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from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,
Things are rolling the Stars’ way, in case you haven’t noticed. They haven’t been decisively better than San Jose in any game in this series, but because they have consistently been just a little better, they own a 3-0 series lead after Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime victory.
And if a defenseman bouncing the puck off of a Shark to get past Evgeni Nabokov sounds a little lucky, well ... that’s Stanley Cup playoff overtime hockey.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With the exception of Game 2 in Detroit, the Avs have competed, scrapped, persevered, been resilient and not embarrassed themselves. But the problem is, only in part because of their continuing injury problems, they’re just not anywhere near as good as the Red Wings.
That might be almost as galling to the Avalanche loyalists as the site of all those Red Wings jerseys in the Pepsi Center seats.
The latest unofficial count is that 324,000 former Michigan residents now live in Colorado; and sometimes it seems that 323,284 of them claim to have had been at every Red Wings game until they moved.
But that’s not the Red Wings’ fault.
Colorado has a tiered roster, finished out with grit.
The Wings have skill throughout, and that’s why they’re about to end the Avalanche season.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
For the fourth straight playoff season, our beloved Los Tiburones have shown just enough flash and talent and resiliency to raise big, big hopes. But then they fail miserably to lock up victory - either within an individual game, or in a series.
Tuesday night, it was both. By losing in overtime after losing the lead in the third period - for the second time in this series - the Sharks have essentially sent the Dallas Stars to the next round.
How do you explain that? How do you explain why a team isn’t able to hold onto a lead just once in three tries?
“I wish I had an answer for you, to be honest,” said Shark goalie Evgeni Nabokov. “But I don’t.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The officiating in this Game 3 is god-awful, and two good teams like these deserve better.
Peter Forsberg’s goalie interference penalty in the second period was one of the worst calls I’ve seen in a long, long time. What’s the penalty, competing to try and get your stick on the puck and score a goal in front of the net?
Henrik Zetterberg was called for a phantom interference penalty in the second, and Cody McLeod was called for high-sticking in the first period when his stick never touched….anybody.
I also thought Samuelsson dove on that “high-stick” of Forsberg’s in the second, giving the Wings a four-minute PP.
note: added by Dater sometime overnight to his blog…
Update: OK, I guess Sammy lost a tooth on that play. I didn’t see that at first, and should have pointed that out. But I still don’t think Forsberg’s stick was very high. It was more of an accident to me than a high stick.
Cudos to Adrian doing the update he did in blogger fashion. Too many time bloggers decide to sneak in or delete a line or two, hoping they won’t be caught.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
By the middle of the third period last night, even the New York Rangers’ notoriously diehard fans in the upper reaches had thrown in the towel, turning their anger on their heroes and finally on themselves in a series of punch-ups.
Down on the ice, the Rangers were punchless by the third period, having thrown everything they had at the Pittsburgh Penguins, only to run up against goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who has never been bad in this NHL playoff series, but was far better last night than his Rangers counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, for the first time.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Ask Peter Karmanos what his team’s payroll will look like next season, and he’s quick to say what the Carolina Hurricanes spend on players will be determined by what the franchise makes on advertising and tickets.
And in that respect, the Hurricaanes’ owner is putting his mouth where his money is.
Having completed a hands-on restructuring of the sales force of Compuware, the software company he helped found, Karmanos said he’s going to try to do the same with his hockey team.
‘‘I plan to come in and actually help work on both those areas myself two or three days a week starting in July,’’ Karmanos said this week in a telephone interview from his Detroit office. ‘‘We’re going to do just fine.’‘
From the Dallas Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has re-signed center Steve Ott to a two-year contract worth $2.85 million ($1.35 million in ’08-09 and $1.5 million in ’09-10) through the 2009-10 season. Ott’s current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2008.
“Steve Ott has done a great job of earning this contract and we are very pleased to have him secure in Dallas for the next two years,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He has developed into a valuable piece in our team chemistry and he brings a solid work ethic to our hockey club day in and day out.”
From Andrew Lupton at the National Post,
More than 20 years after her death, the Philadelphia Flyers continue to channel the spirit of singer Kate Smith.
Born in 1907, Smith was a famous broadway, stage and radio singer whose name became synonymous with the song God Bless America after she sung it to glowing reviews on Armistice Day in 1938.
continued explaining the story of why Kate Smith’s performance was resurrected by film at Wachovia Center last night. And here’s a video of one of her Philly performances, prior to the 1974 Stanley Cup.
from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,
To play your best hockey, your players have to be loose. And is there anyone in hockey better than Hull at understanding how to stay loose?
You can’t play this game if you are uptight, and Hull has never been uptight about anything in his life. The Stars changed their chemistry by bringing in Brad Richards at the trade deadline, and they had to play without injured defenseman Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher, and it didn’t matter to them because they go out there and play without any worries. That’s the Hull influence.
When you watch the Stars right now, what you see is a team that is in sync at every position
from Working the Corners,
Everybody was on the same page this morning. Talking positive, making it all sound pretty simple for the Sharks to climb right back into this series tonight.
“We’ve just got to put in our chances,” Joe Thornton said. “We’ve had some golden opportunities that we haven’t actually buried.”
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