So the Coyotes took the day off and so did our commenters around here at Five For Howling. After the disappointing Game 4, I can't say I blame anyone for getting away for a day and just refreshing yourself and getting your head cleared for Friday's madness. And the Coyotes want you to be prepared:
Pom-poms will be given out - yippee!! No, the first two games of the whiteout have been truly memorable experiences, and I expect Friday night will be no different (even if I am missing Cole Hamels pitch the series opener against the D-backs that evening...grrrrrrr). Coyotes will need to bring the intensity and be ready for a dog fight to keep their home ice advantage. We know they have it in them...
LAST NIGHT'S NHL SCORES: WSH 6 - MTL 3 (Washington leads series 3-1); BUF 2 - BOS 3 (2OT) (Boston leads series 3-1); VAN 6 - LAK 4 (Series tied at 2)
Comment of the night on Twitter: @DownGoesBrown This "empty net" kid only gave up two tonight. I say Martin starts him in game five.
Fabulous stuff right there...start your whimsy off early.
After the jump, some more notes on the other playoff series, can the Coyotes expect Shane Doan back on Friday (yes!), and a good dose of whimsy...
COYOTES STAY AWAY FROM ICE FOR A DAY - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett gave his team the day off on Wednesday. But Coach Tippett was at the arena and he spoke with Dave Vest:
Some good words there from the Coach. His past playoff success isn't actually that great, but anyone that has watched the Coyotes this year knows that they are not prone to long losing streaks and I'd expect we see some tenacity Friday.
Coyotes Videos………. EPIC! " The Good, The Bad, The Coyotes
@Yotesgurl has a nice post with some of the pre-game videos that the Coyotes have used so far this year. Good stuff!
2010 NHL playoffs -- Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings bounce back, but series far from over - ESPN
Jimmy Howard is again a hero in Detroit. The Red Wings are again back in the series. But both must repeat Tuesday's efforts against a Phoenix team that just won't quit.
2010 NHL playoffs -- Brian Boucher outplaying Martin Brodeur; Marian Hossa jinx springs early? - ESPN
Some good stuff from the ESPN writers regarding the playoffs...
Video: Miller, Rask in the goalie duel of Stanley Cup playoffs - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
If you missed last night's Sabres-Bruins game, you not only missed the first double overtime game of the playoffs, but you missed some unbelievable goaltending...check it out.
Simon Gagne Out Three Weeks, Jeff Carter Out Six-Plus; Laliberte, Leino In For Game 5 - Broad Street Hockey
Bad news for the Flyers as Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter will be out multiple weeks after taking shots off their respective right feet...ouch!
Brodeur, Lemaire don't believe Gagne, Carter injury stories - Broad Street Hockey
But the Devils don't believe the Flyers' claims that Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter are injured...not sure what to make of this one.
Staying on the slightly Flyers theme we have going there, when the Lady Byng nominees were announced there was some initial confusion among Flyers beat writers about the Brad Richards nomination, thinking that it was Mike Richards that had been nominated...which Wyshynski pointed out would probably caused David Booth to have a heart attack. But Broad Street Hockey posted this hilarious Mike Richards interview, that I figured I'd share:
Down Goes Brown: Signs your team is not making it to the second round - Toronto Maple Leafs Blog - Humor. Commentary. Despair.
Another fine showing from the folks at Down Goes Brown regarding your team's playoff future. I think if you are contemplating starting that "empty net" kid, it's probably a bad sign.
And finally, completely not hockey related, but quite funny and amusing:
Ridiculous Rain Delay Proves Once And For All That College People Have Too Much Free Time - College Baseball - Deadspin
Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky were marred in a rain delay of indeterminate length and decided to get a little silly rather than adjust their jocks and spit sun-flower seeds like those layabout MLBers.