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Monday, May 1, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Before Crosby Hit The Ice, He Took A Vicious Cross-check To The Head From Niskanen, Who Seemed Intent On Making Crosby Eat A Little Wood." - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook being more of a fan than a writer when discussing Sidney Crosby's likely concussion last night in the Pens OT loss to the Caps.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"I Don’t Like Watching CSKA Because They Play Terrible Hockey. I Feel Bad For The Guys Who Play There." - Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov when asked about following his former KHL team, CSKA Moscow.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

"The Most Dangerous Scorer In This Year’s NHL Playoffs Is Not Sidney Crosby. ...It’s Not [McDavid Or Ovechkin Or Malkin]. It’s Not Even Phil Kessel, But Rather A Minor-league Call-up Who Used To Be Kessel’s “stick Boy” At The University Of Minnesota." - Michael Traikos writing about the Penguins' Jake Guentzel for the National Post.

Friday, May 5, 2017

"At 95, Sertich, Credited Here As "the Oldest Hockey Player In The World," Plays Three Times A Week For A Rec Team In Duluth, And Starts Every Morning With A Core Workout That Will Make Fit 25-year-olds Wince Just Looking At It." - City Pages' Mike Mullen talking about Duluth, MN native Mark Sertich.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

"You Get That First Goal…you Never Know What Can Happen In This Game, Especially In These Playoffs. There’s Funny Things Going On All Over The Place." - The Ducks' Corey Perry, who scored the winner at 6:57 of the second OT of Anaheim's dramatic comeback win over the Edmonton Oilers last night.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Just Today In General Was Probably My Worst One Of The Playoffs, I Think, I Kind Of Want To Forget About It Quickly And Move On." - Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after his team lost tp teh Washington Capitals in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.

Monday, May 8, 2017

"He [Bettman] Claims The Same Rights For The NHL As A TOP Sponsor Who Pays $100 Million (£77 Million/€91 Million), He Wants To Use The Olympic Rings For The NHL. If The IOC Says Yes, What Do We Do With Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Skiing, Ice Skating?" - International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel Fasel criticising NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for making "unrealistic" demands regarding NHL Pyeongchang participation.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Over The Course Of 35 Years In The Business Of Trying To Win A Stanley Cup, David Poile Went From Being Risk-averse To Being One Of The Biggest Riverboat Gamblers In The Game. And It Has Finally Paid Off." - Damien Cox writing for the Toronto Star.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"The Penguins Looked Like A Beaten Hockey Club Monday Night. ...The Speed Advantage They Brag About Was Missing. They Couldn’t Get The Puck Out Of Their Own Zone. On The Rare Occasions When They Did, They Couldn’t Mount Anything In The Capitals’ End." - A few of the reasons why the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook thinks the Washington Capitals will buck history tonight.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"His Ability To Stay Calm And Refocus Us Is Something Our Team Feeds Off Of, His Message Was, ‘Nothing That Happened Before Matters; It Only Matters What You’re Going To Do Tonight To Help This Team Win.’" - Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole talking about the his head coach Mike Sullivan in the wake of the team's game 7 win over Washington last night.

Friday, May 12, 2017

"That Picture Was A Little Bit Weird, I Don't Know How You're Supposed To Feel Comfortable When They Hold You Like That. It Was Pretty Much Of A Death Grip." - Connor McDavid after being clutched onto by a couple of determined fans at the Edmonton airport.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Everybody Thinks It Was Great. I Think It Was Awful, You Never, Ever Yell At A Goalie." - Don Cherry - who knows something about talking - on the Game 5 exchange of the Rangers' Derek Stepan motioning for Henrik Lundqvist to calm down, with the netminder yelling back a week ago.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

"Xs And Os, He’s One Of The Very Best Coaches I’ve Played For, [As For] Motivation, He Does A Heck Of A Job. He’s Got A Real Feel For The Pulse Of Our Group." - 40-year-old Pittsburgh forward Matt Cullen, who has plsyed on seven teams during his 19-year career..

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Jake, Come On. Why Are You Lying To Your Mother?" - Jake Guentzel's mother, Sally when her son told her he was getting called up from Wilkes-Barre to the NHL in November.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Lots Of Things Amuse Me Out There." - Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz, who could be seen with a smile on his face during one of teammate Phil Kessel’s tirades last night, seemed to find some humor in the midst of a heated game.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"It's A Big Win, It's Pretty Special To Win And To Come Top Of The Pool, It's One Of The Goals We Set At The Start Of The Tournament And Play Well In The Medal Rounds. It's A Great Win, I Think We Grew As A Team Today. It Was A Great Effort." - Team USA Forward Johnny Gaudreau talking about his team's win over Russia yesterday in 2017 World Championship tournament action - the win clinched Group A.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"I’ll Be The First Person To Tell You That I’m The Luckiest Guy In Hockey Playing With Those Guys." - The Penguins' rookie Jake Guentzel who often plays alongside Sid Crosby and Phil Kessel - who he was a stick boy for at the University of Minnesota.

Friday, May 19, 2017

"The Immediate Question Of Course Is: Which Teams Will Be Shown The Door? Chernyshenko Did Not Name Names On This Occasion, But We Can Garner Some Clues From His Statements. When Addressing The Ongoing Issue Of Teams In Debt" - Russian hockey sportswriter Patrick Conway on KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko's announcement that (at least) five currnet KHL teams will leave the league primarily due to financial issues.

Monday, May 22, 2017

"I'm Not Satisfied." - Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Well, Guess What, Y’all? The Preds Are Fixin’ To Win It All, Two-stepping All The Way To Their First Stanley Cup In 20 Years With A 6-3, Series-clinching Win Over The Anaheim Ducks On Monday Night." - Mark Spector writing for SporrsNet.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"You’re In This Small Bubble, You Don’t Want To Break Out Of It. You Don’t Want To Mess With It, It’s A Short Period Time In Your Life When You Play These Guys In One Playoff Series. So You Take It As Seriously As You Can. And Then Afterward Life Goes On." - Nashville Predators goalie Pekke Rinne on how players handle a playoff series with a very good friend on the oppenent's team.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"You Don’t Forget Them, They Stand Out. It’s A Different Feel Than Any Other Game You Play. They’re As Fun As It Gets." - Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen has vivid memories of each of the six Game 7s he has played in the NHL, and not just because he won them all..

Friday, May 26, 2017

"The KHL Will Not Stand For This." - Top Russian league president Dmitry Chernyshenko commenting on the facts that (a) seven of the KHL's 29 teams are "regularly" late with salaries and (b) some players have been waiting over six months for payment..

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"In His [2016-17] Sophomore Campaign, Sheehy Set Career Highs With 53 Points, 33 Assists, 20 Goals, And A Plus/minus Of +21. No One Tallied That Many Points For The Gophers In A Single Season Since Ryan Potulny In 2005-2006, With 63 Points." - University of Minnesota Men's Hockey correspondent Rachel Greenstein commenting on next year's Golden Gophers captain Tyler Sheehy.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"There Are Surprises In Sports And Then There Is Steve Ott Being Hired By The Blues As An Assistant Coach Thursday." - Jeremy Rutherford - lead Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Monday, May 29, 2017

"Frankly, It’s Amazing How A Franchise Can Possibly Lose Defenseman Ryan Suter To Free Agency, Then Ultimately Trade Young, Up-and-coming Defenseman Seth Jones And Captain And Stalwart Defenseman Shea Weber And Still End Up In The Stanley Cup Final" - Michael Russo of the Star Trbune commenting on the Cup Final - which will match the Penguins' world-class offense against the Predators' world-class defense.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"If The Mark Of A True Champion Is Being Able To Turn In A Sub-par Effort And Still Get A Positive Result, The NHL’s Engraver Might Want To Start Working On His Spelling Of Guentzel Immediately." - Ken Campbell of the Hockey News.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"The Game’s Getting Faster. He’s Going To Have To Train In A Different Way - A More Speed Way Instead Of A Power Way. MacLellan On Ovechkin: "He’s Going To Have To Think Of Ways He Can Evolve Into A Player That Still Has A Major Impact On The Game." - Washington GM Brian MacLellan On Alex Ovechkin.