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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that he has no reason to believe that Brent Sutter won’t be back as his head coach next season.
He also made it clear that he wants Sutter to come back.
“There should be no discussion on this,” Lamoriello told me today. “I have no knowledge of anything. You have to speak to Brent about this. Even to get into discussions about this makes no sense.”
Although Sutter has admitted to being home sick, he has said repeatedly that he makes decisions about his future after every season and this one is no different. That said, he has not commited to coming back next season either.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Consider this is a commentary on the state of New York area hockey, the only market anywhere, in any sport, that has three major-league teams: Right now, the hottest club around here is the Islanders.
Yes, the Islanders, 30th out of 30 National Hockey League teams in the regular season, are on April 29 the only ones who have something to which they can look forward. They’re the only ones coming off a victory, having won the draft lottery. They will be right in the mix of NHL talk from now until the draft in late June.
That is what is left of the New York hockey season, which came to a sudden ending for the Rangers and Devils in Game 7s Tuesday night.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like the end of the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Prudential Center.
It is probably the worst defeat I’ve witnessed in hockey.
When I talked to Jamie Langenbrunner afterward, he was still at a loss for words. I asked him if he, as captain, said anything in the postgame locker room to his teammates before the room was opened to the media.
“No one did,” he said. “It was stone silent in here. I don’t think any of us knew what to say, to be honest with you. If you think of something, tell me.”
I haven’t, yet.
Left wing Zach Parise sat with his head in his hands for most of the time the media was in the locker room. He didn’t even look up when I asked him about what he was feeling.
“We’re all a little bit in shock right now about what happened, being so close to the second round,” he said.
Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…
Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.
The matchups for the next round are…
Boston vs. Carolina
Washington vs. Pittsburgh
Feel ok for a few hours, then boom can’t keep my eyes open, headache, etc….
note: Original post time was 8:39am this morning.
Woke up this morning with a sore throat and a very run-down feeling.
Maybe a little more sleep will cure that. So I will be back a little later on this morning.
In the meantime, check out the game 7 performances of the players and coaches involved in the two game 7’s tonight.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….
The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.
From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.
After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.
“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.
from Kelly Carter at USA TODAY,
Brodeur shares his travel tips and highlights with USA TODAY.
Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?
A: Warsaw. I played a game there during a hockey tour in 2004, and I didn’t expect anything of it. But the food, the people, everything was really nice. We stayed in Warsaw for a day and a half, not that long. I didn’t expect Poland to be a special stop for us. We went to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic. I visited 10 countries in 17 days during that tour. The people just appreciated us.
Former NHLer Mariusz Czerkawski was the host and he took care of us as well as any other host that we had.
from Luke DeCock of Talking Points at the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes are playing a dangerous game with Martin Brodeur. Consider these comments from Joe Corvo and Cam Ward on Brodeur’s 44-save shutout in Game 5.
Corvo: “He played well last night, but I think on the other hand a lot of pucks just hit him and he had no clue where they were. … I think Cam played just as good or better than Marty yesterday.”
Ward: “I’m not going to sit here and whine about being bumped once or twice.”...
The Canes are obviously, whether consciously or otherwise, trying to tear down the mythology associated with Brodeur after what may have been the finest playoff performance in Brodeur’s legendary career.
That may help with Carolina’s mentality — it’s the opposite of standing around saying “Will we ever score on this guy?” — but it’s also giving Brodeur mental ammunition.
read on & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
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