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from Don Breenan of the Ottawa Sun,
Alfredsson was booed every time he touched the puck after drilling Henrik Tallinder into the boards midway through the first overtime period. No penalty was called and the hit was decried by the Don and Ron act watching the game from the Party Plaza.
Curiously, the same Coach’s Corner act-alike referred to Brian Campbell charging hard from behind into Chris Kelly about three ticks before Daniel Briere’s tying goal with six seconds left as “the essence of hockey.”
The difference between the Alfredsson and Campbell hits was minimal, as far as we could tell. Alfredsson seemed to come at Tallinder from a little bit more of an angle, but he did knock him into the boards. Campbell hit a guy who didn’t have the puck square in the middle of the back on a play that allowed for a last-second goal. If anyone should have a beef, you’d think it would be the Senators.
from the Buffalo News,
Daniel Alfredsson will line up in his usual spot on the right wing for the opening faceoff tonight. The Buffalo Sabres think he should be lining up for a suspension instead.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres never have come back to win a series after dropping the first two games. Then again, two teams, including the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, performed that very trick last year.
What does it all mean? Not a thing. Do you want the numbers that matter? Let’s look at those on the back of the jerseys.
9 — Derek Roy: Playing hard but it’s time to ditch the pacifier and grow up. Got a tongue-lashing from referee Bill McCreary for his incessant bellyaching in Game One. Took a bad highsticking penalty in Game Two. Has lost 20 of 29 faceoffs in series. Might want to start pointing the finger at himself.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
It’s starting to look like higher forces at work now.
Make no mistake.
The Ottawa Senators are working so hard, want it so badly, they deserve every break that is going their way.
They are earning their luck and the hockey gods acknowledge that, rewarding the Senators during a run in which everything seems to be going right for this hockey club.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Perhaps the tint on my TV needs some adjusting, but I have to ask anyway: Did all those stationary bike sessions in the sauna turn Chris Chelios orange? Did he convert to Oompa-Loompa-ism? Has the league relaxed its laws on players camouflaging themselves during games?
more game talk... and I noticed that about Cheli. Unless he spent some time on the Cheli’s Chili Bar outside deck with album covers wrapped in aluminum foil, it looks like he may have used some kind of tanning lotion.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
While the Wings’ top forward unit of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom was again dangerous, they did not hit the scoresheet at even strength (Datsyuk did score on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period to briefly give the Wings a 3-2 lead).
That in and of itself would have been cause for celebration for the Ducks. But throw in the line’s surprise offensive outburst and this was grinder nirvana.
“It’s the best thing you can do in hockey, scoring goals. Everyone wants to do it,” said Pahlsson, who is nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. “So, it’s a lot fun. We really love scoring, too, even if we don’t do it as much as the other guys.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
If Rob and Scott Niedermayer didn’t get along so well, if they had developed a sibling rivalry while growing up in Cranbrook, Canada, Scott wouldn’t have packed his three Stanley Cup rings and left New Jersey to share a locker room and a car pool with the brother who is 16 months his junior.
That they like each other might be the luckiest break the Ducks have ever gotten.
continued (reg. may be req.)
Scott Niedermayer scored in the first OT to give the Ducks a 4-3 win.
Hard fought game and both teams gave it their all.
Next game is Tuesday in Anaheim, 9pm EDT start.
Make sure to watch the post game interviews!
from the Seattle Post Intelligencer,
I watched some hockey the other night—I love moving the Nielsen needle—and by the end of a fabulous Stanley Cup playoff game, I realized the NHL on TV can only be saved by two radical measures:
• The game needs to be televised north-south, not east-west.
• The game needs to eliminate one intermission.
(I understand that I’ve just lost contact with all hyper-serious NHL fans, so I’ll just speak directly to the other 99 percent of the U.S. population for the remainder of this column.)
from the CP via Metro News,
“For us, it’s just about that one game getting us back on track,” Sabres centre Daniel Briere said Sunday after the Sabres rolled into the nation’s capital late in the afternoon after having dropped a 4-3 double-overtime decision hours earlier.
The loss left them in a 2-0 hole heading into Game 3 Monday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m. ET).
“Last year we won three games here in Ottawa,” said Briere, whose team has won three of its five games on the road in these playoffs. “We had the best season this year on the road, so we know we can play well on the road.”
from the CP via TSN,
Now that’s the kind of formula that wins international hockey championships.
Canada got goals from skilled players and grinders, timely saves from goaltender Cam Ward and didn’t repeat any of the mistakes it had made earlier in the tournament on Sunday during a 4-2 win over Finland in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
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