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People in Europe are waking up, and probably can’t believe the Stars/Sharks game is headed to the 4OT period.
Eastern time zone folks are barely hanging on, making up an excuse to miss work tomorrow.
West coast fans are starting to feel a little sleepy-eyed.
Will anyone score?
fro Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Before the series, I picked the Rangers to win in seven games because I thought they had a huge advantage in net with Henrik Lundqvist, but that advantage didn’t come into play until that last two games. Marc-Andre Fleury looked shaky today for the first time in the series. The Rangers didn’t take enough shots, however, to exploit that. They went more 16 minutes without a shot, including the last 14:50 of a second period that the Penguins’ thoroughly dominated.
I have a feeling that Fleury and Martin Biron might not have much goaltending magic left for the conference finals. Don’t be surprised if you see some 6-5 games in that series.
more on the Rangers and Pens…
from the Sault Star,
Craig Hartsburg said Saturday he’s looking forward to discussing a contract extension that would see him continue beyond next season as the Soo Greyhounds head coach.
Speaking like someone who expects to enter the 2008-2009 Ontario Hockey League campaign behind the Hounds bench, the 48-year-old Hartsburg said he can’t totally rule out a return to the NHL, but “as of right now I’m assuming I’ll be back.”
About to enter the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2004, the Stratford, Ont., native’s name has been mentioned prominently as a top candidate for, among others, the Ottawa Senators head coaching job.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
After the final shot eluded him, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stood alone in his crease Sunday afternoon, pain radiating from his blue eyes. His teammates had skated back to their bench, and the Penguins celebrated in a giant mob to his right. For what seemed like minutes, Lundqvist bore his agony alone.
Eventually, the Rangers skated over to console him. Marian Hossa’s series-winning goal 7 minutes 10 seconds into overtime gave the Penguins a 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, sending the Mellon Arena fans into a frenzy, and leaving the Rangers to grapple with their emotions.
“It’s just empty,” Lundqvist said. “Your head is just empty. You’ve been working so hard all year, starting in May last year to prepare for this season. And then everything is over.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News writing about today’s Rangers/Penguins game…
I think the Hockey Gods are trying to call you out, Stephen Walkom. There can be no possible rationalization for your officials continuously putting their hands in their pockets in third periods of games.
I’m normally one of your biggest defenders, but what’s going on is casting everything – the officials, the players, and the game itself – in a not-so-positive light.
more on the game…
from Crain’s Detroit Business,
For Royal Oak’s Superior Fish, the Motor City’s weirdest hockey tradition — octopus tossing — is a win-win situation, with increased foot traffic, a minor bump in revenue and a whole lot of goodwill.
In a typical week, Superior Fish sells about 20 to 30 pounds of octopus to its retail clientele, at $3.95 per pound, and anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds to its wholesale customers, said Kevin Dean, who co-owns the store with brother David Dean.
When the playoffs are in full swing, the retail octopus trade may spike to 100 pounds on a home-game day.
On a side note, I went to high school with the Dean Brothers, good guys. Make sure to check out their website, you may be surprised by the “thumbs up” picture!
from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,
His numbers had dipped, and his contract had become a focus. Richards had seemingly gone from essential to cumbersome in a matter of months.
“Based on where the team was going and the budget situation, it was probably the right thing to do,” Richards said. “But that doesn’t make it any easier.
“I had a few uncertain moments about (waiving his no-trade clause). But I just felt it was going to get harder and harder. The way things were being run, it was turning into a dead end for me. I ended up getting pushed out, and a lot of guys had an entire season of their careers ruined.”
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Marian Hossa scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers today at Mellon Arena, clinching their second-round playoff series. They advance to the Eastern Conference final, where they will play cross-state rival Philadelphia.
Dates and times for the third round are pending, but Games 1 and 2 will be at Mellon Arena.
Update 5:23pm ET: Story of the game from David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail.
Update 5:44pm ET: Live post-game press conference underway.
Video streaming is below.
(click that link to access the NHL’s pop-up player)
Update 5:53pm ET: Game video of Hossa’s OT goal below.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
A team fresh off a seven-game winning streak to start the playoffs isn’t exactly the poster team for “facing adversity,” even if that streak was broken in their last outing in New York in Game 4.
Despite the perception from outside the Penguins locker room that perhaps things have changed with Thursday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of a desperate Rangers team, Pittsburgh is light years from adversity.
At least until late Sunday afternoon, when the Penguins will have a second chance to eliminate the Rangers, this is a hiccup, a stubbed toe. Nothing more, nothing less.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“They find a hole here and there, we don’t, and we’re going home,” said Price, who was just out of his teens when he broke training camp with the Canadiens last October.
“It feels like I’ve been playing for two years straight,” he said, having suited up in junior, minor pro and NHL hockey in the space of less than a year.
“It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m drained. The difference between winning and losing is fighting through it. I just wish I could have played better.” It will be Garbage Bag Day at the Bell Centre early this week, the depressing exercise of a team emptying their dressing-room stalls for a long summer.
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