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Sunday, May 02, 2010

"For All Of His Terrific Talent, Ovechkin Has Become Easier To Defend. He Can Still Blow By You, But A Well-prepared Team Knows Exactly What's Coming. Clearly, The Canadiens Did." - CBC's Elliotte Friedman.


Monday, May 03, 2010

"I Respect Mason So Much, He's About As Hard A Worker As You're Going To Find. The One Thing You Should Know About Him Is That Even Though He Now Has Stardom And Plays In The NHL, He Hasn't Changed His Values And Morals." - Camrose Kodiaks Coach Boris Rybalka on Canucks Raymond.


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

"This Year, I Think Local Revenues Are Going To Be Flat, Or Up Or Down A Little Bit, And The Canadian Dollar's Up... We'll Probably Be Up A Little Bit Or Flat. I Don't Think It Will Be Down."" - Gary Bettman.


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

"Rare Is The 6-3 Pittsburgh Win That Opened This Round 2 Series. More Common - In This Era Of Too Many Coaches And Obsessive Defensive Systems - Is The Sort Of Game That Was Presented Last Night At The Bell Centre." - The Globe and Mail's Roy MacGregor.


Thursday, May 06, 2010

"We Outplayed Them Pretty Much In The First Two Periods. Our Confidence Was Fine, We Just Couldn't Get The Puck Past Tuukka. He Made Some Big Saves For Them And Blocked A Lot Of Shots. I Think If We Play The Same Way Friday Night, We Will Be Fine." - Optimistic Flyer Arron Asham.


Friday, May 07, 2010

"Wheeler Has Become Someone That Doesn't Belong With The Muckers And Grinders. And He Definitely Doesn't Belong In The Press Box. Right In Front Of The Net Is Where He'll Try To Be For However Long The Bruins Are Playing This Spring." - ESPN's Matt Kalman.


Saturday, May 08, 2010

"...the Option To Play NCAA Hockey Is In Most Instances, The Smarter And Better Course Of Action." - Paul Kelly of College Hockey, Inc..


Sunday, May 09, 2010

"I Know From Last Year The Fans Definitely Hated Me, From Playing Juniors Out Here, I Still Got Some Friends And Stuff And They Say Everyone Out Here Hates Me. And I Think The Best Thing For Me Is To Stay In The Hotel Room And Go From The Hotel To The Rink" - Blackhawk's Canuck-Buster Dustin Byfuglien.


Monday, May 10, 2010

"When You Play Professional Sports, That's What You Are Trained To Do, We Talk About Having A Short-term Memory, Good And Bad. That's Part Of Persevering" - Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher (who started the season as a 3rd stringer) said of forgetting about the highs and lows.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"He Knows What I Went Through, Because He Went Through It With Me On Numerous Occasions, Alcoholism Is A Disease. Once You Contract It, There's No Cure. Only One Of 37 Ever Recovers, And Without The Help Of Friends And Family It's Near Impossible." - One-time Bruin Derek Sanderson commenting at Bobby Orr Statue Unveiling.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"...They're Still The Favourites. They Have The Big Rings On Their Fingers. We're Just A Bunch Of Blue-collar Guys. The Pressure's On Them. The City (of Pittsburgh) And The Experts Expect Them To Win." - Montreal's Michael Cammelleri (who leads all post-season performers in goals, with 11).


Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Architecture And Design Experts Working On The City's (Toronto's) Waterfront Revitalization Project Have Dubbed The City's Proposed Waterfront Hockey Facility A "2010 Version Of Home Depot" And Are Urging The City To Reconsider Its Plans." - The National Post's Meghan Potkins.


Friday, May 14, 2010

"I've Been Having A Lot Of Sleepless Nights, I Wasn't There For My Team When They Needed It." - Gritty Canuck centre Ryan Kesler.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

"I'm Not Going To Stand Here And Find Excuses, The Bottom Line Is That We Had A 3-0 Lead In The Series. We Had A 3-0 Lead Tonight. And We Blew Both. There Are No Excuses. We Have To Take The Responsibility That Goes With It. Everyone.'" - Coach Claude Julien on the Bruins' epic fail against the Flyers.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Who Cares?" - San Jose's Joe Thorton on Boston's inability to advance past Philadelphia.


Monday, May 17, 2010

"The Use Of A Full Face Shield Compared With Half Face Shield By Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Players Significantly Reduced The Playing Time Lost Because Of Concussion, Suggesting That Concussion Severity May Be Reduced By The Use Of A Full Face Shield." - One of several peer-reviewed scientific studies making some wonder why NCAA is considering 'half-shield' face protection.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"(Dany) Heatley Is The One Who Was Brought Here - At Some Cost - Specifically To Score, And To Do It When The Sharks Need It Most. Eventually He Will Start Scoring. Or He Will Hear About It For Quite Some Time, And Possibly Not Just From The Fans." - San Jose Mercury News Columnist Tim Kawakami.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"If It's True What They Say, That You Are Never Really In Trouble In A Stanley Cup Playoff Series Until You Lose At Home, Well, The San Jose Sharks Are In A Heap Of Trouble." - CBC's Scott Morrison.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

"San Jose Sharks Simply Aren't As Good As Chicago Blackhawks" - The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami.


Friday, May 21, 2010

"I Find Him Very Easy To Play Against, To Be Honest With You." - Joe Thornton on Hawks' Dave Bolland.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

"I Eat One-10th Of The Food I Did When I Played Hockey." - Former NHL tough guy Wendel Clark talks post-career weight maintenance routine.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

"We Didn't Play Well At All. We Didn't Support Each Other. We Didn't Put The Puck Deep Like We Did The Game Before." - Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec.


Monday, May 24, 2010

"I Don't Know Anything About It, I Don't Think There's Anything To It." - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren commenting on 'Sandgate'.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"This Is One Of The Most, Maybe The Most Exciting Season Ever Since The First Stanley Cup. What These Guys Have Done, What They've Been Through, I Mean It's Incredible." - Flyers' team chairman and founder Ed Snider.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"You Look At The Way The Game Is Played Today And It's All Speed, What We've Learned In Camp Is How Smart He (16 Year Old London, Ontario Native Michael Whaley) Is. He's Got Great Hockey Sense." - Windsor Spitfire GM Warren Rychel.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

"He Had All The Characteristics I've Talked About That I And The Lightning Organization Are Looking For. Leadership, Integrity, Hard Work, Loyalty And An Intelligent, Thoughtful Approach To Making Decisions." - Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik on new GM and Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman.


Friday, May 28, 2010

"I Took One Breath And It Felt Like My Whole Mouth Was Missing, So I Knew There Was Some Teeth Gone. I'll Take All My Teeth As Long As We Can Keep Winning The Playoffs." - Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith after losing 7 teeth last Sunday.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

"(The NHL Is) Not Now Dealing With Any Franchise Going Out Of Business Or Moving." - Gary Bettman.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

"...maybe It's Because We Haven't Played Each Even If You Know Guys Are Skilled. But When You See Guys Making Silly Little Plays, Sweet Plays Really -- Behind The Back Or Through The Leg Passes -- You're Not Quite Use To It." - Blackhawk Kris Versteeg.


Monday, May 31, 2010

"...don't Look Now - The Flyers Finally Have Run Up Against A Team That Can Really Score." - Philadelphia Inquirer's Bob Ford.