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from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Bragging is not The Maven’s forte.
With that in mind I’m not suggesting that my prediction of a Rangers opening series victory over Washington was underlined by their stirring win in Game One.
But looking ahead to the second game in our nation’s capital on Saturday, it is apparent that the Capitals may very well be a paper tiger and not necessarily a playoff scoring machine.
As I told you over and over again in my previews of this fascinating match-up, the Caps are so weak in goal and so deficient on defense that all the Ovechkins and Semins and Greens cannot compensate for a goalie so riddled with doubts — and deficiencies — as Jose Theodore.
We’ve had our first goal review and I just want to point out the NHL will be keeping fans updated on the results of these reviews.
Video Review - Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh - 1st period ... Play was reviewed to determine if the net was in proper position and if there was a distinct kicking motion ... Review determined that Sidney Crosby touched the puck with his stick prior to puck crossing the line and the net was on its pegs.
Go here if you want to follow all the reviews by the Situation Room in Toronto.
from Lightning Strikes,
Lightning owner OK Hockey on Wednesday finished a third day of layoffs. The company said about 25 employees total lost their jobs. The most prominent Wednesday was media relations specialist Jay Preble, who had been with the team 13 years.
This one slipped past us earlier today. From the Montreal Gazette:
Colorado looks for GM ‘in-house’: A report in the Denver Post said fired Colorado Avalanche general manager François Giguère will be replaced by “one of several in-house candidates.” If that’s the case, you can bet team president Pierre Lacroix has already decided Patrick Roy will be behind the Colorado bench next season.
Thanks to Avs Talk for the pointer.
There’s more from Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes on Jay Feaster’s interest in the GM spot in Colorado:
“He was my main mentor in hockey and we have been close through the years,” Feaster said Wednesday of Lacroix. “I have known Pierre Lacroix for a long time ... and certainly let him know of my interest in managing again in the National Hockey League and that I would truly enjoy working with him.”
from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,
The Capitals are expecting some antics from Avery, prepared for it, actually. “Wouldn’t you do what you do best?” asked Coach Bruce Boudreau. Avery’s role in the first-round series between the Capitals and the New York Rangers will be to agitate Ovechkin if he can, and in general to be “a really good thorn in our side,” Boudreau predicts. They’re braced for his irritating act, the swaggering belligerence clad in a high-fashion wardrobe—will he wear Dries van Noten to the game, or Alexander McQueen?—and the combination of raw knuckles and condescension.
Avery’s tactics are all about control; it’s as if his hand is on a dial manipulating the temperatures of others. He upsets his victims with crudeness, but what should bother them most is his calculation. It’s all a set-up, he goads others by questioning their toughness, gets the best of them by honing in on their insecurities, then leaves them regretting the loss of self-control, and often walks away the winner.
from Mike Lopresti of USA TODAY,
We are not here to offer deep analysis on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Pssst ... that’s the trophy that goes to the team that wins). Far from it. Just some basic tidbits, for those who have trouble remembering that Columbus, Ohio, has a hockey team.
NHL Playoffs for Dummies. Which I am.
No. 1. If you like overtime games, you’ve come to the right place. Last spring, nearly one in every five playoff games went extra periods. San Jose and Dallas had a marathon-on-ice, where three games went into overtime and the clinching sixth game lasted four overtimes.
Sportsnet has learned that Craig MacTavish is done after eight years as the Edmonton Oilers head coach.
At a noon (mdt) press conference, Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will announce that the coaching search is on in Edmonton, after the Oilers missed the playoffs this spring for the fifth time in MacTavish’s eight-year tenure.
It is believed that MacTavish stepped down from his post, and was not fired by the Oilers.
added 2:06pm, Watching the video stream of the press conference, Tambellini confirms, “Time to move forward.”
from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,
Charles Wang to WFAN regarding the trials and tribulations of owning the Isles: “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t do it.”
Not surprising, since he said the team is losing $25 to $30 million a year.
He also called the Nassau Coliseum as “dump.”
click for the link to listen to the audio interview…
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Mike Babcock just said that Cleary will be in the lineup for Thursday’s Game 1….
Cleary didn’t skate today. He suffered an injury during Tuesday’s practice, likely when Niklas Kronwall checked him into the boards. Cleary said that he went for tests, yesterday.
“It showed there’s something there, but it’s not a big concern,” said Cleary. “It’s more precautionary than anything.”
“I should be ready to go, shouldn’t be a problem,” said Cleary.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Later, they might simply remember this as the spring the kids took over the playoff garden.
Or maybe they’ll remember it as the spring the bloom returned to places like Chicago or Boston or St. Louis.
Or maybe there’s simply no way to separate the two; maybe they are inexorably linked.
Whatever your vantage point as these NHL playoffs begin, this stands as a seminal moment for the NHL in its fourth playoff season since the lockout, a nod to a new wave of talent and a return of the old markets.
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