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Q. Any update on McAmmond? I know Fisher didn’t skate; it was a rest day?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I gave him the day to kind of get away from the skate. I made it somewhat optional to a number of the guys. McAmmond doesn’t look promising, but I have talked to him very, very briefly. We’ll just have to see how he recovers.
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I don’t know that. We’ll just have to wait and see until almost game time if there’s a chance at all.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
After all, when the all-star Ducks defenceman was suspended for his blindside head shot on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom in the Western Conference final, he blamed the Canadian media for being banished from the series for a game.
Today, you have to figure Pronger’s conspiracy antennae will be on amber alert, given that he’ll be waking up this morning in the nation’s capital after his cheap shot elbow knocked out Dean McAmmond of the Senators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last night.
Good luck generating any sympathy this time.
Geez, he might even have to blame himself if, as is certainly possible, he gets suspended again and in so doing really helps the Senators get back into the best-of-seven series.
If you missed the hit on McAmmond….
Q. Curious about the Pronger hit on McAmmond and what if anything should need to happen?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: It’s not what needs to happen. It was an elbow to the head. I saw what happened when a Detroit player got hit like that. He was out. I can’t for the life of me understand how it was missed by four officials. Dean was knocked out. I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to complain, because I get accused of complaining.
So I think it was an obvious call.
Q. Do you think that Anaheim was trying to do again tonight what other teams had tried and failed to do, which is rough it up a little bit? And tonight you finally - you had to step it up and force the issue a little more than you had?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: Well, that’s their style. I mean, they battle hard with the goaltender. They take the body real well. I know lots of these players. They’re big, physical people. That’s their game plan. And it’s not just tonight, it’s every night. I thought we handled it well.
We got some pucks to the net finally, and we found a way to win a hockey game.
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
But O’Halloran was overruled by NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, who looked at the replays and ruled there was no distinct kicking motion.
“And that’s the whole key here,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “The key is Alfredsson directed the puck in, but there was no distinct kicking motion. The puck hits his skate and it goes toward the net, then there is movement of the foot.”
more on the game…
Game 4 on Monday is going to be great. Ducks want a victory to clinch at home and Sens want to even it up, 2-2.
Watch the post game interviews…
One question, anyone miss the railcam?
Elbow to the chin…
Ducks caught a man short on a face-off in their own end, and they pay for it with an Ottawa goal.
from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,
The Virgin Mary is onside.
She stands in the garden of St. Patrick’s Basilica on the corner of Nepean and Kent Streets in downtown Ottawa, a large Go Sens Go poster — complete with logo — on the church wall behind her. She wears a confident smile on her calm face and has her arms outstretched as if on the verge of celebrating a goal.
At this point, even one would be nice.
The faithful, it should be noted, are holding on to their belief — even with the Ottawa Senators down two games to none in the Stanley Cup final, even after being shut out by the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
Q. I just wanted to know, can you update us on Chris Neil, if everything went well with him?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: He’s a father. He’s happy. He was in this morning. He went through the video that he missed out on yesterday. And he’s ready to play.
Q. What can Alfredsson do to be more effective tonight?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: Get the puck in scoring position once in a while and put pucks to the net. He’s got to get some help. I don’t think there’s an individual player in this league or very few of them that can do it himself.
I think it becomes, in particular this time of year when everybody is playing great defense and working real hard, you’ve got to have a line going. And then you have a chance to be a productive player.
So it’s Jason and Dany and Alfy have to be doing what they do all playoffs with the exception of a game or two.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The worst thing about the Stanley Cup final? It only lasts a week or two. They should change it to a best-of-47. Take us right through August. Over indulging sports writers could split their September between a fat farm and a detox centre, then be ready and in fine form for the start of the next season. The NHL is treating us so well, you’d almost think they were trying to kill us off. From a Brookstreet breakfast to smoked-meat sandwich lunches at the rink to dinner and receptions back at the hotel
many more NHL bits from Don, including the Sens home crowd needs to be ready…
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