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from the CP via TSN,
Chris Pronger a backstabber? Corey Perry a headhunter? Chris Neil a villain? Dean McAmmond a faker?
Accusations and insinuations ruled the day Monday following Pronger’s one-game suspension for a shot to McAmmond’s head in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
The most heated talk was from Neil, the feisty Ottawa Senators winger who was accused by Anaheim GM Brian Burke of trying to take Ducks forward Andy McDonald’s head off with an elbow. McDonald was not hurt on the play.
Q. I just wonder, I understand Dean McAmmond is skating. Will he play?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I don’t know. I just talked to him briefly. He’s taking a light skate. See how he feels afterwards. Obviously, we have to talk to the doctors
before we let him play, but he’s trying. He’d like to play. But in talking to him, he’s certainly not 100% at this moment.
Q. Is it mental right now with Dany Heatley?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: He’s very physical. If he gets his legs going a little better and does a few things with the puck, things will happen for him. He had kind of a similar start to another series and then got going pretty well. Dany is one of the people that the line plays well. He’ll play real well. And we’ve got to get Spezza getting him the puck more and Alfy getting back to his game.
from the Leader-Post,
YELLOW GRASS—Decorating the rink: $50. Buying food and drinks: $500. Big screen TV: $3,000. Watching Peter Schaefer play for the Cup: Priceless!
The gathering is appropriately dubbed “Hockey Night in Yellow Grass”. Game 3 of the series on Saturday night attracted a crowd of about 80 people—or roughly 20 per cent of the town’s population.
This humble farming community came to a virtual halt during the game, which Ottawa won 5-3. The only sign of life outside the rink on this evening was one solemn figure who took advantage of the pleasant weather to cut his grass.
from the LA Times,
Down by Chinatown, a plump woman dresses her two dogs in miniature Ottawa Senators shirts for their morning walk.
Farther along the boulevard, at an open-air market, a vendor sticks a red-and-gold flag among baskets of fresh strawberries.
Try walking two blocks in this capital without finding some reminder that the home team has reached the Stanley Cup finals. Try ignoring giant banners hung from office buildings near the highway and placards taped in windshields of taxicabs.
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from The Maven,
Best of all, instead of beefing as his counterpart, Bryan Murray, certainly would have, Carlyle refused to whine about the result or the zebras’ collective astigmatism….
Legal or not, the goal should not detract from the Senators comeback from the Land of Chokes.
They could have—should have—won Games One and Two but failed because of lethargy and lousy goaltending.
Ray Emery’s ineptitude could have killed them again in Game Three but…
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.”
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