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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
The referees stopped play to mete out punishment — surprisingly, Niedermayer received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct, even though it seemed Pronger had more to do with Holmstrom’s face being bloodied — but the cheering continued, unfortunately.
It’s OK to applaud a big hit by the home team, but it’s not all right to keep cheering lustily when an injured opponent lies motionless on the ice, bleeding from the forehead, as Holmstrom was after being sandwiched by Niedermayer and Pronger.
Too bad the penalty box wasn’t large enough to accommodate all of the spectators who were guilty of poor sportsmanship on this night.
more on the game…
from the Detroit Free Press,
It’s a Swedish world the Wings inhabit, what with Swedes up front and Swedes on the back end, a Swede here, a Swede there. It’s a sweet series those Swedes have now helped set up for the Wings, scoring two key goals in the first period Tuesday to start a surge that left the Wings with a 5-0 success over the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
“Definitely, they make an impact out there,” Hasek said after the victory at Honda Center. “They are fun guys to play with and practice with. I really enjoy to be with them.”
from the Buffalo News,
Beating the Ottawa Senators in Scotiabank Place is the only way the Sabres can ensure the Chris Drury- Daniel Briere era continues. A loss eliminates Buffalo from the Eastern Conference finals and puts the franchise in its most uncertain place since the bankruptcy days.
This is likely the final season in Buffalo for one or both of the co-captains, something that’s been acknowledged since last summer. Since Ottawa holds a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, the next loss is likely the final game for one or both. They become unrestricted free agents in 6z weeks.
“As I said all year, my focus needs to be on the games, and certainly at this point it can’t be anywhere else and shouldn’t be anywhere else,” Drury said Tuesday. “That’s all I’m getting ready for is [tonight].”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
To suspend or not to suspend.
If Pronger is suspended, for no more than one game, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The score of the game and the fact it was an elbow from behind doing some damage to Holmstrom’s head and that it was also perceived as payback for earlier events will work against Pronger and the Ducks.
If Pronger isn’t suspended, well, that won’t be a huge shock either. Holmstrom apparently did not suffer serious injury on the play, it’s the Western Conference final and there have been hits like this one that have in the past gone unpunished.
The big thing, though, is that the Niedermayer-Pronger-Holmstrom convergence partially obscures the real story here – Detroit totally handing Anaheim its lunch on Duck ice in what should have been a statement game for the Ducks.
added 8:06am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Q. Do you feel your team lost its composure in the second period?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, obviously things really spiraled down quickly for our group in the second. I think we must have taken five penalties in a row or something like that.
Obviously, our frustration level got up there, and we didn’t show the necessary discipline that’s required. It just seemed to have a snowball effect. What else can you say?
Did we lose our composure? I’d have to say that it left lots of room for improvement.
Wings take it to the Ducks, win 5-0, go up 2-1 and get back home ice advantage.
Watch the post game interviews.- Link will become active shortly after the game is over.
Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger decided to plant Holmstrom’s head against the glass.
Niedermayer received a five minute major.
added 11:06pm, Holmstrom on the ice for the 3rd.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The term embedded could apply to Pierre McGuire, who provided analysis for the third game of the Detroit Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks Western Conference final on TSN Tuesday night.
McGuire set up, not at his usual spot between the benches, but right on the players’ benches. During the first and third periods, he stood with the Ducks. In the second, he joined the Red Wings.
In a normal situation, this would raise questions, such as: When is close too close? Yes, it’s a great idea to report and comment from the front row. But, on the other hand, an independent commentator doesn’t want to appear to be joining the team.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
As a goalie, many in the hockey world expected him to hit a wall in these playoffs, but for the most part he has played “Like Wall,” the nickname once given to Latvian goalie ace Arturs Irbe.
After a shaky outing in the opening game of the second round against New Jersey, he hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a game since and is now 11-2 in the postseason. When it matters, he has been the Emery Board, nailed across the front of the net, more than good enough.
As hockey fans know, Bill Daly is the Deputy Commissioner of the NHL and has been with the league since 1996. Today he was kind enough to speak briefly with Paul and myself.
Our thanks to Mr. Daly for taking the time for a few questions.
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