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from Scott Morrison at his Viewpoint Blog at CBC,
Funny, but wasn’t this the kind of scenario supporters of the Montreal Canadiens had always worried about…
- Having a rookie goaltender and dealing with the pressure of the playoffs. After giving up five goals in the first four games of the series, Carey Price has now been beaten five times on consecutive nights by the Boston Bruins, though he was hardly solely to blame for the latest defensive collapse.
Included in that total, was in each of the past two games, with a chance to put the Bruins out of their misery, the Canadiens gave up four goals in both third periods. Not good.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Miikka Kiprusoff’s lucrative contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.
The Calgary Flames could sure use an advance performance worthy of that salary.
As in tonight.
Or else this season is kaput.
Trailing three games to two, the Flames are down to their last life as they head into tonight’s Game 6 in their best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks.
from Amy Luft of the Montreal Gazette,
First came the high fives, then the expletives, as Habs fans at home watched their team lose a hard-fought Game 6 against Boston last night.
“I don’t (expletive) believe it,” said Joel Beaulé, 34, who remained calm throughout the third period while cheers and chanting gave way to sweaty brows and nervous faces at the Peel Pub on Peel St.
“We can’t just expect (Boston) to lie down and die for us,” said David Soares, 22, who watched last night’s away game at McLean’s Pub on Peel St. Soares showed his support for the team by wrapping the cast on his broken left arm in red, blue and white.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, T
hat the Wings have the edge in their battle against the Nashville Predators owes no small part to Kronwall, who has been their most impactful player physically and is tied for the lead in scoring; his five points rival that of star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
Kronwall added two assists to help the Wings push the Predators near elimination, coming up with a key interception that led to the winning goal in Game 5.
“He made a great, great pass on the breakaway goal in overtime,” Chris Osgood said Saturday.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
The Stars-Ducks series is reaching its peak in terms of physical play. The games also have become more thrilling as the series has advanced. On Friday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks played like a team clinging to its playoff life.
So with the series coming back to American Airlines Center, the pressure on the Stars to score that knockout punch is a bit heightened.
“The pressure is always on. It’s playoff time,” center Steve Ott said. “We’re up 3-2, and I think our confidence has to stay high. This is exciting, it’s intense. And that’s what you can expect in Game 6.”
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
If Lamoriello remains in charge of the Nicky Newarkers, and he told The Post this month that he’s “Too young,” to retire, he must change his stripes, put some pizzazz in his black suits.
In other words, he must stop doing things on the cheap, the way he learned when John McMullen was footing the bills and those millions they lost were real money.
He will have to scrap what’s left of the old Devils salary structure, the one that has required loyalty that cost his players money they will never recover, one that sometimes drove a wedge between players and comrades, when it was management’s strategy getting between them. Some players stayed, for less, like Martin Brodeur Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias, others left.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The NHL’s next Winter Classic will be Bruins vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Jan. 1, 2009, provided the House That Ruth Built can keep the house from flooding. Not kidding, folks. The Yanks normally shut down The Stadium at the end of October, and this year they will close the ballpark for good as they make their way around the corner to their bigger, cushier digs. If the NHL wants to go “Game on!” it will have to pay a $200,000 bill to preserve the pipes through November and December. If the league opts not to foot the expense - a decision that will have to come soon - then the Red Wings will face the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field.
many more NHL topics discussed…
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Last week when our beloved Los Tiburones visited here for Games 3 and 4 of their playoff series with the Calgary Flames, the air was 55-degrees but often sunny and spring-like. Now it’s tundra-like. There’s nearly a foot of snow on the ground. The temperature? Low teens. I’m glad I brought my wool beanie.
It is fine hockey weather, for sure. But it is also fine metaphor weather. Because, yes, the climate of this series also has changed dramatically over the past seven days.
A week ago tonight, you might recall, the Sharks rolled back to their team hotel in a dark cloud. They were trailing in the series, two games to one - after blowing a three-goal lead for the first time in franchise playoff history.
After that horrific Game 3, the Sharks locker room was a stew of cliches that, frankly, provoked a lot of eye-rolling among cynical media types. Including me.
from Russo’s Rants,
A lot of the blame should fall on Risebrough.
Think Adam Foote helped Colorado? I’ll let Gaborik answer that question. Think Ruslan Salei helped Colorado? I’ll let Mark Parrish and Niklas Backstrom and every other Wild player he creamed answer that.
Think Chris Simon helped the Wild? I’ll let Jacques Lemaire answer that. It’ll be the same answer he’d give on whether Dominic Moore and Adam Hall helped the Wild.
Colorado needed to make moves at the deadline. It did. It goes on. The gun-shy Wild needed to make moves at the deadline. It didn’t. It’s cleaning out its lockers, probably Monday.
more on the Wild…
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
And then there was one.
One game nobody believed would ever happen. One game where this extraordinary Boston Bruins hockey season orchestrated by head coach Claude Julien can maybe continue into the second round of the NHL playoffs.
One game where the Montreal Canadiens’ “dream season,” as it was described by coach Guy Carbonneau, can come to a crashing, devastating halt.
That game will come Monday night at the Bell Centre, as the Canadiens and Bruins will play an improbable Game 7 in this series that has featured just about anything anyone can want out of playoff hockey.
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