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Highlights from the Top 5 games of the year.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
With the Kings making the playoffs this season, and exceeding most reasonable expectations for how they would do in the regular season, I’m curious as to how you view this season. What, after the final game is played, will make you feel as though this season has been a success?
read on for the numerous responses from Kings fans…
from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
If there is one given about the Stanley Cup Playoffs from year to year it is this: There will be one game that will become a classic contest, not necessarily because of a great effort by one individual player, not because of a player making a guarantee, but because the game will be decided in double, triple or longer overtime.
The longest NHL game on record was played March 24, 1936. Detroit’s Mud Bruneteau scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 win against the Montreal Maroons in the first game of a best of five semifinal series. In the 2008 playoffs, the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks played the eighth-longest game in NHL history. Brendan Morrow scored in the fourth overtime—at 69:03 of extra time—to give the Stars a 2-1 victory against the Sharks in Game 6 of the series. Morrow’s game winner put the Stars into the Western Conference Finals.
Pat Lafontaine was in one of those long games back in 1987.
from Drew Rememda at San/JoseSharks.com,
I think its time I got this out…It’s going to be Detroit-I’ve crunched the numbers-looked at opponents and I believe it will come down to the last game. The Wings will lose to the Hawks and a San Jose-Detroit first round match up will be set….
Before you start making spring cleaning plans in late April muttering S.O.S. (Same Old Sharks) for months there is good news. The Redwings are beatable. But the Sharks have to play like the Wings. They have to be relentless. Play the same way, the right way always. The Men of Teal have to be disciplined, executing the details of the game and staying away from penalties. The Sharks highest paid and most skilled players have to match the work ethic of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
It can be argued that the Sharks have just as much if not more skill as the Redwings. The question is can the will match the skill?
TORONTO (April 9, 2010) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a boarding penalty on New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey during NHL game #1200 against the New York Islanders last night, the National Hockey League announced.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ponikarovsky will forfeit $21,813.48. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Ponikarovsky was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct at 3:01 of the third period. Bailey was injured on the play.
Ponikarovsky will miss the Penguins’ final two regular season games - Saturday at Atlanta and Sunday at the New York Islanders.
If you missed the hit, you can view it here.
from Charles McGrath of the New York Times Magazine,
He also makes opportunities where there seem to be none, and has some of Wayne Gretzky’s uncanny sense of anticipation. He will often seem to be hanging harmlessly by the blue line or circling aimlessly by the boards when suddenly the puck is on his stick. But Gretzky seldom checked anyone if he could help it. His game was artistic and almost cerebral at times. Ovechkin, on the other hand, is an artist who also plays with tremendous physicality. He sometimes seems to be a brand-new kind of hockey player entirely: a hybrid who combines European finesse with North American toughness.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Norris (“to the defence player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position”):
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks.
Runners-up: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; Mike Green, Washington Capitals.
more awards plus additional hockey notes…
from Bob Verdi at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
You can wonder what Eddie Olczyk does with all his money. I want to know what he does with all his miles. As television analyst for the Blackhawks, NBC and Versus, he will wind up broadcasting 125 or so games by June. Granted, when working locally for Comcast or WGN, Olczyk travels on the team charter. But otherwise, he is on his own, a very frequent flier.
Take, for example, Olczyk’s itinerary during his Olympic “break.” After seven double-headers on national TV, capped by the Canada vs. United States Sunday afternoon gold medal finale in Vancouver, he really should have gone to bed. Instead, he went to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles, then a red-eye to Tampa to resume the NHL regular season Monday night.
Is he crazy, or does he just like eating peanuts at 30,000 feet?
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
So if I were to make a case for Sidney Crosby to win the Hart Trophy this season, it would go something along these lines.
Obviously he’s having a tremendous season, including his best goal-scoring campaign ever with 49 goals as of today. If you believe goals matter more than points, and certainly second assists are given out like candy in the NHL, than Crosby’s numbers heading into the final weekend are unassailable.
He’s also pretty much doing it alone.
In Washington, Alexander Ovechkin is the best player on the best team and the argument may begin and end there. Ovechkin, it should be noted, has Nicklas Backstrom to play with every night, and somehow Backstrom is still flying below the radar in terms of elite NHLers.
#6 Boston Bruins (idle) would clinch a playoff berth…
* if the New York Rangers lose in regulation to the Philadelphia Flyers
#7 Montreal Canadiens (idle) would clinch a playoff berth…
* if the New York Rangers lose (in regulation or overtime/shootout) to the Philadelphia Flyers
#8 Philadelphia Flyers would clinch a playoff berth…
* if they defeat the New York Rangers
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