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from Teryy Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Alex Burrows sits beside Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. And he plays on the same line as Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
When you’ve recently played for the Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbia Inferno and the Greenville Grrrowl in the ECHL, this is the kind of stuff you don’t even dare dream about.
When you are a bigger name in ball hockey than an actual hockey, playing on the No. 1 line on a top team in the Stanley Cup playoffs and sitting beside the great goalie/captain is pretty heady stuff.
“I was making $425 a week and living the dream,” said Burrows when he came off the ice for the morning skate prior to Game 2 of the series against the St. Louis Blues.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Venue isn’t the only thing that has turned on the Devils. So have the tables.
They head to Raleigh, where they’ve lost their last six playoff visits, having conceded home-ice advantage. They may be without their captain, as well, for Game 3 tomorrow.
Brent Sutter sounded as if the Devils may have to manage without Jamie Langenbrunner for a while, after the captain left last night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Newark with what the team called a “lower-body injury.”“We’ll see as we go along,” Sutter said of the lines he revamped because of Langenbrunner’s absence. “Hopefully, Jamie will be right back. We’ll know more [today].“Besides performing his role as captain, Langenbrunner shared the team’s goal-scoring lead since New Year’s (24) with Zach Parise.
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Ron Salcer, best known in these parts as the agent for free agent Marian Gaborik, accused the Wild of negligence Friday, saying it allowed one of his other clients, defenseman Brent Burns, to play six weeks with a concussion.
Acting Wild General Manager Tom Lynn disputed the substance of Salcer’s claims.
Burns, 24, was injured in practice Jan. 26 but wasn’t shut down until March 7. He is still affected with severe postconcussion syndrome.
“I met with Brent in L.A. [March 6],” Salcer said. “We’re having lunch with him and [fellow client Derek Boogaard] and he’s telling me about when he hit his head six weeks earlier. So I’m listening to him, and I’m incredulous listening to him.
“He’s telling me how, ‘Ronny, I’m an avid reader and I’m not able to read on the bus anymore. I get headaches that go all around my head. I can’t sleep. During the game, I’m not focusing. I feel like everything is happening, but I’m reacting slow. I go, ‘Brent, are you kidding me? You’ve got a concussion. You cannot play. You cannot play anymore!’
read on plus the Gaborik topic is brought up too…
from Jeff Gordon of The Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
It’ll be tough for the Blues from here on out. They needed to win a game at Vancouver to have a realistic chance in this series, but they lost both.
The Canucks prevailed 3-0 Friday night, scoring a couple of classic playoff goals (Mats Sundin and Alex Burrows) plus an empty netter (Henrik Sedin). Chris Mason played well for the Blues, but not well enough.
Vancouver goaltender Robert Luongo was remarkable, robbing David Backes and Andy McDonald with especially outrageous saves….
An inch here, a bounce there and the Blues could have won this game and pulled dead even in this series. They put together offensive flurries in this games, as did the Canucks.
The Blues did a great job on faceoffs in key situations. That helped, but not enough.
The Blues frustration boiled over at the end, when the Blues dropped their gloves and got busy. The game ended with a major fracas.
Such is the nature of playoff hockey.
read on and below, watch the scrap at the end of the game…
Barry Melrose of ESPN talks game 2 of the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series. If for no other reason, scroll to the 40 second mark and catch the save Marc-Andre Fleury made on Jeff Carter. The goal would have put the Flyers up 3-1 with about 8 minutes left in the game.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Pierre McGuire is making some real nice coin as the color analyst with TSN and NBC, not to mention a freelance gig with Sports Illustrated. But he would also give his left you know what to get back in a management position in the NHL.
And, if I were Pierre Lacroix, I would give McGuire a good, hard look for the Avs GM job. After all - can you name me anyone who has seen more NHL games in the last few years than McGuire has most likely? Can you name me a person who has has a more varied menu of personnel he’s spoken to in the last few years - among players and coaches and everybody else in hockey? It’s part of his job description to talk to everybody in the game, and I think it would be smart for any team to consider him.
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
He knows the creases in his forehead are deepening at the same time his speed is declining. Nothing can hide the obvious. Not the chic red ski cap he wore after practice yesterday—not the Ferrari, not the Maybach, not the European designer jeans and certainly not his tentative Game 1 performance in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers.
In pro-athlete parlance, Sergei Fedorov is old. And so there is a genuine feeling around the organization it might be good to see the Russian legend now, in these final weeks of the 2009 season, because you never know when the great ones will go—and Fedorov more than qualifies….
He concedes the life of an NHL veteran is getting old. “I don’t mind preseason, but I guess the travel, long schedules eventually get to you somehow,” Fedorov said. “It’s probably when you’re younger you kind of digest that. It’s a little bit easier. When you’re older, you’re a little bit, you know, battling.”
more and the one thing I remember about Fedorov in his prime was his strong skating ability. He was so strong on his skates and could find that extra gear when needed. Watch a highlight of Sergei below…
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail (Saturday edition),
Statistics compiled by John Dellapina at NHL.com argue that the winner of Game 2 has a remarkable 381-150 record in the playoffs, a winning percentage of .718. Game 1 winners haven’t had quite the success, though the winning percentage there is still an impressive .691.
Game 2 victors who rebounded from a Game 1 defeat have gone on to a 127-113 record (.529). So if you only win one of the two opening matches, the odds are better if you can take the second….
“We’ve got to find a way to break the game open,” says Christopher Higgins, who scored one of the two Montreal goals last Thursday. Kovalev had the second.
How they do this is the question. The Canadiens played admirably, but it wasn’t enough. They checked hard, but Higgins would argue not hard enough.
“Don’t let ‘em breathe when they get the puck,” is his solution for fore-checking the deep and physical Boston defence led by Norris Trophy candidate Zdeno Chara.
Sports Illustrated posted an AP story which basically states Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau is leaning towards starting goale Jose Theodore tomorrow.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
Though it’s a team game, Rick Nash knows if he doesn’t win his personal battle the war we’ll be lost for his Columbus Blue Jackets.
For within the Jackets playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, there is going to be the game within the game.
“It is quite different,” said Nash of lining up against the same guy for potentially seven straight games.
“Little rivalries start even if there already is one.
“You’re playing each other every other night pretty much. Guys start battling one another. “Guys start remembering what you did in the last game. It’s going to be fun and be tough.”
In Detroit’s 4-1 victory Thursday, round one of the battle went convincingly to the Wings as they held Nash to four harmless shots and kept him to the perimeter.
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