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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators bit their tongues when it came to talking about the men in stripes.
While the officials didn’t do them any favours in Game 4, the Senators clearly weren’t happy with the referees.
“You guys all saw the game. I just think their were some inconsistencies,” said coach Cory Clouston.
“We have to be better at handling adversity, but it seemed like what was being called in one situation wasn’t being called in another.”
Joe Pavelski scored the OT goal for the Sharks last night, which evens the series with Colorado at 2.
Watch Sharks TV broadcaster Randy Hahn with the call, then watch the same play below with Avalanche play by play man Mike Haynes making the call.
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,
Paging Marian Hossa. Paging Marian Hossa. Please report to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
And bring the rest of the Blackhawks’ best players with you.
Hossa was brought here with a monstrous $62.8 million contract for exactly this time of year. Big money, big goals, the biggest part of the season. Same goes for Jonathan Toews, the young, brilliant captain who hasn’t beaten Pekka Rinne either. And the Hawks will need more from Patrick Sharp, as well.
From all of them. The Hawks need their best players to be their best players, no more fooling around. Hurt or injured or just ineffective, they need to take notes from David Legwand, the Nashville forward who disappeared in Game 2 and then came back with a goal and two assists on Tuesday night. Show up, guys. Do something.
added 9:33am, from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
We waited for the playoffs through six months for this?
The Blackhawks embarrassed themselves with their effort and performance in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss here that gave the Predators a 2-1 series lead.
You’d have thought it was a game on a long road trip in the middle of December and not a critical playoff game the way the Hawks showed up without any emotion or energy.
Don Cherry says Roberto Luongo should give up the captaincy of the Vancouver Canucks.
“Next year he should ask not to be the captain,” the Hockey Night in Canada commentator said in his Tuesday night edition of Coach’s Corner on CBC-TV.
Cherry did not blame the Canucks’ goalie for the team’s 5-3 loss Monday night in Los Angeles, which put his team at a 2-1 disadvantage with the Kings in the best-of-seven round in the NHL playoffs.
“I’m not saying that’s [his] fault,” said Cherry.
But he said it could have had a demoralizing effect on the team to see Luongo taken out of the game after letting in four goals.
continued and a link to watch Coach’s Corner is available there too….
added 9:10am on 4/21/10, You can now watch the video below…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s not over yet. But it’s not looking good.
Canada’s Stanley Cup drought, which began back in 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens hoisted the big silver milk jug, seems likely to hit 17 springs unless the Vancouver Canucks, Canadiens or Ottawa Senators can reverse their current fortunes rather quickly.
Both the Canucks and Habs are facing virtual do-or-die Game 4 situations on Wednesday, while the Senators are up to their chinstraps in trouble dealing with the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
By this time next week, there may be no Canadian teams left in the hunt.
So when is the drought going to end? People, after all, are starting to notice, and even Canadian-born players on U.S.-based teams would like to see the Cup back in Canada sooner than later.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“Jim-my, Jim-my, Jim-my, Jim-my ...”
“That was pretty cool,” Jimmy Howard, smiling ear to ear, said moments after his first career playoff shutout. “It was pretty surreal. It’s great knowing the fans have my back.”
Well, kind of. The man who Red Wings fans were flooding message boards about with anxious doubts between Sunday’s stinker and Tuesday’s gem was again their hero. Such is playing goal in Hockeytown.
“Fans, they want us to do well,” said Howard. “They expect a lot out of us, they want us to win. They’re very passionate about the game, and when you come here, it’s all you hear about, the Detroit Red Wings. When you go out there, not only are you representing the organization, you’re representing the city.”
Martin Brodeur robs Simon Gagne tonight.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Senators, now trailing the Penguins three games to one, will need to win Game 5 in Pittsburgh to bring the series back to the Nation’s Capital.
On Sunday, the team and the community were “All In.” By Thursday, they could be All Out.
If bodychecks were playoff goals, the Senators might have greater hope in this series. Their plan to maul the Penguins physically (what Conn Smythe used to call “beat them in the alley”) backfired mightily, because while Ottawa was lunging to make hits, the Penguins were making plays to score goals.
The Penguins skill set is in a different league, especially with Alex Kovalev, one of the Senators skilled, though enigmatic forwards, out with an injury. The Senators played like the Johnstown Chiefs of Slapshot fame.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Canucks were deserving losers. Period, full stop.
But the reason why conspiracy theories—i.e. the league wants the Kings to win—are floating around B.C. is because, by action if not words, the NHL commissioner has made it clear that U.S. Sunbelt markets are more important than markets in Canada.
That may be untrue and unfair, but rightfully or wrongfully, that is the impression Gary Bettman has cast in his nearly two decades as commissioner. The genie isn’t going back in the bottle at this late stage.
Canadians, and most certainly Canucks fans, who have sold out GM Place for 300-plus consecutive dates, have an insatiable appetite for hockey and aren’t going anywhere.
American fans, particularly those in big, southern cities where the game has little history and where there are plenty of other entertainment options, have shown that they can live fine and well without pucks. Look no further than the lockout.
Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau claims Montreal Coach Jacques Martin was spying o the Caps practice today.
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