Morning Mashup: Bruins Advance to Face Lightning
With both series’ last night potential elimination games, there was a lot at stake for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. Despite losing all three games by one goal – with two games decided in overtime, the Red Wings had every reason to believe they still had a chance of gaining life in a rather deceiving series. Although they are down 3-1, the Red Wings has displayed a stronger sense of urgency and hunger in the last two games.
The old saying ‘quit while you’re ahead’ may very well describe Nickas Lidstrom’s situation, as he continues to weigh his options and ultimately decide if he will return for another season. While he has kept his cards close to his chest, you’d be hard pressed to find a player of his age who continues to be among the best defenseman in the league, without showing any signs of wear. Lidstrom scored a pair of important tallies for the Wings last night, including a play where he batted the puck out of the air past Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi. All indications are that the Sharks will win this series, however, the Wings haven’t given up the fight.
Milan Lucic rediscovered his scoring touch last night with a two-goal performance in Boston’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins, who narrowly defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round of the post season, have a new sense of confidence after putting away the Flyers in four games. With the win, the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the surging Tampa Bay Lightning.
Boston overcomes the Flyers to advance to round three.
A look at why the Flyers couldn’t repeat last year’s playoff success.
Red Wings live to see another day.
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Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash both score in the shootout to lift Canada to a 4-3 win over the United States.
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After going down 2-0 early in their series with Mississauga, the Owen Sound Attack were victorious in Game 3 with a 5-4 win over the Majors. Jesse Blacker was pointless in the game. The Attack can tie the series when they host the Majors at home on Sunday.
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right, but who's fault is that? some of these kids aren't good enough for rep. some are skill-wise but the game is still too fast for them.
the big problem they will have is during tryouts, because if they make it coaches can have some time to prepare them for the season. it's up to the parents then, IMO, to prepare their kids for the action. if they aren't ready for rep then the parents need to think about that. there are hockey schools to teach it. yes, it's disadvantageous not playing with the contact in houseleague but that's why i like the idea of no contact Select (but i just don't know what that means).
yes and no. some kids learn how to protect themselves naturally, some kids need to be taught. i agree it's tough to make a big jump from houseleague to rep in many instances, bt generally a kid that makes the rep team has shown enough to be there. there should be some cheap options available perhaps to teach contact, giving and taking, for everyone's benefit.
i also believe there are just some situations you can't avoid right now: aka the coaches that encourage their players to go out and intimidate ... it's not ok to encourage those borderline hits and those might be the ones all kids have to worry about ... "know who's on the ice"
(sorry, rushed, have to split in a minute)
Im looking forward to giving my son and future children the opprotunity that I never had and play hockey. The little guy is only 16 months old but I cant wait untill I get him his first pair of skates.
Just a further coment on Kulemins hands. He did score 30 . Its not like he has hands like Roberto Duran.
nor the chin
i wonder if they could somehow allow bumping but no hitting ... hockey is not the same without the hitting, but at the same time you want all kids to be able to play hockey at a level that suits them, and for some the big hits are too much for them. similar but different, those commercials with the kid that wants a job to pay for hockeybreaks my heart every time i see it. whatever it takes to give all kids a chance to play i'm all for it.
when they get to rep, though, expect hitting.
what else is new for Canada in international hockey
Cant say i've watch much international hockey outside of the olympics but there is definatly a big contrast between international hockey and the NHL
Really surprsied there hasn't been any discussion of Hockey Canada's decision to remove body checking from all House League and Select hockey.
Alright boys enough about he who shall not be named and onto the task at hand. We got our Captain and future captain playing right now. Norway doesnt seem like the pushover we all expect. Anyone else watching the game?
reporterchris Chris Johnston
Jonathan Bernier leads Canada on to the ice at Steel Arena. He's got #kings purple on his mask.