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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Is the heavy weight of great expectations beginning to wear on the Presidents’ Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres?
There seemed to be some telltale signs of just that during and after the Sabres’ 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. The series, which seemed over after the favored Sabres grabbed a 2-0 lead on home ice, is tied and looking a lot different.
“No one said it was going to be easy,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who finished with 26 saves.
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from The Maven,
New Jersey fans won’t want to hear this but the Devils would do well to study the Rangers’ tactics which have helped the Blueshirts tie their series at two apiece.
And if Lou Lamoriello’s sextet is smart, they’ll begin applying those tactics tonight (Wednesday) in Ottawa; otherwise what loomed as a tight playoff with the Senators will get totally out of hand.
The Rangers’ game plan can be summed up with just a few words – HUSTLE, MORE HUSTLE; FORECHECKING AND EVEN MORE FORECHECKING.
from the Arace on Hockey blog at the Columbus Dispatch,
We can sit around and argue the relative merit of the Fedorov trade because there are plusses and minuses to having him in Jackets uniform. The minuses are that his salary – he has one more year at $6 million remaining – decreases flexibility on the open market. A team in the Jackets’ position just can’t dedicate a significant percentage of it’s salary-cap number to two or three of those contracts. What also hurts is the Jackets lost Francois Beachemin to the Ducks in the Fedorov deal.
more on the Blue Jackets…
It appears both games tonight are exclusive to Versus in the USA.
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
Nabokov’s playoff numbers are solid, but in comparison with his contemporaries, not spectacular. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere have better save percentages, and six of the eight surviving goalies (Luongo, Giguere, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Ray Emery of Ottawa) have better goals-against averages.
Wilson, awash in bias, endorsed his guy without hesitation.
“I’ve seen some soft goals in some of the other series, but Nabby hasn’t let in a soft goal since the playoffs started,” he said. “He’s not just making saves, he isn’t making any mistakes. I don’t think he’s had to steal a game for us, but he’s been error-free.”
more... I normally do not outwardly cheer for the Wings, but since they are my home team and Wilson did bring it up, tonight is the night for a few of those “soft” goals.
from the Tennessean,
Nashville will be without a first-round pick for the second consecutive season. It shipped its initial selection — as well as a third-round pick, forward Scottie Upshall and defensive prospect Ryan Parent — to Philadelphia for Forsberg a couple of months ago.
But the Predators are hoping their successful drafting in recent years, their ability to find talent in later rounds and their success in the free-agent market will help make up for the loss of first-round picks in two straight years.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The word is Lamoriello packed up the following for the Devils’ four-day stay at a Kanata hotel:
Four doctors. Under normal circumstances, the visiting team would bring two physicians who would work hand-in-hand with the home team’s doctors. If a player needed stitches, for example, the home team would usually help out the visitors. That won’t be the case in this series.
A security guard for the bench. The Devils have asked Scotiabank Place security guards who normally work the bench area to leave, not to touch the door and stay out of the area completely so they cannot see any Devils who might be injured during the game. The Devils’ security representative is a former FBI agent.
from the Toronto Star,
Forty years – about half a lifetime – is a long stretch by most standards, even longer if you’re a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
It was 40 years ago today – Tuesday, May 2, 1967 – that the Leafs last hoisted the Stanley Cup.
At the time, Leafs coach Punch Imlach had a team of aging stars, eager for their fourth Cup in six years and just as eager to beat the defending champion Montreal Canadiens.
read on for a reprint of the news that night…
from the Buffalo News,
Officials after the game said the replay was so close that had McCreary ruled on the ice Briere had scored, the goal would have stood because there was no convincing evidence to change that call either.
Ruff was convinced Briere had tied the game.
“I think from what I saw it was a goal,” Ruff said. “The puck goes over the line and goes into his pad.”
“We initially had the TSN guys next to the bench saying it crossed the line, so I was pretty confident that we had a goal. I believe I’ve seen a replay where it’s in. But the only thing you hope with video replay is you get it right. It’s why you go to it.”
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