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Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Varlamov Had A Marvelous Season, But A Shaky Game 6 And Game 7." - The Denver Post's Adrian Dater summarizing the play of the quick-to-go-down Avs' keeper Semyon Varlamov.

Friday, May 2, 2014

"Not Only Did Niederreiter Score Twice, ...he Also Assisted To Spurgeon On The Goal That Tied The Game At 4.... The Islanders Thoroughly Mismanaged Niederreiter For A Few Years Before Dealing Him [and They] Initially Drafted Spurgeon But Never Signed Him." - Grantland.com's KatieBakes on why she would not have enjoyed watching game 7 of the Wild-Avs series at Islander GM Garth Snow's house.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

"...Like Banging On The Glass When Players Are Engaged Near It, It Makes The Fans Involved Look And Sound Like A Species Of Intellectually Challenged Ape." - Jack Todd in the Montreal Gazette discusisng immature fan behaviour that he would like to see eliminated.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"I Know The Fans Were Kind Of All Over Me At The Start Of The Year. ...Then Injuries Kind Of Set Me Back A Couple Of Steps, Hopefully I Can Erase That Regular Season With A Good Playoffs And A Good Run This Year. I’m Going To Do Whatever It Takes." - The Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"...One Of The Biggest Disappointments Thus Far Has Been Moulson. Traded Twice This Season, He Has Just A Goal And Two Points In Nine Playoff Games And Has Been All But Invisible With Minnesota." - The CBC's Mike Brophy writing in an article about the various players traded at the deadline this year.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"We Play Very, Very, Very Nice Hockey," - Minnesota Wild's Ilya Bryzgalov after shutout win over Chicago in game 3.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"What Does That Mean For UND Next Season? I Think It Means That UND, Once Again, Isn’t Going To Blow Anyone Away With Its Skill Level Up Front." - Tthe Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman on UND sophomore Rocco Grimaldi signed a three-year deal with Florida.

Friday, May 9, 2014

"Show Me A Team In The NHL That Doesn’t Play A Trap And I’ll Call You A Liar Because Every Single Team Does It, Whoever Does It The Best, Then They Get Called A Defensive Team. I Don’t Agree With That. Every Single Team Plays A Trap" - The Wild's Zach Parise, the NHL's second-leading playoff scorer with 13 points.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"I Don’t Want To See Anyone Get Hurt And Neither Does Anyone Else, But You Also Don’t Want This To Be A Figure-skating Contest Out There. It’s Something I’ve Tried To Pride Myself On, Especially Here Over The Last Three Years." - Wild player Matt Cooke on his 'grit'.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

"He Brings A Physical Presence, You Never Know What He's Going To Do, So You've Got To Be Aware Of Him Out There." - Backhand complimenter Jonathan Toews on Matt Cooke.

Monday, May 12, 2014

"He Gave One Of The Most Inspiring Speeches I Have Ever Heard, He Said He Had Never Been On A Team That Is So Tightly-knit Like This... He Got Really Emotional And I Think It Hit Home With All Of Us. Just Talking About It Now Gives Me Chills." - The Winterhawks' Matt Dumba on pulled goalie Corban Boes's pep talk between the 1st and 2nd period of WHL Finals game 6 comeback win.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"I Figured I Was Close Enough Anyway So I Might As Well Get It Done Now, 10 Years From Now I Probably Won’t Want To Do It, Credits Change And All That. I Just Wanted To Have An Education And Have That In The Back Of My Head In Case Hockey Doesn’t Work Out." - Panthers' leading scorer, rookie Nick Bjugstad, on studying during the season so he can obtain a degree in Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota this spring.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Hockey Has The Arrogant, The Showy, The Selfish, The Flopper. Plenty Of Them. But For The Most Part, Fans Like To Think NHLers Are Beyond That. The Moments They Prove They Aren't, It's Uncharacteristic. It's Gamemanship. It's Not Classy. It's Not Hockey." - Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney writing in a thoughtful article titled "P.K. Subban and hockey's problematic relationship with players of color".

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"You're A Hell Of A Player Buddy. You're Going To Be Sick In This League. Keep It Going." - Someone who knows a little bit about being sick in the NHL - Patrick Kane compliments the Wild's Jarod Spurgeon in the handshake line after Chicago eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs, May 13, 2014.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"I Love Thomas Vanek, It's Hard To Find Difference Makers. He's Certainly One Of Those Guys, Especially On The Power Play. There Aren't Many Guys Better In The League On The Power Play Than Thomas Vanek." - Eddie Olczyk on Thomas Vanek.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

"The Canadiens Are Chuckling All The Way Home." - NBC Sports analyst Keith Jones noting Milan Lucic wasn't exactly striking fear into anyone by having a tantrum following a game 7 loss.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Great. I’ve Been So Happy Here. I Wish We Can Accomplish More. It Is What It Is. My Personal Experience Was Probably The Best Team I’ve Played (for), Best Organization I’ve Been [in]." - Ilya Bryzgalov on his time in Minnesota.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"You’re Looking At A Guy Here Who Is Good Enough To Probably Play Obviously In Your Top Six On A Lot Of Nights … But Could Start In The Bottom Because He’s Got Great Ice Awareness In All Three Zones." - Abbotsford Heat (AHL) coach Troy G. Ward on Mikael Granlund's younger brother Markus.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"The Reason We Lost The Game Was [Henrik] Lundqvist, Lundqvist Was Phenomenal. Phenomenal. Stole The Game." - Habs' head ccoach Michel Therrien following Monday's 3-1 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"I Think He’s So Strong Mentally, He’s Become One Of The Top Goalies In The League, He Was Not Just Good, But He Was Unbelievable Last Year In The Playoffs. This Year, I Think He’s Even Better" - Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa on Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"I Failed As A Husband And Father, If I Continued On This Course, I'd Lose My Family." - Three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympian like Brian Rafalski gives reality check on pro sports.

Friday, May 23, 2014

"He's Never Changed. He's Always Been This Player. He Got Rewarded This Season And The Last Five Games With Production, But This Is The Player That [McDonagh] Has Been Since He's Been Here, And This Time He's Getting The Recognition He Deserves." - Rangers' Derek Stepan on teammate Ryan McDonagh's elite level of play.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

"They [Guelph Players] Were Probably Sitting There Back At The Hotel Just Licking Their Chops, ...It's The Longest Game In Memorial Cup History. We Got That Momentum Now But Guelph's Had That Time Off. ...We're Going To ...leave It All On The Ice [Sunday]." - The Oil Kings' Curtis Lazar on advancing to the Mem Cup Championship game after 3 OT victory over Val-d'Or.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"So Much For The Scouts And Critics Who Focused On What They Thought He Lacked Instead Of Seeing His Persistence And Willingness To Polish His Talent To A Brilliant Shine." - The Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott on the Kings' Tyler Toffoli.

Monday, May 26, 2014

"There's Very Little Passing Offense That Goes On In The NBA Anymore. ...The Innovation Is Very Limited As Far As What's Going On. I Find Myself Watching Hockey Playoffs Before Watching Basketball Playoff Games....More Fun, Much More Action." - Current Knicks President Phil Jackson when asked in 2012 about the NHL playoffs and NBA playoffs by Andrea Kremer of HBO's Real Sports.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Shocking Hiring Of Brian MacLellan. I've Never Met A Lazier/less Passionate Hockey Man. @washcaps At Times You Shake Your Head. #Laughable He Got Close With Chris Patrick. Talked Is Way In With Dick Patrick. @JasonLaCanfora This Is A Sad Day For @washcaps" - Caps' ex-director of hockey ops Shawn Simpson blasting 'shocking' Caps GM hire Brian MacLellan via twitter.com.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"We'll Hazard A Guess That He Didn't See The Little Guy And Was Simply Attempting To Snow The Canadiens As They Came Onto The Ice, Or Maybe He Thought It Was David Desharnais, But Still - What A Monster." - Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney on Rangers' Derek Dorsett snowing of the he Canadiens' flag kid before the game.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Someone Tell Dorsett Headbutts Are Totally Out Right Now. This Year It's Groin-spears And Water Bottle Squirts." - Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney on game 5 antics of Rangers' Derek Dorsett.

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Brooks Said She And Her Colleagues Would Like To See More Non-checking Leagues Available For Older Kids Who Aren’t Planning To Play At An Elite Level." - Reuters' Genevra Pittman on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Dr. Alison Brooks report on the dangers of checking.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"I Got Two Goals On That Milk Shake, And We Beat Them 3 To 1." - 1959 - Gordie Howe recounts a pregame meal to writer W.C. Heinz - a Minneapolis hotel restaurant looked so nice that he didn't want to enter it as a 17-year-old. So he grabbed a shake across the street instead..