Monday, May 4, 2009

Tonight in Playoff Hockey; Markus Naslund Retires; Most (Not) Shocking News

Has anyone noticed the NHL.com homepage? The designers have made a border that replicates the engraved names on the Stanley Cup.

Top left.

Awesome.

Anyway....

We have just one playoff game tonight.

Ovechkin vs Crosby
Game 2

People forget that there are two teams involved in the series, but whatever.

Varlamov stole the first game with this unbelievable save.

I think the Pens will rebound tonight. Split in Washington. Split in Pittsburgh. Then it's a best-of-three.

Elsewhere, former Canuck Markus Naslund retired today. "Nazzy" was one of my favorite players (despite his team) growing up, and he actually had a pretty decent final season.

If the Canucks win the Cup, Naslund will officially become the "Nomar Garciaparra" of hockey.

Ouch.

Finally, in the most (not) shocking story of the day, Jonathon Toews is denying an injury in the playoffs:

A recent report in the Toronto Globe & Mail stated that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews not only was recovering from the flu, but was dealing with a shoulder injury so bad that he could barely raise on of his arms.

Following Monday's morning skate at United Center, Toews denied those rumors by raising both arms and stating, "I feel fine."


I'll go out on a limb and say he's downplaying it.

Oh well.

Draft day coming soon.

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