With apologies to Marty McSorley, when was the last time you saw an illegal stick measurement in the NHL?
Here's some more ice thoughts for today:
- Why is it a Honda dealership in Vancouver can't put up a Go Canucks Go sign, but Predator Ridge golf resort can temporarily change its name to Canuck Ridge?
- Ben Ferriero is the first player to score an overtime goal in his playoff debut since another Shark, Niko Dimitrakos, against St. Louis on April 8, 2004.
- Ferriero scored on his birthday. According to the amazing Elias Sports Bureau, Ferriero became the first NHL player ever to score a playoff overtime goal on his birthday.
- The goaltending match up between Washington and Tampa Bay is interesting in that the Caps' Michal Neuvirth just turned 23, while the Lightning's Dwayne Roloson is more than half way to 42! Again according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only larger difference was the 20 years, 304 days gap between Toronto's Johnny Bower (age 42) and Montreal's Rogie Vachon (age 21) in Games 2 and 3 of the 1967 Stanley Cup Final.
- I've said it before and I'll say it again, Eric Duhatschek is the best in the business. Here's a good read on goaltender superstitions and confidence.
- I'm always fascinated by the different strategies franchise employ when it comes to short term and long term roster architecture. The Montreal Gazette is already speculating about Scott Gomez's future in Montreal. I can't imagine any other team would want that contract, so Montreal could be handcuffed all summer until they can demote him to the AHL.
- Meanwhile the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at the importance of specialty coaches. The key to being a good head coach in the NHL is no different than anything in life - surround yourself with good people.
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