Burrows completes Canucks redemption
It’s not what anyone would call the easy way, but the Vancouver Canucks can lay claim to victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Roberto Luongo, as is his custom, would allow a late game-tying goal to find its way to the back of the net – but Alex Burrows alleviated the sense of impending doom with this clapper in OT:
The on-ice celebration in Vancouver on Tuesday night resembled something out of a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 which, given the Canucks’ propensity to have their show run by the Blackhawks when it counts, is forgivable. It’s done, Canucks. On to the next one.
Lucic tossed after flattening Spacek
We’ll stop short of saying Milan Lucic’s ejection from Game 6 cost the Bruins a chance at wrapping up the series, the guy was practically invisible prior to this hit:
Lucic received a five minute major and a game misconduct on the play, but Spacek would return to the game. It’s hard to fathom this hit costing Lucic an appearance in Game 7, although the unpredictability of the NHL’s justice hammer is um, unpredictable.
‘Own goal’ weighs heavy on Mike Grier
Mike Grier can’t be held accountable for the Buffalo Sabres ousting in Tuesday’s Game 7 versus the Philadelphia, but he did have a hand in letting the Flyers first goal find its way past Ryan Miller. Grier was upset with himself and reportedly ‘disconsolate’ in the Sabres dressing room after the game.
“I gotta block that shot on the first goal. I tried to catch it. It went off my glove and went in. It gave them some momentum. It’s just disappointing. I don’t know how much longer I have to play.”
Keep your head up, Mike Grier. Everybody knows momentum is a myth. Own goals, though, yeah… those hurt.
Wade Redden: “Money isn’t an issue”
Yes, when you’re scheduled to make nearly $20 million over the course of the next three years money is not an issue. Wade Redden faces another off-season of uncertainty, at least in terms of continuing his career in the NHL. Redden spoke with members of the media about his status in the Rangers organization during the Connecticut Whale’s yearly wrap-up. Via Howlings by way of SNYRangersblog:
“It’s a decision that’s not totally mine as far as what the Rangers are going to do with me and what their plans are. There are other teams that are starting to decide what they’re going to want to do, and I’m sure (Rangers president/general manager) Glen (Sather) and his staff are talking and getting prepared, too.”
Redden doesn’t make a logical candidate for a buyout given the cost the Rangers would incur, but he could be traded if there is a team crazy enough out there to absorb that contract.
Obligatory repost of Blackhawks rap song