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from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Just the NHL’s luck to have three second-round playoff series go into the toilet, eh?
The interest level will go down dramatically now that we have three of the four series at 3-0. Canadians have endured a long, hard winter, one of the worst in years in some parts, and given the option between watching a 3-0 series play out to its inevitable end or to go out and enjoy a beautiful spring day/evening, I think you all know what most fans will do.
And it’s a pity, because the hockey in these playoffs has been terrific.
via Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens have announced that Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight in Game 4.
It will be the first career playoff start for the 22-year-old from Bratislava, who played 19 minutes in Monday’s Game 3 in relief of Carey Price, stopping both shots he faced.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
One minute they look like bona fide Stanley Cup contenders; the next they look like they don’t deserve to be among the league’s 16 playoff teams. One minute coach Ron Wilson looks like a deserving Jack Adams Trophy candidate (for NHL coach of the year); the next he looks like he couldn’t guide a peewee house league team. One minute Joe Thornton looks like a Hart Trophy winner; the next he looks like, well, you can’t really find him.
Therein lies the problem with the Sharks: consistency.
And while it isn’t impossible to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, it is highly improbable. At this point I’d suggest you don’t spend too much time listening for the Shark warning horn.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Penguins center Max Talbot is believed to have broken his right foot blocking a shot during the Penguins’ 5-3 victory in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night.
Talbot, one of several players hobbled after blocking shots last night, had his foot in a walking boot when he reported to the Garden for practice today.
Team officials declined to discuss the precise nature of Talbot’s injury, or his prognosis. Talbot also declined to talk about it, but when asked if he expects to be able to play again—albeit not at a specific time—he responded simply, “I hope so.”
from the NY Daily News,
Rangers bad boy Sean Avery, unconscious and not breathing, was rushed to a Manhattan hospital Wednesday morning in cardiac arrest just hours after his team’s playoff loss, sources said.
Avery, 28, arrived at St. Vincent’s Medical Center about 3 a.m., according to the hospital source. The Rangers had just lost 5-3 a short time earlier in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
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Update 12:10pm ET: From TSN:
Sean Avery has a lacerated spleen and will be out the remainder of the season, sources tell TSN.
The source went on to say that the laceration was detected with a CT scan after AVery was taken to hospital following the Game 3 with the Panguins (sic).
Update 12:23pm ET: NHL Live is reporting the same information as TSN, consulting their own sources and agreeing that Avery has suffered a lacerated spleen.
Update 12:31pm ET: From the New York Rangers—
Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen in Tuesday night’s game, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
He was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital after the game, and was admitted following a CT scan. He is expected to make a full recovery during the off-season.
Update 12:50pm ET: From the Globe & Mail‘s David Shoalts:
A report from the New York Daily News claimed he was unconscious, not breathing and in cardiac arrest but a Rangers spokesman said this was not true.
The spokesman said Avery went to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Lower Manahattan after the game with a team doctor in a town car. He walked into the hospital and was not on a stretcher, the spokesman said. “It’s not great but he’s not in any danger.”
Update 4:50pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the NYT: “Avery’s spleen was not removed and the player isn’t expected to need surgery, but he likely will be hospitalized for a few days, a team spokesman said.”
Three teams face elimination from the 2008 NHL Playoffs with their next game.
All three of the San Jose Sharks, the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers being down 3-0 in their series, which team seems most likely to win their next game and extend their playoff hopes?
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The personalities in this odd coupling could not be more different. Zetterberg, 27, has his own website, complete with his own merchandising line—henrikzetterberg.com is promoted on the Joe Louis Arena scoreboard during the second intermission—while Foote is old school enough to assume MySpace is the area between the face-off dot and the front of his own net. Zetterberg has a Google-able girlfriend, Emma Andersson, who is a pop singer/model/TV host/winner of the Swedish version of Survivor, while Foote has a wife, Jennifer, and two sons. Zetterberg has a GQ face, now adorned by a russet-tinted playoff beard, while Foote’s mogul course of a nose and lived-in features look like something out of a 19th-century daguerreotype.
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
The decisive moment of the game was won by the fresher team. Everybody on the ice was dog tired during the Penguins power play late in the second period, but the action was so fierce that nobody could get to the bench. What happened was that the Penguins wore down the Rangers and Evgeni Malkin, 21, scored the goal that broke a tie at 3 and the Rangers’ back.
Youth is being served experience on the fly.
“We don’t have a choice. I mean, this is the playoffs,” said Ryan Malone, one of the guys who was struggling to stay on his feet toward the end of that power play. Before this season, he had played in all of five NHL playoff games with no points.
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
The differing on-ice fortunes of these two franchises can of course be contributed to decisions of personnel. With captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and the recently returned Peter Forsberg (who these days is a Swede so ineffective the Av’s may as well have signed the chef from the Muppets), the club from Denver have grown old and unreliable. Like a German automobile, the Red Wings have become just the opposite. Players such as Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are the present and the future of the franchise, not its past.
So decisive does this all appear to be that the Avalanche are beginning finally to resemble the freshman that 12 years ago they actually were. It’s almost as if this were a tale of two cities - expanding, affluent, attractive Denver against brutish, dangerous, shrinking Detroit.
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Blog at CBC,
It should be played on a loop at hockey camps all this summer. Any two hockey players out there who want to be in the NHL some day should get the tape of the Detroit Red Wings’ fourth goal in Game 3 on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.
It was a highly unique goal, scored by Red Wings sensation Henrik Zetterberg. On the power play, Zetterberg started off near the blue line and fed a pass to Pavel Datsyuk along the boards. Zetterberg moved behind the net and accepted another pass from Datsyuk, then quickly gave it back.
Then, Zetterberg moved to the other side of the net and accepted another, longer pass from Datsyuk in the left corner.
This time, Zetterberg passed the puck into the net behind Jose Theodore. 4-2 Wings at that point, and Detroit holds on to take the game 4-3.
“It was an all-world goal,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville admitted.
Watch the goal below…
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