Goldie Says: Now that LA has been eliminated, I can publish a scouting report on Jon Quick that I provided to the Sharks prior to Game 1. Pay attention to Quick's play in the second period. It is his Achilles heel. Regardless, JQ is going to be an elite goalie sooner rather than later - he can still get better.

 

Sidney Crosby makes his return to the Penguins lineup for Game 7...is what I would like to say this morning. But unfortunately it isn’t true. As such, the Lightning in Game 7 should get this thing done and thus help me win the pool with the gang over at The Hockey News.

 

Steve Downie was the hero last night, with three points. And of his three points, all six of the other points on those three goals were by different players. It doesn’t matter who he plays with, if he’s thrown out there he makes things happen. He played 12:17 Monday, which is actually a high for him this series.

 

Ryan Malone hit the scoresheet for the first and second time in the series. He’s somewhat streaky, so I have a hunch there will be more of that in Game 7.

 

I think, when the Sharks grabbed Kyle Wellwood, they were looking for a fellow who would chip in some points from the third line without being a liability defensively. Well, he was a plus-10 in the regular season (35 games) and has four points and is plus-5 in the six games so far in the postseason. Mission accomplished.

 

I don’t trust Antti Niemi. I did trust him, and there will be times in the future when I trust him again, but I don’t right now. When he gets rattled, he never gets his confidence back until he gets a few games off and then gets thrown back out there when the team has no other option. It happened last year with Huet when Huet got hurt. It happened this year with Niitty when Niitty got hurt. Now, here Niemi is all rattled again and I wonder if he can get unrattled without getting benched for awhile. The solution – the long-term solution – is not “hold the other team to 20 shots”. Sure, that strategy is a sound one, but impossible to implement every game.

 

Brian Boucher starts Game 7 for Philadelphia.

 

Roberto Luongo starts Game 7 for Vancouver.

 

Norris Trophy nominees – Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber. The leading scorer amongst defensemen – by 10% over the second highest – was shut out. Myself, Lidstrom wins this by a mile, with Keith Yandle as No.2, Weber No.3 and Visnovsky No.4. I’ll keep going – Kris Letang would be fifth and Chara I would probably pick sixth even though his plus-33 is pretty awesome.

This trophy wouldn’t have even been close, though – if Crosby plays another 40 games, Letang gets 70 points and is plus-35. I firmly believe the injury cost Sid’s teammate a Norris.

 

The Kings and their fans loved the line of Richardson, Clifford and Simmonds. Just not last night. A combined minus-10. Love the line, though. Kyle Clifford finishes the series with five points. Ditto for Brad Richardson. Solid.

 

Kudos to the Sharks for rendering Drew Doughty ineffective after his monster game. Since his four-point night, Doughty was pointless in four.

 

The Oilers have signed defenseman Martin Marincin to an ELC. He is ranked 40th on my Fantasy Prospects List.

 

Bryan Bickell will miss the next three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair two tendons in his wrist.

 

Some backpedalling on the Derek Roy announcement by Lindy Ruff. I think he’ll be in still...

 

This is all I could dig up on the Bickell hit on Bieksa. Suspendable?

 

 

Now Malone last night for elbowing – does he get a suspension here? Far too many cries for suspensions these days, I don’t envy Colin Campbell:

 

 

 


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donions said:

donions
Quick Nice to see Quick get some props. He is a damn good goalie that doesnt get the respect he deserves(mainly cause of Bernier).
The 2 best goalie performances in the entire NHL this season were Quick's 50+ save shutout in Detroit, and his 51save game 5 performance vs SJ.
April 26, 2011
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CommittedToTheIndian said:

CommittedToTheIndian
... Attn. Ross:

Lidstrom shouldn't win because he's won seven before? That has NOTHING to do with it. This is the NHL, not Special Olympics, where everyone gets a medal or a ribbon. The Norris is for the best defenseman, not the best defenseman who hasn't won it before. I'm not arguing for or against Lidstrom, just against your reasoning.
April 26, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Then you are... an idiot...Crosby was never gonna come back before the eastern finals if they coulda got there.

I still cant believe the Pens are gonna blow a 3-1 lead...we lose unless fleury lets in 2 or less.
April 26, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Crosby You are EVIL. I read the first words of your ramblings and I almost jumped for joy...

Grrr, I took Crosby and Kunitz instead of Semin and Laich in my Hockey pool.....
April 26, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
@olgrit22 "The only similarities between the Torres and Bickell hits were they occurred behind the net. Seabrook never had possession of the puck and was hit directly in the head. Bieksa had possession of the puck and was hit in the shoulder. How are they "almost spot on equal"?"

you're right in that they weren't spot on equal, but I can't help but think you've hand-picked the differences that interest you (and seemingly made one up). What I also noticed:

Bickell leaves his feet; Torres did not (last I heard that was an automatic call but no such thing in this series it seems);

Torres went wider to try to approach parallel to the boards and therefore ensure his approach was not from the "blindside" (as per NHL definition) and hit directly inline with Seabrooks direction of travel; Bickell comes right past the net and hits Bieksa damn near completely blind (almost perpendicular), seemingly meeting what I believe is the league's definition of "blindside";

In addition I see zero shoulder contact by Bickell. What I see is Bieksa's shoulder is high and easily hittable (much more so than Seabrooks was), and Bickell appears to tuck past it and make contact solely with the head.

I'm not calling for a suspension even, though I think the case is slightly stronger than on the Torres hit, but it has to be 2 minutes minimum for the jump and probably 5 is the right call. No call is "mind-bottling" to quote the genius of Will Farrell.
April 26, 2011
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tGr said:

27Blue
... this is why lidstrom should win.

1. he is awesome

2. nobody plays BOTH ends of the ice better than he does

3. +/- is a lousy stat - especially when your #1 goaltender is howard

4. he faced tougher competition than any other goaltender in the league this year. from puck daddy yesterday: Quality of competition. Behind The Net's stats on how tough the talent is on the other side of the ice reveals that Lidstrom (at 0.12smilies/cool.gif faced better competition this season than any other defenseman in the League with at least 50 games played. It's not even close: Brent Seabrook was second at a 0.117 rating; Weber and Chara don't rank in the top 15.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/NHL-Norris-Trophy-Finalists-Chara-vs-Lidstrom-;_ylt=AoeLZCfELkpox7D4aOCcnwl7vLYF?urn=nhl-wp3407
April 26, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
What DY said I agree - if you need Sid to win it, then you didn't earn it.

Doesn't change my feelings on the matter - had Sid not been injured, we wouldn't KNOW that he needed Sid or didn't earn it. He would just win.



Pengwin - ..., Crawford would flirt with 35 wins, Giroux would lead the Flyers in scoring, Byfuglien would hit a wall without Enstrom, MacArthur would get 60 points, etc, etc...what IS with me these days?

(if you want to look hard for some misses and ignore all the hits, you can easily find them - I'm completely perplexed by your "what's with you these days" statement. "BRUTAL", to quote a wise man's recent word LOL)
April 26, 2011
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Ross said:

LightsOut
... I guess I should preface this by acknowledging that Lidstrom is absolutely one of the best defenseman of all time (perhaps only Bourque and Orr were better), but isn't it time to give some recognition to other defensemen? This would give Lidstrom 7 Norris trophies in 9 years.
There is nothing scientific about the criteria for winning a Norris trophy. For every point someone gives which supports why Lidstrom deserves another Norris, I can give an equally compelling reason why Yandle, Weber, Visnovsky or Chara should win it (or, to a lesser extent, and I stress lesser, Enstrom, Ehrhoff or Letang).
For the next decade, Weber, Enstrom, Doughty, Yandle, Subban, Letang, Green, Carlson, and who knows who else (certainly some I'm forgetting) will be competing for Norris trophies. It would be very unfortunate if one of these players never wins a Norris because the voters had to give more recognition to a player, Lidstrom, that really doesn't need it.
April 26, 2011
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
Re: Bickell 6-8 weeks for Bickell now ...
April 26, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
What DY said... again... Yup, I third the notion.

And "Lidstrom by a mile"... Dobber... what's with you these days?... Varlamov to start for the Caps?... Kovalchuk to get his +/- to around -15?... are you OK?

Of Detroit's six regular defensemen, Lidstrom finished 6/6 among his own team's +/-.
(Rafalski +11, Ericsson +8, Kronwall +5, Stuart +4, Salei 0, Lidstrom -2).
A defenseman on a good team just can NOT finish last among his own team's defensemen in +/- and be honestly considered for this award. He is a terrible pick and it shows a sincere lack of effort in evaluating his play this season to even consider him. His 23:28 ATOI is a full THREE minutes lower than the last time he won the Norris. Even-strength this year he was on for 64 Goals For & 63 Goals Against, +1. That is pretty much the definition of average.

(Notables: Lubo was 84/66=+18, Yandle was 68/56=+12, Chara was 81/48=+33, Weber was 66/60=+6, Ryan Suter was 57/40=+17.)

I'm completely perplexed by your "by a mile" statement. BRUTAL.
April 26, 2011
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Instant Karma said:

Instant Karma
What DY said... Yeah, no kidding. If you need Sid to win it, you didn't earn it. Yandle doesn't owe his success to anybody.
April 26, 2011
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olgrit22 said:

olgrit22
Bieksa+ The only similarities between the Torres and Bickell hits were they occurred behind the net. Seabrook never had possession of the puck and was hit directly in the head. Bieksa had possession of the puck and was hit in the shoulder. How are they "almost spot on equal"?
April 26, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Dean - that is exactly what I expected to see in the comments! LOL

But if Crosby was around and Letang had 70 points and was plus-35 and we never knew the impact of Crosby not being there...would anyone even ask themselves that question? We would never know the difference and he'd get voted in for those awesome stats.



April 26, 2011
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Rob said:

rob2kx
Bieksa+ Like I said before. That hit was almost spot on equal to the Seabrook hit. The officiating in this series is beyond incompetent.
April 26, 2011
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
Chara Ya a friend and I were discussing it, and we were both mystified by Chara's nomination. The fact that neither Yandle and Visnovsky weren't even nominated I thought was pretty bizarre. That said, as my buddy pointed out Lidstrom is going to win it again anyway, so it is kinda moot, but I thought it might be nice if the other two got at least a nod.
April 26, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Letang and the Norris For me, if Letang needed Crosby's presence to win the Norris then he would not be a deserving candidate.
April 26, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... IMO the Bieksa hit was similar to the Seabrook hit, so they should have at least called a 2 minute penalty, definitely a hit to the head.

Does Crosby retire?
April 26, 2011
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