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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
I owe Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi.
I owe him for the veritable lifetime of memories he’s given over a career that, in my mind and the minds of many, is a Hall of Fame career.
I owe him for proving once again that experience matters and if you don’t believe that, go back and review his performance in the first round of the playoffs vs. the Buffalo Sabres. He proved, as many have before him, that it’s not just about how fast you skate (or as in his case now how fast you no longer skate) or how hard you hit or even how many goals you score. He proved that timely scoring, having a calm persona when everyone around you is jacked up to over-the-top extremes and that making just the right play at just the right time also matter. He’s a living, breathing case for anyone who wants to get rid of the old in favour of the new (and usually cheaper) players.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
They filled the bars. They cheered wildly. They believed, and after it was over, they poured out on their city’s streets to celebrate their victory. Car horns honked. Flags were waved, and lampposts were climbed. It was madness, sweet madness, and the fan delirium in Montreal on Wednesday night was all because of a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals ... in the first round of the playoffs.
So, this is how it is these days in the city of hockey champions.
Just announced on NHL Live…
NEW YORK (April 29, 2010) – Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
To fall short so early in the process this year is quite humbling.
But my personality and outlook on life is thus “if it doesn’t kill you–it will make you stronger”.
We won’t do anything rash or make any decisions out of emotional angst. We will collect our thoughts. We will be energized by our failure. We will seek to improve. We will be diligent in our research and we won’t deviate from our plan. We still intend to build around our core.
Also from Ted,
We lost. But Montreal won. They deserve respect and congratulations for a well played series.
They played committed hockey, they sacrificed, and they out worked us. I have never seen better D and more blocked shots in a playoff series. I think they blocked as many shots as we took last night. Another stat I had never seen before.
Their goal tending ended up being better than our goal tending.
Just in case you need a quick reference point, here is the schedule including broadcast partners and Versus exclusive coverage.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 29, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, continues its coverage of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Semifinals commence tonight. The network will drop the puck on its first night of second-round coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET with Hockey Central followed by exclusive coverage of Game 1 in the Detroit Red Wings/San Jose Sharks series at 9 p.m. ET. VERSUS will air another Hockey Central show at 11:30 p.m. ET following the conclusion of the game.
from Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller,
It is a bitter, bitter pill for Caps fans to swallow when a playoff series is decided by a referee’s clearly errant call. What makes it worse is the longstanding pattern of questionable refereeing for the Capitals in the playoffs.
Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau revealed the Canadiens had been quietly lobbying the league on the very question of goalie interference throughout the series.
Montreal “talked about us being in front of the net all the time to the supervisor. I don’t know if that had any effect or not,” he said.
Did the NHL’s famous bias for Canadian teams give Montreal an edge on the most significant moment of the series?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One year later, the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks meet again in the second round. Vancouver’s 2009 playoffs came to a crushing end in Game 6 at the United Center when Chicago exploded for seven goals on Roberto Luongo in a night few in the Canucks organization will ever forget.
This postseason, Chicago and Vancouver return to the second round with one thing in common: Both believe they’re one step closer to challenging for the ultimate prize this time.
The Blackhawks and Canucks were both picked by many to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals, both clubs winning their respective divisions. Because of those high expectations, one team will be thoroughly disappointed with a second-round exit. It’s Stanley Cup or bust.
We’re not sure the playoffs are a better place this morning, with the highly entertaining Washington Capitals packing their gear and the shot-blocking Habs game-planning on how now to grind the Pittsburgh Penguins to a halt. But everyone loves a No. 8 seed — and we do too.
Pittsburgh has played the maximum nine rounds over the past three post-seasons. They’re ripe, and the Canadiens are hot. We’ll take the Habs in seven.
-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where more hockey topics are discussed.
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