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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
But if you want motivation for tomorrow’s Game 2, look to Biron and his team. The easygoing Biron has a very personal reason for wanting to whip the Canadiens. As a youngster growing up in Lac St-Charles, he worshipped the nearby Quebec Nordiques – in the years before the team moved to Colorado – to the point where he would paint his face the team colours, white and blue, during playoff matches and show up at the airport to welcome his heroes home, often in defeat from the hands of the dreaded Canadiens.
“A lot of that rivalry, that history,” he says, “is still implanted inside me.
“Finally, I will live out that Quebec-Montreal rivalry.”
You want further motivation for Montreal to continue winning, just look to Price and his team. He has the likes of Dryden and Patrick Roy, two Hall-of-Fame goaltenders, to emulate. And the Canadiens are chasing their 25th Stanley Cup. They are the only Canadian team left in the playoffs.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It also could be argued that the Montreal Canadiens got a lot of help from the officiating with two calls that, in the end, negated an effort that should have put the Flyers ahead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Instead, a borderline, last- minute kneeing call and a resulting power-play goal by Alex Kovalev that tied the game and a ruling on a second-period Kovalev goal that appeared to have been scored with a high stick resulted in a 4-3 Montreal win in overtime last night in the Bell Centre.
Tom Kostopoulos got a second chance at his own rebound and scored the game-winner 48 second into overtime, putting the Canadiens up, 1-0, in the best-of-seven series that resumes tomorrow night in Montreal.
“We certainly didn’t get any breaks,” coach John Stevens said when asked how he felt about the calls.
The Philadelphia Flyers will be without regular defenceman Jaroslav Modry Thursday night when they open their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series in Montreal.
Modry will travel to the Czech Republic on Saturday for the burial of his father, Jaroslav Modry Sr., who died last week following a seven-month battle with colon cancer.
“The arrangements were set,” Flyers coach John Stevens said of Modry. “We’re going to make sure he has enough time to get back and take the time that he needs. He’ll have plenty of time to pay his respects, and then take whatever time he needs to rejoin the team.”
continued… with our condolences
Some words on Modry from NHL.com’s Mike Morreale, written last week.
First I’ll (sic) like to say you suck, cause the Flyers are the best team in the NHL and always will be. Second I think you only hate the Flyers cause, your (sic) one of the ones that want to get rid of all the fighting in the NHL, and probably want to get rid of all the ruff (sic) stuff.
The Flyers are an in your face, hard working team and you don’t seem to like that. I bet you probably would rather go watch (homophobic slur deleted) hockey like they play in Europe.
Anyway you suck for not liking the way the Flyers bring excitment (sic) to the NHL!
Name: Unknown, Hometown: Dosen’t (sic) matter, Email: yousuckadam @hotmail.com
Ah, Flyers fans. Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to your e-mails whether or not Philly’s final tilt with Washington is resolved the way you’d like it. Gotta love amped-up fans, even when their passions don’t extend to areas such as simple spelling and grammar.
more letters to Adam Proteau of the Hockey News…
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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
There’s a very good reason for Canadiens fans to loathe Daniel Briere - and it’s not because he spurned Montreal’s courtship last July and signed an eight-year, $52-million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
It’s because Briere blithely flipped the final puck used during Carey Price’s first NHL shutout into the Bell Centre stands on Feb. 16.
Even for a non-collector like Price, the vulcanized souvenir from this milestone is a keeper. And even if Briere didn’t realize the significance of the Canadien rookie’s 34-save effort that night, he did a very bad thing.
from the Courier Post,
Marty Biron spent nearly 12 years in the Buffalo Sabres’ organization waiting, hoping and praying for a chance to prove himself in a playoff series.
He never got it.
Danny Briere spent the past two years in Buffalo hearing how he could produce offense during the regular season, but disappeared in the playoffs.
Even one of his current teammates commented last year that Briere had been “pushed out” of the Sabres’ conference finals against the Ottawa Senators.
Today, the two former Buffalo soldiers are proving themselves as playoff warriors for the Flyers.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
And the performance of the duo of veteran referees Don Koharski and Paul Devorski in Philadelphia’s 3-2 overtime win over Washington Tuesday has to be noted, because it was simply abhorrent.
If there were a way to get a police sketch artist to encapsulate Koharski and Devorski’s wildly varying in-game assessments – featured by a stretch in which no penalties were called from the 13:27 mark of the second period to Tom Poti’s chintzy tripping minor 4:15 into OT that led to Joffrey Lupul’s game-winner at 6:06 – I’d transfer that image to thousands of Wanted: Dead Or Alive posters and start fundraising immediately to raise as much money as possible for a reward.
Making matters worse, if it weren’t for another blown call in the second period, the Caps might’ve won their Eastern Conference first-round series in regulation time.
Update 3:35pm ET: Jamie Fitzpatrick writes a response to Proteau’s comments at About.com
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The leaping, joyous emotion Stevens showed on the bench after Joffrey Lupul won it, won Game 7 in overtime, was back wherever Stevens stores such things. If you could read the relief on his face, hear it in his voice, it wasn’t obvious.
Stevens was just himself - the coach of a team that rose from the depths last season and learned something, learned how to win.
“I’m just happy,” Stevens said. “You just love to see a group have some success . . .
“You keep talking about success, and getting to where you want to go. To win a series, it’s great to see the excitement in the players and the whole organization, especially after last year.”
Tonight’s highly anticipated faceoff in Washington features a few players with some game 7 experience. The Flyers available lineup tonight features 7 players with 15 games experience in this situation; the Capitals boast 6 players with 16 games experience.
Only Washington’s Matt Cooke and Sergei Fedorov have ever scored in a game 7 situation.
But does any of this matter? And who will come out on top?
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