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Tuesday with Osgood, Draper, Rafalski & Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q. Chris, could you talk about the mood of the team, maybe compare it as it is right now as to maybe immediately following the end of last night’s game?

CHRIS OSGOOD: We were all right after the game. We played hard. It was another great game. We just fell in the wrong end. That’s the way we looked at it. It was an end to end game. We had plenty of chances. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes it’s a game of bounces. It didn’t go our way, but we managed to fight back.

It didn’t happen. We have another opportunity tomorrow night, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.

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  Tags: brian+rafalski, chris+osgood, interviews, kris+draper, media, nik+lidstrom, transcripts

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The referees should never dictate an overtime game, but that’s precisely what happened Monday night, uh, rather Tuesday morning.

Nothing short of decapitation should merit a man-advantage in overtime. It’s the antithesis of the hockey code – play until you bleed and then play even harder. The overtime officiating was an insult to the players’ unflinching commitment to sacrifice their bodies at any cost for the ultimate prize.

-Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.  Read more from Drew…

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Babcock On Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  How do you physically recover from a long game like that, whether you win or lose, how tough is that physically on a team?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  You know, what I did is I had Jim Peck, one of our minor league coaches, post everybody’s ice time head‑to‑head to see how it was.  The ice times were pretty even.

        So we’ve both been through the same thing.  So there’s no sense worrying about that part.  To me it’s not a physical thing anyway.  It’s a mental thing.

        When we got up this morning, as tough as it was at times last night.  We are up 3‑2 in the Stanley Cup Final and let’s get ready.

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Can Game 6 Top Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

The ratings—whatever they were—be damned. This Final round IS major league hockey at its pulsating best. Beyond thrills, Game Five at Joe Louis Arena was IT.

The Maven is hard-pressed to imagine how much more arresting, Game Six will be in Pittsburgh. The question is: How does one top no less than three regulation periods, two full overtime sessions and a third sudden-death period before the issue is resolved by Petr Sykora’s power play wrister that cleanly sailed past Chris Osgood? Got all that?

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Lightning Fire Tortorella

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Globe & Mail:

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Tuesday that John Tortorella will not return next season as the team’s head coach.

Tortorella has one season remaining on his contract.

More at the Tampa Bay Lightning website.

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Off-Day Quotes From Fleury and Sykora

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q. Marc-Andre, someone was telling me that you might have given Al the octopus guy a little squirt with water just as he was doing his twirling thing. If that’s the case, can you describe what the deal was with that?

        MARC-ANDRE FLEURY: It was an accident. I just missed my mouth by a little bit. (Laughter) Yep. I don’t know, it was just at the game he does it to us. And after the first two games, I thought I’ll give him a little something back. And we won, so it’s good.

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  Tags: interview, marc-andre+fleury, petr+sykora, quotes, transcript

Tuesday with Pens Coach Therrien

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Can you give us an update on Sergei Gonchar and where he’s at and what the expectation is for him for tomorrow night?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  We’re expecting that he’s going to be able to play tomorrow.  So that’s a good sign.

        Q.  Secondly, asking the guys what it’s like physically to come here after a game like that.  What’s it like for you?  You come down to the rink today and you reflect on last night, what goes through your mind?  What are you feeling today?

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Tuesday Talk with Talbot and Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Sidney, how is everyone feeling today with a little sleep, I guess, but probably a lot of adrenalin?

        SIDNEY CROSBY:  Feel pretty good.  I mean, we’re happy to still be playing.  It was definitely a tough one last night.  But we’re just happy to really still be playing here.


        Q.  You said earlier in the season that Gonchar might be one of the least‑recognized stars in the League.  Can you just talk about, in your mind, what he brings to this team, not on the ice, but in the way he helps you guys in the room and with your maturity and the way you handle things?

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  Tags: interview, maxime+talbot, quotes, sidney+crosby, transcript

Belarus Calls on Calgary Asst Coach Fleming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A translated report at an online Russian news site:

Wayne Fleming, a Canadian coach offered the job of head coach of Belarus’ flagship ice hockey team Dinamo Minsk, held a news conference in Minsk on Monday.

The coach said that he would make up his mind on the offer on June 4, describing his talks with the club and the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation as fairly constructive.

The 57-year-old Fleming, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames, said that he liked Minsk and expressed certainty that his family would find it comfortable to live in the city. [...]

He is the second Canadian coach to be offered the Dinamo Minsk job. John Paddock turned down the offer earlier this year.

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Paging Dr. Ron Francis…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Press release via the SooToday.com:

Algoma University will celebrate the awarding of degrees at Spring Convocation 2008 to be held on the campus of Algoma University on June 14, 2008.

and being honored…

Mr. Ronald Francis, Honourary Doctorate of Letters

 

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