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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

"Mmm. Maybe." - Sidney Crosby responding to the following question from a member of media scrum after practice - Did he believe hockey instinct could be honed through repetition?.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"I Think It Would Be Good To Ask Our Opinion. We’re The Ones Involved." - Marc-Andre Fleury, the knight goalie wants NHL to consult goalies on interference rule.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

"You'll See Jesus Before You See A Team Back In Hartford." - Brian Burke, former general manager of the Hartford Whalers - from 1992-1993 - described a desolate market that was known as the "roaring '80s" during his tenure, noting that many big employers and high-paying jobs uprooted for nearby Manhattan.

Friday, May 4, 2018

"They Were Desperate. He Was Trying To Forecheck On Me. It Was A High Hit, But At The End Of The Day I Don't Think He Went With His Elbow To Knock Me Out. It Was Just An Emotional Game." - Letang on his scrum with Oshie last night.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

"I'm Not Going To Do Much Grocery Shopping." - Jets' captain Blake Wheeler jokes about avoiding distractions heading into game 6 tomorrow night.

Monday, May 7, 2018

"The Bruins' Fun And Surprising Season Came To A Crashing Halt on Sunday when They Dropped Their Fourth Straight Game To The Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, At Amalie Arena, Losing Their Second-round Series To The Bolts." - Steve Conroy for the Boston Herald.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"I’m Just Going To Digest This Right Now. I’m Probably Going To Have A Cold One Or Two And Enjoy This." - Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz when asked about Backstrom’s status for the next round.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Our Conversations With Staff And Players Consistently Returned To The Same Person. Rod Is The Greatest Leader In The History Of This Franchise, And Has Earned The Opportunity To Take Charge Of Our Locker Room." - Hurricanes Don Waddell (who will become the full-time general manager after serving as acting GM) talks about promoting Rod Brind'Amour to head coach.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

"I Think I've Gotten My Game To A Pretty Decent Spot, But I've Got Some Character Things And Things That I've Done That Clearly Need Some Fixing. That's Going To Be The Biggest Thing That I Take Away From What's Happened The Last Few Days." - Bruins’ Marchand: I need to stop licking opponents.

Friday, May 11, 2018

"They're Inheriting Me, I'm Inheriting Them, And We've Got To Coach That Team. They Were So Close Even Last Year ... From Being In The (NCAA) Tournament, So There's Something There, And There's Some Hunger In That Group." - Incoming University of Minnesota head coach Bob Motzko on the team's current roster.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

"...We Went To A Private Room And Joked Around. He Asked Me, 'Is It True You Never Wore A Helmet Your Whole Career?' I Said Yes, It Is, But I Wore A Cup. He Looked At Me And In Perfect English, He Said, 'Some Things In Life Are More Important, Eh, Phil?" - Phil Esposito on 2012 meeting with Vlad Putin.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

"If You’re Vegas, And You Played This Sloppily ...and You Lost Only 4-2 With One Of The Goals Being The Result Of Two Dicey Replay Decisions, You Have To Conclude You Can Play With Winnipeg The Rest Of This Series." - Keith Olbermann on Twitter.

Monday, May 14, 2018

"Great Shirt." - The barista at Paul Stastny's usual Starbuck Saturday - the shirt was all white.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"We Just Played Hard Right Off The Bat And We Were Able To Get That Two Goal Lead And I Think We Played Well With The Lead." - Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault after Las Vegas win last night.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"When You Have Somebody Who's As Gifted As Marc Is, It's Trying To Keep Him Playing To His Potential All The Time. He's Not A Backup Goaltender. He's Not Past His 'best Before' Date. He Still Has The Capability Of Playing Great." - Vegas goaltending coach Dave Prior talking about Marc-Andre Fleury.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"I Get More Nervous Watching Them Than Anything I’ve Ever Done In My Life... I Don’t Get Nervous Watching My Team Or When I Play At All. I Really Don’t. “But When I’m Watching Them, I Get So Nervous. I’ll Sit On The Couch With My Wife, Going Nuts." - Bryce Harper on his nerves and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Friday, May 18, 2018

"...it's What We Expect From Flower. He Does It Every Night. The Third Period Was Not Good Enough For Our Group. We Definitely Need To Close That Game Better." - Vegas sniper Jonathan Marchessault talking about the stellar play of his goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

"[Its] The Kind Of Thing You Want To Take A Five-hour Nap After Eating." - Brooks Orpik talking about the Carb Nightmare Alex Ovechkin Has Been Eating Before Every Home Game For 13 Years - it’s chicken parmesan, with pasta, mushrooms, bread, and four different sauces.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Auston Was 38th In League In Ice Time This Year For Centers. I Would Assume That’s A Point Of Contention For Him. The Back Part Of The Year When He Came Back From Injury, Wasn’t As Good For Him Health-wise & Production-wise As It Was Earlier In The Year." - Ray Ferraro not commenting on alleged rift between Leafs’ Matthews, Babcock.

Monday, May 21, 2018

"Pretty Empty. Emotionless." - Bale Wheeler yesterday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"T.J. [showed] How You Handle Yourself. ...Come To The Rink Being A Leader, Bringing That Energy, Working As Hard As Anyone In Practice. Good Players Find A Way To Have An Effect On The Game... He’s One Of Our Main Leaders." - Capitals goalie Brayden Hotlby on teammate T.J. Oshie.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"I'm Confident We Have A Very Good Team In Minnesota And Believe Paul Shares That Same Belief. The Goal Remains To Bring A Stanley Cup To The State Of Hockey. No Pressure, Paul, But That Is Where It Starts." - Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leopold to new GM PAul Fenton.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"It Got Uglier And Uglier. When He Finally Shaves It He's Going To Look Like A New Man." - Jets' Bryan Little on teammate Patrick Laine's plan to shave off infamous playoff scruff.

Friday, May 25, 2018

"You Look Back On It Now, It's Very Frustrating. You Want To Help Your Team Win. And By Not Scoring A Goal In The Last Two Games As A Team That Falls On Us As The Offensive Leaders To Ultimately Get It Done And You Feel Like You Let Your Teammates Down." - Steven Stamkos taking blame for Lightning's loss to Capitals.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

"Its Not An Accident. They're Really Good." - Steve Yzerman on the Golden Knights.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"...Schmidt Buckled Down Before The Following Fall, Eventually Blossoming Into An All-American Best Known For Clinching The 2011-12 WCHA Title With a Dazzling Toe-drag In The Third Period Against Wisconsin." - Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt talking about University of Minnesota roommates Erik Haula and Nate Schmidt, who are now in the Stanley Cup Final with Las Vegas.

Monday, May 28, 2018

"We Hope We Get A New Owner." - According to former Ottawa Sun writer Susan Sherring, that is what former Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson told her as he addressed the state of the franchise as a surprise guest at Ottawa mayor Jim Watson’s campaign kickoff on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"There Is No Delay. We Just Haven’t Gotten The Train To The Station Yet." - Gary Bettman says the NHL needs time before voting on Seattle expansion bid.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Jonathan Is 100 Percent. There Was No Issue. Last Night He Lost His Wind In The Game And That’s Why I Was A Little Upset That He Had To Go Off For 15 Minutes, But We Understand That." - Gerard Gallant on Tom Wilson hit in game 1.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

"No Matter If We Had A Fight Or If We Had A Great Series, Or A Tough Battle, We’re Going To Shake Hands And Let’s Go Get Something To Drink Man, Talk About It. Ya Dig?" - Snoop Dogg on hockey tradition, specifically the handshake lines both teams go through following a playoff series.