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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So now Flyers coach Craig Berube is going to have his team revert to its season-long style of carrying the puck into the Rangers’ zone after Thursday’s misguided game plan that featured chip-and-chase hockey basically blew up in their faces.
Regardless, it is imperative the Rangers seize this moment to not only grab an immediate two-game advantage in the series, but to send the Flyers back to Philadelphia riddled with doubt for Tuesday’s Game 3, seeking a third way to play.
It is imperative the Rangers chow down on a full helping of killer instinct for breakfast before Sunday’s noon faceoff. This is more than about just holding serve. It is about establishing and reinforcing superiority.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada with a look at Thomas Vanek and the adjustments his linemates have made to play with him.
Wedsnesday was good, Thursday was even better, what will tonight bring?
NEW YORK (April 18, 2014) -- The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17.
The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
if you missed the inappropriate conduct, you can watch it here...
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Suppose I walk into a Honda dealership looking for a new car, and my friend asks me, “Why don’t you drive a Maserati?”
The response would be pretty simple: “I can’t afford it.”
It certainly wouldn’t be, “just because you have money, doesn’t mean you spend it. I mean, look at what this clown is spending on his car!”
Setting aside the fact that would be kind of a cheap shot to level within earshot of the guy putting a racing transmission in his S2000, it doesn’t really answer the question.
Which is sort of the problem with Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s response every time he’s asked whether or not he’ll sink some of the money the team will draw next year from massive new broadcast rights deals (not to mention a bigger slice of league revenue thanks to the last CBA) into player payroll.
As time passes, more and more fans are coming to realize what the new reality first signalled by the departure of Daniel Alfredsson over money last summer means over the long term: the Ottawa Senators may never be willing, or able, to compete on a level financial playing field with the National Hockey League’s elite teams again.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So were you like me, watching the first two nights of the NHL playoffs on television and thinking you’d stepped into a time machine?
Suddenly, it was 1986, all over again. Wayne and the boys were lighting it up out West. Bossy and his gang were still a force in the East. Was that Peter Stastny scoring key goals for Quebec, or Paul Stastny scoring them for the former Nordiques, now the Colorado Avalanche? Neal Broten starring for the Minnesota North Stars or Zach Parise for the Minnesota Wild? If Patrick Roy was on the ice instead of behind the bench, would his team have given up four goals?
Maybe, because it seemed like, in the first 48 hours, everybody was giving up goals – 53 total in seven games, six of which produced seven goals or more. That giddy euphoria coming from a nearby living room – that’s the sound of playoff poolies everywhere, off to a roaring start.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Mason went through a practice at Chelsea Piers and said he felt good and wasn’t hampered in any kind of movement on the ice.
He last practiced Tuesday and will have a full practice with teammates Saturday.
“I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple days,” Mason said. “It was a good step. I felt great movement wise.”
Can you play in Game 2?
“We still have a couple days before Sunday rolls around, so that’s definitely my goal,” Mason said.
Mason said Flyers management would have to decide on his status. Coach Craig Berube said he’ll make a decision after speaking with all parties later today and what he sees off Saturday’s practice.
* There have been three overtime games in the first seven contests of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2013, there were 27 overtime games (in 86 total games played, 31.4%), including a record 17 in 47 first-round contests (36.2%). Each of the 15 total series had at least one overtime game, the first time that has happened since all four rounds went to the best-of-seven format in 1987.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the triple-overtime contest between the Blues and Blackhawks marked just the eighth time in NHL history the opening game of a playoff season required three or more overtimes. The winner of Game 1 went on to advance in all seven previous instances.
* Five of the first seven games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal. In 2013, there were 49 one-goal games (in 86 total games played, 57.0%), two short of the record set in 2007 (51 one-goal games in 81 total games played, 63.0%).
* Home teams are 6-1 through seven games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year, home clubs earned a record 59 victories in the postseason (59-27, .686), including a 30-17 mark in the first round (.638). In 2012, road teams dominated, posting a record 47 wins throughout the playoffs (47-39, .547), including a 30-18 mark in the first round (.625).
Every night of the Stanley Cup playoffs, TSN hockey analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan breaks down each goalie's performance.
Jamie's number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark.
Ray Emery, Philadelphia (3) – Emery did not receive a ton of help this game. He had missed assignments in front of him and was asked to stop power play goals that were on the back door.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York (4) - Lundqvist displayed good positioning all night. He made vintage Lundqvist saves in the second period on Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read. He wasn't forced to be spectacular, but was there when the Rangers needed him.
Corey Crawford, Chicago (3) – Crawford was solid all night long. He made two game-saving stops in the second period on Vladimir Tarasenko and Steve Ott, and then continued his roll of making timely saves when the Blackhawks needed it with his outstanding play in overtime.
Just drop the puck...
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