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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• You might want to keep on an eye throughout the playoffs on impending Minnesota free-agent left wing and power-play point man Brian Rolston, and on impending Montreal free-agent right wing Michael Ryder, because the Rangers sure are.
• There’s a word for the Ottawa fan boy-writer who called on the Senators to break Sidney Crosby’s ankle with an imitation of Bobby Clarke’s 1972 Summit Series slash that did the same to the USSR’s resplendent Valeri Kharlamov. It’s the same word that applies to the editor who allowed the plea to actually appear in the newspaper.
It’s spelled, M-O-R-O-N.
more NHL talk from Larry…
from Sid Hartman of the Star-Tribune,
Here last week to announce the eight-year concessionaire contract with the Twins, (Jeremy) Jacobs sang the praises of new Wild owner Craig Leipold and talked about how happy he was to have Leipold back in the NHL after Leipold sold the Nashville Predators last year. The sale of the team from Bob Naegele to Leipold was completed Thursday.
“I am on a number of committees with Craig, and you won’t find a more dedicated owner than him,” Jacobs said.
Commissioner Gary Bettman, here for the Wild-Avalanche playoff game Friday, echoed Jacobs’ words.
“I think Craig Leipold is the right owner for this franchise. Bob Naegele and his partners couldn’t be handing this franchise to better owners than Craig Leipold and Phil Falcone,” Bettman said. “Craig is passionate about the game, he’s a terrific owner. He’s great when it comes to league issues, and he is absolutely committed to this franchise.”
from Fire & Ice,
There might be some out there counting the Devils out after losing the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal with the Rangers, but Devils coach Brent Sutter is not one of them with a must-win Game 3 coming up Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
“I don’t know and I don’t really care what people think,” Sutter said after this afternoon’s practice at Prudential Center. “It’s what we think as far as a group, what we think inside our own team, inside our own locker room…I’m sure there probably is (people who have counted them out), but I don’t get caught up into it. We believe in each other and we have all year and we know the situation we’re in.
“A lot of players on this team and coaches have been in this situation before. It’s going to be how we react to it and how we respond to it.”
from the AP via ESPN,
The Red Wings took advantage of what appeared to be good fortune in Game 1 when offsides wasn’t called just before they scored the game-winning goal.
Nashville general manager David Poile was critical of the officiating in both games while talking to reporters on Saturday between the second and third periods.
“Just make the right call,” Poile said. “Between officials and supervisors, we can’t get the right call.”
Detroit coach Mike Babcock, of course, defended the men on skates wearing stripes and toting whistles.
added 7:40pm, more on this from John Glennon at the Tennessean…
from Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail,
It’s spring, and many will be staring at our television sets in the hope a Canadian team will hoist the Stanley Cup. Five Things takes a look at the business of playoff hockey….
5. PAY DAYS
When the regular season ends, it also means an end to regular paycheques for NHL players. Mind you, they’re not playing for pride alone. An elaborate system of shares exists to ensure those who carry their teams deep into the postseason are rewarded. This year, after the Cup winner is determined, $6.5-million will be split among the 16 teams that made the playoffs. While the exact method of distribution hasn’t been determined by the NHL Players Association, last year the Ducks were given 25 shares worth $75,000 each, for a total of $1,875,000.
more & some of the topics have been brought up on KK in the past, but there is some new information too.
from Jeff Z. Klein and Lew Serviss of the New York Times,
Leetch, whose Rangers No. 2 jersey was retired to the rafters of Madison Square Garden in January, has watched the world of the defenseman change considerably from the one he knew for all but the last of his 18 seasons in the N.H.L. His final season was the first played under rules intended to eliminate obstruction and encourage offense.
Under the anti-obstruction rules, backchecking forwards can no longer slow down a forechecker after the puck is fired into the zone. As a result, when a defenseman skates back to retrieve the puck, the opposition is close behind. “You were hit a lot more,” Leetch said.
Speed, always important, is even more vital now. The ability to turn quickly from skating backward to forward “and go back and get that puck and make a play quicker is a distinct advantage now,” he said.
Flashbacks: 1938, 1941, 1945, 1960, 1979, 2007
April 12, 1938 • The Chicago Black Hawks captured the 1938 Stanley Cup title with a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the best-of-five Final.
Eight American-born players—Carl Dahlstrom, Roger Jenkins, Virgil Johnson, Mike Karakas, Alex Levinsky, Doc Romnes, Louis Trudel and Carl Voss—skated for Chicago in the Final.
via Capitals Insider,
There’s some positive news to report regarding injured Flyers forward Patrick Thoresen. I’m told that his injury is not as serious as originally thought, and that it’s possble he’ll play tomorrow.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
This isn’t a newsflash, but Friday night’s compelling, dramatic contests illustrate vividly why the Stanley Cup playoffs represent the most compelling championship tournaments in all of sports. Not to be too hyperbolic, but what a night of hockey.
Whether it was the wild and woolly shootout in Washington, where the Capitals erased a two-goal deficit to beat Philadelphia 5-4 on Alexander Ovechkin’s first playoff goal, or the Pittsburgh Penguins’ offensive machine firing on all cylinders as they beat Ottawa 5-3 behind 54 regulation shots, or the second straight overtime game between Colorado and Minnesota, or the war that is the New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers series, it was a night knee-deep in tension and drama.
added 12:55pm, from the responses most KK readers made today, sure sounds like everyone thought the games were great last night. I wonder how Joe Pelletier enjoyed them?
The United States defeated Canada 4-3 on Saturday to win the gold medal at the women’s world hockey championship in Harbin, China.
Jenny Potter scored a pair of power-play goals while Natalie Darwitz added two more at even strength to pace the United States to its second gold medal in tournament history.
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