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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
In the roiling cauldron that was Joe Louis Arena, where fans were alternating covering their eyes or leaping to their feet, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood was oblivious to the stress.
His so-called fun peaked with 8.4 seconds left in game when John-Michael Liles had the game on his stick and 20,066 fans had their hearts in their mouths.
However, Osgood plucked the puck and a victory out of mid-air to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Thursday in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
Watch the above mentioned save by Osgood…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If the Red Wings continue to outshoot their opponents by double digits in every game, there’s almost no chance they’ll lose a best-of-seven series.
The only thing that could stop them would be an out-the-world goaltending performance, which will require Theodore to either get well soon or Quenneville to make a very gutsy decision and for Budaj to reward him for it.
more on the game last night…
Watch the video highlights of the Canadiens/Flyers and Wings/Avalanche games from last night.
added 9:47am, ESPN highlights with Buccigross and Melrose…
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 Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers New York Rangers must get the puck in deep, they must force the Penguins to play as much as possible in their own end of the ice, and they must stay out of the penalty box in order to prevail in the Eastern semifinal series that commences here tonight.
Equally important, however, is what the Rangers must not do in this marquee matchup between Broadway’s bright lights and Sidney Crosby’s name above the title, for they must not become preoccupied with Pittsburgh’s - and No. 87’s - penchant for embellishing and contesting every call, and they must not become consumed with matching lines against Crosby or Evegni Malkin.
from the Mercury News,
Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe says there are two ways to respond to someone like Dallas Stars agitator Steve Ott….
“The wrong response would be to let him get to you and take undisciplined penalties and put your team in a hole,” Clowe said Thursday, one day before Dallas and San Jose open their second-round playoff series tonight at HP Pavilion.
“The right response,” he continued, “is to tell him, ‘You keep that up, just make sure you let (Mike) Modano and (Mike) Ribeiro and (Jere) Lehtinen and (Brenden) Morrow and (Brad) Richards know that every time you do that, we’re going to hit those guys twice as hard.’ “
from the Daily Gazette,
Ryan Potulny’s first goal of the playoffs, 2:58 into the fifth overtime, ended the longest game in American Hockey League history, lifting the Philadelphia Phantoms past the Albany River Rats, 3-2, at the Times Union Center.
Potulny scored on the Phantoms’ 101st shot of the game, beating Rats goaltender Michael Leighton with a 15-foot wrist shot from the slot and ending the game at 12:39 this morning after 142 minutes and 58 seconds. Leighton finished with an AHL-record 98 saves.
“You can’t ask any more than what they gave,” Rats head coach-GM Tom Rowe said. “You hope you get that break. It’s frustrating for those guys in there because they worked so hard. In a game like this, you hate to see anybody lose, but somebody has to. We were hoping it was them.”
from All Things Avs,
This is the bargain Francois Giguere made with the devil when he re-signed Peter Forsberg, all right. When Foppa is in the lineup, all is right with the world. You think he’s finally turning the corner on his health and things will stay good for a while and then - pow - right in the stomach comes the next injury.
In the Avs’ case, it came right before Game 1 tonight, and although the Avs tried to put on brave game faces and act like nothing had happened, you could tell it killed them. And this, as I’ve said before, is the problem with having Forsberg around….
I don’t anticipate Forsberg back for Game 2, and if the Avs lose again as I anticipate partly because of that, they’re done, even if Foppa comes back for Game 3.
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.
from Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo,
Recently, I spoke with Justin Kubatko, Vice President of Sports Reference LLC and the person in charge of creating Hockey-Reference.com. “I’m a hockey fan. I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard hockey fan, but I grew up near Pittsburgh. When the Penguins won those back-to-back Cups in the’90s, I remember those well,” said Kubatko, 36, who now lives in Columbus. He said Sports Reference LLC had planned on creating a hockey site for years, but needed “a good data set and a license for the data” before starting up
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