We’ll just have to wait until the playoffs to get that Sidney Crosby –
Ryan Miller rematch everyone is dying to see. After playing
out-of-this-world hockey for two weeks, the Buffalo Sabres are giving
Miller an extra day off, as
Patrick Lalime will get the start in net tonight.
“I’m playing [tonight] and looking forward to it,” Lalime said. “I
think he deserves the
“I feel good,” Lalime said
Monday after practice in HSBC Arena. “It’s nice to come back
actually when you have a couple days off. You’re nice and excited to see
the guys again, go on
the ice and get some work done. I’m looking forward to getting the show
Thoughts after the jump.
There’s apparently been some debate as to whether Crosby’s overtime
goal was stoppable by Miller, and that we’d all love to see him face The
Kid once more. That the ‘rematch’ would come so quickly after the gold
medal game is fascinating, but you have to respect the Sabres’ decision
to rest Miller. Just like with Team USA, Miller is Buffalo’s best hope
And for the record, I never thought of that shot as stoppable. As a
goaltender myself, I know how tough that sort of play is to make. Crosby
grabbed the puck from behind him and swept in on net in one big, fast
motion; there was no warning for Miller as to where it might go. 80% of
goaltending is anticipation, and Miller was too close to Crosby to
really have time to react to such a hard shot.
It was just a great, great play by Crosby and it beat a great
Keith Urban sang the national anthem for Game 3. Kelly Clarkson did the honors for the Nashville Predators before Game 4. Next up: Trisha Yearwood for Game 6.
The Predators hope to close out the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, and they got off to a nice start with Austin Watson scoring a quick 1-0 goal. Not long after, the Predators added another to build to a 2-0 lead.
Garth Brooks spoiled Yearwood’s appearance a bit before the contest.
Brooks also revealed Yearwood’s early fan creds:
Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie scored a goal in Game 4, but he won’t be able to provide such a scoring boost for his team in Game 6.
That’s because he was ejected during the first period after hitting rising Nashville Predators star Viktor Arvidsson from behind, bloodying the slick Swede.
Ritchie was whistled for a game misconduct and major. Remarkably, the Ducks killed the entire five-minute power-play opportunity, with Ryan Kesler‘s shorthanded chance being one of the better opportunities for either team.
It’s still a big blunder, but if the Ducks can get back in it, remember that big kill.
Video of the hit is coming soon. For now, check out the GIF:
Oddly, Arvidsson left the ice with a wound that more or less spelled out “R,” presumably for Ritchie, maybe celebrating the return of “Twin Peaks.”
(Such an obvious move might not be surreal enough for David Lynch, though. Alex Prewitt’s Zorro reference might be more, um, on the mark.)
It was already loud at Bridgestone Arena, but the Nashville Predators are making it a madhouse with a strong start against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6.
First, it was Austin Watson, who sent a puck off a Ducks skate to score a 1-0 goal on Nashville’s first shot on Jonathan Bernier, who is starting instead of John Gibson. That came about 90 seconds into the game, really revving up the crowd.
Colton Sissons scored his first goal of the Western Conference Final – on his first shot on goal of the series – to make it 2-0. At that point, Bernier had allowed two goals on three shots on goal. Bernier’s made a few stops since then, but it’s a shaky start for a Ducks team facing elimination.
There’s some solace in that Anaheim’s often at its best in dire situations, though you have to wonder how many times they can bounce back from this?
The Anaheim Ducks won’t have John Gibson back, but the Nashville Predators are dealing with some injury-related letdowns, too.
Craig Smith skated before Game 6, but he opted not to play on Monday. Mike Fisher is also unable to go for the Predators as they aim to eliminate Anaheim.
The Ducks also won’t have Rickard Rakell back in the mix, so this physical Western Conference Final continues to feel like a battle of attrition.
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