24 April, 2014

Knee-Jerks: Playoffs, 4/28 & 4/29

Some tight-checking, defensive hockey over the weekend, including the rise of a player I’ve never been a particular fan of.

  • Say what you want about his diving and his off-ice antics, but Sean Avery has been playing excellent hockey for the New York Rangers, in many cases being their best player on a given night. I’ll never be a fan, but props to his remarkable playoff performance so far.
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  • The Red Wings surprised me on Saturday. I thought for sure that San Jose had asserted themselves, but the play of much-travelled Dan Cleary has them tied in a series I thought was definitely going the Sharks’ way.
  • It was close, but I think the video judges made an error on the disputed goal at MSG yesterday. The calls, in general, have been very odd in that series, and in the Sabres’ favor. I’m not an indulger in conspiracies, and I don’t think there’s any bias in the officiating, just some bad calls are being made, and they’re being called on the Rangers. The Sabres are a skilled, fast team, and that creates opportunities for the refs to call a penalty with only a split-second to make a decision. Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff complaining about the officiating was out-of-line, if predictable.
  • Zubrus has really been throwing the body this series, though his hit on Jagr looked a little low to me.
  • I’ve liked Jonathan Cheechoo’s effort in the Detroit series.
  • Anaheim is big, physical, and skilled. Vancouver did a fantastic job stealing a game from them, but I can’t see them taking it from the Ducks. The Canucks got good games from Luongo, the Sedins and Naslund and still lost. That doesn’t bode well.
  • Martin Broduer looked like his old self on Saturday, which is bad news for Ottawa. The series is too close for me to strongly favor either team, but goaltending makes and breaks playoff series.

A fun hockey weekend, and it’s always nice when there’s an early game and an evening game, so you can catch both without staying up to 1 am. Back to the late-night grind tonight.


  1. Gustafsson wrote:

    I’m ready to take up a collection to buy Versus some new commercials. You can’t tell me that Enterprise only has that one commercial. If I hear “Let’s go girls!” one more time, I may get an unsportsmanlike penalty.
    It’s not just Enterprise, either. I think they have only 1 version of each commercial per sponsor.

    30 April, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
  2. VT Caps Fan wrote:

    Gustafsson — you are not alone, I’ve changed the channel as soon as that whistle blows just to avoid those damn commercials.
    I’d rather look at a blank screen for a minute then those damn commercials.

    30 April, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  3. strungout wrote:

    Sean Avery rules.

    30 April, 2007 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  4. rink raith wrote:

    Zubrus’ play on the wing for the BuffaSlugs shows that he may have been miscast as a center for the Caps. His hit on Jagr can’t be defined low if both of his feet were on the ice (they were) and the hit was made with his hip (it was) with no knee extension (it wasn’t). I wish we would have seen this kind of body contact from him when he was a Cap.

    30 April, 2007 at 5:57 pm | Permalink
  5. chanuck wrote:

    Totally annoyed with that “let’s go girls” commercial. Happy to see that they got rid of the Crosby one and actually made one for the Sens.

    30 April, 2007 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  6. OrderedChaos wrote:

    Good observation RR — Zubi would have been an excellent second-line winger (or even first line) for the Caps; forcing him into Center duty did not play to his strengths. Then again the Caps had little choice given their roster at the time.

    30 April, 2007 at 6:56 pm | Permalink
  7. Scai wrote:

    Let’s not forget that Zubrus wanted rather to play center than wing. He said so repeatedly. And who should have centered that first line instead? Halpern? Beech? The Caps put him where he was most useful for the team, just like Buffalo’s doing now.
    And about calls and video judge errors going Buffalo’s way you’d just have to ask Islanders’ fans…

    1 May, 2007 at 12:27 pm | Permalink