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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Thornton was planted in front of the Calgary net, taking a royal Canadian pounding from a passel of guys in red Flames jerseys. Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray launched a gorgeously on-target shot from up top. Thornton then used his trademark stick control to perfectly deflect the puck past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Suddenly, the enormous Pengrowth Saddledome went silent. You could almost hear the flaming gas jets in the rafters, the ones that regularly shoot out big bursts of fire, click off the way they do on your home barbecue.
Sharks 3, Calgary 2. Prescription filled.
And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy in the process of overcoming a largely unfair reputation as a playoff non-dominator.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is a few days away from announcing a two-year contract extension with NBC that will keep hockey broadcasts on the network through 2009-10.
The second year of the extension would allow NBC to market its 2010 Olympic hockey coverage by airing NHL games in January leading up to the February tournament.
NBC’s ratings have been up and down. The high point was the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Buffalo, which earned a 2.2 national rating (percentage of U.S. households tuned in).
from Bolts Report,
The Lightning just released this statement regarding Lecavalier’s surgery:
Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier underwent successful surgery today to repair the Glenoid Labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lecavalier dislocated the shoulder in the Lightning’s game on April 3 at Washington. A detailed rehabilitation protocol will be established by Dr. Andrews’ personal physical therapist and will be conducted under the supervision of the Lightning medical staff.
a little more...
via the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,
Thornton, San Jose’s leading goal scorer and point producer in the regular season, has only three assists and the questions were whether the Flames have done anything special to defend him.
“No, they’re just tight checking,” Thornton said after the morning skate. “They take away your time and space, so you have to make your space. They’re tight on you, they make sure you have no room.
“That’s how you play hockey.”
Curiously, Thornton is coming off a two-assist performance, but knows his play will be closely compared to Jarome Iginla’s.
“When you’re down 2-1, everybody can do more and I have to do more to help this team win,” Thornton said. “I have to have a big game tonight.”
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• John Muckler must be chuckling over the disaster scene in Ottawa, caused – in large part – by owner Eugene Melnyk’s hasty, unnecessary canning of JM last spring. …
• Pleasant Surprise Dept’ Mike Ribiero has impressed beyond anyone’s expectations. Even linemates such as Brendan Morrow are amazed. “He’s surprised me so many times this year. I should be used to it,” says Morrow. “To see how small he is and the type of stuff he can do. And when gets hit, he gets up and finishes the game.”
more from the Maven…
from the Miami Herald,
Jacques Martin told the South Florida media Tuesday afternoon he would return to the Florida Panthers as its general manager.
Martin spoke publicly for the first time since owner Alan Cohen revealed that Martin would not be serving as Panthers coach in 2008-09. Martin had been the Panthers’ coach the past three seasons and had served as both general manager and coach for the past two.
‘‘My intentions are to remain as general manager of the Panthers,’’ he said. ``It’s important to let you know that today. I’m excited to continue my work with the organization.’‘
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
From smashing players face first into the glass to ramming their heads into the stanchions at the end of the benches, we see players “doing whatever it takes to win” on a regular basis. It happens when we see players rammed from behind with six or seven crosschecks to the back in an effort to “clear the crease”. We see it when during the endless scrums in front of the net whenever the goalie makes a save in close quarters. We see it when players deliver a leather “face wash” to an opponent after the play is whistled dead or when others take exception to “clean hits” whenever a teammate is knocked down but then defended with a quick slash or a shoulder pad to the mouth in close quarters. All part of the game, eh?
So what’s the rue and cry about what Avery did?
From Paul Kukla’s NHL.com blog,
In less than a week, we have witnessed some great playoff hockey. Let’s look at some of the story lines that are being created early in the second season:
Pittsburgh seems to have it all right now, and the play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been a bit of a surprise. Fleury is playing at a very high level and he is giving his team the type of goaltending it needs to go on a very long playoff run.
The Ottawa Senators need a miracle to survive now - winning four games in a row is the only option and it can be done. But will they do it?
continued with a glance at each series
April 15, 1937 • In Game Five of the 1937 Stanley Cup series, referee Mickey Ion awarded Rangers right winger Alex Shibicky the first penalty shot in Final history. Red Wings rookie goaltender Earl Robertson stopped Shibicky’s shot and posted his second straight shutout, 3-0 against New York, as Detroit became the first American team to repeat as Cup champions.
April 15, 1952 • In his fourth shutout in eight postseason games, Detroit Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to complete a four-game sweep of the 1952 Final. The Wings, who had also swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Semifinal, distinguished themselves as the first NHL team to win every playoff game in one year.
*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo found at the Hockey Hall of Fame
from the Fan590,
The legendary NHL coach joined Don Landry & Gord Stellick to review last night’s playoff action, discuss the new ‘Sean Avery’ rule, and on the firing of Dave Nonis as GM in Vancouver.
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