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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Minnesota Is The No. 1 Overall Seed, And That’s Not By Accident. I Feared The Gophers Getting Out Of Their Regional, But Since They’ve Done That, I’m Taking Them To Win It All. I’m Taking Them Over Union Because They’re Playing Fearsome Hockey." - Dan Rubin USCHO Columnist.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"But The Dumb Dumb Media Who Never Played The Game, Coached The Game Wouldn't Understand. Really, How Could They?" - Don Cherry buffooning about NCAA players and how the media just doesn't get it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"I’m Thinking Zero, At This Time Of The Year, You’ve Got To Keep It At Zero Because Teams Are Going To Be So Tight Defensively That One Or Two Goals Are Going To Be Hard To Come By." - University of Minnesota Golden Gophers' sophomore netminder Adam Wilcox on how many goals he's comfortable allowing this time of year.

Friday, April 4, 2014

"This Sunday’s Game Was More One-sided Than A Chubby Kid On A Teeter-totter." - Minnesota Daily's Samuel Gordon on the Gophers 4-0 drubbing of St. Cloud State.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

"I Have A Horrible, Horrible Confession Before We Move Further: I Had Never Read Ken Dryden’s Famous “The Game” Until This Past Weekend (and My God, It’s So Good)." - BackhandShelf's Justin Bourne.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"All In All, It Wasn't A Terrible Draft For US Hockey Fans, With Few Major Surprises." - Chris Dilks on OHL Draft Results.

Monday, April 7, 2014

"He’s Really Edgy, And I Think That’s Why He’s So Effective, He’s A Really Good Agitator. I’m Pretty Sure Every Other Player And Team In The Country Hates Him. ...But He’s A Warrior." - Minnesota Golden Gophers' Kyle Rau's teammate Justin Holl.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"With As Much Talent As The Gophers Stand To Bring Back, I Fully Expect The Maroon And Gold To Be There..." - SiouxSports.com blogger Dave Berger on the Golden Gophers' likelihood of returning to the Frozen Four in Boston next year.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Probably Just Come To The Rink." - Cryptic (and telling) quote from Paul Maurice on how Evander Kane can get back in the Jets lineup.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"The Gophers Are The More Skilled Team. They Will Try To Play An Up-and-down Game And Use Their Outstanding Skating Ability To Beat UND. I’m Guessing UND Would Like To Play It A Bit More Close To The Vest... Minnesota 4, UND 1" - Prediction from the Grand Forks Herald's outstanding UND Beat writer Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Disbelief. Straight Disbelief, I Think All Of Us On The Bench When It Crossed The Goal Line Said, ‘No Way It Went In Before The Buzzer.’ And Unfortunately, That Wasn’t The Case." - North Dakota's ” Mark MacMillan on the Justin Holl shortie with 0.6 seconds to go that ended UND's Cinderella run.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"I'd Like To Thank "General Pattyn" For Back Checking Like A Bantam B2 On The Last Shift." - Sarcastic Gopher fan 'junti' commenting on a UND lapse in coverage on Gophers' game winning goal with 0.6 seconds remaining in Frozen Four semifinal game.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Like Any Good Man, You Have To Know Your Limitations, So I Got Into Coaching Instead." - Gophers coach Don Lucia, a Philadelphia Flyers draft pick in 1978 who helped lead Grand Rapids to 2 MN H.S. championships in 1975 & '76.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"He’ll Be Cleared For Contact April 24 But What Does That Mean — Bumping Into (wife) Emma In The Kitchen?" - Red Wings GM Ken Holland joking when asked about when Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will be back.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"John Tortorella Was On My Staff For The Olympics In 2010. He's A Good Guy. I Don't Know What's Going On In His Head, But You Know What? Shut Your Mouth And Worry About Your Team. Leave My Coach Alone." - Calgary Flames interim general manager Brian Burke.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Locked In, They Are A Machine. Laid-back, They Are Vulnerable." - Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika on the Boston Bruins.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"The Avalanche Were A Young Team Drifting Without Direction Until Patrick Roy Showed Up And Sprayed A Winning Attitude All Over The Dressing Room Like A Shaggy Dog Shaking Off Bathwater." - Grantland's Sean Mcindoe.

Friday, April 18, 2014

"To A Lot Of The People Who Witnessed The Post-season Train Wrecks In Phoenix And Philadelphia First Hand, Putting Ilya Bryzgalov In Charge Of Your Playoff Fortunes Is Like Putting An Arsonist In Charge Of The Fireworks." - Robert Tychowski of the QMI Agency.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Cripplingly Insecure, Arrogant & Phony – There’s Something To Hate About All Sharks, Ducks And Kings Fans" - LA fan Chris Kontos of The Royal Half.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"I Was Icing My Face As She Was Trying To Push A Baby Out." - Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf on becoming a dad while nursing a face that looks like Gerry Cheevers' mask.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"I Don’t Want To Comment On It Pretty Much, Other Than I’d Say That’s The Stuff That We’re Trying To Get Out Of The Game, It’s A Dangerous Hit." - Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on late and violent hit by Brent Seabrook on David Backes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"So Much To Love In This Goal... Pominville Forces A Turnover Behind The Avalanche Net. ...Parise Creates A Lane For Granlund By Going To The Front Of The Net. Granlund Using One Hand On His Stick To Protect The Puck From Two Avalanche Defenders." - Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski describing Wild's OT game 3 winner by Mikael Granlund.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Don’t Get Into This, Alright? I Know Where You Want To Spin This. But Listen, I Want Our Players When Somebody Is In Front Of Them To Finish Their Check. That’s Hockey. So If You Think That I’m Saying, ‘Go Take Him Out.’ No, You’re Wrong." - Wild head coach Mike Yeo responding to low-grade, leading DenverPost-quality question 'So you wanted Cooke to target specific guys?' from DenverPost columnist.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Canuck-caliber Dirty And Stupid." - Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom characterizes Brent Seabrook driving his right shoulder into David Backes' face in game 2.

Friday, April 25, 2014

"If It Is Possible To Destroy A Team 1-0 And 2-1, The Minnesota Wild Just Did It To The Shell-shocked Colorado Avalanche." - The Edmonton Sun's Robert Tychkowski.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"The Loneliest Job Of The Night In The Building Had To Be The Person Responsible For Changing The Avs' Shot Totals." - The Denver Post's Adrian Dater commenting on Colorado's paltry 12 shots on goal against Minnesota Thursday night.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Patrick Roy Is A Good Coach And He's Even Better When He's Carrying A Horseshoe In Every Pocket. The Avalanche Are A Good Team And They Are Even Better When They Are The Beneficiaries Of Screwy Officiating." - Tom Powers of the The Pioneer Press after watching the horrendous officiating in Game 5 of the Wild-Avalanche series.

Monday, April 28, 2014

"If We Go By The Past Two Games Here, Asking The Colorado Avalanche To Win In Minnesota Is Like Asking A Whale To Win On The Beach." - The Edmonton Sun's Robert Tychkowski.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"One Month Later, “or Bust” Is Skating A Victory Lap, While “championship” Sits In The Quiet Room Trying To Remember What Day Of The Week It Is. What The Hell Just Happened To The St. Louis Blues?" - Sean McIndoe commenting on the Blues' trade for Ryan Miller - a trade that clearly established that the goal for this season was championship or bust.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Thanks To Benilde-St. Margaret's For An Awesome Prom! And To Mrs. Anderson For My First Breathalyzer." - ESPN's Michelle Beadle commenting on attending prom with Jack Jablonski.