Elsewhere in Hockey

Czechs edge Russia in OT

Zbynek Irgl scored the winning goal 7:58 into overtime as the Czech Republic pulled off a 4-3 victory over Russia in quarter-final action at the 2006 world hockey championship Thursday in Riga, Latvia.

Plenty of similarities between Hurricanes, Sabres

Perhaps it isn’t the marquee television pairing that league beancounters were hoping for, but the Carolina-Buffalo Eastern Conference final series could turn out to be just the match up the NHL has been looking for.
Both teams play an exciting brand of hockey, with a hint of the proverbial Cinderella story thrown into the mix.

Sabres need offense from Afinogenov

As long as Maxim Afinogenov is generating scoring chances, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff won’t worry. However, he wouldn’t complain if some of those opportunities turned into goals for the flashy Russian forward. “I don’t think it’s anything more than just relaxing a little bit,” Ruff said after the Sabres practiced Thursday in advance of the Eastern Conference final.

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1 Response to Elsewhere in Hockey

  1. Anonymous says:

    good article on espn.com, too.
    THE MOMENT: Before Game 7 in Calgary, Carlyle wanted to give his team a day away from the rink. The weather wasn’t conducive to bike riding, so the hard-nosed coach took the Ducks to a local billiards hall in Calgary and the team had a pool tournament.
    While they were there, the players looked up to find a rebroadcast of the 1985 Smythe Division playoff series between the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets on the pool hall televisions. There, manning the blue line, was their head coach. Unfortunately for Carlyle, it was a game in which the Oilers crushed the Jets, a game in which he was victimized regularly by Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, et al.
    The Ducks players began hooting and yelling out some of the same comments Carlyle has been known to bestow on his players after their on-ice gaffes. Carlyle, to his credit, laughed at his own foibles, and the Ducks cruised to a Game 7 victory the next night.

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