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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
That swagger comes from rediscovering the ways in which the Kings found success last season.
Jonathan Quick stingy in net? Check.
A blue-line corps led by Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Rob Scuderi and Slava Voynov balancing swift puck-moving abilities with strong physical play? Check.
A suffocating penalty kill? Check.
Rolling four forward lines without hesitation? Check.
And while Quick no doubt will continue to receive most of the attention for yet another gem on this night -- a 35-save shutout, boosting his playoff save percentage to .953 -- to me another important catalyst on this team once again is Mike Richards.
For a second spring in a row, the second-line center is bringing it at playoff time.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Darryl Sutter declined to offer specifics on the nature of Stoll’s absence, though he pointedly indicated it wasn’t because he was being rested.
“You know what? I didn’t play Jarret in the third period, and he wasn’t resting, so that pretty well tells you, doesn’t it? If you ask that question about injuries every day, you get here early, see who’s on the ice, see who’s not, and you know. That’s who’s available and who isn’t,” Sutter responded to a question on Stoll’s status.
Both Torres and San Jose coach Todd McLellan downplayed the incident.
“To be honest, I didn’t really think it was even going to be a penalty,” Torres told reporters after the game. “They called it charging, but I don’t feel launched myself. I took a step and a half and glided into him. Obviously, he was leaning over. I still feel like I got shoulder to his shoulder, and then it looked – because he was leaning over – that I came up a little high…I hope he’s all right.”
“A clean hit, not even a charging penalty in my opinion,” McLellan said.
more and watch the hit below...
The Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks in OT with a goal by Patrick Marleau on the power play.
Many questions will now be asked regarding the Canucks.
Update from George: Here's the series-winning goal...
And the Vancouver Province asked several questions about the Canucks' future:
via Mark Spector tweets,
VAN's Bieksa calls out Couture and Thornton for embellishing calls. "It's a lack of integrity."
Bieksa - “Thornton, another so-called Canadian ... He gets slashed, takes his glove off, shakes his hand."
Bieksa: “Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn’t my opinion. The evidence is in the video.”
More Bieksa: “Those are 2 Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity. Maybe our team has to do more of that.”
added 9:07pm, Want to see the video of Bieksa talking abou the Sharks, watch it below via Sporstnet...
First Raffi Torres scores in OT to put the Sharks up 2-0 in their series over Vancouver.
Randy Hahn with the call...
Below watch as Roberto Luongo makes a diving save on Raffi Torres.
Chris Cuthbert with the call...
Ryan Johansen with the game winning goall after a turnover by Joe Pavelski.
from the CP at TSN,
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
I was also curious about how his sense of the game has changed since he played in the 1970s and now views it as a coach in 2013.
“The game’s changed and I’ve been able to adapt to the changes in the game,” Robinson said. “I think I would have been a frustrated player playing in today’s game because when you’re big, a lot of the things you were able to do back then as a bigger player, you can’t do now.”
Then he talked of conversations he had with former NHL defenseman Vladimir Malakhov.
“I related to Malakhov – that was one of the main reasons why he quit hockey. He said, ‘I don’t know what to do anymore. If I put my hand here I get called for a penlty, if I do this I get called for a penalty.’ It frustrated the hell out of him so I think it would frustrate me a little bit,” Robinson said. “The fact that I was a good skater, I could probably adapt to it.”
Robinson has been coaching in the NHL for almost 20 years now. I asked him last summer how has his coaching philosophy changed over that time ?
“I was a little more of a defensive-minded coach. And I think in a way I’m still the same, I still think that good defense leads to offense – but I think you have to be a little more offensive minded now with the way the game is going.
NEW YORK (April 4, 2013) -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been fined $8,378.38, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley in NHL Game No. 542 in San Jose on Wednesday, April 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. Vlasic was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing.
A review of the incident that included a conversation with the Minnesota Wild confirmed that Heatley suffered an injury in an ensuing scrum and not as a result of Vlasic’s slash.
As a first-time offender, the maximum Vlasic could be fined was the lesser of $10,000 or one-half of his daily salary.
if you missed the incident, watch it here...
A great goal by Dan Boyle, but do you take away a little bit of the wow factor because it was a 5 on 3 goal?
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Coach Mike Yeo, after a very abbreviated 20-second press scrum, indicated that Dany Heatley will out for awhile with what looked on replay to be a left wrist injury after an altercation he had with San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic after the game.
Vlasic, Heatley’s former teammate who had an ongoing battle with the veteran much of the third period, got into it with Heatley in front of the Sharks’ net in the final seconds after Vlasic cross-checked Heatley.
Vlasic slashed Heatley across the top of the back. Heatley got up and tried to connect with his stick and missed. Vlasic then two-handed Heatley across the forearm and jumped him. Vlasic got the shirt over top Heatley’s head, lifted him and then violently one-last time drove him down to the ice. That appears to be when Heatley got hurt. He skated to the exit in pain.
more plus watch the only video I could find of the incident below... Russo has the same video too....
update 12:27pm, Added another video below showing the incident and Vlasic talking about it.
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