check that is going to take you out of position.”
Tomas Plekanec with the game winner. Looks like it could be a longer series than most expected.
from Bob Condor of NHL.com,
When NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson talks to the 20 referees and 20 linesmen assigned to the first round of the playoffs, he frames each series as “a 21-plus-period hockey game” rather than what could potentially be seven individual games. The distinction is more than mathematical.
“The idea is to stay consistent during the entire series even as referees switch each game,” Gregson said. “We want coaches and players know what to expect from period to period.”...
Gregson has assigned “series managers” to each playoff matchup: Kevin Collins for Montreal-Washington, Don Koharski with Philadelphia-New Jersey, E.J. McGuire following Boston-Buffalo, Bob Hall on Ottawa-Pittsburgh, Kay Whitmore for Colorado-San Jose, Mick McGeough with Nashville-Chicago, Kris King following Los Angeles-Vancouver and Rob Shick on Detroit-Phoenix.
“I have a team of 40 officials, but they don’t all gather in one locker room,” said Gregson. “So I have eight coaches working with each group of four at the games.”
Shane Doan says the Coyotes must continue to play ‘hard’ minutes against players like Lidstrom or else they are going to beat you.
Bob Miller sat down with Kings Vision to discuss the 09-10 Kings and their off-season mandate to win.
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Brian Boucher, the unheralded goaltender who carried the Flyers to their Game 1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, opted to skip practice today.
Judging by Boucher’s pale, gassed look just minutes after his 23-save performance, it was no surprise he wasn’t on the ice. Boucher admitted the Devils “made him work” with shots from all angles.
It was his first playoff win in 10 years.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Seasons like the one the Caps have had don’t necessarily come around every day. Backstrom needs to be re-signed and it will cost a bundle. There are a number of role players whose contracts are up. There are always issues with keeping a team this talented together. And so, Leonsis knows the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been.
“When we articulated the plan, the strategy, the vision, this is what we said would happen,” Leonsis said. “But we haven’t won a Cup. The key thing here is for us not to think, ‘Yeah, we’ve won.’ We can’t declare victory. We could get swept in four games in the first round and we would look back at this season as an abject failure.”
That slender volume suggests the path to glory is on the table. How will it end for this dynamic team? We’re about to find out.
via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Michalek torn ACL gone for year
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