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from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
Suspended Boston Bruins battering ram Milan Lucic was not necessarily disappointed in Colin Campbell’s decision to suspend him for Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
His disappointment lied elsewhere.
“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Lucic said Monday in his first comments since the decision was handed down Sunday evening, “because our team’s done a really good job of being disciplined.”
Lucic, Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli all said they would have to live with Campbell’s decision, even if they don’t necessarily agree with it, and they each made a point of noting how difficult Campbell’s job can be.
continued with more Bruins and Canadiens talk…
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The New York Rangers had an interested observer sitting on the visitor’s bench as they took the ice for the pregame skate this morning.
Caps superstar Alex Ovechkin watched the Rangers practice before apparently being asked to leave by the home team.
The quote from Ovie on being asked to leave the bench during Rangers’ skate: “Because they’re afraid of me,” he said.
Rangers coach John Tortorella insisted after the skate he had no idea Ovechkin was there.
“Who? Oh, god, this is the first I’ve heard of it,” said Tortorella. “Ask me a question about the game, not that [expletive].”
On the Fly goes around the league to listen in on what some of the players and coaches are saying.
from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,
MSG Network is the country’s first regional sports network to run virtual advertising during its live NHL games, a potentially important application to attract advertisers during the economic recession.
The New York-area RSN successfully tested the virtual advertising by superimposing Subway’s logo on the glass above the dasherboards during the final week of the NHL’s regular season. MSG Network was set to expand on the application during the Rangers’ first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.
continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid link to KK readers…
from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,
“I just sell it. What they do with it is up to them,” said Frank Gonzalez, owner of Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market on Trabue Road in Columbus.
What they do with it is the second hurdle. The common method is to sneak the octopus through the turnstiles by slipping it into your trousers, a technique that Gonzalez does not understand.
“I wouldn’t want something moving around down there when you’re moving around,” he said, smiling.
“They’ve been creative,” said Eric Granger, general manager of Nationwide Arena. “We’ve caught them Saran-wrapped to the body.”
Most contraband carriers get caught before they reach their seats, having failed to elude the authorities, who conduct bag searches and quick visuals under jerseys and around torsos for every game and event.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Here are five things I jotted into my playoff notebook while watching the Ducks put the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Sharks into a 2-0 series bind Sunday night at the Shark Tank.
1. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller’s game has had few holes so far in the California classic. The Swiss-born stopper, who grabbed the net because longtime Ducks starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere was struggling, has been rock solid, turning back 77 of 79 San Jose shots….
2. The Sharks finished the regular season with the third-best power-play unit in the league, converting at a 24.2 percent clip. In the first two games of this first-round playoff series, that same power play has been a dud….
added 11:03am, from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The Sharks have not been that bad in this series. They have been inspired for the most part (although they have had no ability to maintain momentum or keep any sustained pressure on the Ducks). Their goaltending has been excellent and Joe Thornton accomplished more in his first shift in Game 2 than he did in all of Game 1.
It’s certainly not fair that Jonas Hiller is playing better than he ever has in his life.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
If the Washington Capitals aren’t nervous about becoming victims of a first-round sweep, they should be….
You may be wondering — now that the series is two-zip in New York’s favor — why Washington’s weaknesses haven’t been more actively advertised.
The answer is evident: so much hype has centered on Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green & Co. that the automatic tendency is to overlook the fact that hockey still is a team game.
Brandon Dubinsky & Alex OvechkinTherefore, if you have a sieve for a goaltender, an inept defense and generally weak support beyond Ovie and friends, the chances are that you’re going to be susceptible to defeat. And since Alexander The Great scored in neither of the first two games, Washington’s Achilles heels were egregiously exposed.
via Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Robert Lang is skating in equipment, shooting the puck, and he’s wearing a grin a mile wide. Andrei Markov is on Bell Centre ice, as well, both guys firing on Concordia goalie Maxime Joyal.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
One by one, the Calgary Flames subjected themselves to public psychoanalysis in the bowels of Pengrowth Saddledome.
“You can’t ever have that defeatist attitude, or you’re done,” said Flames centre Craig Conroy. “You’ve got to believe.”
The Flames returned home in the wee hours of Sunday morning to a city of non-believers—or, at the very least, doubters—after losing the first two games of their best-of seven Western Conference quarter-final at United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, a longtime Calgary nemesis, seemed as impenetrable as ever. With their early dominance, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews and sidekick Patrick Kane have already given Calgary supporters painful flashbacks to the time Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier wore Edmonton Oilers jerseys.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
A lot of things contributed to the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday at the Wachovia Center in Game 3 of this first-round playoff series.
Right winger Petr Sykora believes at least one of them was the Penguins’ own doing.
The Penguins, he said, allowed themselves to be drawn into too many post-whistle scrums and scuffles, something they made a point of avoiding in victories in Games 1 and 2 at Mellon Arena.
“We knew they were going to try to suck us in, play their style, try to get those scrums, get those little fights,” Sykora said. “That’s the way they want to beat us, and it worked because we got sucked in.
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