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via Philadelphia Flyers tweet,
Ian Laperriere has a contusion of the brain and mild concussion. He is out indefintiely, per Paul Holmgren.
added 5:36pm, from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Tuesday evening that forward Ian Laperriere is likely out for the remainder of the season with a contusion of the brain and mild concussion.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
If the Capitals fail to get out of the first round after rolling through the regular season like a tornado through open plains, Ovechkin’s reputation will take a major hit. There will be some critics who start to call him a choker, and they’ll try to present viable evidence, too.
He was supposed to lead Team Russia to some kind of medal in Vancouver in February, but instead left only with tattered strings of failure hanging around his neck and a controversy after he shoved a cameraperson.
And now, in the season where he’s supposed to lead the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup, there is the potential for a first-round exit that seemed so unfathomable just a week ago. Heck, it was unfathomable just 24 hours ago.
“Tomorrow is a day one team is going to be going on vacation,” Ovechkin said, “and I don’t want to think about vacation right now.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Washington Capitals finished 33 points ahead of the Canadiens in the regular-season standings, meaning that if Montreal knocks them off in the deciding game of their best-of-seven playoff series Wednesday night, it will go down in history as one of the greatest upsets of all time.
The anatomy of a possible upset always intrigues me. My first year as a hockey writer, I had a chance to witness one of the most shocking of all time. It involved Montreal, but the shoe was on the other foot this time. It was the spring of 1981, in the 21-team NHL and the days of the balanced schedule, when the playoff format made no distinction about conferences or geography. Hence, Montreal - with the third best record overall and 103 regular-season points - drew the 14th-seeded Edmonton Oilers, fourth-place finishers in the Smythe Division with 74 points.
Buffalo has some of the best sports fans in North America. They live and die with their Sabres and Bills. They take it personally. We can only imagine the callers on AM 550 on Tuesday. How did a team with a Vezina Trophy favorite (Ryan Miller) lose to a Bruins team that was 30th overall in offense this season? They may also ask if this Sabres team has enough character to win when it matters.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. Four more hockey thoughts from Pierre.
First the goals, then the saves are below.
Total combined runtime of the videos is about three minutes, so go ahead and take a short break and watch.
via Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
This week’s SI doesn’t disappoint when it asks NHL players, “Who is the best shutdown defenseman?”
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom got 25 percent of the votes, narrowly edging out Boston’s Zdeno Chara (23 percent). Rounding out the top five are Nashville’s Shea Weber (10 percent), former Duck Chris Pronger of Philadelphia (nine percent) and the Ducks’ Scott Niedermayer (seven percent).
NEW YORK (April 27, 2010) – Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller are the three finalists for the 12th Annual NHL Foundation Player Award, the National Hockey League announced today. The award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.
from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of Bruins Blog,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has just announced that center Marc Savard has fully recovered from a concussion and has been cleared to play.
Chiarelli said Savard met with an independent neurologist and, in concert with the team medical staff, say the veteran is ready to join the Bruins for the second round of the playoffs.
As it stands at this moment, give me your favorite team to represent the Eastern and Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
Today at my NHL.com blog, I take a look at dealing with a game 7.
It’s funny, I’ve received a few emails today from people who are working, but finding it difficult to work, which is what I mentioned in the blog.
So are you at work or school and feeling the same way?
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