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Serge Fedorov scored the game winning goal with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd period.
Tight-checking game, both goalies were outstanding but only one team can win.
Feel ok for a few hours, then boom can’t keep my eyes open, headache, etc….
note: Original post time was 8:39am this morning.
Woke up this morning with a sore throat and a very run-down feeling.
Maybe a little more sleep will cure that. So I will be back a little later on this morning.
In the meantime, check out the game 7 performances of the players and coaches involved in the two game 7’s tonight.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….
The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...
from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,
Somebody posing as a Washington Post reporter convinced ESPN on Monday that one of the Washington Capitals’ star players had been suspended for Tuesday’s decisive Eastern Conference playoff Game 7 against the New York Rangers.
“I was on my way to the rink this morning and my buddy called me and was a little upset I was missing Game 7,” said Capitals defenseman Mike Green, a finalist for the Norris Trophy given to the NHL’s top defenseman.
“I had no idea what for. It kind of caught me off guard.”
ESPN SportsCenter hosts Josh Elliot and Hannah Storm relayed that Green and teammate Donald Brashear were suspended under a “Breaking News” banner Monday at 9:52 a.m.
Within a half hour, ESPN retracted the story.
If you missed it earlier today, you can start here which will lead you to some screenshots of the ‘breaking news’ at ESPN.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
John Tortorella looked around the group of reporters Monday and asked the question.
“OK, I’ll poll you right now,” said the New York Rangers coach. “Who thinks we’re going to win tomorrow?”
Not a single hand was raised.
“There you go. There is no pressure on us,” said Tortorella. “We’re going to go there and try to relax and compete in a Game 7 because everybody thinks we’re done. It falls back on them. They have the advantage because it is a home building and that’s what they did this year. They deserve that seventh game, but it’s funny what happens with the pressure.”
Ah, the mind games on the eve of a seventh game. It’s universal in all sports.
TORONTO (April 27, 2009) - Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for a total of six games as a result of two separate incidents—one prior to and one during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series Sunday against the New York Rangers.
Brashear was suspended one game for initiating contact with Rangers forward Colton Orr during the pre-game warm-up. Brashear was suspended for five additional games for a blind-side hit on New York forward Blair Betts at 9:54 of the first period.
“Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury.”
Brashear’s suspension will be served beginning tomorrow night when the Capitals meet the Rangers in Game Seven of the series. The suspension will extend through the Capitals’ next five 2009 playoff games, the 2009-10 regular season, or both, as circumstances warrant.
from Capitals Outsider,
ESPN just retracted on SportsCenter, stating that Mike Green and Donald Brashear have not been suspended, yet. However they both now have a hearing at 1pm today. This is according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
added 11:16am, via TSN,
Sources tell TSN Betts suffered a broken orbital bone from the Brashear hit and is likely done for the playoffs.
from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,
The New York Rangers can’t hope to consistently out-skate or outscore the Washington Capitals, so their strategy is to outfight and out-argue them. Throughout the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, they’ve counted on belligerence as a neutralizer, but it’s an approach born of inferiority, and they don’t seem to have a Plan B. You know they’re desperate when they’re reduced to whining about foul language.
Donald Brashear with a hard hit on Blair Betts today.
Brashear received a 2 minute minor for roughing as did Paul Mara of the Rangers.
Elbow, shoulder, late hit or just a clean hit?
Betts has not returned to the game and no report on his condition.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Bobby Orr is the most mes merizing player I have ever seen. Well, he was. He was until The Alex Ovechkin Show hit the NHL.
Ovechkin’s combination of ferocity, passion, talent and showmanship is unique in NHL history. He is a great player, already an all-time player after just four seasons in the league, who isn’t afraid to let the world in and see the excitement he gets from performing, from excelling; from playing.
This is the athlete who would be worth the price of admission in even Yankee Stadium, and please, while we’re at it, let’s get the Caps into The Bronx for an outdoor game.
continued plus some Tortorella, Wild, Briere mentions among others…
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