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from the Orange County Register,
"I like our chances in the playoffs," Burke said. "That's provided the league continues to be consistent about calling the obstruction penalties. We've got good playoff experience in places, we're a little thin in other places, but I think the style of play that we have will help us." "Randy's an ass-kicker," Burke said approvingly. "Every coach I ever have is going to be one. With the money we pay these guys, I don't think it's too much to ask to challenge them. What I was most impressed with is that even when we were losing, Randy still had this team in the palm of his hand. He's demanded that they work hard. And give them credit, because they have responded."read on
via the AP,
Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin became only the second rookie in NHL history with 50 goals and 100 points when he scored against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night. Ovechkin scored his 50th goal at 13:01 of the first period with a shot from the top of the left circle. Atlanta goalie Mike Dunham appeared to be screened in front by defenseman Garnet Exelby. Ovechkin picked up his 52nd assist in the second period, setting up a power-play goal for Dainius Zubrus with a perfect cross-ice pass. With his 101st and 102nd points, Ovechkin broke a fifth-place tie with Mario Lemeiux on the rookie list and pulled even with four-place Joe Juneau, who scored 102 in 1992-93. The only rookies to score more points were Selanne, Peter Stastny (109 in 1980-81) and Dale Hawerchuk (103 in 1981-82).
from the Globe and Mail,
Calgary — Remember the Red Mile? Well, Calgary police want you to forget it. Forget the post-game revelry during 2004 NHL Stanley Cup playoff run that drew up to 55,000 Calgary Flames hockey fans to the Red Mile, the official unofficial name for 17th Avenue. Forget the stumbling drunks with libations in hand. Forget the breasts being flashed to an ogling crowd. Forget the late night honking and hollering team spirit.continued
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Evgeni Mihkeyev and Yaroslav Tretiakov made the long trip from Russia to the United States to watch three Penguins games this week. The two Moscow residents are part of the Penguins Support Crew, which gathers regularly at a sports bar to watch the handful of Penguins games broadcast live on television in Russia every season. “It’s just a sports bar, but our company of people goes there to watch every live Penguins game. There are not so many of them that are broadcast live. There are maybe five, 10 or 15 a year. It depends,” Mihkeyev said. “Right now, we can see a lot of Philadelphia Flyers games, but we don’t like them.”more
Yzerman, Chelios, Lang, Schneider, Datsyuk and Williams all out with lower or upper body injuries. Cap doesn't allow for any more call-ups so, Wings play with 18 tonight. added 3:35pm, Yzerman and Chelios are more of a resting mode, Williams a few bumps and bruises and Lang and Schneider hope to play on Saturday, maybe Datsyuk too. added 3:45pm, Same information from the Detroit News...
from Barry Melrose of ESPN,
A few months ago, we thought Thrashers GM Don Waddell was nuts, pulling a Knute Rockne and predicting that Atlanta would make the playoffs. The Thrashers went on to play themselves into a postseason spot, but then, they hit a wall. Now, they have dropped out of the playoff picture. The only way Waddell's prediction will come true is if the team wins its four games and gets a few favors from the teams above them in the standings. I don't know why this happened to the Thrashers. Everyone was competing, players like Marc Savard and Kovalchuk were storming up the scoring list and the team overcame huge goaltending woes. Now, for all intents and purposes, they are out of the playoffs. There's no reason for it. They proved they were a good team. It's one of my big disappointments over the past few weeks.more...inlcuding the "good" Yzerman & the "ugly" Nashville...
from the Delaware County Times,
Peter Forsberg will play for the Flyers in the playoffs, even if it takes 11 yards of adhesive tape, all-night whirlpools, prescriptions, pills and prayers. If he is 100 percent healthy, he’ll play. If he is 90 percent healthy, he’ll play. Eighty? Seventy? Sixty? Half-and-half? He’ll play. "If he’s 40 percent," Ken Hitchcock bid Wednesday, after an optional Flyers workout at the Skate Zone, "he’ll play." So Flyers fans have 40. Do they hear 39?contiued
from Sports Illustrated,
The top regular-season turnarounds in NHL history as measured by points. (The list does not include 1995-96, which followed the abbreviated lockout season of '94-95.) 1. 1993-94 San Jose Sharks, 58-point improvement Coach: Kevin Constantine The Sharks moved from the Cow Palace, their temporary home in Daly City, to San Jose and the high-rent district in the form of a lift from 24 points the previous season to 82.read the other nine...
Dominik Hasek practiced with the team again Wedensday, but left practice early on Thursday morning with a sore groin. He said he's worked out too much in the last two weeks and now expects to play his first game Tuesday in New York. Ray Emery, who was bothered by a sore hip, is expected to be in net against Florida
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There are two indisputable facts to ponder about Sean Avery, the loudmouth super-pest who played for the Los Angeles Kings up until Wednesday, when they told him not to bother showing up for work for the final three games of the National Hockey League season: One, Avery is a monumental pain in the you-know-what, a high-maintenance loose cannon who required so much handling, that eventually, the Kings determined that his presence became counter-productive to what they were trying to accomplish as a group;...continue reading
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