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The latest from Rick Gethin at Fox Sports Ohio regarding the Columbus Blue Jackets:
Ahead of Game 2, RJ Umberger is making his return to the lineup after being out with injury. Although he has been to the playoffs before, this is a big game for him. He's a Pittsburgh native that calls Columbus home now.
Columbus head coach Todd Richards was asked what he expects from Umberger in Game 2. "I'm expecting him to come out, play fast and play big. He's one guy, what he's done well consistently all year for our team is he's gone to the net and played hard at the net."
Enjoy the games today and if you are traveling over this Easter weekend, please be safe.
Fell free to discuss the games in the comment section.
NEW YORK (April 19, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Friday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:55 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 3:35pm, Lucic talks about the incident below...
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
As the Winnipeg Jets’ season wound down, a controversy involving one of their players flared up. Interim coach Paul Maurice made star winger Evander Kane a healthy scratch for a game in Toronto – and just like that, harsh words were hauled out to criticize the 22-year-old: he had an attitude; he was arrogant; he wasn’t a good fit with the Jets; he needed to be traded post-haste. If it sounded familiar, that’s because it was. Ever since the franchise relocated to Manitoba from Atlanta, Kane has been a target for critics.
Some of that, he’s earned. When he posed during the 2012-13 lockout in front of the lights of Las Vegas pretending a giant stack of money was his cell phone, fans and media rightfully ripped him for not understanding how it would be perceived.
But put aside the specifics of that situation for a second and answer these questions: Were you ever 21? Did you ever make a mistake at that age? Do you think that, if you were making millions of dollars and existed in a massive public fishbowl at that age, you might make the odd error in judgment?
The answer should be “yes.” That’s why there’s something about the relentless negativity surrounding Kane that doesn’t sit right. I’m not pointing to anyone specific when I say this, but I have to say it: some of the criticism hurled at Kane – as well as teammate Dustin Byfuglien and Canadiens star P.K. Subban – is about his race more than his character. It’s what Kane referred to last year when he told THN’s Ken Campbell “a good portion” of the criticism is racially motivated.
DATSYUK, HOWARD PROPEL RED WINGS PAST BRUINS
Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal with 3:01 remaining in regulation and Jimmy Howard (25 saves) recorded his third career playoff shutout to lift the Red Wings to a 1-0 series lead over the Bruins.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Datsyuk’s goal was the latest ever (in regulation) by a Red Wings player to snap a scoreless tie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It also was the latest such goal in any postseason game since June 1, 2011, when Raffi Torres scored at 19:41 of the third period to power the Canucks to a 1-0 victory over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
* Datsyuk posted his sixth career game-winning goal in the playoffs and first since April 27, 2010, in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. PHX). He now has 37-67—104 in 141 career postseason games, eighth among active players and tied for sixth in Red Wings history (with Alex Delvecchio: 35-69—104).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Howard became the second goaltender in Red Wings history (in the expansion era) to record a shutout in the team’s first game of a playoff year. The other: Chris Osgood (19 saves) on April 13, 2000, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. LA).
* The Red Wings improved to 4-1-0 in five meetings with the Bruins this season (regular season and playoffs). The Canadiens (3-1-0) are the only other team to defeat the Bruins more than twice in 2013-14.
"I'm pretty confident in this group right now. Every time it looked like we were going on a slide, these guys found a way to rebound."
-Jon Cooper after the Tampa Bay Lightning went down 0-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. More on the Lightning from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times.
“We didn’t have the puck enough. When we had it, we’ve got to start putting pucks in the areas where we can get them back. We’ve got to get pucks in areas where once we get it, we can hang on to it. I thought we didn’t play with the puck as much as we normally do, but the one thing about our team tonight — I thought we got better and better as the periods went on.
‘The third period was obviously our best period, but we started playing more of our game in the third period than in the first two. We’ve got to kind of make those adjustments here, and hopefully have three periods more like the third period was, and capitalize on the chances that we had.”
-Claude Julien post-game after the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
At the end of the night, we handed them their opportunities and their goals. We skated well, the effort was great but we made a couple mistakes that cost us.
-Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after their 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. More post-game quotes from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. The Stars are down 0-2 to the Ducks.
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...
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