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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
What, Vancouver has to win to get in? That is so unfair. And, by the look of it, impossible.
With their season on the line, the Canucks went 1-6 in the seven games that mattered most. In the final of these, Thursday, the Canucks eliminated themselves from the playoffs by losing 2-1 to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers were freshly eliminated from the playoffs and missing their No. 1 goalie, top defenceman and five forwards, including the two top scorers.
via the NHL…
#3 Carolina Hurricanes can clinch the Southeast Division tonight:
* If they beat Florida.
#3 Carolina Hurricanes can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If they get one point against Florida and Philadelphia gets no points against New Jersey.
#4 New Jersey Devils can clinch the Eastern Conference’s #4 seed tonight:
* If they beat Philadelphia.
* If they get one point against Philadelphia and NY Rangers get one or no points against NY Islanders.
* If NY Rangers get no points against NY Islanders.
Three of the four teams listed make the playoffs, which team is left on the golf course?
added 10:30am, As a KK reader pointed out, Carolina should also be on this list, so I have added them to the poll after about 100 votes.
from Don Brennan at Off the Posts,
The guys on the ice when the Ottawa captain, leader and best player was drilled in the head were Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Anton Volchenkov and Wade Redden. If they weren’t going to try and rip Bell’s cage off and fight him, they should have at least jumped him and tried to give his broken jaw a good rub.
There was ample opportunity for one of the more physical Senators to go after Bell later, but that didn’t happen either.
from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com
, There is really no in-between with Jeremy Roenick, nor has there been his entire career. You either love him or hate him.
But even those leading the anti-J.R. brigade have to admit that the San Jose Sharks are looking like geniuses for rolling the dice with the old man.
Getting Roenick to check his oft-inflated ego at the door may have been the largest coup of all for Doug Wilson and Co., and may pay even larger dividends once the post-season begins next week.
from Lightning Strikes,
Vinny Lecavalier will have an MRI on Friday on his injured right shoulder, hurt in Thursday’s game with the Capitals as he fell after a hit by Washington’s Matt Cooke.
Regardless of the outcome, coach John Tortorella said Lecavalier will not play in Saturday’s season finale against the Thrashers.
“It’s an absolute cheap shot,’’ coach John Tortorella said after the game. “It’s a guy in a vulnerable position. It’s interference. The puck isn’t anywhere near him and it isn’t called. It’s an absolute cheap shot.”
from the Courier-Post,
Speaking with a small group of reporters Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would be “very disappointed” if his team missed the playoffs. But when asked if the status of his coaching staff depended on the results of the Flyers’ final two regular-season games, Holmgren responded, “Absolutely not.”
“For a young coach who had a lot of new players at the start of the year, I think he’s done a good job,” Holmgren said of Stevens, who has a 40-29-11 record this season and a two-year career record of 60-71-21.
“I think John’s still young (41) and there are areas he can get better, just like a young player. But overall, I think John has done a good job.”
from the Tennessean,
Who would’ve thought it? This team was given up for dead as recently as two weeks ago. But by going 5-0-1 down the stretch and getting a little help along the way, Nashville completed an unlikely run to the postseason.
“We’re not quitters,” said J.P. Dumont, who scored the tying goal late in the second period and assisted on Greg De Vries’ game-winner barely four minutes into the third period.
“All year, everybody has told us we’re not going to make it. They were saying, ‘See you next year.’ … We never stopped believing in ourselves.”
That is the cornerstone of this team — resilience. The Preds may be short on star power but they are long on heart.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Their “core” has been exposed as flaccid and wildly overpaid. Their management has been discredited and banished, with the team now left indefinitely in the hands of a man fired by the same team a decade ago.
For the next two to three years the Leafs will continue to make enormous profits, ownership will remain essentially absentee in its approach, a new management team will attempt to sort out the club’s chronic problems and there won’t be a Stanley Cup final appearance, let alone a Cup parade.
Sundin isn’t going to change any of that whether he returns or doesn’t. He’s still capable of being a difference maker. Just not to this 23rd-place Toronto hockey club.
from the Boston Globe,
(Chris) Higgins - who said watching the Oct. 27 hit by the Flyers’ Randy Jones that put the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron on the sideline for at least the rest of the regular season was “hard to take” - believes he knows the problem.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of respect,” he said. “You’re told to hit ‘em as hard as you can. Guys want to put guys out of the game with their hits. I mean, I still hit guys as hard as I can; you have to. I just do it. I think the way you hit people has to change. I think that, along with hopefully the information available to kids, they’ll respect head shots and those types of injuries. So it’s ingrained in them when they grow up to play in the NHL they’re not putting a forearm to the back of some guy’s head.”
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