Now, if the NHL fined Quenneville $10,000 for making one of the most exaggerated comments in the history of sport…that would be different. PENGUINS TO FINALS
The Penguins sent a clear message Tuesday by sweeping the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are a year older and more mature, the team is healthy, and they have plenty of depth. They’ll be a scary opponent in the Stanley Cup finals.
As for the Hurricanes? A heck of an ending. After languishing through December (17-15-5), they ended the regular season 28-15-2 and won playoff rounds against New Jersey and Boston. WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT?
Hard to tell who might be in uniform tonight when the Red Wings and Blackhawks resume the Western Conference finals.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk sat out Tuesday’s practice and their availability won’t be determined until after Wednesday’s skate. Same goes for the Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Martin Havlat. I’m still amazed that Havlat dressed in Game 4 after getting run over by Niklas Kronwall the game before. EVERYONE LOVES THE ZAMBONI
Good read over the weekend in the New York Times on the family-owned business making the Zamboni. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/23/sports/hockey/23zamboni.html?_r=1&hp&ex=&ei=&partner= EDMONTON’S DYNAMIC DUO
No one can question the experience and history of winning the Oilers gained Tuesday when hiring Pat Quinn as head coach and Tom Renney as associate coach. Quinn, who last coach in the NHL in 2006 when ending a seven-year stint in Toronto, has won 657 games. Since then, he coached Team Canada to gold medals at the 2008 World under-18 Championships and 2009 World Junior Championships. Quinn also was coach of Canada’s 2002 Olympic gold medal-winning team.
Renney, dismissed by the Rangers last season, has won eight medals, three gold, in his international coaching career.