What team beat writers are saying this afternoon:
- As much as San Jose didn’t bring their “A” game last night, the Ducks most certainly did. Just a great performance by the veteran group.
- Sergei Samsonov’s status for Game 6 has not yet been decided. They could use him in Game 6, but I don’t see it being the determining factor.
- More reaction to the penalty call late in the Jackets/Wings game. Straight up, that was a penalty. It really wasn’t close Jackets fans.
- Both Jamie Langenbrunner and Bryce Salvador are questionable for Game 6. With a Game 7 back home, I don’t see the Devils pushing it here if it is too close to call.
- Have trade deadline acquisitions paid off in the playoffs? Great piece.
- An interesting interview with John Davidson. We miss JD in the booth, but he has done a tremendous job turning that organization around.
- Taylor Pyatt has returned to the Canucks and issued a statement. Hockey has to be the last thing on Pyatt’s mind.
- It is going to be a wild one tonight at the Verizon Center. Desperation will definitely kick in tonight for the Caps.
Plus, some other NHL stories from around the league:
- Eric Duhatschek thinks Bob Gainey has probably closed the window on Vincent Lecavalier if he publicly called out Brian Lawton yesteday. Great point by Duhatschek. He mentions Briere as a possible trade candidate for Montreal.
- Elliotte Friedman isn’t convinced the Lecavalier to Montreal window has closed. Tampa is desperate to get rid of salary, so that point is well-taken.
- Could Pierre McGuire end up being the next Wild GM? Would be an interesting choice, as there are few who know as much about the game as McGuire.
- Rogers and TSN2 may finally be close to an agreement for GTA customers. Stupid situation from the outset.
- Sharks fans just wanted to see some passion from their favorite team last night, but they didn’t get it. Just an awful performance from San Jose. They brought nothing to the table.
- Chris Higgins has been added to the U.S. squad for the World Championships. I’m sure he’s trying to end his season on anything but the sour note that was the Habs’ “playoff run”.
- Damien Cox on video talking about the possibility of two NHL teams in Toronto. Again, this makes too much sense for the league. Whether there is ever any progress on this matter is another story.