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from Dan Gelston of the AP via USA TODAY,
Is he frustrated by his lack of production? Nope
Is the Flyers physical play affecting him? Nah.
Would a possible line change help? Hope so.
About the only thing Ovechkin would admit after Wednesday’s practice is that he’s had enough of the losing. Philadelphia owns a 2-1 series lead over the Capitals and Washington, which entered the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league, has lost consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 23-24 entering Thursday night’s Game 4.
“I’m frustrated we’re losing,” Ovechkin said. “It’s not about scoring, it’s about winning.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Did former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden break a golden rule in hockey when he revealed that Boston captain Zdeno Chara has been playing with sore ribs in an interview with the Boston Globe in today’s edition?
Sinden was asked for his opinion on a variety of subjects and players, and when queried for his thoughts on Chara, the former Bruins president stated, “We’ve got a hell of a leader in Chara, but I think he’s hurting right now. This rib injury. He’s playing OK, but he’s not as aggressive.”
Over at Maxim, Ryan Miller is blogging the playoffs in a weekly report. From today’s entry, he’s got a few thoughts to share on watching Avery the other night:
The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha.
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
So, how many more people will be watching and paying attention to the Devil/ Rangers game four tonight at Madison Square Garden now that Sean Avery has acted like a one-man ticket booth?
What will he do tonight? Will he be nasty or a saint?
Will he stand in front of Martin Brodeur face-to-face? How will the Devils react?
By turning around to face Brodeur and distract him the way he did Sean Avery single handedly made this a much more interesting series.
Update 4:59pm ET: Steve notes that NHL Network Online is having it’s inaugural Cisco All-Access pre-game show, featuring Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek, airing at 5:55pm ET tonight. Join them and a special guest as they break down Game 4 of the Rangers-Devils series from every angle.
Calgary Flames assistant coach Rich Preston and Flames captain Jarome Iginla got into a very heated argument during a video session this morning.
The argument was based on a disagreement between coach and captain over coverage in game four last night.
Flames coach Mike Keenan acknowledges the argument took place and admits it was heated but says Iginla later apologized and the two were put into a room together to settle their differences. ‘‘All brothers scrap,’’ Keenan joked. ‘‘However, that doesn’t mean then don’t care for each other, in fact it’ the opposite,’’ he told TSN.ca.
They “care for each other”? This mellow, ‘kinder, gentler’ version of Iron Mike is hard to get used to…
Update 5:33pm ET: More on Flames frustrations from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.
Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.
via The Pensblog, we stumbled across this video today. Miikka Kiprusoff’s got himself a fan… or a future stalker.
From the CP,
“I was definitely pleased,” said Penguins superstar centre Sidney Crosby. “I’d watched him play a lot and from what I had heard he was a great person and a great fit for our team. The thing I kept hearing was how complete he was. I don’t think that’s something he gets a lot of recognition for. But you know you’re going to get a chance to play with an offensively gifted guy that’s really responsible defensively.
“That was a great deadline gift, so to speak, for our team and for me personally to be able to play with. I was very excited for that.”
So instead of joining the Senators for a second tour of duty, Hossa has been busy trying to knock them out of the playoffs.
From Arthur Staple at Newsday:
J.P. Parise was already a seasoned NHL veteran when he stepped onto the Madison Square Garden ice for the first time as an Islander, midway through the 1974-75 season.
“One guy leaned over the glass ... I mean, what he said to me, you can’t print that stuff,” he said. “From then on, I got much more satisfaction beating those guys than anybody else.”
The animosity has softened 33 years later. Parise, now 66, is content to watch his son hear the name-calling and stir up his own hatred of the Rangers. Zach Parise, in fact, said just that after the Devils finally got on the board with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday.
“We always disliked the Rangers ... but we have to start hating them more,” Zach Parise said.
In this week’s edition of Backchecking, TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen takes a sneak peek at this summer’s free agent market.
We can assume, in the vast majority of cases, that teams will have some interest in their own free agents at a certain price, but there is always the risk that once a player reaches the open market, they can be lured away to a new team.
Top Unrestricted Free Agents
Marian Hossa, RW, Pittsburgh - It hasn’t been a banner season for the 29-year-old sharpshooter, as it appears unlikely he’ll continue his four-year streak of scoring at least 80 points. Nevertheless, the Penguins will be faced with the prospect of trying to keep Hossa along with their current roster of premier young talent and there will be no shortage of suitors if he gets to the open market on July 1.
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