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from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
The physical and emotional readiness of goaltender Jonathan Quick has become an issue for the Kings. He was rested for two games last week to work on his technique and give him a mental break, but he’s winless since his return after an overtime loss to the Ducks on Saturday and a no-decision against the Ducks on Tuesday in which he gave up three goals on eight shots and had to watch the Kings’ rally from the bench.
Quick was scheduled to start against the Coyotes on Thursday at Staples Center, his seventh attempt at winning his 40th game of the season. He has two no-decisions, three regulation losses and an overtime loss since his last win, March 22 against Colorado.
Coach Terry Murray has been adamant that Quick is his No. 1 goalie and that Quick is fine with a heavy workload. But a look at the NHL’s 10 busiest goalies finds that Quick, who has gone from 2,494 minutes on ice last season to 4,128:52 before Thursday’s game, is the youngest goalie in that group. Which makes it reasonable to wonder if, as he finishes his first full NHL season, he has had enough experience to smoothly handle this kind of jump.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
The prevailing sentiment around the league is that Boudreau hasn’t committed to neither José Theodore nor Semyon Varlamov because he believes that it’s possible, if not likely, the Capitals could need both in their quest for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
While that’s not the conventional approach, it’s not unprecedented in recent NHL history, either. Three of the past four champions, in fact, started the playoffs with one goaltender and switched to another en route to the Cup.
Goaltending-by-committee is also consistent with Boudreau’s longstanding philosophy of riding the hot netminder and the pattern he has established over the past two months.
From having trouble breathing to back on the ice.. have to give Meszaros credit for this one.
This is his 49th tonight
update 9:54pm, First video is his 50th and watch #49 below.
update 10:17pm, Well, Crosby back to 49 goals now that the goal officially is credited to Guerin so I added almost to the headline too.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate their first Presidents’ Trophy at Friday’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Capitals will have a brief pregame on-ice ceremony unveiling the Presidents’ Trophy – given each year to the team with the best record in the NHL – before the game then share it with their fans at Verizon Center and Kettler Capitals Iceplex the next two days.
via Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Nashville Predators’ top goal-scorer, Patric Hornqvist, doesn’t appear to be seriously injured after taking a slap shot from teammate Shea Weber in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Hornqvist, who has 30 goals, played just 7:29 and did not return to the game. It was initially feared he could be lost long-term, but Nashville officials reported late Thursday that Hornqvist will be kept out of the Predators’ final regular-season game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues as a precautionary measure. He should be ready when the playoffs begin next Wednesday.
“We don’t mind facing anyone, but as far as Detroit, the only thing I dislike is having to fly there and having to stay there, to have to spend a couple of days in that city.”
“Hockey-wise, they’re a good team, but they’re very beatable. The last time we were at their building, we won 6-3.
“All the teams in the West are good, and any team you play is a tough challenge. No one is a walk in the park.”
-Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks when asked about playing the Red Wings in the playoffs. More on playing the Wings from Tom Mantzouranis of NHL Fanhouse.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
If the decision is made to keep Iginla, then the Flames need to find someone like Cammalleri, or even like Alex Tanguay, for Iginla to play with. Tanguay, unlike Cammalleri, was more of a playmaker than a scorer (and not a centre either, which would be ideal), but he was someone who could find Iginla in the shooting areas on the ice, with those nice soft seeing-eye passes of his….
Assuming then that the primary off-season goal iin Calgary is to find a complementary player for Iginla - centre or left winger - the most logical candidate to trade is defenceman Robyn Regehr….
NHL Network U.S. will take to the airwaves early for tonight’s match-up between the Penguins and New York Islanders in order to broadcast a special pre-game ceremony planned to commemorate the final regular-season game played at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.
Mellon Arena, often nicknamed the ‘Igloo’, will host its 1,667th regular season game tonight. The Penguins will have over 50 alumni players, coaches and management in the building for this special ceremony. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. ET—both the ceremony and game will be broadcast in HD.
from Ken Belson of the New York Times,
With two games left on their schedule, the Rangers are in danger of missing the N.H.L. playoffs for the first time in five years. That possibility would certainly be a disappointment for the team’s fans. But it would also sting the Rangers’ front office, which would forgo several million dollars for each playoff game missed.
Madison Square Garden Inc., which owns the Rangers, will certainly survive if the team misses the playoffs because the Rangers are only one part of a $1 billion enterprise that includes the Knicks, the Liberty and other sports properties; Radio City Music Hall and other theaters; and the MSG Network.
But because all N.B.A. and N.H.L. teams must keep dates open at their arenas in case they make the playoffs, the elimination of the Knicks and the Rangers from the postseason means the Garden would remain empty for many more nights in April and May.
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