Here are some quick notes:
- Franchise goalie turned bench decoration Olie Kolzig is still pretty pissed at the Caps. Also, coach Bruce Boudreau signed some kind of contract extension. Kolzig would be a great coach. I don’t see him joining the Washington staff, though. Assuming he decides to retire.
- Speaking of losing teams and goalie-related anger, the Flames players are supposedly mad at coach Mike Keenan for pulling goalie Miikka Kiprusoff late in the second period of a 4-2 game. Apparently, none of the Flames had ever heard of Keenan’s signature coaching move. Seriously, though. When is Darryl Sutter coming back to the bench?
- Speaking of goalies, Jacques Demers writes what we all know to be true: hot goalies save teams in the playoffs. He also says great goalies make coaches look good. Which is almost the conceptual opposite of the Keenan Formula of switching goalies every 10 periods, no matter how they’re playing.
- When will it not be considered news that siblings often play on different teams? The Rangers-Pittsburgh series features Staal against Staal. But given the number of Staals in the NHL, I think it’s way more newsworthy when there’s a game not featuring some combination of Staal.