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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Suddenly it’s not the playoffs for Teemu Selanne.
Nobody is clipping him in the face. Nobody is nailing him with a puck during warm-ups. Nobody is driving him to the dentist.
Nothing’s going in.
“When I’ve gotten into position, I haven’t gotten the puck onto the net,” Selanne said. “It’s playoff hockey. I’ve been through things like this before. All that needs to happen is for one of those shots to go in.
“I could either be smiling or crying about this. I’d rather be smiling.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
This doesn’t make it a series.
But one more win by the Buffalo Sabres in this Eastern Conference final and, my oh my, the ghosts of blown playoff opportunities past will mischievously start whispering in the ears of the Ottawa Senators.
Suddenly, there will be a Patrick Lalime sighting. Or Jeff Friesen will be seen taking a tour on Parliament Hill.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“We missed out on the party,” said Senators coach Bryan Murray. “It’s disappointing when you lose, especially at home.”...
“We knew there was going to be a bump in the road at some point or another,” said Senators centre Jason Spezza. “We’ve just got to stick with the plan.
“We’ve shown that anytime we play our game and get pucks in deep, we’re the better hockey team. We had a lot of chances late in the second and the third. We just weren’t able to get anything by (Sabres goalie Ryan Miller). That was just a good teaching game to show what we have to do to win.”
from The Maven,
No bragging is permitted at The Maven’s Café Discreet but I must remind you that I did suggest yesterday that the Sabres could win on Wednesday night and, if so, this could turn out to be a better series than the first three games suggested….
Starting today, The Maven will diligently reply to E mails.
Buffalo hangs on for a 3-2 win and head home down 3-1.
Watch the post game presser.
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from Spector at Fox Sports,
Internet speculation suggests New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez might sign with either the Calgary Flames or Ottawa Senators as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
A quick perusal of the payroll of both clubs, however, suggests such a signing is impossible without either club dumping substantial salary to make room for the anticipated $6 million-plus per season Gomez is expected to command this summer.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It’s the kind of decision that could easily cost the Ducks Game 4 on Thursday. And if it costs them Game 4 it will give Detroit a 3-1 series lead and hence almost certainly cost the Ducks the series. And by extension, a loss to Detroit Thursday will likely cost the Ducks a trip to the Stanley Cup and the Cup itself.
If there has been a suspension handed down to a more high profile player than Pronger, a former Hart Trophy winner and nominated once again this year for the Norris Trophy, at a more crucial time of the season in recent memory, we couldn’t recall it.
But that’s the point of the matter, isn’t it?
read on, including Brian Burke comments…
added 8:37pm, more on this from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail…
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from the AP/CBC via CBC,
The Washington Capitals agreed to terms with a player they hope will be one of the building blocks of their future — Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom.
Backstrom, 19, was selected fourth overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft but decided to remain in the Swedish Elite League for another season.
Plus, from the Washington Capitals,
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host a news conference with center Nicklas Backstrom, the No. 4 overall draft-pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Monday, May 21, at noon at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.
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