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2 Minutes For: Sweep, Zamboni and Quinn

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
  I’m thinking the NHL showed themselves to be a little hypersensitive when fining Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 for claiming officials Sunday made “probably the worst call in the history of sports” in the ‘Hawks Game 4 loss against the Red Wings.


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.
 
 
  QUOTES OF THE DAY

“There’s certainly a lot of things I would like to improve on to get my game back. There is no room for error…It’s going to be a game where we have to fight for our life. We have to get better, myself first.” Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet.

“Right now, I’m the best one.” Flames GM Darryl Sutter on whether he’s a candidate to become the team’s head coach.

PASSING THOUGHTS

Before she was the U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor’s decision as a U.S. District Court judge to issue an injunction against baseball owners ended a 7 ½ month strike in Major League Baseball.

If the Penguins-Red Wings meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, it will be the first time teams meet in the finals in consecutive years since 1983-84.

Crosby and Malkin: 16 combined points in series against Carolina.

Jose Canseco update: He lost his mixed martial arts debut in 77 seconds.

John Vanbiesbrouck autographed stick on e-bay: $200.

Lou Angotti

Song of the day: Little Atoms, by Elvis Costello.

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