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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Thornton was planted in front of the Calgary net, taking a royal Canadian pounding from a passel of guys in red Flames jerseys. Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray launched a gorgeously on-target shot from up top. Thornton then used his trademark stick control to perfectly deflect the puck past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Suddenly, the enormous Pengrowth Saddledome went silent. You could almost hear the flaming gas jets in the rafters, the ones that regularly shoot out big bursts of fire, click off the way they do on your home barbecue.
Sharks 3, Calgary 2. Prescription filled.
And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy in the process of overcoming a largely unfair reputation as a playoff non-dominator.
from Bolts Report,
The Lightning just released this statement regarding Lecavalier’s surgery:
Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier underwent successful surgery today to repair the Glenoid Labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lecavalier dislocated the shoulder in the Lightning’s game on April 3 at Washington. A detailed rehabilitation protocol will be established by Dr. Andrews’ personal physical therapist and will be conducted under the supervision of the Lightning medical staff.
a little more...
via the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,
Thornton, San Jose’s leading goal scorer and point producer in the regular season, has only three assists and the questions were whether the Flames have done anything special to defend him.
“No, they’re just tight checking,” Thornton said after the morning skate. “They take away your time and space, so you have to make your space. They’re tight on you, they make sure you have no room.
“That’s how you play hockey.”
Curiously, Thornton is coming off a two-assist performance, but knows his play will be closely compared to Jarome Iginla’s.
“When you’re down 2-1, everybody can do more and I have to do more to help this team win,” Thornton said. “I have to have a big game tonight.”
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• John Muckler must be chuckling over the disaster scene in Ottawa, caused – in large part – by owner Eugene Melnyk’s hasty, unnecessary canning of JM last spring. …
• Pleasant Surprise Dept’ Mike Ribiero has impressed beyond anyone’s expectations. Even linemates such as Brendan Morrow are amazed. “He’s surprised me so many times this year. I should be used to it,” says Morrow. “To see how small he is and the type of stuff he can do. And when gets hit, he gets up and finishes the game.”
more from the Maven…
from the Miami Herald,
Jacques Martin told the South Florida media Tuesday afternoon he would return to the Florida Panthers as its general manager.
Martin spoke publicly for the first time since owner Alan Cohen revealed that Martin would not be serving as Panthers coach in 2008-09. Martin had been the Panthers’ coach the past three seasons and had served as both general manager and coach for the past two.
‘‘My intentions are to remain as general manager of the Panthers,’’ he said. ``It’s important to let you know that today. I’m excited to continue my work with the organization.’‘
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
From smashing players face first into the glass to ramming their heads into the stanchions at the end of the benches, we see players “doing whatever it takes to win” on a regular basis. It happens when we see players rammed from behind with six or seven crosschecks to the back in an effort to “clear the crease”. We see it when during the endless scrums in front of the net whenever the goalie makes a save in close quarters. We see it when players deliver a leather “face wash” to an opponent after the play is whistled dead or when others take exception to “clean hits” whenever a teammate is knocked down but then defended with a quick slash or a shoulder pad to the mouth in close quarters. All part of the game, eh?
So what’s the rue and cry about what Avery did?
from the Fan590,
The legendary NHL coach joined Don Landry & Gord Stellick to review last night’s playoff action, discuss the new ‘Sean Avery’ rule, and on the firing of Dave Nonis as GM in Vancouver.
from Russo’s Rants,
First of all, I can’t believe you’re letting that Denver Post column get to you.
When an article is so absurd and based on such little facts, to me, it’s almost comical, so calm down. Obviously the writer doesn’t know hockey. Obviously the writer doesn’t watch playoff hockey. Obviously the writer hasn’t watched the Calgary-San Jose series. Obviously the writer has never heard of the Broad Street Bullies. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild’s makeup. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild has actually been unbelievably tame this series and should get more physical. And obviously the writer has never talked to or met Jacques Lemaire in his life.
from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
The Russians aren’t used to hearing good news coming out of Washington, D.C.
Back in the days of the Iron Curtain, the two countries were the world’s two polar opposites, each skeptical about the intentions of the other.
But that’s ancient history. After all, back then there were only a handful of European players in the NHL, and no Russians at all.
Today, the League is flooded with European-born players and Russians are among the biggest stars in the NHL. That shift is reflected in today’s Moscow.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There was talk about who might start in goal for Calgary (San Jose Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson cast his vote for Mike Vernon). There was talk about Evgeni Nabokov’s post-game observation Sunday — that some of the Sharks’ “boys” are going to have to become “men” (Wilson again: “Maybe he meant the singing group.”)
Mostly though, the focus on the visiting Sharks was on which version of the team would show up for tonight’s fourth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Flames. The one that finished with the best record in the NHL over the final third of the season? Or the one that spectacularly flamed out in each of the past two playoffs.
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