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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Luongo has played two seasons with the Canucks. In the first he played like Superman and got the Canucks to the second round of the playoffs. In the second season he was average by his standards and the team didn’t make the playoffs.
Add it up and it would appear that Luongo is good enough to make a below-average team average but, even at his best, isn’t good enough to take it to the Stanley Cup.
If that, in fact, is Aquilini’s assessment of the team it then follows that Luongo should be moved for players who can legitimately change this franchise.
Again, that presupposes there’s a plan in place. We shall see.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s cardiac time in Montreal. Grab the heart pills, Mabel, make sure Daddy has taken his Valium, pull up a seat within dialing distance of your 50-inch HDTV and get ready to sweat 50-calibre bullets.
Game 7. And how many of you had already made other plans for tonight, assuming the blue-blood Montreal Canadiens would have taken care of the upstart Boston Bruins long before now?
They’re running the marathon in Boston today and this postseason already seems like a marathon - not for the teams, but for the fans who are home chewing their lips off. It’s so bad, Jewish guys are saying Hail Marys at Passover and Catholics are bowing to Mecca. Down on Crescent St., Milan Lucic is the new Darcy Tucker.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Now, there was more to Detroit’s role in the victory than just luck. They unloaded a barrage of rubber (43 shots, to be exact) at Ellis – out-shooting Nashville 21-4 in the second frame – and Chris Osgood was up to the task in net for them when he had to be, stopping 20 Preds shots for his 11th career playoff shutout.
But this is also not to say the Red Wings come out of the series closely resembling a can’t-miss Cup contender. Their streakiness was again exposed and may a higher power help them if Osgood falters in the same way Dominik Hasek did in Games 3 and 4.
from the Tennessean,
“This moment is kind of lousy,’’ Freeman said. “Ultimately you just want to win. In the bigger picture I think everybody, and I mean everybody, has done a nice thing for the city. I think the city has found a hockey team they genuinely like.’’
Freeman recalled a moment last summer when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman asked him why he thought he could make the NHL work in Nashville when Leipold could not.
“I told him this city, given a second chance, would realize how important this franchise was and how lucky we were to have the NHL. I felt this particular team was perfect for this season and this city,” Freeman said. “The city seems to have really wrapped their arms around them and seems to love these guys. They are a great group of guys to love and it hurts to see them lose.’’
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
“The most consistent effort, as opposed to complete effort,” said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. “We’ve had some good efforts, but consistency has hurt us a little bit, but that was the most consistent performance we’ve had to this point.
“We have the opportunity to play Game 7 and we’re looking forward to that opportunity. Hopefully we can used our experience and use our composure to play consistently well in San Jose.”
Now the onus is on San Jose to put away a Flames team that was seventh in the conference, well back of their No.-2 seeding.
from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,
Who knew that five years could feel like an eternity?
The Stars’ 4-1 triumph eliminating the Anaheim Ducks, the defending Stanley Cup champs, in six games, released a torrent of emotions for the Stars, some they’ve never felt before.
All of the above and then some.
“To see the look in our guys’ eyes, how important it was and how good it felt…,” said goalie Marty Turco. “It was gratifying. I personally had never won a series here at home….”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
One moment, they were the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The next, just another losing team on the wrong side of the handshake line at the end of a playoff series….
“When you have won there’s a little bit [of] satisfaction inside your body. You try hard but when you’re a little bit off here and there, that’s why you can’t win,” Selanne said.
“You need every player’s commitment and work ethic and all the tools every player can bring. If you can’t, even if you’re off a little bit here and there, you can’t do it.”
from Canwest via the National Post,
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says he was caught in the middle when free-agent centre Michael Nylander called him last July to say he wanted to play for his club.
Nylander’s wife had told her husband there was absolutely no way she was going to move to Edmonton so he could play for the Oilers. Having loved her previous time in Washington, she reportedly ordered her husband to get on the blower to the Caps and was standing right beside her man as he called.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Not enough was written, probably, about the job Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.
There’s no question about what happened, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.
Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it was just dumb of Howson to do that.
a little more on that topic plus Dater explains why he picked the Wild in round 1…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
“Alex scored 65 goals. It’s a big deal in the media, everybody talks about it, people are always talking about him, the cameras are always on him, the other team is really, really aware of him,” said Fedorov. “He’s got more pressure on him than I had when I started in Detroit.”
more on Fedorov…
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