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from Spector’s Hockey,
Are the Senators planning to add more defensemen? How are negotiations with Chris Neil going? Could the Blue Jackets trade a left winger? What’s the latest on Ray Emery?
Lisa Hillary of Comcast Sportsnet in Washington was doing a report after the game between Capitals and the Penguins on Monday night at the Verizon Center when a large rat ran in front of her…
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admits that Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes caught league officials by surprise and says there have been multiple offers to keep the team in Arizona.
Speaking on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice on Friday, Daly said the league had been working with Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes on potential ownership options right up until the team filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.
Any predictions? With a win tonight, both Washington and Carolina can go up 3-1 in their series.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Patrick Roy, the Hall of Fame former Avalanche goalie, is leaving Denver today after visiting with team president Pierre Lacroix concerning a possible return to the team.
What role Roy might have with the Avalanche remains unclear, but it has been his stated intention to become a coach should he return to the NHL….
For now, Tony Granato remains the Avalanche coach, but Roy’s visit with Lacroix will only heighten the intrigue surrounding his situation with the team. The Avs fired general manager Francois Giguere April 13 and have yet to fill the position. Lacroix said the Avs would have a new “management structure” upon Giguere’s dismissal, so it’s possible there could be some new hybrid roles for existing personnel or those who join the team.
from Bill Dwyre of the LA Times,
Well, this week, we softy West Coasters showed ‘em….
Our Ducks were ready for more against those Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at the Honda Center. Tuesday night, one of the Detroit guys, Tomas Holmstrom, skated past a bent-over James Wisniewski, who had just taken a puck to the lung, and unloaded an elbow to his head. Just for good measure, apparently.
Well, our Ducks kicked some butt the rest of the way, won the game and were still fighting the Red Wings after the game ended. Gloves and sticks littered the ice as fans filtered out.
Then, about five minutes into Thursday night’s game, Bobby Ryan found Detroit’s Marian Hossa lingering behind the Ducks’ net and lit him up. Hossa spent some time flat on his back and the Ducks’ Chris Pronger got a penalty. Go figure. That’s hockey.
All this makes us beach bums in the land of fruits and nuts proud. We get it.
more on the ‘toughness’ of SoCal, basketball included…
How many more times are we going to have to read about a ‘bent-over’ Wisniewski? The video evidence is below, he was not bent-over, end of story.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
So many people embraced the premise that the B’s are a great team - including the players themselves. And do not misunderstand: This is a very good team. Even if they do not rally to beat the Carolina Hurricanes - whom they trail 2-1 in their second-round series, which resumes tonight - it will have been a very successful season.
But it may be that these guys were set up to fail by their own success….
The B’s can talk all they want about execution. But their problem in losing the last two games was that the relatively no-name Hurricanes looked like a team that wanted to win more.
The emotional shortfall has been revealed in the B’s play. The team has lacked poise with the puck, giving it away too many times, and has lost too many one-on-one battles. The Hurricanes have just been able to set the tone for too much of the last two games.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
Thank goodness for that patch of lousy ice. Thank goodness for the ice that Bruce Boudreau called “sticky” and Alexander Ovechkin called “just a mess” and which, according to the Washington Capitals star, was about the only thing keeping his team from taking a 3-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins the other night.
“In overtime, ice was just a mess, pucks just bouncing and stuff,” Ovechkin said, a touch grumpily, after his team’s 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday. “We have three-on-two, [Hal] Gill goes down and I have probably 100% chance to score goal. But puck just stopped moving.”
Good thing, too. Because that particular puck stopped moving, what could have been a blowout is now a series, and one whose temperature is rising. We are being treated to complaining about the referees, occasional speculation about illegal sticks, and two young and thrilling teams that have played three fast and thrilling games.
I was actually surprised by the amount of Wings fans in attendance last night and even more surprised when their chants were not drowned-out by Ducks fans.
thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
George McPhee knows and respects CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and its leading role in broadcasting the sport.
But the Washington Capitals general manager said yesterday that the CBC crew no longer will be welcome inside his team’s locker room prior to games.
McPhee and Caps coach Bruce Boudreau were incensed that the Canadian broadcaster aired footage of the coaching staff’s six keys to victory for Wednesday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Pens.
The Caps brass was almost as steamed at CBC as it was with what it felt was one-sided officiating in the 3-2 overtime loss that allowed the Penguins to cut Washington’s series lead to 2-1.
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