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Flyers are done, Big Game tonight and Q isn’t going anywhere

9 May

The Devils look good.  The Devils made the Flyers look like what the Flyers did to the Penguins in round 1.  Similar to what Phoenix did to the Blackhawks and Predators.  They didn’t let them play their game.

Sure Ilya Bryzgalov had a costly gaffe but he was not the reason the Flyers lost.  The other Ilya in this series is making me change my opinion of him.  It seems like Kovalchuk finally gets it.  He is playing like a teammate and working with the team system.  I wonder what the magic cure was after a bad game 1 and not playing in game 2 because of injury.  After that, he came back and has played great.  Both offensively and defensively.  Not to mention scoring some timely goals.

I’m starting to think Devils – Kings.  I never would have picked either of these teams at the start of the playoffs but they sure look like the two teams that are playing the best hockey right now.

I used to hate the Devils for their style of play.  Not any more, they are playing some good hockey.  Now the Phoenix Coyotes have taken over the mantle of most brutal to watch style of hockey to play.

Now there are 5 teams left.  Who will the Devils play in the Eastern Conference Finals?

I’m not sure that the Caps are out like some folks are saying.  Yeah that was a tough way to lose a game but Washington has been playing some great hockey.  Probably the best hockey I’ve seen them play in the playoffs in years.

They were only 6 seconds away from victory on the road.  I think they will shake this off as a bad break.  They should remember that they played a great game.  NY caught a break and took advantage of it.

Brad Richards is a gamer.  6 seconds left and he ties it, that’s why NY gave him that monster contract this summer.  He steps up in big games.  Not just that, he has such great vision and brings such intelligence to his position.  His passing is awesome.  Not the actual pass itself but the chances he creates with his passing decisions.

Both teams should preach desperation.  This year in the playoffs the Caps are 3-0 after losing a game in over time.  I’m thinking that the Caps win tonight at home and we get set up for game 7.  Anything can happen in game 7 which is why the Rangers really need to close this out.  The Devils are at home resting and recovering, waiting for their next opponent.  the Rangers already went 7 games in the first round and don’t want this to go to 7.  I think the Caps might have other ideas about that.

Coach Quenneville addressed rumors about him leaving the Blackhawks and heading to Montreal to take over coaching duties there.

Joel Quenneville said Tuesday that, despite speculation, he has no plans to head to the Montreal Canadiens, where friend and former Hawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin is now the general manager.

“I think over the last few days there was some speculation on other things that were going on about here in Chicago and me being somewhere else, and first and foremost, I’m excited about being here in Chicago,” Quenneville said on a conference call. “I love the opportunity, I love the organization, I love where we’re heading in the future and that’s something I wanted to put to bed right from the outset.”

There have been rumors that Bergevin would find a way to get Quenneville to join him in Montreal. Quenneville’s contract runs through 2013-14, and while he guided the Hawks to the 2009-10 Stanley Cup title, Chicago has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round the last two years and there was speculation he wasn’t on the same page as Hawks GM Stan Bowman.

“I have two years left on the contract, I’m very happy here, and (leaving is) the last thing I was thinking about,” Quenneville said. “I was happy for (Bergevin) that he got the job in Montreal. I think he’s going to do a great job there. He’s going to give the organization some life, he has some personality. I’m happy for him and wish him all the best, but other than that, that’s kind of where I’m at.”

Quenneville admitted that there was some dysfunction on his coaching staff and a change was needed, resulting in assistant coach Mike Haviland being fired on Tuesday.

Quenneville wouldn’t say who was on his short list to replace Haviland, and wouldn’t comment on the possibility that director of player development Barry Smith, who’s been rumored to be at odds with Quenneville, is a candidate.

“I haven’t put him on my list,” Quenneville said. “I don’t have a list drawn up right now. I want to keep that process confidential and work through it.”

Haviland is on the left of Q in the picture above.  My only thought is why just Mike?  The power play was worse then the penalty kill.  Maybe the other assistant coach will fall soon too?

TTS

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Triple OT in Washington and Preds Get Back In It

3 May

What a great game.  That was the best playoff game I’ve seen this year.  The definition of playoff hockey.  It almost took two full games.  The game didn’t finish until about a quarter after midnight.  The game in Nashville started an hour and a half after this game but finished an hour earlier.

Brad Richards is clutch.  He pretty much made that whole winning play happen.  Took the puck from Gaborik in the neutral zone, brought it in the offensive zone and created the play.  He saw Girardi and made a bank pass off the boards behind the net.  Girardi then sent it back to Richards behind the net who got it out quick to Gaborik parked in front of the net.  Bang, one timer through the five hole.  Sweet stuff.

Don’t let the 2-1 final score fool you.  This game had tons of action.  45 saves for King Henrik and 47 for Holtby.  There was tons of hitting too, it was almost like a football game.  46 hits for the Rangers and 59 for the Capitals.

Both teams played outstanding.  It was a real battle.  In the end, it seemed like the Rangers wanted it more.  They controlled the boards more and created better scoring opportunities.

It was the third-longest game in Capitals history and the fifth-longest for the Rangers.

The Rangers had lost 6 consecutive postseason over time games before this.  All of those games had King Henrik in net.

Visiting teams are 13-6 in overtime this postseason.

I really wanted to watch the Nashville – Phoenix game but couldn’t tear myself away from the game in D.C.  But…there was a game.  a 2-0 SHUTOUT!  That’s more like it.  The Preds are back in this with a much better effort.  They got out to a two goal lead and played Predators hockey the rest of the way.

Now what do they do?  The Predators suspended Radulov and Kostitsyn for violating team curfew.  Nashville won the game without the dancing bears.

Since they won the game without them, do you fix what isn’t broke?  Personally I sit them for game 4.  Leave them hungry on the bench for when you really need them.

TTS

Gotta Love Rangers Fans

29 Apr

From Yesterday’s game at Madison Square Garden:

Remember last year when the Rangers were playing the Washington Capitals and then coach Bruce Boudreau made comments about the lack of noise at MSG?

yeah i think he did.

The Rangers took game 1 yesterday.

The Rangers are 31-11 when winning the opener, including six of the past seven. … The Rangers managed only eight shots through two periods, compared to 13 for Washington….and I thought the Phoenix Coyotes were bad.

Big day for the kid Chris Kreider who is days away from turning 21 and just 6 games into his NHL career.  Big goal and a big assist yesterday.  Nice goal by Brad Richards, such poise before he picked his spot.

Hell of a pass by Brooks Laich on Washington’s goal, it was sweet.

 

TTS

Shaw vs. Ovechkin – Shaw wins!

19 Mar

Andrew Shaw is on the third line for the Chicago Blackhawks.  He, along with Dave “the rat” Bolland and Brian Bickell, are on the ice to shut down the other teams first line.  Last night, the other teams first line has a guy named Alex Ovechkin.  Maybe you’ve heard of him?

Last night at the United Center 21,561 (109.4% full) saw the show down and the Hawks third line prevailed.

“There’s a lot of things in his game you admire,” Quenneville said. “You like the way he competes, he’s got some sandpaper to his game, he’s got some nice things offensively that he does.”

Shaw had 2 goals and 1 assist and a +2 for the night on a shut down line and Alex Ovechkin finished with 1 goal zero assists and a -2 rating.

Alex did have a spectacular goal, a highlight reel goal but that occurred when the Kane line was out.

Don’t take that as a bad night for Kane.  He continued his hot play and scored the game winning goal.  Kane has a 5 game point streak, 3 goals and 2 assists.

Chicago out shot Washington 29 to 18.  The Hawks out shot the Caps 12 to 3 in the first period not letting Washington get their first shot until 4 minutes left.  Rock solid for a team gearing up for the postseason.  When you can keep the Capitals high-flying offense to under 20 shots you’re doing things right.  This team is playing well.  Don’t forget this is a team playing without their leader Jonathan Toews.

On the not so good side the Hawks went 0-1 on the power play.  They just don’t want to score power play goals.  That can’t continue in the post season….not if they want to go deep.

Big hit from Brower on Hossa last night.  The former Hawk finished the game with no goals or assists and was a -1.

Viktor Stalberg showed his lighting fast speed on the 2nd goal of the game.  He continues to make Hawk fans ask why can’t he do that on a regular basis?

On a side note:  All four officials wore No. 47 to salute linesman Dan Schachte, who worked his 2,009th and final game. Schachte, who has worked more games than any other American official in NHL history, appeared in his first game on Oct. 6, 1982, at the Chicago Stadium.  Well done.

Next up for the Hawks is a Tuesday night game in Columbus against the lowly Blue Jackets.  The only team in the NHL already mathematically eliminated from the post season.  But don’t think that makes this an easy game.  That’s when a team loves to play the spoiler, especially against a division rival.  You should expect Stalberg to have a huge game.  He has the Blue Jackets number.

TTS