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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Unlike Esa Tikkanen, who drove Wayne Gretzky batty, Avery speaks an understandable language and will drop his gloves and fight. Unlike Claude Lemieux, Avery has never bitten anyone’s finger — yet. Unlike Theo Fleury and Ken (The Rat) Linseman, Avery wasn’t a celebrated junior player or even drafted by the NHL.
What he had was a heart as big as his mouth, and a burning, itching desire to make it to the NHL.
“Who was Sean Avery five years ago?” asked St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, who coached Avery with the Los Angeles Kings. “Now look at him. Is there a name people know more than his? Sidney Crosby is one. You have to give [Avery] credit for that.”
Fine. Let’s give the man his due.
from the CP via TSN,
When this one was over, Rangers agitator Sean Avery and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur had one more confrontation, this time in the handshake line. Avery, who crashed into Brodeur several times in the series and tried to distract him by waving his stick in the goalie’s face in Game 3, was the only player Brodeur didn’t extend his hand to.
“I shook everybody’s hand but one,” Brodeur said.
Avery said he was fully prepared to reach out to Brodeur, but didn’t get the chance.
“Everyone talks about how much class I don’t have, well it’s the end of the series and men go to war against each other,” Avery said. “I guess he forgot to shake my hand. I don’t know if anyone saw that. Of course I was going to shake his hand.”
Johan Franzen scored 1:48 into overtime, beating Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis who stopped 52 shots.
Listening to the mis-informed sports radio jocks here in Detroit has been a joke today. Most have no idea what the game of hockey is all about and it is showing. One thing I have picked up throughout the day and from at least 4 sports jocks…
I told you that Hasek should have been traded earlier in the season, we could have gotten a great asset for him!
So hockey fans, would you have traded an asset for Hasek?
How about you Ottawa, you needed goaltending, would you have taken him?
Maybe Chicago, he could have ended up where he started! Maybe Calgary, Dom would have been a great backup to Kipper!
Did anyone want Hasek? Tampa Bay Lightning, maybe, but a trade between the Wings and Bolts would never happen.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
There is a possibility that the Montreal Canadiens could have captain Saku Koivu back in the lineup on Saturday.
How strong the possibility is will be determined after the morning skate, prior to the sixth game of the first-round series Saturday.
Koivu has missed the past three weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot. But he skated for the third day in a row and will determine whether he is fit after skating with his teammates in the morning.
“He skated today and he felt better,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “He pushed it a little harder. He’ll skate again tomorrow and then see.”
From Jason Magder at The Gazette,
Jean-Pierre Masse was beaten and kicked in the face several times about 10:20 p.m. after Game 4 of the NHL playoffs in which the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. The incident happened on Causeway St. outside the TD Banknorth Garden, minutes after the game had ended.
Witnesses said Masse, 28, was wearing a red Canadiens jersey as he was walking by a group of about 20 Bruins fans.
“They began yelling things like, ‘Go home, you French (expletive)’ - things like that,” Hugo Contant told the Herald.
more… on what is certainly an isolated incident, but a disturbing one.
According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.
The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season. When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.
“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.
Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.
Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:
Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”
from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,
This was a big series for Gabby. He’s a year from free agency. This postseason could have been the crucible in which he proved himself irreplaceable.
Instead, through five games, he’s disappeared as surely as Alex Rodriguez in October.
When a talented player becomes frustrated, the operative phrase in hockey is, “He’s squeezing the stick too tight.”
It’s a wonder Gaborik is left with anything more than sawdust (or melted graphite) by the end of each shift.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
When Devils coach Brent Sutter walked into the room for the media availability this morning at the team hotel, I asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Everything is tickety-boo”.
I was pretty sure that meant, “Everything is good”, but just to be sure I did an internet search (I wasn’t sure how to spell it either) and it turns out I was correct.
The definition on Dictionary.com reads: “adjective Chiefly British Informal. fine; OK [Origin: 1935–40; perh. expressive alter. of the phrase that’s the ticket] “
With that settled, it’s on to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at Prudential Center with the Rangers leading three games to one and looking to wrap up the series with one more victory.
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