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Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. The snow melts away (and with record breaking snowfall locally it is much welcomed) the green growth and flowers appear. By green growth of course the playoff rookies that are making a difference and the annual showing of Marc-André Fleury giving Pittsburgh Penguin fans elevated blood pressure.
Emotions are the backbone of the NHL for players, fans and in some cases the non cheering media. Be it the No Words commercial, or the videos of players throwing jerseys on the ice or crying when their team either does not make the post season or when they are eliminated from it. There are huge highs and deep cutting lows on the roller coaster that is the hockey world. Less than a week into the 2014 NHL Playoffs and that still has not changed.
"I'm pretty confident in this group right now. Every time it looked like we were going on a slide, these guys found a way to rebound."
-Jon Cooper after the Tampa Bay Lightning went down 0-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. More on the Lightning from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times.
“We didn’t have the puck enough. When we had it, we’ve got to start putting pucks in the areas where we can get them back. We’ve got to get pucks in areas where once we get it, we can hang on to it. I thought we didn’t play with the puck as much as we normally do, but the one thing about our team tonight — I thought we got better and better as the periods went on.
‘The third period was obviously our best period, but we started playing more of our game in the third period than in the first two. We’ve got to kind of make those adjustments here, and hopefully have three periods more like the third period was, and capitalize on the chances that we had.”
-Claude Julien post-game after the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
At the end of the night, we handed them their opportunities and their goals. We skated well, the effort was great but we made a couple mistakes that cost us.
-Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after their 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. More post-game quotes from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. The Stars are down 0-2 to the Ducks.
I guess the NHL's annual start-of-the-playoffs crackdown on horizontal stick fouls only counts regarding obstruction and interference, not spearing, stick-swinging or otherwise using one's stick as an instrument of torture.
As noted in the Wings-Bruins quick take, @myregularface showed Milan Lucic spearing Danny DeKeyser in the groin...
And during tonight's Ducks-Stars game, Corey Perry did this to Jamie Benn, per The Score and TSN...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So now Flyers coach Craig Berube is going to have his team revert to its season-long style of carrying the puck into the Rangers’ zone after Thursday’s misguided game plan that featured chip-and-chase hockey basically blew up in their faces.
Regardless, it is imperative the Rangers seize this moment to not only grab an immediate two-game advantage in the series, but to send the Flyers back to Philadelphia riddled with doubt for Tuesday’s Game 3, seeking a third way to play.
It is imperative the Rangers chow down on a full helping of killer instinct for breakfast before Sunday’s noon faceoff. This is more than about just holding serve. It is about establishing and reinforcing superiority.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada with a look at Thomas Vanek and the adjustments his linemates have made to play with him.
Wedsnesday was good, Thursday was even better, what will tonight bring?
NEW YORK (April 18, 2014) -- The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17.
The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
if you missed the inappropriate conduct, you can watch it here...
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Suppose I walk into a Honda dealership looking for a new car, and my friend asks me, “Why don’t you drive a Maserati?”
The response would be pretty simple: “I can’t afford it.”
It certainly wouldn’t be, “just because you have money, doesn’t mean you spend it. I mean, look at what this clown is spending on his car!”
Setting aside the fact that would be kind of a cheap shot to level within earshot of the guy putting a racing transmission in his S2000, it doesn’t really answer the question.
Which is sort of the problem with Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s response every time he’s asked whether or not he’ll sink some of the money the team will draw next year from massive new broadcast rights deals (not to mention a bigger slice of league revenue thanks to the last CBA) into player payroll.
As time passes, more and more fans are coming to realize what the new reality first signalled by the departure of Daniel Alfredsson over money last summer means over the long term: the Ottawa Senators may never be willing, or able, to compete on a level financial playing field with the National Hockey League’s elite teams again.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So were you like me, watching the first two nights of the NHL playoffs on television and thinking you’d stepped into a time machine?
Suddenly, it was 1986, all over again. Wayne and the boys were lighting it up out West. Bossy and his gang were still a force in the East. Was that Peter Stastny scoring key goals for Quebec, or Paul Stastny scoring them for the former Nordiques, now the Colorado Avalanche? Neal Broten starring for the Minnesota North Stars or Zach Parise for the Minnesota Wild? If Patrick Roy was on the ice instead of behind the bench, would his team have given up four goals?
Maybe, because it seemed like, in the first 48 hours, everybody was giving up goals – 53 total in seven games, six of which produced seven goals or more. That giddy euphoria coming from a nearby living room – that’s the sound of playoff poolies everywhere, off to a roaring start.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Mason went through a practice at Chelsea Piers and said he felt good and wasn’t hampered in any kind of movement on the ice.
He last practiced Tuesday and will have a full practice with teammates Saturday.
“I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple days,” Mason said. “It was a good step. I felt great movement wise.”
Can you play in Game 2?
“We still have a couple days before Sunday rolls around, so that’s definitely my goal,” Mason said.
Mason said Flyers management would have to decide on his status. Coach Craig Berube said he’ll make a decision after speaking with all parties later today and what he sees off Saturday’s practice.
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