Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky could be excused for cheering on the Edmonton Oilers.
Gretzky, who won four Stanley Cups in Edmonton, would never openly admit to rooting for the Oilers, but certainly admires how they’ve performed in this year’s playoffs.
“They’re fast, they’re explosive, they play hard, they play gritty,” Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun of Canadian Press.
San Jose’s mayor apologized Monday for the behavior of Sharks fans who loudly booed the Canadian national anthem before Game 5 of the second-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers. “This showed a lack of respect to our Canadian neighbors, to the players of both teams, and to our own residents,” Mayor Ron Gonzales said.
Coach Lindy Ruff gave his Buffalo Sabres a rare two-day break, which is much-needed, for a Sabres team that’s a little banged up and can use all the rest it can get in preparing to face the second-seeded Hurricanes in the East finals.