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Talk about bad karma…
from Erik Rolfsen of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
...we’re having a friendly competition to see which Canuck fan can map out the best route for the Stanley Cup Parade. All you have to do is use Google Maps to draw the route you think would be best. It could pass through your neighbourhood, by your house, your favourite watering hole, wherever you want. Just let us know where it should go, and use markers to describe any points of interest it passes along the way.
Funny how the Flames are accusing the Hawks of trash talking. At least that’s happening on the ice and would have stayed there if not for broadcaster Pierre McGuire playing Peeping Tom between the benches and reporting it for Canadian television.
Many Hawks don’t think McGuire likes them anyway.
-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles. More from Tim on the Calgary/Chicago series.
Just a note Tim, we here in the States heard it too, Versus picked-up the TSN broadcast.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Was it an aberration or a hallucination?
Was what we saw on Monday night at the Garden an eccentricity or were we just seeing things? Or both?
No matter. A 20-year-old inexperienced, third-string goalie blanked the Blueshirts, four-zip, leaving Rangerville in a state of shock and wonderment – if not awe.
The wondering has everything to do with how to defeat Washington on Wednesday night at MSG. Now that The Maven’s Sweep hopes are history, sweep-minus-one remains possible; if not probable.
Canadiens have to win tonight or their season is over while Washington and Calgary need wins to avoid going down 3-1 in their respective series.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
You have to feel for Philadelphia’s kind, decent, mature hockey fans, don’t you?
You know the ones I’m talking about. They don’t seem to care all that much about the Flyers-Penguins games. They pay big money to get into the Wachovia Center for the sheer enjoyment of chanting “Crosby stinks!” or some such hospitable thing.
Really, what are those good people going to do to pass time during the long summer if the Penguins end the Flyers’ season tomorrow night at Mellon Arena?
I’m sure your heart is breaking for ‘em.
Or maybe not.
added 1:24pm, from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
It sounds like sour grapes when Danny Briere says the Flyers could have a three-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it happens to be true.
It’s also true that Marty Biron has given a strong account of himself in the series, but that the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury has been the better goalie.
And that, in a nutshell, is why the Flyers are staring at a three-games-to-one deficit after Tuesday’s closer-than-it-looks 3-1 loss to the Penguins at the Wachovia Center.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Colin Campbell, the chief disciplinarian for the National Hockey League, issued a reminder Tuesday for players to follow the rules when it comes to trash talk.
Or, in other words, shut up, put a hockey sock in it or risk a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
If the participants follow orders, the on-ice volume should dip dramatically in the West-ern Conference quarter-final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.
“They want to limit the talking,” said Adam Burish, one of the chief orators for the Blackhawks.
“I don’t know if we hurt their feelings or what it might have been.
“I guess they don’t like that we’re talking to them on the ice.”
from John McGourty of NHL.com, I
n a season where rookies excelled, culling the field for the Calder Trophy to three finalists was tough business. But when the votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association were counted Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason, Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg emerged.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“We need to get a big play at a key time,” said Tortorella. “I thought [Washington’s] top guys brought it up a notch, and that’s what our top guys are going to have to do.”
That means, as it has essentially all season, that Scott Gomez is going to have to be much crisper with his decision-making and execution on the rush. It means that Nikolai Zherdev, who had an encouraging opening 10 minutes of Game 3 before relapsing into ghost mode, is going to have to create and finish. It means that Nik Antropov is going to have to make an impact after a couple of dozy matches.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
“Overtime, boys. This is where legends are born.”Alex Burrows made that speech in the dressing room Tuesday night after regulation time of Game 4 ended in a 2-2 tie….
Bad goal? Weak goal? Series-winning goal, that’s all the matters, just as the four wins strung together to make a sweep obscured the closeness of the battle. The bottom line is everything.
Maybe that’s why the Blues’ dressing room was still closed 40 minutes after the game, in violation of league rules, and no one beat it down. Maybe they were crying in there, for Mason, who played so well and then let in a softie. Or for themselves, having gone 9-1-1 to close the regular season, only to be blunted by Roberto Luongo and a Vancouver Canucks squad that had an answer for every question they posed.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
During my quarter-century of invading smelly locker rooms in Southern California under the auspices of The Orange County Register, I have covered a lot more NBA playoff series than NHL Stanley Cup playoff series.
The “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980s were a must-see dynasty, with Kareem and Magic and Big Game James and Byron the stars in a decade of dominance that netted five NBA championships. The Shaq-and-Kobe Lakers that three-peated in 2000, 2001 and 2002 also were memorable title teams.
But the NBA playoffs usually are a showcase for individual stars: Magic, Bird, Michael, Shaq, Kobe and, perhaps someday soon, LeBron.
The NBA postseason is entertaining, but the NHL postseason is absolutely riveting. It’s my favorite playoff sport, a feeling driven home again in the span of three days this week after covering Game 1 of the Lakers-Jazz series at Staples Center and Game 3 of the Ducks-Sharks series at Honda Center.
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