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from the New York Post,
“It looks like [Wade] Dubielewicz will keep playing,” Nolan said after the team practiced. “More than likely (it will be Dubielewicz). Ricky’s not in our thought pattern right now.”
That would change should DiPietro stay symptom-free and pass a neurological test, which could happen as soon as tomorrow. If that did occur, he still would need practice time before returning to game action.
“Rick’s trying to get back, but all our whole focus has to be on the guys we have,” Nolan said.
from Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
The one who makes the franchise go - and made it go beyond logic Sunday - is the man behind the bench.
You can tell the players know it. They violated hockey tradition and their own instincts after that heart-stopping, last-second Devils goal and the heart-thumping shootout win Sunday. Instead of jumping immediately onto the ice, which is what hockey players do when they are on the bench and something remarkable happens, they stood right where they were. They all had to congratulate coach Ted Nolan.
“That was unexpected,” Nolan said yesterday.
added 7:02am, also from Newsday,
Although he hopes to participate in the playoffs, DiPietro said he first must be able to resume playing hockey in practice without symptoms before he even can take the neuro-psychological test he must pass in order to be cleared to play.
“The test is a few more steps away,” DiPietro told Newsday yesterday. “It’s an interesting process, but there’s a lot of things you need to do and be symptom-free before you go back to take that test. I’ll be doing some stuff on my own [today]. I think it depends on how I feel. It’s definitely a frustrating deal.”
From the Maven at The Maven,
I’ve seen miracles in more than a half-century of covering hockey, but the Islanders MIRACLE triumph at the Meadowlands yesterday was a unique one for me.
The game is packaged, awaiting only a ribbon with the Isles leading, 2-0, late in the third. Then, it’s 2-1, and remarkably John Madden ties the count with 0.8 seconds left!
No team ever has been under more pressure in an overtime than Ted Nolan’s sextet. Somehow, they survived it.
from the NY Post,
“It’s almost a storybook,” understated goalie Wade Dubielewicz, the newest hero in the Islanders’ proud pantheon of former greats.
“I can’t wipe the smile off my face,” Dubielewicz said after his dramatic 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils yesterday at the Meadowlands….
“I tried my best for you,” Clemmensen said to the Leaf fans, who are up in arms today because Lou Lamoriello decided to leave Martin Brodeur out of yesterday’s finale.
The New York Islanders win in a shootout over New Jersey, landing the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on the last day of the season. More later. (The Leafs Lunch show on AM640 radio should be quite entertaining Monday, wouldn’t you say?)
Update 6:57pm EDT:
The win triggered a wild on-ice celebration by the Islanders who were seemingly out of the Stanley Cup hunt one week ago. They regrouped in front of third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz to edge out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the last playoff berth to be decided on the final day of the regular season.
Toronto finished its season Saturday night with a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs had 91 points, one more than the Islanders.
The Islanders mission was simple: win, and they were in the playoffs and would face the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres.
Coach Lamoriello faced with a tough decision tomorrow- Play Brodeur or not?
If the Islanders beat the Devils, they are in the playoffs and the Toronto Maple Leafs join the Canadiens on the golf course.
I am with Don Cherry, Lou has to play his best lineup, it is the right thing to do.
Islanders defeat Flyers 4-2 this afternoon, now wait for the outcome of tonight’s Habs/Leafs game.
via the AP,
If the Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens in regulation or overtime on Saturday, and the Islanders win at Atlantic Divison-champion New Jersey on Sunday, then the Islanders would be in as the No. 8 seed. The Islanders and Montreal each have 90 points, and Toronto has 89. If Montreal wins, the Islanders are eliminated because the Canadiens have more victories.
Also, the Sabres have wrapped up the President’s Trophy with a win today against the Capitals.
from the NY Post,
To have any chance at securing the last playoff berth, the Isles continue to need everything to fall into place for them.
If they beat the Flyers, they must have the Maple Leafs defeat the Canadiens in Toronto tonight. Should that happen, the Islanders would control their own destiny, with just a victory over the Devils between them and the postseason. And since the Devils have virtually nothing to play for, the Isles could have a better shot than normal.
Still, a Montreal win would spoil any hope the Isles have.
“It’s tough relying on other teams,” said Blake. “But the fact that we’re playing games that matter this late in the year is great.”
Especially for goalie Wade Dubielewicz, who has gone from an almost unknown third-stringer to one of the keys to the Islanders’ success in little more than a week.
from David Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Saturday’s Toronto forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 1 C, a 70-per-cent chance of flurries – and a 100-per-cent chance of monster TV ratings for CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and RDS’s La Soirée du Hockey.
The Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre to see who goes to the Eastern Conference playoffs and who goes golfing.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),
The Leafs were hopelessly inept offensively last night in losing 5-2 to the New York Islanders. All that saved them was the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, which kept the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference, held by the Canadiens, one point away.
But the Leafs cannot let the Canadiens gain a point in an overtime loss when they meet at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night. The Canadiens hold all the advantages in the tiebreakers if the teams finish the season tied in points.
from the AP via Newsday,
The Islanders trail ninth-place Toronto by one point and eighth-place Montreal by two points. New York has two games remaining, while Montreal and Toronto face each other Saturday night in their finales.
I would want to hang around too…
The NHL says it has reviewed the incident and, as far as the league is concerned, the case is closed.
“We were made aware of the situation right after the game in question,” NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell told TSN. “We investigated it, talked with the officials and both teams and we determined there were no grounds to pursue it any further. It’s a closed matter as far as we are concerned. We don’t have to respond to what’s in today’s newspapers because we’ve already responded to it.”...
Lundqvist told reporters on Wednesday before learning of the allegations that he prefers to remain in the crease to maintain concentration during breaks.
pic via the New York Islanders
added 2:11pm, Raycroft gets it!
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