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The San Jose Sharks have fired head coach Ron Wilson. The Sharks announced Monday that Wilson’s tenure with the club was over and that they would start looking for a replacement immediately. The Sharks were eliminated by the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Just like their parent club, the Baby Pens have reached the Conference Finals. They did so by beating the Baby Flyers (Phantoms) in 5 games. After losing Game 1, they won 4 straight to clinch a semi-finals birth. They will face the Baby Ducks (Portland Pirates) in the AHL Eastern Conference Finals.
Over on the West Side, the Baby Leafs (Marlies) find themselves down 3-2 in the quarter-finals to the Baby Blue Jackets (Syracuse Crunch). While the Baby Thrashers (Chicago Wolves) find themselves in a similar position to that of the Marlies, being down 3-2 against the Baby Blackhawks (Rockford IceHogs).
Could we possibly see both the Baby Pens and the NHL Pens reach their respective Finals? Is it possible both can win their respective Championships? The Pens are the only organization currently sporting both NHL and AHL playoff teams. The last organization to do so was the NJ Devils, whose baby club (the Albany River Rats) won the Calder Cup while the Devils won the Stanley Cup in 1995.
Who are the AHL’s current leading playoff scorers? May they play in the NHL next season?
First of all, I’d like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins for playing impeccable hockey. They did everything they needed to do to win: their best players played their best, the defense kept the opposition away from their net, they got solid goaltending, and their special teams were dominant. So after being swept 4-0 in the first round (reminiscent of 1999 vs. Toronto), what will happen to the Sens in the off-season??
The Canes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Samsonov $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.
The setback started with the failed efforts at the trade deadline to move veterans for young assets and shed some salary. The setback continues today with not one candidate found or even interviewed in the team’s search for a new hockey boss.
Robert Michael “Bob” Gainey, is arguably the best GM in hockey right now. Unquestionably the best GM The Habbies have had since Mr. Sam Pollock, God rest his soul.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are continuing to play amazing hockey following an excellent regular season. In Ottawa, the Pens scored 3 third period goals to take the game 4-1 and increase their lead to 3-0 in the series. They are the only team in this year’s playoffs to win the first 3 games, with the Stars having a chance to match them today. The Penguins are one win away from their first playoff series victory in seven years. The Ottawa Senators will try to duplicate the feats accomplished by the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1975 New York Islanders, who are the only NHL teams to have erased 3-0 series deficits. An interesting note is there was a 33 year gap between those comebacks, and 2008 also marks 33 years since the last one.
Will history repeat itself?
The Dallas Stars may be surprising many people with their 2 road wins in Anaheim. The reason for their success has been mostly due to the superb play of Marty Turco and Mike Ribeiro, one of the most underrated players in the NHL.
With the series returning to Dallas on Tuesday night, one has to wonder if the defending Stanley Cup Champions can win one, or both, games in Dallas to avoid the sweep.
The Score sports network up here in Canada is reporting that the Canucks have fired GM Dave Nonis. My only question is, what took so long?
As a Devils fan I have to say that it did work at messing with Marty. As a hockey fan I see it as the biggest minor league move I’ve ever seen. When Chris Drury as to come over and tell him to stop you can tell no one liked it. What you guys feel about it?
On a personal note: What I wouldn’t have done for Scott Stevens in front of that net….
Well hockey fans, there have been many great movies about baseball teams who have won the world series, and various Golf movies, and Super Bowl movies, but now finally a Stanley Cup movie!
According to this article on NHL.com http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=360399&page=NewsPage&service=page the Stanley Cup makes its “first starring turn in a feature film” in the Paramount feature film “The Love Guru” written by Mike Myers and starring Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.